Police Reports

  • Sexting sting nets suspect after 5-month investigation

    A 36-year-old Lancaster man has been charged with soliciting sex from a minor and sending sexual materials to a minor after the Lancaster Police Department set up an undercover texting sting, with an officer posing as an underage girl.
    The department’s Special Operations Division arrested 36-year-old Jqual Tavarus Wade of 202 New Miller St. about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Crenco parking lot on South Main Street.
    He was charged with criminal solicitation of a minor and disseminating harmful materials to minors.

  • Facebook spat ends with arson charge, family’s home destroyed

    A local man has been charged with setting a Lancaster mobile home on fire after an online argument last week, displacing a family, killing one of their dogs and injuring another that was saved by firefighters.
    Devan Nottingham, 25, is charged with arson in connection with the fire at 2134 Barnett Street about noon Feb. 22.
    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the resident, Benjamin Hegler, told sheriff’s investigators he was having trouble with Nottingham, who had threatened him during an argument on Facebook.

  • Man sought in purse-snatching

    The Lancaster Police Department is looking for a 30-year-old man suspected of snatching a woman’s purse from her arm Friday afternoon near Springs Memorial Hospital.
    Capt. Scott Grant, interim police chief, said an arrest warrant has been issued charging Montavious Reshard Crawford, 239 Wylie Park Road, with purse-snatching.
    The incident happened about 3:10 p.m. Friday in the hospital parking lot.
    After allegedly grabbing the woman’s purse, Crawford ran toward Central Avenue away from the hospital.

  • Man arrested in pickup-ramming

    An argument over children’s bicycles left out in the yard led to the arrest of a Kershaw man charged with ramming his neighbor with a pickup truck, a sheriff’s office incident report said.
    Melvin Lee Harris, 69, of 630 E. Richland St., was arrested on one count of first-degree assault and battery Feb. 16, two days after investigators said he intentionally ran into neighbor Frankie Stover, 51, of 611 E. Richland St.

  • Woman says trespassers stole fish from pond

    An Ohio woman who owns property on Billy Kirk Road in Heath Springs said someone stole nearly all the fish from her pond, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said.
    According to the report, a man who tends the property at 1092 Billy Kirk Road for the owner, Charles Bailey, went to check on it Feb. 11 and found the gate had been broken open sometime in the last month.
    The reporting deputy said it appeared as if someone had driven down to the nearly one-acre pond, backed in a boat then proceeded to seine-net the pond for fish.

  • Man charged in Baker Place assault

    A Rock Hill man has been arrested in a terrifying home invasion and attempted rape that occurred Jan. 18 in Lancaster’s Baker Place neighborhood.
    Tomtarius Malik Caldwell, 21, of Rock Hill was charged Tuesday with first-degree burglary, first-degree assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, and possession of a knife during the commission of a violent crime, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Caldwell is charged in connection with an incident that happened in the 1000 block of Greenbriar Drive.

  • Deputy coroner charged with drug possession

    Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Glen Crawford has been arrested on ecstasy possession and other drug charges following a 3:30 a.m. disturbance at a Columbia convenience store.
    Crawford, 42, was charged with possession with intent to distribute MDMA, also known as “ecstasy” or “Molly,” possession with intent to distribute hash oil, simple possession of marijuana and resisting arrest.

  • Multiple drug, weapons charges

    Three men face multiple charges after a Feb. 9 drug-related arrest.
    Tyquantay Kentez Myers, 18, 3032-G Northwest Apartments, was arrested for unlawfully carrying a pistol, possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance (oxycodone and hydrocodone) and distribution of drugs in proximity of a park or school and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    Lakendrick Tayon Wade, 21, 1367 McIlwain Road, was charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

  • Robber holds gun at 10-year-old’s head

    A masked man barged into a Lancaster woman’s house last week and held her 10-year-old son at gunpoint while she gathered valuables for the robber, as armed accomplices waited outside.
    The robbery happened about 8:25 last Thursday night at a home in the 2000 block of Pinta Drive, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
    The 30-year-old woman told deputies she and her son were home alone when someone knocked on the door. The son asked who was there, and the person identified himself as the woman’s boyfriend.

  • Multiple IL businesses hit by property crimes

    Thieves have targeted Indian Land businesses during a string of burglaries, larcenies and vandalisms since before Christmas that have caused more than $600,000 in losses and damage.
    At least 16 businesses and one church were targeted between Dec. 20 and early February, according to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports.
    Sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said investigators have good leads in many of the cases, though the investigations are ongoing.