Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 26, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Wayne Jennings of Athens continues to invent gadgets at age 80.
Hey, Sound Off:
l*\e got a message for all the businesses that put flyers on windshields...STOP! When 1 get into my car after being in a store and then have to get back out and remove uninvited trash from my window it makes me want to never use that company that stuck it there ever again. Then I'm stuck with trash in my car that 1 have to get rid of. unless I were to do like many people and litter the parking lot with it.
Let me just say it’s a little more than littering, it’s an eyesore and a thorn in the side of humanity!
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Suspect’s photo released
Mercado sought in Mexico City for January slaying here
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kelhiaathensnews-courier.com Limestone Countv Sheriff Mike Blakely released a photo Fnday of a former Decatur man suspected of ha\ ing his wife lure a man to an isolated spot on Mooresville Road then shooting him to death.
Clises Ryes Mercado. 21. is believed to be living in a town outside Mexico City, Mexico, Blakely siiid. The sheriff released infonnation Wc'dnesdiiy about the arrest of Mercado's wife. Dora Ramirez. 19. also fomierlv of Decatur. She was arrested Oct. 14 and charged with murder for allegedly calling .Andres Flores, a fX'catur mechanic, and luring him to the spot
where he was killed.
Blakely said he waited to release the infonnation because he had obtained a warrant for Mercado's anest and was working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mexican authonties to capture him.
He did not want anyone to tip Mercado authonties were IcxTing for him. he said.
Flores was left K ing dead by the side of Mtxiresxille Road on Jan. 28 with three bullets in his head. BlakeK said Mercado was jealous because he thought 1 lores was having an affair with his wife and ordered her to call Flores and lure him to the scene.
Mercado and Flores became sus[X'cts
soon after the cnme. the shentf said.
Ramirez admitted her iiwoKement in the crime. Iflakely said. She remains in Limestone County Jail charged w ith murder.
Flores' Kxh was found in the early morning houi-s of Jan. 29, Ihs Che\ri>let S-IO pickup truck was parked with the engine running, lie had been shot once in the face and tw ice in the back of the head.
Construction worker killed in 3-story fa
,\ construction worker died Friday after a fall from the third tloor of a condominium at Bay Hill Marina, said Assistant Coroner Andy Jackson.
Douglas Howard Searcy. 38. of Muscle Shoals was pronounced dead at the scene. Jackson said.
Lanergency workers were called at 1 ;4(i p.m.
Searcy was working on the third tfoor of a condominium on an extension ladder when the ladder fell, taking him with it. according to Jackson.
Bay Hill Marina is a development in western I imestone County along the fennessee Ri\er.
News-Courier Kim Rynders
Tanya Mitchell pushes a cart in Kmart Friday morning. She was among several shoppers out and about the day after Thanksgiving.
Hurricane victims boost holiday sales Friday for Alabama stores
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Tanya Alexander filled her shopping cart with Christmas gifts Friday at a crowded Mobile mall, but she also searched for furnishings for her Biloxi, Miss., home which was flooded by Hurricane Katrina.
“We’ll probably spend a small fortune today,” said Alexander, who rose at 4 a.m. with relatives to join the day-after-Thanksgiving bargain rush.
Nationally, the average consumer plans to spend about S738 this holiday season — 5.1 percent higher than a year ago, according to a
survey for the National Retail Federation.
Since Katrina hit Aug. 29. hurricane recovery' spending has filled cash registers Mobile the nearest metro shopping district to the Katrina-ravaged coastline.
“We need clothes, a refrigerator and a stove." said Mobile shopper Deanna Cooley, a hurricane survivor w ho has moved in w ith her brother in Pascagoula, Miss., until her home in Biloxi is repaired.
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People shopping in Athens Friday were asked: Do you plan to pur chase more of your holiday gifts with cash or credit this year?
“Cash. I’ve just been putting back, saving.”
— Joyce Spurgeon, Pulaski, Tenn.
“Cash because 1 don’t want to charge anything. No bills. No interest. I don’t like to charge.”
— Tarry Dutton, Athens
“It'd bt?* cash
because you don’t have the ongoing credit card bills to pay after the holidays.”
— Glenda David, Limestone Count}'
"Cash because credit is just an ongoing thing, it takes to long to pay off.”
—- Paul Barnett, Limestone CounW
VIeth maker busted; ‘ice’ surpassing crack
as societal scourge, Sheriff Blakely says
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ancnews a pclnet.net More than S27.000 worth of marijuana and crystal m c t h a m -p h 0 t a m 1 n e wim't make it to market.
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Athens drug McMeans unit officers seized the drugs as •well as several firearms in a raid
on an Athens residence Werinesday night.
Charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacturing a controlled substance, trafficking in methamphetaminc, tratficking 111 marijuana, and possession of a controlled substance is Fdward Cilenn “Buddy" McMeans. 53. of 23156 Memory Way. Athens.
Mc.Means was arrested at 8;34 p.m. Wednesday and con-
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News-C ourier Kim Rynders Limestone County investigators, from left, Lance Royals, Johnny Morell and Sheriff Mike Blakely display items confiscated during the arrest of Buddy McMeans.
Pitts Grocery robbed; suspect threatens store owner with screwdriver
Sheriff's investigators were searching Friday for a man who threatened the owner of a local store with a screwdriver and took an undisclosed amount of cash.
The black man, described as about 30 years old, 6 feet, 180-to 200-pounds and wearing a camouflaged jacket and red silk doo-rag, robbed Pitts Grocery on Browns Ferry Road said Limestone Sherift'Mike Blakely.
The shenft' said Elsie Pitts was in the store alone when the man entered at about 2:30 p.m.
“Ms. Pitts was alone at the store and he came around the counter and threatened her with a screwdriver,” Blakely said. “She opened the register and
gave him the money, then he fled on foot.”
Blakely said Pitts went back to get her gun and the man fled north on Browns Ferry Road. The sheriff called for assisUince from search dogs from Limestone Correctional Facility, but the dogs did not pick up the suspect’s scent because of the volume of traffic on the road.
The sheriff'believes someone may have been waiting with a vehicle to pick up the man.
“We’re off'ering a substantial reward for information,” he said.
Anyone who knows anything about the crime should call the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department at 232-0111.
— Kelly Kazek