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  • Police reports - March 25, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department incident reports:

    - A Lancaster man was charged with indecent exposure after police got a call about a suspicious person in the Wal-Mart parking lot on March 14.

    Witnesses told officers that the man was riding around the parking lot looking at women and children. Officers found Michael Wayne Allen, 49, 1741 Williams Circle, in a green Jeep Cherokee. The report said Allen was “actively masturbating” while looking at a group of women in front of his vehicle.

  • Police reports - March 27, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    - A Lancaster man was arrested on a drug charge after a traffic stop on March 18.

    William James Blakeney, 33, 4000 Alee Lane, was charged with possession of crack cocaine.

    The report said officers saw a truck stopped in front of a home on Hazel Street, a known drug area. Officers followed the truck when it pulled off and stopped it after the driver failed to make a complete stop at Dunlap Street and Willowlake Road, the report said.

  • Lancaster artist Jeff Lingle returns home to paint mural

    Muralist Jeff Lingle knows when it’s time to stop and put his brushes down.

    When he gets it right.

    “It’s not about what you want,” said Lingle, 41. “It’s about what it wants to be. When you let go and let the paint speak, you will be amazed by what happens.”

    A Lancaster native who now lives in Hermosa Beach, Calif., Lingle owns Over the Moon Murals.

  • Officers arrest Reyes-Campos

    The man accused of stabbing the mother of his children was arrested in Rock Hill by the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday night.

    Gerardo Reyes-Campos has been charged by the sheriff's office with assault and battery with intent to kill.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said his office worked with an informant and conducted surveillance on a home on a dead end street near Lowe's home improvement store in Rock Hill. The store is on Dave Lyle Boulevard. The State Law Enforcement Division assisted in Tuesday's arrest.

  • Red Cross gets $5,000 to replace stolen trailer

    Help came much sooner than expected for the local American Red Cross.

    About a week after someone stole the organization’s mobile trailer, the group has received a donation to replace it.

    York Electric Cooperative Inc. is giving the Lancaster area Red Cross $5,000 to buy a new trailer. The trailer holds sleeping cots, tables and other items used when responding to fires and other emergencies.

  • County ranks 3rd in population growth

    Lancaster County is the third-fastest growing county in the state, according to new statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.

    The results are part of a study conducted by the Census Bureau on population changes of South Carolina counties between July 2007 and July 2008.

    Lancaster County grew by 2,375 residents within that year, a growth of 3.2 percent. The county’s new estimated population is 75,913, up from 73,538 in 2007.

  • Stimulus money to fund road projects

    With the S.C. Department of Transportation receiving more than $400 million in federal stimulus funding, several Lancaster County roads are now slated for much-needed resurfacing.

    But the fate of other county road projects is still undecided.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said three road projects have received money from the stimulus bill approved by Congress last month.

    The money will allow for the roads to be repaved.

  • County native named chief public defender

    Lancaster native Mike Lifsey has been named the first circuit-wide public defender for the 6th Judicial Circuit.

    The state implemented a circuit-wide public defender system last year, and the 6th Circuit was the last to implement it.

    The 6th Circuit was not intended to get it immediately, but a lawsuit from the Lancaster County Bar Association stalled the process here.

    Before now, public and indigent defense in the three counties in the circuit have been handled by their own public defender.

  • GOP reorganizes precincts

    INDIAN LAND – More than 30 people met Thursday at the Indian Land Recreation Center to begin reorganizing the Lancaster County Republican Party.

    The reorganization meeting focused on electing new officers and delegates for all four Indian Land precincts: Pleasant Valley I and II and Belair I and II. Residents broke up into four groups and nominated people for three positions: precinct president, committee representative and secretary. Several people were elected.

  • Police reports - March 22

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

    – Twenty-four mailboxes were damaged or destroyed on Hillcrest Avenue between midnight and about 7:45 a.m. March 17. Damage is estimated at $1,000.

    – A John Deere lawn mower was taken from the yard of a Cimmeron Road home between 4 p.m. March 16 and 9:30 a.m. March 17. The lawn mower has a 46-inch cutting deck and a flat back tire. It is valued at $2,500.

    If you know anything about any of these incidents, please call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 283-4136.