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Police Reports

  • 4 inmates charged in savage beating

    Four inmates at the Lancaster County Detention Center awaiting trial for murder and other violent crimes were charged Jan. 15 after guards said they severely beat another prisoner.
    Danielle Lamar Peay, 29, Rashad Demond Johnson, 29, Tony Anthony Deese, 24, and Javarus Tanell Hayden, 27, were each charged with second-degree assault and battery by mob resulting in serious injury, a sheriff’s office incident report said.
    The inmates also were cited for multiple major jail-conduct violations, resulting in disciplinary confinement.

  • Brooks faces heroin charge

    James Brooks, the school board member who resigned last month facing a methamphetamine trafficking charge, has been arrested again, slumped over in his car at 2:30 a.m.
    This time it's heroin.
    Brooks, 50, and Laura Lee McManus, 39, were charged with possessing heroin and drug paraphernalia after being arrested in the Gate Station parking lot in Indian Land early Thursday, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office report.

  • Woman reports home invasion

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a home invasion that occurred just after 6 a.m. Wednesday in the 1000 block of Greenbriar Drive, off S.C. 903 east of Lancaster.
    A woman was home alone and found a stranger in her home, according to sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield. The victim struggled with the man, escaped and ran to a neighbor’s house and called 911. The man fled the scene.
    The sheriff’s office sent deputies, investigators, a K-9 unit and a crime scene agent to the residence.

  • Wreck kills Lancaster woman

    Well-known Lancaster hairdresser Leslie Porter Saldana died Wednesday and four children were injured when the SUV she was driving ran off S.C. 903 and slammed head-on into a tree.
    The 4:15 p.m. single-vehicle accident happened about 3 miles east of Lancaster, according to S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Tony Keller.
    Keller said Saldana, 47, was pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated. She was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, where she died from her injuries.

  • Man charged in back-to-back store robberies

    A Lancaster man has been charged with robbing two convenience stores within minutes of each other in south Lancaster last week.
    Lancaster County sheriff’s investigators arrested James Antwon White, 26, Wednesday afternoon on two counts each of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
    White was arrested in connection with robberies at the Stop & Shop, 2147 McIlwain Road, and the Pantry Pack, 2014 Lynwood Drive, between 8:30 and 9 p.m. on Jan. 5. The stores are located within two and a half miles of each other.

  • Accused drive-by shooter vanishes

    A Lancaster man facing two counts of attempted murder in a drive-by shooting 13 months ago is on the run after cutting off his ankle monitor Jan. 6 and not showing up in General Sessions court.
    As a result, Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Keon Jamal “Fire Red” Howze, 24, of 705 Sowell St.
    Howze is now charged with three counts of failure to appear in court, in addition to the attempted murder.

  • Man charged with burning Christmas gifts, mobile home

    A Lancaster man was arrested for arson Dec. 28, accused of setting fire to Christmas presents from his girlfriend after an argument and burning down his mobile home.
    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report, a deputy responded to 571 Mosteller Drive about 3 a.m. Dec. 28 and found intoxicated homeowner Ronald Allen Roddey, 54, on the front porch with a “small pile of burnt material” at his feet.

  • Gunman hits nearby stores within minutes

    Two south Lancaster convenience stores were robbed within 25 minutes Thursday night, and officials believe the same suspect committed both crimes.
    The holdups came less than three days after an armed man robbed another convenience store on Pageland Highway.
    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports, the Thursday robberies occurred at the Stop and Shop at 2147 McIlwain Road about 8:45 p.m. and the Pantry Pak convenience store at 2014 Lynwood Drive soon after.

  • Shoplifting suspect arrested after car in lot won’t start

    A woman was charged Tuesday night with stealing a television from the Walmart in Lancaster after the getaway car wouldn’t crank in the supercenter parking lot.
    Kiana Chantelle Chisolm, 37, was charged with shoplifting.
    According to a Lancaster Police Department report, officers were called to the store about 10:30 p.m. for a shoplifting incident in which “a witness reported a woman running from the store carrying a TV” and loading it in a black car.

  • Criminals hit 9 businesses over holidays

    Thieves hit Lancaster County businesses hard around the holidays, with one armed robbery and a string of burglaries and larcenies targeting eight locations.
    The robbery happened shortly after 2 a.m. Monday at Jack’s Party Shop at 2190 Pageland Highway, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report.
    The cashier, who was not injured, told investigators she was stocking cigarettes on a shelf underneath the counter when a man wearing a ski mask walked in, pulled a gun on her and demanded she open the cash register.