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Stabbing victim off ventilator

ATHENS — A Limestone County man, who suffered multiple stab wounds, remained in serious condition Sunday. Authorities said he was the victim of a bloody dispute with his neighbor over compact discs.

Juan Garcia, 55, was stabbed in his mobile home north of Athens late Friday. Deputies arrested Cirilo Mendoza Carbajal, 31, of 19260 Airfield Drive, Lot 74 and charged him with first-degree assault. Authorities said Carbajal had blood on his clothing and shoes when they found him nearby on Kimzy Carr Road.

A sheriff’s office spokeswoman said Garcia was removed from a ventilator. A Huntsville Hospital spokeswoman said he remained in serious condition Sunday.

Carbajal remained in custody Sunday at the Limestone County Jail with bond set at $10,000.

Chris Paschenko

Historic church saved from fire

MOULTON — Local firefighters, along with state and federal forestry officials, thwarted a woods fire Sunday in the Bankhead National Forest that threatened a pre-Civil War church.

Rhonda Dunlap, a dispatcher with the Lawrence County 911 center, said forestry officials from Double Springs called for help shortly before noon in fighting the blaze 75 feet from Pine Torch Church.

According to a campground Web site, the church was built around 1850.

A Moulton Fire Department spokesman said a favorable wind direction helped save the structure on Lawrence County 70 about 10 miles south of Moulton.

Forestry officials remained on scene at 3 p.m. extinguishing hot spots.

Chris Paschenko

Man, son victims of I-65 fatal crash

CULLMAN — A Guatemalan man and his son were identified Sunday as the two men killed in a two-car crash on Interstate 65.

Cullman County Coroner Gary Murphree said Domingo Jose, 34, and his son Pascual Jose, 16, were in the back seat of a southbound vehicle when it crossed the median Saturday at 4:20 p.m. and struck a northbound car head-on.

Both victims had Guatemalan passports, Murphree said. They were returning to Tuscaloosa from Huntsville when the crash occurred seven miles south of Cullman. Neither victim wore a seat belt, state troopers said.

The father had a Mercedes identification badge. He could have worked at the Mercedes plant in Vance, Murphree said.

“Wilson Funeral Home will send them back to Guatemala,” Murphree said. “They apparently have some family in Fort Payne.”

Chris Paschenko

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