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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 15, 2005, Athens, Alabama                                 On the gridiron  Roundup of local high school football action inside  ews-Cmrier  Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Commim ia oe Tradition and Future  S vri Rii w, October 15, 2005  enewscourier.com  50 Ckms  ^(y<yd  Man in Todd of Athens??  Subscriber of the day  Hey, Sound Oft:  I just don’t understand why a person who has a nice home just keeps on waiting on a poor person to lose their home and then go and buy it.  W hat makes it so bad is that you can call FHA and they pretend like they know nothing about it. You cannot get the truth from anyone. My point is there is a difference between a house and a home. Everybody needs a home.  Hey, Sound Off:  It’s imperative that we parents and teachers attend to our children when they talk to us.  W'e must put aside outwork and look at them when they speak, otherwise the day will come when we long for the closeness of their talk but hear only silence for we closed the door on them years ago.  A с о и с erne cl parent  More Sound Off Sunday  Ciet the news with your morning coffee  Subsu ribf to The Seu's-Omrier  232-2^20  Index  Classified 4-8A  Comics..........5B  Ledger ..........6B  Obituaries 2A  Karen M. Coggin Billy Joe Earl Gossett Joseph Frances O’Hara Cloyd Petty Pepper Tammy Faye Scott Frank David Springer  SEC Preview 8B  Sports.........1-3B  Weather.........2A  Dally Bible .Moment  have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, saying, Peace, peace!" when there is no peace.  Jeremiah 6:14  о  Лш*  ineritone (с  322 H»v3l \ • Athens 2.^232-1051 Obit line 2.Ч-Т?1-09.54  7    69847'00001  Highway 20 а death trap?  Scene at Thursday wreck on Alabama 20 in south Limestone County.  Ne\vs-C oiirier Kim Rviuiors  B\ 1 vsm v l.ovm  kishicra afhensncu's-couricr.com Approximately 90 wrecks with several fatalities have oeeurred since the beginning of the year on .Alabama 20 east in Limestone C’ounty.  That's aeeording to figures releaseil Tnday by Lt. Dennis Hughes, public information officer with the Decatur f’oliee Department.  \\ hile the speed limit remains (i5 mph at this time, there IS a possihilitv that the speed limit could be rcAlueed to 00 mph on .Alabama '20 east to make the area .safer in the future.  .Alreaily two yellow flashing signs have been ereet-eui by the .Alabama Department of Transportation east of the Interstate 6.^-lnterstate 5o5 overpass that informs motorists of the end of the controlled access  See Highway 20, Page 2A  16-year-old arrested for raping AMS 13-year-old  B\ SONNV TlkNKR  sonnv(a athensnew s-courier. com A 16-year-old Athens boy was arrested Friday and charged with raping a 13-year-old Athens Middle School student who he picked up Thursday after her mother dropped otTat school.  The boy, who police said was a school drop out. has been turned over to county juvenile authorities for prosecution. He is charged with second-degree rape and interference with custody.  Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce said the 16-year-old is accused of picking the girl up at AMS after her mother dropped off prior to opening of school Thursday morning. He then carried her home with him where they stayed most of the day before returning her to school in the afternoon prior to her mother arriving to pick her up to go home.  Police said the girl left her home after arriving from school with her mom to be w ith the boy again. Her mother reported her missing and police found her in the boy’s house. Sgt. Trevor Harris and Lt. Floyd Johnson then arrested the boy.  “They had known each other for a while,” Bruce said. “The boy was charged with rape because of thé girl's age and he was charged with interference with custody because he picked up the girl at school after her mother had dropped her off.”  Man remains jailed for raping Athens woman  Bv SON.W Tl RNER   sonny@athensnews-courier.com  Daniel Ray Moore, the 30-year-old man Limestone County authorities charged Thursday with rape, remained in the Limestone County Jail Friday under $50,000 bail bond.  Moore, who gave police an address of Muscle Shoals, lives in Lester, a relative told The News-Courier Friday.  He is accused of sexu-    _____  ally assaulting a 26-year- Moore old Athens woman Wednesday night at the boat ramp at the old Fish Hatchery off Alabama 99 west of Athens.  Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said Moore was helping the woman move and while driving on Alabama 99 with the woman, he drove to the old Fish Hatchery under the pretense that he had to use the bathroom. But once there. McNatt said the woman told investigators the man, raped her.  Authorities said Moore told them that he had sex with the woman after she consented to it.  But McNatt said the woman told investigators that the man forced her out of the vehicle and threw her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.  Moore is charged with first-degree rape.  McNatt said the woman told investigators that Moore was an acquaintance.  Tanner Crossroads wreck  News-Couner Kim Ryndcrs  A two-vehicle collision shortly after midday Friday at Tanner Crossroads sent two Morgan County women to Decatur General Hospital. Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce said two women, Ruth Jean Johnson, 41, and Destiny Orr, 18, both of Decatur, in the Pontiac Grand Am seen in the background were carried by ambulance to the hospital for observation, but their Injuries did not appear serious. The Grand Am was traveling northbound on U.S. 31 at about 1:30 p.m., when the Geo Tracker, driven by Delores Ann Gatlin, 48, of Madison, traveling southbound, attempted to make a left turn onto Huntsville-Brownsferry Road and the northbound vehicle struck her.  Garden club cake  Ncws-Courier/C’harlottc Fulton Marianna McCoy gets ready to slice Into a hat-shaped cake during a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Athens Garden Club’s founding. Watch for more on the celebration, coming In Sunday’s Lifestyles.  Coroner: Scanlon died from stairs fa  Bv Sonny Tlrner  sonnyfcyathensnews-courier.com  Limestone County Coroner Mike West said Friday that former Limestone County Republican Party chairman Ben Scanlon died from “blunt force trauma to the head” as the result of a Monday fall down the stairs of his apartment complex.  However, West said an official determination of the manner in which Scanlon died is still pending.  “Athens police are still investigating that,” West said, adding that he will not rule on a cause of death until police complete their investigation.  See Scanlon, Page 2A   

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