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3 teens charged with throwing sodas at vehicles

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

ATHENS — Two teens who started their own computer business while in high school, plus a friend, are facing multiple felony charges for allegedly throwing full cola cans and other objects at vehicles, including an ambulance.

One incident caused a driver to lose control and drive into the ditch after an inline skate broke his windshield. The pieces of glass cut the driver, and he went to Athens-Limestone Hospital, according to authorities.

The trio told a Limestone County investigator they were "thrill-seeking."

The Limestone Sheriff's Department and Athens police arrested one of the teens Friday and the other two Monday.

Limestone Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt identified the three as Jacob Riley Evans, 18, of 1102 Jefferson St., Athens; Preston Scott Marshall, 19, of 23349 Piney Chapel Drive, Athens; and Taylor Nicholas Yelverton, 19, of 17323 Lily Circle, Athens.

McNatt said the three had a penchant for Dr. Thunder cans, but also used 2-liter bottles of orange cola. In one incident, they allegedly used a glass bottle.

The Daily featured Evans and Marshall in August after the Athens City Council recognized Marshall for placing fifth in the nation in the cyber security competition through Future Business Leaders of America. Marshall was an Athens High senior when he got the award.

Marshall and Evans started their own computer business, Two Geeks and A Computer, while at Athens High. They graduated in May.

Their largest customer is Canebrake, an 850-acre golf course community. They provide Canebrake with a phone system, computer support and surveillance.

Yelverton is unemployed, according to Sheriff's Department records.

McNatt and Athens police Capt. Marty Bruce said the three allegedly were throwing objects at vehicles throughout October. They got caught after they allegedly threw a CB antenna at a driver on Capshaw Road on Friday, and the driver followed them and got a tag number, McNatt and Bruce said.

Authorities arrested Evans on Friday night, and Marshall and Yelverton on Monday.

Athens detective Katrina Flanagan is looking into 13 incidents in the city, and Limestone investigator Leslie Ramsey is looking at five in the county.

Bruce said their antics caused about $6,000 in damage in the city. Damage included broken windows, dented hoods and doors and broken grills. Incidents occurred in areas such as U.S. 72, Lucas Ferry Road and Market Street.

McNatt said the teens caused a couple of thousand dollars in damage in the county. Some victims are still getting estimates. The teens allegedly hit vehicles at Belle Mina, Capshaw and the Coxey community and on Alabama 99.

McNatt said they threw a full 2-liter cola bottle at a North Star Ambulance on U.S. 72 on its return to Florence. The impact broke the grill. The company is getting an estimate.

"They've been truthful and confessed and said they were thrill-seeking," McNatt said.

Athens charged Evans with four counts of throwing or shooting a deadly or dangerous missile into an occupied vehicle and one count of third-degree criminal mischief.

The county charged him with five counts of throwing or shooting a deadly or danger-
ous missile into an occupied vehicle.

The county made the same five charges against Marshall and Yelverton, and charges from the city were pending Monday night.

The investigation into other incidents is ongoing.

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