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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 19, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 vi'  Saturday  February 19,2011  Vol. 145, No. 50  Y o il r L o c a 1 S o u r ce Sìiìcc J "  www.aikenstandard.com  ==  Tod^Weallier  High  rr  Low  ssr  Full forecast 16C  50^  Suspect named in North Augusta shooting  ■ One suspect, two additional men sought for questioning.  By KAREN DAILY  Staff writer  Within 24 hours of a Thursday morning shooting that sent a local man to  D.Johnson  the hospital, North Augusta Public Safety oflBcers released information about the alleged  shooter and two men wanted for questioning.  North Augusta Public  Safety detectives have obtained warrants for David Lee Johnson, 17, for attempted murder and possession of a weappn during the  B. Johnson  commission of a violent crime.  He has been identified by police as the alleged shooter who fired at and struck Antonio Donnell TruesdaJe Thursday afternoon while he was having repair work done on his vehicle at Carpenters Exxon, 326 Georgia Ave.  Truesdale was found lying face down in the garage with a shoulder wound.  The victim was not armed, police said.  Detectives have also identified two individuals wanted for questioning in connection to the shooting. They are looking for Donald Talbert Hill Jr., 31, of Liberty Hill Road in North Augusta, and Brandon Lamar Johnson, 22, of West Buena Msta Avenue in North Augusta.  The shooting, according to witnesses, occurred at 11:09 a.m. The victim was transported to MCG Health Medi  cal Center by EMS.  Police said the victim was alert when they found him.  Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the North Augusta Department of Public Safety at 279-2121 or CrimeStop-pers at (800) CRIME-SC.  This alleged gurmian is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached, said department spokesman Lt. Tim Pearson.  Knit one, purl two  ■ Popular 'mini-course' helps broaden Kennedy Middle School students' experiences.  By ROB NOVIT  Senior writer  In just her second knitting lesson, Kennedy Middle Schojal sixtb-gi§d-er Cheyenne Reider had made some serious progress on a red, white and blue scarf.  "I tried learning when I was younger, but it didn't work out," she said. "Now I really like it, and it's a very interesting class. It has surprised me that I picked it up faster than I thought I would."  Members of the CSRA Knitters Guild have visited Kennedy Middle School for two sessions and will have one more Wednesday as part of the annual "mini-course" project. More than three dozen individuals or groups are participating in the program, now in its 23rd year, discussing and demonstrating everything from cooking to karate to various sports.  Jean Andrews, the guild president, said the chapter was established 18 months ago. Most of the members have been knitting for years, although she just got  Douglass. "Sparky" NewsomeJr.,  North Augusta Houston "Bobby"Taylor,  Gloverville  Margarita M. Negron,  North Augusta Robbie Hanlcserson,  Decatur, Ga.  TheRev.MeiiieH.Hicicey,  Aiken  Deaths and funerals 16A               Calendar    SC      Classifieds    2D      Crossword    4C      Comics    3C      Dear Abby    4C      Horoscopes    4C      Markets    ISA      Movie Elstlngs    SC      Nation/World    ISA      Puzzles    4C      Sports    IB      TV Listings    2C     Dog's owner: Shooting was unnecessary  staff photo by Rob Novit  During a Kennedy IMiddle School''mini-course" on Icnitting, sixth-grader Cheyenne Reider shows her emerging scarf to Jean Andrews, the CSRA Knitters Guild president.  started about six years ago. Still, she had extensive experience in sewing, quilting and crocheting.  "Knitting used to be taught in school and was much more common," Andrews said. "It has been thought of as a hobby for grandmothers, but knitting has made a comeback over the last couple of years.  We've got some younger members in the guild now who are in their 30s."  She and longtime knitter Jan Close enjoyed introducing the middle-school students to their craft.  "It's a social thing for us, and it's great to see the kids here," Close said. "I'm in a couple of knitting groups, and I take classes  at Sassy Knitters. There's always something to learn, and I recently took a scarf class that had a technique new to me."  Kaye McNeil, a Kennedy teacher for the past 11 years, enjoys the arrival of the mini-courses each February.  Please see KNIT, page 16A  By KAREN DAILY  Staff writer )  A Beech Island man whose 1-year-old pit bull, Runt, was shot and killed by a deputy said the dog should not have been killed.  About 12:49 p.m. Thursday, Cpl. Paul Sharpton, .. sitlfeg Ws pafr^^^ reported seeing a jogger running on Church Road and then watched as two small dogs and a 40-pound pit bull ran into the roadway from a nearby residence and at the jogger. The deputy said he was trying to stop the dog from attacking the jogger.  The animals' owner, Paul Wright, said his dogs have gotten out before and never attacked anyone, including the runner, who jogs by often.  Wright went on to say that the pit bull and the runner have played together before.  "He's petted the dog as he has run past," Wright said.  But the deputy reported that the pit bull and two smaller dogs were circling the man on Thursday and began to bark and growl at" the runner.  Wright said he doesn't believe it.  "(Runt) doesn't even know how to growl," he said.  The deputy reported that he tumed on his siren to  [Xvuniy MCCJAi I  even know how to growl"  Paul Wright,  owner of the pit hull shot Thursday afternoon by ACSO Cpl Paul Sharpton  For more on dog attacks across S.C., see page 7A.  scare the dogs but was unable to frighten off the pit bull, adding that the dog was wearing a spiked collar, which would have prevented him from restraining it.  The small dogs left the runner alone, but the pit bull continued to "aggressively circle" the man, the deputy said.  The jogger began to run backward while swinging a long stick to defend himself, but the deputy saw the dog become even more aggressive and pulled next to the runner, got out of the car and took his» duty weapon from its holster and fired at the animal.  Please see DOG, page 16A  Check out this month's Healthy U Calendar for Information on University's free community education about colorectal cancer.  UNIVERSITY  HEALTH CARE SYSTEM  AS 13-44»»»  '•H   

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