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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

South Carolina inmates to get tablets for movies, calling to combat illegal cellphones

COLUMBIA — South Carolina officials are hoping to combat the dangers of illegal cellphones behind bars by giving inmates a different technological device to communicate with family, obtain … more

2 co-workers, co-defendant charged in armed robbery of Little Caesars employee

Three teens are facing charges for allegedly taking an undisclosed amount of cash from a Little Caesars employee at gunpoint in a bank parking lot on Friday. Two of the suspects were also employees … more

Sumter inmate who died Thursday identified by Sumter County coroner

Sumter County Coroner's Office identified the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center inmate who died Thursday as 35-year-old Jeremy Antwan Garrett.Garrett was pronounced dead at Prisma Health Tuomey, … 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

Sumter residents' complaints end in heroin trafficking arrest

A 51-year-old Sumter man faces heroin-related charges after months of investigation according to Tonyia M. McGirt, public relations officer for Sumter Police Department.The investigation was in response to residents' complaints and an ongoing effort … more

Two Sumter men face drug charges after traveling salesman's fatal overdose in August

Two Sumter men are facing drug charges after an investigation indicated they reportedly provided heroin to a traveling salesman who was found dead of an overdose in August of last year.The victim, … more

Sumter shooting suspect receives $55,000 bond

Daundre Wilson, the second suspect in the nonfatal Christmas shooting at the El Cheapo on U.S. 378, was given a $55,000 bond during a first appearance hearing at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center on Wednesday. Wilson, 21, is charged with … more
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