Fort Payne Times Journal, February 2, 2007

Fort Payne Times Journal

February 02, 2007

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Fort Payne Times Journal (Newspaper) - February 2, 2007, Fort Payne, Alabama ONLINE: WWW.TMES-JOURNAL.COM Feburary 2, 2007 $18 worth inside today's edition DEKALB COUNTY'S  OLDEST NEWSPAPER $18 worth inside today's edition -J OURN AL Only 50 cents FRID CHURCHES PLAN FORBIG GAME INSIDE FAITH OP PLAYERS NORRIS, SHIELDS HONORED INSIDE SPORTS TODAY'S HEADLINES Shelby To Visit DeKalb U.S. Senator Richard Shelby will visit DeKalb County on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the DeKalb Theatre in Fort Payne. Shelby will discuss his agenda for Congress. &, YOUR RIGHT T% TOKNI Councils � The Rainsville City Council will meet Monday at 5 p.m., at City Hall. � The Fort Payne City Council meets Tuesday at 6 p.m., at City Hall. � The Hammondville Town Council will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., at Town Hall: - � The Henagar City Council will meet Feb. 12 at 6 p.m., at City Hall. � The Ider Town Council will meet Feb. 12 at 6 p.m., at Town Hall. � The Mentone Town Council will meet Feb. 12 at 6 p.m., at Town Hall. Other � The Valley Head Water Works Board will meet Feb. 12 at 4 p.m., at the water works office board room. Money Matters Choosing the right filing status is important. Not only does it determine the tax , rate that ��^ applies to your taxable income, but also the amount of standard deduction you're eligible for and the types of deductions and credits you can take. � PageA6 MARKET The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained more than 50 points Thursday. � Page A2 FORECAST HIGH Today's weather is 46 expected to be chilly _ with a mix of sun and Low clouds- 21 �PageA2 * INSIDE Calendar................A5 Classified................B5 Comics..................B4 Dear Abby...............A2 Obituaries...............A3 Opinion.................A4 Sports....................A7 Stock Report.............A2 TV Guide................A2 Vol. 129, No. 24 To subscribe, call (256) 845- 2550 or 1-800-34TIMES Sex predator suspect indicted � A federal grand jury said man will stand trial for By Kati Burns [email protected] ' A Georgia man arrested Jan. 19 for allegedly sending sexually explicit messages via the Internet to a 13-year-old girl in DeKalb County was indicted this week by a federal grand jury in Atlanta. According to U.S. Attorney Alice H. Martin, Ralph Wilson Knight, 46 of Doraville, Ga., was indicted for communicating with a minor in DeKalb County over the telephone and Internet to attempt to entice and coerce the minor to engage in unlawful sexual activi- alleged sexual communications with DeKalb girl ties from Dec. 6,2006 through Jan. 19. A criminal complaint was filed Jan. 19, and Knight was arrested in Georgia that same day. He is in federal custody without a bond. FBI agents investigated the case with assistance from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department. j DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said previously that investigators had set up a "sting" operation, and eventually confiscated � See Predator, A3 Ralph Knight WORKING WITH WHAT YOU'VE GOT Drug report card shows busy year Times-Journal photo by Dusty Plunketi Devin Gilliam (left) and his older brother, Dane, built a snowman dressed in Build-A-Bear clothes at their home in Fort Payne on Thursday. Woman indicted for mail fraud, identity theft � She allegedly used another's identity to get phone, credit card By Kati Burns [email protected] A Flat Rock woman was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges she stole another woman's identity to obtain a cell phone and a credit card. Angela Delorise Howard, 38, faced a six-count indictment alleging she committed three counts of mail fraud and three counts of aggravated identity theft. According to U.S. Attorney Alice Martin, Howard allegedly devised a scheme to defraud World Financial Network National Bank by obtaining an Abercrombie & Fitch credit card in the name of Tara Fowler, also of Flat Rock, to be mailed to Howard's address. Howard then allegedly bought clothing items using the card. That alleged � See Fraud, A3 � DA says drug arrests up, labs down during 2006 By Greg Purvis [email protected] DeKalb County law enforcement received praise from District Attorney Mike O'Dell for their continuing efforts to halt the rising tide of meth, even as the drug task force prepares for what Commander Darrell Collins says will be another extremely busy year. O'Dell issued his annual report card for DeKalb County's 2006 drug intervention efforts. "We had over 300 drug-related arrests last year," O'Dell said. "The vast majority of them [246] involved methamphetamine-possession, distribution, manufacturing and trafficking." According to figures provided by Collins, the drug task force seized 10,835 grams of meth, 1,909 grams' of cocaine, 48,152 grams of marijuana-with another 6,532 marijuana plants seized-in the last year. "We've made a lot of progress in the past [several] years," O'Dell said. O'Dell added that three years ago DeKalb and Cherokee counties seized more meth labs than the entire New England region of the nation, including New York and New Jersey. "We're seeing a shift away from homegrown meth labs, and more importation of meth in its ice form," Collins said. According to Collins, the � See Report, A3 BytheiHiifiU^^tl File photo Task force Commander Darrell : Collins said authorities are working to stop drugs in DeKalb. 2 meth labs are busted � Authorities arrest four suspects for drug-related crimes By Kati Burns kburns @ times-journa The DeKalb County Drug Task Force closed out the first month of the new year with several successful arrests and the seizure of two methamphetamine labs. DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said investigators with the district attorney's office attempted to execute a bad check search warrant Wednesday at 355 County Road 102 in Sylvania. Deputies and Sylvania officers accompanied them. 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