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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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Former Sumter County corrections officer charged, fired for misconduct

A Sumter County detention officer is being held at the facility where she was recently employed for allegedly allowing an inmate to keep contraband, according to state authorities. Keneshia Suade McFadden, 22, a former correctional officer at … more

Person of interest in Sumter man's death in police custody

A 21-year-old man who is considered a “detriment to the community” by city authorities for his alleged involvement in multiple shootings in the city is now in police custody. A $3,500 … more

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
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