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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

Sumter police search for suspect in utility trailer theft

Police are looking for Douglas Edward Tipton, 56, in connection with a theft of a utility trailer from a Bultman Drive business, according to a news release from Tonyia McGirt, public information … more

Information on Paxville fatal shooting suspect sought

PAXVILLE - The Clarendon County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for information regarding a recent fatal shooting. Around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, Clarendon County deputies were dispatched to a … more

Sumter police arrest woman, 34, for alleged convenience store robbery

Sumter police officers arrested a woman Sunday morning in connection to two convenience store robberies in the western part of the city last week.Quanisha Latrell Burgess, 34, last known address of … more

Willow Drive employee allegedly assaulted by relative of student

Sumter Police Department officers were dispatched to Willow Drive Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon after a school employee was allegedly attacked by the family of a student. The reporting officer was dispatched to the school about 2:10 p.m. … more

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 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

Sumter man charged with shoplifting for allegedly stealing food from Family Dollar

Sumter County Sheriff's Office arrested a Sumter man Wednesday for allegedly stealing food from the Family Dollar on U.S. 15 South one week prior.William D. Childers, 29, of Timmerman Street, is … 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

Sumter police arrest three suspects in reported convenience store armed robbery

Sumter Police Department arrested three men in connection with an armed robbery at the Speedway convenience store on Broad Street in November.Davnus Toney, 26; Curtis Channing Pearson, 27; and … 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

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

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 man, 34, arrested for requesting obscene photos of 14-year-old girl, sexual acts

  A 34-year-old man was denied bond after being accused of sending explicit photos to a 14-year-old girl and asking for photos of her in return.   Jason Darnell Smoot, of Hwy. 260, … 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 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

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 man, 46, sentenced to 151 months in federal prison for distributing child porn

A 46-year-old Sumter man will be spending more than a decade behind bars after he was found guilty of distributing child pornography.Marlin Russell Derk was sentenced to 151 months, about 12.5 years, … more

Mom, newborn test positive for opiates, amphetamines

A 32-year-old woman has been arrested after she and her newborn child tested positive for illegal drugs. Vanessa Michelle Wright, of Wessex Drive in Wedgefield, faces a charge of unlawful neglect of a child, according to information provided by … 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
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