https://www.thelancasternews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en New details in Austin Steele murder https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/new-details-austin-steele-murder <img src="https://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0870_kv_crop.jpg" alt="Brandy Duncan, right, sits with Assistant Public Defender Chassity Brewer during her preliminary hearing Wednesday." title="Brandy Duncan, right, sits with Assistant Public Defender Chassity Brewer during her preliminary hearing Wednesday." align="left" hspace="6" width="91" height="85" /><p> Both suspects in February&rsquo;s murder and dismemberment of Lancaster teen Austin Steele waived their Miranda rights and described the killing and its aftermath in great detail, prosecutors revealed Wednesday in court.<br /> The accounts of Brandy Duncan and her husband, Chris Holford, agreed on most points, except for her insistence that she participated only under threat, and his that she was a willing helper.<br /> The news came during Duncan&rsquo;s preliminary hearing at the Lancaster County Courthouse on the charge of accessory after the fact of murder.<br /> Peter Pan Jr. tonight and Saturday https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/peter-pan-jr-tonight-and-saturday <img src="https://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/peter_pan_preformance7-14-2018_8-48_pm0822.jpg" alt="Tyler “Gee” Barber as Captain Hook tells the lost boys “join us pirates or walk the plank.”" title="Tyler “Gee” Barber as Captain Hook tells the lost boys “join us pirates or walk the plank.”" align="left" hspace="6" width="139" height="85" /><p> The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County will present &ldquo;Peter Pan Jr.&rdquo; at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at Barr Street Auditorium, 610 E. Meeting St. Tickets are available at the door.</p> County seeks AG opinion on dirt-road controversy https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/county-seeks-ag-opinion-dirt-road-controversy <p> Lancaster County&rsquo;s dirt-road ruckus is getting kicked upstairs.<br /> County officials will seek an opinion from the S.C. Attorney General&rsquo;s Office before deciding whether to keep Timberline Road in the county&rsquo;s road system and remove the gate or petition the court to make it a private dirt road.<br /> &ldquo;You can&rsquo;t have both. If it&rsquo;s a public road, the public needs to have access to it,&rdquo; county council member Brian Carnes said during a lengthy discussion of the issue at Monday night&rsquo;s council meeting.<br /> Kershaw cuts deal on overgrown rail corridor https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/kershaw-cuts-deal-overgrown-rail-corridor <img src="https://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/-1995.jpeg" alt="The town of Kershaw will once again send crews to maintain the overgrown area beside the railroad tracks after a lengthy debate with property owner L&amp;C Railroad over property easements. " title="The town of Kershaw will once again send crews to maintain the overgrown area beside the railroad tracks after a lengthy debate with property owner L&amp;C Railroad over property easements. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> KERSHAW &ndash; The town&rsquo;s lawnmowers will soon be whacking away at the overgrown six-block Cleveland Street greenway, even though the railroad dispute that stopped the routine maintenance is still unresolved.<br /> The town, Mayor Mark Dorman said, has worked out a deal to start mowing again beside the railroad tracks that split the town down the middle.<br /> &ldquo;Once that contract is signed, we&rsquo;ll be back at again. Hopefully, that will take a couple of weeks at the most,&rdquo; Dorman said Thursday.<br /> Dinosaurs take center stage at USCL https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/dinosaurs-take-center-stage-uscl <img src="https://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/-dsc_0995_crop.jpg" alt="A young on-stage volunteer puts his head in the dinosaur’s mouth. " title="A young on-stage volunteer puts his head in the dinosaur’s mouth. " align="left" hspace="6" width="58" height="85" /><p> Dinosaur Adventures with Dakota and Friends came to USC Lancaster&rsquo;s Bundy Auditorium Thursday as part of See Lancaster Live&rsquo;s &ldquo;It&rsquo;s Summertime!&rdquo;</p> State ups funding for homicide victims’ funerals https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/state-ups-funding-homicide-victims%E2%80%99-funerals <p> For the first time in 22 years, the state has increased the amount of money it will pay families to help bury loved ones who are the victims of homicide, state Attorney General Alan Wilson said.<br /> The change comes from a new budget proviso approved by the S.C. General Assembly, which took effect July 1. Once capped at $4,000 for funeral expenses, the AG office&rsquo;s Department of Crime Victim Compensation (DCVC) may now award up to $6,500 for eligible-victim claims.<br /> 4 cows stolen from Kershaw pasture https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/4-cows-stolen-kershaw-pasture <p> Where&rsquo;s the beef?<br /> That&rsquo;s what Robert Goodwin wondered, after his four cows were stolen from a Kershaw pasture.<br /> Goodwin, who lives in Columbia, reported last week that $16,000 worth of livestock was stolen from him. He said he was leasing land from a Kershaw couple until about eight months ago, when he noticed his four cows had been stolen from the pasture. Two of the cows were pregnant, he told the deputy.<br /> The couple told Goodwin they had no idea where the cows were or when they had been stolen, the incident report said.<br /> Missing IL man found safe https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/help-find-missing-il-man <img src="https://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2018-07-18_at_6.37.20_pm.png" alt="James Leo Luraghi " title="James Leo Luraghi " align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> An 83-year-old Indian Land man reported missing on Wednesday was found safe Thursday afternoon.<br /> James Leo Luraghi drove away from his home in the Tree Tops neighborhood about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to run an errand. He did not return, and a few hours later the Lancaster County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office reached out to the public for help in finding him.<br /> Late Thursday, the sheriff&rsquo;s department issued a statement saying he had been found safe and reunited with his family. The statement did not say how he was located or where he had been.</p>