Area News In Brief
Man charged with four-wheeler theft
ATHENS — Limestone investigators have charged an Athens man with one four-wheeler theft, and they think he may have tried to steal another but couldn’t get it to start.
Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said Mickey Don Hall, 37, of 20820 Alabama 251 allegedly took a four-wheeler from the 9000 block of Alabama 251 on Sunday. Investigators found the vehicle, worth $3,500, at Hall’s home.
Investigator Josh McLaughlin charged him with first-degree theft and put a hold on him because of an ongoing investigation into the attempted theft of a four-wheeler from the 25000 block of Van Dyke Road.
“He was intoxicated when we arrested him, and he admitted to the one but hasn’t talked about the other,” McNatt said.
On Saturday or Sunday someone pushed the four-wheeler from the Van Dyke home to a neighbor’s yard and then apparently could not get it to start.
Lawrence buys land for senior center
MOULTON — A Lawrence County town is a step closer to opening a senior citizens’ center after a Monday decision by the County Commission.
The commission voted unanimously to buy 3.1 acres in Mount Hope at Lawrence County roads 460 and 23 for a senior center. The total cost of the land is $20,000, Commissioner John Terry said.
Harold Martin, the landowner, said it already has water and sewer services.
“There’s a lot of excited people down there about this place for our senior citizens,” he said. “My hat is off to all of you for just considering Mount Hope for this. It will probably be one of the best things that’s ever happened in our community.”
Ford employee charged in theft
ATHENS — Athens police charged an employee with Dan Wachtel Ford in the theft of a gun from a customer’s vehicle.
Sgt. Jason White charged William Tye Hilleary, 18, of 14912 Autumn Lane, Harvest, on Friday with second-degree theft. Hilleary allegedly took a Sig Sauer handgun from the vehicle, Capt. Marty Bruce said. Hilleary took investigators to a wooded area near his home where he had hidden the gun, Bruce said. Hilleary is out of the Limestone County Jail on $2,000 bond.
Impound ordinance tabled for now
A proposed ordinance allowing police to impound vehicles driven by unlicensed drivers in Decatur could come up for consideration as early as Dec. 1.
After months of discussion, the ordinance made the agenda for Monday’s City Council work session, but the council tabled it so officials could finish writing the ordinance.
The item is expected to return for a public hearing Nov. 19, and the council could vote on it as early as Dec. 1, said Council President Billy Jackson.
Proposed by District 3 Councilman Gary Hammon, the ordinance follows a similar law enacted in Athens this year. Hammon said it will make Decatur streets safer for law-abiding motorists.
Wendy’s robbed with threat of gun
A man robbed a Wendy’s restaurant Saturday night with a note and the threat of a gun, Decatur police said.
Police Capt. Vince Baer said the robbery took place at 1720 Sixth Ave. S.E. at about 6 p.m.
A man went to the counter and showed the woman working the cash register a note demanding money, Baer said. The robber also told the clerk that he had a gun.
The employee handed over the money, and the man was last seen running east from the store parking lot.
Baer said the suspect is a Hispanic male, about 40, with salt-and-pepper hair and a thick mustache.
Anyone with information can call Decatur police at 341-4660 or leave a confidential tip at 341-INFO (4636).
on low power
Alabama Public Television’s Huntsville station (WHIQ) will be operating on a low-power antenna for up to four months.
Public Information Director Mike McKenzie said the main antenna ruptured a few weeks ago. The supplier will have to build a new antenna before it can be brought to Huntsville. He estimated the cost of the replacement would be more than $100,000.
McKenzie said crews are upgrading the temporary antenna, so the analog signal should improve within the next two weeks.
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