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Teen charged with attempted murder in Manning shooting

MANNING - Two 15-year-old Clarendon County males and one 20-year-old Santee man were involved in a shooting in the parking lot of Taco Bell, 2004 Paxville Highway, about 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, according to Capt. Rick Elms, an investigator with the … more

15-year-old charged with attempted murder in shooting on Manning Taco Bell property

MANNING — Two 15-year-old Clarendon County males and one 20-year-old Santee man were involved in a shooting in the parking lot of Taco Bell, 2004 Paxville Highway, about 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, … more

Sumter dog fighting suspect faces 135 years if guilty

Newly released photos show injuries to some of the 27 dogs rescued from an apparent dog-fighting operation last week and just how much bigger the chains used to tether them were than allowed. Alva Timmons Ridgeway faces up to a combined 137 years … more

Bond set at $127K in Sumter dog fighting case

Two signs direct vehicles down Winkles Road in Sumter. One is for the Sumter County Sheriff's Office Detention Center, where a 38-year-old man awaited his bond hearing Tuesday on 57 warrants, the other for Sumter County Animal Control, where 26 … more

Supplies needed at Sumter Animal Control to help with rescued dogs

Sumter County Animal Control is in need of supplies to help take care of the surviving dogs, and The Sumter Item is serving as a drop off location for those who want to help. Donations can be … more

Truck driver for The State newspaper reported missing after not returning from route

COLUMBIA — A truck driver for The State newspaper was reported missing after not returning from his route Monday morning. James Hucks, 77, was last seen around 12:30 a.m. Monday at the … more

27 pit bulls rescued from dog fighting operation in Sumter examined by vet

More than two dozen dogs that were rescued from a home dog-fighting operation on Thursday are continuing to be treated, officials say. A veterinarian had examined all 27 dogs, which appeared to … more

27 dogs saved; Sumter man arrested for dog fighting

Deputies discovered what appears to be a dog-fighting operation in Sumter County after finding 27 pit bulls and pit bull mixes, many emaciated or injured, chained among fighting equipment and bloodied walls. Sumter County Sheriff's Office … more

BREAKING: Sumter County man arrested for dog fighting operation, 27 dogs found chained at home

Deputies discovered what appears to be a dog-fighting operation in Sumter County after finding 27 pit bulls and pit bull mixes, many emaciated or injured, chained among a fighting, equipment and … more

Sumter man charged with attempted murder in alleged stabbing

A 50-year-old Sumter man has been charged with attempted murder after he reportedly stabbed a woman for intervening in an argument in the presence of children. The woman Herman George Coubarous is accused of attacking was transported to Prisma … more

Fallen but not forgotten: 5 runners stop in Sumter on 394-mile relay route honoring slain Florence officers, others killed in S.C. in line of duty

For each South Carolina police officer who has died in the line of duty, they will run a mile, all 384 names squeezed into the shape of the state on their shirts, including a friend. Curtis Boyd and a group of runners and fitness aficionados … more

From deputy to pet: K-9 Dina retires from Sumter County Sheriff ’s Office after 9 years of service

Law enforcement officers come in all shapes, sizes, colors, number of legs and shade of fur. Dina, a K-9 with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, retired last week after nine "productive years of apprehension and protection," according to Sheriff … more

Drugs, firearms, $12K seized, 20 arrested over 3-day operation

Drugs and firearms were removed from the streets last week in Sumter County when law enforcement agencies partnered to serve warrants and set up checkpoints throughout the county. Sumter County Sheriff's Office, Sumter Police Department and South … more

Police: No charges in drowning of 5-year-old girl at Sumter Econo Lodge pool

The aunt of the 5-year-old girl who died from a likely accidental drowning at a hotel pool in Sumter said she misses her "teddy bear." Jasmine Davis said Faith Gilmore was "very outdoing, funny" … more

Sumter UPS employee allegedly exposes himself to sunbather

A Sumter woman got an unexpected and unwanted surprise from a UPS employee on Saturday. According to Adrienne Sarvis, public information officer with Sumter County Sheriff's Office, a Sumter woman … more

Sumter Police investigating fatal shooting of 19-year-old

Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old that occurred in Sumter on Thursday afternoon. Sumter Police Department officers responded to the 500 block of South Lafayette Drive just after 2 p.m. on May 30 to reports of a person … more

Murder suspect found in Texas, wanted in killing of Columbia man found in Sumter

A Sumter man wanted for questioning in the February shooting death of his friend was apprehended Wednesday in Texas and now faces a murder charge. Matthew Tyrell Simmons, 27, was the last person … more

Sumter police investigating after fatal shooting on South Lafayette Drive

Nyqual Jamel Samuels, 19, of Sumter died Thursday from a gunshot wound to the abdomen according to Barron P. Hite, public information officer with Sumter Police Department. Officers responded just … more

7-year-old boy brings BB gun mistaken for real firearm to Pocalla Springs Elementary

A 7-year-old who brought a BB gun to his elementary school in Sumter Wednesday that people mistook for a real firearm was released to his parents. Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Deputies … more

Sumter suspects apprehended in Clarendon County on theft, damage to vehicle charges after failing to turn themselves in

Two Sumter County residents who were wanted on charges related to the theft of items from and damage to a vehicle have been apprehended in Clarendon County after failing to turn themselves in earlier … more
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