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Deputy to join Moulton police

MOULTON — The Moulton Police Department is swapping officers with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department.

The Moulton City Council approved a motion Monday to hire Adam Lentz to serve as a patrol officer for the Police Department.

Lentz has been a Lawrence County deputy for about a year. He previously served as a state police officer at North Alabama Regional Hospital.

Lentz will replace former Moulton police officer Coy Terry, who left for the Sheriff's Department on Jan. 11.

- Kristen Bishop

Aquatic center tickets online

Patrons of Point Mallard's water park will soon have the option of buying tickets online.

The Decatur City Council on Monday approved a contract with Extremetix Inc. to provide an online ticketing service for Point Mallard's J. Gilmer Blackburn Aquatic Center.

Julianne Lowman, who markets the water park for the city, said patrons who purchase tickets online would have an express entrance to enter the water park.

Decatur Mayor Don Kyle said the council approved credit- and debit-card purchases through Wachovia Bank for points of sale at City Hall and other parks venues, although no time frame to implement the measure has been set.

- Chris Paschenko

Wallace State's homecoming court

HANCEVILLE — Savannah Swearengin of Decatur is a member of Wallace State Community College's 2007 Homecoming Court.

The college will celebrate homecoming Monday when Wallace State's basketball teams take on Snead State at Tom Drake Coliseum. Joining Swearengin on the homecoming court, selected by student vote, are Amber Drummond of Cullman, Nakia Reid of Oneonta, Brooke Scott of Hayden and Courtney Underwood of Huntsville.

The girls' game starts at 5:30 p.m. The guys' scheduled tip-off time is at about 7:30 p.m. During halftime of the men's game, the homecoming court will be presented and the homecoming queen announced. Admission is free.

- Bayne Hughes

Burglars trade hammer for clothes

Burglars took about $37,000 in merchandise from a business, Decatur police said.

Sometime between 8:30 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. Friday, someone used a hammer to smash the front door at Laura's Fashion at 19-E 14th St. S.W., said police spokesman Lt. Chris Mathews.

They stole jeans, boots, jackets, cowboy hats and other clothing items, along with a laptop computer and cash from the register.

The thieves left the hammer behind, Mathews said.

- Seth Burkett

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