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Police Reports

  • 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.

  • 1 victim dies, 2nd airlifted after Heath Springs wreck

    One person was killed and another severely injured in a two-car wreck at Kershaw Camden Highway and Ramblin Road just north of Heath Springs.
    According to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers, an EMS crew pulled up on the wreck before it was called out and were able to get one victim out, but could not free the other before fire engulfed the vehicle.
    According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, a 2015 Infiniti was attempting to illegally pass another vehicle heading north on Kershaw Camden Highway when it ran off the side of the road and hit a group of trees.

  • Students face discipline for possessing pellet gun

    Two A.R. Rucker Middle School students may be expelled for exchanging an airsoft pellet gun on school grounds Thursday afternoon, the second incident involving a pellet gun at the school this year.
    Bryan Vaughn, the school district’s safety director, said a tip was sent in about the transaction and the gun was recovered after a search of the boys’ bookbags. The boys were then turned over to the school resource officer for having a weapon on school grounds.

  • Gun battle when man interrupts burglary

    Dozens of shots rang out across the west side of Lancaster just after midnight Thursday when a man pulled into his driveway and found multiple burglars in his home, sparking a gunfight.
    The man, who was wounded in the gunfire, told authorities he was returning to his home on Kings Circle when he saw several people inside the house, said Doug Barfield, spokesman for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    The victim said one or more of the assailants fired shots at his car, injuring him. A neighbor called 911.

  • Police puzzle over man’s gunshot wound

    A man showed up at Springs Memorial Hospital’s emergency room Monday morning with a mysterious gunshot wound to his torso.
    The Lancaster Police Department was dispatched to the hospital shortly before 5 a.m. when the man with the puzzling wound showed up, asking to be treated.
    Police Chief Scott Grant said the man is in his 20s and has been giving conflicting stories about what happened to him.

  • Gun store robbed, another burglarized

    Weapons were stolen from two different gun stores this week in the northern part of the county, spurring an investigation by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, Charlotte police and federal agents.
    An armed robbery occurred around 3:20 p.m. Tuesday at Van Wyck Sporting Goods at 5219 Old Hickory Road in Van Wyck.
    Two men came into the store, one of them armed with a handgun, said sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield. The store was occupied by one employee, who was not harmed by the suspects.