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  • Man gets 17 years for 2009 home invasion

    A Monroe man received 17 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty on four charges that stemmed from an August 2009 home invasion in the Tradesville community.
    Jacob Hughes, 19, of 4114 Stack Road, Monroe, pleaded guilty in general sessions court to charges of first-degree burglary, kidnapping, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
    He was sentenced to 17 years in prison for each of the first three charges and five years for the firearm possession charge.

  • Lancaster teen charged with attempted murder

    A Lancaster teen has been jailed in a Nov. 13 shooting outside a Sumter Street home.
    The Lancaster Police Department charged Jonathan David Rivera, 18, of 1715 Old Lynwood Drive, late Tuesday with attempted murder. He’s accused of shooting at an occupied vehicle that was parked outside the house the night of Nov. 13.
    Rivera has also been charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.  

  • Ministerial Alliance hopes to make a positive impact

    One of the primary purposes of the Lancaster County Ministerial Alliance is to help young people by taking or supporting positive action to address problems in the community.
    “The way to the root of the problem is to provide solutions,” said the Rev. Eddie McIlwain, president of the organization.
    McIlwain said it was erroneously reported that some ministers present at a recent public meeting were members of the alliance.

  • Girl Scouts give thanks to seniors

    Giving thanks. That’s what Thanksgiving is all about.  
    But there are many ways to give thanks – with time, energy and love.  
    Four local Girl Scout troops gave thanks to some Lancaster County seniors by creating autumn centerpieces for the Thanksgiving dinner tables at the Lancaster County Council on Aging.
    Misty Carpenter and Cheryl McAteer work closely with the local Girl Scout troops.  

  • Sheriff targets underage alcohol sales

    As part of a local crackdown, law enforcement charged seven convenience stores and one bar with selling alcohol to minors last week.
    Two other businesses were charged with alcohol license-compliance violations.  
    More than 20 businesses were checked during an alcohol compliance sweep Nov. 13.
    The sweep was conducted by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the State Law Enforcement Division, the Lancaster Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

  • Man pleads guilty in assault on LHS assistant principal

    The Lancaster man accused of assaulting Lancaster High School Assistant Principal Bill Farrar in August has been sentenced.
    Rodney Thompson, 44, 2751 Pineview Drive, Lancaster, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and battery Monday afternoon in general sessions court.  
    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said Thompson was given a three-year prison sentence, suspended to two years probation.
    During those two years, Thompson:
    • Must complete 100 hours of community service

  • Closet Ministry preps for free shopping day

    The little gray house with red shutters is abuzz with activity.
    Volunteers have been busy preparing clothing, shoes, coats, blankets and toys for an upcoming free shopping day this Saturday, when the fellowship hall of Second Baptist Church in Lancaster will be transformed into a Closet Ministry store.
    Gently used items donated by the community – winter clothing, blankets and toys – will be available.

  • Lancaster man accused of Pageland thefts

    PAGELAND – Responding quickly to a string of a smash-and-grab car stereo thefts, Pageland police caught a Lancaster man who had tell-tale blood on his hands from shattered glass.
    Police received a 911 call at 6:46 p.m. Nov. 9 from a truck owner in the Bojangles’ parking lot who had just seen the thief speed away in a white Honda.
    Steven Dale Moree, 36, of Pageland, told officers that he saw his truck window broken when he came out of Bojangles’.

  • Local teen faces marijuana charge in Pageland

    PAGELAND – A 19-year-old Lancaster man was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and three teenagers were charged with underage drinking after a Pageland officer noticed suspicious activity at Grits and Groceries on Nov. 5.
    Officer Albert Parsons noticed that 19-year-old Ricky “June” Baxter looked his way and ducked behind an SUV and then got into a two-door Chevrolet when he passed, a report said.

  • Four arrested in burglary spree

    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies have arrested four Lancaster residents in connection with a rash of burglaries in the county over a several-month period.
    Sheriff Barry Faile said he couldn’t give specifics about the areas or addresses the suspects have been charged with burglarizing, the number of burglaries involved or the time span of suspected cases, as the investigation is ongoing.
    “We’ve solved a bunch of burglaries, but we’re continuing to solve more each day,” Faile said.