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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

Sumter man arrested for allegedly punching child in her face

Larry D. Hunter Sr., 33, of Raymond Street in Sumter, was arrested on Jan. 6 and charged with unlawful neglect of a child. The alleged incident happened at a location in the 400 block of Raymond Street, according to a release from the Sumter … more

Sumter sheriff's office: Robbery suspects reportedly make sure of victim's absence before taking firearms

Three adults are facing charges after two men allegedly stole firearms and other items from a house after another suspect made sure the victim would not be home Jan. 17. According to warrants from the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, Herbert … more

Sumter woman allegedly steals cellphones from Dollar General, gets a call from justice

Aubri R. Morra, 28, of 30 Caraway Court in Sumter, was arrested Jan. 5 and charged with shoplifting for allegedly taking two cellphones from a Dollar General. Each of the phones was valued at $49.99 at the store in the 5600 block of Broad Street on … more

Bond denied for Sumter man accused of sexually assaulting 7-year-old girl

A 31-year-old Sumter man has been charged in connection to an accusation that he sexually assaulted a 7-year-old. Shaun Andrew Campbell, of Bowen Drive, faces a count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according the Sumter … more

Rembert man arrested after reportedly threatening bus driver, 30 children aboard

A Rembert man was arrested Monday after he reportedly yelled at and threatened a Sumter public school bus driver and 30 children on board, according to authorities. Raife-El Rashad Melton, 31, of St. Johns Road, faces charges of interfering with … more

Police: Sumter teen blackmailed mother for $130 by making her think he would be killed

A 19-year-old is being accused of extorting his mother for $130 by making up a story that he had been kidnapped. Emmanuel Franklin, of Covent Garden Drive in Sumter, was arrested on Jan. 24, states a release from the Sumter County Sheriff's … more

Sumter man accused of stealing car tire

A 25-year-old Sumter man faces a charge of petit larceny and is accused of taking a tire and wheel off a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu on Jan. 5, according to Sumter County Sheriff's Office. Thomas Jenkins Smith, 25, … more

Sumter County Sheriff's Office Citizens Advisory Board to meet Monday

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Sumter County Sheriff's Office Citizens Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday at Rembert-Rafting Creek Community Center, 4050 S.C. 261 North, Rembert. Presentations will be given by Sumter United Ministries … 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

Suspect dies after swallowing suspected drugs, according to Sumter County sheriff

A man who was arrested Thursday morning died at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital after he swallowed what appeared to be a plastic bag of drugs before he was booked at the jail, Sumter County's sheriff … more

Sumter woman faces federal charges in $9M fraud scheme

A co-founder of Sumter-based Early Autism Project Inc. is facing the possibility of having to pay $9 million if she is convicted of embezzling money from Medicaid and TRICARE, an accusation the organization itself settled in 2018. An indictment … 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 Police Department concerned about repeat drug offenders in area

Amid the national opioid crisis, a repeat drug offender was arrested earlier this week and is awaiting another court appearance after his second arrest in three months, according to Sumter Police Department. Stephon Jeleel Blanding, 24, of … more
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