Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - July 11, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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"If that's not one of those Baldwin boys, I'll lay down and die."
- HOMETOWN GROCERY WORKER fANCY SHOULDERS WHEN SHE SIGHTED STEPHEN BALDWIN
An Associated Press photo of actor Stephen Baldwin.
This photo was taken Thursday afternoon by Hometown Grocery worker Beth Eaton on her cell phone.
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Above, Hometown Grocery worker Fancy Shoulders shows the pamphlet Stephen Baldwin autographed for her Thursday at Hometown Grocery. She said Baldwin also gave her his e-mail address so she could be in the movie he was scouting a location for.
Stephen Baldwin sighting sets Hometown atwitter
By Kflly Kazek kellyiShthi'nsiwws-courier.coiii When a customer at Hometown Grocery removed his sunglasses Thursday afternoon, clerk Fancy Shoulders said to herself, “If that’s not one of those Baldwin boys. I’ll lay down and die.” Fortunately for Shoulders, he was one of those Baldwin boys — Stephen Baldwin, youngest of the famous acting clan.
He arrived at Hometown about 2:30 p.m. to receive some money at the Western Union window there, according to grocery employees.
After Shoulders recognized Bald
win, she asked the customer service worker, Debbie Sims, what name he signed. Debbie replied: “Steve Baldwin.”
By then, Baldwin had gone through the store and picked up a few snack items and was in Teresa Broadway’s checkout line.
“I asked him what his name was,” Shoulders said. “He said, ‘Brad Pitt.’ I said, ‘You are not. You’re Stephen Baldwin. What are you doing in Athens, Alabama?”
Baldwin, who was accompanied by
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Armed black man robs RBC Bank in Capshaw, escapes in blue SUV
A black man wearing a blue bandana over his face thrust a large, semiautomatic handgun at a teller at RBC Bank in Capshaw Friday afternoon and demanded money.
“He entered the bank about 3:20 p.m., pulled the blue bandana up over his face and walked up to a teller and said, ‘give me the money,”’ said Limestone County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Stanley Mc-Natt.
There were only three employees in the bank and no customers when the man entered wearing blue jeans, a blue T-shirt, the ball cap and bandana, McNatt said.
“He brandished the gun, held it on all of the employees and the teller,” he said.
The suspect fled in a blue sport-utilityvehicle, believed
This shot from a surveillance camera inside RBC Bank shows an armed gunman denr\anding money from a teller during a Friday afternoon robbery.
to be a Ford Expedition, heading west on Capshaw Road. Anyone with information
about the robber or the robbery is asked to call the Sheriffs Department at (256) 232-0111.
Mother of infant killed in accident
By Kki I y Kazfk
Karen Abernathy of Elkmont held back tears Friday as she described her daughter as “outgoing” and “free-spirited.”
Abernathy’s 21-year-old daughter,
Jessica Lynne Braithwaite, mother of a young son, was killed at about 7:40 Thursday night in an all-terrain vehicle crash on Spence Cave Road, seven miles west of Ardmore.
She was riding with Jonathan Bames, 26, when they attempted to pass another ATV and lost control, Abernathy said. Braithwaite was killed instantly. Barnes was taken by Med-Flight to Huntsville Hospital, where he remained in serious condition Friday in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Braithwaite’s son, Skylar, is 18 months old, Abernathy said.
Abernathy said she learned of her daughter’s death when a friend of Barnes’ called to tell her of the wreck.
Her daughter had ridden on four-wheelers before, she said.
“She was very independent,” Abernathy said.
Braithwaite was a cheerleader at West Limestone High School, where she graduated in 2005. She attended Cartwright Church of Christ.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home. Braithwaite also is survived by her father, Michael Braithwaite and her stepmother Lisa Braithwaite of New Port Richey, Fla.; her stepfather, Anthony Abernathy of Elkmont; three brothers and two sisters.
Broken water main has homes high and dry in Mooresville area
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A water main break near the intersection of Mooresville and Fennell roads Friday afternoon had a Limestone County Water Authority repair crew working past nightfall to restore water service to an estimated 15 homes in the area, an official said.
Johnny Morell, distribution super-^ visor for the authority, said the caus^ of the break is difficult to determine but at 8:30 p.m. he said the repairs were finished and the water service restored.
The break was reported around 3 p.m. but a crew was not able to get to the scene until a few hours later. Morell said crews were tied up on other work in another part of the county.
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