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Winnsboro murder suspect caught in New York

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Winnsboro murder suspect LaTroy Donta Sampson was arrested 800 miles away in Rochester, N.Y., after police received a call around 3 a.m. Friday about suspicious activity in a high-crime area.Winnsboro Police Chief Freddie Lorick said he is unsure when Sampson will be extradited to South Carolina.“At this stage we don’t know how long it will take to get him extradited because the Rochester Police Department has charges on him as well,” Lorick said Monday.Sampson was being sought in South Carolina on a murder charge after 34-year-old Jennifer Monique Stone was found dead July 4. Winnsboro police said Sampson strangled Stone at her home.


Council members discuss spending at community meeting

By Lucas Vancelvance@civitasmedia.comWINNSBORO — Fairfield County Councilman Mike Trapp (District 3) unveiled part of his long-term recreation plan during a community meeting at the Greenbrier Fire Station on Saturday.With his district covering nearly one-third of the land in Fairfield County, Trapp presented the assembly of 50-plus people with a plan to develop mini-parks in areas such as Smallstown, , Jackson Road Creek, Buckhead, White Oak and Blackst...

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14-year-old boy drowns in Lake Wateree

By Lucas Vancelvance@civitasmedia.comLAKE WATEREE — A 14-year-old Great Falls boy drowned Friday night at Lake Wateree State Park.Fairfield County Coroner Barkley Ramsey said Jeramie Coleman was swimming with family when he swam out too far and started having difficulty staying afloat.Witnesses attempted to save Coleman, but were unable to hold on to him. He slipped back underneath the surface and disappeared.“He (Coleman) swa...

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First Citizens hires manager at Ridgeway branch

RIDGEWAY, S.C. – First Citizens today announced that Bret Whiting has been selected to serve as Retail Sales Manager for the company’s Ridgeway branch. In his new role, Whiting will be responsible for introducing the bank’s products and services to prospective customers, providing customized financial solutions for current customers, and representing First Citizens in the community. He will be based at the bank’s Ridgeway office, located at 100 Palmer Street....

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Local firefighter recognized for excellent service

FAIRFIELD COUNTY — The Fairfield County Fire Service recently gave special recognition to Leonard Glenn Adams III, known as Trey to his family and friends. The oldest of three siblings, Adams is the son of Glenn and Melissa Adams of Ridgeway.On July 3, Trey turned 18. He joined the Ridgeway Volunteer Department in July 2012 at the age of 16 as a junior firefighter.By December 2012, Adams had completed his basic firefighting course. Throughout the year 2013, Adams c...

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Cause of fatal house fire undetermined

LAKE WATEREE — One week after woman and her three dogs died in a house fire, the investigation has concluded the cause of the fire to be undetermined, officials said.Dianna Woods, 53, was found with her three dogs in the upstairs bathroom area of the home, according to Fairfield County Coroner Barkely Ramsey.Ramsey said the autopsy showed Woods died from carbon monoxide poisoning and thermal damage to the skin due to a house fire, which mirrored his initial report....

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Summer program is stepping stone for Fairfield baseball

WINNSBORO — The Fairfield County Recreation Department recently partnered with the Newberry County Recreation Department to allow youth to play in a baseball league. The age ranged from 13 to 16.Both Richard Winn and Fairfield County Schools had representation on this team. The season started the last week in May and ended July 19 with Fairfield winning the championship. The team was coached by Mike Moors, a P.E. teacher at Fairfield Elementary School, and Jay Christie, who w...

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Murder suspect arrested in New York

WINNSBORO — A 36-year-old Winnsboro man was arrested in Rochester, N.Y. early Friday morning for his involvement in the murder of a Winnsboro woman on July 4.Officers received a call about suspicious activity and located Sampson, who was carrying a gun and admitted to being wanted for murder in South Carolina.The Winnsboro Public Safety and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are working with Rochester officials to bring Sampson back to South Carolina to fa...

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Woman drowns in rock quarry accident

BLACKSTOCK — A Great Falls woman died Wednesday after jumping from a cliff into the water in a rock quarry in Blackstock.Fairfield County Coroner Barkley Ramsey identified the woman as 26-year-old Brooke Lynn Huffstetler.Ramsey said the cause of death as asphyxiation due to drowning. The death was ruled an accident.According to the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, Huffstetler and a group of friends were swimming at a quarry off S.C. 901 and jumpi...

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Murder suspect remains at large

WINNSBORO — After nearly three weeks of investigation, police are still searching for murder suspect LaTroy Donta Sampson, wanted in connection with the strangulation death of a 34-year-old woman whose body was discovered the morning of July 4.“We’re still following up on a bunch of leads, but so far they haven’t panned out to anything,” Winnsboro Police Chief Freddie Lorick said Thursday.Sampson is described as a black male and is 6 feet ta...

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Fairfield County Sheriff Herman W. Young resigns

WINNSBORO — Fairfield County officials announced Tuesday that Sheriff Herman Young has decided to resign as Sheriff of Fairfield County after 22 years.Recent medical concerns have caused Sheriff Young to reassess his personal and professional life, according to a press release sent out by the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office. In doing so, Young decided it would be best to spend more time with his family despite his strong desire to continue serving the community.

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Fairfield takes home rec league title over Restoration Outreach

NEWBERRY — The Restoration Outreach Recreation League All-Star team took on Fairfield Saturday morning for the league championship at Smith Road Complex on the campus of Newberry College.Early in the first inning Restoration Outreach was able to touch Fairfield starter Stanley “Monk” McManus for a run but Fairfield responded in the bottom of the frame with a two spot to give McManus a lead he would not relinquish as the Fairfield club won 5-1.McManus st...

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Fire claims the life of Winnsboro woman

LAKE WATEREE — A house fire took the life of a Winnsboro woman Friday night as well as injuring one man and destroying the home, which was located at 2051 Great North Road on Lake Wateree.Dianna Wood, 53-years-old, was found dead in the upstairs bathroom area of the home along with the couple’s three dogs, which were also deceased.The call was received by emergency dispatch at approximately 10:55 p.m. Friday night, after a neighbor was awoken by a loud noise....

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Sheriff Herman W. Young resigns

WINNSBORO — Fairfield County Sheriff Herman Young has decided to resign due to recent medical concerns that have caused Young to reassess his personal and professional life.Young has decided it would be best to spend more time with his family despite his strong desire to continue serving the community.

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Faster, easier website unveiled today

FAIRFIELD COUNTY — The Herald Independent is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making www.heraldindependent.com easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:• Easier ...

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“Shaggin in the Street” in downtown Winnsboro

WINNSBORO — Fairfield County residents came out by the hundreds Friday night for the second annual “Shaggin in the Street” event in downtown Winnsboro.With the crowd-count climbing above 300, it was the largest street dance attended by the community since the inaugural event.Winnsboro Town Councilman and ReUnion Bande singer Clyde Sanders said the street dance was a successful and positive event for the community.“It was a really good n...

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Town allows mayor to sign lease with new downtown business

RIDGEWAY — During a specially called meeting Thursday night, Town Councilman Russ Brown made a motion to approve the first reading of an ordinance authorizing Mayor Charlene Herring to sign a lease agreement with a prospective tenant at the building located at 140 South Palmer Street.The motion was unanimously approved following an executive session Thursday night to discuss contractual matters regarding a town property.Council did not divulge the name of the prosp...

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