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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 24, 2005, Athens, Alabama The News mner Tm Rsavv, NovK\iBf:R 24, 2(M>5 Serving Athens and Limestone Coi ntv: A Commi ni i \ oi Tkadihon and Fi ri re enewscourier.com Linda Storev Subscriber of the day Cook of the Week Recipes from the “Lunch Bunch ” a group of working women w ho share lunch and fellowship. 9A »w Hey, Sound Off: 1 hope you publish this on Thanksgiving day. So many people write about negative things or make complaints. 1 just wanted to point out that it s so much easier to be critical and make a negative comment than to take the time to thank someone or give a gift of gratitude. That's what we really should think about on Thanksgiving. Has someone done something nice for you? Maybe you should think about passing it on ^ not just by writing a check or giving a donation, but by telling someone you care. Remember, our children learn from our example. If we don’t teach them to show thanks and gratitude, how wilt they learn it? More Sound Off Valley, 5A Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The Neu's-Courier iM-rio Index Business .. ......11A Classified.. .....5-12B Comics ... .......4B Headlines .......6A Health ... .......8A Ledger ... .......7A Obituaries. .......2A Steven Allen McCurry Jr. Opinion .. .......4A Sports____ 1-2B Valley .......5A Daily Bible Moment jTcither, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer ivoflhy to be called your son. Luke 15:21 Limestone Chapel 322 Hw\. 31 N • Athens 2.A6-232-1051 Obit line 2.^6-771-09.14 69847 00001 Suspects identified in murder Woman charged in January execution-style murder; husband sought in Mexico City Kazek kell}ia>^thensnc\\s-courienc(mi Andres Flores was left lying dead b>’ the side of Mooresv ille Road in .lanuary with three bullets in his head after a woman he was allegedly having an affair w ith was ordered to lure him there by her jealous husband. said Sheriff Mike Blakely. The man who allegedly gave that order, Blakely said, is Ulises Ryes Mercado. 21, who was living in Decatur at the time of the Jan. 29 shooting, but later went to Mexico City. Limestone C'ounty authoI•itlc^ suspected Mercado and his wife. Dora Ramirc/. 19. also of Decatur, of being iinohed soon after ihe crime. Blakel\ said but Ramirez was not arrested until Oel. 14 because she also had gone to Mexico C'it\. She then returned, apparently to be with her parents and her child the sheriff said. She is in 1 imestone County Jail charged with murder. .Authorities obtained a warrant on a charue of mur- Ramirez der for her husband and are working w ith Federal Bureau of linestigation agents in Mexico City in hopes of arresting Mercado and ha\ing him returned to Limestone County. “We're hoping maybe to get this gu> picked up and once we get him picked up, get him back here." the sheriff said, fhe process iinolves cooperation between the sheriff's office, the 1 Bl. the 1 imestone Countv See Murder, Page 3A "W’e’re going to pull out all those old memories...We re going to keep at it. One way or the other, we're going to do it." — Susk> Chambers' mother. Barbara ün^mo/ ko mw Seriously injured in a wreck, a local teen Its for a normal life News-Coiirier Kim ■Ryndors Barbara Chambers reads to daughter Susie from the messages her friends left during Susie’s long hospitalization. IW Cm \uioi II I t 1 ION i haiiotk'fa uilu’n.sih'w s-courur.coni Several limes wyck Barbara Chambers picks lip'her land-line phone and i.iis ,,ie numbei of her daughter's cell phone. As Susie’s answering machine picks up. Barbara cradles the recei\er. .savoring the sweetnes.s in the voice of her daughter, who has not .spoken in more than ;i Near. She breaks the connection, then dials again, this time holding the phone to Susie's car. wanting her to remember life as It was before last September's auto aeculent in which Susie sustained brain irauma that left her comatose. When Susie’s cell phone nngs late at night. Barbara doesn't answer. She knows the caller is one of her daughter's friends See Susie, Page 3A Saturday for Susie Susie Chambers’ fnends in Pi Beta Sigma are planning a “Saturday for Susie.’’ From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Dec. 3, they will be going door-to-door in several    ^    . neighb«, .    Susie In a    prehoods to    accident photo ask for contributions to a    fund to help defray some of Susie’s expenses. ‘it's our last year together,” says Mary Glenn Christopher, Susie’s friend since first grade. “Wee’ll be going off in differenf directions, but this is some-tbiiig wc want to leave lor All donations will be acknowledged. Neighborhoods to be visited include Holland East, Canebrake. Vestavia, Farmview, Indian [race, Whitfield and Holland Place. Donations also may be mailed to Britley Leonard at 15221 Kings Dr., Athens, 35611, or Mary Glenn Christopher, 1701 Old Carriage Drive. Athens, 35613. 2 charged after deputies bust meth cooker Bv Karen Middleton ancneH's@pclnet. net Limestone County and Athens drug unit officers nabbed a man Monday leaving a Clem Road residence and charged him with possessing marijuana. They retraced his steps and turned up a “meth cooker” and another arrest, according to Sheriff Mike Blakely. See Meth, Page 3A Thompson AP Photo Limestone and Athens drug unit officers Lance Royals, left, and Johnny Morell, sort through confiscated metham-phetamine “precursors”-Ingredients and paraphernalia-used in the production of the illegal drug. Sheriff; Saturday shooting matter of ‘He said, she said’ Bn K \uen Middi lion ancnev\\s((i pdnct.net "f here were goose feathers cxcrywhcre.'' said Limestone County Sheriff .Mike Blakely m describing a Saturday crime scene. The sheriff said the feathers came from a goose-down jacket that Alfonzo Brontay “ fay” Benford 29, of Oak Crest Drive. Athens, w as wearing w hen his ex-mother-in-law' shot him three times. Benford is recovering from his wounds in Huntsville Hospital after being airlifted from near the Saddle Trail shooting scene, according to Blakely. Blakely said that the ensuing investigation has become a matter of “he said she said.” “We got a 911 call Saturday morning from Myra See Feathers, Page 3A Elkmont Tour of Homes set News-Courier/ Kim Rynders Suzanne Weeks’ home is among six homes that are a part of this year’s Christmas Tour of Homes to be held on Dec. 3. The tour is to benefit the Elkmont High School band. See page 5A for story.