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Lucky's alleged abuser out of jail

Lucky the dog's alleged abuser left Morgan County Jail on Friday morning on $26,500 bond.

Samuel Bernard Sanders, 26, turned himself in to police Thursday after a grand jury indicted him on charges of first-degree animal cruelty and second-degree perjury.

Sanders allegedly left badly-injured Lucky in a trash bin with his muzzle duct-taped so he couldn't cry for help, Decatur police Sgt. Rick Archer said.

Lucky's right front leg later required amputation. Dr. Steve Osborne treated Lucky free of charge and started a reward fund that quickly grew to over $16,000.

The reward helped bring in a tip that led police to Sanders. Sanders allegedly committed perjury when he reported the dog, whose original name was "Rocky," stolen, Archer said.

— Seth Burkett

Man hit in head with hot-sauce bottle

ATHENS — Three people in a fight at a local hotel resorted to using a pocket-size multi-purpose tool and a hot-sauce bottle as weapons, Athens police Lt. Floyd Johnson said.

The fight erupted, Johnson said, Thursday after 11 p.m., when a man staying at the Bomar Inn threatened to beat his girlfriend, he said.

Two of the girlfriend's buddies confronted the man, Johnson said.

"He pulled out a Leatherman's tool and cut both of them," Johnson said. "They took a hot-sauce bottle and hit him over the head, cutting him."

Johnson said Athens-Limestone Hospital treated and released two of the three. No one involved has pressed charges, Johnson said, so police have not made an arrest.

— Holly Hollman

Man arrested for altered prescription

MOULTON — Moulton police arrested a Hillsboro man at a city drug store Thursday for trying to obtain drugs with an altered prescription.

Investigator Capt. Damon Morgan said Danny Knighten, 41, went to Steve's Discount Drugs and tried to obtain more drugs than his doctor ordered.

Police charged Knighten, of 15463 Lawrence County 400, Lot 15, with unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

A judge set his bond at $2,000. Morgan said other law enforcement agencies have placed holds on Knighten for charges in their jurisdictions.

— Clyde L. Stancil

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