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I-65 wreck kills 2 in Cullman County

DODGE CITY — Two people died and three others were injured Saturday when a car traveling south on Interstate 65 crossed a median and struck a northbound car.

Cullman County Coroner Gary Murphree said the wreck blocked the north lanes of I-65 at mile marker 301 just north of the rest area between Dodge City and Good Hope. He received the call at 4:26 p.m.

“The vehicles hit pretty much head-on,” Murphree said. “The southbound vehicle had four occupants. Air bags deployed, and two in the front seat were carried to hospitals. Two in the back seat were killed. They appeared to be Hispanic males.”

The driver of the northbound car was ambulatory, Murphree said, but went to the hospital.

Murphree said he would speak with survivors to identify the dead. State troopers cleared from the scene shortly after 6 and are investigating the crash.

Chris Paschenko

Man in hospital after stabbing

ATHENS — A fight between two neighbors Friday about compact discs landed one man in the hospital and the other in jail.

Limestone County deputies arrived at a mobile-home park north of Athens on Airfield Street at 8:30 p.m. and found Juan Garcia, 55, in his home, suffering from multiple stab wounds. Garcia gave deputies the suspect’s first name and was airlifted to a hospital.

Deputies arrested Cirilo Mendoza Carbajal, 31, about a quarter mile from the scene when someone reported seeing a man covered in blood walking on Kimzy Carr Road.

Authorities said the men are acquaintances. Carbajal of 19260 Airfield St. Lot. No. 74 faces a first-degree assault charge.

A Huntsville Hospital spokeswoman said Garcia remained in serious condition Saturday.

Chris Paschenko

Robbery suspect chased by victims

A suspect in a backyard robbery Friday in Decatur was caught when the victims followed him to his home and summoned police.

Sgt. Rick Archer with Decatur police said five Hispanic men visited at a home on Sixth Avenue Southwest at 9 p.m. A man approached, pointed a handgun at the men and demanded their money, he said.

The men gave up their wallets but chased the suspect to his nearby home.

Archer said officers found Brandon Lamar Carter, 18, hiding in a bedroom at 402 Fifth Ave. S.W. Carter faces three counts of first-degree robbery and remained Saturday at the Decatur City Jail in lieu of a $30,000 bond.

Chris Paschenko

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