Police Reports 3/11/11

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According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

• Officers issued warrants on a Lancaster woman for criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature on Feb. 11. A 61-year-old man told officers he was hit in the face with a lawn chair by Diane Strain, 56, 206 McCardell St., Lancaster, according to an incident report. 

The man said he was sitting on his porch when the woman showed up, yelled at him and then threw a green plastic lawn chair at his head, the report said. He had a one-inch cut above his left eye that was bleeding profusely and he was taken by ambulance to Springs Memorial Hospital, the report said. 

• A Great Falls man reported his car was damaged after he was chased and hit by another car Feb. 12. The man told officers he was about to drop off a friend at her Lancaster home when they noticed a car following them. That’s when the car rammed into the back of his car and this continued until the cars reached the intersection of East Arch Street and South Market Street, an incident report said. He said the car hit one more time along the driver’s side of his car. Officers searched the man’s car after receiving a call from someone who said they saw guns in both cars, though officers didn’t find any guns, the report said. Estimated damage to the car is $1,000. 

• Officers responded to a call from a Lancaster man who said he hit a woman Feb. 12. The two people were in a car along Chesterfield Avenue and officers noticed that a 61-year-old woman in the passenger’s seat was bleeding from an apparent broken nose, a report said. The woman was taken by ambulance to Springs Memorial Hospital. The man, Stephen Jerome Hinson, 67, 404 Chesterfield Ave., Lancaster, was arrested for criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. 

• A Lancaster woman reported her car and several personal items were stolen Feb. 13. The Millers Ridge Lane resident said a man she knew took her 2004 Ford Explorer without her permission. She said the man also took her and her son’s cell phones, as well as her Founders ATM card. Estimated value of the cars and cell phones is $7,800. Officers later found her car parked along Miller Street and inside were her ATM card and keys, but her cell phones could not be found. She later learned someone had withdrawn $340 from her bank account as well. The next day, Feb. 14, a Richburg woman also reported her car and cell phone were stolen by a man she knows, a report said. The woman said she was visiting her boyfriend in Lancaster when they began arguing over a text message sent to her cell phone. She said the man pushed her into a television and onto the floor in his Miller Street home, near where the car from the previous day’s incident was found. She told officers her car was started with her remote starter and the man drove off in her car with her cell phone inside. Estimated value of the car and cell phone is $15,200. Officers later found the car along Plyler Street, though her cell phone wasn’t in the car, the report said.

• A gun was reported stolen from a Lancaster home Feb. 15. The gun owner, who lives on Fowler Road, said his AK-47 was stolen sometime between Jan. 30 and Feb. 15. He told officers he kept the gun under his mattress, but didn’t know when it was stolen. Estimated value of the gun is $800.

• Counterfeit money was found at a Lancaster fast-food restaurant Feb. 17. A manager at Arby’s, 910 North Main St., Lancaster, told officers two people tried to pay for food with a fake $20 bill. The two people, a man and woman, pulled up to the drive-through in a beige car, but seemed surprised it was a counterfeit bill, a report said. The next day, Feb. 18, a Kmart employee called officers after finding a fake $20 bill while counting money from the night before. She said her employees weren’t sure where it came from, a report said.  

• Derrick Eugene Ballard, 31, 3547 Oakridge Circle, Lancaster, was charged Feb. 18 with possession of powder cocaine, driving under the influence and speeding. 

According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

• Ryan Adron Bailey, 27, 1973 Whispering Pines Lane, Lancaster, was charged Feb. 15 with possession of cocaine, third offense and property offense, fourth offense. Bailey also had an outstanding warrant for petty larceny. 

• A Lancaster man reported the theft of an air conditioning unit on Feb. 15. The man told deputies the air conditioning unit attached to the back of a Burke Duncan Road home was stolen sometime between Nov. 19, 2010 and Dec. 21, 2010. The unit is valued at $1,000. There was also damage to the home’s door knobs, an incident report said. 

• Deputies found a man wanted in Chesterfield County on Feb. 21. Casey Darell Edwards, 21, 1877 Dusty Pine Lane, Lancaster, was wanted by the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office on charges of operating uninsured and giving false information, an incident report said. Deputies noticed a suspicious car parked in the Buford High School parking lot with Edwards inside, the report said. He was arrested and transported to the Lancaster County Detention Center until Chesterfield authorities could pick him up, the report said. 

• Several antique books were reported stolen Feb. 21. An Indian Land woman told deputies she didn’t notice the books were missing from her Gordon Drive home until Feb. 20, though she thinks someone she knows stole the books last fall, a report said. Valued at $10,000, the books date back to the 1930s, the report said. 

• A Lancaster man reported items missing from his home Feb. 23. The Brendale Drive resident told deputies his mattress and a Hoover carpet cleaner, valued at $2,375.02, had been stolen from the house. 

• Jeffery Brady Benfield, 26, 1843 North Rocky River Rd., Lancaster, was charged Feb. 23 with simple possession of marijuana and open container. 

• Deputies responded to a Lancaster home after a group of dogs killed another dog Feb. 23. A Gear Drive resident told deputies her chihuahua was killed by four of her neighbor’s dogs, a report said. The woman said the dogs carried her dog into the woods and killed it, and when some of her family members tried to get the chihuahua they were chased away by the neighbor’s dogs, the report said. An animal control officer also responded to the scene, but could not locate the neighbor. The dog was valued at $700. 

• A Heath Springs man reported on Feb. 23 that someone had stolen heating and air conditioning units from three of his rental properties. The man told deputies the units had been removed from properties at 2097 Athena Road, 2075 Athena Rd. and 2036 Athena Rd. Estimated value of the units is $3,000. 


If you know anything about any of these incidents, please call the Lancaster Police Department at (803) 283-1171 or (803) 283-3313, or the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 283-4136.


Compiled by Chris Sardelli.