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Man charged with heroin trafficking, kidnapping

By Reece Murphy

A Lancaster man has been charged with heroin trafficking after his wife accused him of beating her and holding her against her will.
In addition to the heroin charge, William James Beckham, 43, of 1665 Ruth St., is also charged with first-degree domestic violence and kidnapping.
According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the victim said she snuck out of the house about 5 a.m. Sept. 9 and walked 3 miles for help at the home of a woman she knew, who then called deputies.


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6 arrested, 2 sought in undercover drug sting

By Reece Murphy

Six people are in jail and sheriff’s office investigators are looking for two more after a roundup Thursday of suspects in a six-month undercover drug operation.
Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield said drug distribution warrants were prepared against the suspects for selling illegal drugs to undercover sources between February and August.


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Civic leader charged in domestic-abuse case

By Reece Murphy

A Lancaster business owner and civic leader was arrested last week after his wife accused him of threatening her while holding a handgun, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
Chris Tillman, 50, of 1943 Havenwood Drive, was charged with one count of first-degree domestic violence after the Aug. 30 incident.
Tillman is the owner of C&V Cleaning Services in Lancaster and recently became president of the Lancaster Breakfast Rotary Club.


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Huge cash stockpiles go missing at 2 homes

By Reece Murphy

Keeping huge stockpiles of cash around the house has cost one Lancaster County theft victim $20,000 and another $12,000, according to sheriff’s office reports.
The first incident happened at a home on Oak Hill Church Road in the Buford community sometime between July 27 and Aug. 24.
According to the report, the 68-year-old victim told the reporting deputy he’d put $27,700 cash he’d received following the death of his wife in a fireproof lockbox and hidden it covered by a shirt under the seat of a seldom-used pickup truck parked in the yard.


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2 arrested in 17-year-old’s killing

By Hannah Strong

Two Lancaster men have been charged in the Aug. 18 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Daquan Blackmon.


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NO SAUSAGE?! Fight over pizza toppings results in felony charge

By Reece Murphy

A late-night altercation between brothers over pizza toppings led to a confrontation with sheriff’s deputies and a felony weapon charge against one of the combatants.
Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies responded to 3498 Oakridge Road, Heath Springs, about 1:22 a.m. Saturday after someone reported a fight going on, according to the incident report.
The reporting deputy said when he knocked on the door, Dekelvin Hughes, 31, told him nothing was going on, then slammed the door in his face and locked it.


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SCCL man charged with vandalizing streets

By Reece Murphy

A Sun City Carolina Lakes resident has been charged with vandalizing streets inside the Indian Land community.
Lancaster County deputies arrested Bradley Keith Munger, 64, Aug. 6 on two counts of malicious injury to property. Munger is a non-owner resident of the 55-and-older community who reportedly lived with his girlfriend in the 55000 block of Derringer Avenue.
The charges stem from a July 30 incident in which Munger allegedly threw cans of paint in the road at the front gate on Del Webb Boulevard and Sun City Boulevard.


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Man shot in Clinton Ave. home-invasion robbery

By Greg Summers

A man was shot early Tuesday in a home-invasion robbery at his home on Clinton Avenue, and police are looking for information about three suspects in the case.
About 4:20 a.m., first responders arrived at a medical call in the 400 block of Clinton Avenue and found that the man had been shot, according to a statement from the Lancaster Police Department.
The victim, whose identity was not released, was in stable condition Tuesday at Springs Memorial Hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, the statement said.


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Lancaster man charged in 11 property crimes

By Mandy Catoe

A Lancaster man has been charged in a string of 11 thefts and burglaries across the county over the past two months.
Christopher David Sims, 25, was arrested at about 3 a.m. Aug. 2  after deputies responded to a call on Country Club Drive, according to a statement from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
The homeowners reported that someone had tripped a motion-sensor alarm in the carport, and they saw a man running away and noticed a red Honda parked in a neighbor’s driveway.


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Burglars clean out Heath Springs shop owner

By Reece Murphy

A Heath Springs man lost more than $14,000 worth of automobile parts and equipment, tools and other items last month in burglaries of his home and shops at 701 Coldstream Road.
According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the property owner said he noticed the first burglary on July 24. It had occurred over the weekend.
The man said he and his brother put up a trail camera in case the thieves came back, but when he returned on July 28, the thieves had struck again, stealing the camera along with other items.


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