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  • One arrest made in Applebee’s armed robbery, more expected

    A Lancaster man was arrested for armed robbery, Monday, Dec. 31, only hours after a masked gunman robbed a manager at Lancaster’s Applebee’s restaurant.

    Applebee’s employee Brian Oneal Ealey, 42, was arrested late Monday evening at the restaurant on the charge of armed robbery, according to a Lancaster Police Department press release.

    Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said Ealey is not believed to be the gunman, though investigators say he worked with others to commit the crime.

  • Crime-prevention tools and 911 upgrades the 2013 ticket for local law enforcement

    With violent crimes dominating headlines in 2012, including a long list of murders, shootings and assaults, local law enforcement leaders have several plans for cutting the crime rate in 2013.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said the top priorities for his office in the new year will continue to be reducing and preventing all forms of crime, especially violent crimes. The county logged 15 deaths in 2012 due to violent crime, several of which were murders. Assaults, weapon-related injuries and robberies were also prevalent.

  • Education leaders focus on finances, safety, standards and construction in upcoming year

    Outstanding report cards for Lancaster County schools and recognition as the best two-year campus in the state for University of South Carolina Lancaster were among the many accomplishments that marked 2012 as a great year for local education. 

    With 2012 gone, though, Lancaster County education officials are already looking forward to 2013 with a certainty that this year will be even better. Here’s what they’re saying:

    Lancaster County School District

  • County Council sets sights on jobs, economic development

    As unemployment continues to weigh heavily on the minds of county residents, job creation will once again be a top priority for Lancaster County Council in 2013.

    Councilmen Larry Honeycutt and Larry McCullough, along with County Administrator Steve Willis, all recently discussed the projects and plans council will tackle during the new year, with economic development chief among them.

    Honeycutt said he feels 2013 will be the year Lancaster County begins to rebound from years of high unemployment and slow development.

  • County’s three mayors discuss plans, goals for the new year

    From Lancaster to Heath Springs and Kershaw, construction and infrastructural development highlighted a lot of the governmental activity in 2012.

    With a new year here, the mayors of those three municipalities now discuss what they see on the horizon for the next 12 months.

    City of Lancaster

    Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw said he looks forward to the completion of the city-funded road improvements on Brook Drive, which is near the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

  • Lone gunman holds up Applebee's

    Police officers swarmed the area around Lancaster’s Applebee’s restaurant early Monday morning, minutes after a man robbed an employee at gunpoint.

    In a press release sent hours after the incident, Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said the armed robbery happened about 1:40 a.m. Monday inside the restaurant, located at 1268 S.C. 9 Bypass West.

    The manager told police he was alone and closing up the restaurant when he was approached by a lone, masked gunman.

  • Year in rewind: Lancaster’s top stories

    Fifteen deaths tied to violence in 2012
    1 There were many violent crimes in the county this year, including several murders, a self-defense shooting and the discovery of the body of a man missing from Pennsylvania. Here is a list of those who died as a result of violent crimes this year:
    • Jenika Jones, 23, shot and killed in her home off Rose Anna Lane, Jan. 19
    • Danny Clyburn Jr., 37, a former Major League Baseball player, shot to death outside a North Market Street home, Feb. 7

  • Haley: Deadline extended for credit monitoring

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    South Carolina taxpayers now have more time to sign up for free credit monitoring in the wake of the massive data breach announced a few months ago.
    Gov. Nikki Haley’s office announced Dec. 21 that anyone who’s filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998 has until March 31, 2013, to register for the service, which is provided by the company Experian.
    The deadline for registration had been Jan. 31.

  • Donations to continue for Christmas basket

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Concerned residents will have even more time to donate to this year’s Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund.
    The local drive, in its 53rd year, collects monetary donations that help struggling Lancaster County families with rent, utilities, food and other needs. The effort is run these days by HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster.
    Through Thursday, Dec. 27, more than $7,400 had been donated.

  • Man injured in moped crash

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A moped driver was flown to a Charlotte hospital Friday afternoon, Dec. 28, after crashing on the side of a Lancaster road.
    Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Howard said officers responded to a one-vehicle accident at about 3:30 p.m. Friday.
    She said the male driver was traveling along Hunter Street, near Central Avenue, when he wrecked his moped.
    “As far as we can tell he lost control of his scooter and had an injury,” Howard said.