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Decatur man beaten in armed robbery

Two men beat and robbed a Decatur man as he entered his home, authorities said.

According to a report released Monday, Authur Tremayne Warrior, 30, attempted to enter his home in the 2800 block of Wimberly Drive Southwest about 7:05 p.m.

A man struck Warrior in the back of his head with a heavy, unknown object.

Another man joined in the assault, police said, knocking Warrior to the ground and taking money from his pockets.

Police have a suspect in the robbery, the report showed.

Warrior suffered a large knot to his head, a possible dislocated finger and scratches, police said.

Man strikes Decatur woman with ax handle

A Decatur woman told police Monday an acquaintance assaulted her and another man with an ax handle, authorities said.

Stephanie Regina Peden, 39, reported that the acquaintance was mad at her and called, saying he intended to come to her apartment in the 1400 block of Brookline Avenue Southwest.

He arrived at 12:01 a.m., police said, walked up to Peden's bedroom and struck Timothy Crawford, 23, of Hartselle in the right arm and upper back.

Peden tried to intervene, police said, and suffered an injury to her knee and ankle. Police said Decatur General Hospital treated and released Crawford, and that Peden went to Parkway Medical Center.


Police incorrectly identified one of the assault victims of a Monday morning home invasion. Tuesday's article should have listed Toni Nicole Peden, 18, along with Timothy Crawford, 23, of Hartselle as assault victims at Peden's Brookline Avenue Southwest apartment.

THE DAILY regrets the error and is glad to set the record straight.

The hospital didn't list Peden as a patient.

Victim in mall attack won't press charges

Decatur police investigated an assault at Colonial Mall that involved two groups of men, authorities said.

According to a report released Monday, two groups of men, one white and another black, argued inside the mall Saturday at 2:10 p.m.

Officers found one victim at the customer service counter, suffering from an abrasion near his eye.

The man refused to press charges, police said.

Marshall to test-fire rocket Thursday

HUNTSVILLE — Marshall Space Flight Center will conduct a stationary firing of a scaled-down solid rocket motor for the Space Shuttle's Reusable Solid Rocket Motor Office on Thursday at 3 p.m.

The 28-second test firing of the motor may be audible in the Huntsville area surrounding the center.

The test motor is one-sixth the size of a full-scale Reusable Solid Rocket Motor at 48 inches in diameter and 27 feet long.

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