Crime

Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Columbia Police work to reduce gun violence

Gun violence press conf. Show Caption Hide Caption Gun violence press conf. 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Gun violence press conf. 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Gun violence press conf. 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Photos by Karamie Sullivan. The number of illegal guns on the streets of Richland County is decreasing.   Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott along with Columbia…

Brookland-Cayce High School burglarized, police seek help to ID suspects

1/5BC 1a Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5BC 2b Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5BC 3b Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5BC 4a Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5BC Show Caption Hide Caption The Cayce Department of Public Safety is seeking help to identify four suspects related to the burglary of a concession stand at Brookland-Cayce High School in Cayce. The incident occured at…

Sheriff’s department reports bank robbery suspects arrested after chase and crash on I-26

Ryan Anthony Newell and Cory Ramon Woods are being held in the Lexington County Detention Center in connection to an armed robbery. The Monday alleged morning bank robbery ended in a crash on I-26, and the two were captured after deputies chased them. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department reported, about 11:30 a.m. via social media, that two suspects robbed a…

Former Lexington Rep. Rick Quinn gets probation

Rep. Rick Quinn S.C. House Photo Former state Rep. Rick Quinn (R-Lexington) was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and two years of probation Monday. Quinn faced the possibility of  one year in prison, but that sentence was suspended to community service and probation. The sentence was rendered by Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullen in a courtroom in Beaufort. Quinn…

Cal Dent of Lexington found liable for $51 million in health care fraud

Floyd Calhoun “Cal” Dent, III, of Lexington, and two co-conspirators have been found liable for defrauding the federal healthcare programs Medicare and Tricare of over $51 million. The United States Attorney’s Office announced the verdict Thursday. The verdict was unanimous and it was handed down Wednesday by a federal jury in Charleston.  The United States alleged that Dent, along with…

Murder suspect in ex-boyfriend fatal shooting case arrested in Florida

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the arrest of Curtis Hicks, who charged with murder and attempted murder.  Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the United States Marshal Service arrested Hicks,38, in Miami Fla. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department Fugitive Task Force and the Marshal’s Service were following up on significant leads and captured Hicks without incident. On Saturday,  at just…

20-year-old identified as victim in fatal, disgruntled ex-boyfriend shooting

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died Saturday as a result of a shooting. The incident occurred  at 624 Old Manor Road, Columbia,  at approximately 10 a.m. Link to: Disgruntled ex-boyfriend accused of murder DAngelo Jamal Perry, 20, of Stanford Street, Columbia was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS to Palmetto Health Richland…

Richland County Sheriff’s Department looks for murder suspect, after incident with disgruntled ex-boyfriend  

Curtis Hicks – RCSD photo Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is asking for assistance in locating Curtis Hicks. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that on Saturday, at just after 10 a.m. deputies responded to the 600 block of Old Mason Road for a shots fired call. Upon arrival deputies located two male victims with gunshot wounds to the upper body. They were transported…

West Columbia Police arrest man on a murder charge

The West Columbia Police Department has made an arrest in connection to an alleged murder that occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. Friday. According to West Columbia Police Chief Chief Dennis Tyndall, investigators have charged Levette Omega Gladden, 21, of 1426 Platt Springs Rd., West Columbia with murder. According to a WCPD release, Gladden got into an argument with another male…

Man killed in West Columbia shooting is identified by coroner

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a homicide that occurred shortly before  9 a.m., Friday. The incident took place in the 1400 block of Platt Springs Road in West Columbia. Read initial report here  According to Fisher, Edward N. Walker, 38, of Columbia suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was pronounced dead near…

Cab driver shot by passenger say Richland County Sheriff’s deputies

A cab driver was shot Thursday night during an armed robbery, according to a Richland County Sheriff’s Department report. Deputies responded to a shots fired call at the Austin Wood Apartments on Garners Ferry Road Thursday night around 10:30. The cab driver was taking a passenger to Apple Valley Lane when the passenger asked the driver to return to Garners…

Deputies say man exposed himself to juvenile girl near school

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help to identify a man accused of exposing himself to a young girl. The alleged incident occurred at 4 p.m. on last Thursday at a parking lot in the 2200 block of Decker Boulevard. The site of the incident is in proximity to Richland Northeast High School, according to the…

Lexington Police ask for help to find man suspected of armed robbery

Christopher Woods Edmonds The Lexington Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance locating Christopher Woods Edmonds, who is wanted for armed robbery. At approximately 1:40 p.m. Monday, police said Christopher Edmonds, armed with handgun, entered the Lexington Dry Cleaners at 5504 Sunset Boulevard and demanded money from the clerks. He is described as a white male weighing 130 pounds and…

Lexington County Hells Angel pleads guilty in ex-wife, murder-for-hire plot

Hells Angel- Wikimedia- use permitted Jerry Oliver, 52, of Lexington County, has entered a guilty plea in federal court in Columbia, to a murder for hire charge. US Attorney Beth Drake announced the plea Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Terry L. Wooten, of Columbia, accepted the guilty plea. He will impose a sentence after he has reviewed the pre-sentence report which…

Kershaw County man charged with sexually assaulting 3 children

David Adam Barton-KCDC photo. Kershaw County deputies said David Adam Barton has been arrested for sexually assaulting three children. Barton, 42, is charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 11 years of age first degree, and one count of criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 14, third degree. On Jan, 14, deputies said…

Arrest made in fatal shooting

Columbia Police Department investigators have arrested a man in connection with Saturday night’s deadly shooting on Bailey Street. Bobby Ray Robbins 21, is charged with murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and failure to stop on police command. Robbins is accused of shooting his sister’s boyfriend, who’s been identified by Richland County Coroner Gary Watts as Jerome…

Father charged with abusing infant daughter who suffered permanent brain damage

Robert Marvin Ray A Columbia father is charged with abusing his infant daughter after medical professionals said the baby suffered extensive injuries causing her to permanently lose function in the right half of her brain Robert Marvin Ray, 31, is charged with abuse to inflict great bodily injury upon a child, according to arrest warrants. “Ray originally told investigators his…

Mother, daughter charged in family member’s neglect death

Candie McKay Shearin – LCSD photos A Gaston woman has been charged in the death of her disabled son. The woman’s daughter has also been charged in the death. Candie McKay Shearin, 45, and Tara Nerys Shearin, 20, are charged with abuse or neglect resulting in death to a vulnerable adult, according to arrest warrants. “EMS responded to the home…

Man charged with 5 counts of attempted murder following house fire

Joseph Harry Riester. LCSD photo. A Columbia man has been charged with five counts of attempted murder after deputies said he set a Swansea home on fire with five people inside late Saturday night. Joseph Harry Riester, 48, entered the victims’ home on Jones Wire Road with a knife shortly before midnight, according to the arrest warrants. “The victims told…

Wells Fargo robbery on Saint Andrews Road, says sheriff’s department

Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a bank robbery Thursday, at the Wells Fargo bank at the corner of Saint Andrews Road and Bush River Road. There was an active search underway in the area for a male seen running from the Wells Fargo building. Bank staffers said the alleged robber  was wearing corduroy pants, a camouflage jacket and a…

Cayce Public Safety seeks identity of robbery suspect

Suspect- CDPS photo The Cayce Department of Public Safety is requesting the community’s help identifying the suspect (see photo) involved in a robbery at a local convenience store. Click for link to video The robbery occurred on Saturday at the Corner Pantry, 2931 Charleston Highway, Cayce. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cayce Department of Public Safety at (803)…

Armed robbery suspect arrested after pursuit in Lexington County

A Gaston man suspected of robbing a Dollar General on Charleston Highway Saturday night was apprehended by a K-9 police dog after leading officers on a car chase, according to deputies. Anthony Devon Nelson, 22, is charged with armed robbery after pointing a handgun at two store employees and getting away with cash, according to arrest warrants. Nelson is also…

Columbia Police investigate shooting

A male shooting victim has been transported to a hospital, according to the Columbia Police Department. The shooting took place before noon, Friday.  The man, after he was shot, ran into a store on Harden Street. An eye witness said he believes the shooting victim was shot at a building on Pine Street. The eye witness also said the wound…

Man accused of drugging, sexually assaulting woman

Brown – RCSD photo According to a Richland County Sheriff’s Department report, a man drugged a woman and sexually assaulted her in a hotel room. Travis Ronnell Brown, 29, is wanted on charges of kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct first degree, and petit larceny. The alleged incident took place on Nov. 10. The sheriff’s department report said Brown drugged the woman…