Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 22, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Major: No others killed by IED
Funeral arrangments pending for local soldier
By Kelly Kazek
Funeral arrangements are pending for Pfc. Ricky Lee 1 urn-er, 20, of Athens, who died Friday in Baghdad while serv ing in the Army, but circumstances surrounding his death were confirmed Wednesday by the Department of Defense.
Turner’s family members said they were notified Friday night that he had been killed when an improvised exploding device
Funeral arrangements for F>fc. Ricky Lee Turner, 20, of Athens, who was killed Friday in Iraq, are pending but a memorial service will be at 1 p.m.. Saturday at Majestic Chapel on Hays Mill Road.
struck a vehicle in which he was riding. His father, James Turner of Athens, said be was told three other soldiers were killed in the explosion.
The DoD issued a press releases on its Web site at www.defenselink.mil/releases/r elease.aspx?releaseid = 12454 stating Turner was killed when an IED “detonated near his qnit.”
Major Virginia McCabe, a spokeswoman with the 82nd Airborne Division, said Turner was traveling in a vehicle when the convoy was hit but no other
See Soldier, page 2A
PHOTO COURTESY 82ND AIRBORNE
Pfc. Ricky Lee Turner
Steele quits basketball team at UA
Crimson Tide point guard, once an All-SEC first-team pick, has decided to forego the rest of his senior season after sustaining a foot injury which has limited his playing time.
SPORTS, PAGE IB
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Scenes from The Mall
A vie*/ of the Capitol as seen by students from the Limestone County Career Technical Center who attended the presidential inauguration.
Students remain in capital, sightsee after inauguration
By Jean Cole
jc<iii Autbensnews-courier.com Everywhere Emma Cooper looked, all she could see were buildings and people and history.
The combination made Tuesday’s presidential inauguration unforgettable for her and 41 other students from Limestone County Career Technical Center who
took a five-day trip to Washington, D.C.
“I have never seen that many people in my life - and I have never seen that much diversity,” said 18-year-old Cooper. “Everywhere you looked there were floods of people. Buildings and people. It was amazing.”
See Students, page 3A
Career Tech students braving the cold to see Barack Obama's presidential swearing-in via big-screen television.
Man arrested for forgery after cashing checks drawn from girlfriend's grandmother's account
- - - was arrested Tuesday and transferred to the
Limestone County Jail, where he was being held Wednesday in lieu of posting a $12,500 bond, records show.
The victim, who lives in Athens, reported her checkbook stolen Jan. 9, said Capt. Marty Bruce.
The five checks totaling $300 were made out to Keener and cashed at Redstone Federal Credit Union over a period of a few days, he said.
“They were stolen from the house,” Bruce said. “We are not sure yet if he stole them, that is still Mark S. Keener Jr. being investigated.”
By Jean Cole
An Athens man has been charged with five counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument for allegedly cashing $300 in checks on the account of his girlfriend’s grandmother, according to Athens Police.
Mark Steven Keener, Jr.,
20, of 210 Cloverleaf Drive
5 charged after meth lab busted near school
By Jean Cole
Limestone County deputies busted a methamphetamine lab in Elkmont Wednesday night, about a quarter mile from an elementary school, and arrested five county residents, an official said.
Deputies entered a home at 20820 Simpson Road in Elkmont about 8 p.m., just after the men had finished cooking a batch of meth, Lt. Lance Royals said. The house is located about a quarter mile from Owens Elementary School.
“We got a tip that these guys were cooking methamphetamine, so we got a search warrant for the resident,” he said. “When we entered, there were six men and four of them ran out the back door. When they saw Deputy (Matt) Wassum and Deputy (Johnny) Morel in back, they dropped right down, they hit the dirt.”
The following were arrested and charged with first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia:
• John Thomas Posey, 31, and Robert Martin Posey, 41, both of 20820 Simpson Road; Nicholas Jordan Posey, 23, of 29511 Alabama 99, Lester; Bryan Owen Vincent, 30, of 29560 Alabama 99,
See Drug bust, page 2A
New Mexican restaurant set for downtown
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The Athens square is about to add a Mexican restaurant in the building once occupied by two short-lived Italian restaurants.
Maria Bonita Grill & Cantina will open in the former Lucianos. Owner Oscar Salcido did not return a phone message left at his Decatur restaurant, but a woman who answered the phone confirmed that the owner would open a second Maria Bonita in Athens.
A public hearing on Salcido’s request for a liquor license for Maria Bonita will appear on Monday’s Athens City Council agenda.
Derrick Young, who was part owner of the building at the time Luciano’s closed, did not return a message left at another business with which he is affiliated.
Giovanni’s, an Italian bistro that opened in 2007 on Market Street, was open seven months before closing in the site midway of the block •
See Restaurant, page 2A