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Police Blotter: June 25, 2017

According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:
• A trampoline, a utility trailer and a green metal cattle gate were stolen from a home on the 900 block of Flint Ridge Road in Heath Springs between 5 p.m. June 2 and 8:25 p.m. June 8. The trampoline is valued at $2,000, the utility trailer, which has rust on it, is valued at $600, and the cattle gate is valued at $100.


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Man-goat donnybrook ends with dead animal

By Reece Murphy

A Buford man shot and killed a stray goat last weekend after the animal twice jumped atop his car, threatened to ram him and wouldn’t leave his yard, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said.
The report said a sheriff’s deputy responded to the 3800 block of Cimmeron Road Saturday about 10:10 a.m. and found the homeowner, Sonny Plyler, in the front yard “aggravated that he had to shoot the animal.”


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Charges against 3 in Patel killing

By Reece Murphy

Three men have been arrested on conspiracy charges in connection with the murder of Lancaster convenience store owner Harnish Patel, who was found shot to death in his front yard March 2.
Lancaster residents Jaquinton Tradell Blair, 23, and Richard Devauhn Stewart, 42, and Charlotte resident Lajames Arteian Ross, 22, are charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, according to a Wednesday release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. Stewart is also charged with accessory before the fact of attempted armed robbery.


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Lancaster man charged in Chesterfield slaying

By Reece Murphy

A Lancaster man is one of three people charged Thursday in the killing of a Chesterfield County man whose body was found Monday morning in a field near Chesterfield.


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Store owner accused of groping, propositioning his employee

By Reece Murphy

The owner of a Lancaster convenience store has been charged with second-degree assault and battery after an employee accused him of groping her and propositioned her with money to have sex with him.
Ankitkumar “Andy” Patel, 30, owner of the Forks convenience store at 1594 Memorial Park Road, was arrested June 10, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said.


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Police officer charged with improper use of credit card

By Hannah Strong

A 22-year-old who until this week was a Lancaster police officer and a Riverside volunteer firefighter has been charged with using a county credit card to gas up a personal vehicle in May.
Jayson David Freeman, 22, was charged with breach of trust on Monday, four days after a Lancaster County fuel credit card was reported missing, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report.
The card was used to buy $42.65 worth of unleaded fuel May 9 at the Crenco on S.C. 9 Bypass West. The purchase was made with a PIN assigned to Freeman, the report said.


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IL love triangle hits social media

FBI to look into sex video case

By Reece Murphy

The York County Sheriff’s Office and FBI are reportedly investigating a dissemination of obscenity case against two Indian Land residents involving a pornographic video posted to social media by a spurned girlfriend.
Though the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office was originally involved in the investigation, sheriff’s office spokesman Doug Barfield said its investigation revealed the social media postings did not occur in the county and so no crime occurred here.


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Neighbors feud over turkeys in garden

Turkey massacre: More deaths most fowl

By Reece Murphy

A little over a month after an investigation into the alleged killing of a duck by an estranged boyfriend, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating another case of fowl play, only this time the victims are turkeys.
According to the incident report, a Buford man who lives in the 4000 block of Tabernacle Road called the sheriff’s office shortly after arriving home from the beach June 1 to find his fence down and 20 turkeys missing.
The turkeys were worth an estimated $240.


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2 motorcycles, van stolen in Indian Land

By The Staff

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in determining who stole a van and two motorcycles in Indian Land early Thursday, June 1.
Between 4 and 4:30 a.m. that day, two 2007 Suzuki GSXR 1000 motorcycles were taken from 4013 and 4022 Ashby Lane in the Windsor Trace subdivision in Indian Land. Both motorcycles are blue and white.  
Witnesses saw the thieves loading the second motorcycle into a white work van with no tag.


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Man charged with kidnapping after home invasion

By Reece Murphy

A Lancaster man has been arrested on kidnapping and other charges after a terrifying incident in which a female acquaintance accused him of breaking into her home while she was asleep and assaulting her, a sheriff’s incident report said.
In addition to the kidnapping charge, Robert Mitchell Hough, 52, of 1320 Memorial Park Road in Lancaster, was charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree assault and battery in the May 22 incident.


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