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2 homicide victims identified whose bodies were found in a burning vehicle in Sumter

The identities of the two bodies found burned in a vehicle fire on March 23 on Foxville Road have been identified.  The male victim, Janio Lopes, 36, of Eastover, died from blunt-force trauma … more

Wedgefield man killed by unknown suspect in Sumter

Officers are investigating after a 31-year-old man was shot and killed in his vehicle early this morning by an unknown suspect.Sherrod Carlton Smith, of Wedgefield, was sitting inside a vehicle … more

Sumter man wanted after woman robbed at gunpoint

The Sumter Police Department issued warrants for a Sumter man who is wanted for reportedly robbing a woman at gunpoint early Monday. Sharell Wells, 27, of Cambridge Drive, is wanted for armed … more

Columbia man suspected of stalking Sumter woman arrested

A Columbia man was taken into custody in connection to a March 17 stalking incident in Sumter. Robert Pairman, 55, is suspected of stalking a 56-year-old woman at her workplace and home in Sumter, … more

Autopsy shows 2 people whose bodies were found in a burning vehicle in Sumter were killed by homicide

Based on the autopsies performed today at MUSC in Charleston, the deaths of the two individuals, a male and female, who were found inside a fully engulfed vehicle on Foxville Road Monday have been … more

Sumter County investigators seize marijuana, cocaine, firearms from house following traffic stop attempt

Sumter County investigators seized marijuana, cocaine and multiple firearms while executing a search warrant at a Bunneau Street residence, following an attempted traffic stop and vehicle pursuit … more

2 bodies burning in vehicle being investigated as arson, suspicious deaths, Sumter officials say

Two bodies were found inside a burning vehicle parked on Foxville Road Monday. Deputy Adrienne Sarvis, public information officer for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, said the county … more

1 Sumter, 1 Darlington teen arrested in Seidler Drive home shooting death

Two teenagers have been arrested in connection to the shooting of a 27-year-old man who was found dead in his Sumter County home in February. Jameek Ronnie Kelly, 17, of Darlington, and Traquan … more

Manning man arrested on multiple drug charges

MANNING - A 35-year-old Manning man who was arrested Monday on multiple drug charges as well as a felon in possession of a gun charge was released from jail on bond just hours later. According to Clarendon County Sheriff Tim Baxley and Manning … more

Sumter community activist pursues legal action on police charge at school

After being arrested on a trespassing charge by police upon refusing to leave a Sumter public school last month, a local community activist is now pursuing legal action. Sumter resident Brenda Williams is facing the magistrate-level offense after … more

Sumter County deputies seize more than 4 pounds of marijuana after driver wrecks car attempting to evade deputies; Sumter resident holds suspect at gun point on front porch

Sumter County Sheriff’s Office deputies seized a little more than 4 pounds of suspected marijuana after a driver wrecked while attempting to evade a traffic stop on Tuesday afternoon. The … more

CRIME REPORTS: Sumter County Sheriff's Office makes arrests for driving offenses, drug possession, fraud

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office provided the following reports consisting of driving offenses, possession of meth, financial transaction card theft and fraud. FEB. 24 A woman reported that a man, Len Edward Burrows, 52, of Dalzell, stole … more

Bennettsville man wanted in double shooting found dead in Sumter County motel

A man wanted in Bennettsville on accusations of shooting two people Tuesday morning was found dead of apparent suicide in a Sumter County motel. His vehicle was located at a motel on U.S. 15 North … more

Former detention center employee sues Sumter County Sheriff's Office

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office was summoned to court by a former detention center employee who accused the law enforcement agency of sexual harassment, retaliation and dismissal for filing reports of wrongdoing. The sheriff's office was … more

Traffic stop ends with Sumter man, woman arrested for stolen vehicle, possession of drugs

A Sumter man and woman were arrested on March 10 pursuant to a warrant issued on that same day regarding a traffic stop on Gibbs Dairy Road at Ramsey Road on March 9. The traffic stop was … more

Sumter crime drops: Overall offenses decrease 9.5% in city in 1 year; homicides double

On the first day of the search in the Richland County landfill, Sumter police officers looking for the body of a 5-year-old girl found a glass angel that was unearthed while sifting through garbage. Each day for the following five weeks, … more

Sumter County investigators seek information on homicide case

Sumter County investigators are seeking information regarding the death of a 27-year-old who was found dead inside his Seidler Drive residence on Feb. 20. Maurice James was found deceased with … more

Crime reports: Sumter McDonald's domestic dispute, giving false ID end in arrests

The following Feb. 26 to March 1 crime reports were provided by the Sumter Police Department and the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. FEB. 26 An 18-year-old Sumter man was charged with third-degree assault and battery and public disorderly … more

Sumter officers seek information on hit-and-run incident

Officers are seeking information about a hit-and-run crash that injured a motorcyclist on Saturday night.A 29-year-old was transported by helicopter to a Columbia area hospital where he remains with … more

2nd suspect charged for New Year’s Day killing in Sumter County

A second suspect was charged on Feb. 27 in the killing of a 23-year-old man who was killed on Jan. 1. Anthony Nathaniel Bradley Jr., 26, was charged in addition to Deontae Jackson, 20, who is … more
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