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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

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

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

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

Sumter man sentenced to 57 months for firearm charge

A Sumter man was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition after he was arrested in 2017 for presenting a handgun during a domestic violence incident. In federal court, Senior United … more

Four Sumter brothers arrested in crackdown on illegal activity

In a joint effort, Sumter law enforcement agencies have arrested seven individuals in the past week for their suspected involvement in illegal drug activity and shooting incidents reported primarily … 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

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

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

$5,000 reward offered for information in Sumter man's death

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that can help authorities make an arrest and bring some solace to the family and friends of Chester “Rock” Stavis, who died of 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

Murder trial to proceed for sovereign citizen in Sumter man's shooting

The sovereign citizen charged in the shooting death of a 34-year-old man in August will go before a circuit court judge for a murder trial per a ruling during his preliminary hearing Thursday morning. Demetrius Brown, 38, was present for his … 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

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

Anderson man, Sumter woman arrested on drug, other charges

A man and woman were arrested on drug and other charges after county authorities executed a search warrant at a Broad Street motel on Nov. 28. Gabrielle E. White, 21, of 39 Barnette Drive in Sumter, and Scott R. Clinkscale, 34, of 203 Miracle … 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

Man sought in city death investigation arrested by Sumter County authorities for other charges

A man wanted in connection to a death investigation in the city was arrested by county authorities on Wednesday for other charges.Carter W. Strother, 70, is charged with two counts of stalking and … more

Murder suspect misses hearing because of his unrelated sentencing

The preliminary hearing scheduled Thursday for a sovereign citizen accused of murder was postponed for a week after the man missed the hearing because he was sentenced in state prison for an unrelated charge. More than a dozen people - court … more
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