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Sumter middle school student charged after Lakewood High shooting threat on Facebook

A 14-year-old middle school student has been taken into custody after the threat of a shooting at Lakewood High School in response to alleged bullying was made on social media Sunday. Sumter … more

Sumter police search for suspect in utility trailer theft

Police are looking for Douglas Edward Tipton, 56, in connection with a theft of a utility trailer from a Bultman Drive business, according to a news release from Tonyia McGirt, public information … more

Information on Paxville fatal shooting suspect sought

PAXVILLE - The Clarendon County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for information regarding a recent fatal shooting. Around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, Clarendon County deputies were dispatched to a … more

Sumter police arrest woman, 34, for alleged convenience store robbery

Sumter police officers arrested a woman Sunday morning in connection to two convenience store robberies in the western part of the city last week.Quanisha Latrell Burgess, 34, last known address of … more

Willow Drive employee allegedly assaulted by relative of student

Sumter Police Department officers were dispatched to Willow Drive Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon after a school employee was allegedly attacked by the family of a student. The reporting officer was dispatched to the school about 2:10 p.m. … more

Sumter County detention officer arrested by SLED

A Sumter County detention officer was arrested by SLED Wednesday afternoon, according to Sumter County Sheriff's Office. The officer is being held at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center, said Ken … more

Camden man faces 15 to life for Lee County firearm arrest

A 30-year-old Camden man entered a guilty plea in federal court for a firearm charge on Thursday for allegedly possessing a handgun in Lee County in 2017 despite prior felony convictions. Evidence presented at Darrin Paul George's hearing … more

Sumter man charged with shoplifting for allegedly stealing food from Family Dollar

Sumter County Sheriff's Office arrested a Sumter man Wednesday for allegedly stealing food from the Family Dollar on U.S. 15 South one week prior.William D. Childers, 29, of Timmerman Street, is … more

Man charged with attempted murder for causing wreck on Sumter County road

A Sumter County man is facing two counts of attempted murder for allegedly striking a vehicle with his own on Thursday, according to county officials. Leroy Cockerill Jr., 27, is accused of … more

Sumter pizza delivery woman allegedly sexually assaulted during armed robbery by 19-year-old

Sumter Police Department arrested a man alleged to be responsible for a string of targeted armed robberies of pizza delivery drivers after he reportedly robbed and sexually assaulted a female driver … more

19-year-old Sumter man charged for reportedly unwanted sexual act

CHARGES A Dalzell man was arrested on Sept. 14 for reportedly being found in possession of stolen goods and prescription drugs. Eric Fitch Porter, 36, of Red Lane Road, faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and RSG after a Sept. … more

Punishment light for inmate killers as prison violence rises

COLUMBIA (AP) - Larry Moore was watching "Ellen" in a South Carolina prison when he heard a scream. Fellow cellblock inmate Tommie Wilson was bleeding from his face and running, in vain, for his life. Another prisoner caught up to Wilson, stabbed … more

Suspect reportedly shoots Sumter man point blank in stomach

A Sumter man who is a convicted felon has been arrested and charged with attempted murder in connection with an incident that left a victim shot point blank in the stomach. Vito Videll Wright, 42, … more

Man shoots wife before fatally shooting himself, according to Sumter County Sheriff's Office

A woman is in serious but stable condition after she was shot by her husband before he reportedly turned the gun on himself at a residence on Elrae Lane on Tuesday morning, according to Sumter County … more

Sumter man's death whose body was found in creek being ruled homicide

An autopsy has revealed a 31-year-old Sumter man whose body was found in a creek off Dicks Street last week was shot to death. Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker is ruling the death of Chester … more

Bishopville man pleads guilty in cross-country wire fraud case

Six people, including a Bishopville native, entered guilty pleas regarding accusations of mail, wire and bank fraud, according to state law officials. Eric Wilson, 48, of Bishopville, pleaded guilty … more

Suspect arrested for leading Sumter officers on Wednesday morning chase

One man is behind bars and facing multiple charges for allegedly stealing a vehicle and crashing it Wednesday morning. Daniel Dale Browder, 38, is accused of stealing a 2005 GMC Canyon from a … more

Sumter man, 46, sentenced to 151 months in federal prison for distributing child porn

A 46-year-old Sumter man will be spending more than a decade behind bars after he was found guilty of distributing child pornography.Marlin Russell Derk was sentenced to 151 months, about 12.5 years, … more

Mom, newborn test positive for opiates, amphetamines

A 32-year-old woman has been arrested after she and her newborn child tested positive for illegal drugs. Vanessa Michelle Wright, of Wessex Drive in Wedgefield, faces a charge of unlawful neglect of a child, according to information provided by … more

3 Sumterites, 1 Gable man convicted of insurance fraud

FROM STAFF REPORTS Three Sumterites and one man from Gable entered guilty pleas on Sept. 5 on insurance fraud charges according to a news release from South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson. Heaven Fran'Tesha Kieonna Johnson, 19, and … more
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