Assault with ax handle and hammer sends three to hospital

      DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris states that around11:30pm on New Year's Eve night DeKalb County Sheriff's Office received a callon a breaking and entering at 4801 County Road 24 in the Painter area. When LtBrown, Lt Rigstad and Deputy Oliver arrived on the scene they found the door hadbeen kicked in.

      Dennis Eugene Johnson, of 742 County Road 129 Crossville, anacquaintance of Donald Phillips, and Amanda Michelle Thompson, went to theresidence and forced his way into the residence. During the altercation Johnsonreceived injuries from a hammer, Phillips received injuries from an axe handleand Thompson also received injuries. The DeKalb Ambulance Service was called tothe scene and all three were transported to Marshall Medical South were Johnsonwas later transported to Huntsville Hospital where he remains in the ICU in criticalcondition.