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  • Bond denied for Chesterfield County Courthouse shooting suspect

    PAGELAND – A Chesterfield County man remains jailed without bond after allegedly shooting two people outside the Chesterfield County Courthouse on Feb. 13 and leading police on a  chase.

    Curtis Brent Gorney, 54, of Cheraw, is believed to have pulled up outside the courthouse on Chesterfield’s Main Street at 12:20 p.m. that day and opening fire on 21-year-old Olivia Weaver and her stepfather, Donnie Nolan. Gorney then fled the area west on S.C. 9 with sheriff’s deputies in pursuit.

  • Two face drug charges after police chase

    Two out-of-towners were arrested and jailed last week after leading Lancaster police on a car chase and then wrecking the vehicle they were riding in.

    Kenneth Eugene McMurray, 33, of Catawba, was charged Monday, Feb. 11, with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, failure to stop for blue lights and resisting arrest.

    Mandy Lynn Herring, 25, of Scranton, was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

  • Man reports assault, robbery on Camp Creek Road

    Detectives are still examining evidence and searching for suspects in the investigation of an alleged assault and robbery of a Lancaster man on Monday, Feb. 12.

    Two deputies responded at about 4:15 p.m. to the 5800 block of Camp Creek Road in reference to an assault call, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    At the scene, deputies spoke with a 26-year-old man who reported that three men, including two of his own cousins and a third unknown man, had jumped on him and stolen $500, the report said.

  • Teen assaulted by mob outside IL clubhouse

    A Charlotte teen was treated for several injuries after an alleged assault by a mob outside a Indian Land neighborhood clubhouse Feb. 10.

    Deputies spoke with the 17-year-old victim over the phone at about 1 a.m. as she was being treated for her injuries at Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    The teen told deputies she needed to file a report because she had been assaulted earlier that night outside the Black Horse Run Clubhouse, 9684 Black Horse Run Road.

  • Hospital lifts flu restrictions

    Springs Memorial Hospital

    Effective Friday, Feb. 15, Springs Memorial Hospital has lifted flu visitation restrictions.

    The hospital announced Nov. 30, 2012, it was implementing a temporary limited visitation policy due to the high number of flu cases in the area.

    That policy prohibited children under age 12 from visiting patient rooms and emergency room patients. Those with respiratory infection symptoms (coughing, sneezing, runny nose or fever) were asked not to visit SMH until their conditions passed.

  • Airport commission urges need for new taxiway

    It’s hard to believe there’s a connection between a cylindrical sample of asphalt and the recruitment of new businesses to Lancaster County.

    But with two core samples in hand, that’s exactly the connection two county airport officials made at Lancaster County Council’s meeting on Feb. 11.

    Doug Barnes, airport commission chairman, and Paul Moses, airport director, discussed various airport needs during the meeting, including their desire for a thicker taxiway.

  • City Council brainstorms top needs for 2013

    Old water lines and empty, dilapidated buildings.

    Those are some of the blights Lancaster City Council members have once again pinpointed as they begin brainstorming their list of top needs for 2013. They also hope to receive more federal funding to help fund some of the much-needed work.

    Grazier Rhea of the Catawba Regional Council of Governments spoke during City Council’s Tuesday, Feb. 12, meeting about grant application criteria and deadlines.

  • DUI effort nets results

    Deaths, injuries and collisions.

    Each word evokes a plethora of emotions, but for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office each syllable serves as motivation for keeping county roads safer for motorists.

    As part of that effort, the sheriff’s office’s newly created DUI Enforcement Team netted more than a dozen arrests and issued several citations and warnings during a two-week period in December, said Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw in a press release.

  • 'Honest as the noonday sun'

    In 1913, about 40 Civil War survivors gathered at the Confederate Memorial in front of the historic courthouse in downtown Lancaster for a group photograph.

    Very little is known about the event, other than the men enjoyed a picnic lunch that day served by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Thirteen of the men there had fought at Gettysburg.
    But that photograph has become a part of local history and lore for good reason.

    That’s because of the black man seated on the ground in front of the men and one woman who surround the monument.

  • Night deer hunters sentenced

    A trio of University of South Carolina Lancaster students received suspended sentences and fines in General Sessions Court on Monday, Feb. 11, two months after their arrests in an illegal night deer hunting case.

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said James Christopher Stewart, 18, Ryan Charles Manore, 19, and Blake George Shirley, 18, all pleaded guilty and were sentenced Monday on the charge of illegal night deer hunting, first offense.

    “We negotiated a sentence for them and each of them got the same sentence,” Barfield said.