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$5,000 reward offered for information in Sumter man's death

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that can help authorities make an arrest and bring some solace to the family and friends of Chester “Rock” Stavis, who died of an … more

Fake check lands Florence man in Sumter jail

A Florence man is behind bars in Sumter County after he allegedly tried to buy a car with a forged check on Tuesday. Marcus A. Blair, 31, of South Oliver Drive, is accused of attempting to purchase a vehicle with a forged check in the amount of … more

Former Sumter County corrections officer charged, fired for misconduct

A Sumter County detention officer is being held at the facility where she was recently employed for allegedly allowing an inmate to keep contraband, according to state authorities. Keneshia Suade McFadden, 22, a former correctional officer at … more

Person of interest in Sumter man's death in police custody

A 21-year-old man who is considered a “detriment to the community” by city authorities for his alleged involvement in multiple shootings in the city is now in police custody. A $3,500 … more

Murder trial to proceed for sovereign citizen in Sumter man's shooting

The sovereign citizen charged in the shooting death of a 34-year-old man in August will go before a circuit court judge for a murder trial per a ruling during his preliminary hearing Thursday morning. Demetrius Brown, 38, was present for his … 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

21 Clarendon residents arrested in drug investigation

MANNING - Twenty-one Clarendon County residents were arrested on Nov. 29 following a yearlong investigation into illegal drug activity throughout the county. "We've been working for months on this," said Clarendon County Sheriff Tim Baxley. "When … more

Anderson man, Sumter woman arrested on drug, other charges

A man and woman were arrested on drug and other charges after county authorities executed a search warrant at a Broad Street motel on Nov. 28. Gabrielle E. White, 21, of 39 Barnette Drive in Sumter, and Scott R. Clinkscale, 34, of 203 Miracle … more

White male with distinctive nose sought in alleged armed robbery of Manning Marathon Gas Station

MANNING — A lone male is being sought for the alleged armed robbery of Marathon Gas Station, 3345 Paxville Highway, at 8:10 p.m. on Dec. 1, according to Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office. The … more

Man sought in city death investigation arrested by Sumter County authorities for other charges

A man wanted in connection to a death investigation in the city was arrested by county authorities on Wednesday for other charges.Carter W. Strother, 70, is charged with two counts of stalking and … more

Murder suspect misses hearing because of his unrelated sentencing

The preliminary hearing scheduled Thursday for a sovereign citizen accused of murder was postponed for a week after the man missed the hearing because he was sentenced in state prison for an unrelated charge. More than a dozen people - court … more

23-year-old Camden man facing 6 charges after hospital stay

A 23-year-old Camden man is facing six charges once he is released from the hospital after he led deputies on a high-speed chase in Sumter County before hitting a tree Monday. The suspect, identified as Jeremy Robertson, reportedly failed to … more

Sumter man arrested for allegedly breaking into his neighbors' vehicles

A 49-year-old Sumter man is facing multiple counts of breaking into a vehicle after he was caught on camera searching through vehicles in his own neighborhood Monday night. Sumter County sheriff's deputies responded to a call on Brookland Drive … more

Police name acquaintance they hope has information on shooting death of 31-year-old man found in creek

Officers have named a man in connection to what is now being ruled a homicide after an autopsy revealed the 31-year-old Sumter man who was found dead in a creek last week was shot to death. Sumter … 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

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

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

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 law enforcement: Vehicle break-ins increase during holiday season

Thieves and burglars find Christmas comes early and more often as vehicle break-ins tend to increase during the holiday season. Rain, cold and darkness does not stop a thief for capitalizing on a … more

Former Sumter School District employee indicted for embezzlement of $10K+ in school funds

A former Sumter School District employee accused last year in at least one anonymous letter of misusing funds has been charged by the state Grand Jury that is alleging public corruption. Charges … more
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