Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 21, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Man sentenced in child rape
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A former boyfiiend turned babysitter who admitted raping a 7-year-old Athens girl has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Quentin Alexander Henderson. 26, of 20126 Poff Lane, Athens, pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of first-degree rape of a child under age 12, said Limestone
County District Attorney Kristi Vails.
He was initially charged in April 2007 with first-degree rape arid first-degree sodomy.
Henderson was the 24-yeai-old former boyfiiend of the victim’s 28-yeai-old mother. He continued to watch her two children after their romantic relationship ended but they continued to be fiiends, the mother said.
The little girl told a school nurse about the abuse, which occurred betvv^een Dec. 1, 2006, and April 5, 2007. and the nurse reported it to the Department of Human Resources.
The mother told The New's Courier on .April 12, 2007, she w'as hurt, imgiy imd afraid when a school nurse called to say
See Rape, page 2A
Fighting two fires at the same time
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Piney Chapel Volunteer firefighters battle a blaze on Pressnell Road that destroyed a mobile home.
NEWS COURIER/JENNIFER HILL
Not much was left but debris after a structure burned Friday on Newby Road.
Firefighters respond to simuitaneous fires on Friday afternoon
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During lunchtime on Friday, dispatchers amid be heard on the police scanner calling for firelighters to respond to fires at two buildings in difierent parts of town that were “fully-engulfed.”
A mobile home on Pressnell Road and an abandoned structure on Newby Road burned to the ground.
Fire engulfed a mobile home ofl Pressnell Road in a matter of minutes at midday F’riday. Trailer
See Fires, page 3A
Rotary learns of Trinity museum
By Karmn Middii:r)n
Richard Martin told Rotarians Friday he welcomed the opportunity to leam more about Trinity High School’s history when he joined a group seeking to restore the site as a museum.
Although bom and raised in Athens, Martin said he grew up in a time when black and white cultures did not mix socially.
“We grew up segregated,” said Martin. “We really didn’t know much about
See Trinity, page 2A
NEWS COURIER/KAREN MIDDLETON
Members of the Athens-Limestone Community Association board made a presentation to the Athens Rotary Club Friday on the organization's efforts to reclaim the old Trinity High School site and build a museum. At the lectern is board ALCA Board President Edward Gilbert.
Man who tried to run down deputy remains in lockup
By JiAN C()i.K
Tlie man who was shot while allegedly trying to run down a Limestone County deputy sherifiT Tliursday remained in the Limestone County Jail Friday night on a $102,500 bond, an ofiicial said.
Patrick Wade Jones, 26, of 16707 Mooresville Road, Apt. H, Athens, has been charged with attempted murder and first-degree criminal mischief He is ac-
See Deputy, page 3AIndex
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