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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 29, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 Scenic San Diego  Planning a trip to California? Tips on what to see coming Sunday on Destinations  Gators at State  Athens swim team taking part in state meet today  The News-Com0  FriowMi I V 29, 2905  Serving Athens AND Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future  ^(yo-d'  Barbara Tucker of Elkmonl  Subscriber of the day  Clements Rodeo  A rodeo will be held in the Clements community Aug. 5-6. Story,  8A  Hey, Sound Off:  I read this on the Internet and thought it was good advice:  “A campaign encouraging people to enter an emergency contact number in their mobile phone's memory under the heading ICE (In Case of Emergency), has rapidly spread throughout the world as a particular consequence of last week's terrorist attacks in London.  “Originally established as a nation-wide campaign in the UK, ICE allows paramedics or police to be able to contact a designated relative / next-of-kin in an emergency situation.”  With ICE, your mobile will help the rescue services quickly contact a friend or relative, which could be vital in a life or death situation.  More Sound Off VaUey, 5A  Get the news with your morning coffee  Subscribe to The Neu's Courier  232-2720  Index  Classified 4-6B  Comics..........3B  Horse & Farm 8A  Ledger.........13A  Obituaries 2A  Christopher Chambers Mable Ophelia Gey Carl David Sterling  Religion 9-11A  Sports.........1-2B  Valley ..........5A  Daily Bible Moment  kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.  Romans 12:10 Is j|  V, <m 322 Hwv. 31N • Aihcav ,    256-232-1051  ■^W,    256-771-0034  7    69"847    00001    6  enewsciHirier.coiii  50 Cen rs  Man indicted in wife’s death  Fernando Mendez accused of stabbing to death his wife, 28, in their Tanner home  By Sonny Turner  sonny@athensnews-courier. com A 40-year-old Tanner man has been indicted for murder in connection with the death of his wife earlier this year at their home near Tanner.  Fernando Nolasco Mendez, of 10420 U.S. 31 South, Tanner was arrested Wednesday after the grand jury indictment was issued. Investigators have said  they believe Mendez killed his wife because he suspected she was seeing another man.  Mendez remained in jail Thursday under $25,000 bail bond. He is charged with murder.  Marcaría Archundia Martinez, 28, was stabbed to death. Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said relatives of the Mendezes told county  investigators the two got into an argument because of her seeing another man and he stabbed and killed her because of it.  The murder occurred inside the couple’s mobile home oft'U.S. 31 South in the Mendez Swan Creek Community trailer park formerly known as Lawson’s Trailer Park.  Mrs. Mendez was pronounced dead at  the scene. McNatt said she was stabbed on the right side of her chest. She also had numerous stab wounds on her hands, authorities said.  The 10-year-old son of the couple dialed 911 at 1:21 a.m. that Sunday to report that his father had stabbed his mother and was still there waiting for law enforcement to arrive. When deputies arrived, they found the woman’s body and took Mendez into custody and transported him to the Limestone County Jail.  See Death, Page 2A  Man’s death ikely relatec to extreme temneratures  By Tashia Lovell  tashia@athensnews-courier. com  Funeral services will be held today for Christopher Lane Chambers, 44, of Athens, who apparently died from symptoms related to the recent heat wave, an official said.  Chambers had worked as a roofer for nearly 30 years.  “In my opinion it was probably heat-related,’’ said Limestone County Coroner Mike West.  No autopsy was performed. Chambers was working outside the morning of his death.  Chambers’ brother Barry said he was told his brother was not feeling well when he came inside his home around 9 a.m. Monday. His mother went to get a cold cloth and some Gatorade but by the time she returned to the room. Chambers was dead.  Barry said lately his brother suffered times when he did not fell well.  The Limestone County Chapter of the American Red Cross gives the following information for people suffering from symptoms related to heat:  • Heat cramps or heat exhaustion: Get a person to a cooler place and have him or her rest in a comfortable position. If the person is fully awake and alert, give half a glass of cool water every 15 minutes. Do not let him or her dnnk too quickly; do not give liquids that contain alcohol or caffeine; remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths, such as towels or sheets. Call 911 or the local emergency number if the person refuses water, vomits or loses consciousness.  • Heat stroke. Heat stroke is a life-threatening situation. Call 911 or your local emergency number. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the body by immersing the victim in a cool bath, or uTapping wet sheets around the body and fanning it. Watch for signals of breathing problems. Keep the person lying down and continue to cool the body any way you can. If the victim refuses water of is vomiting or there are changes in the level of consciousness, do not give the person anything to eat or dnnk.  Mysterious tractor accident  News-Courier .Missa Clark  The International Harvester 966 Tractor, pictured above, came to rest at a residence on Bab Daly Road after apparently dragging 76-year-old Howard Daly approximately 60 feet.  Athens man injured after being dragged  By I ashia Lon ei.l tashia^athensnew's-coiir ier.com An Athens man was transported to Decatur General Hospital Thursday morning after sustaining injuries from a tractor accident.  Howard Daly, 76. was apparently working on the battery cables of the International Harvester 966 when the gear somehow engaged and the attached Bush Hog eventu  ally dragged him for approximately 60 feet, according to what grandson Will Daly suspects happened.  The tractor came to rest after hitting a nearby residence causing what appeared to be minor damage.  Will said the Bush Hog was not engaged.  While he was not present when  the incident occurreil Will said he surmised that is what occurred.  The incident occurred somewhere between 9:30 and 10 a.m. at his residence on Bab Daly Road in Athens.  No one else was involved m the accident.  By Thursday afternoon. Daly had been transferred to Huntsville Hospital to receive treatment.  Vandals cause $5,500 damage to equipment  Athens police Thursday were investigating the apparent vandalism of an expensive piece of farming equipment that was left overnight in a field by a Limestone County farmer.  Lt.-Det. Floyd Johnson said a sprayer used to spray chemicals on crops was damaged because an unknown substance was put in it. Total damage is $5,500, he said.  “The farmer was spraying at the corner of Quinn Road and Lucas Ferry Road and he noticed his sprayer was not doing like it was supposed to. He took it to the John Deere shop and the mechanics there told him that something was put in system and damaged the hydraulic system,” Johnson said.  “We are investigating and apparently someone slipped in there over night and put some kind of substance in there causing it to damage the sprayer,” said Johnson.  “If anyone happened to see some one or something going on in that area this week we should would like to know about it. We’re asking them to telephone us at 233-8700,” Johnson said.  — Sonny Turner  New s-C'oiirier .\lissa Clark  Volunteer firefighters were unable to contain barn blaze Wednesday night.  Barn burns to the grounc  The sky over Elkmont became oddly bright late Wednesday night, prompting a woman to call volunteer firefighters.  “It was like the sun coming up over there when we left the station,” said Elkmonl volunteer firefighter Jeff McMunn. The station is four miles from the barn that was ablaze on Copperhead Road.  Firefighters from Flkmont and Ardmore arrived at the scene not long  after the 11 p.m. call, but were too late to save the barn, McMunn said.  “It was already fully involved” he said. “It was a total loss.”  The barn was used mainly for storage, with tools and lumber inside.  The owner did not li\e on the property but a family rented a nearb> home, he said. No one was injured in the fire.  Firefighters were on the scene for two hours.  Elkmont man is jailed after engthy chase W authorities  A 29-year-old Elkmont man was in Limestone County Jail Thursday night, on a scries of charges after leading authorities on a high-speed chase before being apprehended in northern Limestone County.  Morris Curry, of 26927 Petius\ille Road Flkmont, was in jail charged with domestic \ lolcnce. reckless driving, attempting to elude and driving while license suspended.  Limestone Chief investigator Stanley McNatt said Curry left his home after ransacking the residence, cursing his sister out and ramming his car into his mother’s vehicle. He returned to find Deputy. Ron Crouch at the home and tied only to be caught by the deputy.  McNatt said relati\es said Curry became angry when his mother refused to gi\e him money for drugs and alcohol.   

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