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  • Hall charged with trafficking cocaine

    A traffic stop led to trafficking-cocaine charges for a Lancaster man. 

    Lepoleon Hall, 35, 2347 Douglas Heights, was arrested Thursday, Sept. 20, on charges of  trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, unlawful carrying of a handgun and driving under suspension, second offense, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. 

  • Teacher accused of sex with student

    A Lancaster County teacher and coach was arrested last week after authorities and school district officials say he was involved in a sexual relationship with a former student.

    Tony Allen Ford, 36, 3241 Dunbar Lane, Indian Land, was arrested Friday, Sept. 21, and charged with sexual battery of a student, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    The sheriff’s office began an investigation after receiving a report of suspicious activity from the parent of a former female Indian Land High School student.

  • Accutrex to expand Lancaster operations

    Accutrex Products is investing $2.5 million to expand its two Lancaster County facilities – a move that will bring up to 10 new jobs to the area. 

    Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. announced the decision in a media release issued Tuesday, Sept. 25. 

    Accutrex, which makes custom shims, gaskets, washers and sheet metal products, opened its first precision-parts manufacturing facility on Sunshine Road in the late 1990s.

  • Voter-registration drive is Saturday

    Are you registered to vote in November’s general election? Do you know where your polling place is?

    If you can’t answer yes to both questions, you may need to be at Lancaster Municipal Park (off Chesterfield Avenue) on Saturday, Sept. 29, for the “Fourth Quarter Rally.”

    That’s where a voter-registration drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Concerned residents in the community have organized the event as a fun, informative and informal way to help ensure more people are registered to vote in the Nov. 6 election.

  • County SAT scores drop

    Following the state- and national-level trend, average SAT scores for college-bound Lancaster County high school seniors slipped slightly this year with only one high school showing a slight increase.

    The SAT is one of two widely accepted national college-entrance exams. Redesigned in 2005, the test consists of three sections: critical reading, math and science, which are scored on a range of 200 to 800 points for a perfect score of 2400.

  • Truck hauling scrap metal burns on Flat Creek Road

    A semi-truck was left as little more than smoldering rubble Monday, Sept. 24, after it caught fire and burned on Flat Creek Road.

    Steve Osteen of Lancaster, a driver for Tucker Trucking, was hauling a load of scrap metal east on Flat Creek Road (S.C. 903) near the Chesterfield County line around 2:25 p.m. Monday when he heard a loud popping noise as he rounded a curve.

    By the time he stopped the Peterbilt semi and its loaded dump trailer, the motor was already starting to burn, Osteen said.

  • Money stolen from Walmart employee

    A stolen money bag and an extended police chase ended with the arrest of a Lancaster man earlier this month. 

    Tyquan Santerio Wright, 20, 1210 Chesterfield Ave., was arrested Sept. 10 on charges of strong arm robbery, shoplifting and resisting arrest, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    The arrest came after officers responded Sept. 10 to a larceny call at Walmart, located at 805 S.C. 9 Bypass. 

  • Teacher charged with sexual battery

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Lancaster High School teacher and Indian Land High School coach with sexual battery of a student. Officers arrested Tony Allen Ford, 36, on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.

    The sheriff’s office began an investigation after receiving a report of suspicious activity from the parent of a former Indian Land High School student.

  • Police officer slightly hurt during footchase

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    An Lancaster Police Department officer received minor injuries after chasing a man who ran from Springs Memorial Hospital earlier this month.
    Police responded to the hospital emergency room at 5:38 p.m. Sept. 11, after a man shattered the Emergency Medical Services door and ran away, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    The man had been detained and taken to the hospital by Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office  deputies only minutes before he ran away, the report said.

  • Deputies arrest man on burglary, drug charges

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Deputies arrested a Lancaster man on multiple charges this week after an investigation into a burglarized home.
    Joseph J. Hinson, 26, 1134 Laurel Ave., was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 19, on charges of second-degree burglary, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.