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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 10, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 Winter weather advisory in plaèe until 9 a.m.  By HALEY HUGHES  Staff writer  A winter weather advisory is in eifect in this area until 9 a.m. because a storm system capable of producing a wintiy 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  Wlniter Waafitór â«lvtfory-  Mç^ri4t$ should be: prepari for slippery  and Jinined 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  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  Thursday  February 10,20II  Vol. 145, No. 41  Yo 11 r* L o c a 1 Sou r < ' e S i n c e I iSSSSSSSSSm  www.aikenstandard.com   Todays Weather  . High  Low  32®  Full forecast 16C  50 cents  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.  ' I 'knrfc -rv* o i -f n-m o fl^ri-f T^or*  iel W. Johnson, 41, of Beech Island, was driving his Dodge Durango with '"gross negligence" when, on the evening of Oct. 1, 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 to 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 Dwight 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 learning Johnson had information of a personal nature about her.  There were no additional details about infohnation 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.  The Johnson family, he said, is "broken to its core."  No one appeared to be present firom 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, 2003 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 kciaily@aikenstandardxom.  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 oiffice, appeared before Judge Sheridan L. Lynn at a bond hearing Wednesday at the Sheriff's Office.  Visit aikenstandard.com/astv to see the accused's father speak about the case.  m  Since 2010, Aiken " -------' ^^ - -  . ;....., . ( ,•> r* - li-" - •  ' ' ï"'/'/: "S^A' •  Driver: 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 $50,000.  i Driver: 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 róde his bicycle along Banks Mill Road on Jan. 23. The driver of the car fled the scene. Ward was an-ested a week later. Authorities say he has been involved in five collisions in the past six years and has been found at fault , in each. Limouzin is stiH hos pitalized. Ward was released on a $10,000 bond.  Driver: Stephen Corley, 38 Charges: Felony DUI - 2 counts  Authorities say Corley was ' intoxicated on Dec. 29 when he attempted to pass another -, vehicle on a two-lane stretch ! of S.C. 302 and his vehicle ^^ slammed head-on into an I oncoming car. Alex Bush, 24, died at the scene. Katie Scott, 22, died the next day Bond was set at $100,000.  Driver: Christopher  Fulcher, 34 Charge: Failure to yield  Jerry Devine died Jan. / 18 from injures sustained in -, a Christmas Eve wreck on Whiskey Road. Authorities ■ say Fulcher was driving a car that pulled out of a pri- " vate drive into the path of Devine's vehicle.  Driven John T. Ford, 20 Charge: Reckless homicide  Wait Cook was killed after the truck he was a passenger in was struck by an SUV that had crossed the center line on University Paricway 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 bond.  Driver: Kenneth Heath, 35 Charge: Reckless homicide  Authorities say that on Sept. 10 Heath failed to stop at the intersection of Highway 302 and Highway 4 and struck an SUV. Heath's 8-year-old daughter, Cassidy Heath, was ejected from a pickup truck and killed. There were seven people in the stmck, 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 killed. 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  Authorities 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.  Driven Mrchael Shumate, 38 No 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 contributed to the accident. Johnson was not wearing lighting/reflective tape on her clothing. Harby was.  im  Two killed Tuesday night wreck  y  Beaver , Dam Rd DOUBLE  Three injured, two dead in Tuesday crash  By KAREN DAILY  Staff writer  An Aiken woman and her twin children are recovering from a single-vehicle crash that late Tuesday claimed the life of the front-seat motorists.  The two men killed late Tuesday were restrained by an automatic seat belt but had not engaged the lap belts, oflacials said.  Hemy Reeify, 49, of Aiken, and Rico M. Copeland, 33, of Augusta were both pronounced dead at the crash site.  Reedy, the driver, struck several trees after he ^parently lost control of the vehicle on the souttibound side of Cooks Bridge Road near Beaver Dam Road shortly after 10 p.m.  State troopers say Salemia Copeland, 27, of Graniteville, and her daughters Kenyatta Copeland-Walker, 8, and Kessawa Copeland-Walker, 8, were in the rear of the car.  Please see CRASH, page 5A  Egypt the topic of USCA panel  By ROB NOVIT  Senior writer  As people in Egypt and Tunisia continue to protest their repressive governments, a USC Aiken professor cautions that any resulting new regimes could face their own enormous problems in accomplishing reform goals.  History professor Dr. Roger Deal joined two other faculty members, French professor Layech Mahfoudhi 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 that country, president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali has fled the country following street protests. Egyptian President Hosni 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 came into power as reformers. There's always the question of how to accomplish goals.  "Ihe economic and social problems continue, and division 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. But it also means you can't afford or allow opposition. Reforms are not completed ovemi^it, especially economic reforms where people want quick change."  TYmisia has had silence and stability since 1984, Mahfoudhi saii  "But that stability was hiding so much anger," he said. "A deep cause of this is the unemployment among college graduates. Twenty to 50 percent of graduates end up unemployed.  Please see EGYPT, page 5A  m^mm  HJ.basliotliall|4i^  > S^ which area teams have locked up theb- 9eects, which have work left tQ do and which squads aie ju^ playing for pride on page IB.  Ethel "Boozie'^Gantt-Waiker,  Aiken  Henry Arthur Reedy,  Aiken  JannieLueAbner,  Wiiii$ton  Richard G. "Gator* Smith,  )  Aiken  Rico Marquez Copeland,  Aiken  Robert Gordon Evatt  Aiicen  Sadie B. 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