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Police Reports

  • Prostitution raid sweeps up lieutenant at Fire Rescue

    Thomas Wayne Pickard, the Indian Land fire chief and a lieutenant with Lancaster County Fire Rescue, was arrested early Friday during a sheriff’s raid on a York County motel and charged with first-offense prostitution.

  • Continental Tire evacuated after e-mailed bomb threat

    A corporate headquarters in Indian Land was evacuated Thursday afternoon after one of its workers got an e-mail saying there was a bomb in the building.
    Employees at the Continental Tire of Americas center in MacMillan Business Park off U.S. 521 were sent home just after 1 p.m., said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield.
    “Somebody there got an e-mail saying there was a bomb in the building and unless they received money, the bomb would be set off,” Barfield said.

  • 2-vehicle Riverside wreck kills local man

    A Lancaster man died early Wednesday in a two-vehicle collision on Riverside Road.
    Identified by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office, James Plyler, 51, was driving his 2000 GMC pickup north on Riverside near Industrial Park Drive shortly after 4:30 a.m. when the wreck occurred.
    Eric Sandor, 24, of Lancaster was also traveling north on Riverside in a 2003 BMW when he attempted to pass Plyler’s pickup, according to Trooper Justin Sutherland of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • Life in prison for Peach Stand killing

    Christopher Méndez of Lancaster was sentenced Tuesday to life without parole in the Jan. 23 shooting death of Karson Whitesell, a 19-year-old clerk at Fort Mill’s landmark Peach Stand, according to news reports.
    Méndez, 29, of 1701 Pardue St., pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced in a York County courtroom after emotional testimony from his parents and from Whitesell’s family.

  • County’s largest drug bust ever

    The takedown of a major drug-trafficking ring has netted four suspects and a huge cache of narcotics, guns and cash – the largest drug bust ever in Lancaster County, authorities said Friday.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force recovered more than $420,000 worth of drugs during Nov. 30 raids on four different locations.

  • 22-year-old shot, leaving few clues

    A man was brought into Springs Memorial Hospital’s emergency room Sunday night with a severe gunshot wound, sparking an investigation by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Doug Barfield, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said deputies were dispatched to the area of Old Lansford and Springdale roads around 6 p.m. in reference to a suspicious person. A few minutes later, the deputies were alerted by Lancaster police that the person had been found and was in the ER with a gunshot wound.

  • Pair sent to prison in armory theft case

    COLUMBIA – A Lancaster man and woman were sentenced to federal prison Friday for their roles in the November 2017 break-in and weapons theft at the National Guard Armory on Nichols Road.
    According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Austin Lee Ritter, 23, will serve more than seven years in prison, and Kimberly Denise Cannon, 40, will serve two years. The sentences carry no possibility of parole.

  • Police probing alleged threat by LHS student

    A Lancaster High School student was removed from school Friday following a threat allegedly made that afternoon, and LHS parents were notified via ConnectEd over the weekend.
    “We had a student in the class Friday make reference to a threat. [The student] implied that there would be some type of violence on Monday,” school district Safety Director Bryan Vaughn said Monday. “At this point, the student has been removed from school and is going through the expulsion process, and law enforcement is investigating the criminal side of it.”

  • 3rd arrest in Kings Circle shooting

    A third arrest has been made and one suspect is still being sought in the Nov. 1 Kings Circle shooting that wounded a homeowner.
    Malcolm Eugene Belk, 28, was taken into custody by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit on Nov. 15 after they found him at a home on Elm Street in Lancaster. He was charged with first-degree burglary, attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

  • Gunman robs The Forks store

    The Forks store at the corner of Memorial Park Road and Grace Avenue in Lancaster was robbed at gunpoint late Sunday night.
    According to sheriff’s office spokesman Doug Barfield, an unidentified man walked into the store around 11:30 p.m. carrying a long firearm, either a shotgun or a rifle, while customers were still inside.
    Barfield said the suspect was heavily concealed by his clothing, but the sheriff’s office is working hard to find any clues leading to his identity.