Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 25, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Police: Woman set fire to home
By Sonny Tirner
s-courier. com Athens police arrested a 40-year-old woman Friday for setting fire to her boyfriend’s home because investigators said she got mad at him for kicking her out of the house and taking up with a new girlfriend.
April Puett of Athens was charged with first-degree arson after Det.-Sgt. Trevor Harris said she confessed Friday to the fire. Puett
“She claims she flipped a cigarette and it accidentally caught the third shelf from the ground of a
storage cabinet on fire that was on the front porch of the home,” said Harris. “It’s our belief though, that she intentionally set the house on fire and then walked off knowing that two people — the boyfriend and his new girlfriend — were in the house.” Police have been investigating the suspicious fire ever since it was reported Wednesday by Donald Patrick Tussey who told investigators that he looked out on his back porch shortly before 5 a.m. and noticed the porch was in flames. He called the Athens Fire Department which sent firemen to the scene to extinguish the blaze.
Tussey lives at 1102 North Houston Street, theSee Arson, Page 2AWoman charged with arson also involved in prostitution case
By Sonw Tl RNER
sonny’(fl alhensnews-courier.com A man who came to police headquarters Thursday to report that an Athens prostitute had broken into lus room and stolen $238 was arrested instead Friday blbause detectives say he admitted he earlier had the woman in his room and paid her for sex.
Luther Rayner, 57. of the Botnar Inn,
Athens, was arrested for third-degree promoting prostitution, a misdemeanor.
The woman, April Puett. 40. who was arrested Friday on a separate case for first- Rayner degree arson accused of setting fire to her boyfriend’s home. ma\ also face prostitution and theft charges, police said.
See Prostitution, Page 2ACalm voices amidst the violence
See Ruling, Page 2A
Above left, Jeremy and Penny Lucas show on a map the areas they visited. Directly above, a little girl in a refugee camp. Below is a check point at Kalandia.
Suzanne Morgan of Delphi shows Moms-on-Mission founder Karen Koenders the wall of photos of employees and employee family member’s who are in^ the military, many of • whom are in Iraq or have recently come home. Delphi employees and the Local UAW 2195 donate to MOM annually. The photos are posted next to the break area with a sign reading “Got Safety? Remember Our Troops, Pray for their Safety.”
Hey, Sound Off:
This is for the person saying that the newspaper is not the right forum to talk about people urinating off their back porch. Look, I've talked to local officials on a local radio station about this and they told me and whoever else was listening to that station that they have also witnessed this and said that local authorities should do something about this.
My neighbors and I call the authorities (and believe me it has happened more thai^ggfte time), the authorities come out and leave. I don't know what goes on when they go to the residence, but it's not enough! You’re probably right it's not the right place to let it be known. Maybe you should give me some suggestions about getting this to stop.
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Episcopal priest, wife return from trip to Israel, Palestine
By Jennifer R. Hill
net The violence that Jeremy Lucas and his wife Penny have witnessed over the past four to five years is something that many people feel fortunate never to have seen. But to be a witness of the reality in the world and help stop the violence is WKat LUCas professes is one of his greatest missions.
The couple is originally from Birmingham and moved to New York for Jeremy to complete his studies as a priest. They moved back to Alabama last year. They were brought to Athens by Jeremy’s placement as a priest at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church.
Several events, seemingly destined, have led them to working for non-violent solutions for conflicts in the world.
Jeremy’s first day of seminary school was on Sept. II, 2001, in Manhattan, NY.
“That was the first time we had been around anything that looked so close to war,” he said. “As we continued our journey in New York, my wife and I both committed ourselves to making change non-v iolently.”
The Lucases joined a program called Creating a Culture of Peace. Through this program they were introduced to Fellowship of Reconciliation where they joined Interfaith Peace-Builders, a program dedicated to educate North American citizens about the Israeli and Palestinian regions, and to deepen their understanding of its conflicts.
See Trip, Page 3A
Court ruling strengthens city’s power to take land
By Tashia Lovell
It’s nothing new, said Athens City Mayor Dan Williams regarding the recent U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on eminent domain. But he said it does strengthen cities' and government’s power to take land.
According to Williams cities have had the power of eminent domain for some time but during the last 20 years he does not recall condemning anyone’s property for building purposes.
He said he can remember times when it would have been beneficial to do so, but other action has been taken in the matter such as working the plan of the project around a person’s property.
On Thursday, homeowners in New London,