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  • Councils take action to clear way for industrial park

    Lancaster County Council laid the first few bricks this week in a joint effort to bring a new company to the reinvigorated Air-Rail Industrial Park.
    During a series of meetings this week, council members voted on several motions, resolutions and ordinances related to restarting the process for the industrial park, while also laying the groundwork to allow a new company to set up shop there.
    The name of the company, dubbed “Project Brick,” has not been formally announced by County Council.

  • Men face charges for beating women

    Two Lancaster men are in trouble with the law in separate incidents last week after they allegedly assaulted their girlfriends in public.
    The first incident occurred Dec. 3.
    According to a Lancaster Police incident report, an officer responded to the intersection of Willowlake Road and Dunlap Street just after 11 p.m. Dec. 3, where he found a woman bleeding from what appeared to be an injury caused by “blunt force trauma” to the right eye.

  • Man arrested on pistol charges

    A Lancaster man was arrested on firearms charges earlier this month as officers were on the hunt for a suspect in a separate case.
    Tony Antron Cunningham, 32, 606 E. Gay St., was arrested Dec. 2 on charges of possession of a pistol by a restricted person, unlawful carrying of a pistol and no vehicle license, as well as two outstanding warrants, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.  
    Officers were patrolling the area of Thomas Lane and St. Paul Street at 12:38 a.m. when they saw a burgundy Honda Accord turn without using its turn signal.

  • USCL students charged with illegal hunting

    An investigation into illegal night deer hunting by local and state authorities led to the arrests of three University of South Carolina Lancaster students Sunday, Dec. 9.
    James Christopher Stewart, 18, Ryan Charles Manore, 19, and Blake George Shirley, 18, were all arrested on charges of illegal night deer hunting, first offense, according to Lancaster County Detention Center records.  
    USCL spokeswoman Shana Dry confirmed Thursday that all three teens are students at the university, and some are members of the USCL Lancers baseball team.

  • Suspects run after car chase

    Two men are still on the run after leading police on a car chase that ended with a runaway car hitting a fence Nov. 30.
    The chase began shortly after 9:22 p.m. Nov 30 when officers responded to Pardue Street Apartments about someone reportedly  pointing a gun at a resident earlier that night, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • 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.