GSK plant resumes operations

The GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Manufacturing plant in Aiken resumed operations on Wednesday night after being shut down on Tuesday morning for elevated methane levels.

The plant resumed operations at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, according to Teresa Caro, a spokeswoman for GSK. Operations were shut down on Tuesday while crews investigated elevated levels of methane gas in the sewer system at the site on Windham Road.

“The sewer system has been addressed, and methane readings are down to a safe level,” Caro said. “As an additional safety step, the site increased ventilation in the impacted area, and a crew member is monitoring the sewer system by taking methane readings every 30 minutes.”

The site employs about 200 people, all of which were aware of the situation and kept up to date through their managers and the site’s emergency phone line, Caro said. There was no safety risk posed to the surrounding communities due to the methane levels, and no products were impacted by the event.

Two people detained on drug charges

Two people were detained on drug charges after an undercover operation by the North Augusta Department of Public Safety and the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.

Aris Juanchesco Flores, 23, was arrested outside his home in Plaza Place Apartments, according to Lt. Tim Thornton, a spokesman for North Augusta Public Safety. He was placed in the Aiken County detention center.

Acting on a “reliable” tip, detectives connected Flores to a package containing a large amount of marijuana being delivered to his apartment, Thornton said. Lawmen executed a search warrant on the home and found more than a pound of marijuana inside.

Flores’ 22-year-old girlfriend, Janessa Jeanmiare Gibson, also lives at the apartment and was charged with trafficking marijuana.

Part of South Boundary to be closed on Monday

A portion of South Boundary Avenue will be closed Monday while crews remove a large tree, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

The road between Newberry Street and Laurens Street will close at 9 a.m. and remain closed until sometime in the afternoon, according to Capt. David Turno. Crews will be removing a large tree that will require the use of a crane.

Northbound traffic will be diverted onto Newberry Street and southbound traffic will be diverted onto Easy Street, Turno said. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area to prevent delays.