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Suspected burglar caught on the run

Hartselle police intercepted a suspected burglar as he made his getaway, Decatur police said Friday. Decatur police Detective Herb Lundy said a Decatur officer headed to the scene of the break-in in the 5300 block of Norris Mill Road put out a bulletin for the vehicle.

Hartselle found the vehicle and detained the driver, Ronald Christopher Jones, 36, of 304 Courtney Drive S.W., Apartment No. 115. After questioning him, investigators charged him with third-degree burglary. Morgan County Jail released Jones on Thursday on $750 bond.

Seth Burkett

Sex offender found at Decatur motel

Officers found a Texas sex offender staying at a local motel, Decatur police said.

Police spokesman Lt. Frank DeButy said officers went to the Nitefall Motel, 2611 U.S. 31 S., at about 2:30 p.m. Friday on a complaint that a man had threatened a guest with a gun. They were directed to the room of Christopher Bernard House, 39.

DeButy said officers spoke with House. They didn’t find a gun or any evidence that House had a gun, but they checked him for outstanding warrants and learned he was wanted in Houston, Texas, for failing to register as a sex offender, DeButy said.

House had been convicted of indecent exposure in Texas. Decatur police arrested him as a fugitive from justice and took him to Decatur City Jail. His bond had not been set Friday afternoon. DeButy said Texas authorities will extradite House.

Seth Burkett

Lawrence County recovers Bobcat

MOULTON — Lawrence County sheriff’s investigators recovered a stolen 2003 Bobcat front-end loader, Sheriff Gene Mitchell said. He said the loader was recovered Thursday from 349 Lawrence County 353 and had been stolen from the Rogers Group rock crusher facility on Lawrence County 7 in May 2006.

Investigators received information indicating the equipment was near the Kirby Hollow community, and an additional patrol was assigned to the area. On Thursday, a deputy spotted a Bobcat loader matching the description of the stolen one. When investigators arrived, they found that all product identification numbers had been removed, but they were able to identify the loader as the one reported stolen with a confidential identification number.

Mitchell said the investigation is on going and he expects arrests.

Nancy Glasscock

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