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February 26, 2014

NJN/am for Wednesday, February 26

Break out the heavy coat for this cold Wednesday...

Weather: Winter returns. We'll see scattered sleet mixed with rain during the early morning hours, perhaps with a few snowflakes mixed in, but the precipitation will exit the metro area around 8 a.m. After that we'll have a cold, raw day with highs maybe reaching 40 under breezy conditions. Clear skies tonight with lows in the lower 20s, then warming up to the lower 50s on Thursday under sunny skies.

Suspect charged in string of burglaries. A Pell City man was arrested at his mother's apartment there, after Jefferson County Sheriff's investigators tracked him down there following an attempt to pawn items sold in a burglary in the Johns community. Erron Guyton also admitted to four other burglaries near Corner and Warrior. He's lodged in the county jail on 10 separate counts of burglary and theft.

Going once, going twice, sold! The hammer came down on the controversial Fultondale company S.W.A.T.S. Performance over the weekend, as auctioneers sold off the firm's assets. The auction was authorized by courts on request of Attorney General Luther Strange's office, which shut down the company late last year after charging its founders with selling fraudulent products.

Sports: Indians win close one. Nicole Fisher got on base with a double, then scored the winning run on a wild pitch as Pinson Valley edged Locust Fork 3-2 in softball action Tuesday. Anna Hood smashed a solo homer for the Hornets. Elsewhere, Hayden had no trouble with Susan Moore as the Wildcats began the defense of their Class 5A state championship with a 16-0 victory. Sharley Miller and Chloe Kirkland each hit homers for the Cats, while pitcher Katie Parr gave up just one hit... Baseball: Corner scored two runs in the top of the eighth, but Hueytown answered with three in the bottom of the extra inning for a 7-6 home win. The Gophers scored twice to win when Cardon Mellown's fly ball to right field was misplayed. Elsewhere, Gardendale rolled all over Shades Valley in a doubleheader, winning 15-1 and 10-0.

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