Aiken Standard, February 2, 2011

Aiken Standard

February 02, 2011

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 2, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina ifiia&if. A'n yyjì^Ktft,'» otñUtfíÁ f Planning a Super Bowl partySWhen your pals aren't screaming about the quarterbacks insufficient IQor toasting a touchdown, they will get hungry. Let them eat burritos. | IC ■I « Wednesilay February 2,2011 Vol. 145, No. 33 Todays WBalher Full forecast 112C\ Í ) IIT h O c a 1 So 11 r c ( ^ S i 11 ( ' ( '5555555555 55 867 50^Council supports S.C. immigration billMembers unanimously agree to back bill that mirrors Arizona's illegal immigration law By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer Aiken County Council has unanimously extended its support to the state legislature in its consideration of a bill that mirrors Arizona's illegal immi gration law. The bill (S.20), currently sitting in the S.C. Senate Judiciary Committee, provides that when a law enforcement officer has reasonable suspicion that a person who has been stopped, detained or arrested is an alien unlawfully in the United States, * the officer or his agency must follow certain procedures to Verify the person's immigration status. "I would also like to encourage the House and Senate to amend the law to close the loop holes to the E-Verify system," said Councilwoman K^thy Rawls. "There is a high number of employment in our state, and it's -a shame to see illegals take those jobs. I see this in construction jobs in my area. We all know the problem is titiese com panies that employ illegals." E-Verify is a fiée Intemet-based system that allows employers to confirm the legal woridng status of new hires. With one click, E-Verify can match a new hire's Social Security number and other Form 1-9 information. The system has drawn criticism, because it does not detect identity fi^ud if an illegal alien is using a stolen Social Security number. Please see BILL, page 14A Bond gets set at $10,000 for man charged in hit-and-run By KAREN DAILY Staff writer An Aiken man, who has been in at least five collisions over the past six years, has been identified as the driver who struck and critically injured a bicyclist late last month and then fled without call- Ward ing for help, dflffcials said. Drew Thomas Ward, 43, of 695 Crossroads Park Drive, is charged with hit-and-run in an accident with great bodily injury. He has been at-large since Jan. 23, when the victim, Pascal Andre Marc Limou-zin, 43, was struck and critically injured, officials said. TTie bicyclist remains hospitalized at a Georgia medical center. Ward surrendered to state troopers Tuesday, more than a week after the crash; however, his attorney said his client agreed to cooperate with the invesrigation after he was first contacted last Thursday on allegations he was driving the 1996 Buick involved in the Banks Mill Road crash. The S.C. Highway Patrol issued a press release Tuesday reporting Ward's arrest and thanked the public for its help with the investigation. Troopers have not said how the man was identified. Christine Wood Conaway/ Aiken Herbert B.Bettis, Aiken Thad Edward Hattaway, Aiken Deaths and Funerals 16A IjjigiKb Calendar 3C IjjigiKb Calendar 3C Classifieds SB Crossword SC Comics 4C Dear Abby 5Ç Horoscopes 5C Markets 12A Movie Listings 3C Natlon/yVorld 12A Obituaries 6A Opinions 13A Puzzles SC Sports IB TV Listings 2C Watch coverage of the bonrl hearing of Drew Thomas Ward, who is charged with hit-and-run in an accident with great bodily injury after a bicyclist was injured in a hit-and-run crash on Jan. 23. How? Visit WWW; and click on the AS7V icon above. staff photo by Karen Daily Drew Thomas Ward, 43, right, listens during his bond hearing Tuesday. Ward is charged with hit-and-run in an accident with great bodily injury. At the Tuesday afternoon bond hearing, troopers asked the judge to set Ward's bond high or deny it altogether, arguing that the crash occurred more than nine days ago and only now had he surrendered. Troopers also said they were concerned he may be a flight risk. Ward is originally ft"om Bath, N.C. In his appeal to the judge, the trooper explained that Ward has had five collisions in the past six years and has been found at fault in each. Ward's attorney argued that Ward was not arrested for any of those collisions. However, neither the state nor Ward's attorney explained why the man allegedly fled the scene of the hit-and-run crash. Please see ARREST, page 14A Aiken Standard iWe photo Earlier this year. Ward was in a vehicle that caught fire on Chesterfield Street after he dropped a cigarette in between the seat and the door. Ward jumped out of his car; however, the car was engulfed in flames and destroyed. Man charged in high-speed chase linked to thefts ■ Man charged after high-speed chase through Aiken Tuesday nearing speeds of 100 mph. By KAREN DAILY Staff writer An Aiken man, who IWjjfeiicr^^s^ be connected to a number of car break-ins and tool thefls in the area, was arrested after a high-speed chase through Aiken Tuesday, nearing speeds of 100 mph. Michael C. Mitchell, 36, of Mason Way, is charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, two counts of failure to stop for blue lights, improper display, unsafe tires, speeding 96 mph in a 45 mph zone, stolen tag, driving under suspension fourth and open container. Around 12:10 a.m. Tuesday, an Aiken Public Safety officer reported seeing a 1993 Chevrolet S-10 that matched the description of a vehicle connected to area break-ins. The officer followed the vehicle on Whiskey Road until the motorist began to speed, initially at speeds in excess of 70 mph. The posted speed limit in the area is between 35 mph and Mitchell 45 mph, police reported. As the vehicle sped off", the officer attempted to puii the vehicle over; however, the driver then sped up to 85 mph. Public Safety stopped the pursuit as the motorist continued outside the city limits, and a state trooper began to follow the driver. During the pursuit, the motorist again failed to stop for police, officials said. At Snipes Road, the driver lost control of the truck, and the vehicle left the roadway and became stuck in a ditch, police said. The driver, identified by police as Mitchell, was arrested. He was the only occupant in the vehicle, officials said. During the arrest. Public Safety officers met with state troopers and found a reciprocating saw, which police said is suspected to be stolen. The man was detained and is being held at the Aiken County detention center , without bond. According to the Aiken County detention center's arrest records, Mitchell has been charged with numerous car break-ins and fleemg from police.Awards given for guidance, support of diversity at USCA Submitted article use Aiken has announced the following recipients of its 2010 Inclusion Advisory Council awards - Shannon Wood, student award; Dr. Elaine Lacy, faculty award; and 2010 Council Chairman Wesley Hightow-er, community partner award. The recipients were recognized during a "Leading the Way" scholarship fimdraiser event Saturday, designed to support leade^p programs for minority students at USCA. Funds raised from the event will help support USCA's Compass L^ership and Minority Achievement programs in the Office of Intercultural Programs. USCA's Inclusion Advisory Council exists to provide guidance and sii^port for the improvement of 4e university in areas of diversity. Each year, the gala recognizes those who ftulher this goal. . Wood is a senioy from Columbia majoring in zeroise and sports science; Throughout her career at USCA, Wood has been involved on tnany levels Submitted photo Honored at Saturda/$ Inclusion Advisory Council gala are, from left, Wesley Hightower, Dr. Elaine Lacy, USC Aiken Chancellor Dr.Tom Hallman and Shannon Wood. Hightower, Lacy and Wood display their awards. as a participât and leader in the Compass Leadership Program. In 2008, she started to netvyork with tìie local Aiken NAACP chapter and later established a chapter at the university. "Her always calm demeanor and her.words of encouragement to students who were on ^the verge of giving up belief in their own abilities have kept the morale of the cainpus cli^ ter very hi^" said Dr. Stacie Wmiams, the intercultural programs director. Wood also worte off campus at the TVi-Development Crai-ter with mentally challei^ed adults. Afi^ graduation, she plans to {^nd the Medical College of Georgia to pursue a master's degree in occupational therapy. Lacy is the assistant vice chancellor for academic aflfeirs, as well as a professor of his-toiy. She has been at USCA for 19 years and has been committed to cultural diversity and social inclusion, focusing her teaching and scholarship on the histoiy of Mexico and on Latino immigration to the United States. She has been involved on campus as the coordinator of the International Studies program and is active on the Global Studies Committee. In 2004, she was named the first director of the Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies at the University of South Can> lina. "I know of no one more committed to bringing diverse peoples together and promoting their understanding of each other than Dr. Elaine Lacy," said USCA Executive Vice Chancellor Dr. Suzanne Ozment PteaM tee AWARDS, (Mgt 14A •«ÜÉÉi iAMWÉÉÉÌUÌÉÉIÌÉÉM^M m ;