Local News

  • 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.

  • One arrest made in Applebee’s armed robbery, more expected

    A Lancaster man was arrested for armed robbery, Monday, Dec. 31, only hours after a masked gunman robbed a manager at Lancaster’s Applebee’s restaurant.

    Applebee’s employee Brian Oneal Ealey, 42, was arrested late Monday evening at the restaurant on the charge of armed robbery, according to a Lancaster Police Department press release.

    Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said Ealey is not believed to be the gunman, though investigators say he worked with others to commit the crime.

  • Springs Close Foundation gives local grants

    From release

    The Springs Close Foundation along with the nine members of its community advisory committee made grants at their Nov. 21 annual meeting totaling $471,950.

    These grants were made to 19 agencies and organizations which assist local citizens who need basic and emergency needs such as food, medical assistance and shelter.

  • Woman reports assault by mob, dropped child

    Investigators continue to interview witnesses in an alleged assault by a mob outside a Lancaster gas station earlier this month.

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw said deputies are still determining exactly what happened to a Lancaster woman Dec. 15 outside the AM/PM gas station, at 1553 Lynwood Drive.

    Deputies responded to a fight in progress outside the gas station just after 5 p.m. And spoke with a 35-year-old victim at the scene, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

  • Crime-prevention tools and 911 upgrades the 2013 ticket for local law enforcement

    With violent crimes dominating headlines in 2012, including a long list of murders, shootings and assaults, local law enforcement leaders have several plans for cutting the crime rate in 2013.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said the top priorities for his office in the new year will continue to be reducing and preventing all forms of crime, especially violent crimes. The county logged 15 deaths in 2012 due to violent crime, several of which were murders. Assaults, weapon-related injuries and robberies were also prevalent.