Guest Editorial: Detention Center needs more staff, better pay, return of Ms. Lawson

I am appealing to the administration and council on behalf of myself and the Fairfield County Detention Center staff. The county is about to receive the second part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding, and I notice that none of it has been allocated to the Detention Center which is understaffed and underpaid. That […]

Mom sues county over son’s detention center death

WINNSBORO – A Winnsboro man’s death at the Fairfield County Detention Center has prompted a wrongful death lawsuit from the inmate’s mother. Debra Knight Croxton, mother of Brent Ray Croxton, filed the suit Feb. 4 in Fairfield County Circuit Court. Croxton died in his cell on Jan. 27, 2019, when deputies found him hanging from […]

Update: Detainee found dead at Fairfield County Detention Center

WINNSBORO – A detainee at the Fairfield County Detention Center was found deceased in his cell on Sunday from an apparent suicide, Deputy County Administrator Davis Anderson reported. The detainee, 28-year-old Brent Ray Croxton of Great Falls, was found at 11:30 a.m., according to Anderson. FCDC is conducting an internal investigation. The South Carolina Law […]

FCDC inmate dies after arrest

WINNSBORO – A Winnsboro man was found unresponsive in his cell at the Fairfield County Detention Center on Saturday, almost 24 hours after being arrested for disorderly conduct. Vernon Branham, 38, was taken by ambulance to the emergency room at Fairfield Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4:52 p.m. Saturday, according to Fairfield […]

Bond denied for man who beat teen

JENKINSVILLE – A Jenkinsville man was charged with assault & battery 3rd degree, assault & battery 2nd degree, burglary, violation of court order of protection (two charges), domestic violence 3rd degree after allegedly using a set of brass knuckles to beat a 15-year old male in the face and assaulting the teen’s mother and grandfather […]

Woman, 31, charged with assaulting relative

WINNSBORO – The first call came in to dispatch about 1:30 a.m. on March 31. “It happened at Washington Highlite Club, Sharonda Richards cut Charlene Sanders with blade, driving blue Honda to FMH,” the caller stated. The second call came in about 20 minutes later from Sharonda Richards. She said there was a fight at […]

Man arrested for attempted murder

WINNSBORO – A Winnsboro man has been charged with attempted murder and malicious injury for gunning down an acquaintance at the MP Mart across from Fairfield Central High School. The incident occurred on Feb. 20 at about 1:30 a.m. and involved several individuals at the scene. Reginald Walker, 24, was arrested after he and his […]

Father charged with incest

RIDGEWAY – Complaints of incest dating back four years have resulted in a North Carolina man, 40, being extradited to Fairfield County last month to face charges of criminal sexual conduct. On April 29, 2014, the man’s adult daughter filed a report with the Stanley County, N.C. Sheriff’s Office in reference to her father’s sexual […]

Burgular pre-sells heist items

WINNSBORO – When Christopher Steven Ransom, 32, returned to his Fairfield Hill Road home in Winnsboro on Dec. 1, 2017 after having been incarcerated at the Fairfield Detention Center (FCDC) since Aug. 17, he reported to Fairfield County Sheriff’s deputies that the front door of his home had been kicked in and his home and […]

Woman jailed for attempted murder

JENKINSVILLE – A Jenkinsville woman was arrested on Dec. 28, 2017, by Fairfield County Sheriff’s Deputies and charged with attempted murder. Tiffany Nakia Metz, 38, is accused of shooting Calvin Workman, 58, in the stomach at about 5:30 a.m. the previous day at the intersection of Highway 215 South and Profit Lane. After at least […]

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