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Crime does pay? Thoughts from a crime and courts reporter about S.C. inmates getting tablets to stream movies, call home

South Carolina Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling announced plans for a program to provide tablets for inmates so they can call family at cheaper rates and access pre-loaded … more

Sumter Police Department concerned about repeat drug offenders in area

Amid the national opioid crisis, a repeat drug offender was arrested earlier this week and is awaiting another court appearance after his second arrest in three months, according to Sumter Police Department. Stephon Jeleel Blanding, 24, of … more

South Carolina inmates to get tablets for movies, calling to combat illegal cellphones

COLUMBIA — South Carolina officials are hoping to combat the dangers of illegal cellphones behind bars by giving inmates a different technological device to communicate with family, obtain … more

2 co-workers, co-defendant charged in armed robbery of Little Caesars employee

Three teens are facing charges for allegedly taking an undisclosed amount of cash from a Little Caesars employee at gunpoint in a bank parking lot on Friday. Two of the suspects were also employees … more

Sumter inmate who died Thursday identified by Sumter County coroner

Sumter County Coroner's Office identified the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center inmate who died Thursday as 35-year-old Jeremy Antwan Garrett.Garrett was pronounced dead at Prisma Health Tuomey, … more

SLED investigating as 2nd inmate dies in custody at Sumter jail since December

Another investigation in Sumter has been opened after a second Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center inmate died while in custody since December. Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker said the office picked up an inmate Thursday evening who died at … more

Sumter residents' complaints end in heroin trafficking arrest

A 51-year-old Sumter man faces heroin-related charges after months of investigation according to Tonyia M. McGirt, public relations officer for Sumter Police Department.The investigation was in response to residents' complaints and an ongoing effort … more

Two Sumter men face drug charges after traveling salesman's fatal overdose in August

Two Sumter men are facing drug charges after an investigation indicated they reportedly provided heroin to a traveling salesman who was found dead of an overdose in August of last year.The victim, … more

Sumter shooting suspect receives $55,000 bond

Daundre Wilson, the second suspect in the nonfatal Christmas shooting at the El Cheapo on U.S. 378, was given a $55,000 bond during a first appearance hearing at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center on Wednesday. Wilson, 21, is charged with … more

2nd Sumter County Christmas Day shooting suspect in custody

Sumter County Sheriff's Office has charged the second suspect in the Christmas Day shooting at the El Cheapo on U.S. 378 after the 21-year-old was apprehended by authorities in Columbia on Tuesday. Daundre Dyquan Wilson, 21, of Highland Avenue in … more

Man wanted for alleged theft from Sumter apartment complex laundry room

Sumter Police Department officers are looking for a man suspected of stealing money from an apartment complex laundry room on Dec. 18, 2018.James Baucom, 47, is accused of breaking into the laundry … more

Dalzell woman, 32, charged for allegedly giving son a black eye, leaving other son with bruises after spanking

A 32-year-old Dalzell woman was arrested on Jan. 2 and charged with unlawful neglect of a child for allegedly hitting one son in the face and leaving the other with bruises after a spanking, … more

Father arrested for allegedly interfering with Sumter School District bus route in August 2018

A 29-year-old man was arrested Thursday and charged with interfering with the operation of a school bus for allegedly preventing the driver from closing the bus door in August, according to Sumter … more

Former Manning Police Chief Blair Shaffer arrested by FBI

MANNING – Blair Shaffer, the former police chief in Manning whose firing made headlines throughout last summer, was arrested Monday morning by FBI agents. Information on the arrest is … more

Authorities seek suspect in alleged armed robbery of clothing, cash of Broad Street store in Sumter

Sumter Police Department is seeking an armed robbery suspect accused of taking an undetermined amount of clothing and cash from a Broad Street business on Thursday night.Officers responded to an … more

Sumter County Sheriff's Office continues search for 2nd Christmas shooting suspect

Sumter County Sheriff's Office continues its search for 21-year-old D'Aundree Dy'Quan Wilson, who is wanted in connection with the nonfatal Christmas Day shooting at the El Cheapo on U.S. 378.Wilson is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 120 pounds and has … more

Woman faces multiple charges after December arrests in Sumter

The daughter of the former owner of McLaughlin Ford car dealership is facing multiple charges after two arrests in December related to stolen items, drugs and a firearm.Mendy M. McLaughlin, 32, of … more

Sumter Sheriff's office asks for help identifying 2 suspects

Pictured are two men who reportedly passed counterfeit $50 bills at Dollar General, U.S. Highway 15 North, about 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve. According to Sumter County Sheriff's Office, the two are … more

Lakewood High student suspected in Sumter Christmas Day shooting incident given $50,000 bond, curfew

Release conditions for one suspect in a nonfatal Christmas Day shooting at a Broad Street convenience store include a $50,000 surety bond, ankle monitor and curfew, according to a magistrate judge. Faquanta Benjamin, 17, was joined in the … more

One Christmas Day shooting suspect in custody, first appearance hearing Thursday in Sumter

One of the suspects in a nonfatal Christmas Day shooting at a convenience store is facing an attempted murder charge after he was taken into custody Wednesday night, according to county … more
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