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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 22, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 JUNIOR INVITATIONAL LEADERBOARD  1st -16 2nd -IO 3rd    -7    Tied-4th    -5    Tied^th    -5    Tied-4th    -5    7th    -4    8th    -3    9th    -2  N. Reach M. Nesmith P. Rodgers B. Connolly E.Grillo N.Kimsey T. Moore  INSIDE TODA Coverage, ‘Staying on Par with Matt Nesmith' |    *    Fid    leaderfooaitl,    tee    times    |  Friday  April 2Z20II  Today's Weather  62°  Full forecast 18C  Vol. 145, No. 112  ^ oil i* I,ocjil Source Since 18(17  ■    - —■—~  www.aikenstandard.com  ~~~    ■—  SOC  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 sheriff’s adult son and  three other victims at gunpoint, has been arrested.  Through a joint investigation among the Aiken County SheritFs Office, the Aiken Department of Public Safety, the North Augusta Department of Public Safety and the Richmond County Sheriffs 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 SA  Ex-Guardsman finds success Man sentenced  to 35 years for  2008 murder  By ROB NOVIT  Senior writer  A few hours before he receiv ed recognition as USC Aiken’s outstanding political science student on Thursday, Michael Bond couldn’t imagine what his professors were thinking.  “As much as I argued w ith them, I never thought I would get an award for it,” he said with a bemused smile.  Actually, his adv iser, Dr. thomas Wood. would like to hav c more students as voval as Bond As a non-tradiitonal student w ith a previous career, Bond has brought {msston, 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 lo 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 work, but he enjoyed it and it made him feel healthy Bond always knew lie could gel 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  By ANNA DOUANITIS  Staff writer  The second of three men charged in connection w ith the 2008 murder of 61-year-old George Wolf/ pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 35 years in prison cm 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 tw o counts of burglary. and IO years for grand larceny, all to run concurrently.  Alston, along with 53-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 lire to the house  Wolt/ wa> found asphyxiated by authorities, though it was determined that he did  Alston  nu! die as a result ut the lire At the time of the murder.  witnesses said that they saw four men leave the residence in u 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 tnals of all three men involved were scheduled to take place in (Jenera! 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  Staff photo by Rob Novi! USC Aiken senior Michael Bond, recognized as the top political science student Thursday, is joined by his wife Annette and sons Jacob, left, and Alexander.  (JSCA faculty, students honored at ceremony  Helen Staley,  Aiken  Leroy Moore,  Aiken  Nathaniel Roberson Jr., Aiken  Nellie Nicole Fields Brown,  Aiken  Pearl Elizabeth Evans Wood,  New Holland  * Deaths and Funerals I EA     Calendar    SC      Classifieds    ID      Crossword    5C      Comics    4C      Dear Abby    SC      Horoscopes    SC      Markets    4B      Movie Listings    3C      Obituaries    6A      Opinions    ISA      Puzzles    SC      Sports    IB      TV listings    2C           By ROB NOVIT  Senior writer  L SC 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 fhayer McGahee (excellence in teaching), education/history lecturer William heisting (part-time teaching excellence), economics professor Dr, Sancta Porca (excellence in adv lsement), history professor Dr. Maggi Morehouse (scholarly activity), Dr Monty Fetterolf (community service) and special education professor  Dr. Windy Schweder (university service).  The guest speaker was Dr. Benjamin Dunlap, president of Woff ord College for the past I1 years.  Aiken attorney Bill Tucker received the Distinguished C itizen Award. A senior partner in the Aiken office of the Hull Barrett law finn, Tucker is completing eight years of sen ice on the USL A Partnership Board. His service also included two years as board president.  Vanda Siposova, an international student from Slov akia, was named the outstanding senior graduate. She will address the  Please SM CEREMONY, page 5A  Staff photo by Rob Nowt USC Aiken communications student Stephanie Humphrey receives an award from Chancellor Dr. Tom Hallman, left, and department chairman Dr. Bill Harpine.  TAKE    AGONAL 5 500 OFF TOWARDS GORD^SSf  ""    ap    a    nna    J    ^Chevrolet  2031 Gordon Highway, Augusta “ I-Mile Bast of the Bobby Jones Expressway"  706-733-9411  gordonaugusta.com  Must present coupon upon arrival at dealership Cannot De combined with any other offers   

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