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Man arrested for murder of Heath Springs woman

By The Staff

A 28-year-old Heath Springs man was arrested Wednesday for stabbing a 54-year-old
Heath Springs woman to death in her home Tuesday, the second area murder in three
days.
Arkevus Jimon Cauthen, of the 200 block of Reeves Street, is charged with murder in
connection with the death of Sandra Johnson of Heath Springs, Lancaster County
Sheriff's Office spokesman Doug Barfield said in a statement Wednesday evening.
According to the statement, a family member who had not been able to contact Johnson

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Victim’s brother was killed in November

Manhunt on in slaying at crowded apartments

By Reece Murphy

A Lancaster man awaiting trial for violent crimes dating back to 2010 is wanted by police in the fatal shooting of a man at Palmetto Place Apartments whose brother was murdered late last year.
As of Tuesday afternoon, police were still searching for the suspect in Saturday’s killing, Rashad Demon Johnson, 28, of 408 Pardue St., said Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant.


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2 men arrested with drugs near Clinton Elementary

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Two Lancaster men were arrested on drug charges Thursday at a home near Clinton Elementary School.
Demario Randell Buchanon, 33, of 622 North Market Street, was arrested at his home, according to a statement from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. Antonius Lamaz Thompson, 33, of Lancaster, was also arrested there.


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Scam costs Kershaw woman $3,000

Gift card bail ‘cops’ strike again

By Reece Murphy

A 75-year-old Kershaw woman is the latest victim of a scheme in which phone scammers posing as out-of-state cops demand payment for a grandson’s bail using prepaid gift cards.
According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the woman got a phone call about 1 p.m. Tuesday from someone posing as her grandson, who told her he was in trouble with the police in Chesapeake, Va.
The woman said afterward a “Sgt. Jonathan Griffin” got on the line and said her grandson needed to be bailed out of jail.


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Sleeping man caught with lap full of drugs

By Reece Murphy

It’s not against the law to sleep in your car, as long as you don’t do it with illegal drugs in your lap.
Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies said that led to the arrest of an Indian Land man the night of May 15 at the 7 Eleven convenience store at the intersection of Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521) and Fort Mill Highway (S.C. 160).
Brian John Bronson, 35, of 554 Silver Run Road, is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute Schedule I, II or III drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.


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Man charged with assaulting police

By Greg Summers

A Lancaster man was accused Friday of assaulting and spitting at police officers when he was arrested and then kicking at another when he was placed in a cell at the Municipal Justice Center.
Edwin Ramon Aguirre Fernendes, 22, no address given, was charged with assault on a police officer while resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, officers responded to Walmart Supercenter, 805 S.C. 9 Bypass West, about 4 a.m. Friday and found Fernendes sitting on a bench in the lobby.


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Man charged in strange library incident

By Reece Murphy

A Heath Springs man was arrested for an inappropriate act at the Kershaw library, and it wasn’t because he was talking too loud.
Damion Scerenio Anthony, 24, of 5666 Kershaw Camden Highway, was arrested April 29 for indecent exposure.
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said library staff members were reviewing surveillance video April 26 about a different incident when they saw Anthony pull up in his car, come inside and sit down at a table.


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Deputies find working meth lab on Summit Avenue

By Reece Murphy

During the search for a suspect wanted for second-degree domestic violence, sheriff’s deputies discovered an active meth lab on Summit Avenue near Brooklyn Springs Elementary and arrested three Lancaster residents.
Robert Bennie Sims, 41, of 1763 Summit Ave., Christopher Dale Robertson, 29, of 449 Sunnybrook Lane, and Deana Renee Gibson, 33, of 1454 Winthrop Ave., were each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.


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Armed burglar arrested following standoff

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A Lancaster man run off by a woman who caught him burglarizing her home was arrested Wednesday night after an armed standoff outside a nearby church.
Casey Wayne Faile, 30, of 1785 Wadell Stinson Road, is charged with first-degree burglary, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, threatening the life of a public official and possession of controlled substances.


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More cases of pilfering from unlocked vehicles

By Greg Summers

The Lancaster Police Department is investigating a second string of cases of a thief or thieves rummaging through unlocked cars in the last 30 days.
The latest incidents happened about 5 a.m. April 29 at a home in the 700 block of Dunlap Street, in the 300 block of Nichols Road that same day, early Saturday in the Hardee’s parking lot on S.C. 9 Bypass, and Monday at a Hudson Street home.
In the Dunlap Street incident, someone rifled through a 2011 GMC Arcadia and stole $20 from the armrest console.


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