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Judge denies bond for Sumter man facing murder charge

Bond was denied Wednesday for a Sumter man facing a murder charge after a woman was found dead early Tuesday morning. Six people who represented the victim attended the bond hearing in front … more

Bond deferred for a Sumter man facing murder charge

A Sumter County judge deferred the possibility of bond early Tuesday morning for a 20-year-old man who faces murder charges in the death of a 23-year-old man on New Year's Day. Magistrate Judge … more

Woman killed in domestic violence incident at downtown Sumter motel

A woman was found dead in the early Tuesday morning hours at the Downtown Sumter Motor Inn from what police are saying was a domestic violence incident. Ebony Elizabeth Canty, 35, of Blanche Road, … more

Man faces charges with Sumter’s 1st homicide of 2020

A Sumter man was taken into custody Monday morning for the murder of a 21-year-old man on Jan. 1. Deontae Jackson, 20, was arrested in Richland County and is facing a murder charge regarding the … more

2 Manning teens charged in 3rd teen's killing

MANNING - Two Manning teenagers have been charged with the Dec. 26, 2019, killing of 19-year-old Martavias Armstrong McKenzie, whose body was found lying partially in the roadway near Camilla Drive by Clarendon County deputies. Jevon Isaiah … more

20-year-old Sumter man, wanted for murder charge in man's death on New Year's Day, is considered armed and dangerous

Investigators with Sumter County Sheriff's Office have  identified 20-year-old Deontae Rashawn Jackson of Sumter as a person of interest in connection to the death of Montrell Epps, according to … more

2 arrested by Sumter deputies after 14 pounds of edibles, other drugs seized

The execution of a search warrant at a Dalzell Street residence by Sumter County deputies on Jan. 17 has led to the arrest of two local men. Tedrikk T. Rufus, 29, of Farmington Road in Gable, and Rykardo M. Moody, 28, of … more

Coroner: Sumter teen's death was caused by gunshot

An autopsy showed the Sumter teenager found dead in the front yard of an abandoned Wilder Street house on Monday was killed by a gunshot. Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker said Antwan Dukes, 17, of Belmont Drive, was pronounced dead on scene on … more

Sumter crime reports: Driving offenses, trespass notices, drug possessions

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office provided the following incident reports from Jan. 14-16. The reports consist of driving offenses, trespass notices and possession of drugs. JAN. 14 A Sumter man was arrested for possession of suspected … more

Sumter County Sheriff's Office: Man's body discovered Monday outside abandoned Wilder Street home

The body of a young, black man was discovered off a Sumter County road Monday morning. The body was discovered in front of an abandoned residence on Wilder Street, said Adrienne Sarvis, public … more

Florida man arrested after Sumter deputies seized nearly 350 grams of marijuana

Sumter County deputies arrested a Florida man after seizing nearly 350 grams of marijuana Monday morning after stopping a passenger bus for following too closely behind another vehicle on Interstate … more

4th Sumter teen faces murder, other charges in September shooting

A fourth teen was apprehended and charged in connection to a fatal shooting of a Dingle Street man in September on Wednesday night. The 16-year-old was allegedly charged with murder, conspiracy, … more

Sumter crime reports: Checkpoint leads to DUIs, man uses twin brother's ID at traffic stop

Both the Sumter County Sheriff's Office and the Sumter Police Department provided the following incident reports from Jan. 9-12. The reports consist of assaults, DUIs, family feuds and more from the weekend. JAN. 9 Deputies arrested a … more

Public information requested in 2 armed robberies at Sumter County gas station

Sumter County deputies are seeking the public’s help in gathering information about two armed robberies that were carried out at a gas station in November and earlier this month. Suspects … more

3 Sumter teens face murder, other charges in September shooting

Tips from the Sumter community led to the arrests of three teens in connection with a shooting death of a Dingle Street resident in September. A 15-, 16- and 17-year-old, whose names are not being … more

Sumter deputies intercept $350,000 in contraband before it reached Lee Correctional Institution

After a month-long investigation by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Department of Corrections, law enforcement uncovered an operation involving a Wedgefield woman, a … more

2 relatives charged after dragging 19-year-old beside moving vehicle in Sumter

Two relatives were charged after reportedly dragging a 19-year-old from a vehicle down Manning Avenue on Jan. 1. Shaleana Theaosha Portee, 23, and Shalisa Lavona Portee, 27, were charged with assault and battery after intentionally harming a … more

Sumter crime reports: Boys fight, hot tub skinny dipper leaves briefs, pizza delivery driver paid in fake money

The Sumter Police Department provided The Sumter Item with crime reports from Jan. 1-4. Here are some notable highlights. JAN. 1 Two Sumter boys with different stories got into a brawl on Dibert Street. Officers responded to a disturbance … more

Reckless driver who reportedly caused $90K in damage to property arrested

A man who reportedly caused $90,000 in property damage at the Sambino's Pizza near Shaw Air Force Base just before Thanksgiving was arrested Tuesday. Jerone Allan Pratt Smith, 24, reportedly drove a white 2008 Ford F250 in the parking lot behind … more

Sumter man charged with 3 counts of attempted murder

A man was arrested on Monday after allegedly attempting to harm two individuals in a residence and another individual in a vehicle in the 900 block of Franklin Lane on Jan. 3, according to a news release from Sumter County Sheriff's Office. Ron … more
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