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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 24, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Speed caused train ride derailment 17A \our Local Source Since I8L/    5Qe    '    ■    ■■          '    mu..■■■—!«Amber Alert suspect confesses to murderRock Hill man arrested in Aiken says he killed the mother of his child By KAREN DAILY Staff writer A Rock Hill man arrested in Aiken County on Sunday was interrogated at the Aiken County detention center and reportedly confessed to killing the mother of his I -year-old son before he abducted the child and headed to the interstate. Carl White Jr.. 28, will first on, officials said. Police said White borrowed a 2002 Ford Explorer from a friend, whom Redfeam said was unaware of the murder, and the authorities then issued an Amber Alert for I-year-old Zaylcn Carlile White. The Rock Hill lieutenant said they felt the boy might be in danger because White appeared to be distraught. Redfeam said he doesn't know what White was doing in Aiken County or where he was headed. What they do know is that, while White was in Lexington on 1-20, a traetor-trailer driver who was aware of the Amber Alert spotted the vehicle. “He stayed behind the vehicle until he was stopped,'* Redfeam said. Aiken County deputies stopped the SUY around 0 a.m. and asked White to step out of the vehicle. Inside the Explorer, police found a bottle of vodka and the child in the rear cargo area. He was standing up without any restraints, officials said. The suspect submitted to a gunshot residue test and pro-v ided a breath sample. Please see MURDER, page 5A face local * charges stemming from his 9 a.m. arrest at mile marker 28 on 1-20. Rock Hill White    Police    LL Brad Redfeam said Monday that White admitted killing Shrece Char-lete Robinson. The two had an argument and, around 11:45 p.m., White pulled out a gun and shot Robinson, Redfeam said. Then White picked up their I-year-old son and drove off, officials said. Rock Hill authorities heard gunshots and found the 25-ycar-old woman's body lying in the driveway at White’s home. They also recovered the mudder weap City Council sets schedule for talks on district lines By AMY BANTON Staff wrtter Aiken City Council unanimously approved a schedule of the process to review the district lines Monday night. The approved schedule includes a public hearing on June 2 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers located in the Municipal Building to share information with the public about the possible effects that the 2010 census may have on the City Council district bries. Even more importantly, it will give residents a chance to offer any input in regards to redistricting. An official will be al the public input session to discuss the statistical differences in Aiken since the last census IO years ago and how it could affect the way tile City is districted. Jim Holly, the attorney who will guide Council through the review process and has done so during the last three processes, was present at the meeting Monday evening. Holly said Council can choose to stick with the 4-2-1 plan and simply redistrict the area. The 4-2-1 format, which has been in place for more than 15 years, includes four single-member districts, two members elected at-large and Oui mayoral position, which is decided by all registered voters living rn the City limits. Changes such as possibly going w ith a 6-1 plan which has six election districts rather than four could also be made, Holly said. Any approved ordinance regarding changes to election methods or redistricting plans will be submitted to the Department of Justice. Councilman Steve Homolu asked, with a Department of Justice clearance receipt not expected until the first or second week of September, how would that affect the party primaries vt uh the election set for Nov. 8? Holly said there is hope and expectation that the preclearance action will not affect the current election schedule. Councilman Dick Dewar inquired if information about the possible changes and statistics would be shared with the public before th^ actual input .session is held so residents come prepared and knowledgeable about the situation presented to them. “I think that it’s important before this public hearing that we provide as much information as impossible,” Schedule June 2 - Public hearing on possible effects of the 2010 census June 13 - First read mg and public hearing of an ordinance for a referendum on any changes to the election method or redistricting June 27 - Second reading Dewar said. «City Manager Richard Pearce said he plans to make information available to the public before the hearing is held. Results from the 2010 U.S. Census will help Council determine if the 4-2-1 format is still sustainable. Growth on the south side of Aiken and drops in the minority population in Districts I and 2 will be some factors taken into consideration. T he first reading and public heanng of an ordinance tor a referendum on any changes to the elect nm method or redistricting plans is scheduled for June 13 al a regular Council meeting. The second reading would be held on June 27. If the referendum is approv cd, submittal of a pre-clearance package with the approved ordinance to the U.S. Department of Justice would be July 8 with an estimated date of receipt between Sept. 9-13. Public notices would later be published regarding a redistricting ret-erendum election from Sept, I to Oct. 7. Contact Amy Bunton at abanion(aaikemtatukmi com Markets Movie listings SC Nation/World 8A Obituaries 6A Opinions 9A Puzzles 4C Sports lf TV Listings 2C Horses in need of home Local man accused of stealing DOE funds By KAREN DAILY Staff writer An Aiken County man is charged with theft of government funds and accused of lying to investigators on allegations he was stealing from the Department of Energy. Anthony C unningham, 56, of Jackson, was charged with one count of theft of government funds and four counts of giving a false statement to investigators. The indictment alleges that ( winiogham falsely claimed he "incurred dual bv mg expenses on certifications for per diem payments arui, as a result, received money from a program operated by the U.S. Department of Energy (IX)E).’’ A DOK spokesman at the Savannah River Site, Jim Giusti, did not return messages left for him Monday. The maximum penalty t unmngham could receive for the theft charge is IO years of imprisonment, plus live years ct imprisonment for each lulse statement charge. The case was inv estigated by agents of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of the Inspector General and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Dean Eichei-berger of the Columbia office, the U.S. attorneys office reported. DOI: is investigating cases where allegations have been made that someone is bilking the system, prosecutors said In February, three Savannah River Site contract employees were accused by the U.S. attorneys office of similar crimes. PIMM see INDICTMENT, page SA ta (ttetliB Grady L. Spradley, Wagener Holly Shree Luther, Aiken Julius "Alonzo" Jordan, Vauduse Karen Elaine Courtney, Aiken Marian M. Parish, Aiken Calendar 5C Classifieds SB Crossword 4C Comics SC Dear Abby 4C Horoscopes 4C By HALEY HUGHES Staff wnter Tuesday May 24.2011 Vol. 145, No. 144 Today's Weather H*9h { U 95° •Mmm- ^ low 67° Full forecast 16C ‘W €LE A mare and her foal arc recuperating at the Aiken SK A after they woe found in Wagener sullenng from neglect. They were wandering the road malnourished. said Aiken SPI A Executive Director Gary W illoughby. The two are now gaining weight, thanks to readily available hay and grain, and are recciv mg proper veterinary care. They also have the run of the large canine agility field for several hours a day. ‘Unloftunately, I guess the guy had too many horses and couldn’t Iced them,” Willoughby said. I he man s neighbor paid S20 each lur the horses, but the) wandered oft the property and were spotted by an Aiken County employee. The Aiken SK A volunteered to take them while lining up a leister home The 7-year-okl marc and her I-year-old foal w ill soon go to a foster home and will be available tor adoption some tune in the future “We have enough people in Aiken that love horses that I think we can laid them a home,” Willoughby said. “We want to get them into the right environment.” Neither the mare nor her foal have had that much experience with humans, and Willoughby said they will have to be trained and disciplined by an experienced owner. [he new owner should also have the room, the money and the know-how to properly care for horses, Willoughby said. Republican presidential candida!* Early yean Bom i960, m St Paul. Minn Education Bachelors degree University of Minnesota 1963, law degree. University Of Minnesota Law School. 1986 Family Mamed, two children ratted a Roman Catholic, became an evangelical Christian alter his marriage Career 1966-1992 Worked rn private sector as a lawyer, software service company e&ecuttve started rn state politics as advisor tor Jon Grunter s losing bid tor Minnesota governor in 1990 1992-2002 Member at Minnesota House of Representatives majority leader, 1990-2002 2003-2010 Governor of Minnesota ran on a conservative anti-abortion, anti-tax platform kept hts no new taxes pledge but raised tees balanced budget three times but left a $5 billion budget deficit e Mil SCT SOMO* wilt*—IU) OOO!    *>,    oorr, HP* MI. I that Staff photo by Haley Hughes This 7-year-old mare and her I year-old foal were found wandering in Wagener and taken to the Aiken SPCA. They will be going to a foster home soon and be available for adoption in the future. Staff photo by Haley Hughes Aiken SPCA Executive Director Gary Willoughby feeds the foal a treat. The foal and its mother were malnourished and suffering from neglect when they were picked up, Willoughby said. They have since been gaining weight and have received proper vet care. “They are not lur a casual owner,”    For    more information, visit the he said    Aiken    SK'A at 401 Wire Road or call An adoption fee has not yet been set. 648-6863. ;