Police Reports

  • Arrests made in Kershaw theft cases

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Lancaster men, one a convicted thief not long out of jail, and a pair of juveniles last week in separate larceny and burglary cases in Kershaw.
    The cases are two quick successes during what has been a particularly busy late summer rash of the crimes at homes and businesses across the county.  

  • Three fall victim to phone scams

    Three Lancaster County men lost as much as $3,640 between them in separate phone scams earlier this month.
    The victims fell for the scams just days after Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile warned residents to be aware of a bogus jury duty scam and to never send money or personal information to anyone over the phone.
    IRS scam
    The first incident occurred on Aug. 31 when two men who said they represented the IRS tricked a 21-year-old Heath Springs man into sending them money to resolve a “miscalculation with his taxes.”

  • Someone passing funny money

    Local merchants need to be on the lookout for funny money.
    Someone is circulating counterfeit $10 and $20 bills.
    There have been at least seven reported cases of bogus bills reported in the area this month; one in the county and six in the city limits, including two at one fast food restaurant.
    And whoever is doing it, is targeting restaurants in most of the cases.

  • Four arrested for fencing stolen property

    Four Lancaster County residents were arrested earlier this month on federal warrants for interstate fencing of stolen property, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release said.
    U.S. Secret Service agents and sheriff’s deputies arrested Jimmy Lee Montgomery, 67, of 1866 Willie Usher Road, Harold Scott McDonald, 30, of 1976 Wisdom Road, and Thomas Brice McManus, 64, and his wife, Sharon Steel McManus, 65, of 3129 Rocky River Road, on Sept. 4.

  • Man loses part of tongue in argument

    A fight between Heath Springs lovers proves there really is more than one side to every story and the truth, in this case, is that he ended up minus a piece of his tongue.
    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies were called to the Springs Memorial Hospital emergency room in Lancaster about 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, in reference to an assault.
    At the ER, deputies found a 27-year-old man with a swollen face and a substantial amount of blood flowing out of his mouth.

  • Auto theft, burglary total more than $69k

    The theft of a pickup truck and a break-in at a home on Cane Mill Road late last month resulted in the loss of more than $69,000 worth of items.
    The first incident under investigation by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office involved the theft of a pickup truck from Burns Ford in Lancaster.
    Burns Ford employees told the reporting deputy a Hispanic male driving a white BMW 750LI, who identified himself as “Scott,” had stopped by the dealership to check out the top-of-the-line Sterling gray metallic pickup valued at $29,990 on Aug. 21.

  • Police reports 9-6-15

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:
    • A black 1996 Honda Accord, license plate NC-DDC1664, was reported Aug. 27 as stolen from the parking lot of Springs Memorial Hospital, 800 W. Meeting St.
    The report said the car was left there about three weeks ago, due to mechanical issues. The case remains open.  

  • Police, Fire, EMS: Aug. 30, 2015

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:
    • Shots were fired into two apartments in the 2400 block of Palmetto Place apartments and into a car parked in front of the 2500 block about 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. The report said officers were met by one of the residents, who was carrying her son. The victim said neither was hurt, but they were awakened by gunfire. Officers found bullet holes and bullets in two apartment walls. A bullet hole was also found in the door of a 1996 Honda Accord that was parked nearby.

  • Police, Fire, EMS: Aug. 16, 2015

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:
    • Robert Edward Leaphart Jr., 56, 1126 Meadow Drive, was charged Aug. 2, with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. According to the report, a family member found a plastic bag containing 1.87 grams of cocaine and notified authorities.

  • Investigations result in two sexual assault arrests

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office closed two criminal sexual conduct cases this month dating back to March, one involving the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.
    Billy Hank Houser, 48, of 785 Battleground Road, Cowpens, is charged with second-degree sexual conduct with a minor victim age 11 to 14.
    The case came to the attention of Lancaster County investigators May 8 after a guidance counselor at the girl’s school learned the girl had told several of her friends she might be pregnant.