Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - December 16, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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A couple of weeks ago there were several people wearing bright orange safety vests soliciting donations at the busy intersection of Jefferson Street and U.S. 72.
These people were darting out in front of cars and knocking on car w indows holding out their buckets asking for money.
1 can't help but wonder whether they were issued some sort of permit allow ing this. If so, why'.’! Does such a permit protect them from being hit by a car as they ran between vehicles at this already congested and dangerous intersection'?
.And what about drivers'?
Are they protected from law suits if one of these folks darts in front them faster than they can ' slam on their brakes'?
7 hey may have been there to raise money for a good cause but at what cost'?
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Andrew l.ackey was indicted for murder Wednesday by a I.imestone County grand jury, which heard evidence that Lackey repeatedly stabbed and beat 80-year-old Charlie Newman to death on Halloween night.
Lackey. 22, of Huntsville remains in lamestone Count) Jail w ithout bond. He was arrested in November the day of his release from Huntsv ille Hospital where he was treated for a bullet wound to the chest.
The indictment means the grand Jurv' found there is enough ev idence that Lackey committed the crime to hold a trial. .A trial will likely be several years in coming because the Limestone C(3unty District .Attorney's office has seven murder eases to be tried first.
Other murder or capital murder cases pending in Limestone County include those of Melissa Jarrett and .Andy I )uggcr. each accused in a murder-for-hire scheme in which Melissa's husband Shane was killed in 2(M)2; and Mark .Anthony Angus, .lames Duncan Jr. and Joshua Loyd Southvvick. accused of killing Michael Brvant in 2(K)3; f'arron Barksdale, accused of shooting to death two /\thcns Police otficers on Jan. 2,2004; and Fernando Mendez, accused of stabbing to death his wife Marcana Archundia Martinez earlier this year.
.Athens Police Lt. Floyd Johnson testified Dec. 6 in preliminary heanng for Lackey that Lackey confessed to killing Newman in New man's home at 611 Hine Street.
The confession occurred while l.ackey was being treated for the gunshot wound. Johnson did not say if the wound is connected to New man's killing, but he did testify that a gunshot could be heard on a 911 call made from Newman’s home that night.
Lvidcnce found in a car rented by Lackey included a knife with a bloody broken tip, a .38-calibcr gun. a gun made to shoot blanks, sledge hammers, night vision equipment, a stun gun missing its battery and more. The pistol was traced to a woman who said she traded it to Newman, Johnson said.
Blood was also found inside the cur.
Lackey knew Newman’s son and grandson,
See Lackey, Page 3A
A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
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Wilhemenia Cosby puts finishing touches on Christmas decorations on her Roberts Street Habitat for Humanity house for a 3 p.m. Sunday dedication.
For the first time, local chapter of Habitat or Humanity presents home at Christmas
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karen(a athensuews-courier com “I have a blessing and I want people to see the blessing God gave me," Wilhemenia Cosby says of her new Habitat for Humanity home.
Officials of the Limestone County Aff iliate of Habitat will dedicate Cosby's house on Roberts Street at 3 p.m. Sunday, and she will otTicially take possession and move in on Monday w ith her 10-yeur-old daughter, Margarita Peete.
“1 can hardly function I'm so excited," said Cosby. But she's been functioning very well for at least 5()() hours since becoming a Habitat for Humanity partner. According to
To find out how you can help your local Habitat for Humanity, call 230-6001, or visit www.hahitat.org.
local affiliate President Daisy McCormack, Cosby has accumulated some 500 hours in “sweat equity" from working on two previous Habitat houses plus her own. Friends, family and church members contributed Just 100 of those hours. Cosby clocked 400 hours on her ow n
while working for the Alabama Beverage Control Board.
She has also completed 20 classroom hours in household insurance, budgeting, home familiarization, fire safety and being a good neighbor. Coshy IS a first-time homeowner. having lived with her father, l:rv in Cosby, since earning an associates degree in accounting from rrenholm State Technical College in Montgomery m 1994.
Coshy's home project got a boost because, unlike many Habitat partners. she owned land.
“My dad gave me the lot and said
See Habitat, Page 2A
Students at Tender Care Learning Center visit Limestone Lodge to sing Christmas carols and deliver gifts to residents Thursday. Above, Ty Heery entertains the crowd. At right, Lily Sanders bites into a chocolate chip cookie during a snack break after the singing.
State funds help Athens schools buy defibrillators
The Athens City School Board held their last regular board meeting of 2005 Thursday night during which they approved to purchase six defibrillators at a cost of 511.994 from Stop Heart Attack,
They will be paid for out of funds prov ided by State Senator Tom Butler D-Madison. They will go to the elementary schools, Athens Middle School and Athens Intermediate School.
The board also approved the recommendation of Superintend Dr. (3rman Bridges Jr. for the board to pay a 51,000 stipend to Marisol Bet-Sayad, Debbie Elmore and Donna McDaniel for successfully completing the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
The board approved the following agenda items:
• Approved to purchase three vehicles to be used by the maintenance department.
• Approved the superintendent’s recommendation to enter into contract with the Mental Health Center of North Alabama, Inc. to provide intervention counseling for students on an as needed bases for 5220 per w'eek for the remainder of the school year.
• Approved to purchase the point of sales system at a cost of 569,498 to be used in the school cafeterias from LunchBox.
• The board approved extra-curricular activities for Athens High School and Athens
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