Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 13, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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50^Man wanted for choking, biting girlfriend
By KAREN DAILY
An Aiken man accused of choking his girlfriend and then biting her on the face is being sought by police for aggravated domestic violence, according to officials.
James Daniel Herring, 31, may be in the Charleston area. Aiken Public Safety will extradite, said Lt. David Tumo.
Police met with the victim on May 2.
The victim said she and Herring were at their Barbara Lane residence, when on April 29 they began to argue with
one another. She said she packed a bag to leave but had
forgotten her cell phone and went back to the residence to retrieve it.
Once inside, the victim said Herring grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the floor.
She began screaming for help, and Herring started choking her. The victim said Herring bit her on the right side of her face within a half inch of her eye and continued to choke her until she feh as
if she was about to blackout, officials said.
Once she was free, the victim said she grabbed her car keys and left, adding that Herring threatened to kill her and her family if she called the police.
The victim hesitated calling for help because she told officials she is afraid he will hurt her or a family member.
Investigating officers talked with neighbors who said they
heard a woman screaming about 2:46 a.m., and later confirmed with dispatchers that a caller had phoned to report a woman screaming.
Officers noted that the victim had the bite mark under her right eye, bruising on her left side and a small bruise on her left arm.
Police believe the suspect may be working at a fitness club or is a member of one in the Charleston area.
Anyone with information is asked to call Aiken Public Safety at (803) 642-7620 or CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at (888) CRIME-SC. Callers can remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of between $50 and $1,000. Those with information can also visit www.midlandscrimestoppers. com or text "TIPSC plus 'your message" to CRIMES (274637).Public Safety's Chris Carter named Officer of the Year
By KAREN DAILY
Amid family and fiiends who gathered downtown Thursday, Aiken Public Safety officers honored their own for what the department's director said is continued service and dedication to the community.
For as many as two decades, the officers of Aiken Public Safety have set aside a brief period of time to honor the men and women of the department who exceeded the department's expectations that year both on the job and in the community.
Officer of the Year Cpl. Chris Carter received a standing ovation as he worked his way up to the front of the banquet hall where he was presented the award.
Honored for his service not only making numerous DUI arrests, but also for trying to prevent impaired motorists from getting behind the wheel, the veteran officer said he was surprised to hear his name called but appreciated the recognition.*
"Knowing the caliber and quality of the officers at this department, this is truly an honor," he said.
Carter, an Aiken native, has been with Public Safety for 11 years.
He has served in a number of posts at the department, most recognizably as a High-
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Staff photo by Karen D^ily
Aiken Public Safety Officer of the Year Chris Carter honored for his efforts in the community on and off duty shaicing hands with Capt. Maryann Burgess.
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way Enforcement of Aggressive Traffit (H.E.A.T.) Team officer and a one-time "cardboard cop."
A life-size fiberglass cutout of the officer was stationed on the city's Southside armed with a radar gun in an effort to slow speeding motorists as they entered the City of Aiken.
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• Cardboard Cop positioned on Whiskey Road to slow speeding motorists as the entered the City of Aiken
• A Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (H.E.A.T.) Team member and was often seen in the H.E.A.T car.Local Red Cross volunteer serves
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By KAREN DAILY
Red Cross volunteer Becky Fitzpatrick has spent much of her week traveling through northeastern Alabama where thousands of families have been displaced from homes that were leveled by tornadoes last month.
Fitzpatrick has volunteered with the Aiken chapter of the Red Cross for more than three years and has responded to a number of areas devastated by natural disasters, and still the devastation she has witnessed in Alabartia is shocking.
"I have never seen a tornado that went up the side of a mountain, but I did this time," she said. "You can just see the path of destruction."
For at least another week, Aiken volunteers Fitzpatrick and Butch Rachal will be in the storm-ravaged area, visiting those in need, delivering cleanup kits, blankets and comfort kits.
"We're hunting for the next house to visit," she said via cell phone Wednesday
The phone connection with Fitzpatrick wasn't clear Wednesday and service, she said, is often dropped.
"I'm surprised you even got through," she said. "The cell towers here have been demolished."
Each morning the volunteers load up the Aiken County emergency response vehicle with the kits, bottled water and meals.
The cleanup kits contain large plastic trash bags, bottles of bleach, brooms and other sanitizing chemicals.
"For those who still have homes, we supply them with fans, heavy-duty rakes and shovels," she said.
The volunteers were near Pisgah, Ala., on Wednesday and described neighborhoods in rubble.
"We've been as far as the Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia line," she said.
Since late March the Red Cross has dedicated $31 million to help disaster victims. As the Mississippi River continues to flood, that number is only expected to increase.
In that same period of time, volunteers like Fitzpatrick have served more than 1.2 million meals and snacks and deployed volunteers to help with large-scale food
See RED CROSS, page 5A
Taste of Home Cooking School & Expo a success
By SUZANNE R. STONE
Culinary specialist Michelle Roberts made a return engagement to Aiken on Thursday for the annual Taste of Home Cooking School & Expo.
The event opened at 3 p.m. Thursday at the USC Aiken Convocation Center with more than 20 vendors manning booths at the Expo, including main sponsors University Health Care System, the Aiken Standard, Wal-Mart, Allstate Insurance, W.P. Rawl & Sons Inc. produce, MadJon Catering, Hickory Hill Dairy, Family Pharmacy, Gallo Wines, House Doctors, Dream Maker Bath & Kitch&n, Bronze Body, Prestige Appliance and more.
"We've done this for five or six years now. Taste of Home magazine does the cooking sQhool, and we do the pre-show expo," said Aiken S'/awcfarc/Advertising Director Dee Taylor. "Ticket
sales have been steady and have gotten brisk as it got closer to the day. It's like a live version of a Food Network TV cooking show, and we've got Tony Baughman from Oldies 92.7 as emcee."
Cooking school attendees received a gift bag with coupons, recipe booklets, magazines and more, and a registration form which attendees could use as a ticket for door prizes. Participants could also enter a separate drawing my turning in a form once signed by all expo vendors. Major door prizes included a microwave oven from Prestige Appliance and a leather recliner from Badcock & More. Attendees .were asked to bring nonperishable itemis for a community food drive sponsored by Johnson Motor Co. at the show.
"We're all about prevention and eating healthy, and this is something to reach out a little further to the cominunity to promote health," said Saman-tha Stough, community relations specialist for University
staff photo by Suzanne Stone
Jessica Bordelon talked with Donna Bundricic Griffin of Walter P. Rawl & Sons Produce at the Taste of Home Cooking School and Expo.
Health Care System.
Linda Davis of Wal-Mart said, "We do this show for the community. They always invite us, and we always try to raise money for Children's Miracle Network while we're
here. This year we're showing Memorial Day theme items, and we're drawing for a $50 gift card if you donate."
"We've done the show for the last three or four years,"
said Eugenia Bowman of Prestige Appliance. "We're part of the community, and we like to let the area know we're here and what we have
Please see EXPO, page 5A