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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 29, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 Saturday  January 29,2011  Full forecast 16C  Vol. 145, No. 29  Yo 11V L O C a 1 S o u r (• c S i n c e I (S ( i 7 SSSmSSSSSSm  www.aikenstandard.com  =====  50^  Wright sentenced to life in Georgia; charges still pending in Aiken County  By ANNA DOLIANITIS and KAREN DAILY  Staff writers  Franklin Wright's guilty plea Friday in Augusta led to a sentence of life in prison for the brutal beating of a store clerk but will still face murder and arson charges in Aiken County.  He will remain incarcerated in Augusta until his trial  for charges tied to the Aug.  11 murders of 75-year-old Yana Schenker and 38-year-old Shala-mar Byrd.  Second Judicial Circuit Solicitor J. Strom Thurmond Jr. said Friday  Wright  evening that, after consulting with the Aiken County Sheriff's OflSce, it was decided that Wright will be extradited from Geoigia to Aiken County to face the murder chaînes for Schenker and Byrd, but extradition will take place when tiie Solicitor's Office is ready for trial.  "Because Wright is now serving a life sentence in Georgia, extradition will take  place when we are ready to try him. This allows us to avoid burdening our local detention center in the interim," Thurmond said.  The murders occurred two weeks before the beating in Augusta; however, because Wright was arrested in Georgia for assaulting and kidnapping 54-year-old Jennie Hope, he must first face his accusers in Richmond  County.  Thurmond said at the time of the arrest, "There's an old saying in the legal business that possession is nine-tenths of the law."  Once the Beech Island native is extradited across state lines, he will face allegations that he killed the two women and then set fires to cover up their murders.  Schenker's body was  found burned in her Paddocks Bend home about | an hour before the charred -remains of Byrd were located! in a wooded area off Storm Branch Road.  Schenker's body was found between 8:30 and 9 p.m. when a fire at the large, two-story home was reported by an alarm company.  Please see WRIGHT, page 11A :  More about Friday night's winners in the Commerce Report INSIDE TODAY  citizens  Chamber of Commerce recognizes outstanding Alkenites at 93rd annuai banquet  By ANNA DOLIANITIS  Staff writer  The Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce took the opportunity Friday evening to recognize local, men, women and area businesses for their significant contributions to the Aiken community.  The annual chamber dinner, now in its 93rd year, focused on a thriving Aiken, and the businesses, citizens and volunteers who make it possible.  "In Aiken in particular, with so many people who do  Please see CHAMBER, page 14A  Staff photo by Anna Dolianitis  Dr. Deidre Martin, a vice chancelior at USC Ailcen, aaepts the Woman of the Year Award while Uz Stewart 2010 Chair of the Board for the Greater Ailcen Chamber of Commerce, looks on.  Two arrested formethlab in Warrenville  By KAREN DAILY  Staff writer  Concerned resident who believed a Warrenville home was being used to manufacture methamphetamine tipped off local law enforcement officers after noticing a "strong odor of ammonia" and tubing coming from the home's windows.  Sybil R. Galloway, 30, of 203 Pelzer St., is charged with distribution/manufacturing of methamphetamine.-  Nicholas L. Stallings, 30, of Old Jackson Highway, is charged with distribution/ manufacturing methamphetamine.  The owner of the home told deputies she was suspicious and found a cooler with a 20-ounce bottle of tubing.  The cooler, she said, was covered with a white  Galloway Stallings  chalky residue.  She said she also found a trash can inside the residence which was emitting a "strong odor of ammonia" and notified the sheriffs office.  A neighbor also confirmed similar concerns, saying she had also been smelling strong chemical fumes and observed tubing coming from the windows.  Narcotics agents followed up with the investigation'.  Both Stallings and Galloway were charged and taken to the Aiken County detention center.  mm  High school regional basketball continues  > Aiken and Midland Valley high schools hosted region gannes Friday night. Find out who scored key wins.|1B  ¿teCiMaiB  ^mts&ArraiUs, Rock Hill Za^riwry Thomas fZadi" Day, Jackson losleM.Jon«s''Dollyr  lUken  Deaths and funerals I OA  Security tops issues at Council's annual retreat  ByAMYBANTON  Staff writer  Aiken City Council was presented with the possibility of increasing security in the city and its recreation facilities during its 25th annual Horizons Retreat at Rye Patch on Friday.  Pajics, Recreation and Toivism ]>irector denn Paricer told Council die recently ipstidled security and caid system at die H. Odell Weeks Activities Center h^ been quite a succ^.  The system was installed after a shooting occurred at the center in May 2009.  Parker said the center has not asked Public Safety to place someone on trespass notice since July when the system was first activated. Before the system was put in place, trespass notices were served seemingly every week, Parker said.  Parker showed Council members footage from several of the 69 cameras installed at the Weeks Center - 59 of those cameras were installed  inside the building.  Alarms were also installed on exit doors to prevent people from sneaking in without signing in or swiping their cards.  Parker said with that success, they would like to go ahead and install a similar security set-up at the Smith-Hazel Center. Parker added that he would like to see call boxes at all of the walking trails around the city. For example, he'd like to see a call box installed at eveiy  PIMM see COUNCIL, paga 14A  staff photo by Amy Banton  Public Wbrks Director Urry Morris addresses Aiken City Council on the cost of street lights and the solid waste program during its annual Horizons retreat Friday afternoon.     Calendiar    5C      Classifieds  ..............J.............ill,,, . ,1, ■, ,i ,„ 1 „„,    2D      Crossword    4C      Comics    ÎC      DelrAbby    4C      . 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