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Crime Briefs from Sumter County Sheriff's Office

Indecent exposure for sex act in front of window A 33-year-old Sumter man has been charged with indecent exposure after he reportedly stood on a table in his house and performed a sexual act on himself in the direction of another person. Adam … more

Shooting death of Bishopville man under investigation

Aaron Lewis, a 22-year-old Bishopville man, was found dead in Rembert Friday from an apparent gunshot wound. According to Adrienne Sarvis, public information officer with Sumter County Sheriff's … more

Sumter police: 1 shot in isolated incident near Broad Street

What is thought to be an isolated incident between acquaintances, left one person with a gunshot wound. According to Sumter Police Department Public Information Officer Tonyia M. McGirt, police … more

Good Samaritan rammed by SUV after domestic dispute at Sumter gas station

A Sumter man has been charged with attempted murder stemming from a domestic dispute that ended with a good Samarian being repeatedly ran into with an SUV. David Lavern Hill, of Appaloosa Drive … more

Annual campaign brings police, community together to address Sumter residents' concerns

Hundreds of contacts were recently made as Sumter police officers got out on foot in neighborhoods to talk with residents and let them know the city's police department is there for them. During Operation Community Connection, held annually in … more

U.S. Marshal: Inmates using contraband cellphones to coordinate phone scams

Officials from the U.S. Marshals' South Carolina office are saying a current phone scam targeting the state is being coordinated by inmates using contraband cellphones. The U.S. Marshals in the District of South Carolina are alerting the public … more

23-year-old charged with attempted murder after Camden Highway nightclub shooting

ATTEMPTED MURDER A 23-year-old Rembert man accused of attempted murder was arrested on June 27. Shequan Steven Bradford, of Mayrant Road, also faces a charge of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to the Sumter County … more

2 Sumter women to serve 1 year in jail for guilty plea in Early Autism Project fraud case

One Sumter woman's request to serve a 12-month sentence at home for her role in a $9 million Medicaid fraud scheme was denied by a federal attorney who said prison is necessary to deter other "privileged white-collar offenders." Ann Eldridge and … more

Sumter County detention center officer arrested for giving cellphone to inmate

A now-former Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center officer got a glimpse of the other side of the bars Thursday after being arrested on accusations he gave his cellphone to an inmate … more

19-year-old Sumter man charged six times with forgery

FORGERY A 19-year-old from Wedgefield Road faces six counts of forgery of a value less than $10,000, according to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. Jeremy Dakota Brown is accused of forging … more

Repeat offender charged in string of Sumter downtown break-ins

A man Sumter police say is transient has been arrested in connection to at least seven break-ins at downtown businesses in the past two weeks that accumulated a combined value of $31,000. David Bernard Rose, 47, was apprehended without incident … more

Sumter man faces charges in Orangeburg, allegedly took money for construction jobs never rendered

A Sumter man charged in Orangeburg for taking up to $37,000 for construction work he never started reportedly made the false excuse to one victim that his wife had cancer. Brandon Cole Wharton, 36, of Lindley Avenue, which is across the street … more

Sumter crime briefs: Forgery, third-degree burglary and grand larceny

FORGERY A 54-year-old man from Old Manning Road was arrested by the Sumter County Sheriff's Office on June 19 and charged with forgery of a value less than $10,000. Charles Edward Cuttino is accused of presenting a forged check at a business … more

Teen charged with attempted murder in Manning shooting

MANNING - Two 15-year-old Clarendon County males and one 20-year-old Santee man were involved in a shooting in the parking lot of Taco Bell, 2004 Paxville Highway, about 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, according to Capt. Rick Elms, an investigator with the … more

15-year-old charged with attempted murder in shooting on Manning Taco Bell property

MANNING — Two 15-year-old Clarendon County males and one 20-year-old Santee man were involved in a shooting in the parking lot of Taco Bell, 2004 Paxville Highway, about 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, … more

Sumter dog fighting suspect faces 135 years if guilty

Newly released photos show injuries to some of the 27 dogs rescued from an apparent dog-fighting operation last week and just how much bigger the chains used to tether them were than allowed. Alva Timmons Ridgeway faces up to a combined 137 years … more

Bond set at $127K in Sumter dog fighting case

Two signs direct vehicles down Winkles Road in Sumter. One is for the Sumter County Sheriff's Office Detention Center, where a 38-year-old man awaited his bond hearing Tuesday on 57 warrants, the other for Sumter County Animal Control, where 26 … more

Supplies needed at Sumter Animal Control to help with rescued dogs

Sumter County Animal Control is in need of supplies to help take care of the surviving dogs, and The Sumter Item is serving as a drop off location for those who want to help. Donations can be … more

Truck driver for The State newspaper reported missing after not returning from route

COLUMBIA — A truck driver for The State newspaper was reported missing after not returning from his route Monday morning. James Hucks, 77, was last seen around 12:30 a.m. Monday at the … more

27 pit bulls rescued from dog fighting operation in Sumter examined by vet

More than two dozen dogs that were rescued from a home dog-fighting operation on Thursday are continuing to be treated, officials say. A veterinarian had examined all 27 dogs, which appeared to … more
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