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  • Man, 26, faces two sex charges

    A Lancaster man has been charged with inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl at her home.

    Jose Ramon Vela Diaz, 26, of  2116 Thomasville St., has been charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with lewd act on a minor and second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

    According to a sheriff’s office incident report, a woman told deputies that her 7-year-old daughter told her that she saw Diaz rubbing the 12-year-old  girl Saturday.

  • Indian Land ‘eyesore’ is on its way out

    INDIAN LAND – The remnants of several abandoned trailers in Indian Land are being removed, only days after residents complained to Lancaster County Council.

    The cluster of run-down trailers, across from the Gate station on U.S. 521, had attracted significant attention over the last few weeks, as residents and passers-by watched a team of workers tear portions of the trailers apart.

    At first, many believed they were part of a construction crew hired to haul the trailers away.

  • Sheriff’s office: Don’t be a victim of lottery scam

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is sending out the age-old reminder: If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.

    Maj. David Belk said the sheriff’s office has received calls about a lottery scam going out through the mail.

    “This kind of thing has been going on for a while,” Belk said. “We have some people who have actually sent money to these folks.”

    A Lancaster woman reported to the sheriff’s office that she received a letter notifying her that she had won $150,000 in a lottery draw in Canada.

  • Crime-watch group meets in Lancaster tonight

    Concerned residents and local officials are joining forces to address crime in the city of Lancaster.

    City Councilwoman Tamara Green has organized a new group called the Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy, or LAPS, that will meet regularly to talk about crime and related concerns.

    LAPS will meet at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the main branch of the Lancaster County Library.

    The group’s first meeting is tonight.

  • County Council to discuss relocating Roy Hardin Park

    Lancaster County Council will consider a request to relocate Roy Hardin Park at its meeting Monday.

    York Development Group LLC has requested an exchange of property from where the park is now, near Collins Road in Indian Land, to an area one street over, near Shelly Mullis Road.

    There are 2 acres of usable park space, out of a total 9.9 acres, and the company has requested moving the park to develop the land in another way.

  • Police reports - April 15, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    - Aaron Duprice Crawford, 28, 920 Sterling Lane, Charlotte, was charged April 2 with simple possession of marijuana.

    According to the report, an officer saw Crawford drop something in the area of Penny Street. The officer stopped to question Crawford and found that he had dropped a pack of cigars. Inside the cigar pack was marijuana, the report said.

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

  • Council will apply for Dave Lyle Blvd. funds

    Lancaster County Council voted 5-2 Monday to apply for funds for a future extension of Dave Lyle Boulevard.

    Council approved a resolution to join York County Council in applying for funding from the State Infrastructure Bank. This bank is used for projects that require funding of $100 million or more.

    Council members Cotton Cole and Jack Estridge voted against the measure.

  • Drought eases to Stage 1

    Although recent rainy weather has had a lot of residents complaining, it’s had a positive effect on the area’s water supply.

    Lancaster County Water and Sewer District (LCWSD) officials have announced that mandatory water restrictions, which have been in place for almost two years, are now voluntary, due to the recent rainfall and conservation by its customers.

    The restrictions limited outdoor water use by customers to two days a week, according to their addresses.

  • Store owner protests cigarette tax hike

    Fred Brackett is fuming about the tax hike on tobacco.

    Brackett, who owns FB Enterprises on Charlotte Highway, which sells and distributes cigarettes, closed his business Wednesday as a sign of his opposition to the 62-cents federal tax increase on cigarettes. The hike, which took effect Wednesday, brings that tax to over $1.

    Brackett called it Obama Tax Day.

    Brackett, who sells third-tier, generic cigarettes, said he’s upset mainly for two reasons.

  • Mulvaney: ‘Strings attached’ to funding

    Sen. Mick Mulvaney spent a good part of this week on the State House floor debating the merits and disadvantages of accepting money from the federal stimulus bill.

    Mulvaney, R-District 16, joined fellow state lawmakers in discussing how Gov. Mark Sanford’s refusal of money from the stimulus bill would affect the state’s budget.

    Sanford has refused a portion of the funding the state was to receive, around $700 million, which would be allocated for kindergarten through 12th-grade education, higher education and health care.