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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 19, 2005, Athens, Alabama im ksdw, Mu 19,2005 cnen scouricucom News-Courier/Kim Rynders Limestone County Sheriff Mike Biakely plays pat-a-cake with his grandson, Ben Blakely, during a street dance Tuesday night. The dance was one of several events during Rodeo Week. The Limestone County Sheriff’s Rodeo will be Friday and Saturday night starting at 8 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. for children’s activities. Like his grandfather, Ben is a rodeo fan and both will attend the Sheriff’s Rodeo this weekend at the arena on Alabama 99. Little Italy    Up at bat A new Pizza Hut Italian Bistro opens    Ardmore to play in state softball on Main Street in Ardmore J2A i tourney today in Montgomery jg The Neuis Serving Athens and Limestone County! A Community of Tradition ANn Future Garland Murphree of Athens Subscriber of the day Hey, Sound Off: I travel U.S. 72 daily and numerous times I have seen a trash transport truck full of garbage traveling from the our Limestone County dump site on near Seven Mile Post Road and travel west toward Lauderdale County. I have seen thousands of pieces of paper, trash and cardboard blow from the backs sides of theses trucks. They have mesh covers over the open tops, but the mesh has holes in it the size of a small car. I know the driver realizes tons of trash is blowing off the back and sides of the trailer into the highway, yards and businesses, I also realize he doesn't seem to care. Maybe this company couldn’t care less, but 1 do care. If a citizen throws a gum wrapper out the window he is and should be fined, so why does the City of Athens and haulers like not have to obey the same laws. More Sound Off Valley, 5A Index Business........12A Classified ......4-7B Comics..........8B Ledger.........11A Headlines........4A NASCAR.........2B Obituaries........2A Robert A. Troop Jr. Opinion .........4A Sports ........1-3B Weather  2A Valley ..........5A Daily Bible Moment $&lessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is in the Lord. Jeremiah 17:7 322 Hwv. 31 N • AthtBJ 256-232-1051 ' m UaH Obil line 256-771-0934 7    69847‘00001 Lauderdale Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The News-Courier 232-2720 Investigation of Humane Society prez continues Members tried to remove Wescott from organization By Sonny Turner sonny@athensneus-courier. com Athens police were not ruling out the possibility Wednesday that the president of the Athens-Limestone Humane Society could face additional    theft chaiges. •‘We are still Wescott investigating and I can’t say that we don’t anticipate more charges,” said Lt.-Det. Floyd Johnson. “But she has posted bail and been released from jail.” The latest theft charge against Mary Beth Wescott, 39, of 25028 Capshaw Road, Athens, came Tuesday when police arrested her for third-degree theft. On Friday of last week, Wescott was arrested on a warrant charging her with second-degree theft, a felony. Wescott owns and operates a local pet sitting business, and through that business, she is accused of stealing money from the homes of at least two of her customers. Wescott was arrested and accused of stealing $600 from one Athens home and warrants were obtained Monday on the additional theft charge in connection with the theft of $150 in cash from the home of another customer. Capt. Marty Bruce said Monday that Wescott admitted to Detective Trevor Harris that she stole money from the homes while attending to pets whose owners were out of town. Wescott owns and operates “Pet Sitter” from her home. In that business, police said she contracts with homeowners to go into their homes and look after their pets while they are on vacation or out of town on business. Wescott is also embroiled in problems at the Humane Society. She filed a report with the Limestone County Sheriff’s See Humane, Page 2A grand jury indicts couple in porn case By Kelly Kazek kelly@athensnews-courier.com A videotape showing sex acts with a 15-year-old girl led to the indictment of a Rogersville man who was employed at his father’s Limestone County business, according to the Lauderdale County District Attorney. Clayton Joseph Boggs Jr., 40, whose father owns Kindred Grocery just across the Tennessee River bridge, was charged with production of obscene material and sexual abuse, said District Attorney Chris Connolly. Billy Jo Brasher, 25, who was living with Boggs on Lauderdale County Road 91 in late 2003 when authorities began investigating the couple, was charged with distributing marijuana to a minor, Connolly said. Boggs and Brasher were indicted May 2 by a Lauderdale County grand jury, but details were not released until the couple was arrested this week. Both the sex acts and the distribution of marijuana were recorded on a videotape found in the couple’s home, Connolly said. “His home was searched by our sheriff’s department and obscene materials were found,” he said. “It appears to be a videotape of himself and a minor.” Lauderdale County Sheriff Ronnie Willis said a call from Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely started the investigation. “The Boggses run p service station in Limestone County and Mike had a victim come in who said she was buying some merchandise and Boggs wanted to take some pictures of her in exchange for the merchandise,” Willis said. “Then we got a search warrant for his residence over here.” News-Courier/Alissa Clark New Ruby Tuesday restaurant is under construction off U.S. 72 just west of Interstate 65. The new restaurant is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Lone Star approved here, work on Ruby Tuesday under way By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier.com It’s now official, a Lone Star restaurant will be locating in Athens sometime in the near future. The Athens Planning Commission gave site plan approval to the nationally known chain-operated steak house Tuesday night. Lone Star will locate off U.S. 72 East near the Ruby Tuesday restaurant that is now being constructed just west of Interstate 65. ‘Both restaurants will be on the north side of U.S. 72. Athens City Planner Gail Ultz said Wednesday that Lone Star and Ruby Tuesday will be in the Athens-Limestone Crossing Development that is owned by Bill Ming, of Athens. In addition, Ultz said Backyard Burgers has also received site plan approval from the Planning Commission to construct a restaurant in the same area. Ruby Tuesday is expected to open its new restaurant sometime this summer. Ultz said no construction plan has been filed with the city as yet from Lone Star officials. The nearest Lone Star restaurant to Athens in northern Alabama is the one in Huntsville off University Drive. Ruby Tuesday and Lone Star are the first two major chain-operated restaurants to announce location in Athens since the city went wet in September of 2003. It has also been announced that a Holiday Inn motel will be coming to Athens sometime in the near future. ■■■■мнииииииш Recipient of makeover to appear on TV Donna Quarto of Hartselle is set to appear this morning on The Early Show on CBS, along with a team Quarto, before and after of five area professionals who completed her “extreme” makeover this month. The show plans to feature “Mission: Makeover 2005,” a fund-raising project, at 8 a.m. The segment may be moved if breaking news occurs. Quarto, a 46-year-old single mother, attended a See Makeover, Page 2A