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Man and woman charged after missing woman’s remains found

A man and woman are in custody and facing charges related to the death of a woman reported missing last month. Photos: Lee Anthony Corley and Harriet Leigh Coleman (LCDC) Lee Anthony Corley, 37, is charged with murder for killing Alena Kennedy in his home sometime between April 18 and 21, according to an arrest warrant. Harriet Leigh Coleman, 37, is charged…

Miss South Carolina Teen crowned, Columbia Teen, Emily Schultz, in top 10

A new Miss South Carolina Teen was crowned Friday night. A 16-year-old from the Upstate won a pageant at her high school in February, and her road led from there to the title of Miss South Carolina Teen. Ally McCaslin, the 2017 Miss Woodmont High School, took the state crown and sash Friday night at Township Auditorium. Miss Columbia Teen,…

Richland County man arrested on child pornography charges

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Samuel Coffey, 45, of Columbia, on four charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor. Richland County man arrested on child pornography charges  Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Richland County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest. Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, also part of the…

Lexington Police issue sketch of suspect

The Lexington Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the individual who attempted a strong arm robbery of an elderly victim. At approximately 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, a male approached an 88 -year-old victim at the Quality Inn, at 328 West Main St. The suspect pressed an unknown object to the back of the victim’s head and attempted…

West Columbia Solar Fest West to include live music, food trucks, eclipse education stations

The City of West Columbia is holding the Solar Fest West event to view the once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, from noon –until-  4 p.m, at the Wyman M. “Mac” Rish Riverwalk and Amphitheater, 109 Alexander Road, West Columbia. Solar Fest West will feature live music from Seventy Six and Sunny with Prettier than Matt, food trucks, a beer…

Kershaw County man arrested on child pornography charges

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Thomas O. Turner, 51, of Elgin, on three charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor.  Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Attorney General’s Office made the arrest. Investigators with the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), both also part of the state’s…

Cayce Public Safety seeks help to identify robbery suspect

The picture included is of a suspect wanted in connection to an armed robbery that occurred at the BB&T Bank located at 2500 Charleston Highway in Cayce, on Monday. Photos of suspect from Cayce Public Safety. The suspect is described as a thin black male wearing a black long sleeve shirt with black pants, black shoes and a black ski mask.  The subject threatened…

Lexington Police clear driver in runner’s death

The Lexington Police Department continues to investigate a vehicle and pedestrian collision that resulted in a fatality that occurred Wednesday morning on North Lake Drive near Sunset Blvd. in Lexington. On Wednesday, at approximately 5:44 a.m., officers with the Lexington Police Department responded to a collision with injuries that occurred near the 800 block of North Lake Drive in Lexington….

Leeza Gibbons’ Dare2Care charity event comes to Columbia Saturday

The Dare2Care Reception and Live Auction promotes a culture of Kindness in Columbia. It’s planned for the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Proceeds go to help Columbia-based Leeza’s Care Connection of the Midlands. Leeza Gibbons is an Emmy Award winner and health advocate. Her Dare2Care event with a Gratitude Event and Take the Dare live auction is on Saturday from 5…

Congaree River drowning victim identified

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died in the Congaree River in the proximity of Gervais Street at Gist Street, Columbia, Sunday. The swimming incident happened at approximately 11 a.m. Sunday. Fredrick Ochieng Babu, 36, of Mango Street, Andrews, was swimming in the Congaree River when he became distressed and went missing.  His…

Lexington County teens arrested, accused of vandalizing church

Two Lexington County teens face numerous charges related to a series of crimes this week. Tristian Harmon of Leesville and Skylar Shuey of Gilbert broke into Bethlehem Baptist Church where they vandalized property and broke into a safe, according to investigators. Detectives have also tied the 17-year-olds to car break-ins and the theft of a golf cart near the church….

No plans to sell Davis or Taylor school buildings for housing

The Taylor and Davis buildings. (Lexington Two Photos)  Things will look a little different in the upcoming school year for some Lexington Two students. Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology and Taylor Elementary School students will move to the new Cayce Elementary School for the 2017/18 school year. Cayce Elementary School is being built next to Busbee Creative Arts Academy…

Cayce Historical Museum celebrates 25 years

The Cayce Historical Museum celebrated 25 years of operation Saturday. An event was held among friends, volunteers and longtime supporters, including U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson. At the casual dinner at the Farm Bureau building in Cayce, the Museum Commission and staff reflected on the individuals responsible for making the museum possible. John Ellisor, the founder of the Cayce Historical Museum,…

Man killed while running in Lexington Wednesday is identified

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died after being struck by a vehicle while jogging on Sunset Boulevard in Lexington, early Wednesday morning. According to Fisher, John Flanagan, 38, of Lexington was struck while jogging just before 6 a.m. on Wednesday.  Flanagan was transported to an area hospital, where he later died as the result of…

Miss South Carolina contestants in Columbia, get free McDonald’s meal

By Karamie Sullivan Two Columbia McDonald’s restaurants welcomed the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen pageant contestants Wednesday for lunch. The Miss SC contestants were hosted by the McDonald’s on Garners Ferry Road, while the Miss SC Teen contestants were given lunch at the Clemson Road location. Both the Miss SC and Miss Teen SC pageants’ preliminary competition…

First Heritage Credit in West Columbia cuts ribbon

There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday for First Heritage Credit.  First Heritage Credit is at 2406-G Augusta Road, West Columbia. In the photo are: Michael Calvert, special assistant to U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson; and from First Heritage: David George: West Columbia Branch manger; Melissa Shirey: West Columbia Account Manger; David Hoard: District Manager of Columbia Area; Brant Davis: Lexington Branch…

Coroner releases identity of pedestrian fatally struck by van

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the pedestrian who was killed after being struck by a motor vehicle, Tuesday. The incident occurred at approximately 10 p.m. on U.S. 178 near Batesburg-Leesville. According to Fisher, Ryan Kneece, 27, of Batesburg was walking in the road when he was struck by a 2007 Ford van. Kneece was pronounced dead at the…

Pedestrian killed Tuesday night in Lexington County

A pedestrian was killed on Highway 178 near Batesburg-Leesville Tuesday night, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. The pedestrian was in the road and was hit by a 2007 Ford van traveling east on Highway 178. The incident occurred about 10 p.m. No charges were filed against the driver of the van. The pedestrian was in the road. The victim’s…

Body found in Congaree River

A body from the Congaree River has been recovered. Rescue crews had been searching since midday Sunday for a swimmer who went missing between the Gervais Street Bridge and the Blossom Street Bridge. The body was found closer to the Blossom Street Bridge, said Capt. Robert McCullough, spokesman for SCDNR. He said the male’s body was found just after 5 p.m. Tuesday. Since…

Mike Green wins special election for West Columbia City Council District 1 seat

Mike Green won a special election for the West Columbia City Council District 1 seat, Tuesday. He defeated Sandra Harley. With the absentee ballots included, Green had 137 votes and Harley had 97 votes. “I am grateful to the voters of West Columbia for their overwhelming vote of confidence,” said Green. “I look forward to serving my neighbors in the…

Women learn water navigation at “Ladies’ Day on the Lake”

By Karamie Sullivan The ladies got their day in the sun, except it was overcast. The Lake Murray Resort and Marina hosted the 17th annual “Ladies’ Day on the Lake” Tuesday. The day-long class is an effort to teach them how to back a boat trailer down a ramp into the water and navigate a boat to the dock. The…

S.C. babies born on May 29-31 eligible for $5,290 Future Scholar grant

Treasurer Curtis Loftis Announces $5,290 College Savings Grant for SC Newborns

All Babies Born in South Carolina from May 29-May 31, 2017 are eligible to Receive a $5,290 grant to a Future Scholar Account In celebration of its 15th Anniversary, South Carolina’s Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan has expanded its Palmetto Baby Grant Program. The annual program, held each May in celebration of National 529 College Savings Day (May 29),…

Update: Columbia Police identify man impersonating officer, he has been arrested

Columbia Police Investigators have identified a 43-year-old man accused of impersonating a law enforcement officer at two City of Columbia retail stores. He was arrested Tuesday. CPD has outstanding arrest warrants for Buddy Todd Mount. Once located and arrested, he will be charged with Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer and Shoplifting. The warrants have been entered into the National Crime Information…

Boo Boo returns home after dog is stolen with car

Boo Boo’s back home and all is well. Debrah Boulanger’s dog “Boo Boo” was in the car of a friend, when the car was stolen from the Triangle City area in West Columbia on June 10. With Boo Boo, a brown Chihuahua missing, the West Columbia Police Department announced that the car, and Boo Boo, had been stolen. They were…