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TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2006


Car wash site of attempted shooting?

Decatur police said they are looking into gunshots reportedly fired at a local car wash Friday.

Marquis Mitchell, 27, told police he was at the car wash on West Moulton Street at 12th Avenue at about 4 p.m. Friday when a man drove down the alley behind the car wash, jumped out of the car and fired a pistol at him.

None of the bullets struck Mitchell, who recognized the shooter and was able to identify him to police.

The suspect drove away and was last seen eastbound on West Moulton Street in a black Cadillac with a gold eagle on the license plate, police said.

— Seth Burkett

Woman says co-worker exposed himself

ATHENS — A restaurant employee said a co-worker lifted his apron and exposed himself to her, an investigator said.

The investigator, Athens police Lt. Floyd Johnson, said the female worker also has accused the male co-worker of harassment. She told police her co-worker has been trying to get her to go out with him, Johnson said. They both work at Applebee's.

Johnson said she accused her co-worker of pulling up his apron while they were at work. His pants were unzipped.

Johnson said the female co-worker has not obtained a warrant for the co-worker's arrest.

— Holly Hollman

Boss allegedly stabs worker with pen

ATHENS — A confrontation in the workplace allegedly led to a manager stabbing a mechanic with a pen, Athens police Lt. Floyd Johnson said.

On Friday, a manager at Big 10 Tires said one of the mechanics was making rude gestures and yelling at him, Johnson said. The manager allegedly stabbed the mechanic in the back with a pen, he said. Investigators were still looking into the allegations Monday and had not made any arrests.

— Holly Hollman

Courtland man injures leg on bluff

HUNTSVILLE — A Courtland man remained in Huntsville Hospital after suffering an injury on a bluff Sunday morning in Courtland.

A medical helicopter flew Delta Hutto, 32, to Huntsville Hospital after emergency responders found him injured in a wooded area.

An employee with Greg's Ambulance service said Hutto's leg was pinned between two rocks, and appeared to be broken.

The incident happened at about 11:50 a.m.

— Clyde L. Stancil

Limestone accepts grant for trail amenities

ATHENS — Hikers who enjoy the county's Rails-To-Trails will soon get new amenities.

On Monday, the Limestone County Commission accepted a $148,800 grant to build restrooms and parking areas on two sites on the trail. One site is on Piney Chapel Road and the other is at Veto.

The county's share will be $37, 200.

The trail is on an abandoned CSX railroad. The Piney Chapel section still is under construction. The remainder goes through Elkmont to the Tennessee line at Veto.

— Holly Hollman

Limestone considers site for corrections

ATHENS — The county is looking at a downtown site to house its new community corrections program.

Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert said the county is talking with Jimmy Greenhaw about buying or leasing a building he owns next to Dub's Burgers on Jefferson Street.

On Monday, the commission approved a $161,206 budget to operate the program, which will use ankle monitoring to keep track of non-violent offenders. It also will offer drug rehabilitation and a domestic violence program. Offenders must pay to participate and work to make restitution or pay child support.

The county received a one-time grant of $74,400 and $28,000 for operating expenses from the Department of Corrections to start the program.

The county will hire a case management supervisor and case manager to oversee the offenders.

— Holly Hollman

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