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FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2007

Area News In Brief

Texas man linked to Athens robbery

BIRMINGHAM — A federal grand jury indicted a Texas man Thursday for allegedly robbing an Athens bank in November.

Gary DeWight Bryant, 51, of New Braunfels, Texas, faces charges of using a firearm in a bank robbery crime and first-degree robbery of the Regions Bank on U.S. 72 on Nov. 22. If convicted, he faces 25 years in prison for the bank robbery and not less than seven years in prison for using a firearm.

The FBI, local law enforcement and Texas law enforcement conducted the investigation into this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Redmond is prosecuting the case.

Bryant is currently in police custody on unrelated charges in Comal, Texas.

Bayne Hughes

Falkville meeting will be Thursday

FALKVILLE — Because of the constitutional amendment election Tuesday, the Falkville Town Council moved its regular meeting to Thursday.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

Ronnie Thomas

Couple allegedly left children alone

ELKMONT — An Elkmont couple is under arrest after allegedly leaving alone two children they were babysitting, a Limestone investigator said.

Jimmy and Kellie Ann Whatley of 12348 Finger Lake, are in jail on $2,000 bond each, charged with two counts of endangerment of the welfare of a child.

Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said that during the weekend, the husband, 32, and wife, 26, were babysitting two girls, ages 2 and 5. McNatt said they allegedly left the sisters alone for 40 minutes during the day. The mother of the girls got warrants on the couple Wednesday.

The children were not hurt, McNatt said.

Holly Hollman

Decatur man faces possession charges

As if five misdemeanor warrants weren’t enough, a Decatur man is now facing felony charges after his arrest Wednesday.

Decatur Police arrested Nathan Travares Torain, 26, of 921 Benford Drive S.W. in a room at the Jamestown Inn and charged him with first-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond amount was not available.

Matthew Chance of the Organized Crime Unit conducted the investigation.

Bayne Hughes

Food stolen from Eva concession

Someone broke a window to get into the concession stand at the Eva ball fields and stole food and candy Tuesday night.

According to a Morgan Sheriff’s Department report, the thief or thieves stole two cases of pizzas, 10 packs of hotdogs, three cases of PowerAde drinks, a case of chips and assorted candy.

Bayne Hughes

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