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  • Woman slaps police officer in jail

    A Lancaster police officer was assaulted Wednesday by a woman who was already in jail. 

    Several officers responded to the jail area of the Municipal Justice Center, located at 405 E. Arch St., a little before 3 p.m. about an inmate who had removed all of her clothing except for her bra, according to a police department incident report. 

  • Red flag fire alert

    Due to extreme heat and increased fire activity in certain areas of South Carolina, the Forestry Commission is issuing a red flag fire alert for all counties in the state except Georgetown, Horry, and Marion. These three counties are hereby under a State Forester’s burning ban.

     

    A red flag fire alert means outdoor burning should be avoided.

    A state forester's burning ban means outdoor burning is illegal.

     

       

  • Five people charged in stolen property case

    A group of five people, several of them related, were charged this week in connection with a string of crimes spanning two counties over the last month. 

    After an investigation into several larcenies in the Heath Springs area, Lancaster County sheriff's deputies were led to a home this week at 2020 Hanging Rock Road, according to a sheriff's office press release. Investigators executed a search warrant at the home Monday and recovered several thousand dollars worth of stolen property inside. 

  • Man found not guilty in shooting

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    The verdict was not guilty on all counts Wednesday for a Lancaster man accused in a drive-by shooting.  A jury deliberated for a little less than two hours July 20 in the case of 27-year-old Travis Phillip Miller. Police had charged Miller in connection with the shooting of a 33-year-old man earlier this year.

  • Heath Springs to sell old car

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs officials are looking to cyberspace as a way to make a little money.
    On Tuesday, Town Council members discussed ideas about how to sell a town-owned patrol car – a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria police interceptor.
    That vehicle had been used by the sheriff’s deputy, who covers the town. The current officer, Corey McIlwain, now drives a 2011 Crown Victoria.

  • Kershaw officials address vandalism

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    KERSHAW – Late-night scenes at the town of Kershaw’s recreation center haven’t been pretty as of late.
    Officials say in recent weeks, vandals have broken the glass on the front door of the center, written obscenities and thrown eggs at the building, turned over trash cans and tossed chairs and other items into the swimming pool.
    Now Town Council wants to do something about it.

  • Accident injures two adults, infant

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Two adults and an infant were hospitalized Wednesday morning after a single-car accident on J.B. Denton Road, south of Lancaster.
    Injured in the accident were 20-year-old Lancaster residents Jena Marie Brown and Michael McCorkle, and a 3-month-old child whose identity was withheld by the S.C. Highway Patrol.
    Highway Patrol Sgt. Bryan McDougald said the accident happened about 9:25 a.m. when Brown, driving her green 1998 Ford Escort toward Lancaster, drove off the right side of the road and struck a tree.

  • Police shoot suspect with stun gun

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A deputy shot  a Lancaster man with a stun gun last week, only moments after chasing the man through the Indian Land Walmart store and parking lot.
    Employees with Walmart, 10048 Charlotte Highway, called the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office on July 15 after they said they saw a man walk out of the store without paying for a shopping cart full of alcohol.
    A deputy arrived at the store a little before 4 p.m. and spoke with the store's asset protection coordinator.

  • County sells its probation trailer

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    It looks like Lancaster County will make some money on a trailer originally slated for demolition.
    County officials had recently been debating what to do with a triple-wide trailer that housed the county’s Probation, Parole and Pardon Services for the last 13 years. The aging trailer, located on S.C. 9 near the county’s farmer’s market and sheriff’s office, had several structural problems and its tenants have moved to the new county courthouse.

  • Bag-making business gets special exception

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    KERSHAW – A family-owned business will be able to continue its operation in downtown Kershaw.
    Kershaw Town Council approved final reading of an ordinance Monday to grant Kershaw Manufacturing a special zoning exception, allowing it to remain in its location at 112 N. Hampton St.
    Kershaw Manufacturing, which has occupied the building less than a year, makes protective coverings and a wide variety of bags, including laundry and hanger bags. A mother and daughter run the business.