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Employee allegedly threatens plant

With a gesture imitating the racking of a shotgun, a Bungee employee threatened to come back and “fix this place tomorrow,” according to a report a plant supervisor filed with police Thursday.

The employee allegedly made the threat following an altercation with a co-worker, but, according to the report, it is not the first time he has made threats to assault supervisors at the 1400 Market St. S.E. soybean processor.

According to the report, a witness told police the employee’s mood swings had grown more severe lately and the witness feared he might follow through with some of the threats.

It was not known whether the employee had returned to the plant since the alleged altercation at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

- Seth Burkett

Limestone market hit by thieves

ATHENS — Someone broke into the Limestone Flea Market on Thursday night at about 11:30 but didn’t stay long enough to get much.

Lt. Brad Curnutt of the Limestone Sheriff’s Department someone broke a glass door but didn’t go far into the business. Apparently, the suspect or suspects grabbed a few items and then left as the alarm sounded and deputies arrived minutes later.

“There were couple hundred vendors set up, but we don’t think they got much,” Curnutt said. “We still haven’t talked to the vendors to figure out what they got.”

- Bayne Hughes

Investigators arrest alleged madam

HUNTSVVILLE — Police said they uncovered evidence of a prostitution ring and arrested the woman who ran it in a raid last week.

Christy Ann Thompson, 30, faces a charge of second-degree promoting prostitution, a felony.

Thompson ran an escort service called Barbee’s in Hunts-ville and Decatur, said Sgt. Gerry Norris, commander of the Madison-Morgan County Stra-tegic Counter-Drug Team.

Agents searched 302 Adrian Drive in Huntsville following a three-month investigation into the escort service, Norris said.

The Madison County Metro Jail released Thompson on $5,000 bond.

Norris said the investigation into the escort service is ongoing.

- Seth Burkett

Tax preparer pleads and is sentenced

A former Decatur tax preparer was convicted of tax crimes after pleading guilty in Morgan County District Court, Alabama Attorney General Troy King and Revenue Commissioner Tom Surtees said Thursday.

Corey Davalos Cobb, 30, who ran Cobb’s Tax Service in Decatur from 2002 to 2004, pleaded guilty June 19 to tax evasion, filing a false return and assisting in filing a false tax return, King said.

Cobb’s business closed in 2004 following an investigation by the state Department of Revenue.

District Judge Shelly Slate Waters imposed on Cobb two sentences of a year and a day in prison and a third sentence of one year in prison, set to run concurrently, but suspended the sentences for a term of three years’ unsupervised probation.

Cobb was also ordered to pay $11,489 in restitution for unpaid state income tax.

- Seth Burkett

School program coordinator chosen

The Decatur City Board of Education approved Barbara “Bobbie” Burmester as the new Decatur High Developmental Program coordinator Friday at a called meeting.

Burmester returns to Decatur after two years as student service coordinator for Cullman City Schools. She was a speech pathologist for the Decatur City Schools from 1989 until 2005, when she moved to Cullman. She worked at Tennessee Valley Rehabilitation before entering education.

She replaces Tom Maynor, who retired as the developmental program director in May.

- Bayne Hughes

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