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Police Reports

  • Black-eyeball mug goes viral after 2 arrested in IL standoff

    A mugshot of an Indian Land woman with a tattooed face and black eyeballs went viral this weekend after her arrest with a friend earlier in the week during a standoff with sheriff’s deputies.

    Morgan Joyce Varn, 24, of Indian Land and Jonathan Mikael Robinson, 23, of Charlotte, were both charged with armed robbery and kidnapping after a standoff with deputies April 24. Another woman who remained inside the home was not charged.

  • 3 suspects arrested in huge string of break-ins

    Three Lancaster men face at least 31 counts of burglary and attempted burglary in a four-month string of break-ins mostly targeting businesses along S.C. 9 Bypass.

    John Josiah Bush, 20, Demarkeyo Wanya’Markel McClinton, 21, and Dentavious Tyrone Sims, whose age was unavailable, were charged in the cases after a joint investigation by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the Lancaster Police Department.
    The LPD cases include an armed robbery charge against Bush for the April 13 holdup at Taco Bell.

  • Woman passed out in parking lot with small child in her lap

    A Lancaster woman faces multiple charges after police found her passed out inside a car with a small child in her lap.
    Alysia Danielle Wright, 22, of 1952 Misty Oak Drive, was charged with unlawful conduct toward a child, public intoxication and possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance after four Xanax pills were found in a diaper bag.
    The child, who was not hurt, was turned over to the S.C. Department of Social Services.

  • Prison uprising injures 3 guards at Kershaw unit

    Three guards were injured, one seriously, when prisoners seized control of a dormitory for several hours Sunday at the state prison in Kershaw.
    Dexter Lee of the S.C. Department of Corrections said the incident began about 3 p.m. when guards tried to confiscate contraband during a routine search of the 126-inmate Oak Unit B Wing.
    “Once the contraband was identified, they had to go in and retrieve it,” Lee said. “Ideally, the inmates don’t resist. But they chose to resist, and the officers were assaulted by a group of inmates.”

  • Fort Mill man arrested for pizza delivery robbery

    A cell phone seized in the arrest of a Fort Mill robbery suspect has tied him to the robbery of a Lancaster Papa John’s Pizza delivery driver in November.
    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield said as a result of the seizure, sheriff’s office investigators obtained warrants charging Eric Neal Patton, 32, of Fort Mill, with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

  • Operation Fall Harvest holdout arrested

    One of a handful of suspects still sought in connection to a major drug operation in 2016 was arrested last week in Kershaw.
    Daniel Ali Thompson, 31, of Kershaw, was arrested Monday on multiple drug charges stemming from Operation Fall Harvest, last October’s massive drug round-up which led to 135 charges against 70 people.
    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said there are always a few suspects who can’t be located during big operations like Operation Fall Harvest.

  • Gunman robs Taco Bell

    Lancaster Police responded to Taco Bell, 767 S.C. 9 Bypass West on Thursday night after the restaurant was robbed by an armed suspect.

    The hold-up occurred at 9:21 p.m., according to a Lancaster Police Department report.
    The suspect was a black male, the report said, who left on foot.
    At the scene, diners inside came out of the restaurant and a K-9 officer trailed behind Taco Bell toward North Elementary School.
    Police combed the area, but couldn’t find the suspect.
    The case is still under investigation.

  • 4 arrests made in arson case

    A Lancaster man who apparently differed with family members about what to do with his late mother’s house allegedly enticed his son, his son’s girlfriend and her uncle to help him burn it down last month for the insurance money, sheriff’s office investigators said.
    John Timothy “Tim” Barton, 55, Dustin Lee Barton, 29, Chasity Lynn Hughes, 27 and Michael Anthony Hughes, 43, were all arrested this week in connection with a March 8 blaze that destroyed a home at 1313 Cedar Pine Lake Road.

  • Suspended license prompts heroin trafficking charges

    KERSHAW – Two Kershaw men were charged with heroin trafficking and other drug offenses after a traffic stop Tuesday on South Hampton Street.
    Derrick Lamonz Miller, 25, and Jamarr Ebae Stover, 33, are charged with trafficking heroin, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and possession with intent to distribute amphetamine salts (Adderall). Miller was also charged with driving under suspension.

  • Man shot at IL home

    A man was injured in what was reported as an accidental shooting late Saturday at a home in Indian Land.
    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield said emergency personnel and deputies responded about 9:25 p.m. to 667 Bolick Road, where they found the seriously injured victim suffering from a gunshot to the stomach. Bolick Road is off Possum Hollow Road.
    The victim, who was visiting the home, was transported to an area hospital, where he was still being treated Monday, though he is expected to recover, Barfield said.