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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 22, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 January 22.2011  Vol. 145, No. 22  Full forecast 16C  Yo 11 r L o c a 1 S o 11c e S i 111 ^ c 1 8 61 ■SSShSSS  www.aiken8tandard.com  ===—=  50^  Police search for suspect in car break-ins  By KAREN DAILY  Staff writer  OfBcials are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating a man who th^ said has bem breaking into vehicles throughout tiie area and stealing credit and debit card$.  C^. Charles Barranco, a spokesman with the Aiken County SherifPs OflSce, said  the debit and credit cards have been used around Aiken and Beech Island.  In the past two weeks, tiiere have been more |han 20 report-ed incidents wiiere financi^ transaction cards and other items have been stolen fican unsecured vehicles, Barranco said.  Officials encourage residents to s^ure their vehicles and . repon any suspicious activity..  Tire break-ins have occurred in Warrenville, Beech Island an4 Jackson, Barranco said.  The c^tain did not say if invc^gators believe the suspect is working alone or has accomplices.  The Jackson Police Department and the sheriflTs office are investigating.  Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect  should contact investigator Lawrence Wiggins at 642-2076.  Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Aiken County SherifiTs Office at (800) 922-9709.  Individuals also should call CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at (888) CRIME-SC. Callers can remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of between $50 and $1,000.  Submitted photo  Officials are loolcing for this man who they believe is connected to a number of car break-Ins. See more on12A.  IN NBGHBORHOOD SPEEDING  By HALEY HUGHES  Staff writer  Anewi^en County policy makes deterring residential speeders easier.  Council ^proved unani-mously this week its new Traffic Cahning Policy, which codifies the type of speed r^uction tool available for use, as well as vsiiere it can be placed and the details of its installation. Inkead of speed bumps, with which most are familiar, the County will use speed humps.  Speed humps are gm^ally longer than spe^ bumps and typically reduce speeds along the length of a street as oppo^ to only at spot locations. The draft policy proposes speed humps of 22 feet in length and 3% to 4 inches tall. The humps consist of a 10-foot-long ^x with 6-foot  ramps on either side.  *Th^ arc effective," said Assistant County Administrator Todd Gtover. "If a neig^b^nbood has a serious problem with Speeding, this will take care of it."  The new policy was drafted in response to concerns of excessive speeding in residential neighborhoods.  Aiken County does not have the resource to provide traffic enforcement in every neigiiboihood, and, until staff created this policy, members of Council did not have anyt&ig to refer to finding concons fom constitu^ts, Glover said.  "When I was campmgning and in my two years on Council, it is the biggest complaint I have heard," said Councilman San^ Haskell. •  Pl0aM see HUMPS, pagt 12A  HUMP VS. BUMP?  Speed humps are generally longer than speed bumps  and typically reduce speeds aiong thé length of a street as opposed to only at spot locations. The draft policy proposes speed humps of 22 feet In lengUi and to 4 Inches tall. The humps consist of a ICMbot-tong apex with &4oot ramps on either side. Pictured below is a speed bump.  Aiken man charged with HIV exposure  By KAREN DAILY  Staff writer  An Aikeivman who police said has known he is HIV positive since August 2004 is in jail on allegations he knowingly exposed at least, one woman and possibly oth-^ ers to the virus that causes AIDS.  Jason Alexander Young, 29, of 131 Mossback Circle in Aiken, has been charged with first-diegree harassment and exposing others to HIV.  Aiken Public Safety oflR-cials said they fear Young may have potentially exposed or infected other victims to the virus without disclosing his medical condition.  The victim who contacted Aiken Public Safety last week said she discovered Young was HTV positive only after she became pregnant by him.  She said she found prescription drugs in his name for the treatment of HIV and confronted him. He then confessed that he had tested positive, she said.  According to reports, neither the victim nor die child have tested positive for the virus.  The victim expressed her concerns for others who may have been involved with  Young  Young, adding that she found him in bed with at least  one other woman who, by all appearances, "had been engaged in sexud relations" with the man. Despite her desire to discontinue contact with him, Young is also accused of harassing the victim.  She said he has phoned her repeatedly, gained access to her bank account and threatened her to "keep quiet" or he would physically hurt her.  Ihvestigators said they believe Young has also claimed to be a "fugitive recovery agent" and had carried a fake "U.S. Uniformed Service" officer ID.  Anyone with concerns he or she has been exposed to HIV by Young should contact the Aiken Department of Public Safety.  Young is being held at the Aiken County detention center.  If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison for each count of exposing others to HIV.  ^teKîMÛÎB  Daisy Mm Wfilkmv Clearwater  Don E. Robinson,  Aiken  Dustln Uinifordr Groyetown John Franklin Hirsdv Aiken UraJ.FoagBat^burg  Silllo Mm Johnson,  Aiken  Deaths and Funerals i 6A  SRS won't be site for mercury storage  ByANNAPOUANItl«  Stifwritar  The Depaitmait of Eneigy has decided that a site in Texas» not the Savanmili River Siie, is the prefened location for long-term stor^e of thousi^ of tons of toxic meicuiy from commercial  DOE'S review anialyzed die potential environmental, hyman healdi and socioeconomic impacts of elemental mercury storage at seven locations, and selected the Waste Control Specialists LLC site in Andrews, Texas, as tile preferred altmtive for the long-^teim management and storage of mercuiy.  The Mercury Export Ban Act of 2008 requires DOE to designate one or more facilities for the long-term management and storage of mercuiy within thé United States.  Between 7,500 and 10,000 metric tons of mercuiy from private sources, in addition to large amounts of mercury ah-eady stored in government  facilities, will be stored at the repositoiy, and the non-govemment^ mercuiy would be brought in and housed over a period of 40 years, according to previously published reports in the Aiken Standard.  DOE will consider the environmental impact information presented in this  Final Long-Term Management and Storage of Elemental Mercury Environmental Impact Statement, as well as other factors such as cost, schedule and public comments when making a final management and storage decision.  PieaM see MERCURY, page 12A               Calendar    sc      Classifieds    2D      Crossword    4C      Comics    . 3C      DearAtiby    4C      Hötoscopes    4C            MG^Wngi \ IC      Himmm m                                   r! AP?  . 'SI îl ¿  $1,500 OFF  7l)lí-llb44IÜÜO ® 81HI' 277 7 /?7   

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