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  • City to honor former chief

    The Lancaster Police Department’s pistol range will be named in honor of a former police chief who died last year.

    Lancaster City Council voted unanimously July 14 to name the pistol range The J.D. Balkcum Training Facility in honor of the late Police Chief Jimmy Balkcum.

    Balkcum died Nov. 4, 2007, at age 56.

    He had a 28-year career in law enforcement, serving as a state trooper and with the city of Lancaster Police Department, including seven years as assistant chief and two years as chief.

  • Police reports - Aug. 2, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Two Lancaster men were arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop on July 26.

    Sammie Lewis Watts, 21, 1450 Kelly Drive, was charged with driving under suspension and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Timothy Bruce Taylor, 23, 3800 Heyward Hough Road, were charged with possession of drug paraphenalia and possession of a controlled substance.

  • Two teens compete in state pageants

    Two local teens honed their talents in beauty pageants across the state earlier this month.

    Wendy Winn, 15, demonstrated her affinity for music while competing in the 2009 Miss South Carolina Teen Pageant in Spartanburg. The pageant is part of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition.

    Winn won high marks from the judges, placing in the top 10 of the contest.

    Winn, who hails from Lancaster but attends Andrew Jackson High School, competed against almost 40 other contestants in the pageant, held June 30 to July 5.

  • Council snuffs out department

    Francis Bell spoke out Monday night hoping to convince Lancaster County Council to keep the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department open.

    Bell, a Unity resident, appeared at council’s meeting to protest the closing of the department, saying it could leave his neighborhood vulnerable to fires if other departments can’t respond in time. He worried that other volunteer fire departments might also be in danger of closing and that this was just the first closure.

  • Breaking News Kershaw elects new mayor, two new council members

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw has a new mayor and two new council members.

    Wayne Rhodes won the mayor's race in a special election Tuesday. He won with 240 votes, to Jody Connell's 54, and Pam Johnson's 23. Rhodes has served as a councilman on Town Council in the past.

    In the District 2 race, Michael Cook won with 32 votes to Sherry Hunter's 16.

    Former Town Councilwoman Genny Hendrix will serve once again on council, winning the at-large seat with 175 votes to Sonya Poole's 134.

  • City Council OKs its first-ever anti-graffiti ordinance

    Anyone who tags buildings with graffiti in the city limits will now be subject to outlined fines and penalties.

    Lancaster City Council unanimously passed final reading of the city’s first-ever graffiti ordinance Tuesday. Councilwoman Tamara Green was absent.

    The ordinance holds both the perpetrator and the owner or property manager responsible for graffiti spotted on buildings and other private or public property.

    Police Chief Hugh White, who helped draft the policy, said the graffiti problem has been getting worse in the city.

  • Charges made in unrelated robberies

    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies have arrested several suspects in unrelated armed robberies in recent weeks, including one that left a man with a gunshot wound.

    Robbery leads to shooting in Kershaw

    Jerome Anthony Riley, 22, of 3884 Fork Hill Road, and Jonathan Elliot Butler, 16, of 638 Country Club Road, were each charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, armed robbery and possession of a gun during the commission of a violent crime.

  • Lancaster teen faces charges in July 24 shooting incident

    A 17-year-old was arrested on several charges stemming from a shooting incident on Clinton Avenue Extension on July 24.

    Markivious Demond Samuel, of 122-A Pleasant Hill St., was charged by the Lancaster Police Department with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, carrying a handgun, possession of a firearm by a person under 18, discharging a firearm in the city and two counts of assault and battery with intent to kill.

  • Pickup truck crashes into used car lot

    Jim Lineberger had just gotten a clean bill of health from his doctor Wednesday morning.

    That was before a car ran a stop sign at Connor Street and Lineberger swerved his Ford pickup truck to avoid a crash on South Market Street.

    Lineberger, who was headed south on South Market Street, crossed into the opposite lanes, traveled along the sidewalk and then hit a utility pole and six cars in Adam’s Auto Sales used car lot.

    The crash snapped the power pole in half.

    Lineberger also hit a couple wooden poles in the car lot.

  • Hood pleads guilty in reckless homicide, apologizes to family

    A Lancaster man charged in a fatal hit-and-run crash last summer apologized to the victim's family in court on Monday.

    Marqevius Deandre Hood pleaded guilty Monday to reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving death. According to 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield, Hood was speeding away from Lancaster Police Department officers on Aug. 20, 2008, when he lost control of the Lincoln he was driving and rear-ended a motorcycle driven by John Haver, 68.