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2 hospitalized after Athens house fire

ATHENS — Two people went to the hospital after a fire broke out in a bedroom Wednesday evening.

According to Athens-Limestone 911 reports, the fire erupted at 11371 Cowford Road and was contained to the bedroom.

One person suffered smoke inhalation; another had cuts to a hand. Clements Volunteer Fire Department responded. The cause was under investigation.

holly hollman

Architects selected for school projects

PRICEVILLE — The Morgan County Board of Education selected two Montgomery architectural firms for four projects Tuesday night at its meeting.

McKee and Associates is the firm for additional classrooms at Lacey’s Spring School and Priceville Elementary School. Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood Inc. will handle the additional classrooms at West Morgan Elementary School and Danville-Neel Elementary School.

Superintendent Bob Balch said the firms agreed to begin the architectural drawings but wait for payment until the school system gets the funding from a state bond issue.

Bayne Hughes

Pursuit of sex toy lands man in jail

A man who had allegedly stolen a sex toy only moments before was standing outside Pleasures when officers arrived, Decatur police said Wednesday.

Lt. Dennis Hughes, a police spokesman, said officers found a sex toy hidden in the 50-year-old transient’s coat.

Hughes said police were called to the 1711 Central Parkway S.W. store at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday after a clerk saw the man unwrap the $40 device, hide it in his coat and walk out the door.

The man, who remained in Decatur City Jail on Wednesday, faces a misdemeanor charge of third-degree theft along with public intoxication.

Seth Burkett

2 face charges after tip yields drug bust

TANNER — After receiving a tip about a dope drop, authorities found three pounds of marijuana in a vehicle ashtray and glove compartment.

Limestone County Sheriff’s Department drug investigator Lance Royals said the tipster told him a couple was taking the marijuana to Tanner on Tuesday. Royals said he saw the suspects’ vehicle and had a deputy pull it over.

Authorities arrested the occupants, Kendall Larenta Nelson, 20, of 15878 Brownsferry Road, Athens, and Kendrick O’Brien Patton, 21, of 16562 Albert Road, Athens.

They were in jail on Wednesday with no bond set, charged with trafficking marijuana.

Holly Hollman

Police say woman hit car with body

ATHENS — A woman struck a Tuscumbia driver’s vehicle with her body Wednesday.

Athens police Capt. Marty Bruce said Christy Miller, 36, of 17475 Seven-Mile Post Road, Athens, told police she was trying to kill herself because she was depressed.

Bruce said Miller moved in and out of traffic on U.S. 72 between David Street and Kings Drive at 6:30 a.m. Michael Jones of Tuscumbia was going west when he saw her and moved from the outside lane to the inside lane. Bruce said Miller ran into Jones’ vehicle. The impact caused minor damage to the front end and passenger’s side.

Athens-Limestone Hospital transferred Miller to Huntsville Hospital, where she was in fair condition in the emergency room Wednesday evening.

Holly Hollman

Bill increases care for vets, aids BRAC

Congress passed a bill Tuesday that provides $8.4 billion to implement the Base Realignment and Closure plan as well as $43.1 billion for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The 2008 Military Construction and Veterans Bill also provides $21.5 billion for military construction and family housing projects within the military.

Rep. Bud Cramer, D-Hunts-ville, said the bill helps ensure Redstone Arsenal and other installations have the resources they need to prepare for the influx of defense workers associated with BRAC. The amount for VA programs, a $6.6 billion increase from last year, also will help hire 1,800 claims processors to reduce backlog, he said.

Paul Huggins

Medical waste catches fire in bin

Medical waste that caught fire in a trash bin had already been sterilized, firefighters said Wednesday.

The small fire that broke out at Southern Disposal Systems at 807 Market St. N.E. at about 8:20 p.m. posed no biohazard threat, said Lt. Janice Johnson, acting battalion chief for Decatur Fire and Rescue.

She said a passerby apparently saw smoke coming from the building, but the smoke actually originated from a trash bin attached to the facility.

“(The waste) is treated before it’s put in the Dumpster. Something was smoldering inside, and that’s where all the smoke was coming from. The building was not on fire,” Johnson said.

Firefighters contained the fire. Johnson said she did not know the exact cause of the fire.

Seth Burkett

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