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2 Decatur men linked to robbery

Two Decatur men who allegedly robbed a Lauderdale County man were arrested Saturday morning in Rogersville, according to officials with the Lauderdale County Sheriff office.

Nelson Morales and Selvin Fuentes, both 21, are charged with first-degree robbery. Officials said the men tried to rob a 28-year-old man at his home off Lauderdale County 31.

The victim had returned home from his job at a Decatur business and was getting
out of his car when the alleged robbery occurred, officials

The alleged robbers pointed guns, asked the victim for his money and started to bind him with duct tape when his wife opened the garage door. The alleged robbers followed her inside, but the victim was able to free himself and ran after them, said officials.

He wrestled a gun away and started hitting one robber on the head with it before the men ran away, according to news reports.

Officers from Killen and Rogersville joined in a search, and two men matching the description, one of them bleeding and the other with money from the victim in a pocket, were stopped in Rogersville.

The suspects were being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Center.

Melanie Smith

No stockyard reports available

The Valley Stockyard did not have its Feb. 22 sale covered by a U.S. Department of Agriculture reporter.

The Moulton Stockyard report was unavailable.

Poll: Life starts at conception

An overwhelming majority of readers responding to a Daily online poll favor amending the state constitution to declare that life begins at conception.

The poll at www.decaturdaily .com asked, “Should Alabama amend its constitution to declare that life begins at conception?”

The majority, 108 people, or 69.68 percent, said yes. Forty-seven, or 30.32 percent, voted no.

A recent Associated Press survey of state legislators found that 62 percent of House members responding and 58 percent of senators said they would support such an amendment, which would also have to be approved by voters.

The Daily’s unscientific poll ended Sunday at 5 p.m.

Franklin Harris

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