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FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2007


Teen faces charges in stabbing attack

ATHENS — A teen is facing an assault charge after allegedly stabbing a woman during a fight, Athens police said.

Erica Renee Bass, 19, of 206 Cloverleaf Drive, Athens, and Quanecia Sheree Malone, 29, of 2106 Aretha St., Athens, allegedly got into a fight May 16. Capt. Marty Bruce said he did not know what led to the fight.

Bass tried to hit Malone and missed, Bruce said. Bass then allegedly stabbed her in the left thigh, left side and left shoulder, Bruce said. Athens-Limestone Hospital treated and released Malone.

Bass is out of Limestone County Jail on $5,000 bond, charged with second-degree assault.

- Holly Hollman

Inmate allegedly hid blade in Bible

ATHENS — A man in jail for robbery allegedly hid a razor blade in his Bible, a Limestone investigator said.

Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said James Clay Scott, 39, of 25949 Rooker Lane, Elkmont, now faces a first-degree promoting prison contraband charge.

Scott allegedly attacked and robbed a 64-year-old man of his guns in December 2005.

- Holly Hollman

Drug agents arrest 2 following raid

Drug agents raided two residences and arrested two people after an undercover operation, Decatur police said Thursday.

On Wednesday night, agents searched the 1610 Jackson St. S.E. residence of John Fincher Doss, 41. Agents seized methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, but Doss wasn’t home, said Sgt. Faron White, head of the Organized Crime Unit.

Agents found Doss, Noelle Riddle Marks, 37, and more meth at Marks’ 1704 Devonshire St. S.E. residence, White said.

Police arrested Doss on a warrant for allegedly selling drugs to an undercover agent and charges of possessing a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Marks faces charges of possessing a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Doss and Marks remained in Morgan County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $2,750 and $1,250 bonds, respectively.

- Seth Burkett

Riverfest Top 20 event in Southeast

Riverfest was named one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for September 2007.

The listing usually finds its way into more than 400 forms of media, including newspapers, magazines, radio and television.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution prints the list as a regular feature each quarter.

Riverfest, started in 1995 by the Decatur Jaycees, draws thousands to the banks of the Tennessee River each year for its state barbecue championship, live music and children’s activities.

It joins the Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Festival as Decatur events recognized on the list.

- Paul Huggins

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