Although some thought we might not make it past Dec. 21, here we are, about to start another new year. As 2012 draws to a close, we take a look at the 20 most popular web news stories of 2012 on

1. Schofield teacher on leave after parent complains of ‘pornographic’ book – March 21

A Schofield Middle School teacher was placed on administrative leave while officials investigated whether the teacher breached school policy or the law when he read “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card to his class. The book was reported as pornographic by a parent.

2. UPDATED: Master Cpl. Sandy Rogers has died – Jan. 28

Aiken Department of Public Safety Master Cpl. Sandy Rogers was shot in the line of duty and was pronounced dead at Aiken Regional Medical Centers later that day. After a short chase, the accused gunman, Joshua Tremaine Jones, was arrested at his residence.

3. Suspect shot by police following call on Cherry Hills Drive – May 17

A suspect was shot by police following a domestic call. According to police, while searching the home, a deceased victim was found. Police eventually released more information, leading to our No. 5 Top story.

4. Rogers remembered: Family, community mourn slain officer – Feb. 2

Law enforcement officers from across the nation gathered with family, friends and community members to bid farewell to the 27-year-veteran Aiken Public Safety Master Cpl. Sandy Rogers. Hundreds lined the procession, waving American flags, from the USC Aiken Convocation Center to Bethany Cemetery, to show support for Rogers’ family and friends.


Aiken Public Safety officers shot and killed an Aiken man, Craig Jarvis, who is believed to have killed his ex-wife, Lynn M. Carlisle at her home. He then turned the weapon on the officers who had responded to her 911 calls in which she plead for help.

6. UPDATED: One dead, one wounded in early morning shooting – May 14

William Holmes Jr. was killed, and Ollie Winglass was wounded during an early morning shooting at Churchill Commons Apartments. Witnesses told police that three unidentified men entered the apartment, fired shots and fled the area.

7. Man cited for asking to smell, kiss woman’s feet – Feb. 16

Joey William Leaphart, a registered sex offender, was cited for asking to smell and kiss a woman’s feet while she was shopping in Walmart. Leaphart was placed on trespass notice at the Richland Avenue Walmart.

8. Father of suspected cop killer speaks out – Jan. 28

The father of suspected cop killer, Joshua Jones, spoke to the media, saying that his heart goes out to the family of slain Aiken Public Safety Master Cpl. Sandy Rogers. He learned of the shooting on the Internet after his son stole his car.

9. Men arrested this morning following two armed robberies – July 7

Two men, Carl Donte Johnson and Brandon Marsalis Wilson, were arrested after two armed robberies occurred at two different Kangaroo Express convenience stores. The two men were spotted shortly after the second armed robbery and apprehended after a short vehicle pursuit.

10. Officer killed, suspect jailed – Jan. 29

Aiken Public Safety Master Cpl. Sandy Rogers was gunned down while responding to a resident’s concerns about a suspicious vehicle in Eustis Park. Joshua Jones, the accused gunman, was apprehended after leading police on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle.


The North Augusta owner of Guns and Ammo Gunsmith used a semi-automatic weapon, killing one man and injuring two others after they broke into his store. The three robbers crashed a vehicle into the storefront and started stealing guns before the owner shot them.

12. Local ‘Gypsy Wedding’ episode airs tonight – May 29

TLC’s show, “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding,” visited North Augusta to record a wedding in Murphy’s Village. Local owner of Edge Salon and Spa, David Towles shared some of his experiences with the Aiken Standard of working with the Irish Travelers of Murphy’s Village.

13. Bond hearing for Jones set for today – Jan. 30

Alleged cop killer Joshua Jones was formally charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. His bond hearing was scheduled. He also was charged with murder and a firearms violations in the death of his pregnant girlfriend.

14. Public, family honor Rogers – Jan. 30

Family and friends of slain Aiken Public Safety Master Cpl. Sandy Rogers gathered at Eustis Park to pay honor. Four local youth from the community led the peace rally while others participated by lighting candles and reading scripture.

15. SRR employee faces review for sending political email – Sept. 20

A SRR employee feared for his job after he forwarded a political email in support of voting for President Obama to other employees. He faced a review panel for using government resources for a political activity.

16. Wreck claims life of 43-year-old – July 29

Stacia Mock was pronounced dead at the scene after a two-car collision at the intersection of Reynolds Pond and Pipeline roads in Aiken. Mock and her husband, Chris Mock were hit by a car driven by William Currie when Currie failed to stop at a stop sign.

17. Man dies, wife injured in wreck on Banks Mills – Feb. 6

Gerald Hooker died from injures sustained when he and his wife were hit by a car while riding a tandem bicycle. The couple tried to turn left off Banks Mill Road when a car attempting to pass them struck their bicycle.

18. Five arrested after search warrants executed – Jan. 13

Five men were arrested after information obtained during an investigation lead to two search warrants for two separate residences. Both search warrants were executed simultaneously; firearms, marijuana and cocaine were seized.

19. Woman charged with felony DUI – June 17

Lacie Doolittle of Wagener was charged with felony DUI after allegedly killing a man in a wreck. Doolittle’s vehicle hit the victim’s truck, that was on the side of the road, which caused it to strike him, resulting in fatal injuries.

20. Accused killer of officer to remain in jail – Jan. 31

Accused cop-killer Joshua Jones, remained in jail after his bonds hearing. Bond cannot be set by a magistrate judge for a charge carrying a life sentence, and no bond was set for the murder. Richmond County officials had a hold on Jones for his alleged role in the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, which left him ineligible for bond.