Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 25, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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7 69847 00001Officers’ families suits pendingExecutor pursuing options for portion of $750K awarded killer s mother
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A representative for the children of slain Athens police Sgt. Larry' Russell said attorneys for the children would consider in coming weeks whether the children deserve
a part of a settlement awarded to the killer’s mother.
Ronald Ultz, a retired Athens police officer who is executor for the Russell children, said if attorneys feel it is in the children’s best interests he will pursue a lawsuit.
“We’re going to get the attorneys feelings on whether this a situation where somebody has benefited from a situation where two officers were killed,” Ultz said. “I’m not sure that’s the case because is differs from if a biX)k was written about the case or
something like that. Whether it is considered something the children can go after legally. I’ll leav'e that to the attorneys. If they tell us there is something. I’ll pursue it.”
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Dead fish causing stink
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Jim Bowers, in background, makes a daily walk through an undeveloped subdivision at Mine and Elm streets in Athens and discovers an Illegal dumping ground.
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By Kark.n MiDDi.KTON
“It’s really hard to believe that there are people out there that crude,” said a disgusted Jim Bowers about whoever dumped a pile of fish entrails near his neighborhood.
Each morning Bowers takes a walk around a subdivision at Hine and Elm streets in which no homes have been built. Wednesday at the end of the curving street that winds around the undeveloped subdivision, Racheal’s Loop, he was overcome by the stench of decomposing fish.
Bowers told The News Courier .that it appeared as
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Jim Bowers said his morning walk was interrupted when he found a pile of rotting fish remains someone had dumped at the end of the street.
City of Athens ends year $400K in the black; looks to a leaner 2010
By Kare.n Middleton
Athens City Council President Ronnie Marks gave credit to department managers for cutbacks that allowed the city to end the year $400,000 in the black.
“Some of our sister cities have had a real touchy issue with revenue this year,” said Marks during a Thursday morning council work session. “But our managers are to be commended. After
invoices are all in we should come out 8400,000 in the black; however, 2010 looks to be a pretty lean year.”
Financial Manager Evan Thornton said the 2010 fiscal year budget shows surplus funds of just $49,837 in a $21.7 million budget.
“I am always conservative with revenue figures, but I have been as accurate as possible,” said Thornton. “There will not be any surpluses. We
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Stoiy leads to new charges against man caught in ladies’ room
A Oecatur man accused last month of following women into the Athens Walmart ladies rtx>m ;md peeking under the stalls is now facing more criminal charges for the same oftense, an officiiil said.
Athens Police Lt. Floyd Johnson said more women came fonv'ard to file complaints after the initial story appeared in the media. They reported similar incidents in which a man entered the restroom and peered under the stalls.
Robert James Bell, 48, of 516 Blaine Drive, was arrested Wednesday and charged with six more counts of criminal suTN'eillance, said Johnson said.
Bell was first arrested in August on two counts of criminal surveillance after women complained that a man fitting Bell’s description followed them into the restroom at the Athens Walmart.
Police released Walmart surveillance video of a suspect at the time of the August incident and he was identified as Bell.
“The six new cases occurred before Bell was arrested in August,” Johnson said.
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State ranks 2nd in cases of flu at college; not many cases In area
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A new survey shows colleges and universities in Alabama are being hit harder by the flu than schools in any other state except Washington, and a state health official says the early start of classes is a factor.
A survey by the American College Health Association survey found 119 new suspected flu cases per 10,000 students in Alabama last week.
Only Washington, with 130 new cases per 10,000 students, was hit harder.
Dr. Don Williamson, Alabama’s state health officer, says students in the Southeast typically go back to school earlier than students in other regions, and more time together on campus means a higher rate of infection.
Among surrounding states, Geor-See Flu, page ЗА
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