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Lawrence County roads to be graded

MOULTON — Lawrence County Engineer Mac Rushing said Wednesday he is assessing the county’s paved roads and hopes to have a report ready for the County Commission next month.

The grading system will determine road conditions and maintenance needs, allowing the county to establish a long-term plan for road improvements, he said.

“It’ll give us an idea of what we need to do,” he said.

Rushing plans to begin repairing existing roads that have been ignored over the last few years as county officials have focused on constructing new roads, he said.

He told the Commission that the Road Department had about $415,000 remaining in this fiscal year’s budget of more than $2 million.

- Kristen Bishop

Narcotics agents arrest 3 in raid

Narcotics agents arrested three people, including an alleged drug trafficker, when they raided an apartment Tuesday, Decatur police said.

Agents seized two ounces of cocaine as well as marijuana paraphernalia, cash and a handgun at 217 Eighth St. S.W. Apartment 4, said Sgt. Faron White, head of the Organized Crime Unit.

Jeffrey Kenneth Williams, 33, of 209 Third Ave. S.W., faces charges of trafficking cocaine, second-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police also charged a 37-year-old Decatur woman with second-degree possession of marijuana and a 22-year-old Decatur woman with interfering with a government operation.

Williams will be transferred to Morgan County Jail and held in lieu of $3,500 bond.

- Seth Burkett

Limestone wants 16 roads re-paved

ATHENS — Commissioner Bill Daws announced Monday at a work session that he wants the Limestone County Commission to consider re-paving 16 District 4 roads.

The request will be on the July 2 agenda.

Daws said the roads are Hobbs Road, Gray Ridge Road, Christopher Road, Corder Road, Union Hill Road, County Line Road, Sugar Creek Road, Tommy Hill Road, Abby Lane, Shelton Road, Bethel Road, Clarence Williams Road, Cherry Grove Road, Lawrenceburg Road, Gross Road and Thacker Road.

- Bayne Hughes

Huntsville woman faces theft charge

BIRMINGHAM — A Hunts-ville woman who allegedly claimed to be a New Orleans resident during Hurricane Katrina faces a theft charge for federal aid she received, U.S. Attorney Alice H. Martin said Wednesday.

Denise Burress, 29, filed a property damage claim with the Federal Emergency Management Agency asking for $2,000 in relief funds, Martin said.

Burress received a disaster assistance check and cashed it, Martin said.

An indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges Burress with theft of government funds.

- Seth Burkett

Athens woman admits to forging

ATHENS — A Limestone Sheriff’s Department investigator says a North Jefferson Street resident confessed to stealing a woman’s checkbook and then cashing the checks.

Lt. Brad Curnutt said Leah Megan Eastup, 19, of 402 N. Jefferson St., Apartment G2, in Athens faces nine counts of second-degree forgery after her Tuesday arrest.

Curnutt said a resident of Hickory Ridge Road reported her checkbook missing.

After investigator Josh Mc-Glaughlin identified Eastup as a suspect and brought her in for questioning, he said she admitted taking the checks and forging them.

Limestone County Jail released Eastup on $9,000 bond.

- Bayne Hughes

Man allegedly sold father’s shotgun

ATHENS — An Athens man already in Limestone County Jail is facing an additional charge after a friend turned him in for allegedly selling him a stolen shotgun.

Lt. Brad Curnutt of the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department said Cody Ross Moore, 19, of 9822 Country Corner Road, allegedly stole his father’s shotgun and sold it to a friend.

That friend called the Sheriff’s Department when he found out the weapon was possibly stolen.

Moore’s newest charge is second-degree theft. Bond is $2,000. He was already in jail on warrants for traffic violations and third-degree burglary charges.

- Bayne Hughes

Tanner may get new senior center

ATHENS — On Wednesday at a work session, Chairman David Siebert said the Limestone County Commission will consider buying land for a new senior center in Tanner.

The commission will vote on buying 3 acres on Lucas Ferry Road for $51,000 at its Monday meeting that starts at 10 a.m.

The purchase depends on the county getting a grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

Seibert said the center will be about 40-foot-by-100-foot, similar to Owens Community Center on Alabama 99 near Myers Road that cost about $280,000, including $50,000 for 5 acres.

It will include a meeting room, a kitchen area, a recreation area and possibly an office area.

The cost of the building has not been determined.

- Bayne Hughes

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