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Ripley authorities near solving thefts

RIPLEY — Limestone authorities are close to solving six burglaries that have occurred in the Ripley community since last week.

Sheriff Mike Blakely said investigators recovered stolen pro-perty at the Ripley Road home of 21-year-old Jimmy Valladarez.

"He claims he got it from someone else, so we're checking on some suspects in Hunts-ville," Blakely said Monday.

Authorities charged Vallada-rez with receiving stolen property.

Someone took about $10,000 in electronics, tools, model cars, cash and other items from homes on Ripley Road, Zehner Road and Vanzille Lane.

Holly Hollman

Man injured in leg in Cargill accident

A worker was injured in an industrial accident at Cargill on Monday when a piece of a fan broke loose and struck him in the leg, Decatur police said.

Jonas Waldrip, 22, an employee of Hubbard and Drake General Mechanical Contractors, was working near a large cooling fan at the 1030 State Docks Road plant at about 8:15 a.m., police said.

Waldrip told police he heard a noise that sounded like the fan malfunctioning just before the piece broke free and struck him in the shin.

An ambulance took Waldrip to Decatur General Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Seth Burkett

Mailbox explosions work of vandals

Mailboxes found damaged Tuesday morning in Decatur appear to be the work of miscreants playing with chemicals, Decatur police said.

The homemade devices consisted of a chemical concoction in a water bottle. The chemical reaction built up pressure until the bottles exploded, damaging mailboxes into which the bottles were placed in the 600 block of 14th Avenue Southwest and the 1700 block of Sandra Street Southwest, police said.

Seth Burkett

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