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  • Six charged with selling counterfeit items

    PAGELAND – Six merchants were arrested for the distribution of counterfeit items Sunday, Dec. 2, in what proved to be a busy day at the Mount Croghan Flea Market.
    The search was headed by Doug Renew of the Secretary of State Office, assisted by Cpl. Joseph Carnes, Sgt. Stuart Robinson and Sgt. Spence Vaughn of the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Father gets one year for incest

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com  
    How long is too long to wait for your day in court?
    For Tiara Stevens, that number is 14 years, which is the amount of time she has waited to see her father answer for the charge of sexually assaulting her as a child.
    Sitting in a Lancaster courtroom Nov. 5, Stevens, now 27, watched anxiously as her father Fred Lee Montgomery, 47, pleaded no contest to the charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

  • County Council partially approves L&C plan

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com  
    In a series of votes that left both Lancaster County Council members and audience members scratching their heads, council approved part of a tax-relief plan for the L&C Railroad on Monday night, Dec. 10.
    Prior to the votes, L&C Railroad representative Matthew Gedney urged council to approve a plan to help reduce the company’s taxes by thousands of dollars.

  • Craine, Jones remembered on Arbor Day

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    The purplish pink flowers that bloom next spring will have much significance to the families of Jackie Craine and Jenika Jones.
    Those two women –  killed earlier this year in separate incidents – were honored during the 2012 Arbor Day celebration Friday, Dec. 7, at Southside Early Childhood Center in Lancaster.
    Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District hosted the event, which saw the planting of an eastern red bud tree on the school’s front lawn.

  • Machine catches fire at Pressley’s Recycling

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Panhandle firefighters responded to what sheriff’s office investigators have deemed a suspicious fire at Pressley’s Recycling Center in Indian Land.
    Located at 9531 Charlotte Highway, the company has been the focus of unwanted public attention this year after it was discovered to have been in violation of several environmental regulations.

  • Candlelight vigil slated for Thursday

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    In the spirit of the holiday season, community unity and positive energy will be emphasized at this week’s candlelight vigil.
    Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy (LAPS) is once again holding a vigil to remember those who’ve lost their lives due to violence and to help foster more togetherness among Lancaster residents.
    The vigil will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Lancaster City Hall, 216 S Catawba St.  

  • Changes coming to S.C. statute on metals

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is giving residents a heads up about a law change set to take effect Sunday.
    In June, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley signed an amendment pertaining to the state statute on nonferrous metals. Beginning Sunday, Dec. 16, the state’s definition of a nonferrous metal will change, as will certain requirements to buy and sell such metals.

  • Man has minors in car trunk

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Police say a man used his car trunk for extra passenger space while in downtown Lancaster on Saturday night, Dec. 8.
    William Trey Benton, 33, 1635 Winthrop Ave., was arrested that evening on charges of child endangerment, second offense driving under suspension, operating an uninsured vehicle and possession of stolen property.

  • Man arrested in murder of Heath Springs man

      Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Hours after a Heath Springs man was found shot to death this weekend, another man was charged in his murder, the 13th violent death in Lancaster County this year.
    Melvin Sowell Jr., 24, 108 Harris St., Heath Springs, was charged Sunday, Dec. 9, with murder in connection with the death of 25-year-old Michael Lamar Catoe, also of Heath Springs, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

  • ILMS’s McDonald earns state recognition

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land Middle School Principal David McDonald was sitting in his office chatting with Lancaster County School District administrators Lydia Quinn and Dr. Kathy Durbin on Wednesday, Dec. 5, when he got an urgent message.
    “Miss (Keisha)  Witherspoon and Mrs. (Debra) Miller need you in the gym right now.”
    With that, McDonald politely ended the nearly 40-minute-long visit and headed for the gym expecting the worse.