Aiken Standard, February 18, 2011

Aiken Standard

February 18, 2011

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 18, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina A Night of Magic Aiken High s M'Aiken Magic robotics team shows off its competition 'bots. 12A ^tanirarir SHOWDOWN Cam Huffman and Jeremy Timmerman iscuss S.C. football, USCA basketball, college baseball, the Daytona 500 and The Masters. | IB iFriday February 18,2011 Todays Weather Vol. 145, No. 49 \ o I I1' L <> ( • a. 1 S ( ) I} r c. o S 11 ì ( ' c 5Si==¡ www.ailcenstandard.com m 8() > / 500Deputy shoots, kills pit bull By KAREN DAILY Staff writer An Aiken County SheriflTs OfiBce deputy shot and killed a pit bull in Beech Island Thursday after making several attempts to scare the animal away •from a runner, officials said. About 12:49 p.m., Cpl. Paul Sharpton, sitting in his patrol car, saw the jogger running on Church Road and then watched as two small dogs and a large pit bull ran into the roadway from a-nearby residence and at the victim. Sharpton said the dogs circled around the man and began to bark and growl at him. The deputy said he tumed on his siren to scare the dogs but was unable to frighten ofF the pit bull. He said the small dogs left the runner alone, but the pit bull continued to "aggressively circle" the man. The jogger began to run backward while swinging a long stick to defend himself, but the deputy saw the dog become even more aggressive. The dog was growling, barking, snapping and lunging at the man so he began to drive toward the victim to scare the dog and protect the runner. The deputy pulled next to the runner and took his duty weapon from its holster. He said he fired multiple shots at the dog. The dog tumed from the road and ran into the yard at 303 Church Road where it died. The deputy took statements from the victim and a mail car rier who witnessed the incident. Officials with the sherifiTs ofifice said such action taken by the deputy was appropriate. No action will be taken against the deputy. It is not clear if the animal's owner will be fined. Contact Karen Daily at [email protected] com.Officials seeli suspect in North Augusta shooting By KAREN DAILY Staff writer Detectives are investigating a shooting in North Augusta that sent a man to the hospital after the gunman approached him at a local repair garage and, 'in front of witnesses, shot him, officials said. North Augusta Public Safety officers found Antonio ndnhell Truesdale lying face down in the garage with an apparent gunshot wound to his back, said department spokesperson Lt. Tim Pearson. The victim was not armed, police said. The shooting, according to witnesses, occurred at 11:09 a.m. at the Carpenters Exxon, 326 Georgia Ave. The victim was transported to MCG Heahh Medical Center by EMS where he was is in stable condition. Police said the victim was alert when they found him. For reasons not released to the public, the shooter, described as a black man wearing a black jacket, approached Truesdale and shot at him. The shooter /teKOSSiiiB Cynthia McGee Moore, Trenton Edward Isaac, Salley Jasmine Nicole Spires, Jackson Joseph "Joe" Young, Aiken Martha Y. Anderson, Edgefield Robert Luther Howell Sr., . Batesburg Deaths and Funerals i 6A 3C Calendar 3C Calendar Classifieds ID Crossword 5C Comics 4C Dear Abby 5C Horoscopes 5C Markets 14A Movie Listings 3C Nation/World 14A Obituaries 6A Opinioris ISA Puzzles 5C Sports IB TV Listings 2C Aiken man wanted by FBI for child porn staff photo by Phyllis Britt EMS workers load shooting victim Antonio Donnell Truesdale into an ambulance. He was transported to MCG Health Medical Center. then took off running behind the building and has not been found. Pearson said he couldn't say what provoked the sho'oting or give any motive for the gunman's actions. He didn't say how close the shooter got before firing at the man. The Aiken Bloodhounds were notified and began a search of the area, which ended about an hour later. He wasn't found. North Augusta Elementary School and surrounding daycare centers were temporarily placed on lockdown as officers searched the area. Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the North Augusta Department of Public Safety at 279-2121 or CrimeStoppers at (800) CRIME-SC. Contact Karen Daily at [email protected] com. By ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer An arrest warrant has been issued for David Lee Sheffield, 47, of Aiken, in connection with a Uircc-count indictment for production, distribution and possession of - child pornography by the U.S. Attorney's Office. Sheffield was last seen in Aiken in late October He is a white male, approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 195 pounds, wears glasses and is a heavy smoker. He may be working as a repairman for computers, televisions, vacuum cleaners and other electronic devices. He was last seen driving a gray 1985 Oldsmobile two-door coupe with South Carolina license number AGU 931. TTie maximum penalty Sheffield couid receive is 10 to 20 years imprisonment on the production charge, five to 20 years on the distribution charge and up to 10 years on the possession count. Each count also carries a fine of up to $250,000. Die case against Sheffield Submitted photo Arrest warrants have been issued for David Lee Sheffield in connection with child pornography charges. is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. The case was investigated by the FBI and is assigned to U.S. Attorney Dean Eichelberger of the Columbia office for prosecution. Authorities are asking anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact the Columbia office of the FBI at (803) 551-4200. Contact Anna Dolianitis at [email protected] com. Sinise to visit CSRA veterans in April By SUZANNE R. STONE Staff writer Award-winning actor Gary Sinise is on his way to help out soldiers at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Augusta this April. Sinise will be in Augusta on April 21 for a visit to the Active Duty Rehabilitation Unit at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center and a visit to Fort Gordon's Warrior Transition Battalion. That OPEN evening he will be among the guests of honor at the 319th Transportation Company Vietnam Veterans Dirmer at Richmond on Greene, located at the comer of 7th and Greene streets, "This is a great way for our group, which deployed to Vietnam in 1968, to Sinise give back to this youngest generation of men and women who serve," said John Bowen of the 319th Transportation Company Vietnam Veterans. Sinise has headlined CBS' hit police procedural "C.S.I.: New York" since its debut in 2004. He broke through as a national star in 1992 with his performance as the paraplegic veteran Lt. Dan in "Forrest Gump," won a Golden Globe for the lead role in the 1995 TV movie "Trunian" and received an Emmy for 1997's "George Wallace." He is one of the founders of the famed Chicago theater troupe Steppenwolf and continues to work in theater between TV and film projects. He is also a longtime supporter of the U.S. military. He has performed for audiences of .active-duty soldiers with the U.S.O. and has been vocal in answering Hollywood criticism of the nation's military. He is also a co-found er of Operation International Children, which works with U.S. and allied troops to bring school supplies to children first in Iraq and now to anywhere coalition troops are stationed. Sinise's visit is sponsored by the 3 ^ 9th Vietnam Veterans and by the CSRA Wounded Warrior Care Project. For information or for tickets to the dinner, call the CSRA Wounded Warrior Care Project at (706) 434-1707. 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