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  • Ginny Adams' death a mystery to investigators

    Capt. Craig Bailey knew when he saw the body of Virginia “Ginny” Adams in a creek bed under a bridge on Riverside Road that her death would be a difficult case to solve.

    Four S.C. Department of Transportation workers called the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office after finding her body about 2 p.m. June 5, 2007.

    Adams’ body – mostly bones – was found partially in the water and had been there from anywhere from a week to a month, Bailey said.

    But there were some clues on the body to help investigators identify it.

  • Deputies charge man with burning 2-year-old son

    An Indian Land man was jailed Monday night after he was charged with dunking his 2-year-old son in scalding water.

    Christian Brown, 23, 9848 Fortson Drive, was charged with unlawful conduct toward a child. He is being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center on $45,000 bond.

    “His story did not match up with the evidence whatsoever,” said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile. “We do see some child neglect cases here, but nothing of this severity, that involves burns.”

  • Norrell donates 2-acre parcel of land to Katawba land trust

    Lancaster attorney Mandy Powers Norrell recently donated a 2-acre parcel of land near Forty Acre Rock in Southeastern Lancaster County to the Katawba Valley Land Trust. 

    The tract, situated on Bear Creek, is an important addition to the KVLT Lancaster Greenway Preserve, which is now comprised of more than 350 acres, say KVLT officials.

    The tract harbors trees such as Cottonwood, Sweetgum, Mulberry and Green Ash. It’s an important habitat for native flora and fauna, and having it protected will benefit the water quality of Bear Creek, say KVLT officials.

  • Love in their Golden Years

    Six months ago, Cornelia Williams didn’t even know Prince Jarrett Hinson, but on the eve of Valentine’s Day, she couldn’t picture a day without him.

    Cornelia and Prince were married Feb. 13 at Crestview Baptist Church in Lancaster. Family and friends filled the crowd, while Cornelia’s daughter and Prince’s son stood by their side.

    No, this wasn’t your typical wedding.

    Snow was on the ground outside " from an unusual storm that brought snow to parts of the South that rarely see it, including Texas and Florida.

  • Brown disappeared on Valentine's Day 1995

    Flipping through the pages of a large binder she’s filled with witness statements, candid photographs and faded newspaper articles, Lancaster Police Capt. Susan Hunter wonders what happened to Farrika Brown.

    Today marks the 15th anniversary of Brown’s disappearance, a case that has yielded very few leads, but always remains in Hunter’s mind.

    “He’s not forgotten by any means. We still have fliers up about him,” said Hunter, who was one of the lead investigators when Brown’s family reported him missing.

  • Seven years later, authorities still can't explain auto dealer's death

    It’s been seven years since John Michael “Mike” Hinson was found face down on the ground in the middle of Sentry Road.

    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies learned that Hinson, a Lancaster County businessman, had been hit by a car on the night of Feb. 14, 2003. The woman who was driving the car said Hinson was either bent over or on his knees, with one hand raised, when she struck him.

    County Coroner Mike Morris said Hinson, who was 58, died at the scene from multiple trauma from being hit by the car.

  • Police say blaze at vacant motel is suspicious

    The fire at a vacant motel on Lancaster’s Main Street is considered suspicious by police.

    Dozens of firefighters battled a blaze at the former Budget Inn on Wednesday night.

    Arson investigators from the State Law Enforcement Division arrived Thursday to look into the cause of the blaze.

    Ken Patel, owner of the Budget Inn building, said he noticed fire coming out of the vacant building about 8:25 p.m. Wednesday.

  • System to make auto calls in missing person cases

    “Hello. This is an urgent message from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. We are currently searching for a missing child in your area.”

    That’s the recorded message that could soon be sent to thousands of homes across the county using a call system developed by A Child is Missing, a Florida-based nonprofit organization.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office learned of A Child is Missing a couple months ago while refreshing their officers’ Amber Alert training, which involves rapid-response techniques in child-abduction cases.

  • Police seek teen in shooting

    The Lancaster Police Department has issued warrants for a man wanted in connection with a Friday shooting.

    MiQuavis Cunningham, 19, has been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill and possession of a pistol during the commission of a violent crime, Capt. Harlean Howard said.

    Officers responded to the emergency room of Springs Memorial Hospital about 6 p.m. Friday because a man came in with a gunshot wound, according to an incident report.

  • Teachers to take one day off with no pay

    Area teachers and principals will take unpaid time off to help offset this year’s state budget cuts.

    The Lancaster County school board voted unanimously Tuesday to furlough teachers one day and administrators two days.

    The measure should save the district more than $302,000 in the 2009-10 fiscal year, said district finance director Tony Walker.