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The Banner, Nashville, TN

Wednesday, September 1, 1982

Leona Atkinson, 75, was in her Memphis, Tenn., home with an elderly friend when a trio of thieves began to remove her window air conditioner. She drove the three away by firing warning shots from her .38.

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