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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 2, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina rmm ... MARVEL'S REBOOT HITS THEATERS TOMORROW SEE PAGE IC FOR THE REVIEW Thursday June 2,2011 Todays Weather High Low 69° Vol. 145, No. 153 ( > If r L o V a I S o 111' c v S i i ì c v === vAAAnA/.aikenstandard.com ¡= 867 Full forecast 16C 50^ 'Get out or bring more officers' Seven officers, three laser efforts needed to subdue Aiken man at ARMC By AMY BANTON Staff writer After a 45-minute standoflf with police, a man was subdued by a Taser and seven officers at Aiken Regional Medical Centers Tuesday afternoon. John Aulston Brown, 44, of Pedrp 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 the man due to his demeanor and size, which he was listed as standing at around 6 feet tall and weighing 350 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 trying to detain the suspect, according to the report. The report said the nurse was checking on a patient who was said to have 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 twice in the face with a closed fist, she told police. When police arrived, the suspect was standing in the hospital room wearing only a pair of jeans and was covered in blood fi-om his face to his chest, according to the report. Police were told by a witness 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 with "I don't know" and then proceeded to tell police, "You need to get out or bring more officers," the report read. One 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 Educaiton 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 Midlajid Valley High School several years ago and struggled. He went through a series of dead-end jobs and lost his car. He was evicted from his apartment and realized 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 burst 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 wonder-fiil 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, Irthie newest resident at the ~ Aiken SPCA looking for a permanent home. SPCA staff took him in from the Aiken County Animal Shelter, where they believe Charles was surrendered by a previous owner. "I am guessing by his behavior, he was somebody's pig," said SPCA Executive Director Gary Willoughby, who has been able to pet Charles. "He's pretty easy-going." At the Aiken County Animal Shelter, the pig was kept in an area with two goats, and Charles did not appear to mind having pen-mates. He was apparently eating dog food, but the SPCA has been feeding him pre-packaged pig chow and keeping fiill a large 5-gallon bucket of water for him. To beat the heat, Charles has taken to lying in a kiddie pool fiill of water. The SPCA has contacted a veterinarian, who is scheduled to visit the pig soon and examine him. Whatever vaccinations, if any, Charles needs, the SPCA will provide, as well as seeing to any other medical need. staff photo by Haley Hughes Charles the pot-bellied pig is available for adoption at the Aiken SPCA. The adoption fee is $75. Charles will 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 ailopters of pigs in the past." Pot-bellied pigs can live between 10 to 20 years and weigh up to 150 pounds. The adoption fee is $75. For more information, call the SPCA is 648-6863. School board, 'We the People' disagree over budget By ROB NOVIT Senior writer The Aiken County Board of Education will hold a public hearing next Tuesday on the 2011-12 budget at the district office next Tuesday, and both school officials and "We the People" representatives are encouraging people to attend - albeit for veiy different reasons. , The meeting is at. 7 p.m., and the district office is located at 1000 Brookhaven Drive in Aiken. In an anail sent out by "We the People's" Debbie Nix and Kathy Pate, the group contends School Board membi^ are trying to "dupe" Aiken County residents with budget increases -just as they tried to do with the failed construction bond referendum a year ago. "They're back," Nix and Pate wrote, "and are plaiuiipg to increase our prop«1y tai by a 12.8 millage inei;^,.,. which is full of overfunded expenses and wasteful spend ing." That's not true, said Aiken Siq)erintendent Dr, Betii Ever-itt, who also urged people to attend the meeting to ^d out more about the budget process. '*We've had opai sessions, and what we present^ is a budget that reflects the needs of the district," Everitt said. "Nothing has been hidden. The board h^ few options to meet the capital and operational needs they, have control oyer. Please sm BUDGET, page 14A Staff photo by Rob Novit School Board member Donna Wesby, host of ASTV program "Education Matters," talks with Associate Superintendent Dr. Kevin O'Gorman, left, and comptroller Tray Traxler Wednesday. The program will get encore performances on ASTV, channel 95 on Atlantic Broadband. The School Board will host a public hearing on the budget Tuesday at 7 p.m. Emloavourlands after last missjon > With Atlantis preparing for NASA's final shuttle launch, Endeavourervi^ Its last mission. Story rhisftihi Horoscopes 4C lilldliiJ Markets 4B Calendar 5C Movie Listings 5C Classifieds SB Opinions 15A Crossword 4C Puzzles 4C Comics • 3C Sports IB Dear Abby 4C TV Listings 2C Charles Hayward Allln, Aiken Georgia H. Griffin, North Augusta Linda L. Pollcarplo, Bamegat, NJ. Mamie Jones, North Augusta Markes L. Griggs, Warrenvllle Nelva Leavell Herring, Aiken Susan Russell von Stade, Peterborough, N.H. . Deaths and Funerals 16A J 1
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