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  • Police say purse snatching, robbery related

    Police say a purse snatching and strong-arm robbery last week in parking lots at businesses near the S.C. 9 Bypass are related.
    Both victims were women in their 70s, one suspect has roughly the same description and both happened in retail store parking lots.  
    “It certainly appears that way,” said Capt. Scott Grant, interim Lancaster Police Department chief. “Everything points to the same people, based on suspect descriptions and circumstances. That’s what we are looking at.”

  • Crawford resigns after drug arrest

    Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Adis Glen Crawford III stepped down Thursday evening following his arrest in Columbia earlier that day for drug possession.
    The Columbia Police Department charged the 42-year-old Crawford with possession with intent to distribute MDMA, also known as “ecstasy,” or “Molly.” He was also charged with possession with intent to distribute hash oil, simple possession of marijuana and resisting arrest.

  • Missing Indian Land man found

    An Indian Land man reported missing Thursday evening was found in good condition, a follow-up alert issued Friday by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Sheriff’s office officials issued an alert about 7:40 p.m. Thursday, asking the public to be on the lookout for Michael Edward Baxter, 73.
    The alert said Baxter was last seen about 2 p.m. at the Harris Teeter on U.S. 521 in Indian Land. He was driving a gold 2004 Toyota Avalon.

  • Great Falls teen hurt in accidental shooting

    A Great Falls teen was seriously injured Sunday in an accidental shooting.
    According to a report from the Chester County Sheriff’s Office, Zachary Bailey, 25, of 5482 Old Winnsboro Road, Great Falls, had gone to 3035 Scott Road to show his cousin, Hunter McManus, 17, of 37 Holly St., a Springfield XD .40-caliber pistol he had just bought.

  • Chester police chief resigns unexpectedly

    Landmark News Service
    For the second time in just over a year, the City of Chester is looking for a  new police chief.
    Tammy Levister abruptly resigned from the Chester Police Department last Friday.

  • IL man dies in Charlotte shooting

    An Indian Land man was shot dead during a robbery early Wednesday morning as he delivered newspapers in uptown Charlotte, and a second man shot in the same incident has been charged with murder.
    According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, officers found Walter “Wes” Scott Jr. lying in the street with a gunshot wound about 2:20 a.m. in the 300 block of West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, near Romare Bearden Park.
    EMS personnel pronounced Scott dead at the scene minutes later.

  • Catawba potter’s exhibit opens at NASC

    Catawba artist Keith Brown will open an exhibit of his pottery at the Native American Studies Center with a reception and gallery talk from 1-3 p.m. Friday.
    The exhibition, “Clay Pit to Fire Pit: From the Beginning to the End,” includes work from the four-month artist-in-residence program Brown completed in December. It will be showcased in the center’s Rose Gallery until Feb. 1, 2018.

  • Grant would target crime in county

    Nearly 30 Lancaster County partners have applied for the federal Building Neighborhood Assets grant, which would be used to reduce crime and improve community safety.
    The $844,168 three-year grant would target areas of high crime within the county.
    “It helps you to create interventions to address crime,” said Dr. Paul McKenzie, Lancaster County School District director of research and development. “It focuses not on criminals but on where crime takes place.”

  • Celebrate love stories of Carolina presidents

    N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

    The relationships of presidents and their wives have been the subject of public fascination for generations. The staffs of President James Polk State Historic Site in Pineville and Andrew Jackson State Park in Lancaster will team up this weekend to look at the relationships of Andrew and Rachel Jackson and James and Sarah Polk.
    The free program will be presented at Andrew Jackson State Park at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18.

  • Ex-GOP chief joins candidates for 5th District

    A sixth Republican has jumped into the race for Mick Mulvaney’s 5th District congressional seat, presuming that he will be confirmed as President Trump’s budget director.
    Chad Connelly, state GOP chairman from 2011-13, announced his candidacy Monday.
    “Washington is broken, and I want to do my part to try and fix it,” Connelly said in a statement.