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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 5, 2009, Athens, Alabama Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and )f CJ Friday June 5 f 2009 Angela Mink Ashton K.C. Mink Jacqueline Mink Joshua Southwick Index Classified.....................4B Ledger .......................6A Obituaries ....................2A June Rose Campbell Billy Green Rochell Creameli Spelee Religion .....................10A Sports ........................IB Valley ........................4A QOMIQu "WHERE BEAUTIFUL IS OUR BUSINESS Wvttm    115 Ctoverteaf Heir Services * Méritoires * Pedicures Actylfc Neih * Wexing * Eyelash Extensions Don't Miss The Mini Page Inside Today Page 5A Braves go with McLouth over Glavine PAGE IB Visit us online www.enewscourier.com Inside Today Actor David Carradine remembered Former star, 72, of "Kung Fu" TV series found dead in Bangkok, where he was filming a new movie PAGE 8A Walking tours begin Saturday Free tours of historic downtown continue all month VALLEY, PAGE 4A Delphi retirees fear cuts Government takeover of pension plan bad news, two men say By Karfn Middleton karen@athtmsnews-courit r. < y mi Salaried Delphi retirees have been waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop since the auto parts company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Oct. 8, 2005. The bad news came this week when the company announced that the federal Pension Benefit Guar anty Corp. is taking over administering salaried employees’ pensions. Shedding the under-funded pension plan is part of emerging from nearly four years of bankruptcy as the company prepares to be taken over by Parnassus Holdings II LLC, a unit of Platinum Equity. Under Delphi’s plans to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy, GM will assume Delphi’s hourly pension plan. Delphi’s salaried pension plan, which covers about 20,000 workers and retirees, will be transferred to PBGC. When PBGC takes over the plan, pensions are going to be cut, See Delphi, page 3A $5K reward offered for capture of escapees Officials: 2 women aided in escape of inmates with ties to Limestone and Madison Richard Harbison, executive vice president of the Perry County Corrections Center, Thursday announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the recapture of escaped fugitives Ashton Mink, 22, and Joshua Loyd Southwick, 26. Southwick, a Michigan native, pleaded guilty in February 2007 to a murder-for-hire in which an Elkmont man was killed in 2003. Southwick received a life sentence for murder and 20 years for burglary in Limestone County Circuit Court in connection See Reward, page 3A Subscribe Get the news with your morning coffee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 7 1,1 69 8 47 00001    6 By Karen Middleton karen@athensnews-courier.com Three people found dead in two separate locations in early April died of “multiple drug intoxication,” according to Limestone County Coroner Mike West, who said he received toxicology results Thursday. Two bodies were discovered April 9 at 418 North Beaty Street by the girlfriend of Thomas Hughes when she visited the residence to inform the occupants that Hughes had been discovered dead at his father’s residence on Delancey Road.* Hughes’ girlfriend had gone to tell Hughes’ sister, Jackie Bates, 51, of his death, when she found Bates and Bates’ housemate, Steve Goode, 40, dead on the sofa in the North Beaty Street home. Police investigators said at the time that Hughes, Bates and Goode had apparently died of drug overdoses at separate locations from drugs taken together during a drug party the night before. The bodies were sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville for autopsies. Police said there was no evidence of foul play. Bates’ husband, James Robert Kelley, died of a stroke in March. Goode had lived at 418 N. Beaty Street for about one week, Bruce said. Robber caught crawling into home's window Many robberies in East Limestone County may be solved with the capture of one thief, Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said Thursday. Blakely said a call came in around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday about a possible robbery in progress at a residence in the Mooresville Road area. Someone who worked in the area witnessed a man crawling into a window of a home, Blakely said. The area had extra law enforcement coverage because school resource offi- See Robbery, page 3A 3 sports athlete and scholar ABS’ Phillips signs with Freed-Hardeman on a scholarship for sports and academics SPORTS, PAGE 1B Produce aplenty 'Multiple drug intoxication' caused deaths According to Marlene Isom, this spring’s heavy rains helped the first growing of vegetables, but it was too much rain on their strawberries, which were hurt by the prolonged soggy weather. Isom said that a man who keeps bees on the Isom property also predicts there won’t be as much honey because of the rains. But peaches and other produce are available in great abundance at the orchards on U.S. 72 East.