Sumter County

3 charged in connection to elderly abuse caught on tape

The children accused in the incident are in DSS custody, Video is disturbing

Sumter Co., SC (WOLO) —- The Sumter County Sheriff’s office has arrested three adults and placed several juveniles in the custody of DSS after video surfaced of the children abusing an elderly relative. We want to warn you, the video released to us by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is hard to watch. According to the Sumter County Sheriff Anthony…

Sumter County Council declares State of Emergency in County

SUMTER, SC (WOLO)– Sumter County Council declared a State of Emergency on Wednesday. According to officials, Sumter County Council held an Emergency Meeting to discuss an Emergency Ordinance regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on Sumter County. County Council voted unanimously to approve the ordinance, which officials say authorizes Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon to take any necessary actions…

“There is still hope for Sumter”: Pastor says more could be done to curb growing number of homicides

Pastor Marian Newton says it's his passion to try and educate children in his county about gun violence

SUMTER, S.C. (WOLO) — Back when he first became a Pastor at Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church in Sumter, Marian Newton remembers Sumter being a different town. “30 years ago, you had no fear of walking down the streets, going downtown, stuff like that,” Newton said. Ever since New Year’s Day 23-year-old Montrell Epps and 17-year-old Antwan Dukes lost their lives…

“It’s unreal”: Coroner responds to rapid rise in homicides in Sumter County

Robbie Baker says there have been 17 murders in Sumter County in the last 13 months

SUMTER COUNTY, S.C. (WOLO) –Sumter County deputies are searching for a suspect involved in the death investigation of a 23-year-old whose body was found on New Year’s Day. Deputies say Deontae Jackson, 20, will be charged with murder of Montrell Epps once he is taken into custody. Deputies believe Jackson to be armed and dangerous. With two homicide victims already…

Deputies investigating death of 23-year-old Sumter Co. man found Wednesday morning

Montrel Epps, 23, was found off McCray's Mill Road Wednesday morning

  SUMTER COUNTY, S.C. (WOLO) –The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide after deputies discovered a 23-year-old’s body Wednesday morning. A deputy found the body of Montrel Epps, 23, off McCray’s Mill Road at 4:30 Wednesday morning while performing a property check. Epps’s car had been found in the area, leading them to begin their search. An autopsy…

Suspect in murders of Sumter five-year-old and her mother appears in court

The court found "probable cause" in all five of the charges Daunte Johnson faces

SUMTER, S.C. (WOLO) –Daunte Johnson, the suspect in the murders of a Sumter five-year-old and her mother, made an appearance in a Sumter County court Thursday morning. For the second time in eight weeks, Johnson faced the family of Nevaeh Adams, 5, and Sharee Bradley, 29. Bradley was found dead in her Sumter apartment on August 5, while the body…