Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 25, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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50*Man faces more HIV exposure charges
By KAREN DAILY
At least four more \ ictims hav e come forward with ci>ncems they were exposed to I ll V by a man who was arrested last week on allegations he knew he had been diagnosed with the virus that
On Friday, Aiken Public Safety charged Jason Alexander Young, 29, of Mossback Circle in Aiken, with one count of exposing others to HIV.
()n Monday, Aiken Public Safety investigators charged Young with two additional counts. Inves
tigators said Young has known he was IIIV positive since August 2004.
Four women, in addition to the original victim, have alleged they may have been exposed to I IIV by Young. Two of the four \ ictims said the crimes were committed in Aiken and Richmond counties and
were referred to the Aiken County and Richmond County sheriff1 s offices.
Aiken Public Safety' officials said they fear Young may have potentially exposed or infected still other victims to the virus without disclosing his medical condition.
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Busbee-Corbett seventh-grader correctly spells ‘silhouette,’ wins
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By ROB NOVIT
In one of the most challenging Aiken County spelling bees in memory, Tialeisha Corley a Busbec-C orhett Elementary/Middle School seventh-grader took the top
She edged Leavelle Met ampbcll Middle School eighth-grader Mikul Creech for the title. Third place went to Tommy Touch (Carroll, an ( Kit Lady of Peace School fitlh-grader .md the youngest contestant in the contest.
Tialeisha won a laptop computer I rom event sponsors URS Corp. and Sav annuli River Remediation. The companies also gave all IO participants $100 girt certificates to Books-A-MiHion.
Hie Aiken Standard, a cosponsor, pros ided plaques to the top two finishers, presented by Executive Editor Tim O’Briant, the host for the spelling bee.
Arter several rounds of play, the spelling bee came down to Tialeisha and Mika! At that point, the rules changed. Once one of the students misspelled a word, the other had to spell two other words correctly to take the championship.
Mikal eventually stumbled on the French wont “roux,"
Please see BEE, page 12A
Staff photo by Rob Novit
After winning the Aiken County district spelling bee Monday, Busbee Corbett Elementary/ Middle School seventh-grader Tialeisha Corley gets a hug from Principal Rose Marshall
Want to watch the Aiken County Spelling Bee?
► How? Coverage of the Aiken County Spelling Bee will air on ASTV, Atlantic Broadband channel 95, today at 8 p m.
Public Safety last week said she discoscred Young was I IIV positive only aller she became pregnant by him.
She said she found prescription drugs in his name for die treatment of NIV and confronted him.
Please see HIV. page 12A
Cyclist still in hospital
■ Police are still seeking the driver of a white car from a hit-and-run crash reported in Aiken over the weekend.
By KAREN DAILY
State troopers are still trying to piece together ev idcncc from a hit-and-run crash reported over the weekend that sent a bicyclist to the hospital.
Despite an early report that the cyclist had been killed, officials said he is still at MCO I lcalth in Augusta, although the rider’s name has not been released while troopers attempt to locate the victim’s family.
The collision occurred about 3:30 p.m. Sunday on Banks Mill Road in the eastbound lane, said Lance. Cpl, Judd Jones.
The cyclist was wearing a helmet and was headed east in the eastbound lane when the victim was reportedly struck from behind.
The vehicle is described as small, white car.
fhe vehicle may have damage on the right headlight, the hood or the w indshicld area.
lf you have any information about this collision or about the vehicle, call the South Carolina Highway Patrol at (803) 531-6840 or (800) 768-1597 or cai! CnmeStop-pers at (888) CRIML-SC.
Contact Karen Daily at kdailyia aikemtandard.com.
Legislature debates restrictions on balloon releases
By ANNA DOLIANITIS
I he release of balloons into the sky as a form of celebration or remembrance is a relatively common practice.
(bgamzations use the send-offs as a way to raise awareness, families release bunches of balloons to mark birthdays and schools use releases to celebrate graduations.
However, the innocent, symbolic gesture could have serious implications for tire ens tronment.
The state legislature is currently discussing legislation that would place restrictions on tire release of balloons, permitting only 20 to be released per hour at a givenWhat do you think?
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The restriction would not apply to biodegradable balloons and research balloons used for weather studies.
“The big problem is not the balloons going up in the air and being a lot of bio to look at; it’s when they land that they become tire problem,” said Savannah River Ecology Laboratory herpetologist Whit Gibbons. “If they land in some aquatic areas, there will be animals that try to eat them."
Tire largest concern would be leatherback turtles, Gibbons said. These turtles tend to feast on jellyfish, and a balloon that is floating at the surface of the water could be mistaken for one.
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tons could miSrmbtock**, Nurtas at Aiken Regional Medical Centers released balloons
in honor of different nursing specialties at the hospitals Please see BALLOONS, page 12A National Nurses' Week ceremony.