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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 15, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina kl ont where lost luggago ends up 19A Friday April 15,2011 Vol. 145, No. 105 Todays Weather \ o 11 r ( ) ( " a I S < ) n r ( • c S i ì h • ¡555=5555 www.aikenstandard.com = 8Î; ì y Full forecast Ì8C Sex crime suspect attempts suicide By KAREN DAILY Staff writer An Aiken County detention center inmate charged with multiple sex crimes against children attempted to hang himself late Wednesday in his cell and was transported to a local hospital in critical condition and placed in intensive care, according to officials. Robert Vernon Patnoude, 26, of 230 Carline Road in Bumettown, faces 23 Counts of sex crimes against children. He was arrested in mid-March on two related sex charges alleging that he had sexually assaulted a 7-year-old boy. He was being held at the detention center when, on Wednesday, he was served with 21 additional warrants alleging that there was another boy who had also been assaulted over the course of several months. Shortly after Patnoude moved tp Aiken County last May, he began to assault the two children, Aiken County Sheriff's Office investigators allege. Hours after he was served the additional warrants this week, he attempted suicide, said Capt. Troy Elwell, sheriff's office spokesman. Please see SUICIDE, page 16A Patnoude Staff photo by Karpn Daily Dozens of men and women gathered in downtown Aiken Thursday's to "Wall( A Mile in Her Shoes" during a charity benefit for the Cumbee Center. Men walk in heels to promote domestic violence awareness By KAREN DAILY Staff writer Dozens of area men strutted their stuff in three-inch heels, gold pumps and strappy sandals with the hope that onlookers would not only notice their shoes but also pay attention to the cause they believe in - ending violence against women. Men willing to "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" to ben- OùûteOûSfJîQ efit the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons left the courthouse steps about 6:30 p.m. Thursday and walked to Newberry Street where they could finally rest. There, they rubbed sore feet and ankles and were quick to get back into their loafers and sneakers. Scottie Fryar, with the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and South Carolina State graduate, said sexual assault See winners on page 5A. against women will not end until men are willing to stand up for women in need. He stood a little taller than usual in three-inch heels. The event has been held for three years in Aiken. Each year, diners come out of the restaurants to watch as the parade of men pass by. This year was no exception. Men, women and children laughed and applauded as the group moved through the Alley and along downtown streets. A survivor of abuse, Carolyn McCloud, thanked the many men who headed out mto Aiken wearing the towering heels. "The heels show just how much of a man you really are," she said to the crowd. Japan to receive donation from SRS ► SRS is sending equipment to aid in the relief effort at the Fukishima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station in Japan. 13A Bruce Wayne Mundy, Bath James Foreman Jr., Beech Island Lawrence D. Sayior, Wagener Nondrous Williams, Aiken Patricia Ann "Sam" Dixon Edminster, North Augusta Deaths and Funerals 16A [ÌTt=ihrhi Calendar 3C Classifieds ID Crossword, SC Comics 4C Dear Abby 5C Horoscopes 5C Markets 4B Movie Listings 3C Nation/World 14A Obituaries 6A Opinions ISA Puzzles 5C Spoirts IB TV Listings 2C Aiken Republican delegates to decide on party chairman By ROB NOVIT Senior writer More than 400 Aiken County Republican Party delegates will decide a hotly-contested campaign for party chairman at the county convention tonight. Dennis Saylor, chairman for the past three years, is seeking re-election but is facing opposition from his vice chairman, David Lobb. The vice-chairmanship is also up for grabs, with Claude O'Donovan and Ken Gordon seeking the position. Two people are seeking the executive committee person post Lobb Saylor - Jerry Guerin and K.T. Ruthann. \ Outgoing state GOP party Chairman Karen Floyd and State Superintendent Dr. Mick Zais are scheduled to appear as well. The convention will be held at the River of Life Church on the Columbia Highway (U.S. 1). Regis-, tration will begin at 6:15 p.m., with the meeting getting under way at 7 p.m. The meeting is limited to the elected delegates and invited Republican elected officials who are not serving as delegates. Saylor called the election of officers as one of the party's most important duties. The convention will give delegates the opportunity to hear what the candidates have to say. Saylor indicated an obligation to seek re-election. "If I felt someone capable of taking my place was running, I wouldn't have run again," he said. See CHAIRMAN, page 16A GlaxoSmithKline announces plan to sell Aiken location By ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer The global pharmaceutical and health care company GlaxoSmithKline announced Thursday plans to sell its Aiken manufacturing site, which employs 210 people. A company spokeswoman said that the company's intention is to find a buyer who will be willing to keep the location, the equipment and the employees. The decision whs made based on the company's plan to divest several of its over-the-counter brands - including a!li. Beano, Ecotrin, Phazyme, Sominex and Tagamet/Stomedine - which are manufactured at the Aiken location, according to global communications manager Karen Brown-Tyson. "This particular site actually manufactured a number of those brands which we are looking to divest, so it wasn't based on the location or the peopl? or anything like that," said Brown- lyson." The site plans to continue functioning as it typically does until a sale is made, which Brown-Tyson said will hopefully happen by the end of the year. "We'll wait patiently until we find a buyer," Brown-Tyson said. Economic Development Partnership Director Will Williams said that he hopes whoever purchases the facility will be inclined to follow through with GSK's hope to keep the equipment and staffing as is, but he acknowledges that it depends on the negotiation points. Please see GSK, page 16A mw WW aCKEY'S MAGIC LU CONTEST WINNER Staff photo by Michael Gibbons Kathryn Worrell, age 6. was the winner of the Disney Livel Mickey's Magic Show coloring contest. She is a student at Gioverville Elementary and the daughter of Steve and Carrie WorrelL WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED? 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