Police Reports

  • Florida fugitive found in Lancaster

     Christopher Sardelli


    A Lancaster man caught on a store surveillance camera trying to shoplift was arrested this week on multiple charges, including a fugitive warrant from Florida. 

  • Police investigating possible carjacking

     Christopher Sardelli


    Police are looking for more information in the possible carjacking of a man outside a Lancaster gas station early Tuesday morning, March 25.

    Officers were called to the lobby of the police department at about 5 a.m. Tuesday after a man arrived to report a carjacking, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

  • Man found passed out in front of school

     Gregory A. Summers


    A Lancaster man faces two alcohol-related charges after he allegedly passed out behind the wheel while waiting in a car rider line at a county elementary school on Wednesday, March 26, to pick up a child.

    Michael Douglas Hammond, 35, 1285 West Shore Drive, was charged with public drunkeness and an open container violation, according to a Lancaster Sheriff’s Office incident report, 

  • Moped driver dies from injuries

     Christopher Sardelli


    A Lancaster man died from his injuries after he was struck by a car while riding his moped through a city intersection on March 17. 

    Calvin McIlwain, 60, was first taken to Springs Memorial Hospital and later flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for treatment of his injuries, though he later died on March 24, said Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant. 

  • Jury convicts two in Jones’ murder

    After considering hours of forensic evidence testimony in a joint trial this week, a jury found Al Martinez Green, 21, 813 ½ East Dunlap St., and Devatee Clinton, 26, 1911 Rose Anna Lane, guilty of the 2012 shooting death of Jenika Jones, said Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield. 

  • Man alleges nephew picked his pocket

    The Lancaster Police Department responded to a drunken dispute between a man and his nephew, whom he accused of trying to be a not-so-subtle pickpocket.

    According to the incident report, the 52-year-old man called police to his home in the 700 block of Taylor Street about 5:50 p.m. Feb. 28, saying his nephew tried to steal $180 from his pocket.

    The responding officers noted the man’s right pocket was torn and said they went inside to speak with the man’s 37-year-old nephew, who was asleep on a couch.

  • Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office explains errant phone alert

    The Fairfield County Sheriff's Office has recently received numerous calls from concerned citizens in the Ridgeway and Lake Wateree areas who received an emergency notification via a telephone automated message stating someone had escaped from the S.C. Department of Corrections and could possibly be in the area.

    “Additionally, these citizens were warned to stay inside of their homes due to the nature of the escapee,” said Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Brad Douglas.

  • Man jailed after arson threat, struggle with police officers

    A Lancaster man found himself in jail after he reacted violently when told to leave a Glennwood Avenue home.

    Bruce Edward Helms, 65, 408 Glennwood Ave., was arrested Feb. 27 and charged with attempted arson and third degree assault, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    According to the report, Helms was allowed to enter the residence by the victim to clean himself up from a personal accident. 

  • Boat buyer bilked on Craigslist

    A man who answered a Craigslist ad for a boat was scammed out of more than $4,800, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report.

    A woman recently told deputies that on Feb. 18, her husband saw an ad on Craigslist selling a paton boat, the report said. 

    The woman said her husband emailed the seller several times regarding the boat and was told it was part of an estate and needed to be sold so she and her family could move. 

  • Fire destroys Kershaw home

    A Kershaw home is a total loss after a fire tore through it during the early morning hours of Sunday, March 2.

    Sheriff’s deputies and members of the Flat Creek, Kershaw and Rich Hill volunteer fire departments responded at 1:16 a.m. to a house fire in the 3700 block of Meadowview Road, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.