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  • Former trooper helps other cope with stress disorder

    John Rutledge Jr. expected to have a long career in law enforcement.
    Rutledge, 33, followed in the foot steps of his father, John Rutledge Sr., who also served in law enforcement and the military.
    Rutledge got his start at the Chester County Detention Center in 1996, and then came to work as a correctional officer at the Lancaster County Detention Center a year later.
    In 1998, he was hired at the Lancaster Police Department, where he worked as a patrol officer, K-9 handler, SWAT officer and school resource officer.

  • Scenario teaches police how to curb underage drinking

    A crowd of underage drinkers clutching cups of alcohol. Stacks of pizza boxes and piles of empty beer cans. Loud music blasting from a boombox.

    That was the scene at a party on Standing Timber Lane in Lancaster before police officers descended on the celebration.

    Partygoers scattered in every direction, but the officers were prepared and quickly herded the group together.

    Officers collected evidence and conducted multiple interviews and breath tests, but this was not a typical party bust.

  • USDA program helps family buy their first home

    For years, Carolyn Taylor dreamed of being a home owner. And thanks in part to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, that dream is now a reality.

    Carolyn Taylor, who lived in public housing for more than nine years, bought her first home in March.

    She moved into a 1,300-square-foot house on Froebe Drive after being approved for a Section 502 loan from the USDA's Rural Development. The loans are mainly used to help low-income families buy homes in rural areas.

  • Organizers hope air show will attract big crowds

    Organizers of an air show at the Lancaster County Airport/McWhirter Field hope the event will draw people from all over the region.

    The 2008 Palmetto Thunder Air Show, slated for May 17 and 18, will feature action from jets, helicopters and World War II-era bombers.

    See Lancaster Executive Director Frank Keel, one of the event's local organizers, hopes for $120,000 in ticket sales and 10,000 people each day.

  • Thomas: Former Continental workers should have say

    County Council unanimously approved first reading Monday night to approve a fee-in-lieu of taxes agreement with MacMillan Investments.

    MacMillan Investments is likely better known for its lease to a corporate headquarters for Continental Tire. MacMillan Investments is part of Springland and Forsite Development.

    Continental Tire will move 300 employees to a 75,000-square-foot building at McMillan Business Park on S.C. 160, a $10 million investment. Contractors have finished grading, and construction is expected to be completed in early 2009,

  • Mitchum organized JROTC program at Lancaster High

    B.W. Mitchum is being remembered as someone who instilled discipline and motivated the people he was around.

    Mitchum, a retired U.S. Army colonel and JROTC instructor at Lancaster High School, died Monday. He was 80.

    Mitchum organized Lancaster High's JROTC program after he retired from the active Army, and served as the program's senior Army instructor for 18 years.

    Ernie Clyburn, a former Lancaster High principal, said Mitchum always pushed to make the JROTC program stronger.

  • Man gets 30 years for slaying

    A nearly three-year-old murder case involving the stabbing death of a 90-year-old Heath Springs woman was concluded Tuesday with the sole suspect pleading guilty to her murder.

    Donald Cleveland Brevard, 20, pleaded guilty to five charges relating to the death of Sara Faulkenberry on June 14, 2005. Brevard was 17 at the time of the killing.

  • Officer: Four people tried to take law into their own hands

    Four people are behind bars after authorities say they kidnapped a Lancaster County man and then broke into a Woodcreek apartment home at gunpoint.

    Terrance Jaleel Frames, 21, of 802 Hampton Road; Calvin Webster Gladden, 29, of 1787 W. Meeting St.; Brandon Theodis McIlwain, 23, of 802 Hampton Road; and Sherie Jenita Myers, 25, of 706 Chesterfield Ave. were each charged Friday with first-degree burglary and kidnapping charges.

  • Smart car turns heads

    Although gas has dropped below $2 a gallon again in some places, the Zarrellis are still in love with their little yellow car.

    It's not a hybrid, and it requires premium gasoline, but Lois and Neal Zarrelli love the gas mileage their Smart car gets – 33 miles per gallon in the city, and 41 on the highway, according to www.smartusa.com.

  • Lancaster teen dies in wreck

    GREAT FALLS – A 16-year-old Lancaster resident died in a two-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon on S.C. 97 near Great Falls.

    Lakendra Renee Dye, of 411 Glenwood Ave., was pronounced dead at the scene. She died from body trauma related to the crash, said Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker.

    Dye was pinned inside the vehicle. She was not wearing a seat belt, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.