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Area Men Facing Drug Charges Following Multi-Agency Investigation

(From release) On June 4th, 2009, STAC Team Agents worked closely with the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department on an investigation which led to the execution of a search warrant at 716 West Moreland Street in Athens.
Marvin Douglas Shoulders, 29, was arrested for trafficking cocaine and booked into the Limestone
County Jail.
More than $2000.00 was seized.

Police Investigating Deadly Shooting At Nightclub

Huntsville police are investigating a shooting incident at a local nightspot that left an area woman dead early Friday.
According to HPD Spokesman Sgt. Mark Roberts, officers responded to a call at Club Focus on Country Club Avenue at 2:17 a.m.
Upon arrival they found Deanglia Sharee Bell, 23, of Huntsville, in the parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound.

Project Share Unable To Provide Cooling Assistance This Summer

(From release) The Project Share Board has informed Huntsville Utilities that due to a shortage of funds, there will be no assistance available to help customers pay for electric bills this summer.
Cooling assistance normally begins in July and continues through August depending on available funds. Cooling assistance has been provided the past five summers and four other times since the program began in 1988. Last summer 306 families received cooling assistance totaling $15,000.
“This past winter’s cold temperatures coupled with the TVA rate increases, just depleted the available funds for Project Share,” stated Huntsville Utilities Customer Services manager Anna Parvin.

Police: Deputy Had No Choice But To Shoot Man During Confrontation Wednesday

By William T. Martin
HuntsvilleNewswire

Authorities are still searching for the reason why a man opened fire on them without warning Wednesday afternoon, forcing a Madison County deputy to shoot and kill him.
During a press conference Thursday morning, Madison County Sheriff’s Investigator Chad Brooks released further details surrounding the confrontation which took the life of 20-year old James Allen McGregor II.
Calling the shooting a “clear case of self-defense,” Brooks said deputies had no choice but to fire on McGregor.
Brooks then detailed specific events leading to the shooting and its aftermath.
Shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday a caller to 911 said McGregor was in a residence at 136 Tammy Gaines Lane, was distraught, and was threatening to take a family member hostage.
Several deputies responded and set up a perimeter around the house.

Man Shot By Deputy During Confrontation Dies

A man who was shot by Madison sheriff’s deputies during a confrontation Wednesday has died of his injuries, police said early Thursday.
According to MCSO spokesman Brent Patterson, James Allen McGregor, 20, passed away at Huntsville Hospital around 11 p.m.
McGregor was shot after he opened fire on deputies around 3:30 p.m.
Deputies had responded to 136 Tammy Gaines Lane in eastern Madison County after a caller to 911 said McGregor was distraught and threatening to take family members hostage.

"A Frustrating Thing;" Behind Schedule and Over Budget, Jail Finally Nears Completion

By William T. Martin
HuntsvilleNewswire

Three years behind schedule and almost $50 million over budget, the new Huntsville-Madison County Jail is finally nearing completion.
Wednesday members of the media were given a tour of the facility by city officials.
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle told reporters completing the jail hasn’t been the most fun thing he has done since taking office but it was necessary.
“This has been a frustrating thing to do,” said Battle, “to come through and finish up a project that wasn’t yours but you were elected to finish it up.”
Battle said the city has just completed an internal audit of the project and is set for an external audit.
Battle said the audit revealed several items that he called “outside the scope” of the contract will Lee Builders, the project’s prime contractor.
Items specified included purchases of fast food and “big-ticket items” such as elevators and a sprinkler system.
He added that the final payment to Lee Builders was being withheld until the audits are complete and issues regarding payment for questionable items are resolved.
The facility still lacks items that are, according to Battle, “necessary to the workings of a jail.” The cost for these items is around $600,000.
Those items include slots in cell doors for meals to be served to inmates without direct contact with them and internal windows in bathrooms so guards can insure security for inmates.
An inter-governmental agreement between Huntsville and Madison County is being drafted to address daily operations and ongoing funding for the jail, said Battle.
Despite the controversy that has dogged the facility for years, Battle said he thinks the jail is top-notch and will serve the public long after his administration has ended.
“This is a Class A facility,” said Battle, who joked about the time he has spent walking through the jail.
“ This is a place that I’ve been in a couple of times (and) don’t want to come back to.”
After taking questions from the media, city officials took reporters through several areas of the jail.
The facility contains four main floors, each housing six dayrooms. Dayrooms, also called pods or day use areas, are where inmates will spend most of their time during the day.
Dayrooms are of different sizes, holding from 12 to 88 inmates. Inmates can be segregated according to charge or other factors.
Dayrooms and the cells in them are controlled from a central control point and can be operated by as little as one person if needed, officials said.
The facility will house a little over 1,200 inmates and employ a total staff of 210.
No final opening date has been set.

Man Shot After Firing On Deputies In East Madison County

By William T. Martin
HuntsvilleNewswire

A man was to have surgery Wednesday afternoon after he was shot during a confrontation with Madison sheriff’s deputies earlier in the day, police said.
According to MCSO spokesman Chad Brooks the 20-year old man, whose name was being withheld, was shot after firing on deputies.
Brooks said the incident began around 3:30 p.m. Deputies were dispatched to 136 Tammy Gaines Lane off Winchester Road in eastern Madison County after a caller to 911 said a man there was “distraught” and threatening to take family members hostage.

Stolen Animals Dropped Off At Madison Home

(From release) Madison police are investigating the return of several animals stolen in the recent burglary of a pet store.
A Lanier Road woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, received somewhat of a scare this morning when she walked onto her front porch only to discover a clear plastic container with a chameleon inside.
It wasn’t so much the chameleon) that frightened her but rather the five bags next to him; five bags that were moving about with unknown live animals inside.

City Public Works Employee Charged with Theft

(From release) On June 9 officers of the Huntsville Police Department arrested Foster Dillard Jr., 50, a City of Huntsville Public Works Employee, and charged him with theft of property 3rd Degree.
The arrest was a result of an investigation that was initiated by a concerned citizen that contacted the City of Huntsville Public Works Division about something that they felt wasn’t right.

Rep. Griffith Announces Funding for Redstone Arsenal Gate 7

(From release) Congressman Parker Griffith today announced the approval from the U.S. House of Representatives of funding for a priority North Alabama military construction project. Redstone Arsenal’s Gate 7 on Martin Road will receive the full funding request of $3,550,000 for construction and safety improvements at Huntsville’s military installation.

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