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Police Reports

  • 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.”

  • Woman jailed on bench warrant after being missing for 2 weeks

    A Rock Hill woman, reported missing for two weeks, was found hiding out in Fort Mill with a Lancaster County warrant out for her arrest.
    Julia Petagna, 19, was found at 8 p.m. Tuesday at a storage facility on S.C. 160 in Fort Mill, said Trent Faris of the York County Sheriff’s Office.
    The bench warrant was issued after Petagna failed to appear for a February court date. She was arrested on drug charges in August and again in December. She was released in August on a $5,000 surety bond and in December on a $10,000 surety bond.

  • Man charged with heroin distribution

    A Lancaster man was arrested on drug charges Friday morning after investigators found an assortment of suspected drugs – and six children – in a single-wide trailer on Old Jefferson Highway.
    Nicholas Brian Payne, 38, was charged with distribution of heroin, trafficking 4-14 grams of schedule II acetaminophen and oxycodone hydrochloride, possession with intent to distribute schedule IV alprazolam and marijuana, and three counts of possession of a prescription drug without a prescription.

  • Multiple charges leveled after scuffle ends in gunfire

    Eight people were arrested following a shooting at a John Street home last week, where multiple drugs were found by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Dustin Eric Cauthen, 29, of Kershaw, and Tyler Lee Smith, 22, of Lancaster are both charged with three counts of attempted murder in the shooting, although no one appears to have been injured in the incident.

  • Teens charged in string of slingshot shootings

    Two Buford teens are charged with multiple counts of property damage after shooting windows out of houses and windshields out of several vehicles with a slingshot.
    Dylan Michael Farrell and Haven Chance Mangum, both 17, are charged with eight counts of malicious injury to personal property under $2,000.

  • IL man charged in child-porn case

    An Indian Land man has been arrested on child-pornography charges involving kids as young as 8.
    Travis Kenton John, 40, is charged with one count of second-degree exploitation of a minor and eight counts of third-degree exploitation of a minor. He faces up to 10 years on each count if convicted.

  • 25 charged in drug roundup, 18 sought

    Dozens of suspects were picked up on drug charges this week during a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office drug task force roundup, with 18 still sought.
    Task force agents set out with arrest warrants for 43 people Wednesday and were able to check off 25 of those names.
    According to a sheriff’s office press release, most of the arrests resulted from drug transactions monitored over the past year.

  • Man injured in Zion Road shooting

    A man was injured Monday in a shooting on Zion Road in the Unity community.
    The man’s identity and age have not been released, but Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield said the man was shot in the wrist shortly after 8 a.m. on Zion Road near Kneebo Road.
    While it is a serious injury, it is non-fatal and doctors “have a handle on it,” Barfield said Monday afternoon.
    The victim was transferred to another medical facility outside Lancaster early Monday.

  • Traffic stop results in drug-trafficking arrest

    A Lancaster man was arrested by the county’s Drug Task Force on multiple charges after a traffic stop March 15.
    Brian Keith Campbell, 26, is charged with methamphetamine distribution and trafficking. 
    Campbell was arrested after a deputy stopped a 2002 Ford Focus for speeding at the intersection of U.S. 521 and Hubbard Drive just after 8 p.m., according to a sheriff’s office press release. Campbell was identified by the deputy as having outstanding warrants from a November incident.

  • Camp Creek head-on crash kills 2 drivers

    Two drivers from Lancaster died in a head-on collision on Camp Creek Road early Wednesday.
    The drivers, Tamiko Moore Bristow, 43, and Tommy Eugene Faile, 45, were both pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.
    Lance Cpl. Gary Miller with S.C. Highway Patrol said the driver of a 2001 Buick was headed west on Camp Creek Road when it crossed the center line and struck a 2003 Honda, headed east. Miller did not say which driver was in which car.