Aiken Standard, February 12, 2011

Aiken Standard

February 12, 2011

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 12, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina More job cuts at SRS likely ■ A DOE directive calls for minimum staffing at'sRNS' H Canyon, HB line* By ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer A directive given to Savannah River Nuclear Solutions to submit plans for minimizing activities of the Savannah River Site's H Canyon and HB line will likely mean a further reduction to SRNS' workforce. The Department of Energy sent a letter to SRNS on Feb. 8 advising the contractor to plan to put the nuclear separations facility, which employs about 750 people, into "minimum inventory" conditions with minimum staffing levels by Dec. 31, according to an e-mail from DOE spokesman Jim Giusti. "These actions are being taken while the department considers future operations of H Canyon, awaits the Blue Ribbon Commission's recommendation concerning processing used nuclear fuel and future funding level determinations," he said. Please see SRS, page 16A ISaturday i=ebruary 12,2011 Todays Weather Vol. 145, No. 43Yo I t Í' Ì J O c a 1 So {I r* (• c S i 11 c c ====== www.aikenstandard.com = 8(; > / 50^Local chiropractor charged with assault By KAREN DAILY Sta'ff writer A local chiropractor has been arrested on allegations he sexually assaulted two female patients at his Whiskey Road offices. Maurice Shekeil Wallace, 34, of Aiken, is charged with two counts of second-degree assault and battery. He was arrested by Aiken Department of Public Safety officers on Friday at his Whiskey Road office, Spine Doctors of Aiken. The investigation has been under way since late last year. Two women have come for ward with allegations, police said. The first woman to approach police, a 32-year-old from Augusta, met with investigators in late December. She alleged that "during the month of November," the suspect assaulted her at his office. She contacted police on Dec. 28, according to incident reports. Earlier this week, another' woman approached police with allegations. According to Public Safety reports, the victim, a 25-year-old from Salley, said she was sexually assaulted by Wallace "during the month of November." Wallace was released from the Aiken County detention center on a $5,000 bond Friday afternoon. Investigators did not comment on the incidents alleged. Contact Karen Daily at [email protected] com. ACCIDENTS HAPPEN' ■ The brother of hit-and-run victinn Pascal O'rhouzine comes to Aiken fronn France in search of answers staff photo by Michael Gibbons Fabrice Limouzine, brother of hit-and-run victim Pa$cal Lim-ouzine, walks along Banks Mill Road at the site where his brother was struck by a car. By KAREN DAILY Staff writer . Nearly three weeks ago, French citizen Fabrice Limouzine received a phone call with the "grave" news from the United States that his younger brother was riding a bicycle when he was struck by a motorist and critically injured. The elder brother, using what little English he knows, stood at the spot of that crash for the first time Friday afternoon and muttered that the moment was very "emotional." Ten days ago, Limouzine flew to the United States not knowing what to expect when he arrived in the country. He knew that Pascal Limouzine, his youngest brother, had been struck by a motorist who left him on the side of the roadway the afternoon of Jan. 23, and he knew his brother's injuries were severe, but he didn't know Pascal's prognosis, how he was being cared for at the Medical College of Georgia or, most importantly, how a person could leave an injured man without calling for help. Many of the questions have been answered, but Fabrice still can't understand why the driver didn't stop. With the help of an interpreter, he reflected on his feelings. "Accidents happen," he said. Please see BROTHER, page 14A Press presence prompts NADPS to cancel meeting By PHYLLIS BRITT North Augusta bureau NORTH AUGUSTA — A Friday morning meeting scheduled by the North Augusta Department of Public Safety with area wrecker companies was canceled once department officials realized the press and other interested parties had been invited to attend. Citing concerns over the S.C. Freedom of Information Act, Lt. Tim Pearson, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, said that once they realized the press "and others" had been notified, officials consulted with City Attorney Kelly Zier, and it was determined they were not prepared to hold the meeting. The meeting was called to discuss a change in policy regarding the rotation of wreckers at city accidents. Currently the policy includes a weekly rotation list of wrecker companies who not only have a City of North Augusta business license but also operate a facility in North Augusta. " When asked if he were officially barring the press from the meeting, (North Augusta Department of Public Safety spokesman Lt. Tim Pearson) said, 'Yes. The change initiated by the Department of Public Safety would open the rotation list to all wrecker companies in the CSRA, without any regard to the city limits. Pearson said City officials were acting "in the best interest of being fair and equitable to the community." Insisting that the citizens come first, Pearson said they had recently revisited the policy and made changes "consistent with other local agencies and regulations." The result is the addition of several more companies to the rotation. Please see NADPS, page 5A [lD(ïifâôa35!©Midland Valley giris are off to the playoffs ► For the first time in a long time, the Mustangs are galloping into the state girls' high school basketball playoffs. 11B William''BiirHudidns Cunningliam, Aiken Deaths and funerals 16A IMib Council considers closing six parks at budget retreat By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer Preliminaiy budget planning began Friday for Aiken County. Members of Council spent the day listening to budget presentations from six external department heads who explained the goals they hope to accomplish and the challenges their staff face in the coming fiscal year. Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Brad Barnes proposed shutting down six of the lesser used parks fi-om among the County's total of 16. Assistant Administrator Brian Sanders spoke on the four administrative divisions he oversees - human resources, risk management, victim services and buildings and grounds, and Assistant Administrator Todd Glover spoke on emergency medical services (EN^S). Glover's presentation was conducted in executive session.Parks, Recreation and Tourism The department operates 16 parks (768.5 acres), six recreation centers and three boat landings. The department's operational chdlenge is identifying ways to improve fapilities without impacting the general fund, said Bames. To do that, he said, staff will improve program offerings, diversify funding sources, increase efficiency and improve customer service. He proposed removing a number of parks fi-om the system that perhaps are no longer a credit to the county. Turning the parks over to subdivisions, for instance, fi-ees staff to focus on the larger recreational areas. "We have to really decide if they're beneficial assets for us to have. We could use those resources to maintain other facilities," Bames said. Some of the areas he identified for consideration are Thomas Park in Belvedere, Marshall Park ùi Belvedere, A.L. Brodie Park in Perry, Spider Web Park in Beech Island, Gloverville Park in Gloverville and Lynwood Community Center in Langley. "Do we have a lot of parks and do them halfway or do we do a few parks very well?" Glover said. # Please see COUNCIL, page 13A Calendar 5C Classifieds 2D Crossword 4C Comics 3C Dear Abby 5C Horoscopes 5C Marketis 15A Movie Listings 5C Nation/World ISA Puzzles 4C Sports IB TV Listings 2C We're open Sundciy cillernoon this weekend! WINDSOR ;

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