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Wallace crowns Decatur girl

HANCEVILLE — Wallace State Community College crowned Decaturís Savannah Swearengin as its 2007 homecoming queen Monday night during the basketball game against Snead State.

Her father, Larry Swearengin, escorted the sophomore communication major. Samantha Acton, 2006 queen, of Fairview crowned the new queen.

The homecoming court, selected by student vote, included first alternate Courtney Underwood of Huntsville, second alternate Nakia Reid of Oneonta, third alternate Brooke Scott of Hayden and fourth alternate Amber Drummond of Crane Hill.

Bayne Hughes

Pool ends with gunshot wound

ATHENS — What started as a game of pool ended with a minor gunshot wound, Athens police Capt. Marty Bruce said.

On Sunday, Lakerris Antwan Petty, 23, of 716 Westmoreland Ave., Athens, attended a party at Tanner Hill, Bruce said. Petty gave a ride to Robert Gilbert from the party to Westmoreland Avenue, where they shot pool and talked about a robbery.

Bruce did not know details about the robbery conversation.

He said for some reason Petty got mad and left but returned with a gun.

Bruce said Petty cursed Gilbert and pointed the gun at Gilbertís head. When Gilbert tried to leave, Bruce said, Petty shot at him, grazing Gilbertís side. Athens-Limestone Hospital treated and released Gilbert.

Petty is in the Limestone County Jail on $5,500 bond, charged with second-degree assault and failure to appear on a disorderly conduct charge.

Holly Hollman

Athens teen injured in accident ATHENS — An Athens teenager is in serious condition after the car she was in struck a tree Tuesday, police and hospital officials said.

Athens police Capt. Marty Bruce said Stephanie Lorraine Ezell, 17, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Jeremy Dale Williams, 20, of Athens.

Bruce said Williams passed another motorist on Lindsay Lane. They were northbound, he said.

ďWhen (Williams) made the pass and attempted to get back into the lane, he hit the corner panel of the car behind him,Ē Bruce said.

Williams lost control, Bruce said, and struck a tree between Alabama 251 and Foxcroft Drive.

The impact partially ejected Ezell. MedFlight took her to Huntsville Hospital.

Athens-Limestone Hospital treated and released Williams.

The other driver was not injured.

Holly Hollman

Dodging dental bill leads to arrest

A Decatur man left the dentist Tuesday with clean teeth but a dirty record, said police.

Chad Nathan Parker, 31, of 1104 Way Thru the Woods, Decatur, got his teeth cleaned and X-rayed at Cornerstone Dentistry but slipped out the door without paying, said police.

Employees notified Decatur police, who went to the address Parker listed on his dental paperwork.

The residence belonged to a friend, but Parker was there when police arrived.

Police charged him with theft of services and found he had five previous misdemeanor warrants.

Parker remained in Decatur City Jail on Wednesday in lieu of $2,500 bond.

Decatur police spokesman Lt. Chris Matthews said a relative of Parkerís paid his dental bill Tuesday afternoon.

Kristen Bishop

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