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Coroner seeks autopsy in teen's death

SOMERVILLE — Authorities are investing the death of a Somerville teenager found dead in his bedroom on Sunday night, Morgan County Coroner Russ Beard said.

Beard said the teen was Matthew Swinea, 19, who lived at Still Meadow Estates.

Beard said Swinea came home Sunday morning and went to his room. His family checked on him Sunday around 8:15 p.m. He was not breathing.

"There were no signs of foul play," Beard said. "The body will be sent for an autopsy."

Attack victim gets help in Falkville

FALKVILLE — A victim, who according to scanner reports was choking and spitting up blood after an attack, sought help at the Falkville Police Department on Sunday afternoon.

Falkville firefighter Roy Coley said someone brought the victim in a vehicle to the Police Department. He said a firefighter walked across the road to to offer assistance. Coley said an ambulance transported the victim to Hartselle Medical Center.

Coley did not know if someone or something attacked the victim, and he did not have the victim's name.

He said the incident occurred somewhere in Morgan County, so the Morgan County Sheriff's Department will investigate.

Sheriff Greg Bartlett and Capt. Mike Corley did not return THE DAILY's messages.

Steak-Out delivery employee assaulted

Decatur police were investigating an assault against a Steak-Out employee Sunday night.

According to a dispatcher, someone assaulted the employee during a delivery around 8:50. Further information was not immediately available. Steak-Out is on Sixth Avenue.

Limestone investigating possible suicide

CAPSHAW — Limestone County authorities were investigating a possible suicide in Capshaw on Sunday.

Sheriff Mike Blakely said a woman called 911 around 9:15 p.m. and reported the possible suicide. He did not have any information about the victim at press time. A dispatcher said the victim was male.

The location was on U.S. 72 near Midway Baptist Church in eastern Limestone County.

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