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Morgan charges man with burglary

SOMERVILLE — A man faces charges of breaking into a house while the unsuspecting homeowner gave the alleged burglar’s female companion a lift, Morgan County sheriff’s investigators said Thursday.

The crime took place Friday in the 200 block of Lyle Circle, said Sgt. John Bili of the Criminal Investigations Division.

Bili said Glenn. D. Dobbins, 21, and the female companion approached the victim and asked the victim to drive the woman to Decatur.

After the victim left with the woman, Dobbins broke through the back door of the residence and stole a 20-gauge shotgun, Bili said.

Authorities recovered the gun and Dobbins gave a full confession to the crime, Bili said.

Bili arrested him on a charge of third-degree burglary. He remained in Morgan County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $750 bond.

Bili said Dobbin’s female associate is a person of interest in the case.

Seth Burkett

Moulton’s reservoir sinks to record low

MOULTON — Moulton’s most recently constructed reservoir sank to a record low Thursday, said Water Works Superintendent Greg Dutton.

The water level at Sinking Creek Lake, one mile west of Alabama 33 and Lawrence County 249, was 111/2 feet below full pool, Dutton said.

The water level at Moulton’s other reservoir, Turkey Creek Lake at the Moulton Water Treatment Plant, was 4 feet below full pool, he said.

“We still have an adequate supply, and we see no problems in the near future with the hopes that fall and spring rains will replenish the reservoirs,” Dutton said.

Moulton sells water to Courtland and West Lawrence County Water Cooperative, Dutton said.

No water restrictions are in effect, Dutton said.

Nancy Glasscock

Leggtown blaze consumes 20 acres

LEGGTOWN — A grass fire consumed about 20 acres in the Leggtown community Thursday.

West Limestone, Elkmont and Owens volunteer fire departments fought the fire on Leggtown Road into the evening.

The community is between Elkmont and Salem.

The fire erupted around 1:15 p.m. in an open grassy area, and then spread to hay bales and uphill into woods, said Owens firefighter Andy Pylant.

Forestry officials then responded.

The cause is unknown, but the fire may have started in a brush pile.

A West Limestone firefighter got too hot, but did not pass out. He received treatment at the scene.

Holly Hollman

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