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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 18, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Clements’ new coach  Clements High to build on successful spring, 1B  ews-Couner  Sati rd w, Ji NE 18, 2005  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  enewscouriencotn : ' MêM  ^ (yod' kwOt/h/utfV^  B.G. Faulkner of Athens  Subscriber of the day  Hey, Sound Off:  In response to the comments made by people regarding property reappraisals and taxes: The Alabama Education system needs to be swimming in money, or are you blind! It is my personal opinion is that these people are afraid that our children may be smarter than them.  When taxes of any sort of to education, we can’t complain. Why should we?  Educating our children is everyone’s responsibility who lives in a village, or have you read that book? What should we do — use the money to send Limestone County Commissioners to Hawaii? Teachers deserve more. Our kids deserve better.  Hey, Sound Off:  Why is everyone so concerned about the amount of money going toward schools and teachers?  There could never be enough money for education. Teachers go to college and get an education just like all the other professionals in the workforce, yet they are paid the least for having the most important Job of all — teaching our children, which shapes the future of our society.  I do not understand why so many people are so against funding for education. Denying our schools money is denying our children their futures.  More Sound Off Sunday  Index     Classified ...    .....4-6A      Comics____    6B      Golf ......    ......2B      Ledger —    7B      Sports .....    1-4B      Weather ...    2A     Daily Bible Moment  hat I will to do, that I do not practice; hut what I hate, that I do.  Romans 7:15  Mimôitone vt  Æ 322 H»v. 31N • AlbtBs „    256-232-1051  ■fH«!    Obit line 256-771-0934  7    69847    00001    6  Another arrest in Aruba  Party boat disc jockey held on suspicion of involvement in disappearance of woman  ORANJESTAD,  Amba (AP) — A party boat disc jockey was detained Friday on suspicion of being involved in the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, who vanished nearly three weeks ago while celebrating her high Holloway school graduation, authorities and his employer said.  Meanwhile, Holloway's mother said she believed there might be more arrests before the case was resolved. She did not elaborate.  Steve Gregory Croes. whom authorities earlier identified only by the initials S.G.C., said he was contacted by police Thursday night and went to the station voluntarily to give a statement, said his employer, Marcus Wiggins.  Croes was the fourth person detained in the May 30 disappearance of Holloway, 18. Croes also said he knew one of two  Surinamese brothers being detained in ihe case because they went to the same Internet cafe, Wiggins told The Associated Press.  Croes was a DJ on the Tattoo, which offers nightly dining, dancing and swimming, Wiggins said.  “I’ve never had problems with him," Wiggins told the AP. "He keeps to himself and shows up to work every day and does his job."  Wiggins also said he had not seen the other three young men detained in the case on the boat.  Authorities previously detained 17-year-old Joran van der Sloot, the son of a Dutch justice official on Aruba, and his two friends, Surinamese brothers Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18.  Holloway disappeared in the early  See Aruba, Page 2A  A\* Photo  Boaters pass by the tourist party boat "Tattoo" Friday off Palm Beach in Aruba. Steve Gregory Croes, 26, who works as a disc jockey on the boat became the fourth person arrested in the case of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, nearly three weeks after her disappearance.  Woman who steals pool caught after returning for chemicals  By SoNN\ Tl RNER  s(mny(a;athensnew's-courier.com A 31 -year-old Athens woman has admitted to police that on Wednesday she stole a 24-by-48-foot metal frame swimming pool from the Wal-Mart Supercenter.  Police said as incredible as it may seem, she got away with it.  But they say the woman did not leave well enough alone and returned on Thursday to Wal-Mart — this time to steal the chemicals to go in her new pool.  But guess what? This time she got caught.  Roxanne Keyes Haggermaker, of 18239 Minnie Drive, Athens, is charged with both thefts, second-degree theft for stealing the pool and third-degree theft for the theft of the chemicals. Second-degree theft is a felony, police said.  “Just how she got out the door with that big pool without someone noticing was luck, I guess,’’ said Lt.-Det. Floyd Johnson. “It had to have been in a box. I didn’t know they had stuff out there like that.’’  Johnson said Haggermaker was caught Thursday by the “lost prevention people” at Wal-Mart who detained her because she was a suspect for shoplifting chemicals to go in a pool and other pool-related items.  ‘ “She had approximately $100 worth of stuff,” said Johnson. “Wal-Mart told us they had this pool to come up missing this week and when we asked her about it, she admitted to stealing it, too.”  The pool is valued at $799. The chemicals  See Chemicals, Page 2A  LEAVING KIDS IN THE HOT SEAT  Ncws-Courier/Kim Rynders  Erica Crunk hovered nearby as this photo was taken of her son Carson, Erica said she would never leave Carson unattended in a car, which can heat to more than 100 degrees in the summer months.  Death of Harvest baby reminder to oarents not to leave children in cars  By Jennifer R. Hill  ancnew's(^pclnet. net Emergency room employees at Athens-L.imestone Hospital said they have not treated any incidents of heat-related illnesses as of yet this year.  Just across the county line, however, it’s a different story. Alexandria G. Sparrow, a 10-month-old girl from Harvest, died from hyperthermia on Tuesday, when she and her twin brother, William E. Sparrow' IV, w'crc left unattended in the family’s SUV for six hours.  Authorities said, the father, whose name has not yet  been releaseiL took the children to day care and signed them in. but drove home with the children still in their car seats. The father did not notice his children were still in the vehicle until the day care called at 3 p.m. to inquire as to their whereabouts.  The infant girl died on the way to the hospital and her brother was hospitalized then released to the family-  .Madison C’ounty Sheriff Blake Doming said there is See Children, Page 2A  Suited for swimming  News-Courier/.Alissa Clark  Savannah Rainey gives a little encouragement to relay partner Melissa Aaron in the giris freestyle relay. The girls and their teammates Rebekah Evans and Hannah Martin took first place in the 100 freestyle relay. More photos of the the Quad Meet will be appear in Sunday’s Sports section on page 4B.  Athens police have suspects in robbery set up by prostitute  By Sonny IT rner  sonny(^athensne\\'s-c()iirier.c()in  Athens police say they have suspects from the Wednesday night strong-armed robbery of a local man, but have not yet been able to locate them.  “We’re looking for a white female and three black males and we think we know who they are.” Lt. Floyd Johnson said Friday. "But finding them is a different story.”  Johnson said investigators believe the four subjects "were in it together” and set up the man who says he was robbed after a prostitute, who wore a silver tongue ring, picked him up at this home.  Police said Francisco Diaz. 33, of 1303 East Elm St., Athens, was treated at Athens-Limestone Hospital with a broken rib and cut over his left eye that took 13 stitches to close. Investigators  said he was beaten with w'ooden sticks and robbed of a small amount of money.  Johnson said the female prostitute came to Diaz’ home and picked him up and she drove him to Commercial Drive off South Jefferson Street and told him to get out of the car so they could talk, f hat is when three black males carrying wooden sticks walked up and started hitting him.  Investigators said the victim was beaten with the sticks for several minutes. The robbers then stole his wallet and tied.  The victim walked to a nearby house and called a friend who came by and took him to the hospital.  Diaz described the woman as being approximately 5-1, weighing 130 to 140 pounds with blonde hair. He could not describe the three men to police.   

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