Aiken Area Progressive

Progressive blog for the Central Savannah River Area.

Month: September, 2014

Jealous Orangeburg woman slays boyfriend over text messages

ORANGEBURG — Ladies, this is why we in America need to tell you that it is no longer acceptable to hit men over suspicions of affairs.  And the need to tell your daughters and sisters the same thing is also urgent.

An abusive 23-year-old woman was arrested for killing her boyfriend over a text message another woman sent to his mobile phone.

“She looked into his cell phone and saw messages of him communicating with another female and when he was confronted about those messages, that’s when the stabbing happened,” said Lieutenant Alfred Alexander with the Orangeburg Department of Safety.

The residence of Courtney Price, 23, and the infant son she shared with the victim, is still an active crime scene, cordoned off by yellow tape.

Deputies with OPS said she killed her boyfriend after seeing text messages sent from another woman to his phone.  This incident happened on Saturday.

“Once they made contact with her she informed them that there was a gentleman upstairs that had been stabbed,” said Lt. Alexander.  “Our officers went upstairs, found [the victim] laying on the floor between the bed and the dresser drawer.”

The victim was 24.  He died at the scene from the stab wound.

Ms. Price told OPS deputies that she demanded that the victim give up his mobile phone for a check of his messaging history.  She found a message from another woman who claims that he had fathered another child prior to Ms. Price giving birth to their son.  At that point, Ms. Price told deputies that she cut him to death.

“We’re not used to seeing so much so often it’s kind of got everybody up in arms about it because this is not something that we’re used to, to have two violent crimes follow each other back to back,” said Lt. Alexander.

The couple’s child is in the care of Price’s mother.

Ms. Price is charged with capital murder.  She made her first court appearance on Monday, where her bond hearing was remanded to the circuit court.  The hearing lasted around ten minutes.

The 24-year-old Myrtle Beach man is the 11th local male victim to have been slain by domestic violence to the hands a woman since November 2013, and the eighth man to have been murdered by women in the CSRA since January 1.  Time to talk to the women and girls and tell them that it is never okay to put her hands on a man for any reason.  This is getting ridiculous.

WLTX News 19

The Times and Democrat

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It’s time to cry: Jessica Wakeman leaves the Frisky today

Today is Jessica Wakeman’s last day at the Frisky, and yours truly can barely contain his emotions.

On Tuesday night, this site’s Twitter account tweeted a rumor that Jessie was leaving.

On Thursday night, that rumor turned out to be our worst fears.  It was confirmed that the curtain was coming down, and Jessie was leaving after nearly five years, with this tweet.

I do not know where to begin, so here is a background on how I found Jessie.

It was in 2011, during a big down time in my life and while I was at Denmark Technical College.  The post I ran into was the one about a female cop named Ruth Hernandez being axed by the Thomson (Ga.) Police Office – this about 72 miles to my west, and this was a big local story.

And the now 30-year-old’s name appears as the author of that piece.  Don’t believe me?  Click on the link in the previous paragraph.

After I saw that story, I decided to follow Jessie on social media.

Usually, when no one else sends panda imagery, I am the one to usually do so.  I was the one who sent Jessie a nice pic of the Bing Panda, which showed up on my Nokia Lumia 521 (an average phone that has decent coverage as long as you are not along and north of US 78 from CLEMSON ST and to the east or along a 13-mile stretch between JASMINE LN in Williston and MONTMORENCI RD in Montmorenci – this phone prefers that we travel along US 278, and that is a good thing).

Then I rifled back in the archives and saw the essay Jessie wrote about depression.  I read that piece and thought to myself about my own struggles with that illness, one that I was diagnosed with in the spring of 2000.  I have had two serious relapses with depression: one in November 2010 and another bridging the end of 2012 and the beginning 2013.

After that, I began following the Frisky near daily.  A lot of the pieces linked here since I resumed writing on February 18, 2013 tracks back to pieces Jessie wrote.  Some of my favorite pieces included a story about a Morgantown, W.Va. restaurant owner showing a sexist customer more skin, one when she called out Kevin Harvick’s fans for sexist attacks on one of the Cope twin sisters, where she made a parody of some idiot radical Christianist group trying to compare flowers and sexuality, her praise of premarital sex because about 97.9% of all of us are doing it these days (and some of us men never get married!), and her piece about the gang rape of a man by four women on Easter Sunday in 2013, a story that was covered by exactly one other American (out of tens of millions) besides her.

Unlike in New York City, where competition between feminist writers is fierce, I have no real competition as my pad is about the only one along the eastern part of the Central Savannah River Area, one of the only ones that cover Georgia and the Carolinas extensively, and the only one outside of the immediate Augusta metro area that is within the CSRA.

But, just because there is a 762 mile difference from New York City to Windsor and Williston, that does not mean that Jessie has not had an impact on me in some way.

Jessie helped me see my own privilege and confront it head on.  She was one of those who helped change some of my old and outdated thinking.  After the #Sendgrid-gate that happened right around my birthday last year, I started writing about the abuse and harassment that women – Jessie included – faced while on the web.  And I learned just how deep and revolting the harassment women faced was.  Screenshots, tweets and links to some of the disgusting things men said about women was all too real.  That repulsed me so much, that I decided to start reporting and exposing abusive social accounts when at all possible.  Because of the fact that I started to defend women from abuse, I am also subject to occasional abuse from misogynistic trolls myself: nearly a year ago, there were examples of people creating troll accounts on Disqus just to attack me no matter what I wrote on articles Jessie and others posted.

As Jessie and others now know, I may have been gentle, but I loved rough hard street name signs.

She is tough as nails, but she loves the soft, cuddly pandas.

I am grateful to know her a little bit and see how she became a better person with the pieces she wrote for the Frisky.

I also was fortunate enough to let her know if anything needed correcting and I also usually shared her posts if the state of South Carolina was involved in some way.

Now, as of 19:30, the same time as the football games begin tonight, I won’t be able to do that anymore.

I am broken.

I am disheartened.

I am fighting back tears.

Goodbye, Jessica Wakeman.  Good luck at your new gig for

Jessica Wakeman
The Frisky

FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS, TOPEKA! Tell YOUR City Council to DEFEAT De La Isla’s unconstitutional ban on public nudity!

TOPEKA — On Tuesday, the first reading of an unconstitutional ban on public nudity will take place, delayed from September 9 due to unforseen circumstances.

The Naturist Action Committee has sent this alert around:


Copyright 2014 by the Naturist Action Committee, which is responsible for its content. Permission is granted for the posting, forwarding or redistribution of this message, provided that it is reproduced in its entirety and without alteration.

DATE: September 18, 2014

SUBJECT: Topeka, Kansas: proposed anti-nudity ordinance

TO: Kansas naturists and other concerned citizens

Attention naturists:

This is an Action Alert from the Naturist Action Committee (NAC). In close coordination with local naturist activists in Kansas, NAC is asking you to take specific action to oppose a dangerous and poorly-worded anti-nudity ordinance in Topeka, Kansas.

QUICK BACKGROUND A few weeks ago, a man was observed walking naked along a road in a sparsely populated portion of Topeka. It was a relatively slow news day, and a local TV station featured the story. CNN picked up the “news,” which included a brief interview with the Shawnee County sheriff. The sheriff advised that no state or local law prevents public nudity, unless it’s done with sexual intent, and that was apparently not the case in this instance.

Of course, that was an invitation for local lawmakers to create such a law. Topeka city council member Michelle De La Isla filed a proposed ordinance for consideration at the September 9 meeting of the council. That meeting was canceled for unrelated reasons; it will take place September 23.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Most ordinances must be presented twice before the City Council before a vote can be taken, but that’s not a guarantee. Regardless, the first presentation sets the tone. When a vote is taken after a second presentation, it’s often just a rubber stamp of the sentiment that existed after the council’s first look. It’s important for opponents of this anti-nudity ordinance to make contact NOW.

WHAT IS NAC ASKING YOU TO DO? If you are a Kansas resident, and especially if you’re a resident of Topeka, NAC is asking you to do the following TWO THINGS:

1) immediately contact the mayor and city council members by e-mail, opposing the ordinance.

2) attend the September 23, 2014, meeting of the Topeka city council. During the public comment period, you will be given the opportunity to speak against the proposed ordinance, and NAC asks that you do so.

WRITE TO THESE OFFICIALS NAC is reaching out to naturists throughout Kansas, because this proposed ordinance has a broad effect. Your comments will carry the most weight if you are a resident of Topeka.

Send your comments to Mayor Larry Wolgast and the nine Topeka City Council members:

For more information concerning the officials associated with these e-mail addresses, see the NAC web site:

WHO SHOULD WRITE? The Naturist Action Committee is addressing this NAC Action Alert to Kansas residents. Topeka residents will have the greatest impact in this matter. Realistically, if you are from outside Kansas, your input to Topeka lawmakers is likely to be discounted. If you live elsewhere, but are a frequent visitor to Kansas, or have family members there, or do business there, then please write.

WHAT SHOULD YOU SAY? When you’re writing, be polite and concise. If you are a Kansas resident or have Kansas connections, you should mention that fact. If you are a Topeka resident, please say so prominently and give your residential address. Regardless, identify yourself by name. Anonymous comments are typically ignored.

Here are some simple points you may wish to make:

1. The proposed ordinance is a solution in search of a problem. It would make bad law for the City of Topeka.

2. The proposed ordinance specifically discriminates against women by the inclusion of gender-specific language.

3. The proposed ordinance would criminalize nudity in a locker room at the gym or the swimming pool.

4. The proposed ordinance would criminalize any man who stands at a urinal in a public restroom and uses it for its intended purpose.

5. The proposed ordinance would criminalize nudity that’s incident to medical examinations in a hospital or doctor’s office.

6. The proposed ordinance would criminalize large numbers of women’s swimsuit bottoms, including those sold in Topeka shops.

PLEASE COPY NAC ON YOUR CORRESPONDENCE You can help the effort by letting us know what you’ve said. Please send copies of your correspondence to NAC. E-mail works best.

Where: City Council Chambers, 214 SE 8th Street

For talking points, see the suggested writing points, above.

WHAT IS NAC DOING? NAC is working closely on this matter with Lake Edun Foundation, a naturist retreat on the outskirts of Topeka that is affiliated with The Naturist Society. NAC has briefed leaders of the American Association for Nude Recreation concerning this issue.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION You can find additional information, including this NAC Action Alert, at or by visiting the NAC web and clicking on ALERTS.

On NAC’s Action Alert page for Topeka, you’ll find a link to the actual text of the proposed ordinance.

PLEASE HELP NAC CONTINUE HELPING NATURISTS! The Naturist Action Committee is a nonprofit volunteer adjunct to The Naturist Society, a membership organization. NAC is committed to vigorous activism on behalf of naturists. NAC has no membership roster and receives no dues money. NAC relies entirely on the voluntary financial support of concerned naturists like YOU.

Won’t you please send a generous donation to NAC?

PO Box 132
Oshkosh, WI 54903
Or call toll free (800) 886-7230 (8AM-4PM, Central Time, weekdays) to donate by phone using your MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card. Or use your credit card to make a convenient online donation:
Thank you for choosing once again to make a difference.

Bob Morton
Executive Director
Naturist Action Committee

In addition to the six key points the Naturist Action Committee brings up as talking points, here are a seventh and eighth that you can also incorporate (if you wish): 7) this proposed ordinance also constitutes sexual discrimination against men, because women can be nude partially (when breastfeeding, while men cannot be), and/or 8) women and children are a lot more concerned about abusive men on the streets than they are about seeing naked men in public.

Anyways, the fact that Topeka has time to push a nudity ban that is totally unconstitutional while they have not restored funds to fight domestic violence shows where City Council’s priorities truly lie.

Naturist Action Committee

Paul Waters pleads guilty to raping pupil

* trigger warning issued for this post for descriptions of physical and sexual abuse of females *

Aiken — A former Williston-Elko High School teacher pleaded guilty to raping a pupil while he was at a teacher at South Aiken High School.

Paul Waters, a former teacher of the two aforementioned schools, made the plea in the Aiken County Courthouse on Thursday, to a count of double sexual battery, per federal guidelines and law dealing with authority figures who sexually abuse subordinates.

He was originally indicted on five counts of the charge.

Mr. Waters was arrested by the Aiken Department of Public Safety in December on charges of raping a 16-year-old South Aiken pupil, per federal statute.

Assistant Solicitor Ashley Hammack said the relationship began through mobile phone and social media communication but quickly escalated.  The victim was not in any of Mr. Waters’s classes or on the teams that he coached.

“A friend of the victim had seen some messages between the defendant and the victim on the phone,” Ms. Hammack told the court Thursday.  “She saw a particular message referencing condoms.”

The friend went to her parents.  Her mother then contacted South Aiken.

Mr. Waters and the victim met up several times weekly in his classroom after school ended and at the GameStop parking lot on WHISKEY RD.  The sexual battery included, “among other things, oral sex and digital penetration.”

Mr. Waters confessed when interviewed by police, and investigators were able to pull surveillance footage from the school that showed Mr. Waters and the student in his classroom for “extended periods of time” after school hours.

When asked by Judge Hill if that was what happened, there was a long pause before Waters responded, “Yes, sir.”

The victim was at school and elected not to show up in court on Thursday.  Her mother did show up, though, but she was so broken by Mr. Waters’s admission of raping her daughter, she was not able to read her own prepared statement.  So, an advocate from the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons read the statement instead.

“I fully believed I was sending my daughter to school to learn, and I felt she would be safe,” noted the statement.  “Instead, she was slowly being manipulated into an adult relationship.”

Attorney James Whittle said his client felt trapped in the “web of deceit” Mr. Waters weaved, afraid to come forward about the relationship at the risk of losing his family.  He voluntarily resigned from Aiken County Public Schools earlier this year and has permanently surrendered his teaching credentials.

Mr. Waters and his wife separated shortly after his arrest, Mr. Whittle said, adding that Waters has a “desire to reunite.”

Mr. Waters told the court that he is remorseful to the victim and her family.

“I should have put my foot down when I felt like it was heading in the wrong direction.  To this day, not a moment goes by where I don’t think about the things I did,” he said.  “There’s nothing in this world I want more than to have the opportunity to rebuild something that I, myself, tore apart.”

So, Mr. Waters wants to reunite with his wife…the one that he abused regularly ever since his days at Williston-Elko.  The wife who he forced to get dressed in the dark.  The wife who had miscarriage after miscarriage and at least one stillborn.  Mr. Waters may be branded as a rapist in the eyes of the public, but he is also a classic domestic abuser…one that happened to fly under the radar for as long as I could remember.

And this was the man who hung around a certain then-cheerleading coach for the Blue Devils while I was at Williston-Elko.  Disgusting doesn’t even begin to describe his manipulative behavior around females.

I hope that his wife files for divorce.  She deserves better than this abuser.

Take a shower if you need to, readers.  The actions of Paul Waters are totally revolting.

Aiken Standard

Another North Augusta woman murders husband

NORTH AUGUSTA — Another day, another incident of domestic violence against men in a state that already has a major domestic violence problem.

A woman was arrested for murdering her husband in the City of North Augusta on Monday.

Deborah was arrested by the North Augusta Department of Public Safety and charged with murder in the slaying of her 63-year-old husband.

The victim was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the head.  Mrs. Deborah was taken to the Aiken County Jail for questioning Monday afternoon.

“Public Safety received a call shortly before noon in reference to a gunshot victim,” said Lieutenant Tim Thornton of NADPS. “Public Safety arrived on the scene … and once inside, they found one male, 63 years old, deceased at the scene.”

Just before 18:00, Mrs. Deborah went from being a person of interest to being the prime suspect after the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was called in to investigate the victim’s untimely death.

She remains at the jail.

In addition to the capital murder charge, Mrs. Deborah, whose age has not been released, is also charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

This is not the first time a violent woman has murdered a close male companion in the city.

This spring, Terry Ashton, 20, was arrested for gunning down her husband right in front of their kids.

In November 2013, Robin Herndon was arrested for murdering her platonic male friend.

This is the tenth man in the local area to have been slain by an abusive woman since November.

Aiken Standard

Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle


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Woman murders husband in North Augusta

Woman arrested for murdering man, fired from job

Branchville Fire Chief murdered in domestic violence gang assassination committed by women

Augusta woman murders boyfriend, then intentionally sets fire, burning herself to death

South Carolina related stories:

Abbeville County woman murders boyfriend

Galivants Ferry woman murders man on Christmas Eve

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