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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
National Night Out now involves over 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.
The traditional “lights on” campaign and symbolic front porch vigils turned into a celebration across America with various events and activities including, but not limited to, block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars, in effort to heighten awareness and enhance community relations.
It’s a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round. The night celebrates safety and crime prevention successes and works to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days.
NNO events in Aiken County include: Summerfield Park in North Augusta on AUG6, Clearwater Village Apartments on AUG6, Woodbridge Baptist Church on AUG10, and Belvedere Ridge Ball Field on AUG24. Most of these events run from 5:00PM through 8:00PM. For more information, contact your neighborhood rep.
YOUR ASSISTANCE IS REQUESTED:
The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information and assistance in identifying the suspect seen in these photos. The Sheriff’s Office has been conducting an investigation into the theft of copper from BESCO located on Main Drive, Aiken SC. It was discovered that the suspect stole an amount of copper wire from this business on April 4, 2013. Investigators need the community’s assistance in identifying this suspect who is expected to be charged with Grand Larceny and various other charges. Anyone with any information, we encourage them to call the Sheriff’s Office at (803) 648-6811 or Crime Stoppers with a tip or information at (888) CRIME-SC (888-274-6372)
Our office is pleased to provide OffenderWatch® for the citizens of Aiken County. OffenderWatch® is the nation's leading registered sex offender management and community notification tool with hundreds of leading agencies in dozens of states utilizing it. Aiken County's law enforcement utilizes OffenderWatch® to manage and monitor the whereabouts, conduct and compliance status of the registered offenders in Aiken County. OffenderWatch® provides the most accurate and timely information available and now this information is available to you!
OffenderWatch® is updated instantaneously throughout the day as offender addresses and other offender information is updated in our office. You may enter any address in the County and see real-time information on the publishable offenders within the specified radius of the address you enter.
Offenders move frequently, so instead of having to check the maps on a weekly basis, the best way to stay informed is to take advantage of our free email alert system. You may confidentially register as many addresses in the County as you wish, and we will continuously monitor the addresses and send you an email alert if a new offender registers an address within the specified radius of any address you register. There is no cost for this service and no limit to the number of addresses you can register - your email address and physical addresses are all confidential. Tell your friends and neighbors and be sure to register your home, school, work, gym, day care, park, soccer field, parents or children's homes - any address of interest to you!
To utilize this system, please go to the Aiken County Sheriff’s web site at www.aikencountysheriff.org and click on the OffenderWatch® icon. The Aiken County Sheriff's Office maintains this OffenderWatch® portal as a community service. If you have any questions about OffenderWatch® or have any information about the compliance status of any offender in Aiken County, please contact SSGT Funk at 803-642-1776 or e-mail administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the assistance of the community, the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office investigators have identified and obtained arrest warrants on Nora Christine Morrison, 27, Ann Marie Morgan, 36, and Philip Nicholas Freeman, 33, for Larceny. The Sheriff’s Office has been conducting an investigation on a theft of metal from private property near the intersection Berlin Church Road and Remont Road, in the Salley/Perry area. It is believed that the suspects have been taking metal from this area between April 15-June 28, 2013. Ms. Morrison turned herself into investigators today, July 16, 2013, and booked into the Aiken County Detention Center. The other two suspects remain at large. Anyone with any information on the location of the suspects, we encourage them to call the Sheriff’s Office at (803) 648-6811 or Crime Stoppers with a tip or information at (888) CRIME-SC (888-274-6372)
4th of July Holiday Weekend
With the first major holiday of the summer rapidly approaching, we thought it might be wise to review some safety tips for the long 4th of July weekend. Some of these are obvious, others not so much.
- Food borne illness is always an issue when we are at a picnic or eating outdoors in the heat; remember to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.
- Handle fireworks with great care. Most injuries from fireworks occur as a result of carelessness or due to alcohol. Know the fireworks laws for the area you live in. Never let children handle fireworks and keep a supply of water handy for an emergency.
- Never, repeat never drink and drive. If driving long distances, take breaks and rest if you feel tired.
- Exercise care when grilling. Watch your fire and never leave it unattended.
- Last but not least, don’t forget about your pets. Make sure they have ample water in hot weather. Many animals are afraid of loud noises; protect your pets if you are shooting off fireworks.
Enjoy your time with family and friends.
INCLEMENT WEATHER PRECAUTIONS
With all the inclement weather that has been occurring recently, we thought it might be wise to review some basic weather cautions. First, please take seriously any weather related warnings from the media. With all the rain we have been having, please be cautious when water is observed on the roadway. As little as one foot of water on the roadway can stall a vehicle; as little as two feet of water can wash a vehicle off the road. Additionally, the roadway could be washed away and not visible. More people die from drowning than any other weather related fatalities. Lightning can be a killer; it is a good idea to remain off the telephone and indoors away from windows and plumbing fixtures during thunderstorms. Tornado watches and warnings, although rare, should be taken seriously and the appropriate precautions taken.
CodeRED is a new emergency notification service by which county officials can notify Aiken County residents and businesses by telephone, cellular phone, text message, or electronic mail about emergency situations or critical community alerts. The system is capable of sending messages only to specific neighborhoods or the entire community. Severe weather situations, substantial utility outage, evacuation notices, missing or lost persons, fires or floods, major roadway issues, significant criminal situations, chemical spill or gas leak. In short, emergencies and community alerts. You can sign up for CodeRed on the Aiken County Web site at: www.aikencountysc.gov
An Ounce of Prevention:
The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is continually working to protect you and your property. There are things that you can do to be pro-active in this area. As an example; you can help prevent yourself from becoming a victim of an automobile break-in by taking a few simple steps. First, always lock your vehicle when it is left unattended. This one simple step will greatly reduce your chances of becoming a victim. Second, do not leave valuables in plain sight. These two simple steps could greatly reduce your chances of becoming a victim. Anyone observing any suspicious activity should immediately report this to your local law enforcement agency.
Frank MUNS - CAPTURED
Franks Muns, wanted by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office for ATTEMPTED MURDER & Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Violent Crime was captured by the ACSO Warrant's Deputies with the help of the US Marshalls on 27APR13.
WANTED - FRANK MUNS
Frank MUNS is wanted for Attempted Murder and Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Violent Crime. He should be considered Extremely DANGEROUS. It is believed that he is hiding in the Aiken area, possibly Beech Island. Please call the Aiken County Sheriff's Office at 803-642-1762 with any info.
South Carolina Detention Deputy of the Year
On March 26th Michael Dennis was awarded the South Carolina Jail Administrator’s Association Correctional Officer of the Year award for 2013. This is the second time he was honored with this distinguished award, wining it in 2011 as well. The South Carolina Jail Administrators Association (SCJAA) promotes professionalism through training; promotes unity, address relevant jail issues; promotes fellowship and good will amongst those who serve within the criminal justice system; and continually strives to promote a positive image of professional and ethical behavior to the community and citizens it serves. The Association is composed of Jail Administrators or persons responsible to Sheriffs, City/County Administrators or Regional Boards for the operation of city/county detention facilities, county prisons, or regional detention centers in South Carolina; their employees, South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) employees, Vendors, and retired Jail Administrators, jail employees and SCDC employees who were members in good standing upon their retirement.
SOBER or SLAMMER
Several law enforcement agencies in the Aiken area will be participating in the "Sober or Slammer" campaigne during the upcoming holiday season. There are a number of enforcement activities including traffic check points scheduled bewtween now and New Years. Anyone choosing to drink should ensure that they have a designated driver. The Aiken County Sheriff's Office wishes all a happy and safe holiday season.
Project Lifesaver International’s primary mission partners with law enforcement agencies to help save citizens time and money. Project Lifesaver International has joined forces with the North Augusta Department of Public...Safety, Aiken County Sheriff's Office and Aiken Department of Public Safety to aid in locating victims suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, Autism and other dementias. Project Lifesaver of North Augusta/Aiken County, Inc. deploys specially trained teams with the most reliable technology available to quickly locate and return wandering adults and children to their families and caregivers.
To apply for a tracking device, complete an application and physician statement and mail to:
Project Lifesaver of North Augusta / Aiken County, Inc
Aiken County Bloodhound Tracking Team is on call 24/7.
ACSO WARRANT SERVICE / NARCOTICS RAID
The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources executed two search warrants on 18JUL12 at the residence of 251 Bear Island Lane in Jackson SC, in reference to illegal narcotics, illegal trapping and hunting. As a result of the search warrants 3 subjects were arrested on various drug charges. During the course of the search Investigators recovered 30 marijuana plants, 18 grams of Crystal Methamphetamine along with items related to possible illegal gaming and hunting. The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office also took into custody several firearms, a vehicle used in the transportation of the illegal narcotics and a piece of farm equipment used in the planting and cultivation of the illegal marijuana plants. The estimated value of the marijuana is approx. $3000 and the Crystal Methamphetamine is approx. $2200. The South Carolina DNR can be reached at 1-800-922-5431 in regards to their case and possible pending charges.