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Six charged with making meth, man allegedly assaulted brother

By Staff
Six people ranging in age from 61 to 21 were arrested in Falkville last week, each accused of manufacturing methamphetamine.
According to Sheriff Greg Bartlett, deputies conducted a welfare check at 50 Mountain Way Private Drive in Falkville on Aug. 3. Deputies discovered William Bradley Pridmore, 36, allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine.
Pridmore was apprehended after a brief escape attempt. While deputies were pursuing Pridmore, other people were seen trying to escape. All five were later detained.
Deputies found two one liter one-pot methamphetamine labs, a gas generator and other equipment and ingredients needed to manufacture methamphetamine.
Finished methamphetamine was also found.
In addition to Pridmore, others arrested were: Joshua Lee Chaney, 21, of Falkville; Donald Earl Hartzell, 47, of Falkville; James Luther Leathers,40, of Falkville; Bernie Joe Walker, 61, of Falkville; and Margaret Woljevach Penn, 48, of Falkville. All were charged with the unlawful manufacturing of the controlled substance methamphetamine in the first degree. All were given a $50,000 bond initially, pending a check on probationary status.
In a separate incident, another Falkville man was arrested on domestic violence charges after he allegedly attacked his brother.
Bartlett said his officer responded to a 911 call Aug. 1 at 462 Suits Road in Falkville. Deputies arrived on the scene and found a man they believed to be intoxicated. He was later identified as Billy Wayne Hopkins, 61.
Deputies found Elbert Hugh Hopkins Jr., of Athens, lying unconscious on the floor with a head wound. Deputies also located a claw hammer with what appeared to be blood on it inside the home.
Hopkins was arrested on domestic violence in the second degree. He is being held in the Morgan County Jail on $25,000 bond. Elbert Hopkins was taken to UAB where he was receiving treatment in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit.

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