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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 10, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 A wild ride  In the past he’s been wild, so Cardinals pitcher converting to outfielder.    jg  Bush in Alabama  President visits Montgomery today to promote his Social Security plan    3A  Tbe News-Courier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  enewscourier.com  i - A.  50 Cents  Fill ’er up  Gas prices on the rise as travel season approaches  3A  ШШ  Hey, Sound Off:  1 would love for everyone to know we have two wonderful people living in Athens on Elkton Road. Our little dog “Pretty Boy” got out of our chain-linked fence and was gone for two days.  This man and woman found him on their street and called Animal Control. They told them where he lived and they brought him home. We tried to pay them, but they would not take any money.  They were so nice. It’s sad we don’t have more pet lovers like these people. I would like to tell the person who hit and killed a beautiful dog in the yard on Horton Street and kept going very fast in the blue car that there was a witness and you’ll get yours.  More Sound Off Valley, 5A  Gel the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Seii's-Coiirier »  232-2720  Index     Classified ..    4-7B      Comics.....    .....8B      Ledger .....    8A      Business____    11A      MiniPage____    12A      Obituaries ...    2A      Ruth Riley Burlingame      Sports .....    1-3B     Daiiv Bible Moment  anxious for nothing, hut in everything by prayer...let your requests by made known to God.  Philippians 4:6  .Ш Н»л.31\«Л1Ь«ц« 256-23M05I Obil line 256-771-0934  69847 00001  Robbery suspects caugbt  Off-duty Elkmont cop, manager spoil plan to holdup KMart  By Sonny Turner  sonm>@athensne\\'s-couneKcom An off-duty Elkmont policeman and the manager of Kmart were determined Wednesday to nab one of two men who had just robbed the Athens store by jumping over a back counter and using a screwdriver to pry open a cash register.  And they did, chasing him across the store parking lot, across U.S. 31 and into the parking lot at Athens High School. The robber was nabbed at the school just as he attempted to enter a locked side door.  Elkmont Police Chief Donnie Johns, who  Corey Brooks James Pullen  was off duty and in the store shopping at the time, and Kmart Manager Terry Cox were on the man’s heels as he attempted to get away  by entering the school late Wednesday mom-ing. But they nabbed him before he could do that. Athens police officers then took the suspect into custody.  The other suspect also fled on foot and went into a home on Pryor Street. But Athens officer Tom Allen witnessed him going into the home and apprehended the suspect inside the house.  Arrested and charged with second-degree robbery are Corey Latrail Brooks, 24, of 4808 Garrison Street, Huntsville, and James Pullen, 20, of 2707 Sparkman Drive, Huntsville. Both were transferred to the  Limestone County Jail.  Lt.-Detective Floyd Johnson said investigators believe Brooks and Pullen were working as a “decoy team” to rob the store. Johnson said one suspect was spotted in the layaway department jumping the counter where he used a screwdri\ er to pry open the cash register.  “The manager saw him do that and went back to investigate and asked him what he was doing and he ran,” Johnson said. “Chief Johns v\as in the store and became involved  See Robbery, Page 2A  Athens woman wore bracelet of MIA soldier  By Phil Willis  phiKàiathensnews-courier.com  The war in Vietnam topped the news almost every night back in 1972, when Harriet Davis was an impressionable college student. Her friends at the University of Alabama talked constantly of the war — some even answered the call to fight it. And some became lost there.  “Those were turbulent times,” Davis recalled.  It seemed only natural to young Harriet, when she and her sister took a vacation trip to Pensacola. Fla., that summer, to buy one of the POW'MIA bracelets she saw being sold along the sandy beach. After all, proceeds from the sale of the bracelets helped to track the fate of those missing members of her generation.  Time passed and memories of Vietnam faded. Harriet eventually put the bracelet away in a drawer.  See Bracelet, Page 2A  News-C’ourier Tashia Lovell  Harriet Davis, above, examines a POW/MIA bracelet she purchased in 1972. She learned last week the Army had identified the remains of the soldier whose name is engraved on the commemorative jewelry, seen in a close-up at left.  Council okays 20 new patro cars for APD  By Sonny Turner   sonny@athensnews-couner.com   The Athens Police Department will replace 20 patrol cars and add a van to its fleet sometime this summer.  Athens Police Chief Wayne Harper said Wednesday he hopes to have the new vehicles on the road within the next three to four months. He said the van will be used to transport inmates from the Athens City Jail to the new Limestone County Detention Center off East Elm Street.  The Athens City Council Monday night approved replacing the patrol cars with an estimated cost of $ 117,000 per year for the next four years.  Harper said the city will likely lease the vehicles from the state contract.  “We are not adding any additional patrol cars,” Нафег said. “The cars we’re getting will replace the old ones that have high mileage.” Harper said some of the existing patrol cars are 1993 models.  The council’s approval to upgrade the patrol cars came with a proposal to also upgrade radio equipment and to purchase a lawnmower for the Athens Fire Department. Harper said APD will also purchase a new voice recorder.  In another move in APD, Нафег said officer Jay Looney has been moved to the investigative division. Looney replaces David Jones who returns to day shift patrol. Officer Johnny Morell has transferred from day shift to night  See APD, Page 2A  News-Courier/Kim Rynders  Jay Looney has joined the investigative team with the Athens Police Department.  Union rejects contract at Browns Ferry  From Staff Reports  Pinkerton Government Services is placing profits before community safety in its contract negotiations with professional security officers at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, officials with the United Government Security Officers of America Local 22 claimed Wednesday.  The union unanimously rejected a final contract offer last week.  “Our members are seeking a strong and fair contract that represents their contributions to protecting this community,” said Local 22 President Eric Mc.Millen, of Killen. “We are professionals who deserve a contract that is competitive with our peers at other nuclear facilities.”  McMillen is a security off'icer at Browns Ferry employed by the Pinkerton agency. He said there are more than 130 union members locally.  Pinkerton Government Services is a subcontractor for the Tennessee Valley Authority which runs the facility. Operations at the plant fall under the Service Contact Act. a federal law that provides for wage, safety and health standards on federal contracts. There are more than 130 security officers employed at Browns Ferry, officials said.  Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, there has been a sfiecial emphasis placed on professional security forces at nuclear power facilities. Security officers are subjected to additional rigorous training and evaluation to ensure that the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant is protected at all times.  Less than 20 percent of the officers have been with Pinkerton more than four years. A strict screening process results in the hiring of only top-  See Browns Ferry, Page 2A  . r II »шшиам»! *■ -«тга,, ; jaJW   

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