Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 25, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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www.aikenstandard.comMeth cleanup no longer federally funded
By KAREN DAILY
Federal funds that for a decade have been used to dismantle and clean up methamphetamine labs nationwide have been exhausted.
If a methamphetamine lab were “busted" today, Aiken C ounty would be forced to absorb the entire cost of the cleanup. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) thus far has f>aid the entire bill.
At anywhere from a couple
thousand dollars to $20,000 a pop, that’s a tough pill to swallow.
Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt, whose agency has already broken up 14 meth labs this year, said the news came as a complete
“The DEA called us (Monday),’’ he said. "We haven’t budgeted anything for this.
We had no idea this was coming."
A DEA spokesman, David Levey, said South Carolina
isn’t the only state voicing its concerns.
In fiscal year 2010, only five other states spent more federal dollars than South Carolina on methamphetamine cleanup - Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Michi
gan and Mississippi.
The DEA spent $720,486 in the Palmetto State in fiscal year 2010.
The exact amount spent in Aiken County was not
Please see METH, page 9A
Staff photo by Suzanne Stone Gas prices in Aiken surged up to $3.20 and above overnight Thursday.
Gas prices on the rise locally
By SUZANNE R. STONE
Aiken residents woke to sticker shock at the pumps Thursday as gasoline prices went up from just below S3 to around $3.20 overnight.
"It’s crazy, because yesterday we had gas for $3.09; I come tn to work today and it’s gone up IO cents in less than 24 hours,” said Kent’s Komer cashier Car-issa Galzke "The customer haven’t really said much
besides ‘Holy cow!’ and to ask if I’ve seen anywhere cheaper.**
TIm? price surge is attributable to the recent unrest in the Middle East, according to Brendan Byrnes, spokesperson for AAA Carolinas in Charlotte, N.C.
“What we’re seeing is almost entirely triggered by the turmoil in Libya. The unrest there has caused a number of oil companies
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Greer Merry of Girl Scout Troop 2372 carries cases of Girt Scout cookies to the family car from the Aiken Service Unit storage facility Thursday.
Girl Scout cookie order distribution begins today
By SUZANNE R. STONE
Thin Mints and Tagalongs fans take note: The Girl Scout cookies have landed.
Bulk shipments of Girl Scout cookies arrived at the Aiken Sen ice Unit offices Thursday, and Aiken Sen ice Unit cookie coordinator Katie Miller spent Thursday afternoon distributing boxes to local ( brl Scorns.
Scouts will begin fulfilling their advance orders today. Today will also mark the beginning of sales outside retail locations, according to Miller.
"The cookies came in today (Thursday). We got 13,032 mdiv idual boxes of cookies in, going to 72 girls in five troops,” Miller said. "They started picking up their orders this aftermxm, and Friday we start weekend booth sales "
Local scouts will be sdbng < itrFNodtt cookies from 4 to 8 p.m. on Fridays, all day on Satiadays and from noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays at both Aiken Walman locations, both Aiken Bi-Lo grocery stores, both Aiken Walgreens, Kroger, Lowe’s and the Aiken Mall. Booth sales will continue each weekend through March 25..
Girl Scout litter Merry of Iroop 2372 said she sold 176 boxes this year.
“It was tim. FII be doing the weekend sales, too," she said. “I’ve done it before, and it gets easier as you go along.”
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Jackson’s neighbor, Jose Serrano, testified that on
June 3, he, Jackson and another neighbor, Joseph Dicks -nicknamed "Meat Man”
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together throughout the day. Serrano, like Dicks, testified that the three men w alked to the home of Serrano’s mother Tracy in the early hours of the morning on June 4, at which tune, Fink! in’s car drove past, and Jackson allegedly made a remark that he was going to rob Finkiin.
Serrano testified that he
Testimony continues in the Tevon Jackson murder trial
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The murder trial of
20-year-old Tevon Jackson for the 2008 death of
21-year-old Marcus Finkiin continued Thursday with more witnesses testily mg for the prosecution.
Finkiin was found dead in his car in the Dry Branch Road neighborhood with a gunshot wound to the head im the morning of June 4, 2008, by an Aiken County Public Works employee.
Witnesses tor the prosecution this week allege that Jackson shot Finkiin while riding as a passenger in Fin-klrn’s car and robbed him of cocaine and money.
saw Finklin’s car in the neighborhood again and Jackson had left When Jackson returned, Serrano said that he was sweating and said that he shot Fink!in.
Senano testified that Jackson told hun that while he and Finkiin were in Finklin’s car together, Jackson acted as though he was going to purchase drugs from Finkiin and then shot hun, adding that Jackson told him that smoke came from Fmklin’s mouth.
Dicks testified on Wednesday that Jackson told him after the shooting that he had pretended that he needed to urinate, walked around the car and shot Finkiin through
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