Local News

  • Additional city charges filed against trio

    Another long list of charges have been filed against a trio of people arrested on multiple burglary charges last month.

    The Lancaster Police Department has now charged Joel Brandon Scott, 31, 1317 Memorial Drive; Joshua Matthew Thurman, 27, 1348 Memorial Drive; and Amber Leigh Airington, 20, 1121 Chesterfield Ave., in connection to a string of burglaries and breaking-and-entering incidents occurring between Nov. 20 and Dec. 6 in the city limits, according to arrest warrants. 

  • A few new laws go into effect this month

    South Carolina voters will have to show a photo ID in 2013. Maybe.

    The law is among the few with wide-ranging impact to residents of Lancaster County that go into effect this year.

    There are, however, several laws that went into effect late last year worth noting.

    Voter ID

  • Fiscal cliff deal comes with good, bad news

    In what could easily be called good news and bad news for most Americans, U.S. House members voted to approve a bipartisan Senate bill late Tuesday, Jan. 1, that avoids the worst fallout from the so-called “fiscal cliff,” but puts off automatic budget cuts associated with sequestration until March.

    While the bill also does away with Bush-era tax cuts for those making more than $400,000 a year, most working Americans will see an increase in their federal Social Security taxes as well.

  • South Carolina delegation discusses ‘fiscal cliff’ vote

    All but two of South Carolina’s delegation to Washington, D.C., voted against a Senate bill to avoid the effects of the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

    U.S. House members voted 257-167 to support a last-minute Senate bill put together by the White House and Senate Republicans, including U.S. House leader John Boehner and 84 other Republicans.

  • Lancaster County’s jobless rate falls again

    Following statewide and national trends, Lancaster County’s unemployment rate fell a few percentage points from October to November 2012.

    The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce released the most recent statistics late last month.

    Lancaster County posted an 11 percent jobless rate for November, down from the 11.2 percent posted in October.

    By comparison, the November 2011 unemployment rate for the county was 12.6 percent.

  • Woman hurt in Walmart crash

    Emergency responders helped to free a Fort Lawn woman Tuesday, Jan. 1, moments after the car she was driving flipped onto its side in front of Lancaster’s Walmart Supercenter on S.C. 9 Bypass West.

    The accident happened at about 1:45 p.m. on New Year’s Day as the woman was driving east in the store’s parking lot toward the building, according to a Lancaster Police Department traffic collision report.

  • Police investigate restaurant burglary

    Police are still tracking down leads and searching for suspects after more than $1,000 worth of items were stolen from a Lancaster restaurant last month.

    Officers responded to Grinder’s Restaurant, at 208 N. Park Square, at 8 a.m., Dec. 26, about a possible burglary, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    At the scene, officers spoke with a 44-year-old man who said sometime between 2 p.m. Christmas Day and 8 a.m. Dec. 26 someone broke a storage building lock behind his restaurant and stole several items.

  • Man reports gun pointed at him

    Investigators continue to look into the case of a man who reported to police that someone pointed a gun at his face late last month. 

    Police responded to the intersection of Pleasant Hill and St. Paul streets about a disturbance on Dec. 26 at 9:23 p.m., according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    When they arrived, officers spoke with a 41-year-old man who said another man had just pointed a gun in his face.

  • County Council approves Project Brick details

    County officials remain tight-lipped on the name of a company coming to the county’s Air-Rail Industrial Park, even as County Council members finalized the acceptance process for the company on Dec. 28.

    Raising their hands during the last Lancaster County Council meeting of the year, council members unanimously approved three ordinances and a motion related to Project Brick, a company county officials have not yet identified.

  • Police arrest Great Falls man on drug, gun charges

    A traffic stop ended with several gun and drug charges filed against a Chester County man late last month.

    Earvan Lamount Alexander, Jr., 34, of Great Falls, was arrested Dec. 22 on a variety of charges after a traffic stop in Lancaster’s Eastview Apartment complex, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.