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  • Woman arrested in beating death of baby boy

    A Lancaster woman has been arrested in the beating death of a 14-month-old boy at a house on 14th Street last November, and her boyfriend – the child’s father – has been charged with child neglect.
    Ramesha Monet Brantley, 23, was charged with killing De’Yontae Monterio Miller Jr., who died Nov. 6, 2018, according to a Friday release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. De’Yontae Miller Sr., 25, was charged with neglecting his son.

  • Power outage along South Main, S.C. 903

    Duke Energy is reporting that 1,874 customers in Lancaster County are currently without power.
    The outage was reported at 1:04 p.m. Monday after several businesses in the South Main Street area lost power. Outages were also reported along the S.C. 903 corridor as far out as the Antioch community.

    "A tractor trailer caught a cable line and pulled down three power poles. It didn't pull down our power lines, but they're on the ground due to the broken poles," said Duke Energy spokesman Rick Jiran.

  • Man sought in Pageland woman’s fatal shooting

    PAGELAND – Authorities are searching for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Pageland woman that occurred late Wednesday night.
    The victim, 18-year-old Amber Horton, went to the Pageland Police Department after she was shot in a moving car travelling down S.C. 151 south of Pageland, according to a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office release.

  • Coroner identifies woman in homicide

    A woman whose body was found Tuesday afternoon outside a vacant home in the Rich Hill community has been identified.
    On Wednesday afternoon, Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Jennifer Collins identified the woman as 36-year-old Kimberly Alger of Heath Springs.
    An autopsy on Alger is scheduled for Thursday, Collins said in a written release.
    Alger’s death is being treated as a homicide and Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said Wednesday that the investigation into her death is continuing.

  • Red Flag Fire Alert now in effect

    COLUMBIA - The S.C. Forestry Commission has issued an immediate statewide Red Flag Fire Alert.
    The alert discourages all outdoor burning whenever weather conditions elevate the risk of wildfire.
    Weather forecasts for the next three days include very low relative humidity and elevated drought conditions across most of the state.
    When combined with dry fuels on the ground, those conditions create the potential for outdoor burning to escape areas of containment and rapidly spread.

  • From four lanes to three

    Lancaster Police Department Chief Scott Grant has a two-word tip for motorists frustrated by the recent lane pattern changes along the North Main Street corridor — be nice.
    “Change can be a hard thing to swallow until everybody gets used to it, so there are going to be some growing pains,” Grant said. “The best is advice is to be a more courteous driver, especially at the intersections.”

  • Jeff Hammond switches to GOP

    After serving as Lancaster County’s Democratic clerk of court for 18 years, Jeff Hammond revealed Thursday that he was joining the GOP.
    “Today, I am announcing that I will seek re-election in 2020 as a member of the Republican Party,” the 60-year-old Lancaster native told an applauding, standing-room-only crowd in the Historic Lancaster County Courthouse.
    County GOP Chair Sandy McGarry, who had publicly targeted Hammond for defeat in 2020, cheered his decision and pledged her party’s commitment to keeping him in office.

  • FBI raids Chester sheriff’s building

    Travis Jenkins and Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service
    CHESTER – A dozen FBI agents raided the Chester County Law Enforcement Center on Monday, spending six hours inside before leaving with several boxes and bags.
    The agents, with assistance from SLED, arrived in the early morning. Don Wood, spokesman for the FBI’s Columbia field office, said they were engaged in unspecified “lawful investigative activity.”

  • Clemson studying coyotes’ effect on deer populations

    Steven Bradley
    Clemson University
    CLEMSON – Coyotes have a nasty reputation among S.C. deer hunters, and Clemson University researchers are working to determine just how much of that notoriety they deserve.
    Deer are a prominent game species in the state, both economically and culturally, and populations are rapidly falling – down 30 percent since 2002, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources – while coyote populations are on the rise.

  • County under tornado watch

    County offices closed at noon Friday, following a tornado watch issued in Lancaster County, with 70-mile per hour winds and quarter-sized hail expected.

    Severe weather alerts were issued Friday morning by the National Weather Service (NWS) for 18 counties across the state, including Lancaster. The tornado watch is in effect until 6 p.m. Friday, but the weather is expected to take a turn for the worse about 2 p.m.