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Police charge man with shooting

One month after the shooting, Decatur police arrested a man they say was responsible for wounding a woman.

Charles Edward Baker, 26, shot Africa Collins, 29, in the leg on Sunset Drive Northwest on Sep. 22, police said.

Police charged Baker with second-degree assault.

Officers arrested him at his 1854 Brownstone Court S.W. residence Monday evening without incident, according to Lt. Frank DeButy, a police spokesman.

Morgan County Jail released Baker that night on $750 bond.

Collins, who told police an argument with a group of men led up to the incident, had a bullet fragment removed from her leg at Decatur General Hospital following the attack.

Seth Burkett

Clerk reports being robbed at gunpoint

A clerk told police she was robbed outside a local convenience store while closing for the night.

The robber allegedly took the clerk’s personal money, including cash from her purse, during the robbery at the Fifth Avenue Foodmart shortly after 8 p.m. Friday, said Lt. Frank DeButy, a police spokesman.

The robber allegedly brandished a handgun, but no one was injured.

Roxanne Salgado, 18, told police she and another woman were in front of the 601 Fifth Ave. S.W. store when a black male in white Dodge Durango pulled up and asked if they were closed, DeButy said.

DeButy said Salgado told the man the store was closed. He surprised her when he stepped out of the vehicle, pointed a silver handgun gun at her and demanded money, DeButy said.

The robber went to Salgado’s car and reached through the rolled-down window to grab her purse, DeButy said.

Police did not disclose the amount of money taken.

Seth Burkett

Reward offered in postal burglaries

The U.S. Postal Service is offering up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a woman who burglarized post office boxes in Decatur.

The woman allegedly stole mail from boxes at the post office on Beltline Road Southwest on Oct. 10.

A video of the suspect can be viewed at www.alabamaidtheft.com.

Anyone with information can call Decatur police at 341-4660 or the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at (205) 326-2902.

Seth Burkett

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