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FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2007


Magistrate denies woman’s petition

ATHENS — A court magistrate has recommended denial of a former Athens accountant’s petition to have her conviction set aside.

Donna Madison Bruce, 46, filed the petition in June. The magistrate said it should have been filed within a year of her conviction.

In 2004, Bruce accepted a plea agreement for federal charges on money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. She forfeited a home and vehicles and must pay $872,000 in restitution.

In her petition, she said she did not get to dispute the restitution amount or see how the government calculated it.

Bruce is the wife of Athens police Capt. Marty Bruce. Chief Wayne Harper has said an FBI agent told him Bruce was “not involved in any crime.”

- Holly Hollman

Limestone moves meetings for July

ATHENS — July meeting times have changed for two government entities.

The Limestone County Board of Education is holding its monthly meeting Monday at 6 p.m. at the Clinton Street Courthouse Annex.The Athens City Council has changed the times for both of its July meetings.

The first will be July 16 and the second July 30. Both will be at the Athens Police Department and begin with a work session at 4:30 p.m. with the business meeting following at 5:30.

- Holly Hollman

Trio robs man as he walks through field

A trio robbed a man as he walked home from a conveni-ence store through a field Monday night, Decatur police said.

Eric Caldwell’s stepson told police that 42-year-old Caldwell was returning from West Moulton Mini-Mart at about 10:45 p.m. when two black males and a black female waylaid him on a pathway behind Nash BBQ, in a field between 11th and 12th avenues Northwest.

The robbers “approached him and asked him for money,” said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman. “The victim refused, so they forcibly took his money, beer and cigarettes.”

According to the report, Caldwell suffered unspecified injuries during the robbery.

- Seth Burkett

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