Local News

  • Woman dies in apartment fire

    A woman died after a fire at Chesterfield Villas, a senior-living apartment complex on Chesterfield Avenue, on Sunday.

    Lancaster Fire Department Chris Nunnery said his department was called to Apartment B-12 at 7:54 a.m. after a next-door neighbor called 911.

    Firefighters pulled Barbara Belton, 57, from the apartment, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. She was unconscious and was airlifted to a burn center in Winston-Salem, N.C., where she later died.

  • Two hurt in shooting at Lancaster nightclub

    Two people were injured in a shooting at a nightclub early Sunday.

    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the club on Kershaw Camden Highway about 2:20 a.m.

    Deputies learned that a fight began inside the club, then moved outside, where two people began shooting. Two people were injured in the incident – Chevon Crawford, 29, and Marcellos Stover, 29, both of Lancaster.

    Crawford was shot once in the back, authorities said. Stover was shot in each shoulder and the abdomen.

  • Defense contractor to locate in county

    A defense company announced plans Monday to locate it manufacturing facility, research and development division and headquarters in Lancaster County.

    Defense Venture Group, which provides management services for several aerospace and defense sector companies, will begin moving into the former BMB Steering Innovation building in Indian Land in March.

    That is the old Belden Wire and Cable building on Fort Mill Highway (S.C. 160).

    The company recently reached an agreement with county officials to invest $50 million here and create 220 jobs.

  • Father sentenced to 23 years for baby's death

    The maternal great-great grandmother of a 5-month-old baby who died after being shaken by his father told a judge Monday that the child was a blessing to his family.

    During the guilty plea of Allen William Short, 25, who was charged with homicide by child abuse in December 2006, Pearl Jones said she remembered 5-month-old Brice Short’s beautiful smile.

    “He (Brice Short) was lovable,” Jones said. “He was a gift from God. We had him such a short time but what a blessing he was.”

  • Unsolved after nearly 10 years: Who beat Deborah Cole to death?

    Inez Inman of Enoree thinks of her daughter, Deborah Cole, who was beaten to death nearly 10 years ago, every day.

    “I think about her night and day,” Inman said. “I don’t see any peace.”

    Inman, 64, said neither she nor Cole had it easy.

    Inman had five children, three of whom had birth defects. One of her children died in 1971 at just 13 months old.

    Cole was 9 when Inman married her second husband, Inman said. Cole wrote poems, did well in school and graduated from Woodruff High School in 1985, Inman said.

  • County mulls options for its animal control officers

    Mary Reimers wants Lancaster County Council to consider some alternatives for protecting the county’s animal control officers.

    Reimers, a member of the Humane Society of Lancaster, spoke at council’s Jan. 25 meeting, urging the county to find ways other than guns to protect its four animal control officers.

    “I am not for killing animals indiscriminately, but I am in support of arming officers some way,” she said.

  • $5 million settlement reached in death of bicyclist in 2007

    An insurance company is paying $5 million to settle a case of a former Lancaster driver who struck and killed two bicyclists on U.S. 521 in 2007.

    A federal judge approved the settlement for the family of Tom Hoskins last week.

    Hoskins, 49, and Lee Anne Barry, 43, were killed in Indian Land in October 2007.

    Barry was on the last leg of a cross-country ride to raise awareness for brain injuries.

    Hoskins had joined her for the last portion.

    Hoskins died on the side of the highway.

    Barry died four hours later at a Charlotte hospital.

  • Shoppers swarm to ALDI

    The new ALDI grocery store was so crowded Thursday morning that many shoppers had to park across the road to find a spot for their vehicle.

    And once inside, things didn’t get better.

    The check-out lines extended more than halfway to the back of the store while shoppers crammed the aisles trying to see what foods they could find at a bargain price.

    Thursday was the grand opening for the ALDI grocery store at Old Charlotte Road and North Park Drive behind Bojangles’ restaurant in Lancaster.

  • Police reports: February 6, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Two Lancaster residents were arrested after police received a call about a possible drunk driver near Twin Dragon restaurant on Feb. 2.

    Erik Lee Collins, 24, 1552 Roy Carnes Road, and Dixie Laswell Horton, 31, 6380 Lee Snipes Road, were charged with simple possession of marijuana.

    According to the report, officers received a call about a possible drunk driver with drugs in a blue Ford F-150 pickup truck.

  • Schools see mixed results on first year of PASS

    Students in the Lancaster County School District scored across the board in the first year of the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS), which is the state’s new accountability measurement of student achievement.

    PASS replaces the Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test (PACT), which was used for 10 years.

    The state released PASS data last week.

    PASS, which is administered to third- through eighth-graders, covers five subject areas: writing, English/language arts, math, science and social studies.