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23 Tuesday, April 26, 1994 Montgomery Advertiser JJtcM mm 0J W tiSEI poa'uiQG3 long-term financing, he refused because Robert MacElvain had filed a lien against the property. MacElvain, who according to the IRS owes S2.1 million in unpaid taxes, filed the document after Mr. Thames was hired as a consultant by the IRS to point out items of value at MacElvain's Eufaula home. The IRS seized much of MacElvain's property on Jan. 21, 1993, in an effort to collect back taxes. Ms. Carlisle ultimately got alternate financing through another bank by taking out a 15-year mortgage on her Montgomery home, which she had owned debt-free. "I can't tell you the harm and anguish he caused me," Ms. Carlisle said Monday of MacElvain. "It was just an awful thing to do." U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson agrees. On Friday, he ruled that liens filed by the wealthy and reclusive inventor against Mr. Thames and four others are invalid and ordered MacElvain to pay for having the liens released. Liens usually are placed on property when one party owes another for services or work done. Once a lien is filed, the property cannot be sold until the debt is paid. MacElvain declined comment Monday on the judge's ruling, which came in a civil lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department after a grand jury indicted MacElvain on criminal charges. He contended while on trial in the criminal case that he has paid taxes every year and doesn't owe any more. And in a written response to the civil lawsuit, MacElvain wrote that he had a lawful right to file the liens "as a remedy for injuries committed against him carried out as piracy on land by IRS agents and their mercenary contractors." Justice Department spokeswoman Ana Cobian said she could not comment because department lawyers had not received a copy of the judge's decision. MacElvain was convicted in March of impeding enforcement of federal tax laws by filing liens against Mr. Thames, a towing company, a moving company and a locksmith who assisted in the seizure: But the jury cleared MacElvain pf criminal wrongdoing on three other counts, which included filing a lien against the home of the IRS officer wfib directed the seizure. Sentencing is set for May 11. MacEU vain, 65, faces up to three years in prison' and a possible $250,000 fine. His attorney, Julian McPhillips jofc Montgomery, says MacElvain wLU; appeal his conviction. ;fr By Tom Hughes ADVERTISER STAFF WRITER Mary Jane Carlisle wasn't even involved in a Eufaula tax protester's dispute with the Internal Revenue Service. Now, she'll be reminded of it every month for the next 15 years. It all began when the Montgomery woman took out a temporary loan to buy a vacation house at Lake Jordan from Montgomery antiques dealer Paul Thames. The sale went through without a hitch. But when she asked a local banker for ON THE FIRE RUNS, April 22 12:02 .m.:586 Pleasant Ave., ncr service needed. 12:05: 460 Avondale Road, assist patient. 12:30: 2269 East Blvd. Apt. 244, 2nd degree burnwound. 3:41: 3725 Woodley Road, general medical. 3:44: 5604 Circle Apt. E, wound. 3:53: 307 Cramer Ave., no service needed. 6:22: 320 N. Ripley St., diabetic problem. 7:41: 164 E. South Blvd., breathing difficulty. 7:46: 519 W. Patton Ave., cardiac arrest. 7:48: 1927 Harmon St., breathing difficulty. 8:04: Gaston Avenue at Davenport Drive, wound. 8:18: Federal Drive at Crestview Avenue, assist Engine 93. 8:37: 1009 S. Court St., wound. 8:52: 2401 Beecher St., general medical. 8:13: 2153 St. Charles Ave., general medical. 8:17: 1631 Northgate Drive, general medical. 8:34: 5530 Atlanta Highway, wound. 8:53: 1627 Dewey St., general medical. 10:33: 215 Hall St.. wound. 11:28: 329 E. Vandiver Blvd., chest pain. 11:35: 1919 Bell St., assist Engine 91 seizure. 12:00 p.m.: 2447 Shreve St., general medical. 12:50: 2925 Montgomery Mall, chest pain. 1:01: 2001 W. Fairview Ave., system malfunction. 1:05: 1 50 Commerce St., general medical. 1:18: 512 County Downs Road, accidental alarm. 1:24: 4425 Brewbaker Drive, chest pain. .. ARRESTS, April 22-24 Arrests recorded April 22-24 at either the Montgomery county or city jails. All are innocent unless proven guilty. Felony Kenneth Teel, 35, 102 New Moon Court, Prattville, first-degree theft of property. Arthur Robinson, transient, burglary, theft. James Law, 23, 4812 Parktowne Way, first-degree theft of property. Roger Helton Jr., 24, Parktowne Way, receiving stolen property. Damian Jordan, 19, 701 Erskine St., unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Doctor: Gulf vets may THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BIRMINGHAM Desert Storm veterans with unexplained illnesses may be suffering "from chronic fatigue syndrome, said the head of the federal team studying the sicknesses. . Dr. Robert Roswell, chief of staff at the VA Medical Center in Birmingham and head of CAMP from page IB "We're upset about a couple of things," said Autauga County Commission Chairman LeRoy Jones. "The first is that it's coming here. The second is the way we found out about it." Mr. Jones, who said the facility will stifle growth in the area, said no state officials bothered to contact anyone from the county. "The Department of Youth Services for Prattville crash victim today STAFF REPORT PRATTVILLE Services are "today for a Prattville man who died Saturday after a two-car accident. ; J.D. Lee, 55, of 130 Till St. died in a University Hospital in asioitf :ro m z J$M 288-0022 Modems: 277-2221 HelpLine: 277-3236 Sales Office: 244-4466 16 Lines! All Lines up I LnL" ' I I CO III I -TT-V. V. I W" tv . i or- Syr RECORD 1:27: 727 Clinton St., no service needed. 2:23: 1605 Midway St., death. 2:30: 5801 Eastdale Drive, accidental alarm. 2:36:: 3312 Woodley Road, false alarm. 3:28: 3506 Young Drive Apt. H, canceled by caller. 3:33: 41 03 Marlyn St., canceled by caller. 3:46: 509 S. Holt St., general medical. 3:57: 2802 2nd St., patient left scene. 4:01: 3000 Zelda Road, canceled. 4:32: 101 S. Burbank Drive Apt. B-32, wound. 4:34: 2404 Overhill Road, death. 4:35: Monroe Street at North Jackson Street, wound. 5:31: 401 1 Ware Hill Drive, chest pain. 6:53: 1014 Bragg St., wound. 6:42: 61 7 Emerson St., general medical. 7:27: 52 Angels Court, assist patient. 7:28:Mobile Highway at Air Base Boulevard, closed wound. 7:47: Mobile Road at West Fairview Avenue, wounds. 8:12: 1 Retail Road, breathing difficulty. 8:32: 4900 Block of Birmingham Highway, woundsfracture. 8:16: 2700 Lower Wetumpka Road, wound. 8:35: 416 Mildred St., wound. 8:44: 2707 Forbes Drive, wound. 10:48: 3055 Woodley Road, no service needed. 11:18: 349 Milton Road, wound. 11:27: 510 Hall St., wound. 11:48: 26 Rouse St., general medical. 11:52: 297 Sylvest Drive Apt. 211, chest pain. Alonzo Myree, 29, 252 Zeigler Road, unlawful possession of a controlled substance. James Watkins, 34, Route 1, Box 71, Grady, robbery, attempted murder. DUI William Anderson, 56, 1 1 47 Oak St. Harold Parker, age unavailable, 60 Morn- ingview Apartments Lisa Hicks, 25, County Road 81 , Prattville. Charles Bass, 59, P.O. Box 631, Wetumpka. David Smiley, 26, 101 Conley Circle. the board coordinating ing Desert Storm illnesses, said many veterans may have a form of the syndrome triggered by factors linked to their military service. "It might be a chemical exposure," he said. "It possibly could be a very stressful event. It could be extremes of temperatures that were present in the gulf in addition to all the various environmental exposures." Services has used such an extreme degree of deception that they did not want anyone in this county ... to know about it," said Prattville city attorney George Howell. Mr. Howell said out-of-county attorneys were used to close the deal and abstracts were obtained some place other than the local business. Sheriff James "Herbie" Johnson said the facility will increase the workload on his 12 deputies and the county court system. Bradford, which closed in Feb Birmingham a few hours after the accident at Memorial Drive and Wright Street. Police Chief Alfred Wadsworth said Mr. Lee, who was driving a 1985 Honda Civic, apparently pulled into the path of Eddie Dean McManus of 275 W. Sixth St. Mr. McManus, who was driving a 1979 Pontiac, was treated and released at Autauga Medical Center. Mr. Lee, a lifelong Autauga County resident, was employed at Hammermill Paper Co. near Selma. He was an Auburn sports and a golfing enthusiast. He was on his way to the golf course when the accident occurred, said a neighbor. The accident is the city's second traffic fatality. Services for Mr. Lee will be at ' 1 1 a.m. today at Ridout's Prattville Chapel. FEE SERVICES INCLUDE: News From USA Today t Financial Information Online Digital Music Review Sports Information OnLme Used Car Search OnLine Yellow Pages Free Classified Ads . OnLine Restaurant Guide Automotive Info Center OnLine Realty Guide Weather Information Much More!! OPTIONAL SERVICES INCLUDE: Internet Mail Service National Live Chatting 75,000 File Library "Electronic Mail Services to 14.4K Baud N,8,1 Man jailed in shooting of common-law wife PRATTVILLE A 27-year-old Chilton County man remains in the Autauga County Jail charged with the fatal shooting Monday pf his common-law wife. James D. Cleckler was charged with criminally negligent homicide along with carrying a concealed weapon and marijuana possession. He told officials the shooting of Betty Rediford, 23, was an accident, said Autauga County Sheriff James "Herbie" Johnson. Ms. Rediford was shot in the left hip with a handgun. The case is still under investigation. The Thorsby couple and two children were on a family outing at Jones Bluff Park on the Alabama River near Statesville when the 9:30 p.m. shooting occurred inside the car, the sheriff said. Mr. Cleckler drove to a nearby house to report the shooting. Ms. Rediford, who was found in the front passenger seat of the car, was declared dead about 10 p.m., said Autauga County Coroner Whit Moncrief. Her body has been turned over to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences. The two children, whose ages were unknown, were turned over have 'chronic fatigue' federal efforts involv ruary 1990, less than three years after it opened, has more than once been mentioned as a site for a juvenile boot camp. A Montgomery organization planned to use the building for a privately financed detention center in August 1992 before public opposition apparently scuttled those plans. And while the newest proposal needs only the signature of Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. to become final, residents said Monday night they'll continue the battle. WIDOW from page IB The crime was discovered by two daughters who went to check on their parents after they failed to answer the telephone. Police say the intruder found only a few dollars in his attempt to rob the couple. Police are unsure if he forced his way inside. More than likely, he confronted Mr. King on the front porch. "There was the snake" from her dream, Mrs. King said. After three days at Jackson Hospital, Mrs. King returned home Sunday, but not to the Oak Street home she and her husband built in 1949. For now, she's staying with her daughter and son-in-law. Cradled in a new velour robe in shades of magenta, purple and green, Mrs. King rubbed her hands over places where she hurts the scrapes on her face and her smooth fingers, which the robber jerked until she felt like they were coming off in his frantic search for jewelry. She wasn't wearing any rings that night. She even offered to search her purse and give him the little money tucked inside, but he wouldn't untie her. With help from her children, Mrs. King is wrapping up funeral plans for the man she married while still a teen-ager. She and Mr. King met at church. They both were working to the Alabama Department of Human Resources, the sheriff said. The shooting death is the second this year in Autauga County, said Mr. Moncrief. Man fires back at two robbers Two men exchanged gunfire Sunday night at Trenholm Court when one tried to fight off robbers. According to a police report, a 23-year-old Woodland Drive man was standing outside an apartment in the 500 block of Bain-bridge Street talking to a friend when two other men approached. One man pulled a gun, while the second grabbed cash, a beeper and $450 in jewelry from the 23-year-old. However, the 23-year-old also was armed. He pulled his ,38-cali-ber handgun and fired at the robbers. The robbers fired back and a shot struck the man's car. No one was injured in the exchange of gunfire, which occurred about 1 1 :30 p.m. Police are investigating the case as robbery and had made no arrests Monday. From staff reports Dr. Roswell, in an interview published Monday in The Birmingham News, said vaccinations given to soldiers as they left for Saudi Arabia could be to blame for many of the illnesses. "It's conceivable that a series of very rapidly administered vaccinations could somehow trigger the development," he said. "That could be the stimulus that triggered this." "I'm not interested in who knew what. I'm interested in action," said Robert Hunnicutt, a nearby resident. Mr. Swenson is ready to go to governor's office to plead their case. But in case the boot camp goes through, he has a warning. "I'll say the same thing I said last time to (Sheriff) Herbie Johnson. If I catch them out there (in my yard) with my grandchildren there, you better get out in a hurry. I'm not going to fool around," he said. on farms in Conecuh County. Since then, he's worked on railroads, at an advertising company and, until hours before his death, doing yard maintenance. He had an almost magical gift for making things grow. The blossoming gardens surrounding Mr. King's isolated Oak Street house look like he brought a patch of rural farmland to near downtown Montgomery and rolled it out for his family. For 35 years, Mrs. King worked as a maid at the Whitley Hotel. The Kings raised five children, sharing household duties, unless the children were sick. That's when their father took over. "He walked 10 miles to get them medicine," Mrs. King recalled. She remembered the last dinner they shared, and the one before that when he came home from work and wanted pancakes with honey for his evening meal. She remembered the last words he spoke: "I'm going on the porch to get some fresh air." Now that he's gone, "I don't really know what I'm going to do," she said. "Pick up the pieces and keep on living, I guess." Awed at her mother's composure during the interview, Mrs. Booker later traced paths with her fingertip from her eyes down her cheeks. "When she's around just us, the water starts." ALABAMA ROUNDUP TALLADEGA w. Fugitive captured in Delaware One of Alabama's most wanted fugitives, who fled murder charges six years ago, has been captured in Delaware while fishing on a riverbank near his secluded shack. -s. Larry Donald George, 38, is charged in the 1988 killings of two former neighbors and the shooting of his now ex-wife in Talladeg who was left paralyzed from the waist down. , The New Castle County Police Department arrested Mr. George-on Sunday after receiving a tip from an informant. He was taken to Gander Hill Prison in Wilmington, where he awaits extradition, said; David Eastburn of the New Castle County police. In February 1988, according to the murder charges, Mr. George entered an apartment complex in Talladega and began firing at his wife and neighbors. He is charged in the killing of Janice Morris, 29, of Talladega and Ralph Swann, 24, of Alpine. Mr. George wife, Geraldine, who was 27 at the time of the shooting, was pir alyzed when a bullet went through her arm and lodged near her spine. . Mr. George's case was spotlighted in televised broadcasts "6in "America's Most Wanted" three times and "Unsolved Mysteries"! twice. He was put on the Alabama Bureau of Investigation's most wanted list in April 1989. i MONTGOMERY .v-v Man pleads guilty in kidnapping A Clanton man pleaded guilty Monday to kidnapping a former Dothan bank president's wife at gunpoint to extort $240,000 in ransom. ' Johnnie Harold Robinson, 51, will face 15 years to life in prison when U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson sentences him at an1 undetermined date. Robinson had held off the day of reckoning for nearly a year since his May 26 arrest by insisting on two psychiatric examinations. In the end, "the conclusion was he has some mental problems, but he's not legally insane," said Robinson's attorney, Frank, Riggs. The woman, Robinson kidnapped, Nell Battles Flatt, viewed "his attempt to be declared mentally incompetent to stand trial as nothw ing more than a stalling tactic. Her husband, Pierce Flatt, was president of SouthTrust Bank of? Dothan at the time of the kidnapping but retired in February. Roh inson "put us through a lot of misery," Mr. Flatt said. .. I I DADEVILLE Tallapoosa gets An agreement between Tallapoosa County and the U.S. Depart; ment of Justice has cleared the way for the election of a black candidate to the Board of Commissioners for the first time this century." The Justice Department filed suit against the county Nov. 12, 1993, alleging that the current districting system kept blacks from getting elected to what has been an all-white, all-male panel throughout the 20th century. About one in four Tallapoosa County residents is black, according to the 1 990 U.S. Census. ' Under the consent decree signed Friday, the county will expand the commission districts from five to six, with District 6 being mar jority black. Under the previous district structure, District 1 was more than half black, but the Justice Department has determined that blacks must make up at least 65 percent of a district to adequately ensure that a black person can be elected. '.'' '' TROY ,v Program gets 17 guns off streets The Careerman's Club of Troy bought 1 7 guns Saturday during its Guns for Life program. - The club agreed to give $50 cash no questions asked to anyone who brought a gun to Saint Paul AME Church in Troy. The only catch was that the owners had to sit through a brief counseling session. Jose Henderson, a Troy city councilman, said the club raised nearly $3,000 for Guns for Life and because all the money wasnt used, the club will continue the program on a monthly basis until all the money is spent. The club will continue to accept donations, .he said. Vi';li The guns collected will be turned over to the Troy Police Department for destruction and disposal, said Vaughn Daniels, thea,-reerman's Club president. Contributions to the Guns for Life program can be mailed to The Careerman's Club, P.O. Box 516, Troy, Ala. 36081-0516. " From staff and wire reports ADVERTISER FILES 100 YEARS AGO (1894): Julia Duncan, a well-known colored woman, died suddenly Sunday night of heart disease at 1 1 p.m. at her residence on Montgomery Street. She leaves an only daughter, Annie Duncan, an esteemed teacher at Swayne College. ' v 50 YEARS AGO (1944): The cadet information bureau is a wcll-coff-ducted organization of volunteers headed by Elizabeth Smith and supported by 19 dedicated young women. They man a desk in the Jeff Davis Hotel from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day except Saturday, when, the hours are 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Their services include finding homes . for members of the service, getting dates for lonely cadets, planning wedding parties, shopping for engagement rings and even buying tiny garments for prospective fathers. Some of the workers are Jane McGahey, Florence Douville, Marjorie Hill Kohn, Annie C. Shinkle, Lida Holley and thanks to the cooperation of warm Montgomerians, they seldom fail. in their missions of help. 25 YEARS AGO (1969): Pertinent thoughts from Burns Bennett,4(-vertiser columnist. It's a shame everyone who really knows how to handle the nation's problems is either a cab driver, a barber or a bartender instead oi president. Baldwin Smith compiles this column (April 26, 1994) i ri black district

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