Area News In Brief
5 arrested in raid on apartment
Narcotics agents arrested five people and seized marijuana during a raid on an apartment Wednesday, Decatur police said.
Agents arrested Rashad O’Neil Hayes when a search of Hayes’ residence, 2025 Danville Park Drive S.W., Apartment No. 100, turned up marijuana and drug-sale paraphernalia, said Investigator Kirk Arrington.
Hayes faces charges of first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He will be transferred to Morgan County Jail and held in lieu of $1,250 bond.
Police arrested four others on charges of loitering in a drug house.
Sun-Drop driver robbed, police say
ATHENS — Someone pushed a Sun-Drop deliveryman into his truck and robbed him Wednesday at noon.
Limestone County Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said the deliveryman was at Poplar Point Grocery on Poplar Point Road when the robbery occurred. He was getting drinks from the truck when a man shoved him into the truck bay, ripped his shirt pocket and took an undisclosed amount of money.
McNatt said the robber is a 6-foot-tall white male who wore blue jeans, a blue baseball cap and a gray sweatshirt. The robber got into the back seat of a small four-door blue car.
Anyone with information may call the Sheriff’s Department at 232-0111.
Man charged with electrical wire theft
MOULTON — The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Moulton man Wednesday in connection with a burglary of a Langtown community residence.
Sheriff Gene Mitchell said investigators arrested Danny Ray Campbell, 37, of 203261 Alabama 33 at about 4:30 p.m. for allegedly stealing electrical wire from an unoccupied house on Alabama 33. He said the suspect did extensive damage to the residence during the theft.
Mitchell said investigators developed Campbell as a suspect while investigating an unrelated case. They interviewed Campbell on Wednesday and then charged him with third-degree burglary, second-degree theft of property and third-degree criminal mischief.
Campbell is in Lawrence County Jail. Bond is $5,500.
Accused burglar caught by citizens
Two citizens chased down a man who broke into a Pepsi truck and grabbed moneybags, Decatur police said Thursday.
Police said the citizens held Louis Ellis Jr., 53, of 703 Cedar Way, Birmingham, until police arrived and took him into custody. Investigators arrested Ellis on a charge of breaking and entering a vehicle.
Lt. Dennis Hughes, a police spokesman, said the incident took place at Beltline Car Wash on Beltline Road Southwest. The driver was apparently servicing a soda machine there when the theft took place, according to Hughes.
Ellis remained in Morgan County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $25,000 bond.
Police did not release the names of the citizens who apprehended Ellis.
3 face more charges in soda throwing
ATHENS — Three teens may be charged with more vehicle damage after Athens Police investigate more soda throwing reports.
Capt. Marty Bruce said two victims reported Wednesday they sustained vehicle damage totaling $2,373. One incident occurred on Nick Davis Road and the other on West Washington Street.
The teens, Jacob Riley Evans, 18, of 1102 Jefferson St., Athens; Preston Scott Marshall, 19, of 23349 Piney Chapel Drive, Athens; and Taylor Nicholas Yelverton, 19, of 17323 Lily Circle, Athens; already face at least 15 counts of throwing or shooting a deadly or dangerous missile into an occupied vehicle.
The charges are from police and the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department. The trio told a county investigator they were “thrill-seeking.” They allegedly threw full soft drink cans and other objects at vehicles, including an ambulance.
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