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Man barges into woman’s house

An 85-year-old woman got a fright when a large man kicked in her front door, grabbed her by the arm and started waving a stick at her, Decatur police said.

The woman told police the man who broke into her home in the 5000 block of Old Moulton Road Southwest at about 8 p.m. Saturday demanded her purse and then began running from room to room in search of it, said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

“While he was looking for the purse, she was able to run out the back door screaming,” Mathews said.

“The suspect left after several minutes.”

Mathews said police are looking for a black male, about 5-feet, 11-inches tall and weighing about 300 pounds.

Seth Burkett

Maurices opening in Athens on Friday

ATHENS — A fashion retail store will celebrate its grand opening in Athens with exclusive savings for customers.

Maurices will hold a ribbon cutting Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the French Farms Pavilion on U.S. 72 across from Wal-Mart.

Those in attendance can get coupons for later use and have a chance at a shopping spree.

The store offers women’s fashions and is opening in a commercial development that also includes a Zaxby’s, which expects to open later this summer, Sally Beauty, GameStop, Pizza Hut delivery and other stores.

holly hollman

Zero tolerance in school zones

When it comes to back-to-school traffic enforcement, Decatur Police mean business, said Lt. Mike Woods, head of the department’s traffic unit.

With city schools starting Thursday, Woods said patrol officers will enforce a zero-tolerance policy for speeders in school zones.

“That means if you’re going one mile over the speed limit, you will get a citation,” Woods said. “It’s that important.”

According to Woods, traffic units will patrol every city school crossing for the duration of the school year.

Evan Belanger

Woman finds house vandalized

ATHENS — It seems a juvenile prank led to an Athens homeowner finding toilet paper in trees, Vaseline on the mailbox and a message painted in the driveway, a police captain said.

The victim, who lives in the 1700 block of High Pointe, said the vandalism occurred Sunday or Monday, Capt. Marty Bruce said.

The message on the driveway was “fess up hoe.”

Holly Hollman

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