• Sheriff’s Office seeks national accreditation

    With a new office complex up and running and the recent addition of several more positions at the sheriff’s office, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile has a new goal in mind-national accreditation. 

    Two years after gaining state accreditation through the S.C. Law Enforcement Accreditation program, Faile and his staff are hoping to increase their national profile by earning accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).

  • County Council at odds over economic incentives

    What began as the final step of a certification process for the new Lancaster Air-Rail Park, quickly turned into a contentious debate about the county’s incentive process for new companies during Lancaster County Council’s Monday, July 8, meeting. 

    On council’s agenda was the setting of a formal price per acre for the new 101-acre business park, located along S.C. 9 near the county airport. 

  • Fugitive indicted for failure to register as sex offender

    A Lancaster man who had been wanted on two out-of-state fugitive charges until he was found hiding in an apartment in April was formally indicted by a federal grand jury last month. 

    Bryan Yarnell Huntley, 34, 3402 Caroline Court, was charged in a one-count indictment with failure to register as a sex offender, a violation of Title 18, Section 2250(a) of the U.S. Penal code, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

    The federal grand jury in Columbia returned the indictment June 18.

  • Woman arrested for assault

    A routine disturbance call helped local authorities track down a woman wanted for assaulting another woman last month. 

    Teneka Yulundus Patterson, 26, 1941 Usher Road, was arrested June 22 on an outstanding warrant for third-degree assault and battery, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

    Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw said deputies found Patterson standing in her front yard as they were responding to a disturbance there just after 9 p.m. June 22.

  • Man on county’s ‘Most Wanted’ turns himself in

    Hours after his picture ran as part of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted list, a Lancaster man turned himself in to authorities last week.

    Charles Wayne Hunter, 29, 1111 Potter Road, was arrested July 3 for an outstanding drug violation warrant, per a sheriff’s office incident report. 

    Hunter arrived at the sheriff’s office just before 2 p.m. and let deputies know he was wanted. 

    He was one of 12 individuals listed on the sheriff’s office Most Wanted list for July. 

  • Bogus ad leads to armed robbery

    A legion of unmarked police cars surrounded a small blue hatchback in Lancaster’s Walmart parking lot Monday morning, July 8, only minutes after a man was robbed at gunpoint.

    A day later, police were holding one man for questioning while looking to locate at least two others suspects. As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, though, no arrests had been made. 

    “We're knee-deep in this thing,” Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said. “We're working on that right now.” 

  • Continuing rains prompt flood warning

    The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the section of the Catawba/Wateree River basin that borders Lancaster County until Sunday, July 14.

    Residents along Lake Wateree should be prepared for the possibility of minor and moderate flooding in the upcoming days.

    The National Weather Service reported the water level of Lake Wateree at 100.7 feet at 3 a.m. Monday, July 8, which is above flood stage of 100 feet.

  • New county deputy earns top class honor

    COLUMBIA – The Lancaster County Sheriffs Office is excited and honored to announce its newest deputy – Aaron Vrooman – earned the J.P. Strom Award for graduating at the top of his class at the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy.
    Vrooman received the honor during a graduation ceremony held June 21.
    The J.P. Strom Award is presented to the academy graduate who obtains the highest academic average throughout the 12-week Basic Law Enforcement Certification program.  

  • Robber of Chester bank remains at large

    CHESTER – Authorities are still looking for the man who robbed a bank June 27.
    At approximately 3:10 p.m. that day, Spratt Savings and Loan on Saluda Street in Chester was reportedly robbed.
    Within minutes, law enforcement vehicles from the City of Chester Police Department and Chester County Sheriff's Office were at the scene and fanning out across the city in search of the suspect.
    At one point, 15 law enforcement vehicles were parked in front of the bank.

  • Lancaster soldier honored at site of South Dakota fire

    A Lancaster resident was among those honored in South Dakota on Monday, July 1, during a ceremony to dedicate a memorial site for six N.C. Air National Guardsmen whose C-130 airplane crashed while fighting the White Draw Fire.

    Four members of a six-man airborne firefighting crew from Charlotte’s N.C. Air National Guard 145th Airlift Wing died July 1, 2012, when strong winds from a thunderstorm caused their air tanker to crash on a ridge top northeast of Edgemont, S.D.