Deputies searching for shooter, man shot in upper thigh

Posted on September 23, 2017 3:03 pm by Staff Reports

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The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for a man alleged to have shot an 18-year-old Manning man earlier Saturday afternoon. Sheriff Tim Baxley said that 18-year-old Cameron Conyers was shot in the upper thigh and then “dropped off” in front of SAFE Federal Credit Union on Paxville Highway. “He was not shot there, and nothing happened at the bank itself,” said Baxley. “That’s just where they left him there in front of the bank on Paxville Highway.” Baxley said deputies are still investigating the incident. He said Conyers would not give a description of his attacker. “We don’t… Read the rest

Sumter Police searching for Manning woman

Posted on September 20, 2017 9:09 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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The Sumter Police Department is currently seeking the public’s help in finding a former Manning resident. Family members and friends of Carol Jean Feagin say she hasn’t been seen or heard from since Sept. 11. An acquaintance, however, told police he saw her Monday in the Calhoun Street area. Feagin, 34, of 49 Rast St. and formerly of Manning, is described as 5-foot-7 and weighing about 160 pounds. Those who know her said it’s not unusual to leave for a few days before returning. However, family members would like to know whether she’s OK. The former Manning resident is known… Read the rest

Teen charged with sexual assault at high school to remain at DJJ

Posted on September 18, 2017 7:07 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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A 15-year-old Manning High School student accused last week of the kidnapping and sexual assault of a fellow student, along with various property crimes unrelated to that event, will remain in the custody of the state Department of Juvenile Justice for at least 60 days. Manning Police Chief Blair Shaffer said a judge held a hearing on Monday on the boy’s charges, which include second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, kidnapping and two counts of burglary. According to reports, the boy is accused of allegedly grabbing a classmate by the arm, dragging her into a restroom at Manning High… Read the rest

McMaster: No statewide order to close schools due to Irma

Posted on September 8, 2017 2:02 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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Gov. Henry McMaster said during a news conference on Friday that local school districts may make the decision themselves on whether to close Monday and Tuesday in response to any perceived threat from Hurricane Irma. The Category 4 storm weakened overnight, and forecasts shifted the storm’s projected path further west, meaning it is likely to still affect the midlands, but at Tropical Storm strength only. “I mentioned yesterday that we would have to consider a statewide order closing schools,” McMaster said. “We do not think we need to do that now, so we’re not going to do that. The decision… Read the rest

Governor could cancel school statewide Monday, Tuesday

Posted on September 7, 2017 4:04 pm by Staff Reports

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We’re seeing a lot of posts on social media, some shared by legislators, claiming that Gov. Henry McMaster’s executive orders released Thursday feature measures closing schools in all 46 counties on Monday and Tuesday. However, the orders – one of which evacuates coastal healthcare centers like nursing homes and one of which entreats dam owners to lower their water levels – feature nothing about school closings, possible or otherwise. During a press conference held Thursday, McMaster said he would make a decision on school closings Friday, and that he would announce that during that day’s press conference.

McMaster: Evacuation order likely to be issued Saturday morning

Posted on September 7, 2017 2:02 pm by Staff Reports

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Gov. Henry McMaster said Thursday afternoon that he is likely to issue an evacuation order for coastal areas by 10 a.m. Saturday in a document that would include the reversal of eastbound lanes of Interstate 26 from Charleston to Columbia. He said he will decide Friday whether schools will be canceled Monday and Tuesday on Friday. A spokesman with the National Weather Service spoke at McMaster’s press conference, saying that Hurricane Irma is expected to travel up the coast of Florida and then hit somewhere between the South Carolina-Georgia coasts. “We will have major hurricane effects along the Georgia and… Read the rest

SC Attorney General: Price-gouging law in effect

Posted on September 6, 2017 2:02 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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South Carolina Attorney Gen. Alan Wilson announced Wednesday that the state’s law against price gouging is now in effect after Gov. Henry McMaster declared a State of Emergency. “With the possibility that Hurricane Irma could make landfall in South Carolina, our people have already started making preparations,” Wilson said. “We can expect normal price increases, but we may see businesses and individuals looking to unfairly take advantage of the situation through price gouging of food, gasoline, lodging, and other commodities as defined by the statute. By our law, that’s a criminal violation and an unfair trade practice.” The price gouging… Read the rest

SC Gov declares State of Emergency ahead of Irma

Posted on September 6, 2017 1:01 pm by Staff Reports

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Gov. Henry McMaster today issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency and, along with the S.C. Emergency Management Division, has urged South Carolinians to prepare for the possibility of Hurricane Irma impacting the state. The executive order enables all state agencies to coordinate resources in preparation for Hurricane Irma, which is currently a category five hurricane. Forecasters believe Irma could affect the east coast of the United States in the coming days. “The state of emergency allows one of the best, most experienced emergency response teams in the entire world to begin organizing response efforts,” said McMaster. “South… Read the rest

Manning man killed in wreck identified

Posted on September 4, 2017 10:10 am by Staff Reports

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The Clarendon County Coroner’s Office has released the identity of a 38-year-old Manning man killed in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday morning. Deputy Coroner Charles Jackson said an autopsy will be performed on Darrin Lang Tuesday morning at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. David Jones said Lang was driving a 2013 Dodge Journey SUV about 4:30 a.m. southbound on Panola Road when he went off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment, overturned several times and hit several trees. “The driver was entrapped and died on scene,” Jones said. “He… Read the rest

Manning man killed in Panola Road wreck

Posted on September 3, 2017 1:01 pm by Staff Reports

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A 38-year-old Manning man was killed Sunday morning in a one-vehicle wreck on Panola Road. South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. David Jones said the man was driving a 2013 Dodge Journey SUV about 4:30 a.m. southbound on Panola Road when he went off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment, overturned several times and hit several trees. “The driver was entrapped and died on scene,” Jones said. “He was wearing a seat belt.” The Coroner’s Office has not yet released the man’s identity.

Santee woman killed in I-95 wreck

Posted on August 27, 2017 1:01 pm by Staff Reports

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A 25-year-old Santee woman died late Saturday night after a two-vehicle wreck on Interstate 95. Lance Cpl. Matt Southern with the S.C. Highway Patrol said the woman was driving a 2009 Chevrolet passenger vehicle that was stopped in the right southbound lane of I-95 near the 109 mile-marker when she was hit from behind by a 1998 Freightliner tractor trailer truck driven by a Florida man. “(The Chevrolet) left the left side of the roadway and struck a cable barrier as a result,” Southern said. “The driver sustained fatal injuries on the scene. She was not wearing a seat belt.”… Read the rest

Sheriff’s Office seeking two suspects for property crimes

Posted on August 11, 2017 6:06 pm by Submitted via Facebook

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The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking two suspects for different alleged property crimes. Kendal Dwyer is wanted for first-degree burglary and grand larceny, while Jamie Williams is wanted for receiving stolen goods of a value greater than $2,000 for an incident that occurred on Ethan Stone Road. Authorities did not provide a time or date for the incident. If you have information as to these suspects’ whereabouts, please call the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 435-4414. Callers may remain anonymous.

Driver killed after wreck with log truck, U.S. 301 reopened

Posted on August 10, 2017 8:08 pm by Staff Reports

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One person is dead after a two-vehicle wreck that closed U.S. 301 at Brewington Road for the majority of Thursday afternoon. Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said the driver of a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe pulled out from Brewington Road onto U.S. 301 about 3:15 p.m. “The driver pulled out in front of a log truck, and the vehicles collided,” said Collins. “The driver of the Tahoe was killed in the wreck. The log truck driver was not injured and will not be charged.” Collins said that the roadway was blocked for several hours, with law… Read the rest

Man pleads to unlawful neglect of a child

Posted on August 7, 2017 3:03 pm by Staff (Office)

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A Pinewood man charged more than three years ago with attempted murder after a 2-year-old child suffered injuries and had to be treated in a Columbia pediatric intensive care unit has pleaded guilty to unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person. Andrew Billups of 1349 Corbett Road in Pinewood pleaded guilty Monday in Clarendon County 3rd Circuit Court to the offense, receiving a sentence of seven years in prison, suspended to 30 months in prison and three years’ probation. Circuit Court Judge D. Craig Brown heard the plea. Charges against the young girl’s mother, Courtney Chamblerin, also of Pinewood,… Read the rest

East Clarendon High student found safe

Posted on July 31, 2017 7:07 pm by Staff (Office)

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A 15-year-old East Clarendon High School student missing since Sunday afternoon from her Lynchburg home has been found safe and sound by Sumter deputies. Spokesman Ken Bell with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office said Mackayla Nesbitt of Douglass Swamp Road in Lynchburg was found in Columbia earlier Monday afternoon. He said deputies were en route about 5:45 p.m. to retrieve the girl and return her to her parents.

Sheriff’s Office seeking men said to be ‘armed and dangerous’

Posted on July 31, 2017 3:03 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for two men who have pending outstanding warrants for 16 counts of breaking into motor vehicles; first-degree burglary; and grand larceny. Eric Hunter Tingle and Matthew Ryan Proctor have ties to Manning, Sumter, Orangeburg and Richland counties, according to Clarendon County Sheriff Tim Baxley. “(The suspects) have stolen several weapons and should be considered armed and dangerous,” said Baxley in a social media post on the Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page. Anyone with information as to their whereabouts is asked to call (803) 435-4414 or 911.

Deputies search for missing East Clarendon High student

Posted on July 31, 2017 1:01 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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Sumter County Sheriff’s deputies are currently searching for a 15-year-old Lynchburg girl who went missing from her home on Sunday. Mackayla Nesbitt, a student at East Clarendon High School, was last seen by her mother at home about noon Sunday. The woman told deputies that when she came back at 6 p.m. Sunday, her daughter had taken a duffle bag of clothes, a pair of tennis shoes from the mother’s closet and all of her makeup. Deputies said in a report that the girl could possibly be in Florence. Authorities there have also been notified. Sheriff Tim Baxley said his… Read the rest

Manning man pleads to criminal tax fraud

Posted on July 25, 2017 1:01 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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A 38-year-old Manning man has pleaded guilty in New York state court to criminal tax fraud, a felony in that state. The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance announced Tuesday that Hizam Daginah of 1143 McDowell St. in Manning was caught transporting contraband cigarettes in Buffalo, and that he must make more than $19,000 in restitution to the state as part of his plea agreement. Daginah appeared in Erie County Supreme Court before Judge Paul B. Wojtaszek Tuesday during the plea, surrendering the van he used to transport the contraband cigarettes as well as $9,500 seized during his… Read the rest

1 more charged in Bloomville Road home kidnapping, home invasion

Posted on July 24, 2017 3:03 pm by Staff Reports

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One of three suspects being sought by the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office for his role in the alleged kidnapping and invasion of a Bloomville home in early June has been caught. Rafael Maderos of 2357 Toney Bay Road in Holly Hill was denied bond on multiple charges, including four counts of kidnapping, one count of first-degree burglary, one count of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, two counts of discharging a firearm into a dwelling, and three counts of pointing and presenting a firearm at a person. Maderos is the fourth suspect to be charged for his role… Read the rest

Deputies release sketch of armed robbery suspect

Posted on July 22, 2017 7:07 am by Staff (Office)

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The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office has released a sketch of a man deputies believe robbed a woman near the 102 north mile-marker on Interstate 95 in Summerton on June 25. “The subject is a white male, 20 to 25 years of age, about 5-feet-10 to 6-feet-tall with tatoos all the way down his right arm,” according to a social media post by the Sheriff’s Office. “He also has blue eyes and had on a black ball cap during the time of the incident. He was last sen driving a red, newer-model Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck and he was armed with… Read the rest

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