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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 22, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina JUNIOR INVITATIONAL LEADERBOARD 1st -16 2nd -10 3rd -7 Tled^th -5 Tied-4th -5 Tied-4th -5 7th -4 8th -3 9th -2 N. Reach M.NeSmith P.Rodgers B.Conno[|y E. Grillo N.Kimsey T.Moore M.KIm S.Behr INSIDE TODAY: (k)verage,'Sliqfii« on Ite iwith Matt | m • M leadeiboard, tee times | 48 Friday April 22,2011 \ Vol. 145, No. 112 () a V \ J (} c il I Sou rc c S i n (* ^mmmmmm^ www.aikenstandard.com ¡s 8() Toda/s Weather High Full forecast j 8C 500 Man charged in holdup, robberies Jones By KAREN DAILY Staff writer A Warrenville man who local investigators say has been involved in at least two local restaurant armed robberies and a home invasion, as well as holding the sheriiTs aduU son and three other victims at gunpoint, has been arrested. Through a joint investigation among the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, the Aiken Department of Public Safety, the North Augusta Department of Public Safety and the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Tyler Lane Jones, 28, of Jerry Road in Warrenville, has been charged in connection with a holdup at a Clearwater Waffle House on April 5 and a holdup at the Subway on Richland Avenue on April 2. He is also under investigation for his alleged role in a similar holdup on March 22 at a Waffle House on Edgefield Road in North Augusta and a Waffle House on Riverwatch Parkway in Augusta the following day. North Augusta Public Safety officers say they have also charged him with an unrelated home invasion. During the holdup at the Clearwater Waffle House in April, the Warrenville man was charged with the additional crime of holding a group of customers at gunpoint in the parking lot as he made his escape, officials said. Please see HOLDUP, page 5A Ex-Guardsman finds success By ROB NOVIT Senior writer A few hours before he received recognition as use Aiken's outstanding political science student on Thursday, Michael Bond couldn't imagine what his professors were thinking. "As much as I argued with them, I never thought I would get an award for it," he said with a bemused smile. Acttially, his adviser, Dr. Thomas Wood, w.ouldJike to have more students as vocal as Bond. As a non-traditional student with a previous career, Bond has brought passion, determination and personal experiences to his work, Wood said. About six years ago. Bond lost the use of his legs in the aftermath of a 2003 accident at Ft. Stewart in Savannah, shortly before he was scheduled to deploy overseas with the National Guard 122nd Engineer Battalion's Charlie Company in Graniteville. He was married to his high school girlfriend, Annette, and they had two young sons. He was not yet 30. Bond had worked in the mobile home business since finishing high school. It was hard w ork, but he enjoyed it and it made him feel healthy. Bond always knew he could get a job to do the work that a lot of other people didn't want to do. Growing up in a military family. Bond had lived in several states and Germany. It was a natural thing to join Please see SUCCESS, page 5A Staff photo by Rob Novit use Aiken senior Michael Bond, recognized as the top political science student Thursday, is joined by his wife Annette and sons Jacob, left, and Alexander. Man sentenced to 35 years for 2008 murder By ANNA OOLIANITIS Staff writer The second of three men charged in connection with the 2008 murder of 61-year-old George Woltz pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Thursday morning. James Alston of Anderson was sentenced to 35 years for murder, 30 years for armed robbery, 35 years for arson in the second degree, 35 years each for two counts of burglary, and 10 years for grand larceny, all to run concurrently. Alston, along with 5 3-year-old Keith Fitzgerald of Aiken and 24-year-old Travonte Williams of Anderson, was accused of entering Woltz's Aiken home and beating, torturing and killing him on Dec. 20, 2008, and then setting fire to the house. Woltz was found asphyxiated by authorities, though it was determined that he did Alston not die as a result of the lire. At the time of the murder. witnesses said that they saw four men leave the residence in a vehicle that was later determined to be stolen. Since then, authorities have determined that only a total of three men were involved in the crime. The trials of all three men involved were scheduled to take place in General Sessions court in May, said Solicitor J. Strom Thurmond Jr., the prosecutor in the case. "This was a complex case and a really thorough and thoughtful investigation by the sheriff's office," said Thurmond, who added that the case required investigation of six different crime scenes. Please see MURDER, page 5A Helen Staley, Aiken Leroy Moore, Aiken Nathaniel Roberson Jr., Aiken Nellie Nicole Fields Brown, Aiken Pearl Elizabeth Evans Wood, . |lew Holland * Deaths and Funerals 16A Calendar 3C Classifieds ID Crossword 5C Comics 4C Dear Abby 5C Horoscopes 5C Markets 48 Movie Listings 3C Obituaries 6A Opinions ISA Puzzles 5C Sports IB TV Listings 2C USCA faculty, students honored at ceremony By ROB NOVIT Senior writer use Aiken recognized its outstanding students and faculty members at the university's annual Academic Convocation Ceremony on Thursday night. Faculty awards went to nursing professor Dr. Thayer McGahee (excellence in teaching), education/history lecturer William Keisling (part-time teaching excellence), economics professor Dr. Sanela Porca (excellence in advisement), history professor Dr. Maggi Morehouse (scholarly activity), E^. Monty Fetterolf (community service) and special education professor Dr. Windy Schweder (university service). The guest speaker was Dr. Benjamin Dunlap, president of Wofford College for the past 11 years. Aiken attorney Bill Tucker received the Distinguished Citizen Award. A senior partner in the Aiken office of the Hull Barrett law firm. Tucker is completing eight years of service on the USCA Partnership Board. His service also included two years as board president. Vanda Siposova, an international student fi-om Slovakia, was named the outstanding senior graduate. She will address the Please see CEREMONY, page 5A Staff photo by Rob Novit use Aiken communications student Stephanie Humphrey receives an award from Chancellor Or. Tom Hallman, left, and department chairman Dr. Bill Harpine. TAKE AN ADHTKM ^500 OFF TOWARDS THE PURCHASE OF GORDtN £:Ì2^Clievpolet 2031 Gordon Highway, Augusta "Just I'MHo east of the Bobby Jones Expiessway" 706-733^11 goraonaugysta.com Must present coupon upon arrival at dealership. Cannot t)e combined wtth any ottier offers. AS<0-S1tM2 I I I I I I di
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