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Marshall gets shuttle
booster test stand

HUNTSVILLE — Marshall Space Flight Center is the new home for a space shuttle booster separation motor test stand.

Through an arrangement with an industry partner, NASA relocated the stand from San Jose, Calif.

The stand will serve as an alternate platform for motor tests and be available for future testing of NASA's next-generation spacecraft and the crew exploration vehicle, which builds on shuttle technology.

NASA will conduct two tests on the stand this month, according to Jay Nichols, an engineer in Marshall's Solid Rocket Booster Project office.

— Deangelo McDaniel

Doctor discharged from hospital

A local physician injured in a Thursday accident was discharged Saturday from Huntsville Hospital.

Dr. William Alton Brown Jr., 65, of Hartselle left the hospital after being treated in the neurological intensive care unit.

Dr. Brown was turning north onto U.S. 31 from Cedar Lake Road Southeast on Thursday when a driver on U.S. 31 failed to heed a red light, police said. The doctor works at Med Surg nearby.

Witnesses told police the
driver of the pickup never slowed, blindsiding Dr. Brown, whose car came to rest west of the roadway.

Dr. Brown was taken from the scene of the 7 a.m. accident to Parkway Medical Center before being transferred to Huntsville Hospital.

He formerly practiced at Old Pineview Hospital and Hartselle Medical Center.

— Seth Burkett

Driver backs car
into police cruiser

A suspected intoxicated driv-er backed right into the hands of police when he tried to leave the scene of an accident Friday morning, Decatur police said.

To be more exact, he backed his car right into Sgt. Mike Petty's patrol car, said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

Petty said he saw the driver, Brian Rashad Bellman, rear-end another car westbound on Carridale Street at Spring Avenue.

But Bellman didn't see Petty pulling up behind him, police said.

"We suspected he was trying to leave the scene when he backed into the patrol car," Mathews said.

The patrol car was not damaged.

Police charged Bellman, 30, of 1212 Terrehaute Ave. S.W. with driving under the influence and possession of prescription drugs.

— Seth Burkett

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