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Citizen helps catch alleged burglar

An alert Good Samaritan helped Decatur police nab an alleged would-be burglar.

Christopher Chad Boyles, 20, of Trinity was arrested Wednesday and charged with possession of burglar tools and second-degree criminal mischief, police said. He allegedly attempted to burglarize a Pepsi-Cola vending machine at 1209 Danville Road S.W.

According to police, a citizen spotted him in the act and called for law enforcement. Police found him attempting to leave the scene.

He was being held Wednesday in the Decatur City Jail in lieu of $1,250 bond, awaiting transfer to the Morgan County Jail.

Evan Belanger

14-year-old boy drowns in lake

A 14-year-old Decatur boy apparently drowned Wednesday while swimming with his family at Joe Wheeler State Park in Lauderdale County, according to news reports.

Authorities did not immediately release the boy’s identity, but said he was with his family and was swimming in a designated area of the lake. The incident was reported between 3 and 4 p.m. Rescuers were still looking for him after 5 p.m.

Witnesses at the scene said several people saw the boy struggling in the water less than 50 feet from shore, but he disappeared under the water before anyone could reach him.

More than 150 people were estimated to be at the beach at the time of the incident.

Accident on U.S. 31 kills Hanceville man

A single-vehicle accident Monday in Garden City claimed the life of a Hanceville man.

Driver John Ballard, 52, died as a result of the accident in Cullman County, reported at 11:45 p.m. on U.S. 31. No other injuries were reported.

Troopers did not release the cause of the accident, but reported that Ballard was not wearing his safety belt.

Evan Belanger

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