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  • To carry or not to carry

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Crystal Roney keeps a pistol on her bedroom night stand.
    During road trips, it’s in her car’s glove compartment. And now, she wants to have it on her body at all times.
    When Roney moved into a new house about two years ago, she decided to take a gun-safety class, given that she’d be living alone.
    But after hearing the news of recent murders, assaults and other violent crimes, Roney wants to take things a step further by obtaining a concealed-weapons permit.

  • Spelling champ thought she was given trick word

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    This year’s Lancaster County School District spelling bee was a nail-biter in a way only those who have witnessed such academic competitions can fully understand.
    The scene: Afternoon of Jan. 26. Fifteen of the county’s best elementary and middle school spellers on stage at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Stevens Auditorium.
    The prize: Recognition as the district’s best speller and a chance to compete in the 58th Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee.

  • American hero was a humble man

    By Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    A local man who recently died has been hailed an American hero.
    Lancaster resident Carl Gandy died Jan. 25 at the age of 88. During his life he was a business owner, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Gandy served in the Army during World War II. As a member of the 4th Infantry Division, he and his comrades pushed their way across the French countryside, along with other Allied forces on their way to Berlin.

  • Local woman sexually assaulted in Chester

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Lancaster police have the names of two people accused of robbing and sexually assaulting a Lancaster woman last week in Chester County.
    The woman, 33, was driven to the Springs Memorial Hospital emergency room Saturday afternoon to be treated after she was reportedly assaulted by two men, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    A hospital nurse told an officer that the woman said she was pistol whipped and that the men then used the gun to sexually assault her, the report said.

  • Officers investigate bomb threat

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A string of bomb threats called into an Indian Land business over the last two weeks have authorities searching for the culprit.

  • Woman robbed on Pleasant Hill Street

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster woman told police she was forced to the ground and robbed by two people early Saturday morning on Pleasant Hill Street.
    The woman, 40, was walking in the area of Pleasant Hill and St. Paul streets shortly after midnight Saturday when she was approached by a man and a woman, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    She said they forced her to the ground. The man then took $40 and a lottery ticket from her rear pants pocket, the report said.

  • Mulvaney returns $160,000 to help pay down national debt

    U.S. District 5 Rep. Mick Mulvaney’s office
    U.S. District 5 Rep. Mick Mulvaney is giving more than $160,000 – about 11 percent of the money his office was allotted in 2011 – to help pay down the national debt. Mulvaney is joining other freshmen congressmen, who are also returning their leftover money.
    The eight conservative freshmen members are asking Speaker John Boehner to direct his office’s leftover money – about $1.5 million – to do the same.

  • Coffee break with chamber Feb. 9

    Chamber of Commerce
    Lancaster County Chamber is starting a new program open to all members. Coffee break with the chamber,” sponsored by the Small Business Council, will kick off Feb. 9.
    The coffee break has been developed as an informal morning discussion session on topics of interest to all members, with the first meeting to feature guest speakers Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile and City of Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Howard.

  • Local man arrested in assault case


    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Police have arrested and charged a Lancaster man in connection with a violent assault that happened along Main Street last month.
    Gaeric Quindrell Johnson, 22, 414 South Ave., was arrested Wednesday at 6:31 p.m. in the 900 block of Loft Lane, according to a Lancaster Police Department booking report. He is charged with criminal sexual conduct and a warrant was served on him while he was in custody at the police department, the report said.

  • Man arrested for dangling child over pitbull

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    After weeks of investigation, police have arrested a man for allegedly dangling a small child over a pitbull.
    Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Howard said Michael Chavis Jr., 22, 110 S. Hughes St., was arrested 11:24 a.m. Wednesday and charged with third-degree assault and battery.
    Police issued a press release Wednesday morning asking the community for help finding Chavis, though he was found a few hours later.