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Man accused of sodomizing girl
School counselor suspected abuse of girl, 12, authorities say
By Jean Cole
jean @a thensnews-courier. com A school counselor’s report prompted Limestone County authorities to charge a Madison man with three counts of first-degree sodomy involving a girl under age 12, an official said.
Kenneth Napoleon Osborne, 46, of 28581 Hardiman Road, was arrested Monday on one count of first-degree sodomy, said Limestone County Sheriff’s Lt. Brad Curnutt. Two more counts were added Tuesday, he said.
“We had a (Limestone County)
school counselor report to authorities the possibility of a child being molested, and Osborne was arrested,” Curnutt said.
The alleged abuse is still under investigation, he said.
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New majors created at ASU
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Mary Jane Caylor, District 8 representative on the Alabama State Board of Education, congratulates the initiative of Athens State University in getting approved three majors in support of BRAC jobs. Looking on is ASU President Robert Glenn.
New Athens State courses
train for unfilled BRAC jobs
By Karen Middleton
thensnews-courier. com Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said Thesday the Huntsville area can be termed a “developing” community because there are more jobs coming than workers to fill them.
Battle was among a half dozen leaders taking part in the announcement at the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce of three new Athens State University majors to be of-
fered on Redstone Arsenal to train people to fill some of the 10,000 jobs resulting from the Base Realignment and Closing moves from Northern Virginia.
The new majors are Acquisition and Contract Management, Enterprise Systems Management, also known as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and Logistics and Supply
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Toney man fatally shoots neighbor
A disagreement between two longtime acquaintances ended Monday in Toney with one fetally shot and the other charged with murder, according to a Madison County Sheriff’s investigator.
Homeowner Billy Roy Bennett Sr., 71, called the Sheriff’s department about 11:04 a.m. Monday and asked them to come to his home at 230 Bentley Drive in Toney, according to a press release issued Tuesday.
Deputies foimd Charles Ray Helms, 44, of 222 Bentley Drive dead in the driveway with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso.
said Investigator Chad Brooks, public information officer for the Sheriffs Department.
Bennett handed deputies a gun - a small-caliber revolver believed to be the murder weapon -and told officials he used it to shoot Helms, Brooks said.
“Bennett and the victim were neighbors and had known one another for many years,” Brooks said. “There was no animosity between them up until the time of the shooting.”
The reason for the shooting remains unclear.
“It’s still under investigation, ”
The two men became intoxicated at Bennett’s home late Sunday and early Monday, according to the press release. Bennett told investigators no one else was present throughout the night. Investigators found evidence that the shooting occurred inside the home.
Bennett was charged with murder and is being held in the Madison County Jail in lieu of posting a $30,000 bond.
— Jean Cole
From stalT, wire reports The board of Alabama’s prepaid college 'tuition plan has moved up its next meeting by two weeks to talk about the future of the financially troubled program.
Members of the Limestone County Chapter of Save Alabama PACT plan to attend.
The board’s chairwoman, State Treasurer Kay Ivey, said Monday the board will meet Nov. 4 instead of Nov. 18. She said that’s to get an early start on proposals to present to the Legislature for shoring up the Prepaid Affordable College Tuition plan.
The co-founder of Save Alabama PACT, Patti Lambert, said the change makes it difficult for parents who had made plans to be off from work on Nov. 18 to attend the meeting, she said the group hopes to have a large number of parents at the meeting to show the Legislature how important the issue is.
Sex offender charged with not providing good address
A convicted sex offender has been charged with violating Megan’s Law for being unable to give authorities an acceptable address before being released from jail, an official said.
Tommy Dewayne Battles, 46, who was already in Limestone County Jail, was charged Monday with violating the Community Notification Act, aka Megan’s Law, which requires convicted sex offenders to provide a workable address before moving, changing workplaces or, in this case, being released from jail.
Battles was convicted in February 2002 on a charged of attempted first-degree sexual abuse involving an adult woman in Madison County, according to the Alabama Department of Public Safety Web site.
— Jean Cole
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