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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 14, 2005, Athens, Alabama Bailey’s back Athens football coach returns Lasting frontier See some of the wild beauty of the West after battling heart disease jg in Yellowstone Park. Coming Wednesday Courier Ti f smv. JiNE 14.20(15 Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Commi\пл of I radi hon \nd Future encwscourier.com 50 C ents yycrocl A.D. Dugger of Athens Subscriber of the day Flag Day at ASU Flag Day will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today at Athens State University’s Student Center Ballroom. The public is invited for lunch. A band will play patriotic music. Hey, Sound Off: I would like to tell the people of Athens how disappointed I am with the author of the letter “No Help Offered For House” in Sunday’s edition of The News-Courier. It is not my intention to diminish the “good and caring people” who “through their hard work and donations” built the house in question. It seems to me, though, that the author and (I assume) leader of this effort went out of his way to get knowledge of a good deed he did publish in the paper; and, with his side of the story, attacked the mayor because he could not do all of the work for him (the author). 1 feel that the author of Sunday's letter could not be more wrong about the mayor. Dan Williams is a good man and a good mayor. More Sound Off Valley, 5A Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The News-Courier V 232-2720 Index Classified ......3-58 Comics..........6B Headlines  4A Ledger..........6A Obituaries 2A Frances C. Bayless Annie Dean Clifford Febbie Catherine Gilbert Jerry Copas Hamilton Robert Benjamin Putman Sue B. Troglen Richard C. Trulson Sporis ........1-2B Daily Bible Moment by do you call Me “Lord, Lord, and not do the things which I say? Luke 6:46 imeéfane 'Сщ 322 Hw\. 31 \ « Athens 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934 69847 00001 Jacko not guilty AP Photo Michael Jackson gestures as he leaves court, Monday in Santa Maria, Calif. Jackson was found not guilty on all counts against him. SANTA MARIA. Calif. (AP) A jury acquitted Michael Jackson on Monday of molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor at his Neverland ranch exonerating the pop star who insisted he was the victim of mother-and-son con artists and a prosecutor with a vendetta. Jurors also acquitted Jackson of getting the boy drunk and of conspiring to imprison his accuser and the boy's family at the storybook estate a total legal victory but one that may do little to improve his bizarre image. Jackson had faced nearly 20 years in prison. The courtroom was deathly still as the verdicts were read. Jackson, as motionless as he had been throughout the trial, dabbed at his eyes \v ith a tissue. One of his lawyers burst into tears as the first verdicts were announced, and Jackson later stood and was embraced by his chief lawyer, Thomas Mesereau Jr. Some of the women in the jury also wept and passed around a box of tissues. As he left court. Jackson, looking draw n. held his hand to lus heart and blew kisses to the screaming crowd. He was escorted by Ins aides into a black SUV, and made no immediate public statement. Jackson later arrived at Neverland, where he was greeted by more fans. “I would never have married a pedophile. And the system works." Jackson’s ex-wife Debbie Rowe said in a statement given to “Entertainment Tonight." Screams of joy rang out among a throng of fans outside the courthouse. Fans jumped up and dow n, hugged each other and threw confetti in celebration of See Jackson, Page 3A Who is that masked girl? News-Courier Alissa Clark Anna Whitfield gets oxygen from Athens firefighter Jeff Jones at the Lindsay Lane Baptist Church Vacation Bible School Monday. The Athens Fire and Rescue team came out to the church to give tours of the fire trucks and tips on what to do when you are in a fire. Vicious canines must be confined By Karen Middleton one news fa pclnet.net Owners of dogs detennined to be vicious face a $500 fine for not confining the animal. Should the dog attack, the owner will also be required to pay restitution and court costs. The dog might also be destroyed. The Athens City Council on Monday approved the city's first vicious dog ordinance, worded after a model provided by the League of Municipalities. Mayor Dan Williams, who has returned to the office part time since having hip replacement surgery several weeks ago. said the new' ordinance is aimed at ow ners of pit bulldogs, but could pertain to any breed that is unusually aggressive. “We were getting complaints about people with not one or two pit bulls, but 12 and 15." said Williams. “They would have them tied out in their front See Dogs, Page 3A One injured in wreck News-Courier Alissa Clark Arthur Green, 58, of 805 Frazier St., Athens, is carried into an Athens Hospital Ambulance after losing control of his car on Frazier Street in Athens on Monday afternoon. Green crawled out of his car and onto the street where neighbors called for help. Green was being treated Monday night in the hospital emergency room. Two more arrested in county burglaries By Sonny Turner sonny(a athensnews-cowier.com Limestone County investigators have charged two more Lauderdale County men in connection with a rash of burglaries earlier this month in northwestern Limestone County. Randall Scott Shook, 21, of Killen and James Marlow' White Jr., 22, of 715 County Road 82, Elgin, were arrested Saturday and charged with two counts each of first-degree burglary. Bond for the pair was set at $2,000 each. Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said Monday that Shook and White were wanted in the burglaries off Persimmon Tree Road w here more than $1,100 worth of guns, games and fishing equipment were stolen. A 21 -year-old Anderson man, George . Stanley Austin, of 111 County Road 656, Anderson, was arrested earlier and charged with burglary from the same case. Anderson admitted during questioning that he was the driver of a vehicle that the suspects used in the burglaries that also involved homes on Cottonbelt Road. A Navy blue Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck was spotted on Cottonbelt Road the day of the burglaries and McNatt said Austin admitted he was the driver of that truck. Warrants charging Shook and White with theft were issued immediately after Austin's arrest June 3 and McNatt said investigators had been searching for them since that time. Both remained in the Limestone County Jail this past weekend. See Burglaries, Page 3A Demolition, construction debris won’t be picked up By Karen Middleton ancnews(a pclnet.net The city is no longer in the trash and demolition debris pick-up business. But then, the city has said it wouldn’t pick up such materials when it went to automated pickup several years ago. Now, they say they will enforce the rules. Officials are putting the public on notice that such materials will not be picked up after June 28. “We stress that this is not a new ordinance, not a change, but beginning June 28 we will enforce and existing ordinance,” said City Councilman Ronnie Marks. Sanitation Department Manager Farl Glaze says the city first relaxed the existing trash ordinance to pick up a few' scraps of Drywall-type materials. Then residents began piling on commodes, then major piles of rotten lumber, then slabs of concrete and even a chicken-coup type structure. It’s costing the city money. At least, S600-a-load transfer station fees, and that’s not counting manpower, fuel or equipment costs. Gla/e calls it “trash handouts.” He showed Athens City Council slides in a Monday night work session of numerous piles of demolition debris beside city streets awaiting pickup. See Debris, Page 3A I i