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  • Police reports - Jan. 3, 2010

    Drugs seized from Lancaster home

    A Lancaster man was arrested on a cocaine charge Wednesday after authorities conducted surveillance on his home.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office charged David Lee Frazier, 62, 1265 Springdale Road, with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

    Deputies stopped a blue van after watching the driver, Samuel Hall Jr., leave the house and drive away.

  • The Lancaster News looks back at top stories of year

    Each year, The Lancaster News staff tries to take the events of the past 12 months, catalog them and determine what we, as a newspaper, consider the most important.

    We looked back at the biggest stories of the past year, and then 12 members of our staff from different departments ranked what they thought were the biggest stories to determine the list.

    Here’s our top 10 list:

    No. 1: Tough times

  • Heath Springs man to seek House seat

    HEATH SPRINGS – It was about this time last year when Heath Springs resident Rob McCoy first considered entering the political arena.

    McCoy, owner of McCoy Motors in Indian Land, was concerned with discussions by then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama about taxes for business owners, particularly those who make $250,000 or more.

    “I haven’t made it to that level yet, but I don’t think I should be penalized if I ever did that well with my business,” McCoy said. “It really irked me and hit a spot in my heart.”

  • Police reports - Jan. 1, 2010

    Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on an assault charge after police say he attacked a man with a knife at a Robinson Road residence on Dec. 22.

    Mario A. Haggins, 25, 808 Calhoun St., was charged with assault and battery with intent to kill.

  • Authorities: IL man filed false police report about carjacking

    INDIAN LAND - An Indian Land man lied about being carjacked and forced to drive to Tennessee at gunpoint, authorities say.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has charged Christopher Clay Chessner, 46, of 7457 Largo Lane, with filing a false police report.

    He told deputies he was driving to the store to get some coffee Dec. 22 when he saw a man waving his arms at traffic on Elms Brook Road near Harrisburg Road, according a sheriff’s office incident report.

  • Kershaw man faces charge after stabbing

    KERSHAW – A Kershaw man has been charged in a Dec. 23 altercation that sent another man to the hospital.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has charged Willie Michael Moore, 49, of 882 Kershaw Country Club Road, with aggravated assault and battery.

    Deputies came to South Hart Street in Kershaw just before 6 p.m. Dec. 23 after receiving a call about shots fired in the area.

    They saw a man lying face down on the ground, suffering from what appeared to be a stab wound or a gun shot wound to his left thigh, according to an incident report.

  • Santa visits Indian Land homes via shiny firetruck

    INDIAN LAND ee" Santa rode into town Christmas Eve on a red, shiny firetruck. For 18 years, the man in the red suit has made Indian Land an early stop with the help of local fire departments.

    The local Explorer Post 14, along with the Pleasant Valley and Indian Land volunteer fire departments, delivered food and gifts to 14 area families.

  • Spratt dismisses media reports, says he plans to seek re-election in 2010

    U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-5th District, has dismissed recent media reports that said he would not seek re-election in 2010.

    The National Republican Congressional Committee has been sending press releases since November suggesting Spratt is retiring or should retire. There have also been some speculative reports on the washingtonpost.com and Politico.com, suggesting that Spratt, who has held the seat since 1982, would not seek re-election next year.

  • Petroski leaving local United Way

    The interim director of the United Way of Lancaster County is resigning to pursue a lifelong interest in music.

    Carolyn Petroski has served as interim United Way director since January. She was expected to hold the position for a year to 18 months to help the agency with some restructuring.

    Petroski plans to take a music course at Winthrop University. She plays piano and sings, and also composes music. She has considered going into therapy, ministry or education involving music.

  • Expect stepped up patrols on New Year's

    If you’re going to party on New Year’s Eve, you’d better make sure you have a designated driver to get you home as local law enforcement officers plan to be out in force on county roads.

    Agencies across the state, including the S.C. Department of Public Safety’s Highway Patrol and State Transport Police, are participating in the Sober or Slammer DUI enforcement campaign. The campaign began Dec. 16 and runs through Sunday.