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2 men jailed after alleged burglary

ATHENS —Two Athens men are in jail for allegedly breaking into a sandwich shop and taking computer equipment and money, Athens police said.

Nathan Dewayne Watkins, 26, of 1401 S. Houston St. and Joey Gene Motter, 18, of 106 Woodridge Drive were charged with third-degree burglary for allegedly breaking into Quiz-nos on Jefferson Street on Sunday night, Capt. Marty Bruce said.

They allegedly stole computer monitors, a computer for the video surveillance system, a cash register drawer and an undisclosed amount of cash, he said. They also damaged the safe, he said. Police recovered two computer monitors.

Holly Hollman

Senator donates raise to charities

State Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, has distributed $7,550 to organizations in his district as part of his commitment to give away his legislative pay raise.

Orr said Tuesday he had made donations to 23 charities and groups, ranging from $1,100 to the Decatur City Schools Foundation to $25 for Morgan County Junior Miss.

Orr opposed the 61 percent raise approved by the Legislature in February and announced at the time he wouldn’t keep the money.

Orr said he had received nearly $10,000 due to the pay raise and would distribute the remainder before the end of the year.

Two other senators, Parker Griffith, D-Huntsville, and Charles Bishop, R-Jasper, also decided to accept the raise but to donate it to groups in their communities. Six other senators and one House member declined the extra money.

The Associated Press

Man charged with failure to register

A Moulton man is in Lawrence County Jail without bond, charged with failure to register as a sex offender.

A deputy arrested David Edward Jones, 46, of 1330 Main St. on Tuesday after spotting him in the yard of a residence on Lawrence County 214, Sheriff Gene Mitchell said. Jones had outstanding warrants.

He will remain in jail 45 days as required by law, Mitchell said.

Jones also is charged with failure to pay or appear in a second-degree rape case, and failure to appear on first-degree sexual abuse.

Steve Stewart

Copyright 2005 THE DECATUR DAILY. All rights reserved.
AP contributed to this report.

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