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Man charged with filing false report

A man filed a false robbery report over an “illegal transaction” gone awry, police said.

Michael Eugene Ramsey, 37, of White Pine, Tenn., said three men robbed him at gunpoint in the parking lot of Studio 9, 440 Johnston St. S.E., at 2 a.m. Monday. He told police he didn’t know any of the suspects, said Sgt. Denise Stanley.

When officers caught up to one of the “suspects” at a Waffle House, the man knew Ramsey’s name and had his cell phone number. When confronted with that information, Ramsey admitted to filing a false report.

Ramsey was booked into Decatur City Jail on $500 bond.

- Seth Burkett

Athens approves annexation in west

ATHENS — The annexation of 110 acres for a 286-residential lot development with a swimming pool and clubhouse received city approval Monday.

And it’s not on Athens’ eastern side, which has seen most of the most growth. It’s to the west, on Quinn and Lucas Ferry roads and Washington Street.

Developer Billy Christopher told the Athens City Council that the project, called Waterford, will be the first planned-unit development to the west. It will have estate homes and townhouses and will bring sewer closer to older subdivisions .

- Holly Hollman

Baby’s suffocation appears an accident

ELKMONT — The suffocation of a 3-month-old boy Sunday appears to have been accidental, an investigator said.

Limestone County Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said the mother fed the baby at midnight, then carried him to bed with her and her husband. They were sleeping on an air mattress, McNatt said. The baby apparently suffocated when the mattress covered his nose and mouth.

The Elkmont couple also has a 2-year-old child. McNatt said the County Department of Human Resources is working with the family, and there won’t be any charges against the parents.

- Holly Hollman

Mayor asks council to support robotics

Mayor Don Kyle asked the City Council on Monday to support a resolution encouraging Gov. Bob Riley to consider Calhoun Community College for a state-of-the-art robotics center.

Kyle said the school is the largest of the two-year institutions in the Alabama College System, and that North Alabama as a region has consistently been economically successful.

The Morgan County Commission and Hartselle City Council passed similar resolutions in February designed to show local support for building the center at Calhoun.

- Chris Paschenko

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