Van Wyck Elementary Lock Down Update

Release from LCSO

            Deputies from another county transported an 18-year-old white male to Rebound Behavioral Health on Rebound Road off U. S. Highway 521 north of Lancaster this morning, Thursday, February 21, 2019.  When they arrived about 10:30 a. m. the young man ran from them and crossed over to the west side of Highway 521.  The incident occurred not far from Van Wyck Elementary School.  School authorities were notified, and the school was placed on lock down. 

            Many officers of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office including a K-9 handler and his hound responded to search for the man.  The K-9 unit tracked him and he was located in the deep woods off Three Crow Road just before 1:00 p. m.  The man was wet and cold but otherwise uninjured but was transported by Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services personnel to a medical facility for examination.  The man was not an arrestee at the time he ran from Rebound, was not armed, and posed no threat to citizens.

            Sheriff Barry Faile said, “We’re glad this young man was located pretty quickly and that he’s safe and healthy.  Because of all the recent rainfall and cool temperatures, today was not a good day to be wandering in the woods.  Our officers did an outstanding job responding to the area to contain it, and our K-9 unit led us directly to him.”  

Bandit Tracked Down Escaped Patient.

LCSO release

****Public Release****
On February 21st, 2019 at approximately 10:45 am Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Rebound Behavioral Health on Rebound Rd. A Law Enforcement Agency from another jurisdiction was transporting a patient to the facility. Upon arrival at that location, the patient escaped from the custody of the other agency and fled into the woods. Multiple Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded and launched a search for the patient. The school district was notified and Van Wyck Elementary school was placed on lockdown due to the proximity of the school. After a two hour search the patient was taken into custody without incident in a wooded area off of Three Crow Rd. The patient was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The “Hero of the Day”, a wet and tired “Bandit”, was able to track down the subject. Special thanks to Bandit and all of his two-legged law enforcement partners for their great work today.

Van Wyck Elementary On Lockdown Due to Police Activity Nearby

From Release LCSD

“We are in a lockdown at Van Wyck Elementary due to a police operation nearby. Everyone is safe and we will update you ASAP.” Bryan Vaughn

The School District has clarified that Van Wyck Elementary is on Lockdown Procedure. Classes and activities continue as normal inside the school. The doors into the school are locked to prevent any entry.

Arrive Early, Via Front Entrance of AJHS On Friday Night for Ball Game

From Release by LCSD

LCSD will be using their metal detector at our home game Friday night vs. Lewisville. There are several things spectators can do to help avoid delays getting into the game.

First and foremost, please arrive early. Everyone will need to park in the student parking lot out front and use the sidewalk to access the building. Use the front patio door entrance to enter the building. The normal side and rear entrances along with parking behind the school will not be accessible for this game.

Be patient and be prepared for delays. Please leave any metal items that may set off the alarm at home or in your vehicles.  You will not be allowed to purchase a ticket until you have cleared entry through the metal detector. We appreciate your patience as we go through this process and apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. Again, arrive early, be patient and enjoy the games!

Missing Teen-Safe Update

From Release

Lancaster, South Carolina January 3, 2019

Missing Teen

            UPDATE: Ms Thames has been located and is safe

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office seeks the public’s assistance in locating a missing teen.  Ryanna Calli Thames, age 14, was last seen at her home at 2295 Sunshine Road, Lancaster, about 11:00 p. m. last night, Wednesday, January 2, 2019.  She was discovered missing about daylight this morning.  Ms. Thames stands five feet tall and weighs 115 pounds.  She has long red hair.  She was last seen wearing navy blue and pink shorts and a tie dyed shirt.  Ms. Thames has acquaintances in Charlotte and Concord, North Carolina, and could be in those areas.  Please contact the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office or your local law enforcement agency if you see Ms. Thames or have any knowledge of her whereabouts. 

            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 and click on the “Submit a Tip” tab, or download the P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.

Lancaster County Under Winter Storm Watch

From National Weather Service


* WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation is possible.

* WHERE...Lancaster County.

* WHEN...Saturday night into Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could become very difficult or even
  impossible. Road conditions could deteriorate as early as
  Saturday evening, with highway travel continuing to be impacted
  through early next week. Visibility may drop to less than a half
  mile during periods of heavy precipitation. Widespread,
  prolonged power outages are possible.


A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow, sleet, or ice accumulations.

SC Sheriffs’ Association Warns of Another Phone Scam

Columbia, SC – For the second time in a week, the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association is asking everyone to exercise extreme caution when receiving phone calls requesting donations or information on behalf of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association. Jarrod Bruder, the Association’s Executive Director, said, “Our office has been inundated with phone calls today
from individuals who believe they are returning a missed phone call. Some callers are being told via a recorded message that the Association needs to verify the last four digits of their Social Security Number. Others are speaking with live individuals who ask for complete Social Security
Numbers and threaten to dispatch US Marshals if they do not cooperate.” Bruder went on to explain, “It appears we are being spoofed. Our telephone number is showing up on the caller ID of these individuals, but I assure you, the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association is not making
these calls. If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be calling on behalf of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association, know that it is fraudulent and hang up.”

To be clear, the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association does operate a robust Honorary Membership Program but DOES NOT solicit via telemarketing. Additionally, the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association does not possess or request Social Security numbers from its Honorary Members. Please share this message with friends and family members to ensure no one falls
victim to a scam.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Jarrod Bruder, Executive Director of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association, by phone at (803) 772-1101 or via email at

8 Inches Of Snow At State Line Possible

From Release

In the Panhandle the greatest probability of snow accumulation exists with a maximum possible right on the state line of 8”.  Snow accumulations will continue down to the City of Lancaster but in lesser amounts in the 2-3” range with some possible sleet and freezing rain mixture.  This accumulation may extend across the eastern part of the county through the Buford and Tradesville areas into Chesterfield County and the Pageland area with higher accumulation amounts between the 3” and 8” amounts. 

The southern portions of the county can expect more freezing rain with accumulation of between 0.10” and 0.25” of ice on trees and powerlines.  Roadways are not forecast to have accumulations due to latent ground heat.  The storm is forecast to enter this area late Saturday night into Sunday throughout the day and possibly extending into Monday.  The initial wave will be the strongest with the following wave much weaker. 

Please bear in mind, this information is based on current modeling from today.  The storm is still on the west coast and variations may occur as it progresses across the continental US into our area.  A more southern track can lead to more snow in this area and a more northern track could lead to more freezing rain in our area.  The NWS is confident Lancaster County will experience some form of frozen precipitation.  Feel free to forward this to whomever you believe may have interest. 

Darren Player, Director

Lancaster County Fire Rescue / Emergency Management

Why Am I Calling Myself?

It appears that the phone hacking thieves are trying a new tactic in our area. You get a call from yourself. A “Spoofed” call is send to your number from your number. DON”T ANSWER IT. is it a scam that is meant to trick you and hack into your information. 

I received one today, and I saw someone else post about getting one. That is more than random, and could represent a new wave of spoofing calls. A spoofed call is one that makes it look like it is coming from a trusted number or one from your community. The hackers have the technology to misrepresent the number they are calling from. Many people are just letting all calls roll over to answer machines to deal with all these calls.