Aiken Standard, January 21, 2011

Aiken Standard

January 21, 2011

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 21, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina k í ft 1 I I Aikeri Center for tlie Arts will be ofifering a free yoga class oh Saturday in celebration of National Yoga Day. | IC Wal-Mart Stores Inc. joins Michelle Obamas effort to combat childhood obesity and moves to make store brands more nutritious. | IIA Friday January 21.2011 Today^ WGfflfhsr Full forecast 16C Vol. 145, No. 21Your Local Sonreí^ Síuím^ I8()7 ===== www.aikenstandard.com ===== 50^Drug bust nets arrests of 4 Wagener menBy KAREN DAILY Staff writer Four Wagener men were arrested at three different locations Wednesday on a number of drug charges that resulted after a monthlong narcotics investigation, ~ Derrick Benenhaley, 29, 1081 Larry Lane of Wagener, is charged with two-counts of distribution of controlled substances (prescription medicine), possession of morphine, possession of Xanax, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Joshua Robbins, 20, of 1081 Larry Lane in Wagener, is charged with " possession of marijuana and possession of drug parapher Benenhaley Robbins nalia. Tony Roscoe, 36, of Roscoe Seawríght 664 Collum Pond Road in Wagener, is charged with distribution of methamphet-amine and disposal of meth-amphetamine waste. Gregory Seawright, 38, of 157 Cofer St. in Wagener, is charged with two counts of distribution of marijuana and distribution of controlled substance (Vicodin) and distribution of controlled substances within a half mile of school. Aiken County Sheriff's Office narcotics investigators, with the assistance of the Wagener Police Department and the Aiken Department of Public Safety, conducted the searches earlier this week after having made undercover drug buys weeks prior, said Capt. Troy Please see DRUGS, page 16ANo Loko, JooseS.C. moves to ban alcoholic energy drinksBy SUZANNE R. STONE Staff writer A bill to ban the distribution of alcoholic energy drinks moved on to the House Judiciaiy Committee for consideration Thursday. The S.C. House of Representatives voted unanimously to send the bill to committee. Under the terms of the bill, merchants selling the soiiped-up energy drinks could face fines of $100 to $500 and jail terms fi-om 30 days to six months, as well as the loss of alcohol licenses for two years. Products aflt'ected include Four Loko and Joose, packaged in cans or bottles as large as 32 ounces and generally contain 9 to 12 percent alcohol by volume. Federal authorities issued warning letters to the manufacturers of such drinks, saying that the combination of caffeine and alcohol is dangerous and causes consumers to become "wide-awake drunk." Four Loko was blamed for nine Central Washington University students' hospitalizations after an ofiF-campus party last October and 23 New Jersey college students' hospitalizations after a September party. Most of the alcoholic energy drinks contain a malt liquor, though a few contain liquor. "We carry the Four Loko, and we sell a lot of it here," said sales associate Minesh Patel at the 3 Way Food Mart on Silver Bluff Road. "It's not going to hurt us if this ban happens; they'll just move on and buy something else." The popularity of the energy drink is that the caffeine content makes the effect of the alcohol a little stronger than a regular beer, Patel said. "We do sell some but not very much," said Harvard Wine & Beverage manager Tony Suh. "It comes in cans; it's very cheap, and the alcohol content is too high. It's veiy sweet, and people don't realize how much they're drinking." Palmetto Package Shop only carries one liquor-laced energy drink, but owner Please see BAN, page 16A High-Speed chase of Augusta bank robbery suspects ends in LexingtonBy KAREN DAILY Staff writer A North Charleston man and his accomplice who reportedly held up an Augusta bank Thursday morning led local law enforcement on a high-speed chase though Aiken County during their attempted getaway, according to officials. Clifton Porterfield, 31, of North Charleston, and Angela Gibson, 35, of Moncks Comer, were chased into Lexington County, where they were arrested and turned over to the FBI, said Capt. Troy Elwell, a spokesman for the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. About 11:30 a.m., local deputies were notified that a bank robber had held up a Washington Road SunTrust Bank in Augusta and was last spotted on 1-20 headed into Aiken County. "We got a call fi-om an FBI agent behind the suspect vehicle," Elwell said. A deputy who went to assist with the chase spotted the vehicle, a white Chevy S-IO pickup truck, at mile marker 26 and began the pursuit, reaching speeds of 95 mph, Elwell said. As the deputy approached mile marker 36, nearing the Aiken/ Lexington county line, he attempted to initiated a stop, but the vehicle would not pull over, Elwell said. When they got into Lexington County, the Lexington County Sheriff's Office joined the chase. At mile marker 55, Lexington County deputies deployed stop sticks, a tire deflation device. The vehicle hit the sticks and then slowed. The driver, later identified as Gibson, turned on a turn signal and pulled on to the shoulder. The two occupants put their hands outside the windows and were arrested. The vehicle and both suspects were turned over to the FBI. A pistol, ski mask and money were observed on the passenger Please see CHASE, page 16A/ítoíil^ílí© Winston Williams, GranitevilleMaurice William ^Bud" Hartnett AikenMaggie R. Huff,* AikenLAitlier Jerome''Jerry" Cloy III, Evans, Ga.Alma Bolin, SalleyElizabeth ReanlonKlght Alkén Deaths and Funerals 16A mm Calendar 5C Classifieds 10 Crossword 4C Comics 3C Dear Abby 4C Horoscopes 4C Markets 14A Movie Listings 5C Nation/World 14A Obituaries M Opinions í$á 4C ti tVUstl^gs m Coroner's office may need more storage spaceBy HALEY HUGHES Staff writer Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said he has a problem - he's nmning out of storage space. Carlton spoke to the Judicial and Public Safety Committee this week and told its members the 16-cubic-foot refirigerator in which he stores temperature-sensitive biological material, and the "closet size" space in which other material evidence is stored will not cut it fot much longer under the Preservation of Evidence Act. If the coroner's office is found to be in violation of the act, he could be held liable, he said. "This act brought it, to me, to a head. I am culpaMe," Carlton said. "I currently do not have adequate facilities to store and preserve evidence for an extended period of time. It is something that needs to be addressed not only by the coroner but by County Council." Under the act, a custodian of evidence or coroner must preserve all physical and biological evidence related to the conviction or adjudication of a person for such offenses as murder, homicide by child abuse, criminal sexual conduct, first-degree arson resulting in a death and abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult resulting in death, among others.' The physical evidence and biological material must be preserved until the person is released from incarceration, dies while incarcerated or is executed for the offenses laid out in the act. "(The refrigerator) currently meets the requirements of the act but not in the long term because of the length of time we'll be required to hold samples," Carlton said. That could be anywhere from 30 to 40 years, he added. Based on the coroner's office current case load, he estimates that crime in Aiken County will continue to increase at a rate of 5 to 8 percent. If that holds true, it will put an even greater strain on what little space is left. What's more, the South See STORAGE, page 16A 'This act brought it, to me, to a hiad I am culpable. I currently do not have adequate facilities to store and preserve evidence for an extended period of time."Tim Carlton coroner 10 more reasons everyone loves PeachMac # of Mac/Apple Products Educational Discounts 6 mths same as cash financing # of Mac/Apple Products Educational Discounts 6 mths same as cash financing 1,300 4th Year of AppleCare4=ree* Ybs Y«« Authorized Service Yes Yes Free Tech Support Yes t Yes Free Service Loaners**" Yes 1 Yes 25+ years of Mac expertise Yes jT lpad$ « maa * ipods • software * service gin Rcl acK^ from Club Car • 706,922.9020 • peachmac.com ' t,. vit Î ... ; ;

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