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Rembert man arrested after Monday car chase with his child in vehicle

A Rembert man was charged with child endangerment and failure to stop for a blue light after he reportedly led Sumter deputies on a car chase on Monday. Travon Antonio Williams, 26, of Mood Road, tried to avoid stopping at a … more

Tony's Gun Shop burglar gets 7 years in 2016 case

A Columbia man was sentenced to seven years in federal prison after pleading guilty to breaking into a Broad Street gun shop in Cherryvale in 2016. Cedrick K. Reddick, 26, took a plea for conspiracy to steal firearms from a federal firearms … more

Sumter County deputies looking for 25-year-old accused of sexually assaulting young boy

A 25-year-old man is wanted in connection to a sexual assault of a minor case from 2018. Steven Galloway is accused of sexually assaulting a male child under the age of 10 at a Dalzell residence … more

Sumter police offering $5K reward for information in Columbia man's Feb. shooting death

Two months after the body of a Columbia man was found down an embankment from railroad tracks in Sumter, a $5,000 reward is being offered for information that can help arrest the person … more

Sumter man gets 15 years in fatal shooting

A Sumter man has been found guilty in the 2016 shooting death of a 28-year-old from Sumter. A jury handed down a guilty verdict to Bernie Peoples III for both voluntary manslaughter and simple possession of marijuana after a week-long trial and … more

'The more everything pointed to James': Slain Sumterite’s father, boyfriend speak about ex convicted in case

He asked the judge for the maximum penalty as a sentence for his daughter's murder, and he got it. John Bates said he and the family of Suzette "Suzy" Ginther were concerned that anything less than a life sentence for James Ginther III would … more

Sumter man charged with attempted murder for allegedly attacking female caregiver

A 65-year-old man is in jail after a caregiver at his assisted living facility was assaulted. When officers arrived to Shiloh-Randolph Manor after 5 p.m. Thursday, they found an injured 29-year-old woman who was working as a caregiver, according … more

Crime reports: 64-year-old Sumter man charged after allegedly rubbing pre-teen's butt

A 64-year-old man was arrested April 8 on charges of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Michael Lawrence Alston, of Prosser Avenue, is accused in a March 27 warrant of committing a lewd act on a 12-year-old girl when he reportedly … more

Sumter woman's ex guilty of her murder, gets life in prison

Ten years and one day after James Ginther III married his high school sweetheart, Circuit Court Judge Ferrell Cothran Jr. sentenced him to life in prison for killing her. A jury of seven men and five women deliberated for almost an hour on Friday … more

Final testimony gives details of Ginther's arrest

Following another day of testimony and with the jury excused for the day, a direct verdict was requested in the trial of James Ginther III, charged with kidnapping and murder in the 2017 death of his … more

Sumter Police charge 6 in drug-related sting

Several months of investigation has led to the arrest of six people on cocaine charges in Sumter. The investigation, coordinated by the Sumter Police Department’s Organized Crime and Vice … more

Murder suspect's ex-girlfriend testifies he tried to make her take blame for Sumter woman's death

The former girlfriend of James Ginther III testified in court on Tuesday that he admitted killing his ex-wife, Suzette Ginther, in November 2017, and wanted her to claim she had killed her so he could … more

Testimony examines day Sumter woman went missing in 2017

Testimony continued Tuesday at the Sumter County Judicial Center in the trial of James Ginther III, charged in the 2017 kidnapping and killing of his ex-wife, Suzette Ginther. Suzette Ginther's body was discovered in a shallow grave in a wooded … more

Crime Reports from Sumter County Sheriff's Office, April 9

BURGLARY, 1ST DEGREE Casey Renee Cockerill, 38, of Highview Street in Sumter, was arrested and charged on April 5 with burglary, first degree, according to Sumter County Sheriff's Office Public Relations Officer Adrienne Sarvis. According to a … more

Trial begins in Sumter woman's 2017 death

The trial of James Ginther III, charged in the November 2017 kidnapping and killing of his former wife, will continue today with the Honorable Circuit Court Judge R. Ferrell Cothran Jr., of Manning, presiding. Opening arguments began Monday … more

Police chase ends with crash in Manning

MANNING - Two Charleston men could have learned a few things from the lyrics in old Jim Croce song, "95 was the route you were on, it was not the speed limit sign," when they were clocked driving 96 miles per hour on Interstate 95 in Summerton early … more

Crime Reports: Sumter County Sheriff's Office

SIMPLE LARCENY, POINTING AND PRESENTING A FIREARM Jonathan Antrio Goodman, 31, of Montana Drive, Sumter, has been charged with simple larceny, $2,000 or less, and pointing and presenting a firearm at a person, according to Adrienne Sarvis, public … more

Parents of Sumter student arrested after fight at bus stop with disabled father, his wife in front of students

The parents of a Sumter School District student are both facing assault and battery charges after allegedly attacking another couple, one whom is disabled, last week at a school bus stop after a … more

Warrants say missing USC student had wounds all over her body when found dead in Clarendon County

Arrests warrants detail the kidnapping and killing of a 21-year-old University of South Carolina student whose body was found Friday afternoon on a rural road in Clarendon County after she mistook a … more

2nd suspect in animal mistreatment case turns himself in to Sumter County Sheriff's Office

Eddie Lee Samuel, husband of Elizabeth Taylor Samuel, who turned herself in to Sumter County Sheriff's Office on March 20, turned himself in Friday according to Adrienne Sarvis, public information … more
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