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5 arrested in California-to-Sumter marijuana-trafficking ring responsible for 500 pounds shipped through mail

After a several-months-long investigation, the Sumter Police Department and federal officials have arrested a drug-trafficking ring responsible for bringing at least 500 pounds of marijuana into … more

Crime reports: Feb. 14

Man accused of kicking, hitting woman after argumentJoseph Jackson, 38, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with second degree, domestic violence for allegedly pulling a woman's hair and dragging her … more

Sumter man facing multiple counts of voyeurism for allegedly taking photos, videos under women's clothing

A Sumter man is facing more than a dozen counts of voyeurism after he was linked to multiple incidents where inappropriate images were taken of women in public. Floyd Carlton Bryant, 39, is accused … more

Sumter crime reports: Feb. 14

Woman allegedly poses as patient's sister, takes debit card Barbara Annette Harris, 50, was arrested on Saturday and charged with exploitation of a vulnerable adult for allegedly presenting herself as the sister of a 58-year-old female patient at … more

17-year-old faces charges in botched robbery that resulted in Sumter man's death in 2018

A 17-year-old woman is the third suspect facing charges in connection to the November 2018 shooting death of a Sumter man who was allegedly killed during a robbery gone wrong. Mary Green, of Dixie … more

Man allegedly assaults woman, infant and Sumter police officers

A 32-year-old Hopkins man is facing multiple charges, including assault and resisting arrest, for allegedly assaulting a woman, her 4-month-old child and four Sumter police officers outside a West … more

2 men arrested in the death of Chester "Rock" Stavis, who was found dead in Sumter waterway in 2018

The death of Chester “Rock” Stavis, whose body was found in a waterway in November 2018, is being called a robbery gone bad after two men were charged in his killing, according to city … more

Crime reports: Feb. 6, 2019

Man charged for assault, death threatsKhyle J. Thomas, 36, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature for allegedly hitting and threatening a woman at … more

Former Sumter police sergeant charged for alleged illicit act

A former Sumter Police Department officer was arrested by State Law Enforcement Division agents on Monday in connection with a 2018 illicit incident with a woman, according to state officials. Travis Haynes, 43, is charged with misconduct in … more

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22-YEAR-OLD FACES fORGERY CHARGE Javaris S. Leach, 22, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with forgery of less than $10,000 for allegedly cashing a counterfeit check for $487.65 at a grocery store on Guignard Parkway on May 11, … more

Summerton man allegedly steals vehicle of first responders who came to his aid after wreck

MANNING — A 28-year-old Summerton man was arrested on multiple charges early Friday after crashing his car into a tree and then fleeing the scene in a vehicle he allegedly stole from the Clarendon … more

Sumter Sheriff's Office: Mother, infant test positive for marijuana

Mother, infant test positive for marijuanaShayla Strong, 35, was arrested on Jan. 30 and charged with unlawful neglect of a child for allegedly giving birth to a male child who tested positive for … more

Richland father accused in 5-year-old Manning boy's death

MANNING – A 5-year-old boy from Manning has been killed, and his Richland County father has been arrested in connection to the boy’s death. Michael Cornelius Gamble, 37, was arrested … more

Sumter autism project co-founder given bond on conditions for pretrial

The co-founder of a Sumter-based behavioral therapy provider for children and young adults with autism who is accused of $9 million in insurance fraud has pleaded not guilty to her charges. Susan Butler, who help start Early Autism Project Inc., … more

2 more plead guilty in Sumter Early Autism Project fraud

An embezzlement case related to Sumter-based Early Autism Project Inc. over-billing insurance companies continues as two former employees pleaded guilty earlier this month to making false claims for services that were partly or never rendered. In … more

Sumter mother charged with child cruelty after video surfaces of water being poured on sleeping baby's head for "payback"

A 33-year-old Dalzell woman has been charged with cruelty to children stemming from an investigation into a video showing the woman pour water on her child's head while the infant slept in her … more

5 teens charged for multiple vehicle break-ins in city of Sumter

Unlocked vehicles at three apartment complexes in the city of Sumter were the target of recent break-ins earlier this week.Police said the five men entered multiple vehicles Monday night at Willow … more

Sumter County Sheriff's office: Suspect found with weapon reported stolen

FROM STAFF REPORTS Mario T. Tucker, 26, of Toby Court, is charged with possession of a stolen weapon after his arrest on Jan. 26, according to Sumter County Sheriff's Office. Tucker is accused of being found in possession of a 9 mm weapon at a … more

Clarendon County Sheriff's Office deputies search for 17-year-old suspect in car theft

MANNING - Clarendon County Sheriff's Office deputies are looking for a 17-year-old suspect and arrested two other men in three unrelated cases from this weekend and recently. Teen wanted in car theft, crash The sheriff's office is asking … more

Sumter mother, newborn test positive for cocaine in October

A new mother was arrested on Jan. 17 after giving birth to a boy who reportedly tested positive for cocaine. Nicole M. Campbell, 33, of North Lafayette Drive in Sumter, has been charged with unlawful neglect of a child in connection to the birth … more
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