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Landersville woman reports scam attempt
MOULTON — A would-be scam artist fled a Landersville woman's home Wednesday after she became suspicious of what he was doing.
The woman, who lives on Lawrence County 7, told sheriff's investigators that a man came to her door claiming to be with the federal government.
He claimed to be there to help her with her gas bill, and that he needed to measure the rooms in her home to help her.
The woman, however, became suspicious when the man began measuring, and he left. Sheriff Bryan Hill said the man and another man, who remained in the vehicle, were both white. They were in a white, full-size pickup with a long wheelbase. Hill asks anyone with information to call the Sheriff's Department at 974-2421.
— Clyde L. Stancil
Undercover sting nets alleged crack dealer
Drug agents arrested a man Wednesday for allegedly selling crack cocaine to an undercover agent, said Decatur police.
Lee Edward McGuire, 27, of 1806 Runnymeade Ave. S.W., faces two charges of distributing a controlled substance.
Detective Archie Letson said McGuire sold an undercover police officer crack on two separate occasions during a joint sting operation between Decatur's Organized Crime Unit and the Morgan County Drug Task Force. Morgan County Jail released McGuire on Thursday on $3,000 bond.
— Seth Burkett
Limestone authorities suspicious of fire
ELKMONT — Authorities are investigating the cause of a house fire that erupted Thursday.
Limestone County Sheriff's Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said the Elkmont Volunteer Fire Department asked that a fire marshal investigate because "it looked suspicious."
The fire erupted about 11 a.m. in the 20000 block of Sandlin Road.
The Sheriff's Department did not have the exact address or homeowner's name. Elkmont Fire Chief Jeff McMunn was not available for comment.
The outside of the home did not have visible damage, but firefighters on the scene said it had heavy smoke and fire damage to the interior. Elkmont, Oak Grove-Thach, Piney Chapel and Ardmore volunteers responded.
— Holly Hollman
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