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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 2, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina mm Thursday June 2,201 Vol. 145, No. 153 'lour Lorn I Son ret 4 Si nor I 8(17 www.aikenstandard.com Today's Weather High %    94° Low 69° Full forecast 16C SOC ‘Get out or bring more officers’ Seven officers, three laser efforts needed to subdue Aiken man at AR MC By AMY BANTON Staff writer After a 45-minute standoff v\ ith police, a man was subdued by a Tascr and seven officers at Aiken Regional Medical Centers Tuesday afternoon. John AuJston Brown, 44, of Pedro Drive in Aiken, has a warrant issued for his arrest once he is released from the hospital for second-degree assault and battery , according to Public Safety's Sgt. Aaron Dowdy. Officials had difficulty apprehending tin; man due to his demeanor and si/c, which he was listed as standing at around 6 feet tall and weighing 3S0 pounds, according to the report. Police responded to the hospital at 1:16 p.m. after a disturbance was reported on the fifth floor. A registered nurse was reportedly assaulted, and before police arrived, the hospital’s security officers were try ing to detain the suspect, according to the report. The repent said the nurse was checking im a patient w ho vs as said to has e fallen. When opening the door to the room to which she was responding, the suspect was standing in the doorway and proceeded to strike the nurse tvs ice in the face w ith a closed fist, she told police. When police arrived, tile suspect was standing rn the hospital room w (Hiring only a pair of jeans and was covered in bltxxi from his face to his chest, according to the report. Police were told by a w itness that he had self-inflicted wounds on his neck and chest and were advised that the blade he used was still in the room, according to the report. When trying to establish a line of communication with the man, he only responded vs ith "I don't know" and then proceeded to tell police, "You need to get out or bring more officers,’’ the report read. (hie of the officers drew his Taser, and the suspect proceeded to cover himself with a blanket Please see ASSAULT, page 14A Charles the pig looks for a home Staff photo by Rob Novit Samuel Leverette, one of two student speakers at the Adult Education graduation ceremony Tuesday, celebrates his new high school diploma with his 4-year-old son, Sam. Program offers second chance By ROB NOVIT Senior writer Samuel Leverette dropped out of Midland Valley High School several years ago and struggled. Ile went through a series of dead-end jobs and lost his car. He was es icted from his apartment and real i/cd he had hit rock bottom. Leverette did manage to turn things around and start a roofing business. But .as he told other diploma and GED candidates at the Aiken School District’s adult education commencement Tuesday, something was missing. After the ceremony, Leverette picked up his son Sam, 4, and both hurst into spontaneous and identical grins. ‘it means a lot to have my diploma," Leverette said. "It fills a void, not just for myself, but for my little ones, also. It was wonderful be around a bunch of other adults who may have failed at something or other in their lives. But today, we all have this achievement as graduates." A total of 112 people received diplomas or GEDs, said adult education coordinator Dr Rosa Ishmal. Thirty-eight of them attended the ceremony. “We’re excited you’re here to witness this event,” she told family members and friends "Thanks for coming out to share this happy time with our graduates." Please see ADULT ED , page 14A By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer Charles, a pot-bellied pig, is the newest resident at the Aiken SECA looking for a permanent home. SPC A staff took him in from the Aiken County Animal Shelter, where they believe C harles was surrendered by a previous owner. “I am guessing by his behav tor, he w as somebody’s pig,” said SPCA Executive Director Gary Willoughby, who has been able to pet Charles. “He’s pretty easy-going." At Ila: Aiken County Animal Shelter, the pig was kept in an area w ith two goats, and C hades did not appear to mind having pen-mates. He was apparently eating dog food, hut the SPCA has been feeding him pre-packaged pig chow and k< eping full a large S-gallon bucket of water for him. To beat the heat, Charles has taken to lying in a kiddie pool full of water. The SPC A has contacted a veterinarian, who is scheduled to visit the pig soon and examine him. Whatever vaccinations, if any , Charles needs the SPCA will pro-vide, as well as seeing lo any other medical need. Staff photo by Haley Hughes Charles the pot-bellied pig is available for adoption at the Aiken SPCA. The adop tion fee is $75. Charles w ill also be neutered. "It looks like he’s full grown. He's a pretty good size,” Willoughby said. ‘‘Pigs don’t look like the brightest animals in the world, but they’re smart. We’ve had pretty good luck with adopters of pigs in the past." Pot-bellied pigs can live between IU to 20 years and weigh up lo 150 pounds. The adoption fee is $75 hor more information, call the SPC A is 648-6863 School board, ‘We the People’ disagree over budget By ROB NOVIT Senior writer The Aiken C ounty Board of Lducation will hold a public hearing next Tuesday im the 2011-12 budget at the district office next Tuesday, and both school offic ials and "We the People" representatives are encouraging people to attend  albeit tor very different reasons. 'Hie meeting is at 7 p.m., and the district office is located at 1000 Brookhaven Drive in 34009*00001 Aiken. In an email sent out by "We the People's” Debbie Nix and Kathy Pale, the group contends School Board members are try ing to "dupe” Aiken County residents w uh budget increases - just as they tried to do with die tailed construction bond referendum a year ago. "They’re hack,” Nix and Pate wrote, “and are planning to increase our property tax by a 12-8 millage increase,... which is full of overfunded expenses and wasteful spend- to Ilia mm Endeavour lands after last mission ► With Atlantis preparing for NASA’s final shuttle launch, Endeavour ends its last mission Story 112A mg’ That’s nix true, said Aiken Superintendent Dr. Beth Ever-itt, who also urged people to attend the meeting to Ibid oui more about the budget process. “We’ve had open sessions, and what we presented is a budget thai reflects the needs of the district,” Event! said. “Nothing has been hidden. The board has few options to meet the capital ami operational needs they have control over. Please see BUDGET, page 14A * Calendar BC Horoscopes Markets Movie Listings 4C 4B 5C Classifieds SB Opinions 15A Crossword 4C Puzzles 4C Comics sc Sports IB Dear Abby 4C TV Listings 2C Charles Hayward Alfin, Aiken Georgia H. Griffin, North Augusta Linda L. Policarpio, Barnegat, NJ. Staff photo by Rob Novit School Board member Donna Wesby, host of ASTV program "Education Matters," talks with Associate Superintendent Dr. Kevin CYGorman, left, and comptroller Tray Trailer Wednesday. The program will get encore performances on ASTV, channel 9$ on Atlantic Broadband. The School Board will host a public hearing on the budget Tuesday at 7 p.m. Mamie Jones, North Augusta Markes L. Griggs, Warrenville Nelva Leaved Herring, Aiken Susan Russell von Stade, Peterborough, N.H. Deaths and Funerals 16A