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Disgruntled worker allegedly beats 2

ATHENS — A construction worker with a grudge allegedly broke into two Athens homes and attacked two people, according to Athens police.

Ramaro Canseco Vazquez, 24, of 506 Fourth St., Athens, allegedly was angry at one person on Malone Street because he thought the person got him fired from a restaurant, Capt. Marty Bruce said.

Vazquez was angry at the second person on Malone Street over some incident that happened two years ago, Bruce said.

Vazquez allegedly beat the two victims, giving one a black eye, according to reports.

He is in the Limestone County Jail without bond set, charged with two counts of third-degree burglary.

- Holly Hollman

Bailed-out man is back in jail

A Decatur man out on bond on trafficking and distribution charges is back jail after another drug arrest on Saturday.

Deantay Juan Orr, 26, of 1007 Eighth St. S.E., was out on bond after his September 2006 arrest on charges of trafficking and two counts of distribution of controlled substance when Decatur police officers arrested him again at a traffic stop at Penny Lane and Harrison Street Southeast.

Officers found there was a warrant on Orr for driving with a revoked license. They said they also found what appeared to be a quantity of crack cocaine and marijuana on him.

The department transferred him to Morgan County Jail, where bond is $151,500.

- Bayne Hughes

Coon Hunters host spring fundraiser

LACEY’S SPRING — The Tennessee River Coon Hunters Association will have a spring fundraiser Saturday starting at 9:30 a.m., with a 90-foot meat shoot.

To reach the clubhouse in Lacey’s Spring on Fields Road, turn off U.S. 231 at the caution light. Member Herb Fields said the association will offer baked chicken plates starting at 11:30. He said a horseshoe tournament begins at 12:30 p.m., followed by karaoke music.

He said a cake and pie auction, along “with anything you can bring,” will be at 7 and 8, and there will be drawing for $100 at 8.

- Ronnie Thomas

Hanceville woman killed in wreck

CULLMAN — A Hanceville woman died Sunday evening in a one-vehicle wreck.

State troopers reported that 19-year-old Vanessa Wood did not survive the 6:12 p.m. wreck on Cullman County 703, three miles east of Cullman.

- Bayne Hughes

Identity theft suspect caught

Texas authorities arrested a Huntsville man this weekend wanted in Decatur for identity theft.

A Decatur Police Department press release said Texas authorities picked up Jeffrey Bernard Williams, 39, of 1119 Knight Road, Apartment C, Huntsville, during a traffic stop Saturday and he’s already been extradited to Decatur. He was later transferred to Morgan County Jail and released on $750 bond.

The report said a Decatur citizen reported the theft of his identity in March and then investigators developed Williams as a suspect.

- Bayne Hughes

Plane returns after pilot sees crack

HUNTSVILLE — Air traffic controllers at Huntsville International Airport diverted a US Airways flight back to the airport after the pilot noticed a crack in one of the inner panels of the cockpit windows.

Laura Gipson, a spokeswoman for the Port of Huntsville, said Flight 2436, a regional jet with 50 people aboard, departed Huntsville for Charlotte, N.C., at 11:15 a.m. and had ascended to about 15,000 feet when the pilot noticed the crack.

She said the plane touched down about 30 minutes later and taxied to the gate on its own.

“There was no pressure loss,” Gipson said. “The passengers deplaned, and the airline rerouted them accordingly. No one has determined the cause of the crack. A maintenance crew will inspect the damage and make the necessary repairs.”

- Ronnie Thomas

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