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Hartselle Enquirer

Dog argument leads to arrest

An argument over a dog, fueled by alcohol, led to a Morgan County man being charged with second degree burglary on Monday, according to Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin.

Morgan County sheriff’s dispatchers received a call about a fight in progress at 1805 Hwy. 36, East , Lot 3, Somerville. Deputy Anthony Coburn responded. He found that the caller was not a participant in the altercation, and was directed to the residence in question.

Deputy Coburn determined that an investigation was needed to determine the severity of the possible offense.

Investigator Chad Smith responded and determined that the victims had gotten bit by a dog from a neighbor, Charles “Junior” Maxwell. They had asked for the dog because they noticed it wasn’t being cared for. That evening, Maxwell came back to their residence, demanding the dog back. When they refused, he became irate and left the residence in a fit of anger.

A short time later, Maxwell re-entered their residence without permission. He charged the male resident and struck him several times in the face. The resident fought back and was able to gain control of Maxwell, holding him on the ground. Maxwell seemed to calm down and the resident released his hold. Maxwell then got up, grabbed a large kitchen knife from a counter and began swinging it at the resident. He then threw the knife down and ran out.

Maxwell was found In his mobile home, and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. He was subsequently arrested and charged with burglary in the second degree, a Class B felony. He is being held in Morgan County Jail in lieu of a $2,500 bond.

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