Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 13, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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By KAREN DAILY
Employees at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Richland Avenue foiled a man’s attempted aimed robbery at the business.
Aiken Public Safety is investigating the holdup that occurred about 8 p.m. Monday.
Police said a white male in
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his 20s, about 5-feet 11-inches tall and 175 pounds walked into the business wearing sunglasses.
The clerk said the man was mumbling something to her but said she couldn’t understand him and asked him to repeat himself.
The man then ordered her to give him all the money in the doughnut shop.
She said he kept his hand
behind his back, appearing to have a weapon and threatening her.
She said she asked the man if he was serious.
At that time, another Dunkin' Donuts employee began to walk toward the front of the store, and the suspect left.
The victim said he would be back and assured her “he was not playing."
The suspect was wearing a piercing near his eyebrow, gray hooded sweat shirt, jeans Police spoke with employ* and sunglasses. I Ie had a ees at the neighboring busi
ness, Quiznos, who said a man matching the same description was in the store minutes earlier.
Investigators are reviewing video in an attempt to identify the man.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Aiken Public Safety at 642-7620 or call CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
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Local woman buys winning lotto ticket
By HALEY HUGHES
A Granite* die woman won $50,000 after scratching oft a lottery ticket that cost her $2.
Kimberley Bloomer bought the winning Jumbo Bucks ticket at Breezy Hill C urb Market in Granite* ilk the day she was going to visit her father in the hospital.
Bloomer has been a regular at the store for more than 20 years, so when she walked in, the clerk on didy, Jessica Curtis, picked out a $2 Jumbo Bucks ticket for her.
“I scratched the ticket and got physically sick,” Bloomer said. “I cried, I screamed and almost passed out I said to Jessica, ‘Please tell me I’m not losing my mind.”’
Jumbo Bucks players must match any of the numbers they scratch off to either of the two serial numbers on the
*7 scratched the ticket and got physically sick. I cried, I screamed and almost passed out. ” Kimberley Bloomer lottery winner
ticket, w inning the prize listed for that number. If the play scratches off “Jumbo,” they win five tunes that prize The top prize is $50,000.
As of Tuesday, one lop prize of $50,000 remains in the Jumbo Bucks game. Odds of winning the top prize are one rn 630,000.
“I was so excited tor her,”
( urti> said. “She come* in here most day s and, every once in a while, she’ll buy a $2 ticket.”
Bloomer shot out of the store and drove straight to C olumbia, where she cashed in the ticket. When she got back home, she surprised her father in the hospital with the good news.
“He’s now out of the hospital and doing well,” she said. “When I showed him where I had deposited the money, the color came back to his cheeks”
Bloomer used her w innings to pay off the land she and her father live on, bought a used ford, purchased a truck for her son and took care ot her daughter’s remaining car payments.
Breezy Hill Curb Market received $500, a one percent retailer commission, w hen die prize was claimed.
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Hayes rn the face in 2009 pleaded guilty and received the maximum sentence for his crimes.
Timothy Houston was sentenced to 20 years for assault and battery with intent to kill, five years for possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, IO years for assault with intent to kill, five years for failure to stop for a blue light, five years for possession of an unlaw -ful or stolen pistol and 10 years for discharging a firearm into a vehicle, all to run concurrently.
On the evening of June 3, 2009, Hayes attempted to make what he thought would be a simple traffic stop, when Houston, dn* mg a white Cadillac, drov e off.
Hayes pursued the vehicle, and Houston led Hayes on a 4.8-mile chase around Aiken County, eventually making a I ■ turn, doubling hack and firing eight shots at Hayes' vehicle including one shot that went through Hayes’ nose.
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North Augusta Public Safety officer Kevin Hayes was shot in the face in 2009. Timothy Houston pleaded guilty Tuesday to shooting Hayes and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
I layes’ passenger, v olun-teer firefighter Daniel Williams, remained unharmed, said Solicitor J. Strom Thurmond Jr., who was set to try the case in court next week
“In a matter of minutes, (Houston) selfishly decided that gening away from me and extending his criminal career was more important than my life. Unfortunately, there are people rn the w ortd such as the defendant... and if not for law enforcement officers, who w ill protect our community ?” Hayes said in a prepared statement in cowl Hayes w as taken to the Medical College of Georgia and released the follow mg morning, and Houston w as arrested at a Richmond County hotel on June 4,2009.
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Murphy Oil seeks to place gas station on Richland Ave.
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By AMY BANTON
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Murphy Oil Corp, is attempting once again lo gain the approval of placing a gas station on the north side of Richland Avenue.
Ap application was unanimously approved by the Planning Commission and will now go to City Council for consideration.
Representatives of the company presented another -concept plan to the Planning
Commission Tuesday evening • for a Murphy Express convenience store to be built on a patch of land in front of the Shoppes at Richland in the planned commercial zone.
The company’s concept plan was denied unanimously by City Council on Jan. 24. (bice an application is
denied, it carmot be brought forth to City Council for at least a year unless it’s a new application According to Planning Director Ed Evans, the concept plan that Murphy Oil presented on Tuesday was . “substantially different,” so it was considered to be a new application.-Evans said the zoning ordinance found a convenience store or fuel station acceptable in an area designated as planned commercial.
(hie reason behind the City Council’s disapproval in January was that the concept plan was considered excessive tor the location as there were 16 fueling stations, including four diesel .pumps and a car wash.
Murphy Oil’s new concept plan cut the number of fueling stations to 12 and the car wash was removed.
Other reasons behind the consideration of the new application included adding more trees and shrubbery
around the sue, mo* mg tire dumpster and parking so both would be less visible from Richland Avenue, and the canopy design was altered to be consistent with what the Planning Commission recommended.
Rod Abney Jr., a civil engineering div isionui manager representing Murphy Oil, said the store would be open from around 5 a.m. to midnight It would sell drinks, snacks
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