Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 3, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Policé: Traffic should flow from fireworks
To ease traffic snarls after Saturday's the Reliance Bank Fire Cracker Festival at Athens High Stadium, Athens Police Department asks motorists who plan to head east after the show to park on the east side of U.S. 31 and those who plan to head west to park on the west side of 31.
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Firefighter injured at scene | victim
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Athens firefighters chop a ventilation hole in the roof of Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers after a grease fire ignited in the fryer exhaust system before 1 p.m. Thursday off U.S. 72 East. The restaurant, which sustained roof damage from the fire and smoke damage throughout, will be repaired and reopened, the manager said.
Thursday fire temporarily closes Wendy’s restaurant
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Iris Berryhill was standing by the grill near the ftyer when she smelled smoke Thursday at Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hambuigers in Athens.
It was rush hour and the restaurant at 1603 U.S. 72 East was two-thirds full of customers when the fiyer began smoking and flaring up before 1 p.m., Berryhill said.
Manager IJsa Harris extinguished it, she said. ,
“We waited about 15 minutes and then turned the fiyer back on and Lisa told me to keep an eye on it,” Berryhill said.
“I smelled smoke again, and by the time I turned around it was flaming up and it looked like it was going to engulf everything. I was scared.”
Harris knew the fire in the fiyer^xhaust system behind the fiyei*s was unreachable, even with the restaurant’s fire extinguishers, so she ordered the customers and her 14 workers fixrm the building.
“By the time we got out it was burning through the roof,” Berryhill said.
See Fire, page 6A
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Sheriff: Case will require'a lot of legwork to solve'
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An East Lime.stone man shot by an unknown assailant remained in the intensive care unit of Huntsville Hospital on Thursday night, according to Limestone County Sherifl Mike Blakely, whok said the mysterious case will re-, quire “a lot of legwork” to solve.
Sheriff’s investigators were back on the scene of the shooting Diursday at 16476 McCulley Mill Road, where 41-year-old Kelvin Davis was shot in his side just before 9 p.m. Tuesday while playing basketball in his driveway with his wife, two sons and a neighbor.
The bullet, of an unknown caliber, exited Davis’ abdomen.
“We’re still canvassing the neighborhood,” Blakely said. ‘Several preople said they heard a loud noise that could have been fireworks or a gun; they’re not sure. Nobody actually saw anything.”
The area is rural and dark. Blakely said the femily was using car hciidlights to play ball.
“One of the small children said
See Shooting, page 3A
Trooper still hospitalized
Alabama State Trooper Randal Dubose, 37, of the Tuscaloosa post, remained in good condition Tliurs-day afternoon at Huntsville Hospital after crashing his motorcycle while chasing a motorcychst Wednesday in Limestone County “Dubose is in gcxxl spirits,” state trooper spokesman Curtis Summerville said Thursday. “He has a broken arm and a dislocated elbow. He is expected to have surgery sometime today.”
Dubose’s arm and leg were injured when he lost control of his bike on a curve on McKee Road near Creekside Drive about 2:40 p.m. He lost control after turning to pursue the speeding cycle.
His motorcycle landed in the ditch and Dubose was thrown fixMn it. He was flown to the hospi-
See Trooper, page 3A
Sonic b(X)m from aircraft testing fiightens residents around Valley
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Officials with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office said they received numerous calls Thursday from residents saying they’d heard a loud explosion.
The majority of calls came from residents in Toney, Hazel Green and Meridianville, according to Investigator Chad Brooks.
An investigation by Madison County Emergency Management Agency officials determined that aircraft tests performed at Arnold Air Force base in TuUahoma, Tenn., broke the sound barrier and caused a sonic bcK)m.
See Boom, page 3A
Athens women accused of writing fake prescriptions on stolen pads
Two women have been charged with possession of a forged instrument and possession of a controlled substance for allegedly writing feike prescriptions with stolen prescription pads, an Athens Police official said.
Angela Marie Foley, 41, of 24552 Leatha May Way was charged with five counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument
See Fake, page 3A
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