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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 25, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 id  , i.  . V  l»  ... »  Coming Saturday: The Business Card Directory  iPiPPP  Friday  February 25,2011  Tod^Vyèafher  Ul—u  nign  72°  Full forecast 112C  Vol. 145, No. 56  Your Local Soil ree Since ======  www.aikenstandard.com  =  8()7  Meth cleanup no longer federally funded  By KAREN DAILY  Staff writer  Federal funds that for a decade have been used to dismantle and clean up mefh-amphetamine labs nationwide have been exhausted.  If a methamphetamine lab were "busted" today, Aiken County would be forced to absorb the entire cost of the cleanup. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) thus far has paid the entire bill.  At anywhere from a couple  thousand dollars to $20,000 a pop, that's a tough pill to swallow.  Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt, whose agency has already broken up 14 meth labs this year, said the news came as a complete  suipnse.  "The DEA called us (Monday)," he said. "We haven't budgeted anything for this. We had no idea this was coming."  A DEA spokesman, David Levey, said South Carolina  isn't the only state voicing its concerns.  In fiscal year 2010, only five other states spent more federal dollars than South Carolina on methamphetamine cleanup - Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Michi  gan and Mississippi.  Thé DEA spent $720,486 in the Palmetto State in fiscal year 2010.  The exact amount spent in Aiken County was not  Please see METH, page 9A  Girl Scout cookie order distribution begins today  By SUZANNE R. STONE  Staff writer  Thin Mints and Tagalongs fans take note: The Girl Scout cookies have landed.  Bulk shipments of Girl Scout cookies arrived at the Aiken Service Unit offices Thursday, and Aiken Service Unit cookie coordinator Katie Miller spent Thursday afternoon distributing boxes to local Giri Scouts.  Scouts will begin fulfilling their advance orders today. Today will also mark the beginning of sales outside retail locations, according to Miller.  "The cookies came in today (Thursday). We got 13,032 individual boxes of cookies in, going to 72 giris in five troops," Miller said. "They started picking up their orders this afternoon, and Friday we start weekend booth sales."  Local se»«ts-wiH be-selfeig-Giri'SG^ ■ cookies from 4 to 8 p.m. on Fridays, all day on Saturdays and from noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays at both Aiken Walmart locations, both Aiken Bi-Lo grocery stores, both Aiken Walgreens, Kroger, Lowe's and the Aiken Mall. Booth sales will continue each weekend through March 25.,  Girl Scout Greer Merry of Troop 2372 said she sold 176 boxes this year.  "It was fim. I'll be doing the weekend sales, too," she said. "I've done it before, and it gets easier as you go along."  Please see COOKIES, page 9A  Staff photo by Suzanne Stone  Greer Merry of Girl Scout Troop 2372 carries cases of Giri Scout coolcies to the fam-iiy car from the Aiicen Service Unit storage faciiity.Thursday.  staff photo by Suzanne Stone  Gas prices in Ail(en surged up to $3.20 and above overnight Thursday.  Gas prices on the rise locally  By SUZANNE R. STONE  Staff writer  Aiken residents woke to sticker shock at the pumps Thursday as gasoline prices went up from just below $3 to around $3.20 overnight.  "It's crazy, because yesterday we had gas for $3.09; I come in to work today and it's gone up 10 cents in less than 24 hours," said Kent's Komer cashier Car-issa Gatzke. "The customers haven't really said much  besides 'Holy cow!' and to ask if I've seen anywhere cheaper."  The price surge is attributable to the recent unrest in the Middle East, according to Brendan Bymes, spokesperson for AAA Carolinas in Charlotte, N.C.  "What we're seeing is almost entirely triggered by the turmoil in Libya. The unrest there has caused a number of oil companies  Please see GAS, page 5A  /teKteöiß  Annie I. Andrews,  Aiken  Datine Barden Augeri,  Aiken  Mildred J. Karraker,  Aiken  Lorene "Rene" Meyer,  Bradenton, Fla.  Emma L Patterson,  Aiken  Christopher Stewart Rubin,  Waynesboro, Va.  Brenda Shealy,  Batesburg  Frank Stone Jr.,  Monetta  Jeanette L Owens,  Trenton  EtoiSeWilHamsWare,  Washington, D.C. Deaths and Funerals 16A  QjBaife  Testimony continues in the Tevon Jackson murder trial  Calendar  3C  By ANNA DOLIANiTIS  Staff writer  The murder trial of 20-year-old Tevon Jackson for the 2008 death of 21 -year-old Marcus Finklin continued Thursday with more witnesses testifying for the prosecution.  Finklin was found dead in his car in the Dry Branch Road neighborhood with a gunshot wound to the head on the morning of June 4, 2008, by an Aiken County Public Works employee.  Witnesses for the prosecution this week allege that Jackson shot Finklin while riding as a passenger in Finklin's car and robbed him of cocaine and money.  Jackson's neighbor, Jose Serrano, testified that on  June 3, he, Jackson and another neighbor, Joseph DicI^ -nicknamed "Meat Man" Jackson - spent time  together throughout the day. Serrano, like Dicks, testified that the three men walked to the home of Serrano's mother Tracy in the early hours of the morning on June 4, at which time, Finklin's car drove past, and Jackson allegedly made a remark that he was going to rob Finklin.  Serrano testified that he  saw Finklin's car in the neighborhood again and Jackson had left. When Jackson returned, Serrano said that he was sweating and said that he shot Finklin.  Serrano testified that Jackson told him that while he and Finklin were in Finklin's car together, Jackson acted as though he was going to purchase drugs from Finklin and then shot him, adding that Jackson told him that smoke came from Finklin's mouth.  Dicks testified on Wednesday that Jackson told him after the shooting that he had pretended that he needed to urinate, walked around the car and shot Finklin through  Please see TRIAL, page 9A  wmvi  loin ASTV at a live taping today  Hum Pudding @ 10 am  Join ASTV at a live taping of "Cooking with Madlon & Friends^at Plum Pudding, 101 Laurens St. N.W., today at 10 a.m.  • Featured entree will be blackened mahi-mahi served on a warm tortilla dressed with cold chipotle cream sauce, cabbage ond salsa verde, garnished with fresh cilantro ond fresh squeezed lime.  • Also, don't miss out on wedge salad and key lime pie. YumI  . OCAL NEWS IN FííliiT. OilLiiJE. ON T7. 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