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Motorcyclist faces meth lab charges

HARTSELLE — A man caught riding a motorcycle with meth-lab materials strapped to it will face more than traffic violations, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department said Monday. Drug agents charged William David Starr, 46, of 32 Bowles Bridge Road, Hartselle, with first-degree manufacturing methamphetamine in addition to the traffic violations that prompted a deputy to pull him over in the first place, said Chief Deputy Mike Corley. He said the deputy pulled Starr over on Peachtree Road near Alabama 36 at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Starr gave consent to search, and it was discovered that one of the hard plastic containers on the back of his motorcycle contained elements known to be used to manufacture drugs,” Corley said. He said Starr has a history of drug-related charges. His bond on the meth charge was set at $500,000. He remained in Morgan County Jail on Monday.

- Seth Burkett

Intoxicated witness no help after fight

ATHENS — A witness was too intoxicated to tell police what led to an altercation after someone entered a home with a gun, police said.

Capt. Marty Bruce said Manuel Wallace, 23, of 1100 N. Houston St., Athens, allegedly fired two shots into a home at 413 Rogers St. at 1 a.m. Sunday and then entered the home with a gun. The occupants, who were watching television, got into an altercation with Wallace.

A 19-year-old man produced a knife and got cut on his finger. A 24-year-old victim got a cut on the head. He was too intoxicated to say what happened, Bruce said. There were broken beer bottles in the street and two vehicles with windshield damage.

Police charged Wallace with shooting into an occupied dwelling and transferred him to the Limestone County Jail.

- Holly Hollman

Police say man was dragged by driver

A man trying to stop a motorist from leaving the scene of an accident was dragged about 1,000 feet from the scene, Decatur police said in a report released Monday.

Police charged driver Juan Pedro Francisco, 25, of Decatur with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and no proof of insurance following the incident on Robinson Street Southwest at 8 a.m. Sunday. Mark Bergeson, 58, said in his statement to police that he saw Francisco back into his son’s car.

“He tried to leave, and I tried to stop him by turning off the car,” Bergeson said in his statement. “Then he accelerated. ...”

Police said the dragging ended when Francisco’s vehicle ran off the road and struck a tree. A mailbox was also damaged. The report said Bergeson was injured but not taken to a hospital.

- Seth Burkett

Man won’t say who stabbed his back

A stabbing victim wouldn’t tell officers who stabbed him in the back, Decatur police said Monday. Lt. Frank DeButy, a police spokesman, said officers went to an apartment in the 2100 block of Central Parkway shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday on the stabbing call.

Terrance Darnell Davis, 37, who had a puncture wound near his left shoulder blade, declined to say who was responsible. Davis only said that the stabbing had taken place inside his apartment, DeButy said.

Davis, who also had a laceration on his thumb, was taken by ambulance to Decatur General Hospital for treatment, DeButy said. Police said his injuries did not appear life-threatening.

- Seth Burkett

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