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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 15, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Friday, Juia 15,2005  enew Ycooner.com  News-Couner/Alissa Clark  Wendall Houston, Houston Glaze and Ross Evans, work to build a handicap assessable home in Limestone County. While this is an ongoing project of First Baptist Church in Athens, people have worked on it this week as a part of Reach Out 05 which is a project that children from several different Baptist churches are participating in this week. Students grades 6*12 participate and do work for various people and organizations including, CASA, Elkmont High School, East Limestone High School, and Tanner High School. The project has had more than 100 participants including students and adult supervisors. Construction of the house above began in February.  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  MOCrO/  Linda Garrett of Athens  Subscriber of the day  European vacation  A reader shares photos and a story from a trip across Europe during ChoirFest  Coming  Sunday  Hey, Sound Off:  Kelly Kazek was right on target with her column regarding Tom Cruise.  The Hollywood bunch seem to think they have all the answers when in fact they appear to be a bunch of airheads — with a few exceptions  Maybe Tom could tell the Houston mother who drowned her children a few years ago that there is no such illness as postpartum depression.  I am as anti-drugs as anyone but am grateful they are there when the need arises.  She was also correct about the “religion” of Scientology. Learn about the kook who started it and you will find your answers! Thanks, Kelly for exposing Cruise as an attention seeker.  More Sound Off  Yards of the week  Miss Rodeo 2005  Winners from the second week of KALB contest inside today  Meet Brianna Hali, the reigning Limestone County Miss Rodeo 8A  Man jailed for second time on teen sex charges  By Sonny Turner   sonny@athensnews-courier.com   A 47-year-old Elkmont man was arrested by Limestone County authorities for the second time in two weeks Wednesday, this time charged with sexually abusing a juvenile more than five years ago.  Gerald Edwin Rickrode, of 21889 David Drive, Elkmont, was in the Limestone County Jail Thursday charged with first- Rickrode degree sexual abuse. Rickrode was out of jail on bond from a June 27 arrest from another sexual abuse charge when he was rearrested Wednesday.  “We had a 17-year-old juvenile to come forward saying that he had read it in the newspaper where Rickrode had been arrested for sexually abusing a 13-year-old in June and he wanted to report the same suspect sexually abused him five years ago when he was 13,” said Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt. “Since the family came forward, we decided we had enough to file charges against him.”  Rickrode remained in the Limestone County Jail Thursday in lieu of $10,000 bond.  In the June 27 case, Rickrode was arrested and accused of fondling a 13-year-old boy that investigators said he was acquainted with.  McNatt said the 17-year-old and members of his family filed a complaint this week from the 2000 incident.  “As for as 1 know, the juvenile making tht latest charge says he was only abused one time five years ago,” said McNatt. “But he presented enough for us to arrest him (Rickrode) again.” McNatt said the family of the teen apparently was aware of the abuse five years ago because the boy’s stepfather confronted the suspect about it then.  “The boy said after he read it in the newspaper about this man being arrested for abusing another juvenile that he thought he would come forward and report the abuse from five years ago,” McNatt said.  Valley, 5A  Index  Classified ......3-7B  Comics..........8B  Headlines........4A  Horse & Farm 8A  Ledger.........12A  Lifestyles 6A  Obituaries 2A  Jack Milam Cathy Phillips Mamie Lee Shell  Religion 9-11A  Sports ........1-2B  Valley ..........5A  Weather ........2A  Daily Bible Moment  e are not doing tight. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent.  II Kings 7:9  322 Hwy, 31 N • Athens 256-232-1051 Obit liM 256-771-0934  69847 00001  APD on hold for FBI report in hit-and-run  By Sonm Tl RNER   sonny@athensnews-courier.com  Athens police investigators are still awaiting the results of evidence they presented to the FBI lab in Virginia before deciding to make an arrest in the hit and run death of a 42-year-old Decatur man earlier this year near Tanner.  Capt. Marty Bruce said the FBI Quantico Lab in Virginia is apparently backlogged and agents have not given police a time frame on when the evidence they sent to the lab may be ready to he analyzed.  “We haven't heard and we have no idea right now when that might be available to us,” said Bruce. “Everything is on hold until we hear from them.”  Police received a break in the case two months ago when it learned that an Athens man may have been the driver of a car that  was loaned to him when the hit-and-run occurred on U.S. 31 just south of Tanner Crossroads. Police took evidence from that vehicle and sent it to the FBI lab. The ev idence w ill tell them if that is the car that struck the bicycle driven by Royce Dale Ramsey the night he was struck and killed.  Ramsey, of Harrison Street Southeast, Decatur, was on his wav to visit his wife, Angie, who lived in Tanner when he was run over. The couple had been separated for months and police said he was riding his bike that night from Decatur to visit her.  The hit-and-run occurred late in the night during foggy conditions.  Police said after the hit-and-run that paint was left on the bicycle and it appeared the vehi-  See FBI, Page 2A  ‘Flooded with calls,’ Athens landlord says  By Sonny Turner   sonny@athensnews-courier.com  An Athens landlord said Thursday he has been “flooded” with telephone calls from people wanting to rent one of his homes in north Athens after it was reported Monday night at an Athens City Council meeting that naked women were roaming in that area of town.  “I’ve had more than a 100 calls from people wanting to rent one of my homes in that area of town,” said Steve Bauer. “I don’t have anything open now, but  when one does come open, it appears they have become such a hot tamale that I may even go up on the rent.”  A north Athens resident told Athens councilmen Monday night that his Oak Street neighborhood is turning into a slum because of substandard housing that is attracting an unsavory element.  “There’s pot smoking going on and a woman walked outside without her top on," said Moss. “And no one wants to have his family see someone walk out on their front porch and urinate right in front of you.”  Moss said there are also frequent police calls up in the Oak Street neighborhood. Police Chief Wayne Harper said that he had discussed the situation with Moss and had ordered increased patrols in the neighborhood.  Councilman Harold Wales said he too has visited the neighborhood.  "1 admire you for wanting to protect your neighborhood,” said Wales “I'm sure that Mr. Bauer will  See Landlord, Page 2A  A new sidewalk  News-Courier/Alissa Clark  Athens Street Department worker Don Wheatley smooths the concrete that was poured on a new sidewalk that was installed Thursday on Clinton Street near First Baptist Church. The city is adding new sidewalks in some sections of the city as part its annual sidewalk project.  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Neu s-Courier  232-2720   

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