Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 7, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Alton Watkins of Elkmont
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Hey, Sound Off:
I am not a skateboarder; however, I recognize that kids are going to skate, whether or not there is a designated place for it. First of all, calling those sorry little makeshift wooden ramps behind Athens High a “skate park” was a travesty. Furthermore, closing the area without providing any alternative will to lead to more complaints and, frankly, I am tired of people's whining about skateboarding in town since there is nowhere else to go.
1 agree that kids should watch their mouths, but I do not think that the kids at the park w'ere going to harm any innocent bystanders. Swearing is commonplace in teenagers' vocabularies now.
We have television, and, yes, ourselves to thank for that—they had to learn it somewhere. Nonetheless, listen: skating is not going to go away.
The best solution is to build a real skate park. That way, if someone has a problem with skating/skaters, all he/she has to do is avoid the skate park, rather than writing yet another letter to Sound Off.
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Police say 29-year-old man used teeth as deadly weapon
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sonny%athensne\\'S-coiiher.com A 29-year-old Athens man was charged with assault Sunday night after he bit an Athens policeman on the left arm who was attempting to arrest him for domestic violence.
Alvaro Perez, 29, of 208 Southwind Diive, Athens, was in the Limestone County Jail Monday charged with sec
ond-degree assault and third-degree domestic violence as the result of the incident.
Capt. Marty Bruce said Officer Wesley Jarrett responded to a domestic violence call at the Perez home at 9 p.m. Sunday because a complainant charged a man had attempted to strangle his girl-triend and had hit her in the face with his hands and threw a cel! phone at her.
Bruce said the man w as also accused of fighting with the \ ictim s son.
■‘When Otficer Jarrett got on the scene, a man tried to run from him and when the officer caught up with him there was a struggle,"
Ihuce said. “That is w hen the suspect bit the officer on the left arm."
Ihuce said Jarrett was treated in the Emergency Room at Athcns-l imestone Hospital, fhc girlfriend was not injured.
The assault chiirge against Perez is a
felony and is the result of the biting incident against the officer.
Jarrett said Perez, was drinking at the time of the attack.
In a separate ease, a Decatur woman was arrested Saturday night in Athens and charged with first-degree receiving stolen propert)-.
Amy Katherine Humphries, 33, of 3105 Upper River Road Decatur, was arrested after Officer Charles C1eni stopped the vehicle on 1-65 in .Athens. The officer found 12 rocks of crack cocaine inside the vehicle which was later determined to have been stolen in Hueytown near Birmingham.
Teen still missing
700 volunteers join in search for Alabama gir
ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) -Some searchers scoured barren island terrain dotted with cactuses and seagrass. Others went through abandoned houses or walked remote roads. Hundreds of volunteers, police, soldiers and FBI agents joined in the unprecedented search fot an Alabama teen who vanished a week ago during a high school graduation trip.
American tourists also took part in the hunt for Natalee Holloway, 18, of Mountain Brook, Ala. The honors student disappeared May 30 during a five-day trip to the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba with more than 100 other classmates.
Hoping to boost efforts to find her, Aruba’s government let 4,000 civil servants off work early at 2 p.m. to join the search. By Tuesday afternoon, police said about 700 volunteers had joined police, soldiers and FBI agents combing scrubland and beaches on Aruba’s southeastern tip.
Kenneth Angela and three coworkers from Aruba’s lottery company were among the hundreds who boarded 10 buses in the community of Santa Cruz, about six miles from the capital, Oranjestad, to be taken to the search site.
See Aruba, Page 2A
Natalie Holloway’s aunt Marcia Twitty holds up a photo of Natalie and her mother, Beth Twitty,during a news conference in Mountain Brook Monday. Holloway, 18, vanished May 30 during a five-day trip to Aruba.
An estimated 3,000 customers were without electricity in western Limestone County Sunday afternoon when lightning hit a feeder line that served two substations.
Athens Electric Department Manager Gary Scroggins said the power outage occurred during a thunderstorm that moved through Limestone County. He said power was out to a large area in the western section of the county for more than two hours.
Electrical crews from the Athens Electric Department were called in and had power restored to those areas by 5:15 p.m., Scroggins said.
Lightning hit the line that feeds the Poplar Creek Substation on Shaw Road and on Cottbonbelt Road causing the widespread outage, said Scroggins.
The power went out approximately 3 p.m., he said.
Fun at Dog Days
New s-( ouncr Alissa Clark
Seth, Heath and Josh McCutcheon pick out their favorite knives as their grandfather Jerry McCutcheon looks on. People come from all over the area to attend Dog Days on Sunday and Monday in Ardmore and collector items are just some of the items that can be found there. More on Page 8A.
Area man is indicted by federal grand jury
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A 41-year-old Harvest man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Birmingham accused of providing false int'or-mation in required reports to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
The I 1-count indictment against James Hoyt 1 loyd was filed m the United States District Court in Birmingham and was announced this past weekend by U.S. Attorney Alice H. .Martin of the Northern District of Alabama and Harold D. Willis, resident agent in charge w ith the Df .A.
The indictment charges that on various dates between Oct. 9, 2003, and
July 29, 2004, the defendant furnished false information on invoices which are records that are required to be kept under federal law to account for the distribution of controlled substances.
If convicted. Floyd could receive a maximum sentence of four years and be fined S250,000 lor each count.
“This case demonstrates the dangers of not being able to keep an accurate accounting of controlled substances,’’ said Martin. “Pharmaceutical distributors are required to maintain accurate records of controlled substances distributed by their companies to ensure these dangerous drugs do not fall into the wrong hands."
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Diversion Unit and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Angela Redmond Debro.
TVA to hold drill this week at nuke plant
TVA and other federal, state and local agencies will conduct a regularly scheduled emergency preparedness exercise for Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant on Wednesday.
The exercise will involve about 1,()()() TVA and state of Alabama employees and emergency responders in Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison and Morgan counties. Residents of these counties may see radiological monitoring teams or other responders in action as part of the exercise and may hear onsite and off-site sirens sound.
Representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will evaluate responders on the appropriateness of their actions to ensure the health and safety of the public.
This emergency exercise is part of a longterm drill and exercise program. Utilities operating nuclear power plants are required by the NRC to conduct emergency exercises annually. Every two years FEMA evaluates the readiness of state and local agencies to protect public health and safety.
A public meeting to discuss response to the exercise is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday in the Morgan County Courthouse basement auditorium at 302 Lee St. N.E. in Decatur.
TVA is the nation’s largest public power provider and is completely self-financed. TVA provides power to large industries and 158 power distributors that serve approximately 8.5 million consumers in seven southeastern states.