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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 12, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 145, No. 132    \<>iir Local Sourer Shire ISI >7    50tf  ------ ..    --,—www.aikenstandard.comAiken kidnapping suspect caught in Ohio,mr w NEW BOOK BfMtMOUVlNG En MHN. sc RllfllRUBICK• iet3     iSWW rn* Thursday May 12,2011Today’s Weather \k    High ?    88° ’    ■ .^k».    Low Full forecast 16C By KAREN DAILY Staff writer An Aiken man accused of kidnapping a 71-year-old woman last month during an armed robbery at a Trenton convenience store was arrested in Ohio Tuesday when he attempted to abduct a woman at knife-point, officials say. Timothy Wayne Clanton, 38, has been at large since Deputies acted on tips and released Clanton’s photo to the public, but they were unable to detain the man locally. Ohio police arrested Clanton Tuesday after he allegedly attempted to abduct a woman at knife-point while she was at a McDonald’s drive-thru. When she refused to take him where he wanted to go, he began to be punch her, Elwell said. There were witnesses who jumped in to help the victim during the assault, Elwell said, and the attacker ran. About an hour later, Clan-* ton was apprehended by Norwood police. Clanton is wanted by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office for kidnapping, felony carjacking, armed robbery w ith a deadly weapon and first-degree assault and battery. Elwell said Clanton will first face charges in Ohio before he is extradited back to South Carolina. The suspect may face other charges in Ohio, he added. Contact Karen Daily at kiiailyhvuikenstandanl com Area man giving aid in Mississippi By AMY BANTON Staff writer Captain David Repass painted a picture of destruction veiled with hope after arriving at a small town tom apart by a tornado last month. Repass, director of the Aiken chapter of the Salvation Army, is currently in Smithville, Miss., a town devastated by an EF-5 tornado on April 27. Repass was standing on the street side Tuesday morning taking in h)s surroundings “There’s nothing - every single one of these structures have been destroyed or will be w ithin the week; many of them have been condemned,” Repass said over the phone. Repass is w uh several others from Salvation Army helping with the recovery See Friday’s Aiken Standard tor a story about area Red Cross volunteers in Alabama. efforts of a town with a population of a little more than 900 residents. The organization’s mission is to ofter emotional and financial support, while also ensuring residents are kept fed and hydrated while they work to rebuild their town and their lives, Smithville, located near the border of Alabama, w as hit by a tornado that wiped out a 3' 7-mile stretch of the town. A total of 14 residents were killed and 40 woe injured, according to the town’s website. Please see AID. page 12A the April 16 attack when held up the Storey’s Grocery convenience store owner, kidnapped her and forced her to drive him to the City of Aiken. Glanton    The    two first traveled to Reynolds Pond Road, w here he took control of the vehicle and threatened to kill her, said Capt. Troy Elwell, a sheriff’s office spokesman. She said he drove to the 400 block of Fairfield Street and stopped the vehicle. She jumped from the car and ran for help, said Elwell. Investigators later recovered the stolen car on Reynolds Pond Road but were unable to detain the suspect. ‘NEYER FORGET’ ADPS: Bike safety crucial for summer By KAREN DAILY Staff writer Just in time for summer vacation, local hospital and public safety officials are teaming up for Children's Day on Saturday, aimed at keeping the little ones safe while they travel and play. In recognition of National Nurses Week, Aiken Regional Centers is hosting the event from IO a.m. until 2 p m. at the hospital in the parking lot near registration. Aiken Public Safety will host a bike rodeo as part of/teat-talte Thomas S. Bryant Cross HUI Doris B. Wrenn Buzhardt New Ellenton Alvin Carter, Aiken the event. Rick Brown, Aiken Public Safety Officer, explained that children will be out and about on their bicycles as the summer approaches, and parents are encouraged to talk with their children about safety and make sure they have all the proper safety gear. Children who do not have helmets can be fitted for one on Saturday. “We are really trying lo leach the importance of not riding at night,” he said. Please see BIKE, page 12A to (lita mm H.S. Playoffs ♦ Four area teams were in action in the state baseball, soccer and softball playoffs on Wednesday Find out who won on page 1B Staff photo by Amy Benton An American flag that is traveling to all SO states arrived in Jackson for a day before heading to Columbia Wednesday eve ning. The flag will be displayed at the site of Ground Zero on Sept. II. Flag on 50-state tour stops in Jackson By AMY BANTON Staff writer A symbol of patnotism that is touring all fifty states made its way to South ( arolina, and its first stop was rn Jackson. The Patnot Flag is traveling to 50 states in SO weeks to honor the people who died in the 9/11 attacks in 2001. I he flag w ill be displayed tm Sept. 11 at the site of where the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center once stood lo recognize the 10th anniversary of the tragedy. The Sav annah River Site (SRS) was one of the destinations listed on the Patnot Flag lour after it was authorized by the Department of Energy. According to SRS Fire Department Battalion C hief Greg Potts, they chose the JacksoQ location on S.C. 12S because it was considered the ‘ People are just in m e of the size of the • flag and then at what • the fug actually represents. People are ■ just touched. Greg Potts I SRS Fire Department : Battalion Chief best location tor viewing “We’re honored that we were the first stop in the state of South Carolina,” Potts said. The Patriot Flag is part of the World Memorial, a nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve the memory of the lives lost on Sept. ll, 2001. The 30-by-55^-fool flag. weighing around 75 pounds, was donated by a group of businessmen through American Legion Post 149 located in Escondido, Calif, according to the Patriot Flag's website. The SRS F ire Department received the flag Tuesday afternoon, and it took more than an hour to unfold it and display it on one of the department’s 95-foot aerial platform fire trucks. Out of the % cities the flag has visited since the project began Sept IO of last year, SRS is the first to display the Hag at night and under spotlight, Potts said. Many residents and travelers alike stopped to view and take pictures of the huge flag Potts spotted one w oman just gazing at the Hag for several minutes, and he said he swore she wa£ say mg a prayer. “People are just in awe of the size of the flag and then at wliat the flag actually represents,” Potts said. “People are lust touched.” Residents of Jackson were also excited to see the big flag in their small town. Jackson Mayor Todd Elheredge saw the Hag Wednesday morning while on his way to the golf course, and he said it was a beautiful sight. “I’ve had comments from citizens from Jackson. Some were just overwhelmed, anti tears came to their eyes,” Elheredge said. “Ifs just a great show of patriotism, and I’d like to see a lot more of that in tins country ” David Collin and his son Matthew drove in from Aiken to see the flag Wednesday afternoon. Please see FLAG, page 12A Deaths and Funerals I GA Calendar _SC Classified! SB Comics 3C Dear Abby 4C Horoscopes 4C Markets 49 Movie Listings SC Opinions UA Puzzles 4C TV Listings 2C pill IU l l HF 8 ilH 54009*00001®*1* a ONLY at PrtMigi Save $1000 on a Stainless Steel 4-Door Refrigerator! Shop anywhere else and you'll pay loo much! Features: • 25 CF Refrigerator • Easy Access Refrigerator Drawer with 2X life Tested gWes • 10 Year Limited Warranty on Compressor  -.............. *>999 Prestige Discount... ........„-$900 MAYTAG REBATE  .............. 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