The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Local News

July 14, 2014

Alleged shoplifter attempts escape

ATHENS — An Athens man was arrested and an Athens Police officer suffered minor injuries Monday after the man attempted to flee questioning by police, according to Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson.

Joshua Scanlan, 28, of 1104 E. Pryor St, was taken into custody Monday morning after a Wal-Mart employee observed him allegedly shoplifting, police said.

After being booked into APD headquarters, Investigator Jonathan Caldwell interviewed Scanlan about him allegedly also stealing checks and cashing them at Redstone Federal Credit Union. Caldwell left the room momentarily and Scanlan made a break for it, running down stairs and out a back door, according to police.

Officers, including Caldwell, caught Scanlan in the parking lot of the station. Officer Neal Muse fell while chasing Scanlan and suffered a minor injury, according to police.

Scanlan is facing three counts of possession of forged instruments, third degree theft and one count of third-degree escape. He was then booked into Limestone County Jail, where he remained Monday in lieu of at least $1,000 bond.

– Rebecca Croomes

Text Only
Local News


Do you believe America will ever make another manned flight to the moon or another planet?

     View Results
AP Video
Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee