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  • Judge sentences former HOPE bookkeeper

    A Lancaster woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from HOPE in Lancaster was sentenced to prison in general sessions court Monday, July 16.

    Judge Paul Burch sentenced 31-year-old Christy Leeann Ellis, 3280 Camp Creek Road, to five years in prison, suspended to 22 months and five years probation for 67 counts of forgery, each less than $10,000, for using accounting software to generate fake checks, which were cashed at local convenience stores.

    Ellis was charged with a total of 73 counts.

  • Council OKs drug paraphernalia law

    A new county ordinance has given local authorities help in the war on drugs. 

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office recently released information about a new county drug paraphernalia ordinance, approved by Lancaster County Council, which is intended to crack down on drug use. 

    Created by Sheriff Barry Faile, along with county staff, the ordinance amends the county’s code to include clearer definitions on illegal items used for ingesting, smoking, administering or preparing illegal drugs. 

  • Man charged with two break-ins at Bantam Chef

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A Kershaw man was arrested this week in connection with two burglaries at the same Kershaw eatery last month.
    James Junior Pierce, 42, 616 S. Hampton St., Kershaw, was arrested Tuesday, July 10, and charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.
    Deputies charged Pierce with breaking into the Bantam Chef, 608 S. Hampton St. The restaurant isn’t very far from Pierce’s last known address.

  • A Second Chance at ‘fame’?

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    KERSHAW – The Vibrations have hit the local rock ‘n’ roll big time, again.
    Well, it depends on what your definition of the big time is.
    If you define it by sold-out shows and green-only M&Ms, well, maybe not.

  • Budget shortfall to delay hiring, pay raises

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Plans to increase salaries for county employees and hire several new personnel will be slightly delayed due to a reduction in local government funding allocated from the state.
    With the state General Assembly finally unveiling its 2012-13 budget earlier this month, Lancaster County Council got its first look July 9 at how much funding the county will receive in its Local Government Fund.

  • Six arrests in robbery/murder

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Six people have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into the  home invasion and murder of Lancaster resident Donald Morris in June.

  • Repaving project starts July 23

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Drivers who use Quality Drive in Lancaster Industrial Park as a shortcut between S.C. 9 Bypass and S.C. 200 may be better off driving the extra half mile starting next week.
    In fact, you may have already seen the signs.
    Beginning July 23, crews will begin an extensive reconstruction project on the .85-mile stretch of road expected to last until October.

  • Man reports shots fired at Kershaw home

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster County man says his grandmother’s home was shot at multiple times, though deputies never found any evidence of a shooting.
    A deputy came to the 200 block of South Ashe Street in Kershaw about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, in response to a call about shots being fired.
    A man there said he was sitting under the carport of the house when he saw someone in a gold four-door Mercury slowly drive down the street, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • Heath Springs re-elects Taylor

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs’ long-standing  leader will serve another term.

    Ann Taylor, who’s led the town for more than 20 years, won re-election Tuesday, July 10, in a two-person race against Town Councilman Eddie Moore.

    Taylor received 135 votes and Moore had 85.

    “I am delighted that the people came out and voted for me,” Taylor said. “I’m pleased I’ll have the opportunity to serve again. I enjoy serving the people.”

  • Two men charged in botched break-in

    Authorities tracked down and arrested two men Wednesday, July 11, who were interrupted during a burglary at a Lancaster home and ran from the scene earlier this week. 

    Jason Derrick Williams, 27, 3396 Thompson Road, and Buddy Allen Hall, 35, 2131 Jessica Chad Lane, were arrested and each charged with first-degree burglary and armed robbery following a burglary reported Monday, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.