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Missing Elderly Man Found Safe in Wooded Area Near Home

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- The search for a missing elderly man in Jefferson County has ended as the man has been found safe.

Authorities began searching for 72-year-old Douglas Wayne Doyle, of Morris, after he was reported missing from a home around 11 a.m. Monday.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office later issued a statement saying that Doyle had been located in a wooded area near his home, and that he was found safe and uninjured.

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State Officials Encourage Activities for National Teen Driver Safety Week 

(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) -- State officials are encouraging residents to participate in National Teen Driver Safety Week from Oct. 19 to 25.

The teen safety program, called IKnowEverything, highlights the issues of drunk and distracted driver. The effort also reminds parents of their influence on teens' behaviors.

“It is important that we call attention to the dangerous and tragic results that careless and unsafe driving can have for teenagers,” Strange said in a statement. “They need to be aware of the real and terrible risk of death or serious injury to themselves, their loved ones, or innocent bystanders. Working together, we can raise awareness and educate teenagers about safer driving practices.”

Attorney General Luther Strange is partnering with community groups, law enforcement, and safety organizations for the initiative.

The groups will host a Twitter Party at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, and officials encourage teens to use a Teen Driver Safety Action Toolkit available here.

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Police: Woman Caught Walking Drunk in the Street with Cocaine

(DECATUR, Ala.) -- A woman was arrested in Decatur on Saturday after being spotted walking intoxicated in the middle of the street, police said.

According to Decatur Police, patrol spotted Vicki Elaine Peterson allegedly walking in the middle of the roadway in the area of Second Street and 12th Avenue NW. After making contact with Peterson, police said she was found to be under the influence of a narcotic drug and alcohol, and also in possession of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Peterson was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and public intoxication.

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Police Make Arrest in UAB Campus Robbery

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- Police have made an arrest in a robbery that occurred on the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus last week.

Roderick Gaston, 27, is charged with robbery, kidnapping and sodomy, police told ABC affiliate WBMA-TV.

Police said four students were robbed in a parking garage on Oct. 13, and were forced by the robber to perform sex acts.

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Alabama's Unemployment Rate Dips

(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) -- Alabama's unemployment rate took a tumble last month, Gov. Robert Bentley announced Friday.

According to the governor's office, Alabama recorded an unemployment rate of 6.6 percent in September, which is three tenths of a percentage point lower than the August rate.

Nationally, the U.S. unemployment rate dropped from 6.1 percent in August to 5.9 percent in September.

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