Aiken Standard, January 30, 2011

Aiken Standard

January 30, 2011

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 30, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina e Crown nears ByBENBAUGH I Staff writer The Aiken Triple Crown has become a rite of passage for horse k entiiusiasts and for tfac^ wishing participate in the community's cuhuie. The three jewels composing the Aiken Triple Crown are the Aiken Trials (flat racing), the Aiken Spring Steq)lechase and Pacers and Polo.Aiken Trials The 69tfa edition of the Aiken Trials is less than eight weeks away, witìi the first leg of the Aiken Triple Crown held on March 19. The schooling races are an educational tool for 2-year-old horses as they prepare for their first start on the racetrack, and the 4'/2-furiong contests serve as a way to get older horses fit so'they'll be reaify to run once they return to the races. Please see TRIALS, page 4A IWelweJk IMtn H41éiì« Tociays WBODier Full forecast I IOC. Y< ) u r L o c a 1 S o u v c e S i n c^. e I www.aikenstandard.comMumber of homicides in county down last year By ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer After an unusually high number of homicides in 2009, Aiken County ended 2010 with a lower number, acccwd-ing to the Aiken County Coroner's Office. With the decreased number, which Second * Judicial Circuit Solicitor Strom Thurmond Jr. attributes to the efforts of law enforcement, 31 people await trial for homicide-related deaths in Aiken County suffered by the end of 2010, down fi-om 39 people at the beginning of2010. During 2010, homicide-related cases against 22 individuals were disposed of, either through trial, dismissal or guilty plea. When Hying a case, if either die prosecution or de&nse raises question of competency, the state Department of Mental Hedth will evaluate and report to the court. Brian Buggs was found not guilty by reason of insanity in August 2010 for shooting Demetrie Canty, 29, on Christmas Day of 2006. Buggs was in the Aiken County detention center, as well as a treatment fedlity, for 1,320 days being treated and evaluated. • Christina Mavris was found incompetent to stand trial and unlike]^ to become competent in November 2010 after two competency hearings for the stabbing d^th and subsequent arson of her mother, Dana Davis, 55, See HOMICiDES, page 10A ■ rtiiii........ ^ J lì II Al ilMCronily OPama 11166 caMoiloganbdMblBD > President Barack Obama unveiled his "Winning the Future" mantra in his State of the Union address, and now the phrase is part of eyery speech coming out of the administration. Ì9A ¿aoasKiMGB Barbala Ann Robiiifoiv Aiken 6«oi9tW.Shealy, Aiken tiCUb'Scott Huntington Beach, Calif. Deaths and Funerals i 0A IMld Caliwdar 3C Caliwdar 3C Classifieds Crossword Çom. IMiHOi Movie listings ac IS wwrn; INSIPS 31 AWAIT TRIAL FOR HOMICIDE-RELATED DEATHS SUFFERED BY END OF 2010 RECKLESS HOMICIDE MURDER t MXiSSm lio MURD^ Ariffl TUE PAOT Wi Rottert Lee Smith and Vlncsiit ^ Heath Kenneth Heath was charged with -recidess homicide in December 2010 for a September carwrecic in which his 8-year-oid daughter, Cassidy Heath, was ejected from a picicup truck of seven people. He^ is out on bond.HOMICIDE BY CHIU) ABUSE Eioulse Taylor is wlth^ml-ddeby child abuse in October 2010 for the August death of 16-month-old Xavian Knight a child in her home day care. Knight died as a result of head injuries from being punched and/or slammed down. Taylor is out on bond. held at 2009 Urley,end^rsboth'belr the Aikm County detentioh center. Urta/ ^ shot during a dnj9 dMi in No^ Augu^ in which fl\is gtiMi^ were reportedly finid, itoH^-lftfey was found dead. being an^ccessciry to murder after the fact, on allegations that he accepted a pistol with the intent to dispóse of the weapon. Wright was ch*ai]ge(^in September for the murders of ^e Aiken women, the bodies of whomMURDER Taylor and Travante Williams are being held St the Aiken. County detention center for the December 2008 murder of 61-year-oki George Wòftz. Woitz was asphyxiated and found dead by firefight-sni faitfoninoto a fire set fd thè house.FELONY BUI Stephen Coiley is facing two counts of fek)ny OUt for the Dec. 29 and Dec. 30 deaths of Alex Bush, 24, and Katie Scott 22. Cori^ was allegedly intoxicated and caused a head-on collision with the ypung couple. Bush was pronouncÌBd dead on the evening of the crash, and Scott died,the foltowing day. murdering the women. Wright was later arrested for severely beating an Augusta woman, a crime'to which he pleaded gulHy on Friday and was ssntenesd to life in prison. B^uselie is being held in Richmond County, his anrest warrants in Aiken County for murder sen^ái. Coriey MURDER fr ACCESSORY TO MURDER AFTER m FACT Tyrone Wàde,CQrd-arell Miller and ian Martin are charged with the February 2009 munlerof26-year*oki Julius Walker after a PTl The three men are being heMsttheAlkehCoMnty WMrpn mi detention center. OeniFa Pbdey is charged vyld^bslng an accessory after the fact to murder for aHowing one of the t(i avoid aiprai^ Juns 20084nufder of Marcus! vi^bpdyiralwndwitha^_______ wound by an Aikm County PubBc according to authorities. Jackson is being ]SSm held in the Aiken County detention center. More awaiting trial for hom'idde crimes in Aiken. 110A, 16A SENTENCES FOR HOMICIDE-RELATED CRIMES • Mutder can carry a minimum sentence of 30 ye.n n to life or may be punishable by death • Vokmtaiy manslaughter can carry a sentence ot two to 30 yeai s. • involuntary inanslaugiUei can caity a senlencc of 0 to 6 years • Homicide by child abuse can cany a sentenci' of 20 yeais to life • Felony DUI with deatli can catfy a siMUencc of u|> to 25 years. • F-ieckless tiomicide can cany a i>enteiu-o of up to 10 yea IS Retreat concludes with several goals on horizon What goals have been set for Ci^ Council for 2011?MOvvwffTil • Exptore snd implement bestnr^ethodstoimprQMe Citycommunk:atk)ns'wlth various media tools • Rnd a site then plan design and buiki senior/ Conduct a Sewer System Evaluatk}n Survey stuoly • Rnish work with the Whitney Ihist to preserve the polo field and aoiaoent Proceed with the next phaseofredevetopmentof the Ct^ Reekie Qentermto aCltypark DeMilopapoll^fbr Aiken's employee benefits package to other South Carolina cities • Study the feasibility of a downtown camera system • Devetop Governor Aiken and Library parks Long'tenii • Constructtonofthe Dougherty Road connsctor to Publix Center • Continue suocesskm management training • 6gin Sewer Evaluation Sun«ywori( as fuikls become oailabie staff photo by Amy Bant(MTAlkin City Atanagtr lUchwd nmsiitriit areas and open spaces • Pursue opportunities fbrbii«peth^lnth9city •VMorkwithtocalcan)-puses to shsrslnlbnnation about what Aikeo has to offer • Pursue ajtemat» fiMi andalloleotricvshiciesfdr the City »tyAMYlANTON Stsff.writer Aiken City Council aided its 25th Annual Horizons retreat Saturday nuaniog atRye Patch, wrapping lA wià the estab-lisbment of aeveral short-and long-tffRi amIs* RicfaaidP«^ vvfao spent his first di^ as oây manfl^ (xnduotiflgâfi som} QMM-iog of thé two-day tetrest, led discussioii on several goi^ that Council could set for 2011. Many topics of concern were,discuked (hning the fiv»-hour meeting, rangmg from the Gty employee's pension plan to aheinate fiiel or electric vehicles for Clause. The presentatiQiis broug^ foUfa to aty Council at die first Horiasons meeting on Friday caiBMras arouiidthe dty and in ^ SmilíhHaiÉl Itocieatkxi Center woe ooosiderad. Coun cil membeis decided to make a shoit-tam goal to foilher snjdy the costs and options di^ have to install more cameos around the city, specifically m die downtown area. Asfortheoamerasat SmilfafHaa9el,diatwillbea bud^ item ^ch will soon be discussed at an upooming City Council meetioft CcHndl mcoibfiES dooidode pmrnmmm^^m - if ;