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  • Man charged with kidnapping, assault

    A Lancaster man was arrested last Friday after he was accused of knifing a woman in a hotel room and holding her and another man against their will.

    Kennis Crawford, 58, of 1955 Steel Hill Road, is charged with second-degree assault and battery and two counts of kidnapping.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, at 1:40 a.m. that day, officers responded to a 911 open-line cell-phone call that “pinged” in Room 132 of the Carriage Inn, 1100 N. Main St., but couldn’t get anybody to come to the door.

  • 2-year-old’s death under investigation

    Brian Garner

    Landmark News Service

    CHESTER – Investigators are looking into the death of a 2-year-old girl after a 911 call about an unresponsive child at a Chester house Wednesday morning.

    The Chester County Coroner's Office identified the toddler as Khloe Simone Adams. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday, but no results had been released at press time. 

    Officials identified the child’s parents as Darryl Wilson of Chester and Tornita Adams of Lancaster.

  • Action-verb bonanza: Swerve, shoot, speed, ram, chase, arrest

    Gregory A. Summers 

    gsummers@thelancasternews.com

    A bizarre incident Saturday night included a threatening pickup, a shot from a security guard, a two-agency police chase topping 100 mph, a rammed house, an attempted escape on foot through some woods, and finally a DUI charge for a Lancaster man.

    Christopher Perez Cornelius, 27, of 1536 Tin Lane or 1946 Santa Barbara Drive, was charged with driving under the influence and failure to stop for blue lights.

  • Settlement removes 2 defendants in suit filed by Tunnell

    Keith Tunnell has reached a settlement with two of the parties he sued last year over his departure as president of the now-defunct Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.

    Tunnell accused the S.C. I-77 Alliance and York Tech President Greg Rutherford, among other defendants, of defamation, breach of contract and civil conspiracy. 

  • Man shot dead on Dunlap Street

    Patrolling Lancaster police officers found a man shot to death on East Dunlap Street downtown early Wednesday.

    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 47-year-old Terry Louis “Butch” Thompson of Lancaster.

    Police have no suspects and are unsure of the motive. The case is still under investigation.

  • Cake-crafters take top S.C. fair honor

    Reece Murphy

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    Attention to detail paid off at this year’s S.C. State Fair for Lancaster cake-bakers Sylvia Hinson and Gail Hyatt, earning them a Best of Show ribbon.

    Hinson and Hyatt, of Sylvia’s Cakes and Things, earned the fancy purple Best of Show ribbon Oct. 11 for their colorful entry “Deer Cake.” The cake is made in the shape of a wide-eyed fawn curled up atop a tree stump surrounded by sugar mushrooms, flowers and butterflies. 

  • Dead gunshot victim found on E. Dunlap

    A man was found shot to death on East Dunlap Street in Lancaster early Wednesday, and the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office has identified him as 47-year-old Terry Louis “Butch” Thompson.     
    Patrolling city police officers found Thompson lying on the ground about 1:17 a.m. near the intersection of East Dunlap Street and Thomas Lane. He had suffered an apparent gunshot wound and was dead, according to a Lancaster Police Department release.

  • IL festival 'all-around awesome'

    Among the car show, vendor booths, food trucks, corn hole, fun zones, chili cook off and hay bales, crowds packed the Indian Land Fall Festival on Saturday.
    Known as the Panhandle’s biggest annual event, the festival lived up to its description in its 12th year, ushering in thousands at its new location on the campus of the Indian Land schools.
    “It was an exciting day and a perfect example of what makes Indian Land such a great place,” festival chairman Mike Neese said.

  • City grant will design downtown event space

    Competing against 52 other cities, Lancaster has received a $25,000 Hometown Economic Development Grant from the S.C. Municipal Association, scoring highest among all the applicants.
    The grant was awarded to 10 cities this year, up from eight last year. Lancaster ranked No. 1 on its eligibility rating among the winning cities.
    “I think it speaks well for the city and what we’re trying to do with our central business district,” Mayor John Howard said.

  • Grisly murder scene, husband arrested

    A 58-year-old woman’s body was found by her daughters Sunday morning at her Lancaster home, apparently beaten to death with a hammer, and her husband has been charged with murder.
    Mildred Burris Arnold was found in a bedroom at 213 S. York St., the Lancaster Police Department said in a statement.
    Her youngest daughter, Stephanie Arnold, said the scene was like a horror movie, with the body wrapped in two blankets and a rug, and blood from the ceiling to the floor.
    Matthew James Alman, 49, of the same address, was charged with murder on Monday.