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27 dogs saved; Sumter man arrested for dog fighting

Deputies discovered what appears to be a dog-fighting operation in Sumter County after finding 27 pit bulls and pit bull mixes, many emaciated or injured, chained among fighting equipment and bloodied walls. Sumter County Sheriff's Office … more

BREAKING: Sumter County man arrested for dog fighting operation, 27 dogs found chained at home

Deputies discovered what appears to be a dog-fighting operation in Sumter County after finding 27 pit bulls and pit bull mixes, many emaciated or injured, chained among a fighting, equipment and … more

Sumter man charged with attempted murder in alleged stabbing

A 50-year-old Sumter man has been charged with attempted murder after he reportedly stabbed a woman for intervening in an argument in the presence of children. The woman Herman George Coubarous is accused of attacking was transported to Prisma … more

Fallen but not forgotten: 5 runners stop in Sumter on 394-mile relay route honoring slain Florence officers, others killed in S.C. in line of duty

For each South Carolina police officer who has died in the line of duty, they will run a mile, all 384 names squeezed into the shape of the state on their shirts, including a friend. Curtis Boyd and a group of runners and fitness aficionados … more

From deputy to pet: K-9 Dina retires from Sumter County Sheriff ’s Office after 9 years of service

Law enforcement officers come in all shapes, sizes, colors, number of legs and shade of fur. Dina, a K-9 with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, retired last week after nine "productive years of apprehension and protection," according to Sheriff … more

Drugs, firearms, $12K seized, 20 arrested over 3-day operation

Drugs and firearms were removed from the streets last week in Sumter County when law enforcement agencies partnered to serve warrants and set up checkpoints throughout the county. Sumter County Sheriff's Office, Sumter Police Department and South … more

Police: No charges in drowning of 5-year-old girl at Sumter Econo Lodge pool

The aunt of the 5-year-old girl who died from a likely accidental drowning at a hotel pool in Sumter said she misses her "teddy bear." Jasmine Davis said Faith Gilmore was "very outdoing, funny" … more

Sumter UPS employee allegedly exposes himself to sunbather

A Sumter woman got an unexpected and unwanted surprise from a UPS employee on Saturday. According to Adrienne Sarvis, public information officer with Sumter County Sheriff's Office, a Sumter woman … more

Sumter Police investigating fatal shooting of 19-year-old

Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old that occurred in Sumter on Thursday afternoon. Sumter Police Department officers responded to the 500 block of South Lafayette Drive just after 2 p.m. on May 30 to reports of a person … more

Murder suspect found in Texas, wanted in killing of Columbia man found in Sumter

A Sumter man wanted for questioning in the February shooting death of his friend was apprehended Wednesday in Texas and now faces a murder charge. Matthew Tyrell Simmons, 27, was the last person … more

Sumter police investigating after fatal shooting on South Lafayette Drive

Nyqual Jamel Samuels, 19, of Sumter died Thursday from a gunshot wound to the abdomen according to Barron P. Hite, public information officer with Sumter Police Department. Officers responded just … more

7-year-old boy brings BB gun mistaken for real firearm to Pocalla Springs Elementary

A 7-year-old who brought a BB gun to his elementary school in Sumter Wednesday that people mistook for a real firearm was released to his parents. Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Deputies … more

Sumter suspects apprehended in Clarendon County on theft, damage to vehicle charges after failing to turn themselves in

Two Sumter County residents who were wanted on charges related to the theft of items from and damage to a vehicle have been apprehended in Clarendon County after failing to turn themselves in earlier … more

Trial postponed for Sumter-based Early Autism Project co-founder

A federal trial for the co-founder of a Sumter-based autism behavioral therapy center has been pushed back to the beginning of next year to account for more than 100,000 documents related to the case. United States District Judge Joseph F. … more

Sumter couple fails to turn themselves in on larceny, theft from motor vehicle charges

Sumter County investigators are searching for two people wanted in connection with a reported theft from a vehicle after they failed to turn themselves in last week. Amanda Dawn Powell, 39, of … more

61-mile chase ends in 3 arrests in Clarendon County

MANNING - A shoplifting incident in Manning on Saturday morning pointed Clarendon deputies to a stolen vehicle whose driver led them on a 61-mile chase that ended shortly after the driver reportedly tried to hit one of the deputies in the Wilson … more

Tip leads to arrest of 'armed, dangerous' man

FROM STAFF REPORTS A man law enforcement said was "armed and extremely dangerous" was arrested Sunday morning in connection to an attempted murder of two South Sumter business employees late Friday. Charles Spencer Anderson, 43, faces charges … more

Sumter County Sheriff's Crime Reports: May 5, 2019

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Willie Samuel, 64, of Kinsey Drive, was arrested on April 25 and charged with domestic violence, second degree, and violation of court order protection in connection with a … more

21-year-old dies in single-vehicle wreck Saturday morning

A 21-year-old Sumter man died and the driver was injured in a single-vehicle crash early Saturday. Hunter Christmas, of Biddle Road, was pronounced dead on the scene after a wreck occurring at … more

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
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