Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - June 25, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Sharapova exits early; Federer advances
Maria Sharapova, admitting she came back too soon after shoulder surgery, played poorly and lost in the second round at Wimbledon, falling to Gidela Dulko of Argentina.
SPORTS, PAGE IB
Governor admits his affair
After going AWOL for seven days. Gov. Mark Sanford of South Car* olina admitted he had secretly flown to Argentina to visit a woman with whom he was having an affair.
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Four family members sentenced for drugs
By Karen MiDDLFroN
Four members of a Tanner fem-ily were sentenced up to 10 years in a federal penitentiary Tuesday, ending the reign of one of the most active drug operations in the area, according to Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely.
“Will Bryant Hines was sentenced to 10 yeai^, Demetrius Hines was sentenced to 10 years, Keith Hines was sentenced to four years and Butch Draper, their cousin, was sentenced to six years,” said Blakely. “Bear in mind, these are federal sentences and
they will serve at least 90 percent of the time.”
The sheriff said more indictments are expected in the case that stems from a three-year investigation and the July 2008 arrests of ei^t people who allegedly hauled an average of 2,500 pounds of Mexican marijuana a month into North Alabama.
Blakely said the Hines brothers are co-owners of Pine Ridge Trucking on Lindsay Road in Tanner and are believed to be the “major players” in the multi-state drug operation.
The arrests came after a raid on
a home on HuntsviUe-Brownsfer-ry Road and the seizure of a trac-tor-trailer truck loaded with approximately 1,800 pounds of high-grade marijuana concealed in hidden compartments. Blakely said authorities also seized $618,000 in U.S. currency.
Authorities developed leads and intelligence into an operation that branched into several states across the Southeast and requested the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Attorney about two years ^o.
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Search crews recover body
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Sumner County K-9 Unit Reserve Deputy Tim Perry, far right, takes one of the bloodhounds trained to search for bodies on the Tennessee River near the mouth of the Elk River in a boat with the Florence Lauderdale Emergency Management Agency Search & Rescue team.
Giles County man apparently drowned while fishing on river
By Karf:n Middij:ix)N
kumKObthcnsncws-amritr.mm Using cadaver dogs and search crews firom multiple agencies, recovery workers pulled the body of a drowning victim fr*om the mouth ot the Elk River at about 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The crews had been searching for a day and half for the body of Timothy Gamer, 47, of Giles County, Term., who disappeared beneath the water Ttiesday afternoon during a fishing trip where the Elk meets the Tennessee
Lauderdale County Coroner Andy High said Gamer’s frimily was notified and his body released to Carr and Erwin Funeral Home in Pulaski, Term.
Rogersville Firie Department headed the multi-agency search that lasted until late Tuesday night and resumed early Wednesday morning.
See Recovered, page 6A
Elkrnont man may get life in reckless murder
Mother killed, daughter injured in 2008 wreck
By Kii-i.Y K\zkk
An fHonont man could spend life in prisim after pleading guilty to reckless murder in the death of a young mother last year in a head-rm collision on Alabama 127, said Limestone County District Attorney Kristi Vails.
Stanley Wray, 45, of 30681 Bob Coffman I^e entered a guilty plea in Circuit Judge Bob Baker’s court June 18 and awaits sentencing. A date has not been set.
Vails said the minimum sentence is 10 years in prison and maximum is life.
Wray was “very intoxicated” at the time of the April 26, 2008, wreck that killed Carrie Ann Gooch Nave, 31, and seriously injured her 11-year-old daughter, Vails said.
At the time of the wareck, Wray was charged with probation violation for felpny driving under the influence of alcohol, meaning he had three or more arrests for DUI in a five-year span.
Nave’s daughter, Columbia, then 11 and a student at Elkmont High School, w'as flown by MedFlight helicopter to Huntsville Hospital suffering from a broken right wrist, broken left elbow, broken right femur to which doctors had to attach pins, and cracked ribs. Her husband, Chad Nave, 30, was treated at Athens-IJmestone Hospital and released.
Escapee injured in shootout goes from hospital to jail
Frotn slidl and vv/rt* n‘[M>rts Authorities say one of four Alabama fugitives has been transferred fiiom a Dickinson hospital to jail.
Ashton Mink of Madison was arrested after a nearly 14-hour standoff'June 6, on a ranch south of Gladstone, N.D.. Authorities say Mink and his wife, Jacquelin, were wounded in an exchange of gunfire.
Stark County Sheriff Clarence Tlihy
said Ashton Mink was released Tuesday fixrm a Dickinson hospital and taken to jail. He is awaiting a bail hearing.
Jacquelin Mink is hospitalized in Bismarck.
The couple along with Ashton Mink’s sister Angela and Joshua Southwick, fece charges of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit robbery. They are accused of robbing a movie store in
Dickinson and shooting at a Highway Patrol trooper.
Authorities say Southwick and Ashton Mink escaped fiiom a Perry County, Ala., prison in May and that Angela and Jacquelin Mink helped them.
Southwick was serving a life sentence after being convicted of murdering Michael Bryant, 21, of Elkmont in February 2003.
Dog gone: Master looking for pet who fled after wreck
By Jean Q)u:
Cody Wallace broke his leg and totaled his truck on Fort Hampton Road in the span of a few seconds Jime 17.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the 17-yearK)ld’s red-nosed pit bull. Baby, fled the scene after the wreck.
The brown and white dog with a upside-down heart marking on his left hind-leg was riding in the bed of Cody’s 1982 Ford truck as he drove along Fort Hampton Road, four miles north of Athens, about 6:45 p.m., Wal-
lace’s mother Michelle Lovell said.
“All Cody can remember is driving, seeing a car in his lane and taking the field off" to the left,” she said. “He side-swiped a telephone pole and then hit a tree head-on about 25 or 30 feet fiom the pole. The truck was totaled and the fiont tire was in the floorboard.”
Cocfy was taken by ambulance to Athens-Limestone Hospital and then transferred by MedFligJit helicopter to Huntsville Hospital, vdiere a doctor
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Baby the red-nosed pit bull fled the scene after his master, Cody Wallace, wrecked his pickup truck June 17 on Fort Hampton Road near Alabama 99 in Limestone County. Cody, who was seriously injured, hopes someone out there has seen or found his dog.