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Man pleads guilty in traffic death

A Hartselle man pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in Morgan County Circuit Court in the 2004 traffic death of his brother.

Christopher Ferguson, 24, of 816 Byrd Road S.E., Hartselle, entered the guilty plea before Circuit Judge Steve Haddock, according to a court official.

Haddock sentenced him to five years in prison but suspended the sentence and placed him on probation for five years.

Authorities said he was
driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol Oct. 13, 2004, when he lost control and ran off the road at Bird Spring Road and Danville Road.

The vehicle struck a tree, and Ferguson’s brother James Ray Ferguson, who was a passenger, died from injuries the next day.

- Sheryl Marsh

School board names Priceville High gym

The Morgan County school board approved resolutions naming the Priceville High gymnasium and opposing an effort to pass a mandatory start date for all Alabama schools.

The school board voted Monday to name the gym after three former basketball coaches: Robert Ryan, Carl Penn and Herman Myers.

The school will recognize the three at its Feb. 2 basketball game.

The second resolution opposes tourism industry efforts to get the state Legislature to pass a law forcing all Alabama schools to start on the same date. The resolution will be sent to the five members of Morgan County’s legislative delegation.

School board President Jimmy Dobbs said the board prefers local control on when the school year starts.

- Bayne Hughes

Grand jury indicts 4 in murder cases

ATHENS — A Limestone County grand jury has indicted four people for two separate murders.

District Attorney Kristi Valls said last week’s grand jury indicted Jeannie Carol Green, 35, and her husband Derrick Green, 41, both of Ardmore, and Randall Allen “Bingo” Clem, 39, of Ardmore, Tenn.

The indictments are capital murder for robbery, capital murder for burglary, first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary in connection with the November bludgeoning death of 74-year-old Art Champion of Ardmore.

Valls said the grand jury also indicted Jarvis Hines, 20, of Tanner for capital murder and robbery in connection with the December shooting death of 64-year-old Donnell McCullough of Athens.

The suspects are in the Limestone County Jail without bond set.

- Holly Hollman

Eva man gets 10 years for child rape

A 52-year-old Eva man pleaded guilty in Morgan County Circuit Court to first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy involving a 6-year-old child.

Circuit Judge Sherrie Paler sentenced Norman Wood, of 139 Aday Road, to 10 years in prison.

He is in the Morgan County Jail awaiting transfer to a state prison, according to a court official.

- Sheryl Marsh

Police say man stole from mother

ATHENS — Athens police Capt. Marty Bruce said police charged Michael D. Lockett, 37, of 934 Strain Road for allegedly taking $100 from his mother.

The call came in to police as a case of pickpocketing.

“He actually came into his mother’s house and took the money out of her purse,” Bruce said.

Lockett was in the Limestone County Jail on Monday on $10,000 bond, charged with two counts of first-degree theft.

- Holly Hollman

Man allegedly still stalking woman

ATHENS — A man with a pending court case for stalking allegedly is stalking his victim again, an investigator said.

Limestone County Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt identified the man as Donald Glenn Meadows, 54, of 910 S. Jefferson St., Athens.

McNatt said that in September 2006, Meadows allegedly called the female victim and showed up at her work place.

That stalking case is pending.

McNatt said authorities arrested him again Sunday when he allegedly showed up at a pasture where the woman was feeding her animals.

Meadows is in the county jail on a second count of stalking. No bond is set.

- Holly Hollman

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