Police Reports

  • Pizzas stolen at gunpoint near Buckelew Park

    The Lancaster Police Department is trying to find the men responsible for robbing a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver of food at gunpoint about 8 p.m. Tuesday in a yard near Buckelew Park.
    According to a police incident report, the 18-year-old driver was dropping off a multiple pizza order called in to Domino’s by someone named “Larry.”
    The order, per the call, was to be delivered at a home in the 400 block of Park Street.

  • Men sought in Monday night holdup

    From release

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is seeking two men in connection with an armed robbery Monday night at Community Discount Beverage on Lynwood Drive.
    Deputies were dispatched to the store at 2095 Lynwood Drive at 7:42 p.m. Two employees were in the store at the time of the robbery and told deputies and investigators that a man walked in with his black T-shirt off but wrapped around his face.

  • Man charged with sexually assaulting 9-year-old girl

    A man working at a Lancaster motel has been charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a 9-year-old girl, according to the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office.
    Lancaster County sheriff’s investigators arrested Joseph Elliot Garcia, 44, on Jan. 10 and turned him over to Kershaw County authorities.
    “What can one say about a situation like this other than that this is disgusting, revolting,” said Kershaw Sheriff Jim Matthews in a press release.

  • Man says he, 2 friends robbed, maybe by kin

    A Lancaster man reported he and his friends were robbed at his home Jan. 15 by two armed men, one of whom may have been a family member.
    The man said he and two friends were watching football in a shed behind his home on Rope Lane when two men wearing black hoodies and masks walked up and drew guns on them.
    The man said the robbers ordered them to the ground and took their money, about $500 in all, then made the victims give them their cell phones, which the robbers broke.

  • 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.