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We're taking extra measures to ensure your safety and the safety of those visiting during the total eclipse weekend.
“We’ve carefully planned for not just the day of the eclipse, but the entire weekend leading up to it,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “We’ll be in constant contact with other public safety agencies, venues and community groups in an effort to keep everyone safe during what for many will be a three-day weekend.”
Extra deputies are scheduled for duty starting Friday evening until Tuesday evening for what Koon called an “all hands on deck” event.
“We’ll be out conducting extra patrols at hotels, restaurants and other commercial establishments,” Koon said. “We want to be there to help anyone who needs it, particularly those from out of town who might not be familiar with our roads and all our community has to offer.”
The department plans to deploy its Marine Patrol, Bike Patrol and Traffic Unit the day of the eclipse. With no classes scheduled at area schools, the agency’s school resource officers will also be available to increase officer presence at public events and respond to calls for service.
Koon said deputies will closely monitor vehicles parked near locations where crowds are expected to gather.
“If you have to park roadside, please remember to lock your vehicle and make sure it’s completely out of any lanes of travel,” Koon said. “If your car impedes traffic or if it’s parked on private property, it’s subject to towing.”
Residents should allow extra time for travel as tourists stream into the region during the weekend. For information about traffic collisions, construction projects and other events that might affect travel, call the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s Travel Info line at 511. ... See MoreSee Less
Husband of woman previously charged in daughter’s death also arrested
A Lexington man was arrested Tuesday evening on the same charge his wife faces in connection to the death of the couple’s 4-year-old daughter last month.
David Lance Steadman, 24, is charged with homicide by child abuse, according to warrants.
“Based on evidence collected since the death of the child, investigators believe Steadman returned home to find his daughter restrained in her bed and gasping for air the evening of July 31,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Steadman then waited about two hours before seeking medical attention for his daughter.”
When Lexington County Emergency Medical Services responded to the family’s home later that evening, the child was unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at the hospital that night.
Steadman is being held in the Lexington County Detention Center while he awaits a bond hearing.
Koon said the investigation into the child’s death is still open. ... See MoreSee Less
Man who crashed truck after being shot faces multiple charges
A Summerville man faces multiple charges after being shot in self-defense and crashing a vehicle he carjacked near Chapin Sunday afternoon.
Mark Emil Day, 27, is charged with four counts of assault and battery and two counts of carjacking, according to arrest warrants.
“Based on victim and witness statements we gathered at the scene, a man shot Day in self-defense as Day was threatening him and three other people with a pressure washer wand at a home on Millers Branch Road,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Day ran away after being shot and eventually two passersby in a truck stopped to check on him as he walked down Meadowlark Road.”
Day opened the truck’s front passenger door, entered the car, repeatedly punched the passenger in the face and pulled her out of the truck, according to detectives. He pushed the driver out of the truck and drove it away.
“Deputies arrested Day moments later right after he crashed the truck in the 800 block of Westwoods Drive,” Koon said.
Day is in the hospital and receiving treatment for injuries that are not life-threatening. #LCSDnews #LESM ... See MoreSee Less