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  • Man dies after being trapped beneath tractor

    A Gilbert man was crushed and killed by a tractor just south of the Elgin community in Pleasant Hill on Friday afternoon, May 17.
    James Paul Staehr, 72, died in the accident in the 3600 block of Kershaw Camden Highway at about 2 p.m., said Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris. The accident scene is near the Pleasant Hill area.
    Morris did not release Staehr’s name until Saturday when his family had been notified.
    The accident happened minutes after Staehr had finished plowing a field located off the road and in a pasture.

  • County to arm animal control

    Worried for the safety of the county’s animal control officers, who often face dangerous animals with no protection other than a catchpole, Lancaster County Council has decided it’s time to arm several of its employees.
    Council unanimously voted at its Monday, May 13, meeting to approve having all animal control officers trained by the end of the month to carry long guns and to also be appropriately armed.

  • Man dies after being trapped beneath tractor

    A Gilbert man was crushed and killed by a tractor just south of the Elgin community in Pleasant Hill on Friday afternoon, May 17.
    James Paul Staehr, 72, died in the accident in the 3600 block of Kershaw Camden Highway at about 2 p.m., said Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris. The accident scene is near the Pleasant Hill area.
    Morris did not release Staehr’s name until Saturday when his family had been notified.
    The accident happened minutes after Staehr had finished plowing a field located off the road and in a pasture.

  • Man killed in tractor accident

    A man was crushed and killed by a tractor just south of the Elgin community in Pleasant Hill on Friday afternoon, May 17.

    The man, whose name is not being identified until his family is notified, died in the accident ain the 3600 block of Kershaw Camden Highway at about 2 p.m., said Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris. The accident scene is near the Pleasant Hill area.

    Morris said the accident happened as the man was loading a tractor and plow onto a trailer.

  • Ted Vick now facing another DUI charge

     For the second time in less than a year, state Rep. Ted M. Vick (D-53) of Chesterfield has been arrested in Columbia on a charge of driving under the influence. District 53 includes the Spring Hill precinct in eastern Lancaster County. 

    The latest incident reportedly happened on the Statehouse grounds Tuesday evening, May 14, when an officer saw Vick, 40, staggering as he went into a parking garage there.

  • A time to remember

    Whenever law enforcement officers of different agencies get together, there will be uniforms of every color and style, along with coats and ties, along with open and knit shirts.

    That dress code is determined by what their job requires, be it an investigator, state trooper, deputy, police officer, wildlife officer or other work-related task.

    Despite those subtle differences, there is one thing that never changes: law officers never forget their fallen brothers in arms.

  • Eight officers listed on law officers monument

    – B. Frank Sowell of the Lancaster Police Department died July 4, 1937. He was 39. Sowell and his partner saw a suspicious vehicle sitting under a light at Main Street and Chesterfield Avenue about 1:30 a.m. When Sowell’s partner approached the car, it sped off. After a car chase, the suspect’s vehicle crashed and Sowell was shot twice with a 12-gauge shotgun.

    – Patrolman Walter Bell of the S.C. Highway Patrol died Feb. 4, 1939. He was killed in a car crash in Kershaw while on patrol. 

  • The case for barricades at Palmetto Place Apartments

    A familiar proposal regarding Palmetto Place Apartments is being viewed as one that disrespects residents and treats them like caged-in animals.

    Gail Barnes, who manages the Pardue Street complex, asked city of Lancaster officials this month if one of the complex’s entrances can again be closed off with barricades.

    Management wishes for the entry point from Meeting Street onto Pardue Street be closed at the curve to through traffic.

  • Two sentenced in Kershaw shooting death, injury

    Almost two years after a double shooting in Kershaw left one man dead and another injured, two men were each sentenced this week to 30 years in prison for the crime.

    Jerel Lamar Davis, Jr., 23, 717 E. Dunlap St., pleaded guilty Monday, May 13, to voluntary manslaughter, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime relating to the robbery and shooting death of 69-year-old Kershaw resident Harry Edward Blakeney, said 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield on Thursday, May 16.  

  • City Council passes first reading of 2013-14 budget

    It looks like the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be represented in the city of Lancaster’s 2013-14 budget.

    During discussion of the budget at the Tuesday, May 14, meeting, City Councilwoman Tamara Green Garris requested that $3,000 be added to the budget to help fund a King Day parade next January in downtown Lancaster.

    Green said the event would allow local residents to unite while also drawing visitors from outside the county. The money would come from the city’s hospitality fund.