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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 3, 2009, Athens, Alabama ’Вата takes on Utah for Sugar Bowl spoils PAGE IBihe News CourierSon ing Athens and Limestone County: A Coinnninity of Lradition and Future Visit US onlme www.enewscourierxom Coming Sunday Local musicians honored Flashbacks inducted into Alabama Music Hall of Fame. COMING SUNDAY Inside Today Automakers expecting bad news Analysts predict U.S. auto industry will report Monday December sales dropped about 40 percent from a year ago, bringing an official close to what has been one of the industry's most trying years. ' PAGE 6A Subscribe Cit't tlu' iu*\vs with your iMoniiiiji cotiee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 Index Classifieds.......4B Comics..........3B Ledger..........5 A Obituaries.......2A Macel Bailey Bridges Tula Lavonia Ramsey Dorothy S. Stone Sports..........'.IB 7    69847*00001 • 50 milsSaturday, January 3, 2009 Bam, home fires probed Sheriff wants to question rapper in 'suspicious' biazes BvJh\nColf: j('uii(Sathcnsnc\vs-('()uiitr.a)w Limestone County authorities want to question a Limestone County rapper, who was busted for drug trafficking in August, regarding suspected arson at his home and garage over the past tw'o days. Alphonso Brontay Benford, 32, of Madison -also loiown as rapper Mr. Btay - owns the property at 27135 Oakcrest Drive in eastern Limestone County where separate fires destroyed the unattached garage Wednesday morning and the mobile home at 11:52 p.m. Thursday. No one was staying at the home at the time. “It was obviously arson,” said limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely. “The garage burned Wednesday morning, and it also looked like they tried to set the house on fire. Someone saw a vehicle out there last night and saw it See Fires, page 3A NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Arson is suspected in the destruction of an eastern Limestone County home and garage of rapper Alphonso Brontay Benford, 32, where he was arrested for trafficking cocaine in August. Welcome to 2009, Kaylee! NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Kaylee Faith Martin was the first baby born in Limestone County this year. She arrived at 12:48 a.m. Jan. 2 at Athens-Limestone Hospital to parents Justin and Angela Martin of Ardmore. Limestone County’s first baby of the new year arrives Jan. 2 By the numbers By JtLVN Cx)ij^: jt‘iu)if('atht‘usnc\\s-i-()uricr.ix)iii Kaylee Faith Martin arrived loudly about 48 minutes after midnight Jan. 1. By mid-aftemoon Friday, she was already yawning and spitting up tor the press as her mother and fether, Angela and Justin Martin, held her at Athens-Limestone Hospital. Although Kaylee did not make it into the woiid Ján. 1, she arrived before any other Limestone County babies, which won her a S2(X) savings bond finom the hospital. Technicallv, she was on her way Jan. 1. Her mom, who works for Dollar General in Ardmore, and dad, who works for Crucible Special Metals in Madison, were driving home about noon Thursday fixrm Columbia, Tenn., when Kaylee sounded the first alarm bell. Name: Kaylee Faith Martin Weight: 8 pounds Length: 20 inches Time of birth: 2 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2009 The couple had just visited a Tennessee hospital where Angelas sister, Amy Smith, had undergone a Cesarean section to deliver her baby girl. Kaylee arrived just after midnight. She was originally due Jan. See Baby, page 3A Local man dies during New Years police chase in Decatur By K\Rt n Mii)i)iKit)N hnvii^ nth(‘iisnt'\\s-it)iiriir.(x>ni Decatur Police say alcohol was a lactor in a fatal wreck involving an Athens man in the early minutes of New' Year’s Day. Juan Carlos Sa>tt died at 12:54 a.m. Jan. 1 when the car he was driving flipped five times while being pursued by Decatur Police and plowed thn)ugh the display window of a store on Sixth Avenue. Sgt. Kevin Hunter of the Decatur Police Traffic Division said Sa)tt, 22, was dead on the scene and his passenger, Candelario Martinez, 23, was transported to Decatur General Hospital, where he was treated and released. Both Scott and Martinez w'ere not wearing seat belts and both were thrown finom the vehicle. Hunter said. Hunter said police had been chasing Scott’s vehicle for about two miles when Scott failt'd to negotiate a slight curve in the nxid and went out of contn)l. “He was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes near the U.S.-31 and 67 intersection,” said Hunter. “,\n officer saw him and turned on his lights, rhe driver stopped, opened his dcxir and then sped away.” .Hunter said Scott’s vehicle left Sixth Avenue near Waffle House. “He failed to make the curve, hit a utility pole, went up an embankment and went airborne,” said Hunter. “He flipped five times and entered a store thn)ugh the fnmt window, where the car landed on its top.” Hunter said that Martinez was found to be intoxicated when he was taken to the hospital. “We’ve sent Scott’s boc^^ for an autopsy and it will be determined if he had been drinking,” said Hunter. See Fatality, page 3A Elkmont man listed serious after stabbing 'over money' An Elkmont man, Justin Swan-ner, was listed in “serious” condition in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit of Huntsville Hospital after authorities say his cousin stabbed him in the back at least twice. Adam Keith Swanner, 26, of you saw X breaking news at www.^ 24178 Bain Road, Athens, told authorities that at about 5 a.m. Thursday the two cousins “got into it over money” and he stabbed Justin Swanner, said Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely. The incident occurred on Es-ten Lane in Elkmont. Justin Swanner was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital where he was listed in critical condition Thursday, but by Friday his condition was upgraded to serious. Adam Swanner, 26, is charged with first-degree assault and is being held in Limestone County Jail in lieu of $10,(XX) bond. — Karen Middleton ;