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Family charged for drugs in home

ATHENS — A father, mother and son went to jail Thursday when authorities allegedly found pot and drug paraphernalia at their home, a drug investigator said.

The Limestone-Athens Drug Unit issued search warrants at the family’s home at 24691 McClung Lane after authorities received complaints about possible drug activity at the home, said Athens drug investigator Johnny Morell.

Authorities charged Randall and Angela McClung with possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree illegal possession of marijuana and charged their son, Justin McClung, 21, with possession of drug paraphernalia. They are out of jail on $2,000 bond each for the mother and father and $1,000 bond for the son.

In a separate incident Thursday, Limestone drug investigator Lance Royals charged Steven Tremayne Smith, 34, of 1710 W. Hobbs St., Athens, with first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance after a traffic stop.

Morell said Smith had dope and three large crack rocks, police said.

Holly Hollman

Decatur policeman injured in wreck

A police officer was injured in a wreck in the parking lot of City Hall on Friday, Decatur police said.

Officer Brad Haggard’s motorcycle tipped over when he stopped abruptly to avoid a collision with another vehicle, Capt. Ed Taylor said.

Haggard was taken to Decatur General Hospital following the 11:15 a.m. wreck. He was treated for minor injuries and released, Taylor said.

Seth Burkett

Agents arrest alleged drug dealer

Narcotics agents seized marijuana and arrested an alleged drug dealer during raids on two residences Friday, Decatur police said.

The searches at 416 Hay Drive S.W. Apartment H-2, and 849 East Moulton Street turned up marijuana, cash and drug paraphernalia, said Investigator Matt Chance of the Organized Crime Unit.

Chance said the searches resulted from an undercover operation investigating the activities of Thomas Lashone Armstrong, 32, of the Hay Drive address.

Armstrong was arrested and charged with first-degree possession of marijuana, distribution of a controlled substance, prohibited possession of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia and giving false information to police.

Armstrong remained in Decatur City Jail Friday, awaiting a transfer to Morgan County Jail.

He will be held in lieu of $4,000 bond.

Seth Burkett

Readers say no to ‘double-dipping’

Online readers expressed support for legislation that would stop legislators from holding other state jobs.

A two-day unscientific poll at www.decaturdaily.com that ended Friday asked the following question:

“Rep. Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, is sponsoring legislation to prohibit legislators from what’s often called ‘double-dipping’ — holding other jobs in state government. Gov. Bob Riley backs this legislation. Do you support it?”

Of 147 people responding, 112 (76.2 percent) answered yes and 35 answered no.

Steve Stewart

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