Heroin, Crack Cocaine, and Methamphetamine Arrest

            A Rich Hill man was arrested Friday, March 15, 2019, after various drugs were found in his home during the execution of a search warrant.  Members of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), agents of the Drug Task Force, criminal investigators, and deputies arrived at the home of Billy Franklin Criminger, age 54, at 1684 Baskins Hill Road, Heath Springs, with a search warrant shortly after 6:00 a. m.  Criminger was present with an adult female.  No one was injured during the entry and subsequent search of the home.  Agents found suspected illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia in the living room, the kitchen, and the master bedroom of the home.  The seized items included 3.08 grams of suspected Heroin, .76 grams of suspected Crack Cocaine, .95 grams of suspected Methamphetamine, five pills suspected to be Buprenorphine Hydrochloride and Naloxone Hydrochloride, and three pills suspected to be Diazepam.  Multiple smoking pipes, digital scales, and a .22 rifle and ammunition were also found.

            Criminger was arrested on the scene and transported to the Lancaster County Detention Center.  Warrants were subsequently served upon him charging him with Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule III Buprenorphine Hydrochloride and Naloxone Hydrochloride, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Diazepam.  Criminger’s home is within a half mile of a child development facility, and he was also charged with five counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances within Proximity of a School.  The female in the home was not charged.  Bonds totaling $65,000.00 were set on the charges by a magistrate, and Criminger was released from the detention center Saturday.  Photographs of Criminger and the items found during the search are attached.

            “This search warrant resulted from information gathered by our Drug Task Force agents about drugs being sold out of this house,” said Sheriff Barry Faile.  “Once again, this intelligence was spot on as shown by the discovery of five different illegal substances and drug paraphernalia commonly used in the drug trade.  During 2018 our drug agents served a record number of search warrants  We are continuing that trend into 2019 and will pursue the drugs and the people dealing with them wherever the information leads us.”

            Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or contact Midlands Crimestoppers in one of the following ways:  dial 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372), log onto www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click on the “Submit a Tip” tab, or download the P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.

Kershaw Shooting Suspect Arrested


Lancaster, South Carolina March 14, 2019

Shooting on Belvedere Drive

Leonard Asante’ Shropshire, Jr., age 21, of Lancaster, was arrested for shooting into a home on Belvedere Drive in Kershaw this morning, Thursday, March 14, 2019. Belvedere Drive connects U. S. Highway 521 and Fork Hill Road just north of the Town of Kershaw where North Matson Street branches off Highway 521. Deputies were dispatched to the home a little before 9:00 a. m. for a report of shots fired. Four adults were inside the home at the time of the incident, including a female who knew Shropshire. She told the responding deputy Shropshire texted her a few minutes before the incident asking if he could come to the home to retrieve his personal items. She refused. Minutes later Shropshire began beating on the door but was refused entry. The occupants then heard shots as did nearby witnesses. Several gunshots struck the home, but no one inside the home was injured by gunfire. A male occupant of the home returned shots from inside the home. Shropshire was observed by witnesses running north.

Deputies notified the Lancaster County School District of the incident, and Andrew Jackson High and Middle Schools were placed on lock down. Additional deputies including a K-9 unit, investigators, and crime scene investigators responded but Shropshire was not located. When officers were satisfied Shropshire was no longer in the area, the school lock downs were lifted.

Deputies and investigators received information that Shropshire was back in the Lancaster area and found Shropshire on a relative’s porch on Parkman Avenue. Shropshire began running but was taken into custody without incident before he made it out of the yard. Shropshire was uninjured during the shooting and during his arrest. The 9 mm pistol investigators believe Shropshire used in Kershaw was recovered in the home on Parkman Avenue. The pistol had been reported stolen in Lancaster County a few days ago.

Shropshire is being held in the Lancaster County Detention Center. Warrants charging him with four counts of Attempted Murder, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Violent Crime, and Possession of a Stolen Pistol will be served upon him, and he will appear before a magistrate for a bond hearing Friday. A photograph of Shropshire is attached.

“It is fortunate neither the occupants of the home, the uninvolved witnesses, passersby, nor Shropshire was injured during this senseless shooting incident,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “The homes in the area are very close to each other and to a busy highway. Our personnel did an excellent job tracking down Shropshire in Lancaster and arresting him.”

Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or contact Midlands Crimestoppers in one of the following ways: dial 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372), log onto http://www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click on the “Submit a Tip” tab, or download the P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.

Recent Rash Of Thefts During Church

From LCSO release

Thefts from Church Properties

            The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating several thefts that occurred at area churches during services, Sunday, March 10, 2019.  The first incident was reported just after noon at New Hope Baptist Church, 3731 Lynwood Drive at New Hope Road.  The owner of an unlocked 2003 Chevrolet 2500 truck with an enclosed trailer attached came out after church to find his truck and the trailer missing.  The truck and trailer contained two firearms and power tools.  Witnesses saw the truck and trailer leaving the parking lot followed by a dark colored car with no hub caps but assumed the victim was driving the truck.  The truck and trailer were found abandoned hours later in woods off New Hope Road between Beach Lane and Cabinet Drive.  One of the firearms and the tools had been taken from the truck and the trailer, and the stereo had been removed from the truck.

            At 12:20 p. m. a deputy was dispatched to Crestview Baptist Church at 2228 Douglas Road.  The owner of a locked 2012 Chevrolet Impala prepared to enter her car after church and noticed a small hole punched into the door below the driver’s door handle.  The victim’s cell phone was taken from the center console. 

            At 1:30 p. m., after word of the thefts had circulated, the owner of a 2003 Honda Accord flagged down a deputy in Indian Land to report that Sunday morning he attended services at Camp Creek United Methodist Church, 4721 Great Falls Highway. As he left the church he noticed the contents of the passenger compartment of his unlocked car had been rummaged through and a $20.00 bill was missing.

            The last incident was reported just before 2:00 p. m.  The owner of a 2004 Chevrolet pickup got  home from services at Bethel Baptist Church, 2893 Bethel Road, and noticed that his wallet containing identification and bank cards, a pistol, and cassette tapes were missing from the truck.  The truck was locked while he was inside the church.  There were no signs of forced entry to the truck.  The victim received an alert from his bank that one of his bank cards had been used at Dollar General in Kershaw early Sunday afternoon.  His wallet was found on the ground near the stolen.truck and trailer in the woods off New Hope Road.

            Video surveillance images from Crestview Baptist Church show a black or dark colored four-door sedan entering the parking lot during services.  The car appears to have stock  shiny wheels on one side and dark wheels on the other.  A black male wearing a black shirt, camouflage pants, and black shoes with white soles walked through the parking lot.  Video from Dollar General shows a black male wearing similar clothing and a flat bill Chicago Bulls cap in the store at the time the transaction was made.  Investigators are uncertain whether the man at Crestview Baptist Church and the man at Dollar General are the same person, but it is evident that at least two people were involved in the New Hope Baptist Church incident. Still photographs from video surveillance are attached.  Investigators need to identify the person or persons shown in the photographs and contact them to see if they know anything about the thefts.

            “One of the last places we should expect our possessions to be taken is at church while we are worshipping,” said Sheriff Barry Faile.  “From the facts we know so far, it appears these thefts are related and two or more people acted in concert to commit them.  Our criminal and crime scene investigators are working hard to solve these cases, but we encourage anyone with information about these incidents to contact us.”   

            Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or contact Midlands Crimestoppers in one of the following ways:  dial 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372), log onto www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click on the “Submit a Tip” tab, or download the P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.

Lady Vols lose to Lady YellowJackets 10-1

The Andrew Jackson Lady Vols were defeated in their game with the Buford Lady Jackets in Softball in a cold Thursday night home game 10-1.  Buford’s Yancey Dingler pitched all 7 innings for the Jackets. She gave up 3 hits and one run. She struck out 8 and allowed 2 base on balls for the win.

Buford’s Hunter Allen, Hannah Boone, and McKenzie West eachhad 2 runs. Lexie Sullivan and Aspen King each had one hit. Hunter Allen, EmilyTaylor, and Kyndal Thomas each had 2 RBIs.  Yancey Dingler and McKenzie West had one RBIeach. Kyndal Thomas lead the Jackets with 4 hits, Kayley Stroud, and Hunter Alleneach had 3 hits. Emily Taylor, Lexie Sullivan, Hannah Boone, Aspen King, andMcKenzie West each had one hit.  Team totals10 runs, 15 hits, and 8 RBIs.

Maddie Backer scored the Lady Vols sole run in the fourth inning. Caroline Wrenn, Maddie Maker, and McKenzie Marshall each had a hit. Team totals 1 run, 3 hits and 0 RBIs.  Sheridan Todd and Skylar Hoffman shared the pitching duties for the Lady Vols.

Facing our Goliaths

Editorial Thoughts by David Kellin, editor@pantagraph.online

How do we improve? What drives us to change and do things differently? Years ago, I was a high ropes instructor at TreeTops. My task was to bring groups out to a ropes course that was particularly challenging. Once there, the young people would be challenged to climb up to a series of ropes and wires anchored about 25 feet in the air. They were wrapped in safety equipment and attached to 30,000 pound airplane wire.

Each child and adolescent faced the same challenge, often with very different reactions. Some climbed like squirrels and other barely got two feet off the ground. Some participants could not complete and some never tried.

What we did not have was a kiddie area, or a way to lower the wires. We did not make the course easier for them, They had to face the same challenges as every other participant.

When we face a problem or a challenge, we learn and adapt. We become better and succeed more. If the challenge is reduced, so is the learning.

I have been thinking on the challenge that our boys faced this last week, and I keep thinking of the ropes course. While I understand the belief that the team should be on a level playing field. The idea is to have a fair chance for the team to win. I guess that is the reason that 2A teams do not play 3A or 4A teams. Maybe we need a 10A group for the private schools.

If the challenge is immense and out of reach, how much more improved would we need to be to overcome that challenge? If we can defeat the strongest opponent, then the rest of life is much more successful. That was the basis behind the high ropes course.

I believe that our Goliath is Gray Collegiate. The value to us of keeping them, is to learn how we can defeat them. Not to just accept the loss and go back to 2A Public School ball. How do we become the best in the area? Not by being able to defeat the fairly matched teams, but defeating the teams that are not fairly matched to us.

We need to watch the game not once again, or 10 times, but enough times to KNOW what we would have to do to defeat Gray Collegiate. When we know that, we would be at a huge advantage in ALL our games.

Whether we ever play them, or a private school ever again, the opportunity for real learning is in that game. Learning for the seniors who will be signing on teams where the competition is as tough or tougher than Gray Collegiate. It is learning for the 2019-20 team to develop the winning skills for the coming season. I believe AJ has been given a golden opportunity to improve their game to the level of challenge presented.

It will not be easy, or comfortable. Growth rarely is easy. When we miss our mark, we back up, learn the new skill, believe and succeed. In my humble opinion.

Missing Adult

Press Release from LCSO

Lancaster, South Carolina March 6, 2019

Missing Adult

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office needs help in locating Henry Steven Childress.  Mr. Childress is an 82-year-old a white male.  He is six feet tall and weighs 185 pounds. He has white hair, a thin moustache, and brown eyes.  He also has a scar on his chest from prior surgery. He takes medications for several conditions. Mr. Childress left his home at 3393 Millstone Creek Road in Indian Land early this morning wearing jeans, a golf polo shirt, and a sweater.  He drove to Toyota of Rock Hill on Galleria Boulevard in a 2019 black or dark blue Toyota Highlander bearing South Carolina tag number 1438KF. Mr. Childress was last seen at a BB&T Bank branch in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, at about 2:30 this afternoon.  He might be traveling to Jacksonville, Florida. A photograph of Mr. Childress is attached.

    Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. Childress or his automobile is encouraged to immediately call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at the below number or your local law enforcement agency.      

    Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or contact Midlands Crimestoppers in one of the following ways:  dial 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372), log onto www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click on the “Submit a Tip” tab, or download the P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.