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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 10, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina YOUR LOCAL SOURCE SINCE 1867 IN THE NEWS AP PHOTO A Police dog and its handler walk past a burning car during the second night of civil disturbances in central Birmingham, England. London tries tripling police presence to end riots Thousands more police officers flooded London streets Tuesday in a bid to end Britain’s worst rioting in a generation as nervous shopkeepers closed early and some residents stood guard to protect their neighborhoods. SEE INTERNATIONAL NEWS 12A STAFF PHOTO IT AMY BANTON Girl Scouts Erin Drake, Mina Krohn-Vernon and Caroline Miller hold up a bucket of bottles they collected while cleaning up the Carolina Bay in February. Girl Scout trio hopes to continue revitalizing bay After collecting a ton of dirt-covered glass bottles from the Carolina Bay at a clean-up in February, three local Girl Scouts decided they needed to do more to beautify the natural area. SEE LOCAL NEWS 2A LOCAL GAS PRICES I Check local gas prices online at Find out the cheapest gas and where it is located in Aiken County by visiting Click on the gas icon. SEI WWW.AIKENSTANDARd.COM REPORTER VIOEO WEDNESDAY, AUGUST IO, 2011 VOL. 145, NO. 222 • 500 Man claims he was laid off due to Wackenhut discrimination lawsuit BY ANNA DOLIANITIS [email protected] An Aiken County man who filed a 2010 civil suit against Wackenhut Services Inc., claiming that he was discriminated against because of his race and then retaliated against for filing the suit, is now alleging that he was targeted again during WSl's 65-employee layoffs last month. Marvin Timothy Oerman, a white male who worked at WSI for more than 20 years, claimed in his initial complaint that he was demoted to a position with less pay and benefits, and a black male, who he said was less qualified, was selected over him for a management position with WSI’s training operations department. (ferman alleged that WSI told him the contractor was “justified in using its affirmative action guidelines as the ‘tiebreaker’... iii awarding the position to the black male,” according % to the initial complaint. He claimed in a second complaint filed in July that, as a result of the suit, WSI retaliated against him, treating him hostilely in the workplace. SEE LAWSUIT 16A Police find • • STAFF PHOTO BY SUZANNE STONE CLEANING UP: Erie Walker and Ryan Barrett, with 1-800-G0T-JUNK? Aiken franchise co-owner Deedee Vaughters, spent last weekend clearing out a house outside Macon, Ga., with the cast and crew of the TV show “Hoarders." Local crew tackles hoard for TV show BY SUZANNE R. STONE [email protected] A team from the Aiken franchise of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? spent last weekend clearing out a Georgia home with the team from the A&E TV show "I loardeiv” Staffers Brie Walker and Ryan Barrett took a truck Friday to the worksite outside Macon, Cia., to meet the “Hoarders” staffers, professional organization consultant, psychologist and camera crew. While the TV crew worked w ith the homeowner and her family , Walker, Barren and a 1-800-GOT-JUNK? team from the Atlanta franchise removed four decades worth of items from the tw obedroom, two-bath home. The team worked from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 pm. Sunday, and returned to Aiken Monday. “You couldn’t even step in to it,’ said Walker. “You couldn’t walk in the front door.” “ll was from the floor to abt Hit a foot away “It was from the floor to about a foot away from the ceiling stacked with trash." 1-800-G0T-JUNK? employee from the wiling stacked with trash,” Barrett said. “Angels and clown! were her thing, and she had a lot of books, a lot of romances and bird books," Walker said. “Some really old new spapers, I think we found one turn the 1930s that probably woukl’ve been worth money if it had been taken care of, bul it was just thrown out.” The house Iud no running water, electricity or air conditioning and had been without SEE HOARDERS 16A marijuana plants; man charged BY KAREN DAILY [email protected] A law enforcement flyover in Aiken earlier this week led state and local officials to the discovery of about 60 marijuana plants grow ing at a Warrenville residence, officials said. Harry F. Bunn Jr., 60, of IO Leonard St. in Warrefiv die, is charged with manufacturing marijuana. The Aiken County Sheriffs Office, w ith the assistance of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, conducted a routine marijuana eradication flight Monday and sported the plants growing throughout the property at IO Leonard St., said Capt. Troy Elwell, a sheriffs office spokesman. Based on the size of the plants, they had likely been growing for about three to tour months, he added. The sheriffs office sent investigators to the residence and found the plants, as well as marijuana that had already been processed and finished, inside the residence and in a vehicle belonging to Bunn, Elwell added. The marijuana plants yielded about a pound and a half of finished marijuana, which was seized by investigators, police said. The dings have a reported street value of $1,500. Bunn Wilson promises he wont take Aiken County for granted Watch video of South Aiken High School football practice The T-Breds go through pass skeleton drills during an early practice. SEE WWW.AIKENSTANDARD.COM TODAY’S FORECAST 99° Q 70T SEI WEATHER 16C AREA DEATHS Eugene Station! "Gene" Haltom, Warner Robbins, Ga. SEE DEATHS ANO FUNERALS GA INSIDE Calendar .30    Movie Listings 3C Classifieds.......  SB    Opinions   ........15A Crossword ...».......SC    Sports........................1B Comics   4C    Work! News ....... 14A Horoscopes......   SC    IV Listings.....»,.......2C Living On The Go.... 1C    Weather  .........16C BY ROB N0VIT [email protected] com Two weeks after an acrimonious battle over the debt ceiling crisis and, more recently, a U.S. credit rating downgrade, U.S Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., remains concerned about w here the country is today but has faith that the American people w ill overcome the crisis. “We have a huge, sad problem with jobs,” the 2nd District congressman told North Augusta Rotaiy Club Rotariarts Tuesday. “In the communities I (currently) represent, there is Hilton Head, but there is also Allendale, the 10th poorest county in the U.S. Small businesses are closing everywhere, and unemployment is at 9.1 percent, although it s really more like 14 percent.” President Barack Obama has failed to create jobs, Wilson said, contending that the stimulus funds in recent years cost the nation jobs. SEF WILSON 5A HEAR EVERY LITTLE NOTHING • SERVING THE CSRA FOR OVER SO YEARS NEW PRODUCTS OFFERING THE LATEST IN TECHNOLOGY ENTRY LEVEL TINY DIGITAL $7 HEARING AIDS STARTING AT I AIKEN’S THE HEARING CENTER AO DI BEL ... . .. 803.648.7156 Mitchell Shopping Center 1637 Whiskey Rd. Aiken, SC rinmoo^ooooi""* Sh#.ft* St*waft r.t>-    rt**f    n«    Cif*    R»ot*»»«>««i ic uc KMM• gauc mm tm w*f» Better Hearing Aids at Better Prices Mean Better Value! FAITH IN AMERICA: U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, center, talks with Ed Presnell, left, and S C Rep. Bill Hixon, R-North Augusta, at a North Augusta Rotary Club meeting Tuesday ;