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  • 1973 slaying of Lancaster surgeon a memorable case

    It’s a Friday night, and everything is calm and peaceful inside the home of Lancaster surgeon Dr. J. Dill Pittman.

    But suddenly, a large piece of stone is thrown into a patio glass door.

    Burglars storm through that sliding door and confront Pittman, who is sitting in the den watching TV with his wife, Marvyne.

    The Pittmans are both tied up with nylon stockings and neckties, while the intruders ransack their Edgewood Court home.

  • Police reports - March 14, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on several charges March 9 after an officer saw what he believed was a drug transaction in the parking lot of Crenco on South Main Street.

    Taveras Breshun Patterson, 26, 1514 Lynwood Drive, was charged with driving under suspension, possession of crack cocaine and second-offense simple possession of marijuana.

    According to the report, the officer followed the car involved in the suspected transaction to 15th Street, where the car turned into a driveway.

  • Apollo 16 astronaut, 3 others inducted into county's Boy Scout Hall of Fame

    For Charlie Duke, the path that took him to the moon in April 1972 on Apollo 16 started in the late 1940s when an aeronautics merit badge was added to his merit badge sash.

    Before Duke was an explorer/astronaut and one of only 12 men to walk on the moon, he was a test pilot, fighter pilot and U.S. Air Force officer.

    Before that, he was an Eagle Scout.

  • Meet U.S. Senate hopeful at Sun City

    INDIAN LAND – Democrat Vic Rawl has thrown his hat in the ring for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Jim DeMint.

    He is on a statewide tour announcing his candidacy and will make an appearance in Indian Land on Thursday.

    Sun City Democratic Club President Robert John is hosting a muffin and coffee reception at his home, 48548 Snapdragon Lane, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday to give local voters a chance to meet Rawl. The reception is open to all.

    Rawl, a resident of Charleston, served two terms in the S.C. House of Representatives.

  • City fires detective after complaint

    A Lancaster Police Department detective has filed a grievance with the city of Lancaster to appeal his termination.

    Sgt. Pat Parsons has been fired from the police department, as of 5 p.m. Tuesday. The firing comes in the wake of a complaint filed against him by Angela Thompson, who said Parsons harassed her son about a stolen mo-ped and assaulted him on Jan. 31.

  • Cold case files: Victim' families long for answers, closure

    Mothers and fathers. Prostitutes. A fast-food worker. Teenagers. A drunk-driving victim.

    Black and white, old and young.

    Over the last five weeks, The Lancaster News has brought readers the stories of 14 people who were murdered or went missing since 1977. They all have some things in common.

    They long for answers and peace of mind.

    If their loved ones went missing, they want to know what happened to them. If their loved ones were killed, they want to know why they died and who did it. If foul play was involved, they also want justice.

  • Is call-center training working?

    Keith Tunnell hopes several call-center companies will eventually set up shop in Lancaster County.

    But as he works to bring those businesses to the area, there’s still one obstacle he says the county needs to address – training local workers for those types of jobs.

  • Fired officer seeks hearing

    Former Lancaster Police Department Sgt. Pat Parsons has filed a grievance with the city of Lancaster for his March 2 termination.

    According to city code, a grievance is defined as any complaint by an employee that he or she has been treated unfairly under city policies pertaining to employment. That could include discharge, suspension, involuntary transfer, promotion and demotion.

  • Councilwoman would like for city employees to get pay raises

    Lancaster City Councilwoman Sara Eddins wants to see all city employees get across-the-board raises.

    Eddins said she believes the city can afford to give its employees cost-of-living raises for the remainder of this year and for the 2010-11 fiscal year.

    Eddins said that will help retain quality employees.

    “I think the city can afford this,” she said  recently. “I want to keep these people.”

    Finance director James Absher ran a cost analysis and found that:

  • A recap of the 14 cold cases featured in our series

    Here is a recap of the 14 cold cases The Lancaster News has featured in our series over the past five weeks:

    Coley Patterson

    Coley Patterson, 79, who lived on Fork Hill Road near Kershaw, was an Alzheimer’s patient with a history of getting lost. He disappeared on Oct. 13, 2006, and never returned home.

    Some officials believe Patterson may have died from the elements or of natural causes, though no remains of his body were ever found.

    His son, Coley Patterson Jr., believes foul play was involved in his disappearance.