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  • Raids target Latino crimes

    Lancaster County Sheriff's Office narcotics and gang agents and agents from the federal Immigration Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), Lancaster County and Lancaster city police STAR team members and Lancaster County EMS served four search warrants Thursday.

    Sheriff's office narcotics agents and the gang investigator conducted three controlled buys of powder cocaine and one controlled buy of a fake Social Security card, sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said.

  • How to rebuild courthouse on County Council's agenda

    County Council is expected to discuss how to proceed in rebuilding the Lancaster County Courthouse at Monday night's council meeting.

    "I can assure you, it will be talked about," County Administrator Steve Willis said Friday.

    Hunter Builders finished stabilizing the roof of the 180-year-old building Friday.

    The courthouse was set on fire early Monday, with the fire burning through the roof and badly damaging the courtroom on the second floor.

    Officials will meet with insurance agents to talk about getting new trusses for the roof, Willis said.

  • Leigh Anne's Restaurant diners share thoughts on fires

    Peep through the windows from Leigh Anne's Restaurant and you can see much of what's left of the nearby Lancaster County Courthouse. Blackened roof beams and scattered rubble tell the story.

    Some customers of the popular Catawba Street diner were eating breakfast there Monday morning as firefighters battled for hours to extinguish the courthouse fire.

    Since then, restaurant owner Mark Culler said the courthouse fire has been the hot topic of discussion among his patrons. And now, there's more to talk about after the 6th Circuit Solicitor's office burned early Thursday.

  • Buford recreation center to be dedicated Aug. 17

    house later this month.

    Lancaster County Parks and Recreation will hold an open house at the center from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 17. The center is located at 4073 Hurley Walters Road.

    MAR Construction is the contractor for the project. County Council awarded the firm the bid last September.

    The cost of the center is about $1.4 million. It's built on a 25-acre site, which includes ballfields.

    The gym of the new center is the same size as the Springdale Recreation Center.

  • Authority asks for public's help - Press conference included

    Jenny Hartley

    jhartley@thelancasternews.com

    Authorities released few details about their investigation into a fire at 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield’s office on Thursday, but urged the public to report suspicious activity or even suspicious comments about the blaze.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Fire damages solicitor's office

    Jenny Hartley

    jhartley@thelancasternews.com

    Lancaster’s court system was under fire again early Thursday morning, as what authorities are already calling a suspicious fire burned 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield’s office.

  • Contractor checks out roof of burned courthouse

    Officials from a Sumter contractor got a look from the air at the fire damage to the Lancaster County Courthouse on Thursday.

    A boom lifted Hunter Builders officials above the burned roof of the courthouse, which was badly damaged on its second floor by arson early Monday. Hunter Builders specializes in restoring historic buildings.

    The company was contacted by Jody Munnerlyn of Boykin-Munnerlyn architectural firm, which was overseeing a renovation project at the historic courthouse, before the fire.

  • Help from public sought in finding who started two fires

    Help from public sought in finding who started two fires

    Authorities released few details about their investigation into a fire at 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield's office on Thursday, but urged the public to report suspicious activity or even suspicious comments about the blaze.

    "Experience with similar cases has shown it is unlikely the offender will confide his crimes with anyone but will follow the investigation in the media and in conversations with family and friends," Lancaster Police Department Capt. Harlean Howard read from a press release about noon Thursday.

  • Kershaw fundraiser blossoms into Heart of Summer Festival

    KERSHAW – What started as a fundraising idea for a Kershaw business destroyed by fire is turning into one of the biggest festivals hosted by the town.

    The Heart of Summer Festival will take place Saturday in downtown Kershaw.

    Resident Ann Marie Dwyer, owner of Virginia's Dream in Kershaw, conceived the idea.

    "I grew up in Louisiana and festivals down there are a whole lot different than they are here," she said. "They're a whole lot bigger. So I decided to try and bring a little of that flavor to Kershaw."

  • Security tightened after second fire downtown

    Reacting to two deliberately set fires at two government buildings in one week, security around government buildings in Lancaster was tightened Thursday.

    Lancaster County Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond said he expected the "whole nine yards" – the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, Lancaster Police Department and S.C. State Guard – to watch over government buildings Thursday night.

    Lancaster Police Chief Hugh White said his department was planning increased patrols, with extra officers called in to work the night shift.