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  • Thompson named S.C. Deputy of the Year

    They say lightning doesn’t strike twice, but in the case of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, lightning just struck for a third time.
    Following in the footsteps of two of his fellow co-workers, sheriff’s Investigator Fred Thompson learned earlier this month he has received statewide recognition for his duties at the sheriff’s office.
    A member of the department since 1999, Thompson was recently named South Carolina’s Deputy Sheriff of the Year by the S.C. Sheriff’s Association.

  • Man armed with ax arrested

    Deputies arrested a Lancaster man early Wednesday, July 25, after he walked into a restaurant wielding an ax.
    David Leroy Deese, 45, of 2562 Cane Mill Road, was arrested and charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.  
    Deputies responded shortly after 5:30 a.m. to a report of an armed robbery at Rusty’s Grill, 2423 Pineview Drive.

  • Youth substance abuse prevention conference next week

    How do you get organizations and key people in rural communities involved in helping prevent youth substance abuse?
    That’s the question the Coalition for Healthy Youth and Lancaster County Partners for Youth hope to answer for attendees of their 2012 Prevention of Youth Substance Abuse in Rural Communities conference next week.
    This year’s conference will emphasize Reaching Out to Missing Partners.
    The fifth annual conference is Wednesday, Aug. 1, through Friday, Aug. 3, at the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

  • City Council OKs $63,500 for paving

    Work continues on the site that will serve as the new home for the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Native American Studies program.
    In October 2011, the city of Lancaster bought the downtown Main Street building that used to be the Badcock furniture store and later The Artisans Center.
    Plans are for USCL to use the space to display its extensive Catawba Indian pottery and archive collections, to feature classrooms and to host lectures and other special events.

  • Officers search for IL burglars

    A string of thefts from several homes under construction in Indian Land during the last few months have authorities on the hunt for those responsible.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspect, or suspects, who have entered homes under construction in the Barberville Road area at night and removed construction materials and copper wiring, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

  • Sheriff’s Office investigates possible murder

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Authorities are investigating whether a man found dead in his car could be the county’s 11th murder of the year.
    The man was found at about 7:17 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, as sheriff’s deputies responded to a suspicious vehicle call on Lamplight Road in Lancaster, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.
    When they arrived, deputies found 42-year-old Lancaster resident Timothy Alan Wissinger dead in his vehicle, the release said.  

  • Sheriff’s Office searches for IL burglars

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A string of thefts from several homes under construction in Indian Land during the last few months have authorities on the hunt for those responsible.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspect or suspects who have entered homes under construction in the Barberville Road area at night and removed construction materials and copper wiring, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

  • Man with axe arrested for attempted robbery

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Authorities arrested a Lancaster man early Wednesday, July 25 after he walked into a restaurant wielding an axe.
    David Leroy Deese, 45, 2562 Cane Mill Road, was arrested and charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.  
    Deputies responded shortly after 5:30 a.m. to a report of an armed robbery at Rusty’s Grill, located at 2423 Pineview Drive.

  • Resolute laying off salaried employees

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Resolute Forest Products announced it is laying off 33 employees as a cost-cutting move at its Catawba mill.
    Spokeswoman Debbie Johnston said the company, formerly Abititi Bowater, began notifying the employees Thursday, July 19  and Friday, July 20.
    “Thirty-three salaried employees were notified that their positions would be eliminated,” Johnston said. “Some were affected immediately and others will be over the period of the next several months.”

  • Boy, 17, hit with vehicle

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster man was jailed earlier this month after a teenager reported the man struck him with a pickup truck.
    Richard Allen Sims, 57, 1196 Old Thompson Ave., was arrested July 14 and charged with aggravated assault and battery and attempted third-degree assault and battery, said Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant.
    The charges were filed after police responded about 10:30 p.m. to a hit and run in the 1200 block of S.C. 9 Bypass, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.