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TGI Friday's shooting victim back home

ATHENS — A victim of a shooting at the TGI Friday's restaurant in Huntsville that claimed two lives returned home Wednesday, after spending a month in the hospital.

According to news reports, family and friends gathered for the homecoming of Autora "Tory" Rogers, 24, who had been in critical condition since the Dec. 17 shooting that killed Tanqueray "Tank" Beavers, 21, and Thurston Turner, 27, both of Athens. A fourth victim, William Reliford of Hazel Green, who was not in the party with Rogers, Beavers and Turner, was released from the hospital a few days after the shooting.

Police charged Jamal Roydrick Woods, 21, of Huntsville with capital murder in the incident, which investigators said began when Beavers said "hello" to Woods' wife when he entered the restaurant.

- Seth Burkett

School board expels Oak Park student

The Decatur school board expelled an Oak Park Middle School seventh-grade student Tuesday after disciplinary hearing.

The 14-year-old was accused of distribution and possession of an imitation substance that he sold as marijuana. The expulsion is for the remainder of this school year. The board assigned him the Center for Alternatives to Expulsion for the first semester of the 2007-08 school year.

- Bayne Hughes

Tampering with utilities dangerous

Decatur police are investigating a case of someone who apparently tried to power a residence on the cheap.

How the cheapskates did it is not only illegal but also dangerous, said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

The landlord called police and Decatur Utilities on Tuesday after discovering that the apartment in the 400 block of Fifth Avenue Northwest appeared to have power despite the power being cut. Someone inserted a stolen meter into an open slot and attached a makeshift power cord, Mathews said.

"Needless to say, that was an extremely dangerous thing to do," Mathews said. No one has been charged with a crime in connection with the tampering, but police have two suspects, he said.

- Seth Burkett

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