Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 24, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Home sales rise
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Chief: Inmate had fake money
By Jean Cole
jean (®a thensnews-c ourier. com On Monday and Tuesday, two prisoners at the Limestone County Jail were charged with promoting prison contraband for allegedly trying to make alcoholic beverages by fermenting a substance in their cells.
On Thursday, another prisoner — Jeffery Ryan Solomon, 24, of 1308 Elk-ton St. in Athens — was charged with first-degree possession of a forged in-
strument for allegedly possessing some counterfeit money, according to Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt.
It all started the night before.
Solomon was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and transported to jail where he remained on a $5,000 bond, records show. After booking him, jailers inventoried his personal items and cash and forwarded them to the jail secretary so she could receipt them, which is standard procedure, an official
Upon seeing a questionable $5 and $10 bill in Solomon’s possessions, she notified Lt. Brad Cumutt, who began investigating, the official said. Cumutt verified the money was counterfeit and obtained a warrant charging Solomon with possession of a forged instmment, bringing his bond to $10,000.
Solomon remained in jail Friday afternoon in lieu of posting bond, records show.
Jeffery R. Solomon
Don t get tricked this season
NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS
Aaron Johns, owner of Green Thumb Produce, puts out pumpkins Friday afternoon at his business on Jefferson Street. To keep little ones safe on Halloween, residents are reminded to keep jack-o-lanterns lit with candles away from landings or doorsteps where costumes may brush against the flame.
Police offer tips for safe and healthy Halloween
On Halloween, kids are thinking about eating candy and being scary.
That doesn’t mean they have to give their parents a scare.
There are several ways parents can keep their children safe this Halloween.
“Tell children to bring their treats home before eating them,” said Dr. Jim McVay, director of the Bureau of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease, Alabama Department of Public Health.
“Parents should check treats to ensure that items have not been tampered with and are safely sealed. Inspect the surfaces closely for punctures or holes, wash it thoroughly and cut it open before allowing a child to eat it.”
The AD PH also recommends taking these precautions before sending trick-or-treaters out:
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Hospital employee hopes to bring smiles to cancer patients
By Kelly Kazek [email protected]
Stacy Tribble knows the sad thoughts breast cancer brings.
She knows the grief of losing her mother to the disease.
She sees the fear of growing sicker or dying in the eyes of her patients at Athens-Lime-stone Hospital’s imaging center, where she is director.
But Tribble wants to add some positive vibes to this area of the hospital by bringing
smiles to people at a time they may feel hopeless.
“I am asking people to write any kinds of words of encouragement or any kind of personal experience with breast cancer; how someone has touched their lives or a funny story,” Tribble said. “Something that could touch someone and make somebody smile.” Tribble wants people to write these words on a pink card, like those she distributed at the
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Regions Bank in Athens in no danger
By Jean C’ole and Karen Middi.eton [email protected]
Regions Financial Corp. plans to close three of its Alabama branches but the two branches in Athens will remain open, an official said Friday.
Regions announced this week it will close 121 branches across the South and Midwest. Cullman and Huntsville each will lose a branch and Montgomery will lose a remote-drive through branch, said Zac Payne of Regions.
“The Athens branches will not be closing,” he said.
Regions, based in Birmingham, announced it would close the 121 branches by early 2010. The locations will be announced once employees and customers are notified.
The announcement came after the company reported a $437 million loss during the third quaiTer. The loss was attributed to soured residential and commercial real-estate loans and the $41 million cost oi closing the branch-
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2 students arrested for trying to sell 4 pills
By Jean Coi.e [email protected]
Two Limestone County high schcx)l students were arrested Thursday for allegedly trying to sell four pills — reportedly the anti-anxiety medication Xanax — to other students at the school, officials said.
The two students, whose names were withheld because they are juveniles, were charged with sale of a controlled substance and released to the custody of their parents, said Sheriff Mike Blakely.
The two East Limestone High School students were arrested after a school resource officer discovered they had sold some pills to some other students.
“They admitted they had sold them,
” the sheriff said. “I’m not sure what kind of pills, but Xanax was what was
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