Aiken Standard, February 10, 2011

Aiken Standard

February 10, 2011

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 10, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Winter weather advisory in place until 9 a.m. By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer A winter weather advisory is in effect in this area until 9 a.m. because a storm system capable of producing a wintry mix was expected to roll in overnight. The National Weather Service initiated the advisory at 2 a.m., with forecasters calling for an 80 percent chance of precipitation with the possibility of rain changing over to Winter weather advisory - Winter weather could cause traffic difficulties. Motorists should be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility. snow in the early morning hours. “From 2 a.m. to 9 a.m., that’s when we really expect the winter precipitation. Up until that happens, there is a chance of rain. After 2 a.m., colder air could be coming in and changing it over,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Shawn Smith. He said at press time Wednesday that the system was making its way eastward from Louisiana and was expected to arrive here late evening. The same system has dumped up to 12 inches snow in some parts of Oklahoma and initiated winter storm warnings in portions of nine states - from Texas to Alabama. A winter weather advisory also touched portions of Illinois, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. Whether Aiken County will actually see snow is unknown. “There is a lot of uncertainty because there are so many variables Thursday February 10,2011 like temperature and the amount of moisture in the air. It’s a little tricky,” Smith said. The overnight low was expected to be 29 degrees. Accumulation, if any, could be up to an inch. A winter weather advisory means that winter weather could cause travel difficulties. Motorists should be prepared for possible slippery roads and limited visibility. Please see WEATHER, page 5A Vol. 145, NO. 41 Bond set in cyclist’s death ■ Defendant’s father describes Oct. 1 crash that killed Fort Gordon surgeon as ‘terrible accident.’ By KAREN DAILY Staff writer A $50,000 bond was set for an Aiken County man charged in connection with a fatal traffic crash, which the accused man's father described as a “terrible accident" that has destroyed two families. The state maintains that Daniel W. Johnson, 41, of Beech Island, was driving his Dodge Durango with “gross negligence” when, on the evening of Oct. I, he struck several cyclists, including Dr. Matthew Burke. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Burke was wearing a bike helmet, but suffered severe head trauma. The collision occurred about 6:40 p.m., while Burke and five other cyclists were headed north on Beech Island Avenue. Officials have not commented on the “gross negligence” alleged other than lo say that Johnson was distracted when he struck the cyclists. Since the crash, the victim’s family has made a public push for the state to file charges, which were lodged the day after the Fort Gordon U.S. Army surgeon died at Dw ight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta. An autopsy performed Tuesday confirmed that Burke died from injuries he sustained in the October collision. A representative for Burke’s family was present at the bond hearing. He asked only that Johnson not contact the family of the doctor, adding that Burke’s wife, Bonnie, was upset after teaming Johnson had information of a personal nature about her. There were no additional details about information Johnson may have. The accused man’s father, Daniel H. Johnson, fought back tears when he talked about the crash and his son’s alleged role in it. Die Johnson family, he said, is “broken to its core.” No one appeared to be present from Burke’s family at the 3 p.m. bond hearing in Aiken County. The Burke family lives in Martinez. Johnson posted bond and was released Wednesday evening. Upon his release, Daniel W. Johnson learned he is no longer employed. He had worked since June 27, 2(K)3 for Aiken County as a logistics officer for Aiken County Emergency Services Officials County Administrator Clay Killian said the matter was a personnel issue on which he could not make a comment. Contact Karen Daily at [email protected] com Staff photo by Karen Daily Attorney James Huff, left and his client Daniel W. Johnson, flanked by a state trooper and a deputy with the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, appeared before Judge Sheridan L Lynn at a bond hearing Wednesday at the Sheriff's Office. Visit to see the accused’s father speak about the case. DANGER ON AREA ROADS Since 2010, Aiken County has seen a number of high profile collisions involving motorists and bicycles, pedestrians, mopeds and other cars White toe circumstances of each case vary greeny, so does the judicial disposition of each. The foftcwing represent some of the dangerous encounters on Aiken County roads over the past year, and how they are being handled in the legal systemDriver: Daniel Johnson, 41 Charge: Reckless homicide On Oct. 1 a car driven by Johnson struck a group of cyclists on Beech Island Avenue, authorities say The group met in Augusta and rode to South Carolina. One of the cyclists, Matthew Burke, died last week from the injuries he sustained. Burke and the other cyclists were wearing protective hear and reflective attire Johnson's bond was set at $50,000Driver: Stephen Corley, 38 Charges: Felony DUI - 2 counts Authorities say Colley was intoxicated on Dec 29 when he attempted to pass another vehicle on a two-lane sketch of S C. 302 and hts vehicle slammed head-on into an oncoming car. Alex Bush, 24, died at the scene. Katie Scott, 22, died the next day Bond was set at $100,000.Driver. John T. Ford, 20 Charge: Reckless homicide Walt Cook was kilted after the truck he was a passenger in was struck by an SUV that had crossed the center line on University Parkway on Oct. 25. Ford, the driver of the SUV, did not appear to be driving under the influence, nor was he using a cell phone at the time, but he was operating the SUV in a reckless manner, authorities said. Ford was released on a $25,000 bondDriver: Drew T. Ward, 43 Charge: Hit-and-run in an accident with great bodily injury Pascal Andre Marc lim-ouzin, 43. was struck and critically injured as he rode his bicycle along Banks Mill Road on Jan 23. The dnver of the car fled the scene Ward was arrested a week later. Authorities say he has been involved in five collisions in the past six years and has been found at fault kl each. Umouzin is still hospitalized. Ward was released on a $10,000 bond.Driver: Christopher Fulcher, 34 Charge: Failure to yield Jerry Devine died Jan. 18 from injures sustained in a Christmas Eve wreck on Whiskey Road Authonties say Fulcher was driving a car that pulled out of a private drive into the path of Devine s vehicleDriver: Kenneth Heath, 35 Charge: Reckless homicide Authorities say that on Sept 10 Heath fatted to stop at the intersection of Highway 302 and Highway 4 and struck an SUV Heath s 8-year-okJ daughter, Cassidy Heath, was ejected from a pickup truck and kilted There were seven people in the struck, none were restrained He was given a $25,000 bond, pending a mental health evaluation.Driver: Kenny Jackson, 29 Charges: Felony DUI - 3 counts Authorities say a car crossed the center line on Highway 278 on Jan 8 and collided with another car. The driver, Brenda Adams and a passenger Shelia Roberts were both kilted. Another passenger was injured Jackson suffered a broken back and three broken bones in his neck Jackson's bond was set at $150,000.Driver: Trevor Richter, 19 Charge: Felony DUI with death Authonties say Richter was driving on Ascauga Lake Road on Dec 1 when the vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a tree. A passenger. Gregory Keenum, died Dec. 19 from injuries from the crash Richter was released on a $25,000 bond.Driver Michael Shumate, 38 Ho charges Two women on an early morning run on Herndon Dairy Road on Aug 30 were injured when they were struck by a truck driven by Shumate Paige Johnson, 39, the director of Aurora Pavilion was hospitalized for serious injuries. Vickie Harby, 39, was treated and released. Authorities say Shumate was not charged because it was determined the women j contributed to the accident. Johnson was not wearing lighting/reflective tape on her clothing Harby was.More on page 14A. Two killed Tuesday night wreckrao & £ Beaver Dam Rd DOUBLE b FATAl^ lab Was,Three injured, two dead in Tuesday crash By KAREN DAILY Staff writer An Aiken woman and her twin children aa* recovering from a single-vehicle crash that late Tuesday claimed the life of the front IMI motorists. The two men killed late Tuesday were restrained by an automatic seat belt but had not engaged the lap belts, officials said. Henry Reedy, 49, of Aiken, and Rico M. Copeland, 33, of Augusta w ere both pronounced dead at the crash site. Reedy , the dnver, struck several trees after he apparently lost control of the vehicle on the southtxxmd side of Cooks Bridge Road near Beaver Dam Road shortly atter IO p.m. State troopers say Salcmta Copeland. 27, of Graniteville, and her daughters Kmyatta Copeland-Walker, 8, and Kessawa Copeland-Walker, 8, were in the rear of the car. PIMM mg CRASH, page 5AEgypt the topic of ESCA panel By ROB NOVIT Senior writer As people in Egypt and Tunisia continue to protest their repressive governments, a DSC Aiken professor cautions that any resulting new regimes could face then own enormous problems in accomplishing reform goals. History professor Dr. Roger Deal joined two other frailty members, French professor Layed! Mahfoudhj and political science professor Dr Tom Wood, in a panel discussion about events in those two nations. Mahfoudhi brings a unique perspective, as he is a native of Tunisia and still has family there. In thai country, president /inc el Abidine Ben Ail has tied the country following street protests Egyptian President Hosm Mubarak is resisting efforts to oust him, although he has pledged to step down late in 2011. Ironically, Deal said, the leadership of both countries aune into power as reformers There’s always the question of how to accomplish goals “Tile economic and social problems continue, and dis ision continues to exist,” Deal said. ’To have reform, you need firm control and, in both cases, a one-party system that can work toward reform. Bul it also means you can’t afford or allow opposition. Reforms are not completed overnight, especially economic reforms where people want quick change ” Tunisia has had silence and stability since 1984, Mahfoudhi saki. “But that stability was hiding so much anger he said. “A deep cause of this is the unemployment among ail lege graduates Tw enty to 50 percent of graduates end up unemploy ed PIMM see EGYPT, page SA In Gi-J it 5 H.S. basketball playoffs ► See which area teams have locked up their seeds, which have work left to ck) and which squads are just playing for pride on page IB. 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