Local News

  • 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.

  • Police reports - July 10 , 2009

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    •Two Charlotte men were charged with drug possession in the Bretagne neighborhood near Tillman Steen Road in Indian Land on June 29.

    Ronnie Markeith Bryant, 21, 10211 Willowbend Circle, and Matthew Joseph Thomas, 18, 11300 Carmel Chase Drive, were each charged with simple possession of marijuana.

    The report said a deputy patrolling the neighborhood approached a parked Chrysler PT Cruiser in an undeveloped part of the neighborhood.

  • County gears up for second TEA Party

    While many people will be watching fireworks this Fourth of July, some others will gather to protest government spending at Lancaster County’s second TEA Party.

    Modeled after several other protests being held throughout the United States, Lancaster’s TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party is a forum for residents to protest high taxes and government spending. The event begins at noon Saturday outside the Lancaster County Courthouse. It should last about two hours. Those interested are asked to bring signs and wear a hat reflecting the TEA Party theme.

  • County Administration Building shut down for hours Wednesday

    The Lancaster County Administration Building was temporarily closed Wednesday due to a malfunctioning heating and cooling system.

    County workers had an extended break, from about 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., as the building’s maintenance staff worked with contractors to fix the problem.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said there was a computer glitch in the building’s boiler and chiller system.

    Willis said the chiller was not working properly and was equipped with a fail-safe system that shut everything down when its sensors detected a problem.

  • Breaking News County administration building closed until 1 p.m.

    The Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., will be temporarily closed until at least 1 p.m. today, Wed. July 1.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the building’s heating and cooling system was not working, forcing a shut down of the county’s computers to prevent them from overheating.

    Willis expects the building to reopen sometime Wednesday afternoon.

  • Police reports - July 5, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on several charges after he tried to run from police on June 28.

    Rico Bernard Green, 32, 407 Nichols Road, was charged with trafficking crack cocaine, assault on a police officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    According to the report, an officer stopped a Lincoln on Hughes Street at Sumter Street because the car did not have a working license tag light and was speeding.

  • Communities to hold parades, other events

    Lancaster County is offering several events that promise to be fun for the entire family this Fourth of July.

    In the southern part of the county, the Charlesboro parade, an annual tradition, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

    The parade is open to any participants with a safe vehicle and an American flag included in the display, said organizer Frances Thompson.

  • Thomas to be sworn in as magistrate

    Fred Thomas will be sworn in as a magistrate Tuesday at 4 p.m.

    The ceremony will be held at the Lancaster County Temporary Justice Center on S.C. 9 (the former Wamsutta store across from the old Grace Complex).

    Thomas, 45, is stepping down from County Council to take the job. He will take the post left vacant by Judge Debra Dawkins, who retired April 30 due to medical reasons.

    He was nominated to the position by state Sens. Mick Mulvaney, R-District 16 and Vincent Sheheen, D-District 27. He was confirmed by the state Senate.