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Attorney Huckaby seeking new trial

Gary Huckaby, a prominent Huntsville lawyer convicted by a Decatur federal jury of sexual misconduct at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, filed a motion this week seeking a new trial.

Huckaby was convicted of touching the crotch of an undercover male federal agent employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and of exposing himself.

The conviction arose from conduct at Beaverdam Boardwalk Trail in East Limestone County. Huckaby denied the charges.

The motion for new trial claimed, among other things, that Assistant U.S. Attorney David Estes asserted personal opinions in his closing argument.

Huckaby was convicted on two counts, one of them a felony punishable by up to two years in prison.

- Eric Fleischauer

Officials probe fires in Piney Chapel

PINEY CHAPEL — Investigators from the state Fire Marshal’s Office still are investigating what caused three structures to burn Thursday afternoon.

Piney Chapel Fire Chief Lance Pitts said the 3 p.m. blaze off Holt Road near Wales Street destroyed a mobile home and two storage buildings. The area is northeast of Athens.

Pitts said the mobile home was unoccupied. Investigators are trying to determine where and how the fire started.

- Holly Hollman

1 charged with child endangerment

ARDMORE — An Ardmore police officer said he arrested a mother for allegedly driving high on crack cocaine and marijuana with her baby in the car.

Officer Tracy Luna said he saw a car going “all over the road” on Third Avenue at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Luna said he stopped the driver and found she was allegedly high on the drugs. Her 14-month-old child was in the car.

“The child at least was strapped in,” Luna said.

The officer charged the driver, Becky Ann Maroney, 34, of 25159 Mooresville Road, Elkmont, with endangering the welfare of a child, two counts possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, switched tags, driving with a suspended license, driving under the influence and no insurance.

Maroney was in the Limestone County Jail on Friday on $13,000 bond.

- Holly Hollman

Athens, Limestone settle lawsuit

ATHENS — Different interpretations of a water and sewer lawsuit agreement were settled Friday.

In January, Circuit Court Judge Bob Baker approved a settlement between the Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority and Athens City Council. The authority had sued the city saying it was raiding its customer base.

Part of the agreement included swapping some of the service lines because the county has lines in the city and vice versa.

Authority Manager Tony Sneed said a disagreement erupted over whether swapping lines included lines without customers. Sneed said officials from both sides met Friday and opted to split the lines that had no customers based on “whatever makes the most engineering sense.”

- Holly Hollman

Man found dead at Wheeler refuge

A man found dead at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge on Friday appears to have died from a self-inflicted injury, Morgan County Coroner Russ Beard said.

A fish and wildlife officer discovered the body of Stephen Robert Moore, 34, of Somerville inside Moore’s pickup shortly before 3 p.m., Beard said. The vehicle was parked on Truck Trail, off Mussel Camp Road.

Moore died of a gunshot wound to the head from a .22-caliber rifle, Beard said.

Beard said the injury had probably been inflicted that morning.

- Seth Burkett

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