Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 25, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Birmingham doctors were able to remove most of the brain tumor from toddler Noah Crowe during surgery Tuesday, said his dad, John David Crowe. Residents began a Facebook prayer chain Monday and updates are posted on http://prayfornoah.weeb ly.com/. Read a followup story in the Thanksgiving edition of The News Courier. See Tuesday’s story at www.enewscourier.com/ homepage.
Reports signal slow recovery
The economy is growing modestly, with consumers too wary about spending to invigorate the recovery, reports released Tuesday
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Police probe man’s death
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Police Chief Wayne Harper answers reporters' questions Tuesday about a homicide in north Athens. In the background is Lt. Floyd Johnson.
Shooting ruled homicide, but no suspect in custody
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Athens Police were called to 18508 Alabama 127 at 1:41 p.m. Tuesday, according to Police Chief Wayne I larper, and found tlie mtm dead in a kitchen dining area near the back door.
At about 6 p.m. Tuesday Lt. Floyd Johnson confirmed the identity of the victim as James Ellis Miller, 59.
“We have ruled the sh(юting this afternoon a homicide,” said Johnson in an e-
mailed release. “At this time we do not have a suspect in custody.”
He said the victim had been shot, but did not divulge how many wounds he suftered. He said the shooting is under investigation and the body had been sent to the state forensic lab for an autopsy.
A neighbor reportedly heard what he said sounded like two rifle shots at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday but thought the shots came from hunters.
The home is located north of Elm Street and south of McClung Drive.
See Homicide, page 3A
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Police officers and investigators rushed to a home off Alabama 127 at 1:41 p.m. Tuesday to find a 59-year-old Athens man dead of at least one gunshot wound on his kitchen floor.
Builder charged for work without a license
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A Huntsville man has been arrested and charged with building a home in Limestone County without a license.
The Limestone County Sherifi'’s Department arrested Fredrick .Man Parker, 30, of 207 Stoney Lane, on a wamml Monday, records show.
He is accused of pretending to be a state-licensed residential homebuilder for Elite Business Services in order to build someone a house in eastern limestone County, said limestone County Revenue Enforcement Director Rixlney Jackson.
“We got a complaint from the homeowner who ran into some trouble with the home,” Jackson said. “Under Alabama law, you can be your own contractor and build your owm home but you cannot enter into a contract or act as a builder for someone else without first having a license.”
During his investigation, Jackson had See Builder, page 3A
Traffic stop results in arrests, recovery of stolen property
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On Sunday morning, an Alabama state trooper pulled over a Lauderdale County man and his nephew, unawiu-e the truck they were driving and the two all-terrain vehicles they were hauling were all stolen iiom Athens, an official said.
When Athens Pohce connected that incident with others that occurred Sunday and Monday, an > uncle and his nephew ^ were facing multiple counts of theft in two states and a lot of expensive property had been recovered.
’Ihe case began on Saturday night, when Athens Police Officer Chris Mardis happened to check on an un-
See Arrests, page 2A
Turkey a good deal in bad economy
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It might be a leaner Thanksgiving table this year as high unemployment continues.
But local meat department managers say tuilcey prices and sales, for the most part, remain steady liom previous years.
Prices range firom 69 cents a pound for store brands to 99 cents for premium brands.
However, Tim Balcom of Piggly Wiggly says sales have “dropf>ed off a little.”
“We have ordered as much turkey this year,” said Balcom. “They’re still selling, but not like last year.”
But Balcom says ham sales remain brisk. “We’re selling a lot of ham, especially the honey ham and brown sugar cured hams,” he said. “They’re selling real good.”
Balcom says the store doesn’t sell a lot of duck.
“We’ve even got a goose here,” he said. “We get in about two of those a year. But they’re expensive, about $5 a pound.”
Donrrie Wood, meat department manager at Hometown Grocery, reports “brisk” turkey sales with no decrease ftom past years.
See Turkey, page 2A
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