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Man robbed of Air Jordans at gunpoint

By Greg Summers

A Lancaster teen was jailed without bond on charges of stealing a man’s Air Jordan shoes at gunpoint about 1 a.m. Monday.
Dontae Maleek “24” Moore, 19, of 204 Louise St., was charged with armed robbery after being arrested about 10 p.m. Monday at a Gooch Street home. Police are also seeking a second man in the incident.
According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, the victim gave Moore and another man a ride from The Forks convenience store on Grace Avenue to Glenwood Avenue across town.


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Online ‘love’ proves costly for IL woman

By Reece Murphy

An Indian Land woman found out the hard way how powerful the prospect of love can be after a sweet-talking stranger she met on a dating website talked her into sending him thousands of dollars, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report.
According to the Feb. 18 report, the 53-year-old woman told a deputy she’d met “Makie” on the online dating website Plenty of Fish, who told her he had a friend named “Larry Scott” he thought she’d like.


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Man killed in single-vehicle accident

By Reece Murphy

A single-vehicle accident on Unity Church Road killed a Lancaster man Saturday afternoon.
Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said James Edward White Jr., 25, was driving northbound in his 2011 Kia SUV on Unity Church Road when he ran off the left side of the road and overcorrected.
Miller said White’s vehicle then ran off the right side of the road, where it struck two trees and a fence before overturning.
White, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected.


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Man walks away from violent crash


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Lancaster man wanted in Friday shooting

By Reece Murphy

Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a Lancaster man suspected of shooting a 21-year-old acquaintance during a fight Friday night.
Markevius Grafton Harper, 23, is wanted for attempted murder in connection with the incident, which occurred about 11 p.m. Friday in front of a home at 960 14th St., a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office statement said Monday.
The statement said Harper and several others were at the home when an argument broke out among them, leading to a fight outside between Harper, the victim and the men’s girlfriends.


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Ex-arts director is charged with indecent exposure

By Reece Murphy

A former executive director of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts has been charged with indecent exposure, after the truck driver he allegedly exposed himself to turned out to be an off-duty highway patrol trooper.
Sam Courtney, 71, of 5075 Rowell Rd., Lancaster, was arrested Monday and released under a $15,000 personal recognizance bond.
The incident happened Feb. 16. Highway Patrol Trooper Jason Scott Smith reported it to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, according to the incident report.


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Woman arrested for leaving children in vehicle

By Greg Summers

An N.C. woman was arrested Saturday for leaving her children, ages 1 and 4, in her minivan while she shopped at Walmart.
Jessica Leigh Rutkowski, 34, of Pineville faces two counts of unlawful neglect of a child.
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said a concerned citizen called deputies about 5:17 p.m. after seeing the children and a small dog alone in the running vehicle.  


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Teens take truck, heavy equipment on joyride

By Reece Murphy

Two teens got into trouble with the law Friday when one of them was accused of taking, then wrecking, his boss’ truck and the hay-bale loader it was towing, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said.
The incident was the second in less than a week involving the theft of a truck and heavy equipment worth tens of thousands of dollars.


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2 masked, armed men steal cash, guns, truck

Couple tied up, robbed at IL home

By Reece Murphy

An older Indian Land couple was tied up and robbed during a home invasion Wednesday evening, and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects.
The home invasion was the second in Lancaster County in less than a week.
The Indian Land incident at 6946 Cureton Taylor Drive happened between 8 and 8:30 p.m.

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Sheriff: 2 men left body in truck after mishap during gun buy

Bizarre Russian roulette suicide

By Reece Murphy

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