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  • Speeding leads to drug arrest

    A Lancaster man was arrested after police found a number of drugs on him during a traffic stop. 

    Officers found the man while patrolling East Arch Street about 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18. Officers saw a white car with tinted windows speeding in a 35-mph zone, according to a police department incident report. They pulled the car over in a parking lot along S.C. 9 Bypass. 

  • Teen takes woman’s car, wrecks it

    Jesef Williams

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com

    Authorities say no charges have been filed in a December incident in which a teen reportedly took a car without permission and wrecked it on Jackson Street. 

    Lancaster police and sheriff’s deputies went to a home in the 100 block of South Jackson Street on Dec. 10 in response to call about a stolen vehicle and a wreck.

  • Miller could face death penalty

    The man charged with the murder of Beverly Hope Melton could be sentenced to death. 

    As authorities probe Monday’s abduction and killing, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews wants to see the death penalty sought against the accused assailant, Nickolas Jermaine Miller, 23. 

    On Thursday, Matthews said he has talked with the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office about charges against Miller, along with the evidence being gathered through the investigation. 

  • Cocoa for a cure

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    INDIAN LAND – Sam Little came up with a great idea to make raise money – set up a hot chocolate stand.
    Wait a minute. Good idea, but hardly original – kids have been setting up stands of one kind or another for ages, right?
    True enough.
    But 10-year-old Sam had a great location in mind. He set up outside the door of his father’s insurance office in Indian Land, which shares a vestibule with a busy doctor’s office.

  • Man charged in fatal stabbing

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster man is in jail for stabbing his roommate to death early Christmas morning, according to officials.
    Yery Hernan Castro Ortega, 30, has been charged with murder in connection with the death of his roommate, Jose Santiago, 26.
    A Lancaster Sheriff’s Office release said deputies went to the men’s home at 2052 Athena Road about 3:20 Christmas morning after receiving a call about a fight.
    When deputies arrived, they found Santiago dead inside.

  • Chester council to hear L&C request

    Denyse Clark
    Landmark News Service
    CHESTER – The Chester County Planning Commission met last week and unanimously approved a rezoning request for the L&C Railway.
    The request was submitted to change property at 4544 Lancaster Highway, Richburg, for chemical manufacturing.
    Chester County Economic Director Karlisa Parker made the request at a Dec. 20 meeting on behalf of L&C Railway. Parker told the planning commission she represented L&C landholdings and asked for the property to be rezoned to ID-3.

  • Three people die in wreck

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating a mysterious automobile accident in Indian Land that claimed the lives of three family members when their car ran off an embankment between bridges on U.S. 521.
    The accident occurred near the new Lancaster County EMS station at Walnut Creek between north- and southbound overpasses above the railroad tracks just north of the intersection at Waxhaw Road (S.C. 75).

  • Kershaw woman abducted, killed

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
     The woman who was abducted and murdered across two bordering counties Monday was from Lancaster County.
    Authorities say town of Kershaw resident Beverly Hope Melton, 30, was getting gas at a Jefferson convenience store about 1 p.m. Monday.
    Video surveillance footage from the store showed that Melton was followed from the store by Nickolas Jermaine Miller, 23, who lives in Jefferson, said Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker.

  • Is Rico stressing water system?

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
     HEATH SPRINGS – Rico Industries’ environmental impact on the town of Heath Springs is now a concern.
    Town Council was briefed Dec. 20 about recent tests that have been conducted on the town’s wastewater. In recent weeks, higher amounts of dead bacteria and contaminants have been found in the wastewater, said Joey Oliver of Oliver Environmental Services.
    Oliver contracts with Heath Springs to manage its wastewater system.

  • Betty Harmon Holt, 78

    Betty Harmon Holt, 78
    LANCASTER - Betty Harmon Holt, 78, passed away unexpectedly Dec. 22, 2011, in Wendell, N.C.
    A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. today, Dec. 28, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Lexington.