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  • Third man arrested in Jenika Jones murder

    A third man was arrested Friday in the murder of 23-year-old Jenika Jones.

    Al Martinez Green, 19, 813 1/2 East Dunlap St., was arrested by Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies and charged with murder, according to a sheriff’s office press release. As of Friday morning, Green remained jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center.  

    Two other men – Devatee Clinton, 24, 1911 Roseanna Lane and Wayne Blakeney, 20, 5987 Taxahaw Road – were arrested March 9 and both were also charged with murder. 

  • Tony Starnes to step down in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw is now looking for a new administrator.

    Tony Starnes, who’s held the position since September 2003, announced this week that he is resigning. His last day  is April 30.

    Starnes, 62, said he’s ready to step aside. This will give him the opportunity to “either do something else” or simply enjoy himself while spending more time his family.

    “After you work so long, you get to the point where you’re ready to go,” he said.

  • Mayor calls councilwoman out of order

     

    City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace says Mayor Joe Shaw needs to grow up – an assertion that followed his dismissal of her motion to give city employees more money.

    During the Tuesday, March 27, City Council meeting, Blackmon-Brace made a motion to give each city of Lancaster employee a $75 stipend (pay supplement) each month for the remainder of the budget year, which ends June 30.

    The move came during a discussion about the 2012-13 budget-planning schedule, which was led by Finance Director James Absher.

  • Brain Injury Awareness Month

    Traumatic brain injuries can happen at any time to anyone at any age.

    To raise awareness of the impact these injuries can have, March was designated as National Head Injury and Disabilities Month. 

    A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a blow, jolt or bump to the head or penetrating head injury that disrupts normal brain function.

    Joyce Davis, executive director of the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina, said TBIs are the No. 1 cause of death for people ages 1 to 44 in South Carolina.

  • Magic Pipe owner faces attempted murder charge

    GASTONIA, N.C. – The owner of a Panhandle business is out on bond as he awaits trial for a December shooting that took place in North Carolina.

    Timothy Lewis Sisk, 42, of Gastonia, N.C., has been charged with attempted first-degree murder. The Lancaster News recently learned of the charge.

    Sisk owns The Magic Pipe store in Indian Land.

    Authorities say Sisk shot Bryan Michael Kratz in the face with a .25-caliber handgun outside a bar in Lowell, N.C., on Dec. 13, 2011. Lowell is about 5 miles from Gastonia.

  • Driver runs off road, hits tree

    Two Lancaster County men were hospitalized after sustaining injuries in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday night, March 28.

    Doug A. Fells, 29, of Kershaw was driving a 1988 Ford Mustang with Christopher Adam Hunter, 32, of Lancaster as the front-seat passenger, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    Fells was traveling north on Farmbrook Road at 8:40 p.m. when he came upon a right-hand curve. The car ran off the right side of the road and collided with a tree, said Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Billy Elder.

  • Man steals, pulls knife at Walgreens

    Police are searching for an armed man who stole several items from a Lancaster pharmacy last weekend.

    Lancaster police officers responded to Walgreens, at 1101 Gillsbrook Road, shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday, March 24, about a robbery that just occurred, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • City taking applications for summer internships

    More college students than even before will have a chance to work for the city of Lancaster as a summer intern. 

    The city is now accepting applications for its annual internship program, which will run from May 29 to Aug. 6. This year, the ten-week program will include five students – two more than had been involved in years past. 

    Shelia Thompson, the city's human resources assistant who helps organize the program, said she's pleased City Council approved the two additional positions this summer. 

  • SLED investigates EMS employee

    The S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has initiated the investigation of a Lancaster County EMS employee.

    In a brief statement issued Tuesday afternoon, SLED spokeswoman Kathryn Richardson confirmed a tip The Lancaster News received earlier in the day, but refused to release any specifics.

    “We have an investigation in Lancaster involving an EMS worker,” Richardson said. “The investigation is continuing and it would be inappropriate to discuss any details.”

  • Few leads in double murder on Midway

    There are few leads, but plenty of rumors, in the investigation of two shooting deaths outside a Lancaster nightclub on Friday, March 23.

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw said investigators have very little information to go on in the murders of Jonathan Duvall Reid, 25, and Azor Lee Cloud, 30.

    Both were found shot outside the “The Café” nightclub on Old Landsford Road in Lancaster just before 11 p.m.