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  • Group threatens, points gun in West Dunlap Street incident

    Detectives continue to investigate what happened Dec. 28 after a group of men reportedly threatened two people at a Lancaster home and pointed a gun at them. 

    Lancaster Police Department officers responded at 4:44 a.m. to a home in the 300 block of West Dunlap Street about a report of shots fired, according to an incident report.

    A 24-year-old woman told officers three people came to her house and began arguing with her and a man she was with. 

  • Gunshots fired into homes

    No arrests have been made in separate incidents in which gunshots were apparently fired into homes in Lancaster County. 

    Shortly before 8:30 p.m. Jan 2, Lancaster police officers responded to the 1800 block of Pardue Street after receiving an anonymous call about shots fired in the area. 

    Neighbors pointed police to two apartments that had been struck by bullets. Both are in the 1500 block, the report said. 

  • ‘Hobo Jim’ at home in courthouse

    In 1983, a young fresh-out-of-law-school upstart walked into the bottom floor of the Lancaster County Courthouse in an official capacity.

    Sure, he had been inside the building on many occasions, but this time was different.

    His job before a county magistrate that day was to represent a client who was trying to collect what was due him for repairing an automobile. The lawyer walked out that day after winning the case.

  • Two rob newspaper carrier at gunpoint

    A contract newspaper carrier for The Lancaster News was robbed at gunpoint early Sunday, Jan. 6, and deputies are still searching for the suspects. 

    Deputies responded about 4:20 a.m. to The Speedee Mart, at 1416 Pageland Highway, about a report of an armed robbery, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. The convenience store is beside the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District office.  

  • 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.