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I-565 accident kills 1, injures 3

A sport utility vehicle plunged over a guardrail after a collision on Interstate 565 Saturday night, killing an Indiana woman and injuring three people.

The SUV collided in the rain with a car from Hinds County, Miss., said Huntsville police officer Dean Paulin. The woman who died was ejected from the SUV. Limestone County Coroner Mike West identified her as Donna B. Barthel, 53, of Mount Vernon, Ind.

A man, woman and child from the SUV were taken to Huntsville Hospital, Paulin said. Nobody in the car was hurt. Names were not available. Assistant Coroner Andy Jackson said their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

The accident happened about 8:15 p.m. as the vehicles were traveling east, with the car in the inside lane and the SUV in the outside lane, Paulin said. They bumped and hydroplaned, and the SUV went over the rail on the bridge just west of the Mooresville exit.

Barthel’s body landed a few feet behind the vehicle, Jackson said. She had head injuries. He did not know whether she was wearing a safety belt.

Police stopped traffic in what are normally the interstate’s eastbound lanes, making it two-way in the westbound lanes.

Holly Hollman

5 men arrested near alleged drug house

ATHENS — “The dope’s not mine,” or similar words, was the contention of five Athens men caught running from an alleged drug house, an investigator said.

“We didn’t believe that,” said Athens drug investigator Johnny Morell.

The Limestone-Athens Drug Unit served a search warrant at a home on Irvin Street, he said, after receiving complaints about drug activity. The unit recovered nearly a half-ounce of marijuana.

Charged Friday with first-degree illegal possession of marijuana were Trevon Lamra Beavers, 20, of 2102 Stanford St., released on $5,000 bond; Brandon Lamont Beverly, 22, of 8031/2 Irvin St., held on $5,000 bond; Michael Tavaras Lockett, 29, of 2100 Hine St., released on $5,000 bond; Dameon Laneal Moore, 20, of 807 Irvin St., released on $5,000 bond; and Marlin Ladaris Randolph, 18, of 1206 Somerest Ridge, also charged with carrying a pistol without a permit and released on $5,500 bond.

Holly Hollman

District 2 trustee retains board seat

TRINITY — Trustee Andrew McCay of Moulton held off two challengers to retain his District 2 board seat in Saturday’s annual meeting at Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Corp.

EMC General Manager George Kitchens said McCay received about 53 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff. The two-term incumbent, who has degrees from Auburn University and Alabama A&M, won his first term in 2004 when he defeated former trustee R.J. Coan of Mount Hope.

Former Lawrence County Commissioner Randall LouAllen finished second, and retired educator Royal Carpenter was third. Vote counts were not available.

Ricky Knouff of District 1 and Wayne Anderson of District 3 had no challengers.

Under a bylaw the membership passed in 2004, trustees are paid $818 per month.

Deangelo McDaniel

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