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Isolated acts of violence mar holiday week

The suspect in a stabbing at Lawnwood Cemetary was still at large Wednesday, following a holiday week marred by several violent incidents, including a bloody altercation between roommates and a birthday party that devolved into a family fight where shots were fired.

Police responded Tuesday to a call at Fire Station #2 on Highway 162 where they found evidence of an unsuccessful forced entry. The back door to the building was damaged, as if someone had tried to kick it in. No property was reported missing.

Last Friday, police responded to a call to a house on Highway 81 where they found a young man, Danny Wayne Varner, covered in blood in his driveway.

Varner claimed his roommate, Michael Alan Robello, had flown into a rage and attacked him with a knife when Varner informed Robello that he was moving to Florida. Robello disputed this, claiming Varner had caused his own injuries. He also admitted to possession of marijuana, which was found on the table in the residence. Varner was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Police responded Christmas Day to an assault report on Tanyard road where a large group of men and women were gathered outside shouting. Some of the men appeared to be carrying bats and pipes, and told police that a gunman was inside the house with children.

Deputies ascertained that a fight had broken out during a family birthday gathering and Shelvis Dwayne Hillman had pulled out a gun and fired into the air. He then struck an unidentified 31-year-old female in the mouth. He was arrested.

On the 23, a man was robbed at gunpoint in his own home on Wildwood Trail.