Police Reports

  • Man accused of abusing children

    A Lancaster man faces child-abuse charges for incidents involving his 7-, 12- and 15-year-old children earlier this year.
    Randy Lorenzo McIlwain, 37, of 1446 Winthrop Ave., was arrested March 30 on three counts of cruelty/depravation to children.
    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report and warrants, McIlwain was arrested for offenses that occurred between Jan. 1 and March 30, including one in which investigators said he slapped his 7-year-old son, giving him a nosebleed.

  • Man injured as card game ends in shooting

    An accusation of cheating at cards resulted in losing hands for two men in Lancaster Saturday, with one ending up shot and the other facing an attempted murder charge.  
    Roderic Jeriel McCullough, 33, of Chester is charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime. He is accused of shooting James Twitty, 47, of Charlotte.

  • Man arrested after car rams into LARS bus several times

    A 53-year-old man was arrested Thursday after he was accused of ramming his car several times into a Lancaster Area Ride Service bus on North York Street after a dispute with its driver.
    Paul Barton of Blythewood was charged with one count of failure to stop, three counts of aggravated assault and one count of malicious injury to property.
    “A guy experiencing some sort of manic episode was running into the vehicle,” said Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant.

  • Thief cracks Coke delivery truck’s safe

    A thief broke into a Coca-Cola delivery truck in broad daylight last week and stole cash from a safe, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said.
    According to the report, the driver told deputies he pulled into the parking lot of Pro Clean Dry Cleaners at 1772 Airport Road about 3 p.m. April 25 and, as usual, went inside to take the order before pulling the items from the trailer for stocking.
    The driver returned to the truck less than 15 minutes later, the incident report said, where he found the passenger side cab window broken out.

  • 2 charged in drone drops over prison

    Deputies arrested two Myrtle Beach men about 3 a.m. Wednesday and charged them with trying to use drones to drop contraband over a perimeter fence at Kershaw Correctional Institution.
    Charles Everett Adams and Justin Mervin Canady were arrested after a brief car chase that ended near the intersection of S.C. 601 and Haile Gold Mine Road.
    Both men were charged by the S.C. Department of Corrections with attempting to provide contraband materials to inmates and trespassing on state correctional properties.

  • 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.