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Deputies shoot armed man in standoff


Reece Murphy and Cathyleen Rice
The Lancaster News

Lancaster County sheriffs deputies


shot a man, who later died, during a
domestic incident at a store north of the
Lancaster city limits on Thursday afternoon, May 28.
As of deadline Thursday, the sheriffs
office had yet to identify the suspect shot
in the incident at the Carolina Corner
antique store, 3164 Charlotte Highway,

City police
move ahead
on cameras

City council
approves grant to
buy body-worn
cameras for officers

near the North Corner community.


Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile
confirmed the incident began as a domestic dispute, but declined to elaborate on what happened inside the store
before deputies shot the suspect.
During a brief press conference, Faile
said deputies were dispatched to the
store at 2:15 p.m. in response to a report
of an armed man inside the building,
arriving within nine minutes.
See STANDOFF I Page 2

REECE MURPHY
rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

Lancaster County
Sheriffs Office
deputies prepare
to enter Carolina
Corner on Charlotte
Highway about 3 p.m.
Thursday, May 28.

PEBA
says no to
LCEDC

worth
the
work

Agency wont cover


health benefits for
LCEDC employees
Christopher Sardelli

Denyse Clark

csardelli@thelancasternews.com

dclark@thelancasternews.com

Lancaster City Council unanimosly approved a $10,219 federal grant award for the Lancaster Police Department to buy
body-worn camera equipment
at its Tuesday, May 26, meeting.
The Edward Byrne Memorial
Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)
program allows police departments across the nation to use
this grant to prioritize justice
funds for where they are most
needed, officials said.
JAG funds are solely based
on financial needs to provide
tools, technology and strategic
solutions for a departments
highest crime needs.
During a public hearing Tuesday, Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Carter told council the police department was asking to
be allowed to use the current
award on body-worn camera
equipment because they had
the money set aside for cameras
last year, but had to use it for
another purpose.
Id like to see us approve the
request because the money
will benefit residents and the
department, said Councilwoman Tamara Green Garris.
Carter said she is pleased to
be able to move ahead with
plans to equip officers with
body-worn cameras for the protection and safety of all.
Over the past 18 months or
so, we have looked at and tested
three different prototypes. We
plan to equip all sworn officers
with body-worn cameras, she
said. This tool will assist in the
provision of a visual and audio
recording of interactions between officers and citizens.

Lancaster County Adult


Education graduate Rose
Mackey gets a well-deserved
hug from Lakeisha Gaston
after the Wednesday, May
27, commencement inside
Lancaster High School auditorium. Eleven of the programs 33 graduates for 2015
took part in the ceremony.

photos by BRANDON HUNTER/FOR THE LANCASTER NEWS

Adult Ed graduates celebrate milestone


Gregory A. Summers

gsummers@thelancasternews.com

Some things just dont matter.


Take the circumstances that Phillip Justin Tucker found himself in
Wednesday evening, May 27, for
instance.
It was of little consequence that
he was sitting all alone in the back
row of the Lancaster Adult Education graduation ceremony. Tucker, 23, didnt get all caught up
that his cap and gown may not
be the same shade of blue as
some of his classmates.
The only thing
that mattered to
him was standing
tall on the Lancaster
High School auditorium

Contact reporter Denyse Clark


at (803) 283-1152 or follow
on Twitter @DenyseTLN

stage and turning that tassel, with


his family looking on. The rain
pounding on the roof didnt drown
out the voice and applause of his
mom, Angela Staehr, as he pulled
that tassel across his mortar board
26 minutes into commencement
when adult education director Dr.
Kim Linton declared him a graduate.
Way to go, Justin, his mom yelled
above the applause when his name
was called.
Hes worked so hard for this,
Staehr said. He worked with YouthBuild for about six months and took
the GED about three times before
passing it. To have something positive happen, he deserves it.
And Tucker made it just under the
wire, said Pat Threatt of the Lancaster
See ADULT ED I Page 3

Selena Strobel holds up her diploma for friends and family to see.

The ramifications of a meeting between Lancaster County


officials and representatives
from the S.C. Public Employee
Benefit Authority (PEBA) earlier
this month are continuing to be
felt, including the loss of health
benefits for employees of the
Lancaster County Economic
Development Corp.
The meeting, which was held
at PEBAs Columbia offices at
the direction of Lancaster
County Council following a
formal vote at its April 27 meeting, was organized to discuss
how to proceed with LCEDCs
application for retirement and
health benefits through PEBA.
At the meeting were LCEDC
President Keith Tunnell, Lancaster County Council Chairman Bob Bundy and County
Administrator Steve Willis,
among others.
Officials have been debating
their next step ever since council
approved an ordinance in October 2014 establishing new bylaws for the LCEDC. Instead of
being a county department, the
bylaws reclassified the LCEDC
as a 501(c)4 group, which is organized under state law as a
nonprofit entity. As such, LCEDC
employees are no longer considered county employees, forcing
the LCEDC to reapply for PEBA
benefits under its own organization and not through Lancaster
County.
In a May 19 email to The Lancaster News and in a phone interview Thursday, May 28, Tunnell explained where the situation leaves LCEDC employees.
After meeting with PEBA in
Columbia, we learned that in
all likelihood, the application
to
maintain
our
See LCEDC I Page 3

KVLT, Carolina Thread Trail unveils plans for city greenway


Gregory A. Summers
and Denyse Clark
The Lancaster News

There is a 350-plus acre tract


of forest in the heart of the city
limits along Gills Creek, dotted
with huge hardwood trees and
plant communities that few
have seen.
Mark Grier, president of Katawba Valley Land Trust, is familiar with some of them, having navigated a portion of the
woods as a youngster, when his
family lived along the creek
banks on Woodland Drive.
Oh, yeah, he said, laughing.
I played there every chance I
got. It was a pretty cool place.

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Its just waiting to be explored. And if the particulars


can be worked out, Grier wont
be the only one trekking there.
KVLT recently joined forces
with the Carolina Thread Trail on
an initiative to construct the
Lindsay Pettus Greenway, a
5-plus-mile walking trail from
behind the Barr Street High
School campus to the city wastewater treatment plant on Lockwood Drive, which is off Meeting
Street near Plantation Road.
Much of the route runs down
the sewer line right-of-way on
property protected by KVLT.
We feel like it has the potential to bring the town together,

Weather

Scattered
thunderstorms
possible
Highs: 83-82
Lows: 64-66

Grier said. Wed like to be able to


tie into Lancaster County Parks
and Recreation at the Springdale
complex, if possible. Just the
ability to walk in those woods is
going to surprise people.
Barry Beasley, KVLT executive
director, said a feasibility study
involving the property in the
city limits has been completed.
The greenway project steering
committee includes KVLT, the
Carolina Thread Trail, Founders
Federal Credit Union, the city of
Lancaster, the Lancaster County
Planning Department, the Eat
Smart Move More Committee
and the local school district.
See GREENWAY I Page 2

Index
Church News ........................10
Classifieds ............................12
Coming Events .....................11
Dear Abby ...........................9

Home & Garden ................8


Opinion ................................7
Sports ....................................5

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KVLT
>>FROM 1
Beasley said Lancaster
County School District
Superintendent Dr. Gene
Moore is on board with
the proposal.
Clinton and North elementary schools are
along the potential route,
as well as Lancaster High
School, so it was obvious
to involve them, Beasley
said. We are trying to appeal to all the stakeholders, including the Lancaster County Chamber
of Commerce.
For the most part, it
isnt in anyones backyard. Its on a floodplain,
Beasley said. However,
the study is significant to
show the greenway increases land values along
the route.
Sherri Gregory, a member of the Carolina Thread
Trail board, updated
members of Lancaster
City Council at its Tuesday,
May 26 meeting.
Gregory said the Lindsay Pettus Greenway will
be a 10-foot wide asphalt
trail, with concrete in certain areas where there are
existing roads.
The plan also calls for
construction of raised

Standoff
>>FROM 1
The Lancaster News reporters on scene watched
as deputies got into position and plowed through
the red front doors of the
brick building shortly before 3 p.m., followed moments later by the popping sounds of gunfire.
When the officers
went into the building,
they were confronted by
an armed person inside
the building who clearly
posed a threat to the officers and other civilians
inside the building, Faile
said during the 4:30 p.m.
press conference.
Shots were fired to
eliminate the threat, and,
of course, EMS was called
to transport the suspect
to the ER, he said.

Want to go?
WHO: The Katawba Valley Land Trust and Carolina
Thread Trail is hosting a public forum to unveil plans for
the Lindsay Pettus Greenway in the Lancaster city limits.
WHEN: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 2
WHERE: University of South Carolina Lancaster Carole
Ray Dowling Center, 509 Hubbard Drive
INFORMATION: kvlt@comporium.net or (803) 2855801
boardwalks when applicable.
She said $26,000 has
been set aside for a master plan and thanked city
council for the $17,000 it
previously gave as seed
money.
Greenways are wonderful amenities for communities, Gregory said.
This trail is a more efficient way to get across
the city.
Gregory said there have
been discussions with city
officials about water, sewer and safety issues that
involve the trail.
There will be a public
forum to unveil greenway
plans from 5:30 to 7:30
p.m. Tuesday, June 2, at
the University of South
Carolina Lancaster Carole
Ray Dowling Center.
Gregory said one component of the forum is
launching an effort to secure funds for trail construction.
How are we gonna

raise money? Any way we


can, she said to a room
filled with laughter. I believe theres no reason
Lancaster cant have a
trail. We can do this.
Grier said the trail plan,
designed by Keck & Wood
of Rock Hill is wide enough
to accommodate strollers
and bicycles, as well as
hikers.
It will be built in phases, with the first phase
running behind the Barr
Street School campus to
Constitution and Independence Parks near the
intersection of North
Main Street and Woodland Drive.
A lot will depend on
funding sources, Beasley
said. It has the potential
to eventually hook up the
downtown areas, but that
may take some logistical
work. The main thing for
now is establishing a cornerstone. Its a challenge
in itself, but the possibility is definitely there.

Faile said the suspect


was the only person injured during the incident. He said the sheriffs
office called in the S.C.
Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to process
the scene and take over
the investigation, standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.
I can tell you the officers acted upon their
training and all the policies seem to have been
followed at this time,
Faile said.

Moments after the


shooting, deputies rushed
a woman and child out of
the store.
EMTs were later seen
tending to another woman, who, even at a distance, clearly appeared
shaken up, as an ambulance rushed the suspect
to Springs Memorial
Hospital, followed by two
sheriffs cruisers.
Lancaster County deputy coroner Glen Crawford confirmed the suspect died in the ER at
Springs Memorial Hospital, but could not confirm his identity because
SLED had not yet confirmed it.
Nearly 30 law enforcement, crime scene investigation and emergency
vehicles responded to the
scene.
Carolina Corner owner

What happened?
According to emergency radio chatter as the
incident unfolded, a
woman talking to 911
from inside the store said
another woman had
been shopping when her
husband came in and
confronted her with a
handgun.

Founded by Pettus in
1992, KVLT currently
holds 33 conservation
easements protecting
more than 9,000 acres. A
membership-based conservation organization,
its mission is to conserve
significant natural and
cultural resources in Lancaster County and the
surrounding area.
The Carolina Thread
Trail is a regional network
of greenways, trails and
blueways spanning 15
counties, two states and
2.3 million people.
There are more than 220
miles of trails open to the
public, linking people,
places, cities, towns and
attractions. A landmark
project, the trail preserves
natural areas and is a place
for exploration of nature,
culture, science and history in every community it
traverses.
Lancaster County Parks
and Recreation will hold
the official grand opening
and ribbon cutting for the
Carolina Thread Trail at 6
p.m. June 9 at Walnut
Creek Park for the portion
of the trail there.
Contact copy editor Greg
Summers at (803) 283-1156
or reporter Denyse Clark
at (803) 283-1152 or follow
on Twitter @DenyseTLN

Hilton Porter arrived at


his business about 3:30
p.m., but declined to
comment.
Everybody on our end
is fine, thank the Lord,
Porter said.
This is a developing
story. Check with www.
thelancasternews.com
for updates.
Contact reporter Reece
Murphy at (803) 283-1151 or
follow on Twitter @ReeceTLN