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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2007


Man held on child porn complaint

HARTSELLE — A Hartselle man is in jail, charged with possessing child pornography, after agents raided his home in late June, the U.S. attorney’s spokeswoman said Thursday.

Terry Lane, 52, is being held in an undisclosed location without bond, said Jill Ellis, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Alice H. Martin.

A complaint charges Lane with possessing child porn. An indictment typically follows a complaint within a few weeks, but no indictment has been filed.

“The complaint is only the initial charge that holds him. Other charges may be pending,” Ellis said. She said a judge found probable cause for Lane’s detention during his initial court appearance, a detention hearing held July 5.

Ellis would not confirm reports that the search took place at a residence listed in Lane’s name at 1313 Bird Springs Road. She also would not say which agency is conducting the investigation.

- Seth Burkett

Elkmont’s clinic in line for funding

ELKMONT — A clinic in Elkmont could get $75,000 to expand its services.

U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer, D-Huntsville, said the House Appropriations Committee included $75,000 for the clinic in its fiscal 2008 appropriations bill for labor, health and human services.

The clinic, called Limestone Community Care Medical Clinic, takes monthly payments from those without insurance and treats walk-ins.

Farmers who get injured on the job and senior citizens depend on its services. The clinic’s expansion includes X-ray machines, EKG equipment, cardiac monitors and other medical equipment.

Cramer visited the facility in 2004, when patients and medical staff said there is not enough parking or sitting room.

“With the region’s expected growth, it is critical that we expand and upgrade equipment and services offered at the clinic,” Cramer said Wednesday.

The funding now moves to the House for consideration.

- Holly Hollman

Tires cut on 20 cars in Decatur

A number of Decatur residents found it hard to get rolling Wednesday morning when they realized their tires were flat. Miscreants had caused more than $3,000 in damage to tires during a single night, Decatur police said.

Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman, said police took 20 reports of tires being slashed sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

One of those was a fully marked police vehicle.

“The tire was slashed on the sidewall, making it impossible to repair,” Mathews said.

He said four of the reported tire-slashings took place in Southwest Decatur, but the vast majority took place in the areas of Cain, Line, Canal and Bank streets Northeast. Tires on eight company pickups parked at TTL Inc., 310 Bank St. N.E., were slashed.

- Seth Burkett

Woman shot in face recovering

A woman who was shot in the face last week is out of the hospital and recovering, Decatur police said Thursday.

Belinda Williams, 30, was initially listed in critical condition at an undisclosed hospital following the July 2 shooting at her home at 1409 First Ave. S.W.

Police continue to seek her husband, Antione Williams, 29, on a charge of first-degree domestic violence. Police believe Williams shot his wife with a small-caliber handgun and fled the scene on foot.

“We’re still looking for him,” said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman. “We don’t know (whether he’s in the area). He had ties to Texas.”

Police asked the community for help finding Williams. Anyone with information on his whereabouts can call the police front desk at 341-4660 or the confidential tip line at 341-INFO (4636).

Williams is 6 feet 2 inches, about 180 pounds with black hair. He is considered armed and dangerous.

- Seth Burkett

Woman allegedly attacks ex with car

A woman allegedly attacked her ex-husband with a car and then went after the woman who was with him with a pipe, Decatur police said Thursday.

Sheila Jones, 42, of Decatur told police the attack took place when the woman saw her and the woman’s ex-husband walking together behind Southern Style BBQ on West Moulton Street on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the report, the ex-wife drove toward them and swerved, trying to hit her ex-husband, said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

“He was able to get out of the way, but she put the car in reverse and tried to hit him again,” Mathews said.

When she failed to hit him the second time, she climbed out of the car and struck Jones in the shoulder with a lead pipe, leaving a bruise and laceration, Mathews said.

Jones refused treatment by emergency personnel. No arrests have been made, and it was unknown whether Jones or her friend would obtain warrants for the woman, Mathews said.

- Seth Burkett

Police investigate business burglaries

Decatur police are investigating two burglaries to convenience stores and another to a restaurant.

Police responding to alarm calls at Chevron Quick Stop, 2018 Sixth Ave. S.E., at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday and Raceway, 23233 Alabama 20 E., at 3:45 a.m. discovered windows broken out at the stores.

Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman, said a back window at Chevron had been broken and a box containing cash was missing.

At Raceway, he said, someone broke Plexiglas on the west door and damaged two registers to steal cash.

Police did not disclose the amounts of money taken.

Someone also broke into Golden Phoenix Restaurant, 2219 Danville Road S.W., and stole a cash register and money sometime Tuesday night or early Wednesday, Mathews said.

The burglar apparently gained entry by throwing a large rock through a side window and damaged the restaurant’s salad bar in the process.

- Seth Burkett

Chamber members to train on ID theft

The Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce announced a partnership this week that helps chamber members in creating plans to avoid identity theft and satisfy legal requirements.

According to a statement issued by the chamber, Oklahoma-based Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc., a legal service planner, will send a representative trained in identity-theft issues free of charge.

PPLSI will provide the training and written policies, forms and documents to assist chamber members in understanding and satisfying privacy laws, the statement said.

- Seth Burkett

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