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County employees leave work for fair

Morgan County Commission office employees took time off from work last week to work at the county fair.

County Administrator Syble Atkins said four employees went two at a time to the fair Friday. She said Chairman John Glasscock allowed the employees to go to the fair to represent the county.

One employee said she passed out bottles of water.

Employees in other offices of the courthouse did not leave work to help at the fair while on county time.

Sheryl Marsh

Air conditioner stripped and sold

Hot on the trail of a hot air conditioner, investigators seized some cash the thief made from stripping the unit and selling the scrap, Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett said Tuesday.

Brandon Michael Jones, 27, of Somerville is the second Morgan County man in less than a week to be charged in connection with stealing a central air conditioning unit.

When deputies caught Jones, he still had $12 on him of the $50 he made from selling the metal to a scrap yard, said Sgt. John Bili of the Sheriff’s Department. Jones stole the unit from a home in the 1700 block of Eva Road, Bili said.

Jones initially told investigators he had hidden the unit but later admitted to having already stripped and sold it, Bili said.

The unnamed scrap yard remains under investigation.

Seth Burkett

Driver in wreck critically injured

Decatur police on Tuesday identified the driver critically injured in a wreck on Beltline Road Southwest on Monday morning.

Tarry Naragon, 47, of Decatur remained in critical condition in the Huntsville Hospital neurological intensive care unit, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Lt. Frank DeButy, a police spokesman, said internal bleeding in Naragon’s head had apparently stopped but he had not yet regained consciousness.

Naragon also suffered broken bones throughout his body, DeButy said.

Traffic investigators said
driver Juan Jose Miguel, 35, of Decatur disregarded a traffic signal, slamming his sport utility vehicle into the driver side of Naragon’s vehicle on Beltline Road at Longview Drive.

Police charged Miguel with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Miguel, whose probation on a previous charge was revoked by a judge, remained in Decatur City Jail without bond, DeButy said.

DeButy added that federal authorities are now probing Miguel’s presence in the U.S.

Seth Burkett

Wreck victim in critical condition

A Decatur woman hurt in a wreck near Danville remained in critical condition Tuesday.

Susan Askew, 63, remained in Huntsville Hospital’s surgical intensive care unit, a hospital spokeswoman said.

MedFlight carried Askew, an employee of the Morgan County Boys Ranch, to Huntsville following a single-vehicle wreck on Kirby Bridge Road on Monday afternoon. A 15-year-old male passenger in the van driven by Askew also suffered injuries, state troopers said. Decatur General Hospital treated and released the passenger.

Seth Burkett

Alleged shoplifter accused of assault

An alleged shoplifter faces a robbery charge after he assaulted an employee of Wal-Mart, Decatur police said.

Lamar Quintez Coffee, 22, of 308 Eighth Ave. N.W. was leaving the store with six DVDs he hadn’t paid for when loss-prevention officers confronted him at about 1 a.m. Monday, said police Sgt. Rick Archer.

Archer said Coffee assaulted one of the officers and fled but was caught a short distance away by police officer Dusty French. Police recovered the DVDs and arrested Coffee on a charge of third-degree robbery.

Morgan County Jail released Coffee on Monday on $1,500 bond.

Seth Burkett

Woman shot in leg during argument

A woman shot in the leg told officers an argument with a group of men led up to the attack, Decatur police said.

The 29-year-old victim had a bullet fragment removed at Decatur General Hospital following the shooting in the 600 block of Sunset Drive Northwest at 11 p.m. Saturday, said Lt. Dennis Hughes, a police spokesman.

The victim told police she was arguing with an acquaintance when several other black males showed up and joined the dispute. One of them pulled out a handgun, Hughes said.

Officers arriving at the scene stopped a car that was speeding away from the area, but it turned out to be the victim’s ride to the hospital, Hughes said.

Seth Burkett

Man shoots self in head, survives

A man survived an apparent self-inflicted gunshot but suffered critically injuries, Decatur police said.

Officers arrived at a residence on Parker Street Southwest shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday to find medics tending Charles J. Terry, who had a single gunshot wound the head, an investigator said. A MedFlight helicopter took Terry to Huntsville Hospital, where he remained in critical condition.

Seth Burkett

Africa missionary for 40 years dies

Mildred Taylor, a Hatton native who served 40 years as a Methodist missionary in Africa, died Sunday in Birmingham.

Taylor, 87, grew up attending Sanderson Chapel United Meth-odist Church and graduated from what is now Athens State University.

She went to Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, where she lived among the people, not in a missionary compound, and constantly shared the gospel, said Thomas Muhomba, a Zimbabwe native who is on the United Methodist North Alabama Conference staff. He said Taylor went to his family’s village and converted a group of women that included his mother.

“My mother came home on fire that night. She shared the good news of Jesus Christ for the first time with her family. ... Mildred gave Jesus to my mother, and my mother gave Jesus to me.”

Muhomba is assistant director of congregational development for ethnic ministries. He said the only way he could thank Taylor was to help make disciples of Jesus as she did.

In retirement, Taylor became a founding member of Church of the Reconciler in downtown Birmingham.

Funeral for Taylor will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Church of the Reconciler. Burial will be about 1 p.m. at Ferguson Cemetery in Lawrence County. Source: North Alabama Conference

Woman cut in fight taken to hospital

A fight between two women ended with one going to the hospital with a knife wound, Decatur police said Tuesday.

The alleged knifing at Memorial Drive and First Street Southwest at 11:30 p.m. Monday apparently began as a tussle between the 20-year-old victim and a woman she had running disagreements with, said Lt. Frank DeButy, a police spokesman.

During the fight, the woman’s attacker allegedly pulled out an edged weapon, drew back and swung, DeButy said.

“She (the victim) did what any human being would do — she threw up her hand to block. That’s when she got stabbed in the right wrist. It was a deep cut,” DeButy said.

No arrests have been made. The case has been handed over to the Criminal Investigations Division.

Seth Burkett

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