Hammered man still critical

As of Wednesday, the man struck with a hammer while allegedly breaking into a home on New Year’s Eve remained in the intensive care unit at Huntsville Hospital. DeKalb County Sheriff, Jimmy Harris said 58-year-old Dennis Eugene Johnson of Crossville was still in critical condition. Johnson is accused of breaking down the door to get into the home of Donald and Amanda Thompson on County Road 24. Johnson was hit with a hammer and the Thompson’s were also injured but they have since been treated and released from Marshall Medical Center South.