• Motorycle driver leads city police on chase

    Christopher Sardelli
    A man who led police on a  high-speed chase through the city limits before ditching his motorcycle last week is still on the run.
    The chase began about 1:30 p.m. March 30, near the intersection of Gillsbrook Road and Forest Drive, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    Two Lancaster police officers saw a purple sports motorcycle speeding nearby and, after checking radar, found it was traveling at 60 mph in a 35-mph zone.  

  • Medical practice launches Serotonin Plus Weight Loss Program

    By Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    Weight loss and obesity in America are two hot topics in today’s world.
    Palmetto Tri-County Internal Medicine is preparing to launch a new program that will enable those who participate to lose weight – but this is not a diet.
    The Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program is a lifestyle-modification program that, if followed correctly, can ensure that lost weight stays off, said Dr. Michael Kimbrell, one of the medical managers of the program.

  • County Council approves application for officer grant

    Christopher Sardelli
    County officials and local law enforcement are hoping to win a grant that would fund the hiring of several new officers to patrol the county’s roads.
    At its Monday, April 2, meeting, Lancaster County Council unanimously approved applying for a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The grant would be funded from the office of COPS, or Community Oriented Policing Services, which provides services and grants for state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies.

  • Burglary suspect caught in the act

    A Lancaster man with an extensive criminal record was caught blue-handed this week as deputies caught him taking items from a storage unit while wearing a pair of blue latex gloves. 

    John Allen Hill, 31, 1653 Hillcrest Ave., was arrested Monday, April 2, and charged with third-degree burglary, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

  • Council discusses abandoned properties

    It could take more than $150,000 to demolish all of the county’s abandoned and dilapidated structures.

    That’s the word from Chief Building and Zoning Officer Kenneth Cauthen who presented the results of a countywide demolition review to Lancaster County Council on Monday, April 2.

  • Taking a stand against violence


    A man sexually assaults and burns a 6-week-old baby as a way to express anger toward the child’s mother. A teenager watches his father fatally beat his mother. And meanwhile, dozens of people are using the Internet to target their next stalking victim.

    These scenarios aren’t fictitious tales played out on your favorite crime-investigation TV shows. They’re real-life incidents that happen in Lancaster County – and locals want to help stop it.

  • Plans set for 2012 Red Rose Festival

    Additional activities, more good Southern food and a lot of hip-twisting music are just a month or so away as organizers prepare for the third annual Red Rose Festival.

    The family-friendly event, slated for May 18-19, has been billed as Lancaster’s signature event. All of the festivities will take place downtown.

    Caroline Hasty, events and promotions coordinator for See Lancaster SC, the city’s marketing group, said the live musical entertainment is set and all the food vendor slots have been filled.

  • Knife upgrades shoplifting charge to armed robbery

    Detectives tracked down and arrested a local man last week in connection with the armed robbery of a Lancaster pharmacy.

    Jeffrey Scott White, 39, 1921 Emma Circle, was arrested March 26. 

    He is  charged with armed robbery and possession of a knife during the commission of a violent crime. 

    The charges stem from a robbery at Walgreens, at the intersection of S.C. 9 Bypass and Gillsbrook Road, on  March 24.

  • Sims Foundation awards $822,000 in grants

    Direct health services and health education are among the projects funded by the J. Marion Sims Foundation’s most recent grant awards.  A total of 13 organizations are the recipients of grants totaling $822,816.

  • Democratic National Convention seeks volunteers

    The 2012 Democratic National Convention, to be held the first week of September in Charlotte, is expected to bring millions of dollars and 35,000 visitors into this area, including thousands of national and international media representatives.

    According to officials with the Democratic National Convention Committee and the Host Committee, the 2012 convention will shine a spotlight on Charlotte and the surrounding area. Thousands of television, newspaper and magazine reporters will be coming, along with delegates and convention workers.