Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 14, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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I. as well as everyone in IJmestone County, do not begrudge the workers at the Water Authority getting a $500 Cdiristmas bonus. Tliey iire the ones who do all the work, get out at all hours ol the night and in all kinds of weather, to be sure we all have a supply of water. They deserve their bonus. However, an individual w ho makes $ 100,000 a year should not be entitled to a SI5.000 bonus. There are lots i)f people in Limestone County who d nCt even make $15.000 a year. 1 agree w ith another person w ho wrote ; Did the board give themselves a bonus'.'
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‘I have nothing to hide’
Athens officer says sexual accusations against him are false
By Sonna Tlrnkr
\\'s-counercom Lt. Lee Kennemer is one of three Athens policemen being accused of sexual misconduct and Thursday the 35-year veteran of the force declared his innocence.
“1 have nothing to hide and 1 w'ant the people to know that.” Kennemer said in announcing why he decided to go public with his story. “Fm innocent and 1 think the people need to know that.” Kennemer said the accusations against him and two other unnamed officers come from four w'omen w'ho he described as females who police have busted numerous times for drugs, alcohol and theft. He said some have been involved in prostitution.
"It's retaliation against me because I did not allow this one female to sign her own bond while she was in Jail,” Kennemer said. "She got mad at me about that and she brought the others in and they started making these sexual accusations.”
Athens Police Chief W'aync Harper said an internal investigation is ongoing within the department to determine if the three ofTicers w'crc indeed involved in sexual misconduct while on duty. Harper said he expects to make a decision on the matter within the next few days.
The women accuse the three officers of having sex with them w'hile they w'ere in the city jail and while in uniform outside the jail. They say the officers offered them favors and money for sex.
“That is totally not true,” Kennemer said. "Fve had to also run some of these females off from the Wal-Mart parking lot and I know they didn’t like that. I really feel they were out to get me.”
Kennemer is employed by Wal-Mart part-time when he is off duty. He is one of several officers who work security there from 10 p.m. to
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News-Courier Kim Rynders
Lt. Lee Kennemer says he is one of three officers being investigated by the Athens Police Department for sexual misconduct. The 35-year veteran said he’s not guilty and believes the allegations were made by four women in retaliation against him.
Mother, daughter injured in fire
News-Courier Kim Rynders
Fire destroyed this mobile home early Thursday on Hays Mill Road. An infant was transported to Athens-Limestone Hospital, then on to Huntsville Hospital, to be treated for smoke inhalation.
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Vcm .v-C ouricr Reporter A Limestone County infant was taken to .Athens-Limestone Hospital early Thursday morning after fire gutted the family's Piney Ch.'ipel home just north of .Athens.
The child later was transported to Huntsville Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, according to Mike West, director of the A-L .Ambulance Ser\ irv*
The child’s records were marked confidential, West said, so he c«uild not provide a name.
LIkmont \bliintcer Lire Chief .left'McMunn said a man. woman and small child li\ed in the mobile home iilf Hays Mill Road.
Flkmont and Piney Chapel volunteer fire depailments responded to the call after 2 a.m. and w'cre at the scene approximately three hours.
McMunn said neighbor Adam Smalley
noticed the fire and woke the family.
“The neighbors woke up and went over to
start beating on the door.” he said.
MeMunn said the home was completely destroved by tlic fire. While no cause for the fire has been determine(.L arson has not been ruled out.
Athens leaders to discuss City Hall in meeting today
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sonnyta^thensnews-eourieKeum Mayor Dan Williams and members of the Athens City Council will meet with officials of a Bimiingham architectural finn today at noon to discuss options on building a new' Athens City Hall.
Officials with the Krebbs architectural Firm will present proposals to the council, the mayor said, but no decisions are expected to be made at that meeting.
“We don't really have a plan as yet,” the mayor said, “although the council has already decided to tear down the existing City Hall and to build a new one here.”
The mayor said the council must look at several options before work starts to demolish the exist
ing Athens City Hall.
“The county has already offered us the use of the old Limestone County Jail free of charge,” tlie mayor said. “Of course, we are going to look at that and we’ve got the old City Utilities building on West Elm Street we might want consider.”
The Limestone County Sheriff’s Department now occupies the Limestone County Jail on Green Street. The department will move to new facilities on East Elm Street March 7.
The council had considered several locations in the city for a new' City Hall, but last month decided to reject all those proposals in favor of the current location just north of the Limestone County Courthouse Square.
Elkmont man arrested for intimidating witness
A 34-year-old Elkmont man was arrested Wednesday accused of threatening his wife and her companion at the Limestone County Courthouse during a protection order hearing in district
Timothy Brad Russell, of 25625 Evans Road, was jailed on a charge of intimidating a wit-
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Two lolled in Madison crash
The wreckage of a single-engine Cessna that crashed upon takeoff from Huntsville International Airport Tuesday evening, is seen near Huntsville.
Plane crash victims identified
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The two men killed when a small plane crashed in Huntsville have been identified as brothers who were both licensed pilots.
Authorities said Wednesday the victims were David Craig Hogan, 42. of Madison and Steven I’atrick Hogan, 40, of Huntsville.
Madison County Coroner Bobby Berryhill said it was unclear which of the brothers had been flying the plane at the time of the crash.
The single-engine Cessna crashed upon takeoff from Huntsville international Airport at
6;2S p.m. on fucsday. Berryhill said. He said the V ictims were pronounced dead at 8:05 p.m., when rescuers reached the plane, which crashed in a heav ily wooded and swampy area. Authorities used three police and two medical helicopters to search for the wreckage.
The Decatur Daily reported that the six-seater plane belonged to I9r. Jonathan Denton of Decatur and two partners, wlio rented the Cessna to other pilots out of Huntsville Flight Center. Denton said the llogan brothers rented the plane "probabh more than anyone."