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  • Deputies arrest repeat offender, once again

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A routine traffic stop led to the arrest of a Lancaster man on a grand larceny charge last week, only months after he was jailed for burglary.  
    John Allen Hill, 32, 1559 Springdale Road, was arrested Thursday, June 28, and charged with possession of burglary tools and grand larceny, third or subsequent property offense, according to a sheriff’s office press release.  

  • Heath Springs council adopts budget

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
     HEATH SPRINGS – The town of Heath Springs’ budget for 2012-13 is similar to the one adopted a year ago.
    Town Council passed final reading Monday, June 25, of its $1.14 million budget for the new fiscal year, which begins today, July 1, and ends June 30, 2013.
    The vote was 3-0. Council members Mark Bridges and Iva Drakeford were absent.
    The town, which doesn’t collect taxes, operates two main funds – a general fund and a water and sewer fund.

  • Man charged in Morris murder

    A team of local investigators tracked down and arrested a man this week for the recent murder of a Lancaster man in his home.
    Keith Tyrone Robinson Jr., 19, was arrested Thursday, June 28, and charged with murder, armed robbery, first-degree burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, according to a Lancaster Police Department press release.
    The charges stem from the murder of 53-year-old Donald E. Morris, who was found dead in his South York Street home on the evening of June 18, the release said.

  • Council moves forward with rezonings near Haile Gold Mine

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A plan to rezone multiple residential properties owned by Haile Gold Mine received its first approval this week.
    Lancaster County Council voted 3-0 on Monday, June 25, to approve first reading of an ordinance to rezone 3,081 acres of property located a few miles east of the town of Kershaw, from R-45A rural residential/intense agricultural to I-2 heavy industrial.

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  • Man arrested in Morris murder

    A team of local investigators tracked down and arrested a man this week for the recent murder of a Lancaster man in his home. 

    Keith Tyrone Robinson Jr., 19, was arrested Thursday, June 28, and charged with murder, armed robbery, first-degree burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, according to a Lancaster Police Department press release. 

  • Get ready for the heat

    If you thought last week was hot, you haven’t seen – or felt – anything yet.

    This weekend will usher in the year’s first days of triple-digit temperatures for Lancaster County, and meteorologists want locals to take precautions.

    The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Lancaster at 102 degrees.

    Saturday’s high could reach 104 degrees and Sunday’s may hit 103.

  • Lancaster man dies in Allvac accident

    An employee involved in an industrial site accident at the Allvac Rolling Plant in Richburg died Tuesday.

    Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker said Shawn Merritt, 33, of 2554 Country Club Drive, Lancaster, was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:33 p.m.  

    The official cause of death is listed as asphyxiation due to oxygen depletion, Tinker said. 

    The accident remains under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

  • Tax increase to fund school district’s capital budget

    Lancaster County school board members unanimously approved the district’s 2012-13 budget Tuesday, June 26, which totals $91.1 million.

    The debt services budget includes a 3.5 mill tax increase for county property owners, while the general fund budget’s millage remains the same.

    Also during the meeting, school board members named Andrew Jackson Middle School Principal Butch Dutton to replace Jonathan Phipps as principal at Buford High School.

    Tax increase

  • Man with knife arrested on several charges

    Deputies arrested a man on a host of charges after he was found inside a woman’s Heath Springs’ home on Saturday, June 23,  holding a large knife.

    Ashley Demarra Dunlap, 29, was charged with aggravated criminal domestic violence, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, first-degree burglary and carrying a concealed weapon, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    The arrest came about 30 minutes after a deputy spoke with a woman about a potential burglary in her home.