Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 2, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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Council supports S.C. immigration bill
Members unanimously agree to back bill that mirrors Arizona’s illegal immigration law
By HALEY HUGHES
Aiken County Council has unanimously extended its support to the state legislature in its consideration of a hill that mirrors Arizona’s illegal immi
The bill (S.20), currently sitting in the S.C. Senate Judiciary Committee, provides that when a law enforcement officer has reasonable suspicion drat a person w ho has been stopped, detained or arrested is an alien
unlawfully in the United States, the officer or his agency must follow certain procedures to verify the person's immigration status.
“I would also like to encourage the House and Senate to amend the law to close the loop
holes to the E-Verify system,” said C ouncilwoman Kathy Rawls. “There is a high number of employment in our state, and it’s-a shame to see illegals take those jobs. I see this in construction jobs in my area We all know the problem is these com
panies that employ illegals.'
E-Verily is a free Internet-based system that allows employers to confirm the legal working status of new hires. With one click, E-Verify can match a new hire’s Social Security number and other
Form 1-9 information.
The system has drawn criticism, because it does not detect identity fraud if an illegal alien is using a stolen Social Security number.
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Bond gets set at $10,000 for man charged in hit-and-run
By KAREN DAILY
An Aiken man, who has been in at least five collisions over the past six years, has been identified as the driver who struck and critically injured a bicyclist late last month and then fled without calling for help, officials said Drew Thomas Ward, 43, of 695 Crossroads Park Drive, is charged with hit-and-run in an accident with great bodily injury.
He has been at-large since Jan. 23, when the victim, Pascal Andre Marc Limou-zin, 43, was struck and critically injured, officials said.
The bicyclist remains hospitalized at a Georgia medical center.
Ward surrendered to state troopers Tuesday, more than a week after the crash; however, his attorney said his client agreed to cooperate with the investigation after he was first contacted last Thursday on allegations he was driv mg the 1996 Buick involved in the Banks Mill Road crash.
The S.C Highway Patrol issued a press release Tuesday reporting Ward s arrest and thanked the public for its help with the investigation. Troopers have IMM said how the man was identified.Sam
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Watch coverage of the bond hearing of Drew Thomas Ward, who is charged with hit-and-run in an accident with great bodily injury after a bicyclist was injured in a hit-and-run crash on Jan. 23.
How? Visit www
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Man charged in high-speed chase linked to thefts
Staff photo by Karen Daily
Drew Thomas Ward, 43, right listens during his bond hear ing Tuesday. Ward is charged with hit-and-run in an accident with great bodily injury.
Al the Tuesday afternoon bond hearing, troopers asked the judge to set Ward’s bond high or deny it altogether, arguing that the crash occurred more than nine days ago and only now had he surrendered.
Troopers also said they were concerned he may be a flight risk Ward is originally from Bath, N.C. in his appeal to the judge,
the trooper explained that Ward has had five collisions in the past six years and has been found at fault in each. Ward’s attorney argued that Ward was not arrested for any of those collisions.
However, neither the state nor Ward’s attorney explained why the man allegedly lied the scene of the hit-and-run crash.
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Aiken Standard tile photo Earlier this year, Ward was in a vehicle that caught fire on Chesterfield Street after he dropped a cigarette in between the seat and the door. Ward jumped out of his car; however, the car was engulfed in flames and destroyed.
■ Man charged after high-speed chase through Aiken Tuesday nearing speeds of 100 mph.
By KAREN DAILY
An Aiken man, who police said may be connected to a number of car break-ins and tool thefts in the area. was arrested after a high-speed chase through Aiken Tuesday, nearing speeds of IOO mph.
Michael C. Mitchell, 36, of Mason Way, is charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, two counts of failure to stop for blue lights, improper display, unsafe tires, speeding 96 mph in a 45 mph zone, stolen lag, driving under suspension fourth and open container.
Around 12:10 a.m. Tuesday, an Aiken Public Safety officer reported seeing a 1993 Chevrolet S-10 thai matched the description of a vehicle connected to area break-ins.
The officer followed the vehicle on Whiskey Road until the motorist began to speed, initially at speed* in excess of 70 mph. The posted speed limit in the area is between 35 mph and
45 mph, police reported.
As the vehicle sped off, the officer attempted to pull the vehicle over; however, the driver then sped up to 85 mph.
Public Safety stopped the pursuit as the motorist continued outside the city limits, and a stale trooper began to follow the driver During the pursuit, the motorist again failed to stop for police, officials said.
At Snipes Road, the driver lost control of the truck, and the vehicle left the roadway and became stuck in a ditch, police said.
The driver, identified by jwhcc as Mitchell, was arrested.
He w as the only occupant in the vehicle, officials said.
During the arrest, Public Safety officers met with state troopers and found a reciprocating saw, which police said is suspected to be stolen.
The man was detained and is being held at the Aiken County detention center w ithout bond.
According to the Aiken County detention center s arrest records, Mitchell has been charged w ith numerous car break-ins and fleeing from police.
Awards given for guidance, support of diversity at USCA
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use Aiken has announced the follow mg recipients of its 2010 Inclusion Advisory Council awards ~ Shannon Wood, student award; Dr. Elaine Lacy, faculty award; and 2010 Council Chairman Wesley Hightower, community partner award.
The recipients were recognized during a “leading the Way” scholarship fundraiser event Saturday, designed to support leadership programs for minority students at USCA.
Funds raised from the evert will telp support USC A's Compass Leadership and Minority Achiev ement programs in the Office of Intercultural Programs USL'A’s Inclusion Advisory Council exists lo prov ide guidance and support for the improvement of the university in areas of diversity. Each yew, the gala recognizes those who further this goal,
Wood is a senior from Columbia majonng rn exercise and sports science. Throughout her career at USCA, Wood has been involved tm many levels
Honored at Saturday's Inclusion Advisory Council gala ara, from left Easley Hightower, Dr. Elaine Lacy, USC Aiken Chancellor Dr. Tom Hallman and Shannon Wood. Hightower, I > and Wood display their awards.
as a participant and leader rn the Compass Leadership Program In 2008, she started to network w ith the local Aiken NAACP chapter and later established a chapter at the university.
“Her always calm demeanor and her words of encouragement to student* who were un •the verge of giv wig up belief in their own abilities have kept the morale of the campus chapter vary high,” said Dr. Stacie
Williams, the intercultural programs director.
Wood also works off campus at the Tri-Development Center with mentally challenged adults. After graduation, she plans to attend die Medical
College of Georgia to pursue a master’s degree in occupational therapy Lacy is the assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs, as w ell as a professor of history She has bam at USCA fur 19 yews and has bom committed to cultural diversity and social inclusion, focusing her teaching and scholarship on the history of Mexico mid on Latino immigration to the United Stales.
She has been involved on campus as the coordinator of the International Studies program and is active on the Global Studies (. ummittee. In 2004, she was named the first director of the C onsortium for Latino Immigration Studies at the University of South Carolina.
“I know of no one more committed to bringing diver* peoples together and promoting their understanding of each other than Dr Elaine Lacy," saki USCA Executive Vice Chancellor Dr. Suzanne Omar.
PIMM tee AWARDS, page HA