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Family struggles to rebuild after truck slams home

Willie Mae Morgan was asleep the night the Chevrolet Suburban obliterated her kitchen earlier this month.

"I know it scared me when I heard that loud noise," she said, surveying the damage almost two weeks later. "But I really didn't know what to think was happening."

Authorities say what was happening was a dispute that began at a local night club and carried on to the Morgan home on Boneville Circle. Last week, they took out warrants charging Ms. Morgan's grandson, Antione Stanley, with the offenses of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, theft of a motor vehicle and criminal damage to property in the first degree. A former McDuffie County resident, the 28-year-old man now lives near Atlanta, according to police.

Deputy Marc Coy of the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department said Mr. Stanley is accused of deliberately slamming a stolen 1999 Chevrolet Suburban into the home. The deputy said he was targeting the owner of the SUV, Dexter Mashun Martin.

Deputy Coy said Mr. Martin "was pinned" to the side of the stove in the kitchen by the SUV.

Mr. Martin told Deputy Coy that he and the suspect had gotten into "an altercation" earlier and that when they arrived to Ms. Morgan's home, he walked inside the house through the kitchen door. The man said he left his keys inside his vehicle and that a short while later, Mr. Stanley crashed the vehicle into the house. Mr. Martin received what Deputy Coy described as about a one-inch gash to his left arm.

The victim was taken to the McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson for treatment of his injury.

Mr. Stanley is described as black, 5 foot, 8 inches tall, with black hair and brown eyes. His last known address was listed as 360 Eastwyck Circle, Decatur, according to information released by authorities. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Stanley is asked to notify the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department at (706)-595-2040.

As for Ms. Morgan - who is recovering from back surgery and shares her home with her brothers, Robert Lee Martin and Leon Martin - it's the second time in as many years that her home has been seriously damaged. A year ago, fire was the culprit.

The three adults who live there are keeping cold items in a refrigerator located in an outside shed, while cooking outdoors on a grill or in a deep fryer. Repairs won't be made until an insurance adjustor is able to determine the amount of damages.

Web posted on Thursday, July 19, 2007

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