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  • Deputy Brandon Rollins refuses to give up

    Brandon Rollins remembers clutching his side last fall, moments after being struck by an armed robber’s bullet, and vowing he wasn’t going to die. 

    The Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy told a crowd of more than 100 law enforcement officers Thursday morning, April 12, that it was all about having something to believe in. 

  • City delays pole shed construction

    Money has been redirected in a way that may improve operations at the city of Lancaster’s building on 15th Street.

    Jerry Crockett, the city’s public works director, requested a funding change at City Council’s Tuesday, April 10, meeting.

    As part of the city’s capital-improvement plan (CIP), $30,000 had been set aside this budget year for the construction of a pole shed. Crockett said he’s realized it will take another $35,000 to complete the project.

  • Council considers community needs list

    Highway improvements, neighborhood revitalization and upgraded EMS and fire stations remain some of the top priorities for county officials.

    Those were just some of the many projects mentioned during a needs assessment public hearing at Lancaster County Council’s April 2 meeting.

    Held annually, the hearing is used to gather information and compile a community-needs list for Lancaster County, with help from the Catawba Regional Council of Governments. 

  • Police investigate two shooting incidents in city

    Officers combed through several Lancaster neighborhoods searching for suspects in two different shooting incidents last weekend. 

    On Saturday, March 3, Lancaster police officers were called to a building in the 200 block of North Market Street about 7:50 p.m. After someone called to report shots fired in the area, according to a police department incident report. 

  • Driver flees car accident scene, arrested

    A Lancaster woman was arrested last week on drug and traffic-related charges after police stopped her for leaving a car accident scene. 

    Kamelia Lynette Funderburk, 28, 2328 Old Blackmon Lane, was arrested and charged April 4 with simple possession of marijuana, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and disregarding a traffic light, according to a a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

  • Fire damages apartment complex

     

    A charred shingle peeled away from the exposed roof and slowly drifted to the ground as Angela Patterson surveyed the damage to her apartment Tuesday morning, April 10. 

    Patterson’s apartment, as well as four other units in the one-story building at the Westway Apartments complex, were damaged during a blaze about 7 a.m. in the 1500 block of Memorial Park Road.   

  • Council wants more info before funding 4-H agent position

    The fate of a local 4-H position hangs in the balance as Lancaster County Council considers whether to continue its funding. 

    That funding – $35,000 – provides a 4-H agent through the Clemson University Extension Service. It has been funded for decades, though council members discussed the feasibility of renewing the contract at its April 2 meeting. 

  • Burglar wakes up man, flees into woods

    A trail of dropped items marked the path of a burglar who ran from a resident late last month. 

    Police responded to a home in the 400 block of Colonial Avenue just after 2:30 a.m. March 28, about a burglary that had just happened, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

  • Burglary suspect caught in the act

    A Lancaster man with an extensive criminal record was caught blue-handed this week as deputies caught him taking items from a storage unit while wearing a pair of blue latex gloves. 

    John Allen Hill, 31, 1653 Hillcrest Ave., was arrested Monday, April 2, and charged with third-degree burglary, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

  • Council discusses abandoned properties

    It could take more than $150,000 to demolish all of the county’s abandoned and dilapidated structures.

    That’s the word from Chief Building and Zoning Officer Kenneth Cauthen who presented the results of a countywide demolition review to Lancaster County Council on Monday, April 2.