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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 14, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 *  LOWER STATE CHAMPS  North Augusta’s Yellow Jackets softball team bests Dutch Fork to move on to next week’s State Championship Series.  Saturday  May 14,2011  Vol. 145, No. 134  Today's Weather  83°  Low  VI 58°  Full forecast 18C  Your Loral Sourer Shirr  www.aikenstandard.com  ==  867  50c  \  SUNDAY  The World of Wines Festival  ALSO:  more than  Betty G. Wilson, Aiken None Crane Cothran,  Aiken  Ethel Tina Loman Brown,  Conyers, Ga.  QuiHa P. Hall, Aiken Tom Hutto, Beech Island     Deaths and funerals I SA      Calendar    3C      Classifieds    2D      Crossword    SC      Comic*_    AC      Dear Abby    SC      Horoscopes    sc      Markets    ha      Movie Listings    sc      Nation/World    TIA      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 Sheriff's Office.  On Thursday, a man matching Howard's description entered the Clearwater Waffle House, ordered,  ate a meal and, before paying his hill, 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 Lh 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  Mother, son die in fire  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 HI, 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  Five nabbed in drug raids; two remain at-large  Submitted photos  Joy Thomas, left and her son Jesse Tracey III, 7, died in a fire on Hampton Avenue early Friday morning.  9|| 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 Farge 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 oui, bul she couldn’t.”  Other neighbors reportedly tried to help until firefighters arrived minutes later.  PIMM SM FIRE, page 12A  By KAREN DAILY  Staff writer  Narcotics investigators completed a monthlong investigation and found a number of suspects involved in the illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine and distribution of controlled substances, said officials  Investigators conducted searches at four residences in the Beech Island and Warrens ilk areas, seizing a Browning 7.65 nun semi-automatic pistol, seven marijuana plants, a quantity of marijuana and numerous items used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, said Aiken County Sheriffs 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 Colt Road in Warrenville, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, unlawful disposal of methamphetamine waste and altered or adulterated ephedrine/ pseudoephedrine pills.  Robert Lee Williams 39, of 516 Swamp Road in Beech Island, is charged w uh manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  PIMM Me DRUGS, page 12A  Two local kids get Disney trips through Make-A-Wish  By ASHUESY WILLIAMSON  Staff writer  The w ishes of a Graniteville boy, Nicky Garris, and an Aiken girl, Julia Grace Lillard, are coming true this year, thanks to the efforts of Appiebee’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 w ith 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 MCC Health Children’s Medical Center before being flown to Miami Jo receive life-sav mg 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.  PIMM SM WISH, page 5A  Staff photo by Ashley Williamson  “I'm going to draw eyes!" exclaimed Julia Grace Ullard, 3, while painting at her home.  OPEN HOUSE TODAY! 2:00pm • 5:00pm  ‘The    fytreat At Storm ‘Branch  Come tm beautiful homes from the $230k‘s to $400k‘s in a my special hideaway community, not too far from Aiken, but perfect for spacious, country living!  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