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Man allegedly assaults ex-stepson

An altercation between Jackie Ray McAbee and his ex-stepson led to McAbee’s arrest Friday night.

Decatur police charged McAbee, 57, of 1802 Milligan St. S.W., with first-degree burglary and second-degree assault on the 17-year-old.

Police said McAbee forced entry into the home of the juvenile and his mother, who was not there, on Danville Road about 6:55 p.m. He allegedly attacked the teenager with a fixed-blade knife.

The juvenile escaped and called 911. He was transported to Decatur General Hospital, where he was treated.

Pending a bond hearing, McAbee is being held at the Decatur City Jail.

Catherine Godbey

Accident injures teens near Athens

Friday night ended with a trip to Athens-Limestone Hospital for five teenagers from Harvest and Athens.

They were in a two-vehicle accident at 9:30 p.m. eight miles east of Athens on East Limestone Road.

State troopers said Margaret Schrimsher, 16, of Athens, and her passenger, Taylor Fowler, 15, of Harvest, suffered injuries. Occupants of the other vehicle — driver Kevin Bivens, 16, of Harvest and passengers Miranda Thacker, 16, of Athens and John Marshal, 16, of Harvest — also were injured.

The hospital treated and released all of the teenagers Friday night.

Catherine Godbey

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