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Mardarius Bailey shot to death in Rock Hill

2 arrested in Lancaster man’s killing

By Kayla Vaughn

Two men have been arrested in connection with the Tuesday afternoon murder of Lancaster resident Mardarius Bailey.
Bailey was found shot near the intersection of S.C. 5 and Adnah Church Road in Rock Hill when he flagged down a Highway Patrol officer, seeking medical attention.
Bailey died at the scene, according to the York County Coroner’s Office.

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Police seek help in finding slot thief

By Greg Summers

The Lancaster Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying whoever is fishing checks and cash out of drop boxes and mail slots at local apartment complexes and businesses.
The suspect – described as a white male in his late 40s or early 50s, about 5 feet, 9 inches to 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing between 200 and 225 pounds – may be driving a dark Chevrolet 1500 extended-cab pickup with cat-eye- style headlights, according to a police department release. The pickup may have a toolbox with a railing on top of it.


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3 arrested in Kershaw with drugs, guns, cash

By Kayla Vaughn

Three Kershaw residents were arrested March 30 on drug trafficking and weapons charges at a home on Fork Hill Road.
Leonard King Jr., 26, Megan Melissa Woodward, 27, and Brandon Lee Payne, 34, all of Kershaw were charged with trafficking crack cocaine 100-200 grams, trafficking heroin 4-14 grams, trafficking hydrocodone 4-14 grams, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, three counts of possession with intent to distribute alprazolam and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.


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Brooks: Close-up firing shows ‘whoever shot him was mad’

Body found with multiple gunshots

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The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an Easter morning homicide – the county’s first of the year.
Wendell Paul Price Jr., 29, of Airport Road, Pageland, was shot multiple times at very close range, said Sheriff Jay Brooks.
Price was found slumped in the driver’s seat of his car at the intersection of S.C. 145 and Sandy Plains Road, near the border with North Carolina about 7:45 a.m., Brooks said.


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Stray bullet ricochets off AJ bleachers

By Kayla Vaughn

Jimmy Boswell was watching his grandson play soccer at Andrew Jackson High School Monday night when he heard at least two distant gunshots and a loud “clang!” as a stray bullet hit the aluminum bleachers.
Boswell, owner of Custom Plus Seamless Gutters in Lancaster, said the bullet hit the bleachers behind him, ricocheted between him and a nearby family and rolled to a stop near someone’s foot.


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3-robbery spree ends with arrest

By Greg Summers

A woman out on bond in a December armed robbery has been arrested in two similar holdups at Lancaster businesses and is suspected in a third – all committed within minutes of each other Monday night.
County authorities charged Jessica Luann Medlin Talford, 25, of Liberty Hill, with one count of armed robbery in an incident at Lloyd’s@200 on Monroe Highway and one count of attempted armed robbery in an incident at the Lancaster Inn, 1391 Charlotte Highway.


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Thief fishes rent checks, cash from drop boxes

By Reece Murphy

Two local apartment complexes and one business have been victimized by a thief who fished checks and cash out of drop boxes and mail slots.
The thief made off with 16 checks in all worth a total of $7,210 during the late February and early March incidents at the Cottages at Azalea and the Northwest apartment complexes and Lancaster Financial Services.
The crimes at the two apartment complex offices happened overnight March 4, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and Lancaster Police Department incident reports.


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Clinton released on bond in Daquan Blackmon shooting

By Reece Murphy

A co-defendant in last summer’s fatal shooting of 17-year-old Daquan Blackmon was granted bond during an appearance in General Sessions Court on Wednesday.
Quinterius Lamont Clinton, 24, is charged with accessory after the fact of murder in connection with the shooting.
Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons granted Clinton $50,000 bond during Wednesday’s hearing over the objections of prosecutors, who called him a danger to the community and a flight risk.


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2 men arrested in Kershaw with ‘smorgasbord of drugs’

By Reece Murphy

Two Kershaw men were arrested on multiple drug charges Friday after sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant at their home and found a variety of drugs and more than $6,000 in cash.


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Hit-and-run 18 wheeler demolishes teen’s Civic

By Reece Murphy

Most people never forget their first car, and that is surely true for 17-year-old Daquan Stevenson of Kershaw.
He will remember most the car’s demise – a harrowing hit-and-run accident with a tractor-trailer last week on Matson Street.
It was still dark about 5:45 a.m. March 15 when Stevenson left his grandmother’s house in his 1996 Honda Civic. He was going to pick up his brother from work.


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