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Man, 63, receives gunshot wound

ATHENS — A Limestone County man shot himself in the shoulder Monday night, an investigator said.

Limestone County Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said the 63-year-old man used a .25-caliber handgun.

The shot hit his left shoulder. He was in his vehicle outside his Hightower Road home while his wife was inside, McNatt said.

Huntsville Hospital is treating him.

- Holly Hollman

Ardmore barn fire leaves horse dead

ARDMORE — A horse died after a barn burned Tuesday evening in Ardmore, a firefighter said.

Oak Grove-Thach volunteer firefighter Darrell Blankenship said the horse barn, owned by the Gossett family, was on Sweet Springs Road west of Lambert Road.

The fire’s cause is under investigation.

All but one of the horses got out safely, Blankenship said. The fire completely destroyed the barn, he said.

Ardmore and Oak Grove-Thach firefighters battled the blaze.

- Holly Hollman

Woman finds man with gun in house

A 911 call that was silent on the caller’s end brought officers to the scene of an apparent home invasion early Monday, Decatur police said.

Teresa Hicks, 34, told police she was in the bedroom of her home in the 100 block of Poplar Court Southeast when she heard a loud crash in her living room shortly after midnight, said Sgt. Steve Campbell, a police spokesman.

Hicks told police she went out and saw a large black man standing in her living room holding a shotgun.

She ran back to her bedroom to retrieve her handgun and returned to find the man gone, she told police.

Nothing was reported stolen, but Hicks did report about $150 damage to a door of the residence.

- Seth Burkett

Sentencing delayed in murder case

ATHENS — The sentencing hearing for a man who admitted to killing a wrecker service owner has been continued.

Limestone County District Attorney Kristi Valls said the defense asked for the continuance.

Anthony “Andy” Houston Dugger, 32, of Athens pleaded guilty to murder in the January 2002 shooting death of Shane Jarrett.

Dugger’s sentencing hearing was to be Tuesday. It is rescheduled for April 25.

Athens police said Jarrett’s wife, Melissa Jarrett, and Dugger were having an affair and hired Dugger’s cousin, Chad Reece of Elkmont, to kill Shane Jarrett.

Melissa Jarrett and Reece previously accepted plea bargains and are serving life with the possibility of parole.

- Holly Hollman

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