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  • Prank becomes assault

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A fast food restaurant employee was choked into unconsciousness at work earlier this month. after another man put him in a headlock.
    Officers responded to the assault at McDonald’s, 316 S.C. 9 Bypass, at 11:30 p.m. June 11, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • Van Wyck woman hurt in bike wreck

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    A Van Wyck woman was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on S.C. 5 (Rock Hill Highway) on Saturday, June 16.
    Jamisala Gray, 42, of the 6400 block of Charlotte Highway, was hurt in the wreck.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said the accident occurred about 4:45 p.m. as Gray rode a 1997 Kawasaki motorcycle west on S.C. 5.
    Elder said as Gray approached the intersection, Jason Graham of Rock Hill, driving east in a four-door Kia, tried to turn left in front of Gray onto Steele Hill Road.

  • Missing IL man found unhurt

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    An Indian Land man with Alzheimer’s who went missing Monday night, was found Tuesday night in Charlotte.
    Joe Lee Pressley, 81, drove his white Chevrolet pickup truck away from his Shelley Mullis Road home about 11:30 p.m. Monday, June 18, telling his wife, Kathleen, he “had to go home.” He was last seen heading toward U.S. 521.

  • Mine wants antenna to track vehicles near it

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    KERSHAW – Haile Gold Mine Inc. has asked Kershaw for a little help in monitoring activity along its 4,000-acre site east of the town limits.
    Town of Kershaw Administrator Bryan Pettit told council members Monday, June 18, that Romarco Minerals, Haile Gold Mine’s parent company, was seeking permission from the town to install an antenna on one of its water towers.

  • Man arrested for cutting girlfriend

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster man was arrested this week after he chased a woman and cut her face with a knife.
    Willie James Stevens, 29, 1331 Spanish Villa Apartment B, was arrested Wednesday, June 20, and charged with high and aggravated assault and battery in connection with a domestic assault that happened only minutes earlier, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

  • Missing IL man found safe

    An Indian Land man with Alzheimer’s who went missing on Monday was found Tuesday night. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police found Joe Lee Pressley, 81, on Starbrook Drive in Charlotte. He was not injured, but taken to a hospital as a precaution, according to Matt Shaw, undersheriff with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Kathleen Pressley said her husband left their home at 9021 Shelly Mullis Road driving his white 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck about 11:30 p.m. Monday, June 18.

  • Kershaw accepts skatepark equipment

    KERSHAW – Dustin Owens and his crew of skateboarding buddies have been no strangers to local government meetings.

    The teenagers appeared multiple times before Lancaster City Council over the past year to garner support for the construction of a skatepark. Those visits yielded little to no results.

    However, the same cannot be said about Kershaw Town Council’s meeting on Monday, June 18, in which that council members voted to accept nearly $100,000 worth of equipment that will allow for a skatepark to be built in the town limits.

  • Police investigate killing at South York Street home: victim was robbed by three men last week

    The Lancaster Police Department is investigating the murder Monday, June 18, of a Lancaster man who was robbed and beaten during a home invasion June 13.

    Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said police found 53-year-old Donald Eustace Morris (no relation to Mike Morris), dead inside his home at 307 S. York St. about 8:30 p.m. Monday.

    Mike Morris declined to say how the man died, since his office is still awaiting the results of a preliminary autopsy. 

  • Ellis enters guilty plea on HOPE charges

    A Lancaster woman pleaded guilty Thursday, June 14, in General Sessions Court in connection to the more than $60,000 taken from HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster.

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said Christy Leeann Ellis, 3283 Camp Creek Road, pleaded guilty to 67 counts of forgery, each less than $10,000, for using accounting software to generate fake checks, which were cashed at three local convenience stores.

  • Sheriff, police probe string of arsons

     

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and Lancaster Police Department are investigating what appears to be a rash of arsons over the weekend.

    The fires, at vacant homes in Indian Land and Lancaster, share similarities with fires at an Old Hillside Drive mobile home Friday morning in that firefighters were called back to the scenes after extinguishing fires there earlier.