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Robber fired shot, Decatur police say

Decatur police are investigating a robbery in which a shot was fired in a parking lot outside an apartment building late Tuesday.

Felipe Gonzalez, 27, told police he and a friend were hanging out in the parking lot in the 2400 block of Kelley Avenue Southwest when two black males approached and asked to use a cell phone.

One of the men was described as about 5 feet 8 and 165 pounds.

His accomplice was 5 feet 10 and weighed 170.

Both wore black shorts and black shirts.

“The shorter black male pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. Gonzalez handed over his wallet, cell phone and cash,” said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

“As the two ran away, the one with the pistol fired a shot in the victims’ direction.”

Fortunately, no one was hit, Mathews said.

Anyone with information about the robbery can call the Decatur police tip line at 341-INFO (4636).

- Seth Burkett

Men allegedly had $640,000 in coke

Narcotics agents arrested two major drug suppliers with ties to Decatur and Huntsville at a gas station in Madison on Sunday, police said.

During the arrests of Rafael Rodriguez Nunez, 27, and Hugo Garcia Nunez, 22, both of Oneonta, agents seized 4 kilograms of cocaine with a street value of $640,000, said Sgt. Gerry Norris of the Madison-Morgan County Strategic Counter-Drug Team.

Norris said the arrests conclude a six-month investigation into a Mexican drug enterprise that the team has been
trying to dismantle for some time.

Both men were booked into the Madison County Metro Jail and held in lieu of $500,000 bond.

- Seth Burkett

Wreck injures teen on bicycle

A Decatur teen riding a bicycle collided with a pickup Wednesday about 6:20 p.m. near Chestnut Grove Elementary School, police said.

Robert Evan Leech, 17, was taken to Decatur General
Hospital by ambulance following the accident on Vicks-
burg Drive Southwest, police said.

Leech apparently suffered fractured vertebrae. Police were still trying to determine whether the pickup, driven by a friend of Leech’s, had run over him.

The injuries were not life-threatening.

- Seth Burkett

Troopers release I-65 wreck names

State troopers on Wednesday released the names of those involved in Tuesday afternoon’s wreck on Interstate 65 near Decatur.

State troopers said drivers Mary McCaleb, 55, of Decatur and Amy Pettey, 36, of Somerville were injured.

The driver of a tractor-trailer also involved in the crash was not injured.

McCaleb was the driver of a southbound car that, according to witnesses, collided with the stopped sport utility vehicle
driven by Pettey.

The SUV then collided with the tractor-trailer.

Conditions for McCaleb and Pettey were not available.

- Seth Burkett

Athens charge 2 with disorderly

ATHENS — Two men who fired shots at an entertainment center are facing disorderly conduct charges.

Athens police received a call of shots fired Tuesday night in the vicinity of a Campbell Drive duplex.

Officers Jason Threet and Shelby Castro saw some-
one peek out of a duplex
window and used a bullhorn
to order them to come

Police arrested a 28-year-old man and 22-year-old man on the misdemeanor charge.

Lt. Floyd Johnson said the entertainment center was outside and the two shot at it “just because.”

Capt. Marty Bruce said they used a 9 mm handgun and a .380 caliber handgun.

- Holly Hollman

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