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Trial canceled for ambulance owner

A bench trial for an ambulance service owner facing a possible contempt of court charge in Decatur has been canceled, an attorney retained by the city said.

Attorney Mark Craig declined to elaborate on the reason why Thursday's court date was canceled, saying only that he was working with an attorney representing David Childers, owner of Med-Call ambulance service, to reach a resolution.

Childers said he transported one dialysis patient about a year ago without a city ambulance license. He said he misunderstood a judge's instructions on the matter as was conveyed to him by his former lawyer.

Craig said he expects a Morgan County judge to issue an order on the resolution within a few days.

- Chris Paschenko

Passenger in wreck seriously injured

A Valhermoso Springs wo-man injured in a car crash that killed her mother Tuesday remained in serious condition at Huntsville Hospital on Wednesday.

Jamie Phipps, 33, was being treated in the neurological intensive care unit, a hospital spokeswoman said.

An earlier report that Phipps was in good condition after being taken to the hospital by MedFlight following the 4:50 p.m. wreck was inaccurate.

The two-vehicle collision on Alabama 36 near the Valhermoso Springs Post Office killed driver Patricia Diane Giddens, 53, and left Phipps entrapped in the wreckage.

Three passengers in the other vehicle, Judy Cox, 41, Riley Cox, 12, and Addison Cox, 9, were transported to Huntsville Hospital by ambulance.

They were all treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

- Seth Burkett

Burglars steal $11,000 in tools

Burglars broke into Crane-Pro Services and stole more than $11,000 worth of tools and equipment, Decatur police said Wednesday.

"They peeled back the tin next to the roll-up door. Once inside, the tools were taken out of a tool crib," police spokesman Lt. Chris Mathews said.

Employees of the 3804 Finley Island Circle business reported tools, including a hydraulic pump, air grease gun, saws, socket wrenches and welding torches, missing after discovering break-in Tuesday morning.

Police believe the theft took place between 4 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Tuesday.

- Seth Burkett

Jan. 13 pageant to celebrate MLK

The Miss Freedom Pageant will be Jan. 13 as a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

The pageant for grades 9-12 starts at 6 p.m. at Progressive Christian Outreach Ministry at 635 Memorial Drive N.W.
Participants could win up to $100 and/or college scholarships.

Call Doris Baker at 355-9169 to register or receive more information.

- Bayne Hughes

Man flees after carjacking attempt

MOULTON — A man assaulted a female shopper inside her vehicle in what Moulton police suspect was an attempted carjacking.

The man got in the woman's vehicle after she finished shopping at the IGA grocery store off Court Street between 7:10 and 7:20 p.m. Tuesday.

The man struck the woman in the face with a plastic gun and fled after she resisted
him and waved for help, Po-
lice Chief Lyndon McWhorter said.

The man, described as wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, fled and left in a gray or silver Chevrolet Suburban.

The woman did not suffer
serious injury. Moulton police and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation continue to investigate.

- Paul Huggins

Phone directory changes due

Dave Hargrove, regional manager for BellSouth, said the final day for changing or adding a listing in BellSouth's upcoming Decatur/Hartselle/Moulton telephone directory is Jan. 23.

Residential customers can call (888) 757-6500 to make changes, while business customers can call (800) 877-0433. A service charge is applicable for adding or changing a listing.

Hargrove said the new directories will be delivered in March.

- Amy Pollick

Gen. Wesley Clark to swear in Sparks

MONTGOMERY — Retired U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark will administer the oath of
office to Agriculture and Industries Commissioner Ron Sparks at inaugural ceremonies Jan. 15.

Sparks is beginning his second term as agriculture commissioner.

Clark, mentioned as a possible Democratic candidate for president in 2008, is a former supreme allied commander of NATO forces in Europe.

- M.J. Ellington

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