Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 16, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Dwight Mitchell of Elkmont
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Hey, Sound Off:
I would like to say amen to the sound off in reference to justice being served in the Michael Jackson case. I feel that the majority of people in California are so bought into the "Hollywood Hype" I doubt tfrt 12 people could be found to convict any famous person of any crime.
While I agree that the mother's actions of endangering her child should be punished, she wasn't the person on trial for an alleged crime.
This decision along with many others like it is the very reason that our children are being molested, raped, and murdered through this country and very little is being done about it.
When a woman says “no” and the rapist doesn't listen, he is punished.
Who is going to be there to say “no” for the children? Evidently not the judicial system.
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Athens Animal Control Director Ron Ultz grimaces as he lifts a live cobra from its cage Wednesday afternoon at the Limestone County Jail.
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Councilman proposing fee system
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Harold Wales said he still believes the City of Athens should allow its residents to place trash and other items on the side of the street for pickup for a fee.
And for that reason, the Athens city councilman said Wednesday he will reintroduce a proposal for Wales debris pick up to the city council.
The council agreed in a Monday night work session to ask City Street and Sanitation Supervisor Earl Glaze to make the public aware that after June 28 violators will be cited for placing building materials on the side of the street — a problem they said had grown out of control in Athens.
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It’s not the usual sight in Limestone County and it may be the first cobra ever confiscated in this county. But if county authorities have anything to do with it — it will be last.
Limestone County resident Turner Davis Roberts, also known as “Snake Man,” was arrested and charged Wednesday with the possession of a non-indigenous venomous reptile in violation of Alabama regulation after authorities discovered a rear-fanged water cobra in his home.
The Limestone County Sheriff’s Department received a tip that Roberts had the snake in his home on Nuclear Plant Road. The snake is said to be native to Asia and parts of Africa.
Capt. Johnny Johnson with the Wildlife Freshwater Fisheries Division of the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said it is illegal to have such a snake
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Woman dies in train wreck
Conductor: ‘I saw her and she never did slow down’
By Sonny Turner
An 83-year-old Athens woman who apparently was on her way home after visiting a nearby drug store was killed Wednesday when she pulled her car into the path of an oncoming freight train.
Bessie Sweeney, of 1410 East Elm St., Athens, was pronounced dead on arrival at Athens-Limestone Hospital. Athens-Limestone Ambulance Service Director Mike West said Sweeney died from massive head and chest injuries as the result of the 9:28 a.m. crash at the Athens Hobbs Street crossing.
“She had prescription medication with Wednesday’s date on the bottle in her car and apparently she had just been to the drug store. We believe she was on her way back home when it happened,” said Athens Police Capt. Tracy Harrison. “Witnesses said she just pulled in front of the train.”
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Athens infant needs transplant
Scene of fatal train-car crash Wednesday morning near downtown Athens.
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Little Ethan Tyler Gossett needs a kidney transplant.
By Tashia Lovell
He’s only a year old, but Ethan Tyler Gossett has been in and out of the hospital all of his life.
Ethan’s mother Tonya said she was 33 weeks pregnant when her doctor discovered that Ethan’s kidneys did not work properly he had Chronic Renal Insufficiency, which is now Chronic Renal Failure.
Tonya said that this means that his kidneys do not function properly, causing urine to back up.
Upon discovering Ethan's problem, doctors knew the infant would need a transplant. While Tonya had hoped the procedure could wait until her son was older, Ethan is currently waiting while doctors determine if he can receive a kidney from his father, Kevin.
Approximately two weeks ago the family discovered that Kevin's kidney was a match for his youngest son. On July 11-12, Kevin will undergo tests
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