Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 21, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 145, No. 21our Local Source Since ISL7 ———— www.aikenstandard.com
500Drug bust nets arrests of 4 Wagener men
By KAREN DAILY
Four Wagener men were arrested at three different locations Wednesday on a number of drug charges that resulted after a monthlong narcotics investigation.
29. 1081 Larry Lane of Wagener, is charged with
two counts of distribution of controlled substances (prescription medicine), possession of morphine, possession of Xanax, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Joshua Robbins, 20, of 1081 Larry Lane in Wagener, is charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug parapher
Tony Roscoe, 36, of
664 Collum Fond Road in Wagener, is charged with
distribution of methamphetamine and disposal of methamphetamine waste.
Gregory Seawright, 38, of 157 Cofer St. in Wagener, is charged w ith two counts of distribution of marijuana and distribution of controlled substance (Vicodin) and distribution of controlled substances within a half mile of school.
Aiken C ounty Sheriff's Office narcotics investigators, with the assistance of the Wagener Police Department and the Aiken Department of Public Safety, conducted the searches earlier this week after having made undercover drug buys weeks prior, said Capt. Troy
Please see DRUGS, page 16A
No Loko, Joose
S.C. moves to ban alcoholic energy drinks
By SUZANNE R. STONE
A bill to ban the distribution of alcoholic energy drinks moved on to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration Thursday.
The S.C'. House of Representatives voted unanimously to send the bill to committee. Under the terms of the bill, merchants selling the soiiped-up energy drinks could face fines of SKH) to $500 and (ail terms from 30 days to six months, us well as the loss of alcohol licenses for two years.
Products affected include Four Loko and Joose. packaged in cans or bottles as large as 32 ounces and generally contain 9 to 12 percent alcohol by volume. Federal authorities issued warning letters to the manufacturers of such drinks, saying that the combination of caffeine and alcohol is dangerous and causes consumers to become “w ide-awake drunk.”
Four Loko was blamed for nine Central Washington University students* hospitalizations after an off-cainpus party last October and 23 New Jersey college students* hospitalizations after a September party. Most of the alcoholic energy drinks contain a malt liquor, though a few' contain liquor.
“We carry the Four Loko, and we sell a lot of it here,** said sales associate Minesh Patel at the 3 Way Food Mart on Silver Bluff Road. “It’s not going to hurt us if this ban happens; they’ll just move on and buy something else.”
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High-speed chase of Augusta bank robbery suspects ends in Lexington
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The popularity of the energy drink is that the caffeine content makes the effect of the alcohol a little stronger than a regular beer, Paid said.
“We do sell some but not very much,” said Harvard Wine & Beverage manager luny Huh. “It comes in cans; it’s very
cheap, and the alcohol content is too high. It’s very sweet, and people don’t realize how much they’re drinking.” Palmetto Package Shop only cames one liquor-laced energy drink, but owner
Please see BAN, page 16A
By KAREN DAILY
A North Charleston man and his accomplice who reportedly held up an Augusta bank Thursday morning led local law enforcement on a high-speed chase though Aiken County during their attempted getaway, according to officials.
31, of North Charleston, and Angela Gibson, 35, of Moncks Comer, were chased into Lexington County, where they were arrested and turned over to the FBI, said C apt. Troy Hlwell, a spokesman for the Aiken County Sheri ft’s Office.
About 11:30 a.m., local deputies were notified that a bank robber had held up a Washington Road SunTrust Bank in Augusta and was last spotted on 1-20 headed into Aiken County.
“We got a call from an FBI agent behind the suspect vehicle,” Elwell said.
A deputy who went to assist w ith the chase spotted the vehicle, a white
Chevy S-10 pickup truck, at mile marker 26 and began the pursuit, reaching
speeds of 95 mph, Elwell said.
As the deputy , approached mile marker 36, nearing the Aiken/ Lexington county line, he attempted to initiated a stop, but the vehicle would not pull over, Hlwell said.
When they got into Lexington County, the Lexington County Sheriffs Office joined the chase. At mile marker 55, Lexington C ounty deputies deployed stop sticks, a tire deflation device.
The vehicle hit the sticks and then slowed. The driver, later identified as Gibson, turned on a turn signal and pulled on to the shoulder.
The two occupants put their hands outside the windows and were arrested.
The v ehicle and both > suspects were turned over to the FBI. A pistol, ski mask and money were obscrv cd on the passenger
Please see CHASE, page 16A
Maurice William "Bud" Hartnett,
Maggie R. Huff,
Luther Jerome "Jerry" Cloy Ilk
Elizabeth Reardon Hight,
Deaths and Funerals 16A
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Coroner’s off ce may need more storage space
By HALEY HUGHES
Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said he has a problem - he’s running out of storage space.
Carlton spoke to the Judicial and Public Safety Committee this week and told its members the 16-cubic-foot refrigerator in which he stores temperature-sensitive biological material, and the “closet size” space in which other material ev ldence is stored will not cut it for much longer under the Preservation of Evidence Act. lf
the coroner’s office is found to be in violation of the act, he could be held liable, he said.
“This act brought it, to me, to a head. I am culpable," Carlton said.
“I currently do not have adequate facilities to store and preserv e evidence for an extended period of time. If is something that needs to be addressed not only by the coroner but by County Council."
Under the act, a custodian of evidence or coroner must preserve all physical and biological evidence related
to the conv iction or adjudication of a person for such offenses as murder, homicide by child ;*buse, criminal sexual conduct, first-degree arson resulting in a death and abuse or neglect of a v ulnerable adult resulting in death, among others.'
The physical evidence and biological material must be preserved until the person is released from incarceration, dies while incarcerated or is executed for the offenses laid out in the act.
“(The refrigerator) currently meets the requirements of the act but not in
the long term because of the length of time we’ll be required to hold samples,” Carlton said.
That could be anywhere from 30 to 40 years, he added.
Based on the coroner’s office current case load, he estimates that crime in Aiken County will continue to increase at a rate of 5 to 8 percent, lf that holds true, it w ill put an even greater strain on what little space is left.
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See STORAGE, page 16A
“This act brought it, to me, to a htad.
I am culpable. I currently do not have adequate facilities to store and preserve evidence for an extended period of time. ”
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