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Tanner might get new senior center

ATHENS — County officials want to build a senior center in Tanner like the one that opened this year in the Owens community.

Local and state officials got $232,000 in grant money to build the Owens Senior Center on Alabama 99 to replace a dilapidated school building where seniors there were meeting.

On Wednesday, the Limestone County Commission discussed getting a grant for a Tanner center.

Commissioner Bill Latimer said seniors in Tanner currently meet in a "little building off Page Road."

He said the building is too small to conduct activities for many seniors.

Commission Chairman David Seibert said the county is looking for a location.

The commission will hold a public hearing on the Tanner Senior Center proposal at its July 2 meeting at 10 a.m. at the Clinton Street Courthouse Annex.

- Holly Hollman

Man critically hurt in I-65 accident

ELKMONT — An Elkmont man remained in critical condition at Huntsville Hospital on Wednesday following a wreck on Interstate 65 the previous night.

State troopers said Michael T. Keyes, 46, was injured when his pickup rolled over nine miles north of Athens at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. No other vehicles were involved.

A MedFlight helicopter
took Keyes to Huntsville Hospital, where he was being treated in the surgical intensive care unit, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The pickup apparently rolled over near the 360 mile marker, state troopers said.

- Seth Burkett

Decatur house fire ruled accidental

Decatur Fire Marshal Darwin Clark said a fire that destroyed most of a house at 311 Fifth Ave. N.W. on Friday has been ruled accidental.

"It appears they just left the iron on," Clark said.

Clark said the 8 p.m. blaze caused extensive fire, smoke and heat damage to the

Neighbors told The Daily the residents had left to see a movie minutes before flames appeared.

- Seth Burkett

2 men linked to car burglary

Police officers caught two men breaking into a vehicle at Summerplace Apartments early Wednesday, Decatur police said.

Detective Herb Lundy said someone called police at about 1:35 a.m. and told them an auto burglary was in progress at the 303 Courtney Drive S.W. apartment complex.

As officers Chris Moffett and Chris Macris approached the scene on foot, they saw two men near the vehicle take off running, Lundy said.

Moffett and Macris chased down the suspects and took them into custody, Lundy said.

Calvin Dewayne Frye, 27, of 1405 Brownstone Court Apartment No. 4, and Alton Jerome Moore, 18, of 303 Courtney Drive S.W., Apartment No. 45, each face charges of breaking and entering a vehicle.

Police also charged Frye with giving false information to officers.

Morgan County Jail released Frye and Moore on Wednesday on $1,250 and $750 bonds, respectively.

- Seth Burkett

2 Madison drug raids net 10 arrests

HUNTSVILLE — Madison County sheriff's deputies seized 22 grams of cocaine and $2,300 cash and arrested 10 people during raids at two residences early Wednesday, said Sheriff Blake Dorning.

Dorning said the searches
at 1077 Nick Fitchard Road
and 2416 Redmond Road in Huntsville resulted from an investigation into cocaine distribution.

Charges against those arrested ranged from cocaine, Xanax and marijuana possession to loitering.

- Seth Burkett

Madison father pressing charges

MADISON — A Madison father who caught his 15-year-old daughter having sex with her older boyfriend is pressing charges against the boyfriend for rape, a Limestone investigator said.

Sheriff's Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said the father came home and caught the couple together.

The father lives in Madison-annexed Limestone County.

McNatt said the boyfriend ran from the home. Investigators are searching for him.

Because of the girlfriend's age, he faces a second-degree rape charge, also known as statutory rape.

He was not in custody as of Wednesday evening.

- Holly Hollman

Report: 10-year-old abused by teen

ELKMONT — Limestone authorities are investigating allegations that a 16-year-old Elkmont male sexually assaulted a 10-year-old acquaintance.

Sheriff's Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said the allegation is that incidents occurred between March and June.

A friend of the 10-year-old reported the assault.

Lt. Brad Curnutt is investigating the case. He had not made an arrest as of Wednesday evening.

- Holly Hollman

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