Local News

  • Can home detention alleviate overcrowding?

    Only nonviolent offenders would be eligible for a home-detention program the county is considering, officials say.

    Responding to concerns from some residents, County Council took a second look at the proposed program Tuesday night.

    “I wish it was a little clearer who could go on this program and who couldn’t,” Councilman Jack Estridge said at the council meeting. “The only problem I have is if someone is in home detention and commits a violent crime on someone.”

  • Fireman hurt in forklift accident

    A Lancaster Fire Department firefighter was hurt after a forklift rolled over onto his legs on Friday.

    Fire Chief Chris Nunnery said firefighters were working at a former Springs Industries plant site on 15th Street, which is now owned by the city.

    Tables, fittings and equipment were left behind by the textile giant when it closed in Lancaster and city workers have been moving it and preparing it for government sales, Nunnery said.

    Firefighters were loading tables on Friday before the accident happened.

  • Charlotte man, 19, shot at Kershaw Street house

    A 19-year-old Charlotte man told police that he was shot at a Kershaw Street home on Thursday.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, police responded to the emergency room of Springs Memorial Hospital because a gunshot victim was there.

    The victim said he was standing in the doorway of a Kershaw Street home and noticed a white car, possibly a Mercury sedan, drive by about 7:15 p.m. Inside the car were three men.

    The man said the car circled and drove back by, and he exchanged words with the men inside the car, the report said.

  • Police reports - July 11, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    – A Lancaster man was arrested on several charges on June 27.

    Quavis Chavanique Coleman, 27, 310 Elm St., was charged with second-offense driving under suspension, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    According to the report, an officer saw Coleman driving and knew that Coleman was driving under suspension.

    Coleman pulled into a driveway and sat on a porch. An officer tried to handcuff Coleman, but he ran from the officer, the report said.

  • Sisters’ double funeral is today

    Sisters Gail Patterson and Peggy Small lived together on Flat Creek Road.

    They apparently died together sometime last week, and today they will be buried together.

    Patterson, 51, and Small, 54, were found dead inside their home Sunday afternoon, and authorities are still waiting to find out what caused their deaths.

    The women’s funeral is today at 10:30 a.m. at Antioch Baptist Church.

    Carol Brasington, the women’s middle sister, described Small and Patterson as kind-hearted and generous women.

  • Woman, 23, dies in single-vehicle wreck

    A woman family members describe as one of a kind was killed in a car crash on Wednesday.

    Meagan Blackmon, of 4582 Mount Carmel Road, was pronounced dead at Springs Memorial Hospital after the 5:50 p.m. crash, said Lancaster County Assistant Coroner Glen Crawford. She died of blunt force trauma.

    “She was one of a kind, silly, bubbly,” said Blackmon’s cousin, Q’yaka Lathan.

    “Meagan was just a comic, a prankster. She would make you laugh.”

  • Patrol makes 347 cases in counties over holiday

    Local law enforcement agencies worked together over the July 4 weekend making sure that residents drove and boated safely.

    The S.C. Highway Patrol made 347 cases over a four-day period for the Independence Day holiday in Lancaster and Chesterfield counties, Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said.

    Most of those cases – 184 – were seat-belt violations. The Highway Patrol also made 11 driving under the influence arrests, investigated 18 crashes and issued 229 warnings, Elder said.

    There were no fatal car crashes in the two-county area.

  • Council mulls options for jail

    County Council is still trying to decide what to do with the historic jail in Lancaster – a building a structural engineer has told the county could collapse at almost any time if measures aren’t taken to repair its damaged roof.

    The estimated cost to repair the historic jail, which was designed by famed Charleston-born architect Robert Mills and built in 1923, is $205,766. Council learned of the problems with the building about a month ago.

    Council members suggested several possibilities for what to do with the building at its meeting Tuesday.

  • County to accept Glen Laurel roads

    Rhonda Oliver hoped Tuesday night would mark the end of her neighborhood’s year-long battle to have its roads accepted by the county.

    She was one of many residents from Indian Land’s Glen Laurel neighborhood to pack Lancaster County Council’s meeting Tuesday night.

    Oliver asked council to accept her neighborhood’s roads and incorporate them into the county system.

    “When I moved to Glen Laurel, I was told that county roads would be my roads,” Oliver said. “I would like us to now be on that list.”

  • BREAKING NEWS Report: Trooper was going 110 mph

    The investigation into the death of a state trooper in March revealed that he was driving about 110 mph before the crash that killed him.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office worked with the Lexington County Traffic Division, which has an accident reconstruction team, on the investigation into the on-duty death of S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Dana Kevin Cusack on March 27.