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  • Permit data shows rise in building activity

    The Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) recently released information about building permit trends in the tri-county region (Chester, Lancaster and York counties).

  • ‘Teen Day in LA’ mixes fun with underage drinking, texting issues

    A special day of family fun and firm discussions of underage drinking is planned for Lancaster’s teen population by city leaders, educators and law enforcement. 

    “Teen Day in LA” is 4 to 9 p.m. April 5 at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Center, 509 Hubbard Drive. 

  • Man alleges nephew picked his pocket

    The Lancaster Police Department responded to a drunken dispute between a man and his nephew, whom he accused of trying to be a not-so-subtle pickpocket.

    According to the incident report, the 52-year-old man called police to his home in the 700 block of Taylor Street about 5:50 p.m. Feb. 28, saying his nephew tried to steal $180 from his pocket.

    The responding officers noted the man’s right pocket was torn and said they went inside to speak with the man’s 37-year-old nephew, who was asleep on a couch.

  • Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office explains errant phone alert

    The Fairfield County Sheriff's Office has recently received numerous calls from concerned citizens in the Ridgeway and Lake Wateree areas who received an emergency notification via a telephone automated message stating someone had escaped from the S.C. Department of Corrections and could possibly be in the area.

    “Additionally, these citizens were warned to stay inside of their homes due to the nature of the escapee,” said Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Brad Douglas.

  • Man jailed after arson threat, struggle with police officers

    A Lancaster man found himself in jail after he reacted violently when told to leave a Glennwood Avenue home.

    Bruce Edward Helms, 65, 408 Glennwood Ave., was arrested Feb. 27 and charged with attempted arson and third degree assault, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    According to the report, Helms was allowed to enter the residence by the victim to clean himself up from a personal accident. 

  • Boat buyer bilked on Craigslist

    A man who answered a Craigslist ad for a boat was scammed out of more than $4,800, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report.

    A woman recently told deputies that on Feb. 18, her husband saw an ad on Craigslist selling a paton boat, the report said. 

    The woman said her husband emailed the seller several times regarding the boat and was told it was part of an estate and needed to be sold so she and her family could move. 

  • Fire destroys Kershaw home

    A Kershaw home is a total loss after a fire tore through it during the early morning hours of Sunday, March 2.

    Sheriff’s deputies and members of the Flat Creek, Kershaw and Rich Hill volunteer fire departments responded at 1:16 a.m. to a house fire in the 3700 block of Meadowview Road, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

  • Hunter committed to his town

    Kershaw Town Councilman Wade Hunter is committed to his community and on March 4, the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce showed appreciation by honoring him as its “Citizen of the Year.”

    Sheila Hinson, president of the Kershaw chamber, said Hunter’s devotion to the community made him a prime candidate for this honor.

    “The main reason we chose him is because he’s so active in our town,” she said. 

  • Woman attacked in IL Walmart parking lot

    A Fort Mill woman is recovering from her injuries after a minor car accident quickly turned into a group assault inside the parking lot of Indian Land’s Walmart late Thursday, March 6.

    Deputies were called to the store parking lot, at 10048 Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521), just after 10 p.m. about a report of a car accident and an assault, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • Coyote Ugly

    Doris Starnes thought someone had maliciously destroyed her yard but when she called law enforcement to report the incident, she learned it wasn’t intentional vandalism at all, but a rabbit on the run trying to outsmart a predator.

    Starnes, who lives on Hough Road (off Camp Creek Road), said she was astonished by what she saw Thursday, Jan. 27.

    “It was around 4 p.m., and I see all this pipe we had put in for drainage last year pulled up,” she said.