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Judge vacates boy's murder conviction

A South Carolina judge on Wednesday vacated the conviction of a Clarendon County teenager executed 70 years ago for beating two young girls to death. Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullen issued a 30-page order, ruling that there was a "fundamental, …

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Police seek man on drug charges; 2 nabbed in bust

After several months of investigation, Sumter Police Department has arrested two Sumter men after seizing more than four pounds of marijuana valued at about $8,500, five grams of cocaine valued at about $100 and $4,500 in cash. Randy Sanders, 33, …
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2 vehicles damaged during Tuesday fire

STOLEN PROPERTY A fully loaded Smith & Wesson handgun valued at $350 was reportedly stolen from a home in the 3000 block of Joyce Street on Monday. A 16-gauge double-barrel shotgun valued at $300 was reported stolen from a home in the first …

3rd offense of DUI brings suspect to tears

CHARGES David Pack, 45, of Dalzell, was arrested during a traffic stop along Truefield Drive near Camden Highway before 2 a.m. Sunday and charged with his third offense of driving under the influence. According to reports, the suspect exhibited …
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ROBERT DEBERRY

CA ON, Colo. - Robert "Bobby" DeBerry was born on Jan. 17, 1940, in Sumter, where his parents lived, and passed away on Dec. 14, 2014, at age 74, at the Bruce McCandless Colorado State Veterans Home in Florence, Colorado. His father served in the …

RICHARD J. HARTIGAN JR.

Richard Joseph Hartigan Jr., age 84, beloved wife of 61 years, Patricia Eleen Byrnes Hartigan, died on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Covenant Place. Born in Cohoes, New York, he was a son of the late Richard Joseph Sr. and Kathleen Hyland Hartigan. …
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Successful springboard

Last season's Thomas Sumter Academy girls basketball team followed a near-perfect script - one most head coaches likely envision before the year begins. "We had some struggles early in the year, but we started playing better and better and we …
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Talk about a wildfire fit for the big screen

WASHINGTON - First there's the spark, then the conflagration, followed by the litigation and then, surely, the movie. Call it "Moonlight Fire," and prepare to suspend disbelief. The story is a doozy - a tale of corruption, prosecutorial abuse, …
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Ex-police lab tech sues over job loss

COLUMBIA - A former drug analyst at the Columbia Police Department's crime lab said that she lost her job because of her race and that the agency unfairly blamed her for its shortcomings. During a news conference Tuesday, Brenda Frazier told …
Pets for adoption

Take Prancer home

Prancer, a 12-week-old tan and white male shepherd/boxer mix, is available for adoption at the Sumter SPCA. He is sweet, affectionate, gentle, active and playful. He is great with other dogs and …

Nigel and Figaro want a family

Nigel and Figaro, 8-week-old male American shorthairs, are available for adoption at the Sumter SPCA. They are playful, affectionate, gentle and active. Nigel and Figaro would make excellent new …