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FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2007

Area News In Brief

Police seek help to find missing woman

Police need help finding a Decatur woman who has been missing for nearly a year.

Margaret Ann Ingram, 40, left Decatur in July. She called a family member at the time and said she was in Florida. Family members have not heard from her since, Decatur police said.

Ingram, also known as Margaret Lindsey, has several distinctive tattoos, including a unicorn on her back left shoulder with the names “Blaine” and “Christopher,” a yin-yang symbol on her ankle and the word “Cuba” on her neck.

She is 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds, and she has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information should contact Sgt. Rick Archer at 341-4647 or the police front desk at 341-4660.

Seth Burkett

1 charged with kicking patrol car

A woman arrested for public intoxication faces a criminal mischief charge after she damaged a patrol car by kicking its window, Decatur police said.

Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman, said officer Wesley Swoopes found the woman walking drunkenly down the middle of 12th Avenue Northwest on Tuesday afternoon.

The 31-year-old woman became combative, kicking at the rear passenger window of the car and causing about $200 in damage to the window frame, Mathews said. Officers placed leg restraints on her to prevent further damage. She was booked into the city jail on charges of public intoxication, third-degree criminal mischief and two counts of failing to pay.

Seth Burkett

Troopers: Driver in crash strapped in

FLORETTE — State troopers determined that one of the teens in a convertible that crashed Tuesday afternoon near Brewer High School was strapped in at the time.

Three passengers were thrown out when the car ran off Pines Road and went down an embankment into an empty field, turning sideways and flipping multiple times, state troopers said.

Troopers originally believed all occupants of the vehicle were ejected, but they later determined that driver Patricia Murray, 16, of Lacey’s Spring was not thrown out. Patricia Murray’s father, Randy Murray, said in an e-mail to The Daily that Patricia released herself from the seat belt and checked on the ejected passengers following the wreck.

Emergency personnel apparently arrived to find Murray lying in the field because another student arrived on the scene and made her lie down to calm her and check for injuries.

Seth burkett

Cities league elects 2 Priceville officials

PRICEVILLE — During the final day of its annual convention Tuesday in Huntsville, the Alabama League of Municipalities placed two Priceville officials in key offices.

The nominating committee, composed of former presidents of the organization, nominated Mayor Melvin Duran as vice president and Councilman Wayne Dunkin as an executive committee member. Neither had opposition.

“I campaigned for the office for three years,” Duran said. “I consider this election not only as an honor for me but an honor for Priceville as well.”

Duran said about 1,500 officials from across the state attended. Nine of the 11 nominating committee members were present, including Athens Mayor Dan Williams.

Ronnie Thomas

Priceville may get Sonic Drive-In

PRICEVILLE — A Sonic Drive-In may be in Priceville’s future.

The Priceville Board of Zoning Adjustment set a public hearing for May 8 at 7 p.m. on a request for a setback variance on more than an acre of property at Alabama 67 and Pleasant Acres Avenue, across from the BP service station.

Mayor Melvin Duran said officials from the restaurant chain requested the variance.

Ronnie Thomas

Priceville meeting fails to get quorum

PRICEVILLE — The Priceville Town Council took no action at its Thursday meeting due to the lack of a quorum. Only Mayor Melvin Duran and Councilman John Oakley were present.

The next regular meeting is May 10.

Ronnie Thomas

Plant sale Saturday at fairgrounds

Morgan County Master Gardeners will hold their annual plant sale Saturday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Morgan County Fairgrounds, behind Home Depot.

These plants were grown by the trained gardeners in the organization’s greenhouse or at home. Members will give advice on the right types of plants for each yard or garden.

There is no admission fee, and concessions will be available.

Patrice Stewart

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