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TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2007


Man charged with transporting beer

ATHENS — When Limestone authorities got a tip that a Decatur man was bringing a large quantity of beer into Alabama on Sunday, deputies waited for him at the Tennessee-Alabama stateline.

Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said deputies pulled over Margarito Cruz Munoz, 36, of 310 Cardinal Drive S.W., Apartment 21, and allegedly found 13 cases of beer in his truck bed.

McNatt said it is illegal to transport more than 5 gallons of alcohol into the state.

Munoz is in jail without bond set, charged with transporting alcohol.

What will happen to the beer?

After Munoz’s case is over, authorities will pour it out.

- Holly Hollman

Police charge man in Athens cutting

ATHENS — A disagreement over money ended in one man cutting another with a pocketknife, police said.

According to reports, Willie Eddie Binford, 65, of 2038 S. Lindsay Lane, Athens, allegedly cut Derrick Dewayne Williams, 21, of 909 Beech St., Athens, on the arm Sunday evening. Binford went to Williams’ home to collect $20, police said, but Williams said he didn’t have any money.

Binford allegedly then cut Williams and left, police said.

Athens-Limestone Hospital treated Williams. Police charged Binford with second-degree assault. He is in Limestone County Jail on $5,000 bond.

- Holly Hollman

Athens man accused of exposing himself

ATHENS — An Athens man who allegedly exposed himself to a woman working at a dry cleaner’s drive-through also allegedly made obscene phone calls to her, police said.

On Friday, Carlos E. Sutton, 55, of 22262 Merlot Drive was wearing shorts and exposed himself to the clerk, according to police reports. The clerk does not know Sutton.

Capt. Marty Bruce said Sutton then went home and allegedly made the calls.

Police charged him with indecent exposure and harassing communications, both misdemeanors. He is out of jail on $1,000 bond.

- Holly Hollman

Moulton Police hire patrol officer

MOULTON — A Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputy will start working for the Moulton Police Department in two weeks.

The Moulton City Council took Police Chief Lyndon McWhorter’s recommendation Monday and hired Brandon Hood to replace David Scoggins as a patrol officer. Scoggins now works for the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.

McWhorter told council members that the department still needs to hire a patrol officer and a school resource officer to replace Octavius Hamilton and Robert Mason.

Mason died two weeks ago after a long battle with cancer.

The Moulton City Council fired Hamilton on April 9 after he allegedly bought prescription pills from an undercover narcotics agent in the Midway Piggly Wiggly parking lot March 30.

He is awaiting trial for charges of possession of a controlled substance.

The council approved a motion Monday to advertise and accept applications to fill the two vacant positions.

- Kristen Bishop

Man says stabbing was self defense

MOULTON — A Moulton man who allegedly stabbed another man on Moulton-Danville Road early Saturday morning said the knifing was in self-defense, according to police.

Moulton Police Chief Lyndon McWhorter did not name the man who allegedly stabbed Billy Ray Gholston Jr. of Moulton in the neck and chest area between 1 and 2 a.m. It was still unclear Monday afternoon what caused the altercation.

“We really don’t know what they were fighting about,” said McWhorter.

“The guy (who stabbed Gholston) said the victim jumped on him first.”

Gholston remained in the intensive care unit at Huntsville Hospital on Monday and had not been able to talk to police, said McWhorter.

“We’re probably not going to make an arrest, but we’ve still got to talk to the victim,” he said. “The investigation is ongoing.”

- Kristen Bishop

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