Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Fourth DUI

Nicholus Martin, 31, of Aiken, was charged Saturday with driving under influence - 4th offense.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol Busted Mr. Martin on Saturday night, and he remains in the detention center early today.

According to DUI.Drivinglaws.org, a fourth DUI conviction in South Carolina can lead to permanent driver's license revocation and a minimum of 1 year in prison (and possibly more depending on the BAC level).

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Traffic Death on I-20

Press release from Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton:

32 year old Aaron Jennings of North Augusta SC was pronounced dead at the Medical College of Georgia Emergency Department at 7:18pm. Mr. Jennings was involved in a two vehicle crash on I-20 westbound between mile marker 14 and 15 at approximately 6:15pm.

According to witness' Mr. Jennings' vehicle was traveling west in the #1 lane (nearest the median) when a tractor trailer pulled into his lane from the #2 lane. The tractor trailer was apparently attempting to avoid slower moving traffic when he was alleged to have forced Mr. Jennings into the median where the 2004 Ford Explorer overturned ejecting Mr. Jennings. Mr. Jennings was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the fatal crash.

Another motorist was able to get the tractor trailers vehicle information and the South Carolina Highway Patrol was able to locate the vehicle. It is not known at this time whether the tractor trailer actually struck Mr. Jennings' vehicle. The SCHP MAIT is investigating the circumstances of the crash.

Mr. Jennings is the 9th traffic fatality in Aiken County in 2010. Mr. Jennings died from multiple body trauma.

Sex Offender Arrested Again

A convicted sex offender in Aiken County was arrested Wednesday for unlawful use of a telephone.

Daniel Lee Lard, 23, of Graniteville,
was charged with the offense by Aiken County authorities and remains in the detention center at this hour.

Mr. Lard has a long history of arrests, including many for sex-related offenses. He's a registered sex offender with a conviction just last year for criminal sexual conduct with a minor (11-14 years old), according to the state's sex offender registry. The state registry suggests that he did not serve any prison time for the offense since he was convicted and released on the same date.

According to the Aiken County Jail, these are his previous arrests:
  • May 11, 2006: Criminal sexual conduct with a minor, lewd act on a child
  • Nov. 27, 2007: Marijuana cultivation, drug paraphernalia
  • June 27, 2008: Criminal sexual conduct with a minor
  • July 9, 2008: Lewd act on a child
Oddly enough, Aiken County jail records show him with a Gloverville address while the state sex offender website says he registered in February with an address on Hubert Street in Gloverville.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Maybe he's trying to live up to his neck tattoo, but repeat offender Christopher Buff of North Augusta was charged yesterday with assault and battery. His neck tattoo appears to say "Roughneck."

The 29-year-old man is a repeat offender who has been arrested six other times in Aiken County for charges of breaking & entering, criminal sexual conduct with minors, assault, marijuana possession, driving under suspension and parole violation.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Another DUI

Dustin Lucas, 22, of Aiken, apparently didn't learn his lesson from his first DUI arrest.

Aiken public safety officers busted him Saturday afternoon for DUI - 2nd offense. He's one of many drunk driving arrested over the Easter weekend.

Dustin also has two previous arrests for disorderly conduct - gross intoxication, according to jail records. He apparently likes his alcohol.

Check out The Jail Report on Wednesday for details on other DUI arrests in the CSRA.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

110 mph Along the Interstate

A Columbia, S.C., teen was trying to zoom through Aiken County at 3 a.m. this morning on Interstate 20.

Unfortunately for him, it's illegal to drive 110 mph along the interstate, so 18-year-old Quenshawn Johnson was stopped and arrested by the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Instead of hightailing it through the county, he's been stuck here all morning and is still sitting in the Aiken County Jail at this hour waiting to make bond.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Sexual Battery in Appling

An Appling man man was arrested Wednesday for sexual battery on his ex-girlfriend, according to a sheriff's report.

Wesley Dye, a 30-year-old carpet cleaner, is accused of touching his ex-girlfriend intimately despite the woman telling him not to, according to a Columbia County sheriff's report. The victim said she had gone to the suspect's home around lunchtime Wednesday to return some clothes Mr. Dye had left at her home. While she was there, Mr. Dye touched her, she said.