Local News

  • Woman accused of leaving children in car while in Walmart

    A 25-year-old woman was charged with child neglect after police found her children alone inside a car at the Lancaster Walmart early Thursday.

    Cherish Jane Lemmons, 25, 2004 E. Park Drive, Lancaster, was also charged with possession of stolen goods and giving false information to police.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, officers received a call about 12:30 a.m. about two unattended children inside a car.

  • Police reports - Aug. 19, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on a drug charge after a traffic stop on S.C. 9 Bypass on Aug. 14.

    Jaimar Teaire Addison, 30, 1022 Shady Lane, was charged with possession of a controlled substance (Ecstasy), driving under the influence and no driver’s license.

    According to the report, an officer stopped Addison because he was driving erratically. Addison failed several field sobriety tests and smelled of alcohol, the report said.

  • Popular doctor dies at age 74

    A retired Lancaster physician is being remembered for his caring way with patients and his dedication to his faith.

    Dr. William “Bill” Duke died Saturday at home. He was 74.

    Bill Duke’s family moved often during his youth, but settled in Lancaster in 1945.  

  • 11,400 students return to school

    Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore visited every school in Lancaster County School District on Monday and said the start of the 2010-11 year was “extremely smooth.”

    Moore credits the principals, teachers, students, parents and everyone else who helped prepare for the first day. He said he was impressed to see much instruction taking place already.

    “It didn’t seem to be a lot of bumps in the road,” Moore said. “I’m amazed at how quickly they settle in. It’s almost like they never stopped school.”

  • Contested races form for two school board seats

    There will be a three-man race for the District 1 seat on the Lancaster County school board.

    One-term incumbent Don McCorkle will face fellow Indian Land resident Leland Hughes and Kevin Sexton, a Van Wyck resident, for the seat, which covers the county’s Panhandle area.

    The filing period ended Monday. Election Day is Nov. 2.

    School board seats are non-partisan.

    Leland Hughes

  • Man grazed by bullet in Lancaster shooting

    A Lancaster man was grazed by a bullet as he drove on Hampton Road on Sunday.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, officers were called to the area of Hampton and Sowell Streets about 6:20 p.m. because of gunshots.

    When police arrived, several residents said they heard the shots, but they could not provide any other information, the report said.

    Minutes later, the police department received a call that a gunshot victim was in the emergency room of Springs Memorial Hospital.

  • Local departments help York Co. firefighters

    FORT MILL – Lancaster County firefighters provided help to York County emergency workers after a tanker carrying gasoline exploded after a crash on Interstate 77 on Monday.

    According to the S.C. Highway Patrol,  the Freightliner tanker hit a 1977 Plymouth sedan in the southbound lanes near exit 88 about 2:40 p.m.

    Two women in the sedan were treated and released from Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, while the driver of the tanker, Joshua Woodrow, 35, of Charlotte, died in the crash, the Highway Patrol said.

  • Two people hurt in shooting

    Two people were injured after a shooting at a nightclub early Saturday morning.  

    One person was shot and another hurt about 1 a.m. at the Old Skool Sports Bar and Grill on U.S. 521. Details are sketchy, but the person who was shot was taken by ambulance to Springs Memorial Hospital. The second person was grazed during the shooting, said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile.

    Two ambulances and a combination of about seven Lancaster Police Department and Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office cars responded to the scene.  

  • Third candidate files for mayor

    Donnie Birchfield said the firing of former Lancaster police officer Pat Parsons is something he wants to help make sure is not repeated.

    Parsons was fired earlier this year after complaints were filed saying that he used obscene language and threatened a teen and his family as Parsons investigated a case involving a stolen scooter.

    Birchfield said Parsons’ firing was unjust and that city officials need to show more support for their law officers. He has now made that stance part of his political platform.

  • 13-year-old placed in protective custody

    A 13-year-old boy was taken into emergency protective custody by police after his 8-year-old cousin was burned at a Laurel Court home on Monday.

    The 8-year-old is in fair condition at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga., Lancaster Police Department Capt. Harlean Howard said Friday.