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Vandalism under investigation

MOULTON — State and local authorities are investigating vandalism at Lawrence County High School and at a nearby park, Police Chief Lyndon McWhorter said Tuesday.

Someone spray-painted gang signs on the walls of the school’s band room and at the adjacent park, police said. Principal Joe Lang said the school hasn’t had previous problems with vandalism.

McWhorter said Tuesday no arrests have been made in the case. The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation are assisting Moulton police in the investigation.

Nancy Glasscock

Morgan OKs money for historic park

The Morgan County Commission unanimously approved $2,000 for the Old Decatur Historic Association to complete Frazier Park.

Members of the Association June Odom and Lynn Schuppert made a request for the money during a commission meeting Tuesday.

Schuppert said Daikin America Inc. gave $50,000 to the park and that financed a Japanese garden on one side of the park.

She said the association has raised about $81,000 through donations and pledges for renovation of the other side of the park, which is near the courthouse. Old Decatur residents contributed $15,000, she said.

Sheryl Marsh

Ogle to get turf, irrigation system

The Decatur school board voted to spend $125,000 to replace Ogle Stadium’s irrigation system and buy new sod.

Superintendent Sam Houston said at the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday that the 25-year-old irrigation system had three separate ruptures this summer.

Houston said the school system would use some of Ogle’s current turf at other schools and Ogle would get new turf.

Bayne Hughes

3M gives projectors to Austin High

The 3M Foundation is donating about $46,000 in multi-media projectors to Austin High School.

The school is getting 41 projectors as part of the Partners in Education Program, said 3M Site Manager Jim Fincher. Most of the projectors will go in the new social studies-science building that will open in January.

Bayne Hughes

Language barrier prevents robbery

A language barrier shielded a woman’s valuables from a robber, frustrating the gunman to the point that he gave up and walked away, Decatur police said Tuesday.

The 24-year-old victim told officers a black male approached her in the 800 block of Bradley Street Southwest at about 7:40 p.m. Sunday and thrust what appeared to be a handgun into her side.

“He told her he wanted her purse,” said Lt. Dennis Hughes, a police spokesman. “Due to the language barrier, she did not understand him and she did not give him the purse. Then he tried asking for a wallet or a purse, but she still didn’t understand. The perpetrator got frustrated and took off, walking north on Spring Avenue.”

The robber was described as 5 feet, 11 inches tall and heavyset. No arrests have been made.

The conversation between the victim and officers took place through an interpreter, Hughes said.

Seth Burkett

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