Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 26, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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500When will justice come?Three years later, case of murdered teacher awaits leads
By KAREN DAILY
The 24-year-old daughter of a slain middle school teacher found stabbed to death three years ago at her Aiken home has celebrated two major milestones without her mother, hut Lauren Mansfield Wright said she hopes one day she will celebrate for her mother w hen
justice is served.
Smith’s only daughter graduated from college at the University of South Carolina Lind has gotten married since her mother’s murder in 2008.
"I think it’s a real shame that it’s been three years without (justice),’’ she said.
Smith’s body was found the afternoon of April 25,2008, when her concerned co-workers
went to her Whitney Drive home to check on her.
Since then, police have eliminated a number of people from suspicion, including many ol her close friends and family, but there haven’t been any arrests, and Wright said she is frustrated.
For the moment, she said she only has hope.
Wright confided that she believes she knows who mur
dered her mother but said police are still waiting on someone to come forward and disclose information that will lead to an arrest.
Aiken Public Safety investigators will neither confirm nor deny that Wright has confided her suspicions to them.
“We aa* still looking for leads,” said Aiken Public Safety spokesperson Lt. Da\ id Tumo.
“We are still asking that those who have not cooperated fully
Police have not cleared from suspicion Smith’s estranged husband, Wilson Smith Jr., nor her eldest son, Wilson Smith III, saying neither man has fully cooperated with the investigation.
Please see MURDER, page TOA
Aiken Standard file photo
Ann Smith's body was found April 25,2008.
Gov. Haley discusses Police shoot, early efforts in Aiken ^ pit bu"
J ■ Owner cited for "(The via
By ROB NOVIT
Aiken state legislators Sen. Greg Ryberg and Rep. Tom Young gave S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley high marks for her first I OO days in office following her appearance in Aiken on Monday “She has done an excellent job of surrounding herself with an excellent staff,” said Ryberg al an Aiken Rotary Club meeting. “I ler selection of agency heads is out of the ballpark. She’s letting them run the department, and that s a nice change Haley spoke for about IO minutes at the Rotary Club about lier early efforts as governor. She then spoke again at the Daybreak Adult ( are Services firm, owned by Rotary member Chnssa Matthews, “One of the most important things I can do is surround myself w uh people smarter than mc who can focus on how to move the suite forward,” Haley said Haley said she run for governor w ghoul the blessing of the establishment, and that means she doesn t owe them anything.
She put new people in lo head stale agenc ies - not to manage the agencies but to reform them.
Haley credited new Depart-
Staff photo by Rob Novi)
S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, left foreground, speaks at the Daybreak Adult Care Services office in Aiken, owned by Chrissa Matthew, right. Also pictured are, from left Caroline and Coker Day of Daybreak's Lexington office and Chad Matthews.
Video: Gov. Nikki Haley talks about her first IOO days in office in Aiken. "Tie video can
be viewed online by visiting www.youtube.com/natkihaley. »
Mattie Mae Eubanks,Williston
Bonnie Lucile James (Dodge),
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men! of Social Services Director Lillian Keller with reducing the number of re-abuse eases ami rnov mg more people from public assistance to the workforce William Byars reduced the inmate population within the Department of Juvenile Jus-
Fannie Walden Reese,
Timothy Mason Smith,Appomattox, Va.
Kathryn Keeny Theodosis,
Lester O'Connor Toole,Springfield
nee, and now Haley expects him to hav e a similar impact for the Department of C orrec-tions
“We have SB million in unfunded (pension) liabilities said Haley. ” fhe leadership of Greg Ry berg has brought thai to the forefront. We won’t put
our head in the sand bul will make it solvent The people who will suffer the most haven’t been hired yet They will have to work more and get levs money so we can have a strong South I arolina ”
Please see HALEY, page 10A
Owner cited for failure to restrain, failure to inoculate, having vicious dog.
By KAREN DAILY
A pit bull that charged at three Public Safety officers, a pedestrian and a man riding a bike was shot and killed Saturday when two officers fired their duty weapons at the animal, officials said.
The dog’s owner, Bennett Moms Jr., 29, of Waterloo Street, was cited for failure lo restrain, failure to inoculate and having a v icious dog.
Die dog w as being kept by Moms’ girlfriend on Union Street, said department spokesperson Lt. Dav id Tumo.
A resident of Union Street called for help around noon on Saturday after running into the vicious animal near his residence, police said.
A police supers i>or who met with the victim said the dog charged al hun as he approached it. He deployed pepper spray al the dog, which caused the dog to retreat, police said.
A second v let im, who had been riding a bicycle, also told police the dog lunged at him.
"(The victim) was able to keep the dog from biting him by using his bicycle to block the animal. ”Lf. David Turno,
“I Ie was able to keep the ck>g from biting fem by using his bicycle to block the animal.” Tumo said The two men told police the dog charged at them, and they feared for their saldy.
The supen ising officer called animal control and advised two patrol dikers w ho responded to assist with the call to use deadly force if the dog charged again Moments later, the dog reportedly charged from the nearby residence it had pres 1-ously retreated to and then lunged at the officers, police reported “Loch officer fired three shots from their duty weapons sinking the dog twice.” according to the police report.PIMM aaa DOG, page 10A
City decides to leave f luoride in water
By AMY BANTON
Aiken City Council decided to keep fluonde in its water after rev iew mg the issue Monday night.
For almost three hours,
City Council members listens! to people around the community address them on the issue of fluorination of
City water Hie rev tew was conducted after Councilman Dick Dewar suggested that ( ounciI assess the issue after several constituents addressed concern regarding fluorination.
The Department of Health and hnwronmental C ontrol’s Ora! Health Director Christine Veschusio started the discussion w ith a small pre
sentation about the benefits of fluoride. She stated that studies have shown that fluorinated cities see a 27 percent reduction in dental decay in adults and a 30 to 50 percent reduction in children.
Bill Busser, a retired engineer w ho earned a master s degree in statistical analysis, has studied fluoride for years.
I Ie stated that since fluonde is
already found rn toothpastes and mouthwashes, along with processed foods and drinks, it isn’t necessary to include it in the water due to the nsk of dental fluorosis w filch causes staining or pitting in the teeth. He said he was bothered by the “one si/e fits all approach of .7 milligrams of
Please sea FLUORIDE, page 5A
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