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$27K in jewelry thefts reported

By Reece Murphy

Two Lancaster County women reported separate jewelry thefts totaling more than $27,000 from their homes in the past month.
A Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said one victim reported that $21,800 in jewelry was stolen from her home in the 2700 block of Dusty Trail Lane on Oct. 21. She told investigators she believed someone she knew stole the jewelry earlier in the month.


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Victim fires shot at would-be robber

By Hannah Strong and Kayla Vaughn

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who got inside a Nope Lane home Friday morning, but left after a female resident fired a gunshot at him.
Warrants have been issued charging 35-year-old Antonio Demond Mackey of Lancaster with first-degree burglary, kidnapping and first-degree assault, according to a sheriff’s office release.
Deputies responded to a home in the 200 block of Nope Lane just after 8 a.m. Friday.


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Body identified, boyfriend charged with murdering woman, her unborn child

By Mark Manicone

A Charlotte man has been arrested in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found Oct. 19 off Doby’s Bridge Road in Fort Mill.
Mahmood Amjad Bhatti was arrested Oct. 25 and charged with the murder of 23-year-old Natalie Nicole Merrick and her unborn child. Bhatti and Merrick had been in a long-term relationship, according to a statement from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.


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Sheriff seeks help in identifying woman’s body found near county line

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The York County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying a young woman whose body was found at the county line Thursday off Doby’s Bridge Road.
YCSO spokesman Trent Faris said workers at a water testing station found the body just before 10 a.m. in a rocky area near Sugar Creek.
Faris said Thursday afternoon that it was still too early in what he called a “death investigation” to say if investigators suspect foul play or not.

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Female body found off Doby’s Bridge Rd.

By Reece Murphy

The York County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case of a body found at the county line Thursday off Doby’s Bridge Road.
Sheriff’s spokesman Trent Faris said workers at a water-testing station found the unidentified female’s body about noon in a rocky area near Sugar Creek.
Faris said Thursday afternoon that it was still too early in what he called a “death investigation” to say if investigators suspect foul play or not.


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11-year-old injured in hit-and-run

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An 11-year-old boy was injured Thursday night in a hit-and-run accident just south of Lancaster, and the Highway Patrol is seeking the public’s help in locating the vehicle involved.
The boy, whose identity has not been released, was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after he was found lying next to the road at 8:25 p.m. His condition was unknown at press time.
According to Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller, the incident happened on Evans Drive, near Barnett Street off McIlwain Road.


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Skateboarder killed during midnight ride on a highway

By Reece Murphy

A skateboarder was killed and a bicyclist seriously injured Thursday night when they were struck by a car on Lynwood Drive south of Lancaster.
The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased as Lorenzo Velasco Carlos, 20, of Lancaster.
Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said the accident happened about 11:55 p.m. on Lynwood Drive near Holly Hill Lane about 2 miles south of the city.


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Sheriff seeks suspect in Indian Land theft

By Mark Manicone

Five spools of electrical wire were stolen from the RedStone construction site in Indian Land, and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying a videotaped suspect.
Video surveillance showed a man inside the RedStone 14 cineplex building at 9650 Charlotte Highway between 11:13 p.m. and 11:32 p. m. Tuesday. He appears to be white, between 6 foot 1 and 6 for 3, and weighs 185 to 195 pounds, according to the sheriff’s office.


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Motel guest explains ripped up carpet – I was trying to kill rat

By Greg Summers

A Lancaster man was arrested Monday for pulling up all the carpet from the floor of a local motel room, telling police he did it trying to kill a rat.
Mark Ashley McCowan, 37, 940 Taylor Drive, was charged with malicious injury to property under $2,000 and giving false information to police.
According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, an officer was called to Super 8 Motel, 1201 S.C. 9 Bypass East, just after 10:30 p.m. Monday to see the property damage.


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2 men seriously hurt in unrelated shootings

By Kayla Vaughn

Two men were seriously injured Wednesday night in unrelated shootings in different parts of Lancaster County.
The names of the men were not released, and no arrests had been made at press time. Both victims were airlifted for treatment of their injuries.
The first incident happened a little after 6 p.m. in the 5000 block of Pleasant Plains Road in Kershaw, according to a statement from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.


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