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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 30, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Aiken Triple Crown nears By BEN BAUGH Staff writer The Aiken Triple Crown has become a rite of passage for horse enthusiasts and for those wishing o participate in the community’s culture. The three jewels composing the Aiken Triple Crown are the Aiken Trials The 69th edition of the Aiken un, miw.. v    Trials    is less than eight weeks Aiken Trials (flat racing), the Aiken away, with the first leg of the Aiken Spring Steeplechase and Pacers and Triple Crown held on March 19. Polo.    The    schooling races are an educa tional tool for 2-year-old horses as they prepare for their first start on the racetrack, and the 4l/2-furlong contests serve as a way to get older horses fit so they’ll be ready to run once they return to the races. Please see TRIALS, page 4A Today's Weather f. TOP Vf» Full forecast I IOC 'lour Local Source Since IHC)/ $1.00Number of homicides in county down last year By ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer Aller an unusually high number of homicides in 2009, Aiken County ended 2010 with a lower number, according to the Aiken County Coroner’s ()tliee. With the decreased number, which Second ’ Judicial Circuit Solicitor Strom Thurmond Jr. attributes to the efforts of law enforcement, 31 people await mal for homicide-related deaths in Aiken County suffered by the end of 2010, down from 39 people at the beginning of 2010. During 2010, homicide-related cases against 22 individuals were disposed of, cither through trial, dismissal or guilty plea. When trying a case, it either the prosecution or defense raises question of competency , the state Department of Mental I ieaith will evaluate and rcptm to the court. • Hmm Hugg was found not guilty by reaMHi of insanity in August 2010 for shooting Demetrie Canty, 29, on ( hnstmas I Jay of 2006. Btlggs was in the Aiken County detention center, as well as a treatment facility, for 1320 days being treated and evaluated. • Christina Maoris was found incompetent to stand mal and unlikely to become competent in November 20IU atter two competency hearings f or the stabbing death and | subsequent arson of her mother, Dana Davis, 55, I See HOMICIDES, page 10A 31 AWAIT TRIAL FOR HOMICIDE-RELATED DEATHS SUFFERED BY END OF 2010 MURDER & ACCESSORY TO MURDER AFTER THE FACT RECKLESS HOMICIDE Tm Heath Kenneth Heath was charged with reckless homicide in December 2010 for a September car wreck in which his 8 year old daughter, Cassidy Heath, was ejected from a pickup truck of seven people. Heath is out on bond. HOMICIDE BY CHILD ABUSE Elouise Taylor is charged ‘with homicide by child abuse in October 2010 for the August death of Robert Lee Smith and Vincent Manning were charged with the 2009 murder of 25-year-old Paul Lirley, and are both being held at the Aiken County detention center. Lirley was shot during a drug deal in North Augusta in which five gunshots were reportedly fired, and Lirley was found dead David Johnson is charged with being an accessory to murder after the fact, on allegations that he accepted a MURDER Keith Fitzgerald, James Alston and Travante Williams are being held at the Aiken County deten tion center for the December 2008 murder af 61-year-old George Woltz Woitz was asphyx iated and found dead by firefighters responding to a fire set to the house. IT WARRANTS UNSERVED Johnson Manning Smith pistol with the intent to dispose weapon. of the Franklin Wright was charged in September for the murders of two Aiken women, the bodies of whom wngni Alston Taylor 16-month-old Xavtan Knight, a child in her home day care. Knight died as a result of head injunes from being punched and/or slammed down Taylor is out on bond. FELONY OUI Stephen Corley is facing two counts of felony DDI for the Dec. 29 and Dec. 30 deaths of Alex Bish, 24, and Katie Scott, 22. Corley was allegedly intoxicated and caused a head-on collision with the young couple Bush was pronounced dead on the evening of the crash, and Scott died the following day. r it7qeraUi    Williams MURDER he allegedly burned after murdering the women. Wnght was later arrested for severely beating an Augusta woman, a crime to which he pleaded guilty on Friday and was sentenced to life in prison. Because he is being held tn Richmond County, his arrest warrants in Aiken County for murder and arson have not yet been served. Corley Tevon Jackson is charged with the June 2008 murder of Marcus Finklm, 21, whose body was found with a gunshot wound by an Aiken County Public Works employee trimming trees Jackson was allegedly bragging about the murder, according to authorities. Jackson is being jackson held in the Aiken County detention center. MURDER 6 ACCESSORY TO MURDER AFTER THE FACT    More awaiting trial tor homode cnmes rn Men, iQA, ISA Tyrone Wade, Cordal! Miller and lam Martin are charged with the February 2009 murder of 26-year-old Julius Walker after a drug-related robbery. The three men are being held at the Aiken County detention center. Demra Pixley is charged with being an ac assory after the fact to murder for allowing one of the P Martin Miller Pixley Wade accused murderers to use her vehicle to flee to avoid arrest. SENTENCES FOR HOMICIDE-RELATED CRIMES Murder can carry a minimum sentence of 30 years to life or may be punishable by death, Voluntary manslaughtei can carry a sentence of two to 30 years. Involuntary manslaughter can cany a sentence of 0 to 5 years Homicide by child abuse can carry a sentence of 20 years to life Felony OUI with death can carry a sentence of up to 25 years Reckless homicide can carry a sentence of up to At midterm, Obama trie* Cando slogan, (totals TBD ► President Bara* M Obama unveiled his “Winning the Future” mantra in his State of the Union address, and now the phrase is part of every speech coming out of the administration. 19A IhfclliT} Barbara Ann Robinson, Aiken George W. Shelly, Aiken FLC,'Lib'Scott Huntington Beach, Calif. Deaths and Funerals I BA Wife Calendar 3C Classifieds ID Crossword X Comics INSIDE Dear Abby 4C Horoscopes 4C Movie Listings 3C Opinions 14-15A Sports IB TV Listings INSIDE Retreat concludes with several goals on horizon N PPI 8»U009»00002* What goals have been set for City Council for 2011? Short-term • Explore and implement best methods to improve City communications with various media tools • Find a site then plan design and build senior/ youth center • Conduct a Sever System Evaluation Survey study • Finish work with the Whitney Trust to preserve the polo field and ac&acent parcels • Proceed with the next phase of redevelopment of die City Recycle Center into a City park • Develop a policy for future street lighting installations kl the city • Conduct an overall review of the City Solid Waste programs to deter mine opportunities for future efficiencies • Compare the City of Aiken’s employee benefits package to other South Carolina cities • Study the feasibility of a downtown camera system • Develop Governor Aiken and Library parks Long-term • Construction of the Dougherty Road connector to Publix Center • Continue succession management training • Begin Sewer System Evaluation Survey work as funds become available • Preserve equestrian areas and open spaces • Pursue opportunities for bike pathways in the city • Work with local campuses to share information about what Aiken has to offer • Pursue alternate fuel and all electric vehicles for the City Staff photo by Amy Banian Aiken City Manager Richard Pearce works with City Council to set goals for 20 ll at the Horizons retreat. By AMY BANTON Staff writer Aiken City Council axled its 25th Annual Horizons retreat Saturday morning at Rye Patch, wrapping up with the establishment of several short- and long-term goals. Richard Pearce, who spent his first day as city manager conducting the second meeting of the two-day retreat, ted discussion on several goals that Council could set for 2011. Many topics of concern were discussed during the live-hour meeting, ranging from the City employee’s pension plan to alternate fuel or electric vehicles for City lee. The presentations brought Ruth to City Council at the first Horizons meeting on Friday regarding more surveillance cameras around the city arui in the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center woe considered Coun cil members decided to make a short-term goal to further study the costs and options they have to install more cameras around the city, specifically rn the downtown am As for the camerae at Smith-Hazel, that will be a budget item which will soon be discussed ai an upcoming City Council meeting, Council members decided. PIMM mc HORIZON, page 10A ;