Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 19, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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500Suspect named in North Augusta shooting
■ One suspect, two additional men sought for questioning.
By KAREN DAILY
Within 24 hours of a Thursday morning shooting that sent a local man to
the hospital, North Augusta Public Safety officers released information about the alleged
shooter and two men wanted for questioning.
North Augusta Public
Safety detectives have obtained warrants for David Lee Johnson, 17, for attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the
commission of a violent crime.
He has been identified by police as the alleged shooter who fired at and struck Antonio Donnell Truesdale Thursday afternoon while he was having repair work done on his vehicle at Carpenters Exxon, 326 Georgia Ave.
Truesdale was found lying face down in the garage with a shoulder wound.
The victim was not armed, police said.
Detectives have also identified two individuals wanted for questioning in connection to the shooting. They are looking for Donald Talbert Hill Jr., 31, of Liberty Hill Road in North Augusta, and Brandon Lamar Johnson, 22, of West Buena Vista Avenue in North Augusta.
The shooting, according to witnesses, occurred at 11:09 a.m. The victim was transported to MOG Health Medi
cal Center by EMS.
Police said the victim was alert when they found him.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the North Augusta Department of Public Safety at 279-2121 or CrimeStop-pers at (800) CRJME-SC.
This alleged gunman is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached, said department spokesman Lt. Tim Pearson.Middle School students’ experiences.
By ROB NOVIT
In just her second knitting lesson, Kennedy Middle School sixtb-grad-er Cheyenne Reider had made some serious progress on a red, white and blue scarf.
“I tried learning when I was younger, but it didn’t work out,” she said. “Now I really like it, and it’s a very interesting class. It has surprised me that I picked it up faster than I thought I would.”
Members of the CSRA Knitters Guild have visited Kennedy Middle School for two sessions and will have one more Wednesday as part of the annual “mini-course” project. More than three dozen individuals or groups are participating in the program, now in its 23rd year, discussing and demonstrating everything from cooking to karate to various sports.
Jean Andrews, the guild president, said the chapter was established 18 months ago. Most of the members have been knitting for years, although she just got
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Dog’s owner: Shooting was unnecessary
Staff photo by Rob Nova
During a Kennedy Middle School "minl-coursc* on knitting, sixth-grader Cheyenne Reider shows her emerging scarf to Jean Andrews, the CSRA Knitters Guild president.
started about six years ago. Still, she had extensive experience in sewing, quilting and crocheting.
“Knitting used to be taught in school and was much more common,” Andrews said. “It has been thought of as a hobby for grandmothers, but knitting has made a comeback over the last couple of years.
We’ve got some younger members in the guild now who are in their 30s.”
She and longtime knitter Jan Close enjoyed introducing the middle-school students to their craft.
“It’s a social thing for us, and it’s great to see the kids here,” Close said. “I’m in a couple of knitting groups, and I take classes
at Sassy Knitters. There’s always something to learn, and I recently took a scarf class that had a technique new to me.” Kaye McNeil, a Kennedy teacher for the past 11 years, enjoys the arris a1 of the mini-courses each February.
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By KAREN DAILY
Staff writer >
A Beech Island man whose I-year-old pit bull, Runt, was shot and killed by a deputy said the dog should not have been killed.
About 12:49 p.m. Thursday, C pl. Paul Sharpton,
. sitting in his patrol car. reported seeing a jogger running on Church Road and then watched as two small dogs and a 40-pound pit bull ran into the roadway from a nearby residence and at the jogger. The deputy said he was trying to stop the dog from attacking the jogger.
The animals’ owner, Paul Wright, said his dogs have gotten out before and ne\cr attacked anyone, including the runner, who jogs by often.
Wright went on to say that the pit bull and the runner have played together before.
“He’s petted the dog as he has nm past,” Wnght said.
But the deputy reported that the (Mi bull and two smaller dogs were circling the man on Thursday and began to hark and grow I at the runner
Wnght said he doesn’t believe it.
“(Runt) doesn’t even know how to growl," he said.
The deputy reported thai he turned on his siren to
"(Runt) doesn't even know how to growl. ”Paul Wright,
owner of the pit hull shot Thursday afternoon by AC SO Cpl. Paul SharptonFor more on dog attacks across S C., see page lh.
scare the dogs but w as unable to frighten off the pit bull adding that the dog was wearing a spiked collar, which would have prevented him from restraining A.
The small dogs left the runner alone, hut the pit bull continued to “aggressively circle” the mail, the deputy said.
The jogger began to run backward while swinging a long stick to defend himself, but the deputy saw the dog become even more aggressive and pulled next to the runner, got oui of the car and took his duty weapon from its holster and fired at the animal.
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■ Popular ‘mini-course’ helps broaden Kennedy