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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 29, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Saturday January 29,2011 Toda/s Weather High 65° Low 35° Full forecast 16C Vol. 145, No. 29 our A) ca I Son rci* Since I 8(!7 m 500 Wright sentenced to life in Georgia; charges still pending in Aiken County By ANNA DOLIANITIS and KAREN DAILY Staff writers Franklin Wright's guilty plea Friday in Augusta led to a sentence of life in prison for the brutal beating of a store clerk but will still face murder and arson charges in Aiken County. He will remain incarcerated in Augusta until his trial for charges tied to the Aug. ll murders of 75-year-old Yana Schenker and 38-year-old Shola-rnar Byrd. Second Judicial Cir- uurinh*    cu,t ^    . tor J. Strom Thurmond Jr. said Friday evening that, after consulting with the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, it was decided that Wright will be extradited from Georgia to Aiken County to face the murder charges for Schenker and Byrd, but extradition will take place when the Solicitor’s Office is ready for trial. “Because Wright is now serving a life sentence in Georgia, extradition will take place when we are ready to try him. This allows us to avoid burdening our local dcteniion center in the interim,” Thurmond said. The murders occurred two weeks before the heating in Augusta; however, because Wright was arrested in Georgia for assaulting and kidnapping 54-year-old Jennie Hope, he must first face his accusers in Richmond County. Thurmond said at the time of the arrest, “There’s an old saying in the legal business that possession is nine-tenths of the law.” Once the Beech Island native is extradited across state lines, he will face allegations that he killed the two women and then set fires to cover up their murders. Schenker's body w as found burned in her Paddocks Bend home about an hour before the charred remains of Byrd w ere located in a wooded area oft' Storm Branch Road. Schenker’s body was found between 8:30 and 9 p.m. when a fire at the large, two-story home was reported by an alarm company. Please see WRIGHT, page 11A More about Friday night’s winners in the Commerce Report INSIDE TODAY Two arrested Superlative citizens for meth lab Chamber of Commerce recognizes outstanding Aikenites at 93rd annual banquet By ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer The (ireater Aiken Chamber of Commerce took the opportunity Friday evening to recognize local,men, women and area businesses for their significant contributions to the Aiken community. The annual chamber dinner, now in its 93rd year, focused on a thro mg Aiken, and the businesses, citizens and volunteers who make it possible. “In Aiken in particular, w uh so many people w ho do Please see CHAMBER, page 14A in Warrenville Staff photo by Anna Dolianitis Or. Deidre Martin, a vice chancellor at USC Aiken, accepts the Woman of the Year Award while Liz Stewart 2010 Chair of the Board for the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce, looks on. By KAREN DAILY Staff writer Concerned residents who believed a Warrenville home was being used to manufacture methamphetamine tipped off local law enforcement officers after noticing a “strong odor of ammonia ' and tubing coming from the home’s windows. Sybil R. Galloway, 30, of 203 Pelzer St., in charged with distribution/manufacturing of methamphetamine,* Nicholas L. Stallings, 30, of Old Jackson Highway, is charged w uh distribution/ manufacturing methamphetamine. The owner of the home told deputies she was suspicious and ftoind a cooler with a 20-ounce bottle of tubing. The cooler, she said, was covered with a white Galloway Stallings chalky residue. She said she also found a trash can inside the residence which was emitting a "strong odor of ammonia” and notified the sheriff's office. A neighbor also confirmed similar concerns, saying she had also been smelling strong chemical fumes and observed tubing coming from the windows. Narcotics agents followed up with the investigation. Both Stallings and Galloway were charged and taken to the Aiken County detention center. High school regional basketball continues ► Aiken and Midland Valley high schools hosted region games Friday night Find out who scored key wins. 11B James E. Arr ants, Rock Hill Zachary Thomas "Zach" Day, Jackson Josie M. Jones "Dolly" Aiken Security tops issues at C ouncil’s annual retreat Deaths and funerals IGA Mite Calendar SC Classifieds 2D Crossword 4C Comics SC De^r Abby 4C Horoscopes 4C Markets 13A Movie Listings 5C Nation/World ISA Puzzles 4C Sports IB TV Listings 2C By AMY BANTON Staff writer Aiken City Council was presented with the possibility of increasing security in the city and its recreation facilities during its 25th annual Horizons Retreat at Rye Patch on Friday. Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Glenn Parker mid Council the recently installed security and card system at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center has been quite a success. The system was installed after a stooling occurred at the center in May 2009. Parker said the center has not asked Public Safety to place someone on trespass notice since July when the system was first activated. Before the system was put in place, trespass notices were served seemingly every week, Palier said. Palier showed Council members footage from several of tile 69 cameras installed at the Weeks Center - 59 of those cameras were installed inside the building. Alarms were also installed on exit doors to prevent people from sneaking in w i thorn signing in or swiping tlieir cards. Parker said w ith that success, they would like lo go aliead and install a similar security set-up at the Smith-Hazel Center. Parker added that he would like to see call boxes at all of the w alking trails around the city. For example, he’d like to see a call box installed at every Please see COUNCIL, page 14A Staff photo by Amy Benton Public Works Director Larry Morris addresses Aiken City Council on the cost of street lights and the solid waste program during its annual Horizons retreat Friday afternoon. $1,000 LOYALTY CASH! 'fen aa    I $ IO. ■340091 0000 1*» ■Pa* Chevrolet '06-7 33*9411 .031 Gcroon H A    • •; j    |    I    Ii    L    J    Li    I    |    .    •    v    '    I, 111    Jk*    "*    Ik    -t?*    $m    till    Jk' <    %    IJ    ,y>'i Cf I    Cli    't    ■*%$    I    \M    tv*    {{UM    *#f    & t ;