|The Story||After an odd Amber Alert, it
appears that the person reporting the missing child might be charged
with Making a False Report. The child was recovered unharmed but "it
looks like he could use a bath" said Decatur PD Chief Rex Hoskins.
|News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5)||**|
|The Spin||We could all use a bath
after that incident.
|The Story||Tracey Pound, 39, of Decatur is
found dead near a pump jack (presumably fatally injured by the pump
jack) on CR 2290. He had no connection to the land or the company
in charge of the equipment.
|The Spin|| That story sounds a little
weird but maybe I've been watching too much Law and Order.
Editor Skip Nichols takes another shot at Judge Melton
Cude in "Inside Wise". Cude claims he is owed back pay by the county.
|The Spin||I'm not sure why Skip (whom
I like) is so fixated on dogging Judge Cude (whom I like). Cude,
who rules against me far more often than he rules with me,
doesn't deserve the criticism. (And, the Messenger, by the way, is better since Skip has come
along). Have I pleased everyone?
|The Spin||A Jack County jury finds
that Micah Renfro of Decatur did not use a deadly weapon during a
traffic accident involving alcohol last year. Special Prosecutor Bill
Ray told the Messenger he
was "very surprised" by the verdict and that "the jury just flat
decided not to believe" his witnesses.
|The Spin||Huh? I distinctly remember a
moment during jury selection when the defense lawyer said "You may
believe every witness that the prosecution brings you but you may still
find that the evidence is insufficient to support a deadly weapon
finding". That's what happened.
State Rep. Phil King addressed the Decatur Lions Club and tells
everyone that schools are fine and there "existed no correlation
between funding levels and better achievement."
|The Spin||Hey, goofball, no one is
complaining that the schools are inadequate. The concern is about
school funding. (I admit my obsession. Skip and I should go to