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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 2, 2005, Athens, Alabama Thursday, Junk 2, 2005 enewscou rier.com 50 Cents Index Business...... 13A Classified..... 4-7B Comics....... ...8B Ledger ....... 11A Mini Page..... 14A NASCAR ...... ?B Opinion....... 4A Obituaries..... ?A Orenthal S. Shoulders Sports....... 1-3B Valley........ RA Weather...... 2A Daily Bible Moment hen the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom he receives. Hebrews 12:6 o •*Wt (W 322 Hwy. 31N* Athens 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934 7    69847    00001 News-Courier/Kim Rynders Police and paramedics remove Scott Williams from his home at the corner of Pryor and Malone streets in Athens Wednesday morning, top, while Athens Police Lt. Floyd Johnson, above, in the early stages of the standoff, maneuvers into position to enter the house. At left, Athens Police Chief Wayne Harper addresses the media after the conclusion of the standoff. Driver charged with murder in I-565 accident By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier.com The driver of the car that crashed on 1-565 Friday killing two men has been charged with two counts of murder because police say he was driving recklessly at the time of the wreck. Marcelino Ortiz Velazquez, 26, of 101337 Cardinal Ave., Decatur, was being held in Limestone County Jail without bond Wednesday. He was arrested from warrants obtained by Huntsville police. Limestone County Coroner Mike West said he has not been able to make a positive identification of the two men killed in the wreck, although two names were listed in the warrant obtained by HPD in the office of Limestone Circuit Court Clerk Charles Page. “That may take a few more days,” West said Wednesday. “We may have to get DNA from a family member to ID one of the victims. But I’m told he has a son living in Decatur.” The warrant charging Velazquez with two counts of murder identify the victims as See Murder, Page 2A TOWS law ■■ EXCEPT LOCAL DELIVERIES 2 Cross Key property owners voice concerns Man says weight limits on roads hurt business News-Courier/Kim Rynders Weight limit signs posted on Easter Ferry Road by county. By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier. com Jerry Miller is blaming the Limestone County Commission for his not working and says if commissioners don’t remove a 15-ton weight limit law on several county roads in his area he will be forced out of business. “All I ask is to work in peace without getting harassed by the DOT,” the Cross Key septic tank contractor told commissioners who were meeting work session Wednesday. “I’ve been in this business 40 years and now I haven’t worked in three weeks. I won’t go back unless you lift the weight limits. I can’t afford to.” Miller was one of two Cross Key residents voicing concerns with commissioners Wednesday. Allen Harrison who lives on Cross Key Road said he was concerned about the poor condition of the road and the danger the road poses to motorists. Miller and Harrison’s concerns directly involve the Rogers Group rock quarry located off Easter Ferry Road just north of Cross Key. Commissioners posted 15-ton weight limits on several roads in the area in hopes of keeping large trucks such as those from the rock quarry from tearing up the roads. Harrison believes the commission should do more. He wants the entire road resurfaced. Miller says his backhoe exceeds the 15-ton weight limit and that forces him to drive extra miles to get to a job. “It costs money when you have to go around, especially with diesel fuel at $2.30 a gallon,” he said. “I’m in and out six to eight times a day.” Miller owns and operates his business across from the rock quarry on Easter Ferry Road. See Cross Key, Page 2A Summer salads Prince in at West? Try these recipes for grilled steak and raisin salads Ex-basketball coach Jeff Prince expected to be named WLHS football coach IB The News-Courier Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future ^y&crct rn/crt/h/ùf Iva Townsend of Lester Subscriber of the day Business news Limestone Chapel Funeral Home is under new management. 13A Hey, Sound Off: If you think socialized medicine is the way to go, run on up to Canada and get on their waiting lists. The difference between socialized medicine and being healed by Jesus is that those being healed didn't have to wait. Their healing took place immediately. If socialized medicine is so great, why didn't Bill Clinton go up to Canada? The Bible also says that “the love of money is the root of all evil,” not necessarily being rich. As far as welfare goes — “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” (2 Thes. 3:10) More Sound Off Valley, 5A Man shot with nail gun Despondent man turns tool on self after lengthy standoff Get the news with your morning Subscribe to The News-Courier 232-2720 By Karen Middleton A 32-year-old man apparently despondent over a marital separation shot himself in the head with a nail gun, according to Athens Police Chief Wayne Harper. Scott Williams was listed in serious but stable condition in Huntsville Hospital Wednesday afternoon. Police received an 8:31 a.m. Wednesday call from Williams’ estranged wife, Vemie Williams, who reported that her husband was threatening suicide and had barricaded himself inside their 716 First Avenue home. She told police that he was using a nail gun to nail all the doors and windows shut. Williams is a construction worker and used the tool on his job See Standoff, Page 3A