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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 14, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Saturday May 14,2011 Today*^ Weather Vol. 145, No. 134 Y o u r' L o ( ' a I S < > 111* ce Si r \ v c I (S f) 7 www.aikenstandard.com ====== 500 SUNDAY The World of Wines Festival ALSO: tnoi^t(}an Betty G. Wilson, Aiken Nona Crane Cothran, . Aiken Ethel Tina Loman' Brown, Conyers,Ga. QuIllaP. Hall, Aiken Tom Hutta Beech Island Deaths and funerals 16A riiieftihi Calendar 3C Classifieds 2D Crossword 5C Comics AC Dear Abby 5C Horoscopes 5C Markets IIA Movie Listings 3C Nation/World IIA Puzzles SC Sports IB TV Listings 2C Clearwater man sought in robberies By KAREN DAILY Staff writer A Clearwater man linked to an armed robbery at a Waffle House early Thursday and a Huddle House the following morning has been identified and is being sought by local law enforcement, officials said. Jordan Walter Howard, 21, of 962 Duncan Road, is wanted on , two counts of armed robbery. He should be considered armed and dangerous, said Capt. Troy Elwell, a spokesperson for the Aiken County SheriflTs Office. On Thursday, a man matching Howard's description entered the Clearwater Waffle House, ordered. ate a meal and, before paying his bill, demanded money from the register. Deputies said he threatened that he had a weapon but ♦ never presented a gun. He received money and ran from the area. On Friday, a man matching the same description entered the Huddle House on Richland Avenue in Aiken about 2:25 a.m. and demanded money. The suspect acted as if he had a weapon hidden under his shirt, said Lt. David Tumo, an Aiken Public Safety spokesperson. The man received an undisclosed amount of money and left on a bicycle. Please see ROBBERIES, page 12A Howard A H^aX^ < r\ r. 'É/^rX iVlUUlCl, 5U11 UIC 111 llic By KAREN DAILY Staff writer Pain and grief were written all over the face of Jesse Tracey Jr., whose world was turned upside down early Friday morning when a fire at a Hampton Avenue home claimed the life of the mother of his children and his 7-year-old son. Joy Thomas, 35, and Jesse Tracey III, 7, died from smoke inhalation, said Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton. They had minor to moderate bums. A younger boy, 5-year-old Joey Tracey, was also at the residence at 910 Hampton Ave. with his mother and older brother when the fire ignited. He was transported to the Joseph M. Still Bum Centers in Augusta where he was hospitalized. Family members said Joey is expected to fully recover from his bums. Joy Thomas' younger sister, Yolanda Dortch, described the fire as an "unbelievable" tragedy. Firefighters with Aiken Public Safety received a Submitted photos Joy Thomas, left, and her son Jesse Tracey III, 7, died in a fire on Hampton Avenue early Friday morning. 911 phone call from Thomas' neighbor Vanessa Brown just before 2 a.m. Brown said she was inside her home, only yards away from Thomas' residence, when she heard loud popping. She initially thought cats were on her porch but then realized something was wrong. "I saw the AC blazing," she said pointing to a ferge unit on the east side of the charred home. "I started screaming and called 911." Only a few yards away, Thomas' mother and sister and other family members heard the commotion and ran over to help. "Mom went inside," said Dortch. "She tried to pull her out, but she couldn't." Other neighbors reportedly tried to help until firefighters arrived minutes later. Please see FIRE, page 12A 1 lYC imu -IM UI/CU 111 drug raids; two remain at-large By KAREN DAILY Staff writer Narcotics investigators completed a monthlong investigation and found a number of suspects involved in the illegal manufacturing of metham-phetamine and distribution of controlled substances, said, officials. Investigators conducted searches at four residences in the Beech Island and Warrenville areas, seizing a Browning 7.65 mm semi-automatic pistol, seven marijuana plants, a quantity of marijuana and numerous items used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, said Aiken County SherifTs Office spokesperson Capt. Troy Elwell. As a result of the investigation, a number of suspects were arrested. Thomas Christopher WANTED B. Drayton R. Drayton Lovelace, 37, of 59 Coh Road in Warrenville, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, unlawflil disposal of methamphetamine waste and altered or adulterated ephedrine/ pseudoephedrine pills. Robert Lee Williams, 39, of 516 Swamp Road in Beech Island, is charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Please see DRUGS, page 12A Two local kids get Disney trips through Make-A-Wish By A8HLEEY WILLIAMSON Staff writer The wishes of a Graniteville boy, Nicky Garris, and an Aiken girl, Julia Grace Lillard, are coming tme this year, thanks to the efforts of Applebee's and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Carolina. Right now, 4-year-old Nicky Garris of Graniteville is in Orlando, Fla., at Disney World visit ing every park he can, hanging with his favorite Disney characters and eating all the ice cream he wants. Nicky, who was bom with Short Bowel Syndrome, spent the first 11 months of his life in MCG Health Children's Medical Center before being flown to Miami io receive life-saving transplants of a liver, spleen, half of a stomach, half a bowel and one intestine. Just when Nicky's grandparents, who have custody of the blonde-haired, gregarious little boy, thought the worst was over and were getting used to the routine medication regimen, his grandmother, Tina Wright, received a call one day after Nicky had gone in for his usual lab tests. On Jan. 4, 2010, the doctors told Wright that Nicky had developed lympho-maand intestinal cancer as a result of the transplants. Please see WISH, page 5A staff photo by Ashleey Williamson "I'm going to draw eyes!" exclaimed Julia Grace Lillard, 3, while painting at her home. OPEN HOUSE TODAY! 2;00pm ■ 5;00pm ^treat M Storm'Branch Come tour beautiful homes from the $230k's to $400k's in a very special hideaway community, not too far from Aiken, but perfect for spacious, country living! 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