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THOMASVlLLE Trl-countM Coverage oJ Alabarno&apos;s Pine Belt or Hometown Newspaper with 20,000 Readers Volume 1 Number 22 Wednesday, January 29, 1997 - 50 The Copy Hill I III I Luker Joins Tiger Team New Football Coach ... story on Page 3 i: ;i i, i / Wreck on Hwy 10 kills Pope State Trooper Rick Ward photographs the death scene where Paul Pope, 31, white male of Rt. 1 Box 91-A, Sweet Water. Pope killed instantly after this 1988 Ford Ranger left Highway 10 and West of Sweet Water. The accident occurred Thursday night, 23, at about 8:10 p.m. near mile marker 38.1 according to a spokesperson with the Alabama State Trooper Post in Demopolis. Marengo County Comer Clarence Abemathy pronounced the victim dead at the scene. Marengo County Deputies Sonny Breckenridge and Robert Pickens assisted at the scene. 's his brother's shooter Meggs charged with shooting Cientis Meggs over some food Meggs, 30, black male, has 23 for receiving stolen property, first Thomasville was arrested Jan. 21 for dis- male of Grove Hill was arrested Jan. 25 for shooting his brother, arnar Meggs in the Whatley Sunday, Jan. 26. o brothers, according to the )Unty Sheriff's Department, some food. , has been arrested and Mth assault, first degree. He d Under a $5,000. bond. blaurice Dyess made the OUnty also arrested 32. black male of l)ickenson was arrested Jan. degree. He is under a $5,000 bond. He is on hold for New York State. Chantana N. Law, 19, black male of Jackson, was charged with theft of prop- erty, third degree and jailed under a $1,500 bond. Law was arrested by Deputy Vergil Chapman on Jan. 21. Thomasville Police arrested Roy Lee Jackson, 38, black male, for burglary, third degree. He was arrested Jan. 22 and placed under a $1,500 bond. Lonnie Dixon made the arrest. Nathaniel Brown, 41, black male of orderly conduct, driving while license revoked, failure to appear. He was arrest- ed by patrolman Phillip Gunter and placed under a $600.00 bond. Grove Hill Police arrested three men last week including Samuel O Brown, 23, black male of Mt. Zion Community. He was charged with Harassment, Criminal Trespassing, third degree and criminal mischief, third degree. He was placed under a $300.00 bond on each case for a total of $900.00. Royce Kelly was the arresting officer. William Lewis Overton, 31, white for DUI, attempting to elude, reckless driving, VPL, and possession of marijua- na, second degree. Overton is under a $3,000 bond He was arrested by Woodie Coates. Jackson police arrested Zebedee Boats, 36, black male of Mobile, for Receiving Stolen Property, first degree. He was placed under a $5,000 bond. Nathan Martin, 31, black male of Jackson was arrested for BUrglary, third degree, Jan. 21. He was placed under a $5,000 bond. into s  i  .... i ... ..i.  71!7 : .: aa in thi, /17 /3: <. i: Law, dogs trap thre robbers Three Thomasville teenagers rob Padgetts store Thursday Three Thomasville teenagers have been arrested for the armed robbery of Padgetts Grocery in the Helwestern Community Thursday. Jan. 23. No one was injured when two masked men entered the store and ordered the clerk, Janet Wilkerson, and customer, Ben Shaw, to hand over their money. A .38 caliber pis- tol belonging to store owner Rex Padgett's Grocery was also taken in the robbery. Clarke County Deputies arrested Myreon Allen, 19, black male of Thomasville and brothers Aaron Overton, 19, black male and Darron Vonchea Overton, 16, black male both of Thomasville. All three were charged with Robbery, First Degree. Aaron Overton and Allen's bonds were set at $50,000. Darron Overton's bond was set at $30,000. All three sus- pects remam in the C/.arkc Coun*, Jail. Store clerk Wilkerson said she did not remember much of the incident and was still upset Monday, Jan. 27 "You just don't know what some- thing like like that does to you. I'm still nervous." Wilkerson and Shaw were the only ones in the rural community store when the clerk was about to close up and go home at 6:00 p.m. Shaw who lives about a half mile from the store on the Piny Woods Road said he would not be put in that situation again. Shaw said he was mad at himself for having left his pistol in his pick- up, something he rarely goes with- out. "I don't remember exactly what they said, but they were shouting the usual demands and obscenities," said Shaw who once served as a policeman in Satsuma. When asked if the robbers threat- ened to shoot him, he said, "If they had pulled the trigger and it had misfired, I would have shoved that gun up his *&%@#." According to the Clarke County Sheriff's Department, Allen anti Allen Overton entered the store, one armed with a shotgun and the sec- ond with a revolver. Shaw said the one with the shotgun had a dark, blue, sweat shirt pulled over his head with two eye holes cut out. The second robber who wielded the pistol had a navy skull cap cov- eting his face with eye slits in it. "I wasn't paying that much atten- tion to their words, but to the tone of their voices," said the ex policeman who was on vacation. The robbery took about four to five minutes said Shaw. "I knew if they ordered us to the back of the store they were going to shoot us. They started m that direc- tion and 1 decided this was their time of indecision. 1 yelled out to them to leave, "'Ya'll have got what you came for, now go on and leave." The two suspects left and ran behind the store. One took the cash and Shaw's billfold and headed in the direction of Piny Woods Road. The suspects live or have relatives on the same gravel road where Shaw lives, according to the victim The two +men were. "'dropped off' at the store and the driver went up the road and hid in the pine thicket, west of the store towards Grove Hill. The second suspect, Darron Overton went west and was picked up by the driver. Allen Overton. The two brothers in the vehicle, were detained at a road block set up by Tracking dogs from Atmore State Prison were brought to the scene and the one suspect that had not been detained, Myreon Allen, was chased through the woods and cap- tured near Highway 84. "It was like a big deer drive," Shaw said of the man huzlt for the third suspect, as he was preparing to go deer hunting Monday, Jan. 27. "They had all the roads blocked oft and the dogs were barking and car- rying on so." The suspect was tracked to within a few yards of Shaw's home where police found the store's money bag and all but $100.00 of Shaw's money, Police also recovered the pistol taken in the robbery. "'He still had my empty bill fold on him when the arrested him," Shaw said. They need to go into another profession because they did some dumb moves." Shaw said that the one suspect that was apprehended in the car had changed clothes, but.had put them in the back of the car they were stopped in. Shaw said he and others in the community plan on seeing that jus- tice is done. "1 understand one of the suspects was out on parole. They won't be out of jail soon unless we have something to do about it." Shaw said he plans to pursue the courts to ensure that the robbers get the maximum time allowed. Aiding in the search for the sus- pects with the Clarke County Sheriff's Departmen were the Thomasville, Fulton, Grove Hill, and Jackson police departments, Clarke County Forestry Commission, and Alabama State Troopers. Hamilton Publisher Thomasville News names Ann Hamilton local publisher Ann Hamilton, veteran Alabama news- paper executive, has been named pub- lisher of The Thomasville News, effective this week, according to owners Tommy McGraw and Goodloe Sutton. Hamilton, a member of The World's Who's Who of Women, and America's Who's Who of Women, is listed among the first women in history to be named editor of a newspaper. She has offned and operated a community newspaper. Newspapers have always been one of the great loves of Hamilton's life --along with the communities around them. She says newspapers are institutions. 'That's why I love them. Like other institutions they have an awesome power to do both good and evil." Hamilton says she is looking at the publisher's position as if it were a calng. From the beginning of my career, at the age of 23, Ann said she believed "God had given me a gift that He would use in this industry. I believe this. The test of time will prove this." She says this past week the test was particularly tough as she found no suit- able "available" housing."As I have told some of the Christian community, I know a little more about what Mary and Joseph faced when they found 'No room in the inn.' "It is my understanding thtt the cm- munity will continue to experience growth and that as this happens more and more people will encounter the problems I am having in finding a place to stay, even temporarily!" By the end of her first week here, Ann Hamilton had met with many of the town leaders and realtors helping to find a place. "Their willingness to help certainly encouraged me. I'm especially grateful to Mark Prescott for giving me hope that, at least, a small house will be available in two or three months. And I believe some- thing will work out for the interim!" Ann Hamilton is from North Alabama. She is the mother of three sons, who encouraged her to make the move. "They know I love achaUenge and the newspa- per industry. Ink is what helped provide them with a good living." Ann and her late husband Conservation Officer Rayford Hamilton, were well- known by hunting and fishing sportsmen throughout the state. Ann says if God answers her prayers she will be happy about the move. "l hae asked God for five things; they are: His blessings upon this endeavor, that 1 shall not tail Him, suitable housing, and that my my family and friends visit often." Ann says she has already found Thomasville to be charming,