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Police Reports

  • 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.

  • Man stabbed to death on Lynwood Dr.

    A Lancaster man was fatally stabbed Saturday night at his home on Lynwood Drive.
    Charles Cory Arant, 29, was identified by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office. He was found suffering from a stab wound shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday when deputies responded to his home at 1936 Lynwood Drive.
    Doug Barfield, spokesman for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, said several people live at the address, including Arant, and that there were others in the home at the time of the stabbing.

  • 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.