Originally created 04/30/01

Across the area



AIKEN COUNTY
Suspect in slaying awaits hearing

A Wagener man charged in the slaying of his former common-law wife remained at the Aiken County Detention Center on Sunday awaiting a bond hearing.

Mitchell C. Daniels, 35, was arrested late Saturday and charged with the slaying of Susie Summers Bookman. Authorities said Ms. Bookman, 37, of Oak Ridge Club Road, died from injuries she received when she was shot once in the neck.

Police from at least three agencies searched on foot and by air for Mr. Daniels on Saturday. He was arrested at the intersection of Veterans and Oak Ridge Club roads in the Windsor community.

GEORGIA
18 face charges in drug bust

DALTON - Authorities have seized 20 pounds of methamphetamine worth about $1.3 million after a six-month drug investigation in Whitfield County.

On Saturday, 18 people were charged with felony trafficking. Also seized were 16 vehicles used to transport the narcotics, a personal watercraft purchased with "drug money," 10 guns and $147,000 in cash, police said.

Sheriff Scott Chitwood said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, working with Whitfield County deputies, began the investigation last November "after we experienced a tremendous increase in the amount of methamphetamine that was being seized by our patrol and narcotics division."

Authorities have identified only one of the suspects: Dionico Robles. Sheriff Chitwood said investigators confiscated $96,000 from a safe deposit box used by Mr. Robles.

The sheriff said that the stimulant drug likely was coming from Atlanta and that more arrests were possible in coming weeks.

GEORGIA
Member of public board charged

SNELLVILLE -A man suspected of sending a bomb scare to Gwinnett Technical College serves on a public board - and won't be removed from it.

Kevin Michael Brehmer, 41, was arrested last week and charged with criminal trespass. Police said he set off an alarm and was discovered on campus with a school door open.

Officers found a document in Mr. Brehmer's car proclaiming that schools should be "blown up." The incident forced some early classes to be called off.

Mr. Brehmer is an appointed member of Gwinnett County's Historic Preservation and Restoration Board. The commissioner who appointed him, John Dunn, said he intends to keep Mr. Brehmer on his board.

"I've known him for four years," Mr. Dunn said. "He's a hard worker. He's very smart. He's had some problems, and we're helping him get through them. I don't consider this a heinous crime."

SOUTH CAROLINA
Student dies trying to stop fight

CLEMSON - A 21-year-old Clemson University student trying to break up a fight between his roommate and another man was stabbed to death, police say.

Richard Axel Gillis died at Anderson Area Medical Center on Saturday, according to Clemson police. James Joseph Capazzi, 21, of Anderson, has been charged with murder.

Witnesses told investigators that Mr. Gillis' roommate started fighting with Mr. Capazzi at their home, Chief Johnson Link said. Mr. Gillis was stabbed in the chest about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Film office's future to be shown

COLUMBIA - Commerce Department officials this week will present a plan to Gov. Jim Hodges aimed at clarifying the goals of the South Carolina Film Office and increasing spending by the film industry in the state.

Mary Morgan-Kerlagon, the director of the film office, said the plan to be presented Tuesday will target many of the issues lawmakers, academics, filmmakers and technical personnel have aired the past several months.

"It's a very aggressive plan, both short- and long-term, considering the budget cuts we are dealing with," she said.

Mr. Hodges earlier this year directed Commerce Secretary Charlie Way to devise a strategic plan for the film office, which has been involved in lengthy debate about its future.

In the past, South Carolina has served primarily as a location state, a backdrop to such major motion pictures as The Patriot, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Forrest Gump and G.I. Jane. But Sen. Ernie Passailaigue, D-Charleston, said the state needs to tout more than just landscapes in films.

MEETINGS

Today:

Citizens Advisory Budget Review Committee, 4 p.m., Room 605, Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

Tuesday:

Columbia County Commission, 6:30 p.m., Appling Courthouse

Augusta Commission, 2 p.m., commission chamber, eighth floor, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

Aiken County Council, 7 p.m., County Council Annex, Richland Avenue

Edgefield County Council, 6 p.m., County Building, Jeter Street

Barnwell County Council, 7 p.m., Agriculture Building, Courthouse Circle

McCormick Town Council, 7 p.m., Town Hall, Augusta Street

Wednesday:

Pension Committee of the Augusta Commission, 10 a.m., Room 803, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

Thursday:

Columbia County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6:30 p.m., Evans Government Center Auditorium

BLOODMOBILE

Appointments are available at these locations for people wishing to donate blood:

American Red Cross Blood Services: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays (except holidays), 950 Millbrook St., Suite A, Aiken; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (except holidays), 106 Pleasant Home Road, Suite L, at LaPavilion Shopping Center, Augusta. Call (803) 642-5180 in Aiken or (706) 868-8800 in Augusta.

Shepeard Community Blood Center: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (except holidays), 112-B Davis Road, Martinez; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays (except holidays), 1533 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta; and noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays (except holidays), Rich Plaza near the corner of Whiskey and Pine Log roads, Aiken. Call (706) 854-1880 in Martinez, (706) 737-4551 in Augusta or (803) 643-7996 in Aiken.