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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

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

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

23-year-old Camden man facing 6 charges after hospital stay

A 23-year-old Camden man is facing six charges once he is released from the hospital after he led deputies on a high-speed chase in Sumter County before hitting a tree Monday. The suspect, identified as Jeremy Robertson, reportedly failed to … more

Gas station armed robber's ID sought by Sumter police

Sumter Police Department needs the public's help in identifying one of four suspects in a convenience store robbery last month. According to the department, the four men were recorded on surveillance footage robbing the Speedway store on Broad … more

Alleged fibber arrested after robbery, shooting in Sumter

A Sumter man is in jail after allegedly lying to the police about being the victim of a shooting when he may have been shot while committing an armed robbery by the victim of the robbery. Details of the moments leading up to Frankie Furman's … 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

Sumter deputies seek two suspects in Christmas Day gas station shooting across from Shaw

Sumter County Sheriff's Office is searching for two men accused of shooting another man during an argument at a convenience store on Christmas Day.Ken Bell, public information officer for the … 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

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

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

Judge finds Florence man not guilty in 2015 fatal Narrow Paved Road shooting on grounds of self-defense

After facing a murder charge for three years, 34-year-old George Jacob Shine was found not guilty by reason of self-defense in general sessions court at the Sumter County Judicial Center Monday. … 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

White male with distinctive nose sought in alleged armed robbery of Manning Marathon Gas Station

MANNING — A lone male is being sought for the alleged armed robbery of Marathon Gas Station, 3345 Paxville Highway, at 8:10 p.m. on Dec. 1, according to Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office. The … more

Trial to continue Monday for Florence man charged in 2015 killing

A Florence native accused of killing a supposed friend in 2015 is having his time in court without a jury after requesting a bench trial at Sumter County Judicial Center, according to county authorities. George Jacob Shine, 34, faces a murder … 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

Two, including 14-year-old, charged in string of Sumter vehicle break-ins, third suspect at large

Local authorities have charged two people and are searching for a third suspect as officers investigate a series of vehicle break-ins in the city and county.Currently charged are a 14-year-old male … 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 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

21 Clarendon residents arrested in drug investigation

MANNING - Twenty-one Clarendon County residents were arrested on Nov. 29 following a yearlong investigation into illegal drug activity throughout the county. "We've been working for months on this," said Clarendon County Sheriff Tim Baxley. "When … more
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