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Pharmacy robbed with BB gun

The gun used in a robbery at the Medicine Shoppe pharmacy Thursday was a BB gun, Decatur police said.

As James Middlebrooks left the Medicine Shoppe at about 1:30 p.m., a man in the vehicle next to him demanded his cell phone and prescription drugs, said Sgt. Rick Archer.

The man produced what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun and aimed at Middlebrooks’ face, Archer said. Middlebrooks shut the door to his car and called 911, and the robber drove away.

Officer Brian Soloman spotted the suspect’s vehicle on 14th Street Southwest and pulled it over. A CO2-powered BB gun with a laser sight was discovered inside, Archer said.

The driver, Tyson Lavon Lampkin, 19, of 1514 Carridale St. S.W., Apartment No. 204, faces a charge of first-degree armed robbery. He remained in Morgan County Jail on Friday in lieu of $10,000 bond.

- Seth Burkett

Police arrest token cashing suspect

ATHENS — Limestone authorities weren’t playing when it came to finding a man who allegedly exchanged game board tokens for $40 in bills.

Sheriff’s Department Lt. Brad Curnutt said William Burroughs, 26, of 16894 Zehner Road, Athens, allegedly rolled the tokens in quarter wrappers and traded them for cash at New Cut Mini Mart and George’s Country Store a week ago.

Video from the stores’ cameras helped investigators identify Burroughs, Curnutt said.

Investigator Jay Stinnett charged Burroughs on Thursday with two counts of third-degree theft by deception. He is out of jail on $2,000 bond. Authorities are investigating possible incidents at two other stores.

- Holly Hollman

Guilty verdict in Wheeler case

HUNTSVILLE — A federal court found a Harvest man guilty Thursday of indecent exposure and public lewdness, at Wheeler Wildlife Refuge.

Daniel L. Kilbourn, 44, was tried before U.S. Magistrate Judge Harwell G. Davis III.

Charges against Kilbourn arose from an undercover detail U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state conservation officers performed at the refuge in July.

According to the U.S. Attorney Alice H. Martin’s office, lewd acts at the refuge resulted in numerous complaints to law enforcement.

- Seth Burkett

Limestone inmates transferred to La.

MONTGOMERY — Sixty male inmates from the Limestone Correctional Facility were moved to a facility in Louisiana on Friday, the Alabama Department of Corrections said.

The transfers are an effort to reduce prison overcrowding and keep state inmates out of county jails beyond the 30-day time limit.

Emerald Correctional Management of Shreveport, La., is supplying 600 contract beds at a cost of $26.75 per inmate per day.

Including the transfers, a total of 262 inmates are now housed at Emerald’s West Carroll Detention Center in Epps, La. A total of 1,162 Alabama inmates are housed out of state.

- Seth Burkett

‘The Music Man’ auditions today

Auditions for Decatur Civic Chorus’ spring musical “The Music Man” are today at 9 a.m. at Fort Decatur.

Be prepared to sing something that showcases your vocal ability and range. You also will be asked to read from the script.

Executive Director Sue VanLandingham said a large cast of adults and teens and some children is needed. Betty Rocha will direct the March production.

“The Music Man,” written by Meredith Wilson, is the story of a traveling salesman who cons citizens of an Iowa town into buying musical instruments. He claims to be a professor who can teach youngsters to play them.

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