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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 4, 2005, Athens, Alabama Tigers take tourney win Auburn begins NCAA Regionals play with big 13-5 win over South Alabama’s Jaguars ib e News-Cwrier SAl l RDAY, Jl \f 4, 2005 Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future e n e w sco il rie r. co in 50 Cents {0<yoci kwfr t/ ft/is fa/& Evelyn Marbut of Athens Subscriber of the day Search continues Mother of Alabama teenager missing from senior class trip to Aruba calls for more help from United States in the search for her daughter. 8A Hey, Sound Off: There was another serious wreck on U.S. 72 and the weather was beautiful, no rain or anything else to blame on the highway. Someone needs to contact Mr. Butler (Sen. Tom Butler) and let him know about it. Maybe he can have the speed limit lowered to 20 miles per hour. If he would do this the troopers can write 10,000 tickets a month and punish the motorist that travel on U.S. 72 who use it to go back and forth to work, or the hospital. There is nothing like having a very good speed trap to make plenty of money. I always see troopers writing tickets in Rogersville, Killen and Limestone County many times and pray they don’t get me. More Sound Off Sunday Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The Neu's-Courier 232-2720    ^ Index Classified..... . .4-6A Comics...... ...4B Golf........ ...2B Ledger ...... ...6B Obituaries____ ...2A Thomas Stanley Beasley Louise George King Barbara Tinnon Sports....... . .1-3B Weather..... 2A Daily Bible Moment e who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, will suddenly be destroyed. Proverbs 29:1 meMom «>1 IlJ    322 Hwv. 31 N • Athens „    256-232-1051 •<W. L+»     0bjt , iDi 256-771-0934 7    69847    00001    6 Athens man indicted for bank robberies By Tanjie Nash tanjie@athensnews-courier.com An Athens man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for his alleged involvement in two December bank robberies in Huntsville. Thomas Wayne Harbin, 46, is charged with two counts of bank robbery and one count of possession of a firearm during a bank robbery. The indictment was announced Thursday as joint statement from the office of U.S. Attorney Alice H. Martin, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Huntsville Police Department. Contacted Friday, HPD spokesman Wendell Johnson said the FBI is handling the case against Harbin. “When you have a bank robbery, the call goes out and local law enforcement responds,” Johnson said. “We make sure the bank employees or customers don't leave and we try to get a vehicle description.” Beyond that, he said, the investigation of bank robberies falls under the jurisdiction of the FBI. Harbin is accused in connection with the Dec. 21, 2004 robbery of Union Planters Bank in Huntsville. About $2.274 was taken during that robbery. He is also accused of taking $10. 816 during the Dec. 31. 2004 robbery of Regions Bank of Huntsville and of wielding a firearm during the commission of that robbery. Upon conviction, the first robbery charge would carry a maximum sentence of 20 years while the second robbery carries a maximum sentence of 25 years. The firearms charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years, which must be served consecutive to sentences imposed on other charges. 5 charged in burglary at coach’s residence By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier.com Athens police arrested four men and a woman Friday for breaking into the home of former Athens State basketball coach Harold Murrell, stealing Murrells truck and some blank checks that starting showing up at several Athens businesses this week. The truck, a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, was recovered Thursday in a horse pasture in Minor Hill, Tenn., and investigators said it got there because one of the suspects is a friend to the owner of the property. Arrested and charged on a series of burglary related charges are Vernola Lucille Beard, 33, of 1700 Elkton St., Athens, charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument; James Allen Signorelli, 43, of 20243 Harris Road, Elkmont. charged with third-degree burglary, first-degree theft, and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument; Corey Alan Mingo, 35, a homeless man, charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument; Peter Webber, 22, of Elm Street, Athens, charged with third-degree burglary; and Erik Pack, 25, of Jackson, Tenn., charged with third-degree burglary, first-degree theft, giving a false name and criminal possession of a forged instrument. He also faces a probation violation charge in Tennessee, authorities said. Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce said the Murrells were out of town when their home on Lindsay Lane was entered Tuesday. He said burglars stole the keys to the pickup truck and checks. Bruce said names were forged on the checks and approximately a dozen checks started showing up Thursday in Athens. “Sgt. Brett Constable started working on it once the checks started showing up and he developed suspects pretty quickly,” said Bruce. “We think Pack drove the stolen truck to Minor Hill to this horse farm and that is where it was found. We believe the ow ner of the farm is a friend of Pack.” Anderson man jailed for burglary in Limestone By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier.com A 21-year-old Anderson man was arrested late Thursday and charged in connection with the burglaries of three homes this week in northwest Limestone County near Goodsprings. George Stanley Austin, of 111 County Road 656, Anderson, was in the Limestone County Jail Friday on two counts of first-degree burglary. Investigators said at least two more suspects are being sought in connection with the crime spree. Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said Investigator Brad Curnutt went to Lauderdale County Thursday to interview Austin about his possible involvement in the Limestone County bur- See Burglary, Page 2A Future Golden Eagles Football camp draws a crowd at Athens High Athens High School concluded its Golden Eagle Football Camp Friday for fourth-ninth graders and the coaches had a good crowd on hand for the three-day camp. At top, Mark Boersma shows off his skills as a future Golden Eagles quarterback at the direction of one of the coaches. At right, Athens High head mentor Allen Creasy gives instructions to student Shawn Johnson. The football came is held annually at Athens Golden Eagle Football Stadium. We’re got more photos on the camp inside today’s Sports section. News-Courier/Kim Rynders A tasty treat News-Courier/Kim Rynders Brittany Fletcher, 7, takes a big bite of a Hawaiian shaved ice Friday at a stand on U.S. 31. It was a tasty treat. Man shot by nail gun still critical in Huntsville By Karen Middle f on News-Courier Reporter Scott Williams, who allegedly shot himself in the head with a high-powered nail gun Wednesday, continues to be listed in critical condition in the Medical Intensive Care Unit of Huntsville Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Doctors have told police the nail did not penetrate Williams’ skull but was deflected off, according to Police Chief Wayne Harper. He said doctors are waiting on the results of toxicology reports. Harper said that Williams, 32, had blood on his forehead. Police unplugged an electric compressor to which a pneu matic nail gun found on the scene was attached, he said. Andy Chapman, who said he is Williams’ brother-in-law, said he takes issue with media reports that describe the incident as a “standoff.” Chapman said that he waited outside the First Avenue home w ith police throughout the four-hour ordeal from the time police got the 8;30 a.m. call reporting that Williams had barricaded himself inside the First Avenue house and threatened suicide until the time police broke down the back door, finding Williams unconscious on a bedroom floor. He said that at no time were there shots See Critical, Page 2A