Alleged shoplifter evades police after chase

An alleged shoplifter led Gardendale Police officers on a brief chase Tuesday morning. Lt. Chuck Denham said the incident happened before 8 a.m. after a black female allegedly shoplifted a computer from Wal-Mart at 890 Odum Road. Officers reportedly attempted to pull the woman over on Odum Road as she traveled toward Main Street, but the woman sped up. The pursuit then traveled to Interstate 65 south, where Denham said the suspect sped in and out of traffic before exiting at the 41st Avenue exit. However, officers terminated the pursuit shortly thereafter, Denham said.


GHS grad mobilized

Army Reserve Pfc. Clayton K. Smith, a 2006 Gardendale High School graduate, has been mobilized and activated for deployment overseas to a forward operating base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to a press release. Members from all branches of the U.S. military and multinational forces are also assisting in rebuilding Iraq's economic and governmental infrastructure, the release said. Smith, a military police member with one year of military service, is normally assigned to the 810th Military Police Company, Tampa, Fla. He is the son of David Smith of Gardendale and Rita Harrison of Alabaster.

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