Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 22, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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By ANNA DOLIANITISStart! writer
The Department of Energy has decided that a site in Texas, not the Savannah River Site, is the preferred location for long-term storage of thousands of tons of toxic mercury from commercial and governmental producers,
□OK's review analyzed the potential env ironinental, human health and socioeconomic impacts of elemental mercury storage at seven locations, and selected the Waste Control Specialists LIX site in Andrews, Texas, as the preferred alterative for the long-term management and storage of mercury.
I he Mercury Export Hun Act of 2008 requires DOE to designate one or more facilities for the long-term management and storage of mercury within the United States.
Between 7,500 and 10,000 metric tons of mercury from private sources, in addition to large amounts of mercury already stored in government
facilities, will be stored at the repository, and the nongovernmental mercury would be brought in and housed over a period of 40 years, according lo prev iously published reports in the Aiken Standard.
DOI. will consider the environmental impact information presented in this
Final Long-Term Management and Storage of Elemental Mercury Environmental Impact Statement, as well as other factors such as cost, schedule and public comments when making a final management and storage decision.
Please see MERCURY, page 12A
Aiken manPolice search for suspect in car break-ins
By KAREN DAILY
Officials are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating a man who they said has been breaking into vehicles throughout the area and stealing credit and debit cards.
Capt. Charles Barranco, a spokesman with the Aiken County Sheriffs Office, said
the debit and credit cards have been used around Aiken and Beech Island.
In the past two weeks, there have been more than 20 reported incidents when.* financial transaction cards and other items have been stolen from unsecured vehicles, Barranco said.
Officials encourage residents to secure their v ehicles and report any suspicious activity.
The break-ins have occurred in Warrenville, Beech Island and Jackson, Barranco said.
The captain did not say if investigators believe tile suspect is working alone or has accomplices.
The Jackson Police Department and the sherifs office are investigating.
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect
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should contact investigator Lawrence Wiggins at 642-2076.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Aiken County Sheriff s Office art (800) 922-9709.
Indiv iduals also should call CnmeStoppers of the Midlands at (888) CRIMI SC. Callers can remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of between $50 and SI,OOO.
Submitted photo Officials are looking for this man who they believe is connected to a number of car breakins. See more on 12 A.
approves policy that will allow City to reduce excessive speeding in residential areas.
IN NEIGHBORHOOD SPEEDING
By HALEY HUGHES
Anew Aiken County policy makes deterring residential speeders easier.
Council approved unanimously this week its new Traffic Calming Policy, which codifies the type of speed reduction tool available for use, as well as where it can be placed and the details of its installation. Instead of speed bumps, with which most are familiar, the County will use speed humps.
Speed humps are generally longer than speed bumps and typically reduce speeds along the length of a street as opposed to only at spot locations. The draft policy proposes speed humps of 22 feet in length and VA to 4 inches tall. The hump** consist of a I (Moot-long apex with 6-foot
ramps on either side.
‘They are effective,” said Assistant C ounty Administrator Todd Glover, “If a neighborhood has a serious problem with speeding, this will take care of it .”
The new policy was drafted rn respouse to ct nice ms of excessive speeding rn residential noghborhtxxis Aiken County does not have the resources to provide traffic enforcement in every neighborhood, and, until stall created tins policy, members of Council did not have anything u> refer to what fielding concerns from constituents, Glover said.
“When I was campaigning and in my two years on Council, it is the biggest complaint I have heard," said C ouncilman Sandy Haskell.
Please see HUMPS, page 12A
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Speed humps are generally longer than speed bumps
and typically reduce speeds along the length of a street as opposed to only at spot loca bons. The draft policy propos es speed humps of 22 feet In length and to 4 Inches tall The humps consist of a 10-foot Jong apex with 6-foot ramps on either side. Pictured below is a speed bump.
By KAREN DAILY
An Aiken man who police said has known he is I BV positive since August 2004 is in jail on allegations he knowingly exposed at least, one woman and possibly others to the virus that causes AIDS.
Jason Alexander Young,
29, of 131 Mossback Circle in Aiken, has been charged with first-degree harassment and exposing others to HIV.
Aiken Public Safety officials said they fear Young may have potentially exposed or infected other victims to the v lr us without disclosing his medical condition.
The victim who contacted Aiken Public Safety last week said she discovered Young was HIV positive only after she became pregnant by him.
She said she found prescription drugs in his name for the treatment of 111V and confronted him. He then confessed that he had tested positive, she said.
According to reports, neither the v icum nor the child have tested positive for the virus.
The victim expressed lier concerns tor others who may have been involved with
Young, adding that she found him in bcd w ith at least
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She said he has phoned ler repeatedly, gained access to her bank account md threatened her to “keep HUiet” or he would physically burt her.
Investigators said they believe Young lias also claimed to be a “fugitive recovery agent ” and I lad earned a take “U.S. Uniformed Scrv ice” officer ID,
Any one w »th concerns he or she has been exposed to I BV by Young should contact the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
Young is being held at the Aiken C ounty detention center.
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