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Police Reports

  • Do not call 911 if all you need is a designated driver

    Lancaster police charged a woman with disorderly conduct and unlawful 911 use Dec. 30 after she allegedly called dispatchers three times asking for a designated driver.
    According to a Lancaster police report, Laquisha Shanice McIlwain, 26, called 911 first at 12:28 a.m., saying she was extremely intoxicated and needed a ride home from the Pardue Street apartment complex.
    When officers arrived there, McIlwain was nowhere to be found, so they left. At 12:52 a.m., she called 911 again, asking for a ride home from the 2000 block of Pardue Street, the report said.

  • Lancaster man charged in 2-state LSD case

    A Lancaster man was has been charged with selling an undercover operative 1,000 doses of suspected LSD, which led to the discovery of more LSD and other drugs in his home.
    Christopher Dustin Owens, 23, of 1346 Kings Circle, was charged Jan. 4 with trafficking more than 1,000 doses of LSD, trafficking more than 100 doses of Ecstasy, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, as well as additional drug charges in North Carolina.

  • Man charged with burglary, kidnapping in domestic case

    A Lancaster man was arrested on kidnapping and domestic violence charges Monday in a case involving his pregnant girlfriend.
    Fredrickeon Lamar “Buddy” Twitty, 24, of 1838 Steele Street, was apprehended Monday evening by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office near Lynwood Drive.
    Twitty is charged with domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, first-degree burglary, kidnapping and use of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. He picked up additional drug charges during his arrest.

  • Man beats store clerk, steals $150

    A man stole $150 and some cigarettes from a South Main Street convenience store after beating the clerk until she opened the cash register.
    According to a Lancaster Police Department report, the man entered the Scotchman at 700 S. Main St. shortly after 4 a.m. Dec. 22, walked behind the counter and began punching the clerk – three times to her face and once to the side of her head – demanding that she open the cash drawer.

  • Deputy collapses during altercation

    A Lancaster County deputy collapsed shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday while struggling with a suspect along Gold Mine Highway.
    Doug Barfield, spokesman for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, said deputies responded to a call about a suspicious person stepping out into the road and flagging down cars near the Flat Creek Quick Stop.
    Barfield said a deputy concluded that the suspect, Christopher Lynn Beckham, 25, might be mentally unstable and tried to place him in protective custody.

  • Pleasant Hill wreck kills N.C. woman

    An N.C. woman died Wednesday evening after her car ran into a tractor-trailer on U.S. 521 in Pleasant Hill, shutting down parts of the highway for nearly three hours.
    Panisla “Penny” Drakeford Rice, 39, of Lincolnton was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 6 p.m. by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.

  • ‘Grinch’ swipes Playstation, gifts from home

    The Grinch wasn’t the only one breaking in and stealing Christmas gifts.
    Beth Dunson’s family was one of several whose homes were broken into over the holidays.
    “It’s heartbreaking,” said Dunson of the holiday burglary at her S.C. 903 home that happened between Dec. 19 and Christmas Day. “And it’s frustrating when you work so hard to try to provide what you can for your family then have someone take it from you. It’s so hard to watch your child be disappointed like that.”

  • Florida teen faces sex charge involving minor

    A Florida man was arrested last week for criminal sexual conduct with a young girl in Lancaster.
    Elijah Manuel Vargas, 19, of Deerfield Beach, Fla., was charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. The victim was a 12-year-old girl from Lancaster, whose parents quickly reported the incident to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Doug Barfield, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said local authorities handed the investigation over to the S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

  • Car sale goes wrong

    Lancaster man has been arrested after the sale of a car turned into a vehicle theft and then a hit-and-run accident, injuring the car’s owner.
    Jonathan Haven Conner, 40, 804 Taylor Drive, Lancaster, is charged with hit and run involving great bodily injury, breach of trust and criminal conspiracy.
    According to a Fort Mill Police Department report, the victim, Shawn Antonik, 19, set up a meeting Dec. 6 at Danny’s Pizza in Fort Mill, near Tom Hall Street and Dobys Bridge Road to sell his 2005 Acura to Conner, who said his name was Jacob.

  • 24 arrested, 17 sought in drug probe

    After four months of undercover work, 24 people were arrested last week on drug charges by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office during an operation that culminated Thursday.
    Undercover drug transactions occurred from June through October, resulting in 86 arrest warrants for 40 people, the sheriff’s office said Friday night in a press release. The son of one of the suspects was arrested when found to be in possession of heroin during his father’s arrest.