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   Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 7, 2009, Athens, Alabama                                 Probe continues in McNair’s death; fiinerai sd PAGE 1,2B  The News Courie  Serving Athens ¿ind Limestone Countv: A Coininnnilv о1ГпиНИоп nncl liitnre  Visit us online   www.enewscourier.com   Inside  Today  Ardmore Tractor and Truck Pull  Ardmore Lions Club and volunteer firefighters will host a fundraiser Friday and Saturday. Details ...  SPORTS, PAGE IB  #•  MJ.'s lifestyle financed by Wall Street  Firms ponied up plenty of cash to keep King of Pop in style  PAGE 7A  Subscribe  (k‘( I he iK'ws w illi your iiioriiinj' t'oiicv  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720  69847 00001  Tuesday, July 7, 2009  Man accused of assault  Police: Suspect used frozen vegetables, machete on ollicers, woman  By JKAN Coi-K  /(¿ilhvnsitfw s-('(Hiri(T.(-oilI  An Athens man who injured his girlfriend with a bag of frozen food and a machete turned his wTath on two Athens Police officers and wound up in jail Monday, an official said.  Shaun Joseph Turner, 30, of 503 Welch lOrive was charged with one misdemeanor count of third-degree domestic violence and two felony counts of second-degree assault,  records show.  Turner’s girlfriend, who called police to her home at 1000 Florence St. about 2 p.m., told Officer Brandon Colburn that Turner threw a bag of frozen food at her, striking her in the face, and he also swung a machete at her, nicking her right upper arm, according to Capt. Marty Bnice.  “The machete caused a scratch and her nose bled from being stnick with the bag of frozen food,” Bruce said.  As Colburn was about to leave the residence, lumcr reappeared at the scene and attacked Colburn as he w'as about to place him under arrest, the captain, said. Officer Handy Vickers arrived to help and was :ilso attacked, he said.  ihe tw'o officei's w’cre able to get lurner under control and he was booked at the Athens City Jail and transferred to the Limestone County fail.  Shaun Turner  How does your garden grow?  NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS  Janet Speechley-Lowe, manager of White Dove Greenhouse, Nursery & Farm makes suce the company’s baskets of spreading petunias stay hydrated. A native of Peterborough, England, Speechley-Lowe provides a spot of color as bright as the petunias with her witty comments and friendly manner. The market off U.S. 72 East is owned by Tim and Elizabeth Harper. According to about.gardening.com, petunias grow best in full sun, but fare well in partial shade, especially in hotter areas like Athens. They are slow to grow from seed. Most varieties of petunias require diligent deadheading - removing of dead blooms - or they will stop blooming. Newer varieties have been bred to require less frequent deadheading so ask nursery owners which variety is best for your garden.  2 charged in separate burglaries  By Jfan Coi.K Jciinidllthriisncws-courivr.coni Athens police arrested two men in connection with separate burglaries over the July Fourth weekend, an official said.  Tracey Lamont Townsend, 34, of 706 Fourth St., Athens, was charged Saturday with second-degree burglary after allegedly breaking into his estranged wife’s residence at 1414 Tower St. about 6:45 a.m. Saturday, said Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce.  “Townsend’s mother-in-law and 14-year-old sister-in-law were asleep when they heard a window break,” Bruce said.  “The mother-in-law got up in time to see Townsend climbing through the window into the house. She shut her bedroom door and called 911. Townsend forced his way into the bedroom and took the mother-in-law’s cell phone.  When the 911 center called back, Townsend gave them a false name and address. He told the 911 dispatcher he dialed the wrong number. While Townsend was on the phone with 911, he turned his back to the door, the mother-in-law and sister-in-law ran out of the house and called police from another phone.  Townsend was ordered to  Malone  Tracey Townsend  stay away from his estranged wife, her residence and her place of employment.  He was transferred to the Limestone County Jail.  See Burglaries, page 3A  Polling places to change for access for disabled  By Kakfn MiDDi.i roN ktircii ¿iIIk'iisik'w s-coiihc'r.coni Ifrobate Judge Mike Davis told the Limestone County Commission Monday that nine polling places would have to be relocated because they do not comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act.  Davis also requested that the county consider moving its district lines in Districts 1 and 2 because some voters have secret ballot issues.  “We need to comply with ADA and HAVA (Help America Vote Act of 2002),” said Davis. “Americans are given the Hght of a secret ballot. I realize that 100-percent compliance might be impossible.”  Davis said secrecy is compromised in polling places where county district lines conflict and school district lines conflict with beat lines.  “The Commission District boundary is a straight section line on Sardis Springs Road east to Beatline Road,” wrote Davis in a memo to the commission. “There is no geographic feature that defines the portion between Sardis Springs and Beatline. It also crosses the House District 25 boundary (Mooresville Road).  “This creates two very identifiable voting districts (six voters and four voters) which are in Commission District 2. In many elections the actual vote cast by these voters can be identified from public records, in violation of the law.  “If the Commission District boundary were changed so that the voters were changed to District 1 it would eliminate this problem.”  Davis proposes redrawing the lines and adding the total of 10 affected voters to Commission District 1 with its total of 1,238 voters.  Davis’s second issue was with a school district.  “When the school board districts were laid out, the school board boundary between land 7  See Polling, page 3A  Index  Classified .....................4B  Ledger .......................5A  Obituaries ....................2A  Andy Bass Marjorie Gagnon Dalea Elizabeth Hobbs Mildred Kennedy Gary Sylvester Mary Wales  Sports ........................IB  Valley ........................4A  Connect to the Internet from anywhere.  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