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Caddo, Priceville burglaries linked

CADDO — Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies Monday linked an alleged Priceville burglar to a similar crime in Caddo, said Investigator Tim McWhorter.

Brandon Braswell, 21, of 4207 Indian Hills Road S.E., Decatur, broke into a house on Lawrence County 434 on July 28 and stole $15,000 worth of items including jewelry, credit cards and a pistol, said McWhorter.

Priceville police arrested Braswell a few days later for an alleged burglary in their jurisdiction.

During their investigation, they found stolen goods from the Caddo home and alerted the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, said police.

Braswell was in jail in Decatur on Thursday for violating the terms of his probation.

Upon his release, he will be transferred to the Lawrence County Jail where he will be charged with third-degree burglary and first-degree theft of property, said McWhorter.

- Kristen Bishop

Athens discusses health center cost

ATHENS — The city is debating whether to pay more money to cover a higher-than-expected bid on expanding the Mental Health Center.

Mayor Dan Williams said the bid came in at $325,000. The city and Limestone County Commission had allocated $75,000 each.

The center is on Elm Street. Williams said there is not enough room for clients. The expansion plan calls for adding a metal building for more room.

On Thursday, Williams told the City Council that the county wants to go forward but possibly will do some of the work itself to get the bid price lower.

Councilman Ronnie Marks said he would be willing to keep the $75,000 commitment, but wants to look at the fiscal 2008 budget to see if the city can afford an additional appropriation.

Williams said he would ask Commission Chairman David Seibert about what the county plans to do to lower the cost.

- Holly Hollman

Wreck stalls traffic on I-65 for hours

ARDMORE — A tractor-trailer that overturned on Interstate 65 on Thursday complicated traffic for hours.

The northbound lanes near the 365 mile marker remained closed much of the day, and state troopers said they expected to have the roadway cleared by about 11 p.m.

In the meantime, they rerouted northbound traffic.

Driver Vasyl Andriychuk, 40, of Chicago suffered minor injuries in the 12:50 p.m. wreck, troopers said.

The trailer was apparently filled with soda can tops, troopers said.

- Seth Burkett

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