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  • Man charged with trying to take firearm from local police officer

    A Lancaster man was arrested Thursday after officers responded to a domestic dispute on Rucker Lane.

    Daniel Thomas Strain, 21, of 501 Rucker Lane, has been charged by the Lancaster Police Department with third offense criminal domestic violence and attempt to take a firearm from a police officer.

    According to an incident report, an officer responded to the call and a woman immediately ran up to him and said that a man had beaten up a 16-year-old girl. The officer drew his gun and approached the house, the report said.

  • Mother: Foundation not keeping its promise

    Roslyn McManus says her daughter, Latisha Potts, is still waiting on scholarship money that was promised to her from the Michael Blackmon Foundation in Lancaster.

    Potts, a recent Indian Land High School graduate, was one of two area students selected as this year’s recipients of a $500 scholarship from the foundation, started in memory of the Lancaster man who died years ago from AIDS.

    Linda Blackmon-Brace, Michael’s sister and a Lancaster City Council member, is the foundation’s president and chief executive officer.

  • Drought now over

    Afternoon thunderstorms have made for spectacular lightning shows and rainbows over Lancaster County lately.

    While the storms have put a damper on summer baseball games and other evening activities, it’s also quenched the area’s drought.

    The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group announced last week that steady improvement of groundwater and streamflow conditions have moved the basin’s drought conditions to normal.  

  • Thomas steps down from council

    With a chorus of applause and a standing ovation from his fellow council members, Fred Thomas officially stepped down from Lancaster County Council at the end of Monday night’s meeting.

    After serving more than seven years, Thomas will soon be sworn in as a county magistrate judge, a position left vacant by Judge Debra Dawkins, who retired April 30 due to medical reasons.

    “I’ve enjoyed serving Lancaster County,” Thomas said. “Each and every one of you means something different to me, but all good. I love you all.”

  • Playhouse hands out Rosie awards

    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County recently handed out its annual Rosie awards to performers and crew members for the 2008-09 season.

    The Rosies for each show are determined by general audience votes.

    Season awards are voted on by Playhouse members.

  • City awaits word on funding for projects

    The city of Lancaster is awaiting word on which of its roads will be picked for repairs.

    In late March, Jerry Crockett, the city’s public works director, submitted a list of roads to the County Transportation Committee (CTC) and Lancaster County public works for resurfacing.

    The CTC is appointed by the state legislative delegation and decides which roads throughout the county will receive improvements funded by the state gas tax.

  • Police reports - July 19 , 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Someone stole a gold bracelet and two gold rings between noon Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday from a Hudson Street home.

    The victim got back from work to find his home ransacked. The jewelry is valued at $2,000. There were no signs of forced entry.

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    • Mitchell Scott Pate, 22, 2844 Beth Drive, was charged June 11 with simple possession of marijuana.

  • Police reports - July 17, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Arlene Colbert, 46, 817 E. Dunlap St., was charged July 9 with possession of drug paraphernalia.

    An officer stopped Colbert, who was walking on Dunlap Street, because she resembled someone who had failed to appear in court, the report said.

    The officer learned that she had an active bench warrant for a past drug charge, the report said.

    Colbert had two crack pipes in her possession, the report said.

  • Breaking News Man dies in 3-vehicle wreck

    Matthew Keller died Sunday after the motorcycle he was driving collided with a pickup at the intersection of Camp Creek and Daystar roads.

    The motorcyclist, who's name wasn't available early Monday afternoon, was pronounced dead at the scene. Nobody else was injured, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    The accident happened just before 5 p.m.

    The man was traveling west on Camp Creek road when he collided at the intersection with Raymond Estes, who was driving the 2001 Dodge pickup.

  • Police reports - July 15 , 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on an assault charge after gunshots were fired at Pardue Street Apartments.

    Antonio Fitzgerald Singleton, 18, 1648 McManus Lane, was charged with aggravated assault and carrying a pistol.

    According to the report, police responded to Pardue Street about 10 p.m. June 22 because of gunshots fired.