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Man sought in armed robbery at Aiken bank

Aiken police were looking for a man believed to have been involved in a bank robbery Friday afternoon.

The robbery occurred shortly after 4:30 p.m. at Vista Bank on Laurens Street North in Aiken, according to an Aiken Public Safety news release.

Officials say a man entered the bank with a small handgun. The suspect is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, about 40 years old and was wearing a black cap and a blue wind suit with white stripes. Anyone with information should call Aiken Public Safety at (803) 642-7620 or Crimestoppers of the Midlands at (888) CRIME-SC.

Fourth-graders tried to trade marijuana

Two Jefferson Elementary fourth-graders could face charges of attempting to sell marijuana to other students, authorities said Friday.

Principal Pam Hart contacted Burnettown Police Department after students told teachers the boys were attempting to trade marijuana for food, money and other items, Chief David Paul Smith said. Police recovered 3 grams of marijuana from the 10-year-olds, but police could not determine which students the boys distributed drugs to, Chief Smith said.

The students would not say where they got the drugs. Aiken County Family Court will determine whether the boys will face charges. Both children have been placed back with their families.

2 men charged after meth is found in truck

Two men were in jail Friday accused of running a mobile methamphetamine lab out of a pickup.

John Whitener, of Hephzibah, was arrested and charged with manufacturing and trafficking methamphetamine, in addition to traffic violations, according to jail records. Jaimeson Urbanik, of Augusta, was charged with manufacturing and trafficking methamphetamine.

About 12:30 a.m., Medical College of Georgia Police stopped a Ford Ranger driving southbound on 15th Street with no headlights, said MCG Maj. Eugene Maxwell.

MCG officers ran the tag and discovered that the license plate was not registered to the vehicle. A search of the truck's bed uncovered meth and materials to cook meth, Maj. Maxwell said. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and the Richmond County Sheriff's Office narcotics unit assisted in the arrests.

Downtown homes damaged in blaze

Two residences in downtown Augusta were damaged by fire late Friday, but officials said there were no injuries.

The blaze was reported shortly after 8 p.m. at a two-story home in the 300 block of Ellis Street. That structure sustained major fire and smoke damage to its top floor. A home about 10 feet away also had some of its siding melted from the fire. A cause wasn't known late Friday.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/07/09 - 07:09 am
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Is someone being coy by not

Is someone being coy by not mentioning the race of the Aiken bank robber? That would seem an important piece of information.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/07/09 - 07:13 am
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Of course the 4th graders

Of course the 4th graders were placed back with their families. I wonder where they could have got the drugs. And 4th graders keeping quiet is also surprising. That's some good questioning technique that can't get information from 10 year olds. Life goes on.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/07/09 - 07:14 am
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A mobile meth lab with no

A mobile meth lab with no headlights? Burn outs are funny.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/07/09 - 07:16 am
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The cause of the siding

The cause of the siding melting was the heat from the house burning ten feet away.

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wallerstein 02/07/09 - 08:32 am
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How is it the approximate age

How is it the approximate age (40 years old) of the bank robber is listed, but not his race?

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HYPOCRITES 08 02/07/09 - 08:34 am
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He was an American.

He was an American.

curly123053
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curly123053 02/07/09 - 09:05 am
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Every 40 yr old male at 5 ft

Every 40 yr old male at 5 ft 6 inches is now the suspect of the Aiken bank robbery regardless of your skin color. Guess I will need to go to the Aiken Standard's online paper for more info.

LadyCisback
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LadyCisback 02/07/09 - 09:41 am
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I think somebody is taking

I think somebody is taking justice in their own hands..

rufus
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rufus 02/07/09 - 09:47 am
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presbo is the first American

presbo is the first American President

chey
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chey 02/07/09 - 10:02 am
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I wonder if the 4th graders

I wonder if the 4th graders families were investigated before placing the kids back with them. I'm with PT on this one. Something doesn't sound right with that.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/07/09 - 10:59 am
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Oh yeah, Hypo, all Americans

Oh yeah, Hypo, all Americans look basically alike. What could I have been thinking?

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sprintman 02/07/09 - 11:22 am
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patricia thomas most

patricia thomas most americans do look alike. Except for the amount of sunlight exposure to their skin.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/07/09 - 11:39 am
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sprintman, to a certain

sprintman, to a certain extent. However, if the robber were Japanese, or black, or white (euro), or Polynesian, the apparent race would certainly be a big addition to the description offered in the article.

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Rose 02/07/09 - 11:59 am
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WRDW showed a picture of the

WRDW showed a picture of the man in the bank. I don't remember his race.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/07/09 - 12:01 pm
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Does that mean he's black,

Does that mean he's black, Rose?

Rose
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Rose 02/07/09 - 12:22 pm
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HYPOCRITES 08 02/07/09 - 12:36 pm
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PT my comment was to those

PT my comment was to those who are tired of the word African-American. They usually say something like aren't they American? So I wanted them to think about a generic description of 5'6'', 150lbs, black hair with no mention of race. Like you stated " all Americans look basically alike".

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/07/09 - 01:18 pm
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Rose, I looked at the picture

Rose, I looked at the picture and I remember his race. Like Hypo said, he's American of Negro descent. My whole point of commenting earlier wasn't in reference to his skin color. It was in reference to a description that left out such an important detail that was unnecessarily excluded.

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pofwe 02/07/09 - 01:36 pm
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I think the 4th graders were

I think the 4th graders were hungry more than "stoners." They wanted to trade the pot for "food, money or other items." 3 grams were recovered, thats enough for a "pin joint" not a "hawg leg." Sounds like a case for family & childrens' services, not vice.

Rose
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Rose 02/07/09 - 01:46 pm
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pt last night I saw severl

pt last night I saw severl pictures of criminals on the news and could not remember which was which.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/07/09 - 06:46 pm
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pofwe, it's "pen" joint, like

pofwe, it's "pen" joint, like is rolled in the penitentiary not a "pin" joint like is rolled tiny like a pin. Drug trivia to add to your repertoire.

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