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Chihuahua shot but recovering

‘Oh God, somebody’s trying to kill my dog!’

By Reece Murphy

A Lancaster woman reported that someone shot her pet Chihuahua in the neck beside the street near her home.
Sharlen Vanwerst of 1204 Phillips St. told Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies she was visiting a friend around the corner on Ashley Way Street with her year-old Chihuahua, Chowder, about 10 a.m. Jan. 27, when she heard a gunshot.
Vanwerst said hearing gunfire isn’t uncommon in the area, but this time, it sounded close by.


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Robber hits Flat Creek Quick Stop

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The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man who robbed a Kershaw convenience store Tuesday night.
Sheriff’s office spokesman Doug Barfield said two employees were working at the Flat Creek Quick Stop at 3562 Gold Mine Highway (U.S. 601) about 8:27 p.m. when a white male of average height and build walked in and demanded money.
When one of the employees asked the robber, who was wearing a mask, if he was serious, he pulled a handgun, Barfield said.


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Sheriff seeks info on robbery suspect

Kershaw area store robbed Tuesday

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man who robbed a Kershaw convenience store Tuesday night.

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Sheriff’s office spokesman Doug Barfield said two employees were working at the Flat Creek Quick Stop at 3562 Gold Mine Highway (U.S. 601) about 8:27 p.m. when a white male of average height and build walked in and demanded money.

When one of the employees asked the robber, who was wearing a mask, if he was serious, he pulled a handgun, Barfield said.

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Pizzas stolen at gunpoint near Buckelew Park

By Greg Summers

The Lancaster Police Department is trying to find the men responsible for robbing a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver of food at gunpoint about 8 p.m. Tuesday in a yard near Buckelew Park.
According to a police incident report, the 18-year-old driver was dropping off a multiple pizza order called in to Domino’s by someone named “Larry.”
The order, per the call, was to be delivered at a home in the 400 block of Park Street.


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Men sought in Monday night holdup

From release


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Man charged with sexually assaulting 9-year-old girl

By Hannah Strong

A man working at a Lancaster motel has been charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a 9-year-old girl, according to the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office.
Lancaster County sheriff’s investigators arrested Joseph Elliot Garcia, 44, on Jan. 10 and turned him over to Kershaw County authorities.
“What can one say about a situation like this other than that this is disgusting, revolting,” said Kershaw Sheriff Jim Matthews in a press release.


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Man says he, 2 friends robbed, maybe by kin

By Reece Murphy

A Lancaster man reported he and his friends were robbed at his home Jan. 15 by two armed men, one of whom may have been a family member.
The man said he and two friends were watching football in a shed behind his home on Rope Lane when two men wearing black hoodies and masks walked up and drew guns on them.
The man said the robbers ordered them to the ground and took their money, about $500 in all, then made the victims give them their cell phones, which the robbers broke.


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Prisoner punched, stomped into unconsciousness

4 inmates charged in savage beating

By Reece Murphy

Four inmates at the Lancaster County Detention Center awaiting trial for murder and other violent crimes were charged Jan. 15 after guards said they severely beat another prisoner.
Danielle Lamar Peay, 29, Rashad Demond Johnson, 29, Tony Anthony Deese, 24, and Javarus Tanell Hayden, 27, were each charged with second-degree assault and battery by mob resulting in serious injury, a sheriff’s office incident report said.
The inmates also were cited for multiple major jail-conduct violations, resulting in disciplinary confinement.


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Ex-school board member admits meth addiction, sheriff's report says

Brooks faces heroin charge

By Hannah Strong

James Brooks, the school board member who resigned last month facing a methamphetamine trafficking charge, has been arrested again, slumped over in his car at 2:30 a.m.
This time it's heroin.
Brooks, 50, and Laura Lee McManus, 39, were charged with possessing heroin and drug paraphernalia after being arrested in the Gate Station parking lot in Indian Land early Thursday, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office report.


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Woman reports home invasion

By Mandy Catoe

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a home invasion that occurred just after 6 a.m. Wednesday in the 1000 block of Greenbriar Drive, off S.C. 903 east of Lancaster.
A woman was home alone and found a stranger in her home, according to sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield. The victim struggled with the man, escaped and ran to a neighbor’s house and called 911. The man fled the scene.
The sheriff’s office sent deputies, investigators, a K-9 unit and a crime scene agent to the residence.


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