Crime

Columbia Police report man shot at Finlay Park, Saturday night

Columbia Police are investigating a shooting in Finlay Park, Saturday night. A male victim shot in the upper body after two men may have been arguing. The victim  was taken to the hospital, according to a police department report. His condition is unknown. The shooting took place about 9 p.m. in the upper part of the park. Anyone with information about the shooting…

Two Cayce police officers, and a suspect, shot after chase

Two officers and a man running from police were shot early Saturday morning. At approximately 12:35 a.m. officers with the Cayce Department of Public Safety initiated a routine traffic stop, said Ashley Hunter, spokeswoman for the Cayce Department of Public Safety. The stop began on Knox-Abbott Drive near the Blossom Street Bridge in the City of Cayce. The vehicle being pulled…

Columbia Police investigate woman shot near Dutch Square Mall

Columbia Police Investigators continue to make progress regarding an overnight shooting investigation near Dutch Square Mall. The incident happened at approximately 4:30 a.m. at 421 Bush River Road. The female victim who was shot in the lower body has been treated and released from a local hospital. Preliminary information indicates that the victim was shot by a male suspect after…

Lexington Sheriff distributes video of burglary suspects, asks for help to ID

1/3Burglary suspect Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Burglary suspect Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Escape truck Show Caption Hide Caption Suspect. (LCSD Capture) Two alleged burglars – shown in the photos – were caught on camera going through a Lawson Road home in Leesville. The owners said the two suspects kicked in the back door and took hunting equipment. If you recognize…

14-year-old arrested in connection to deadly Lorick Avenue shooting

Columbia Police investigators are working determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a 19-year-old male. The incident happened shortly after 6 p.m. Friday in the 1500 block of Lorick Avenue. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has identified the person deceased as Christopher Ladarren Simmons, 19. Watts said Simmons died from multiple gunshot wounds to the body. CPD Investigators have arrested a 14-year-old…

Masked gunman sought by Richland County Sheriff’s Deputies

From surveillance camera video. Richland County Sheriff’s Deputies are looking for a robber who was in a a mask. and robbed a restaurant at gunpoint. An employee outside of the Sonic at 4436 Hardscrabble Road was confronted by the mask robber, on May 8, according to a news release from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Video from a surveillance camera…

Rep. Rick Quinn indicted on misconduct charges, House Speaker Jay Lucas has suspended Quinn

The State Grand Jury has indicted Rep. Rick Quinn, Jr. on one count of common law misconduct in office and one count of statutory misconduct in office. Hours after the indictment was announced, S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas suspended Quinn from the House. According to the indictment, Quinn accepted $4.5 million “from lobbyists’ principals,” and other groups without reporting “to…

Lexington County man gets 24 years for killing father of 3

Cano with his daughter (Photo Submitted) Jeremy Junior Head, 24, of Lexington County, pleaded guilty this week in the shooting death of his roommate. The homicide occurred at 2100 Steel Drive in West Columbia. Head killed Antonio “Alex” Cano, age 23, following an altercation. Head was sentenced to 24 years for the crime of voluntary manslaughter. Circuit Court Judge Eugene…

Man who died in Thursday night shooting is identified

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died after being involved in a shooting incident at 8:27 p.m. Thursday. The incident occurred at 1003 Piney Woods Road, Columbia. Marcus K. Roseborough, 25, of Chalice Lane, Columbia was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS to Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital ER where he died at…

Man indicted for damage to Charleston’s Ft. Sumter

Noah Sigalas, 21, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of damaging and defacing Charleston’s Fort Sumter, an archaeological resource. Fort Sumter Photo Columbia-based US Attorney Beth Drake announced the charges against Sigalas, a Sullivan’s Island resident, Thursday. He is accused of forcibly pulling on a support pole or support bar which was stabilizing part of a…

Teenager FOUND – Khadence Sharpe, 14, was missing, believed to be in danger – Update

Khadence Sharpe. (RCSD Photos) A teenager who was thought to be in “imminent danger” has been found, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Khadence Sharpe, 14, was found by Columbia Police officers.  The missing teenager called 911 from the 2300 block of Two Notch Road, said Sheriff’s Department Spokesman Lt. Curtis Wilson, on Thursday. The teen said she has been…

Officer-involved shooting victim identified  

Site of shooting (LCSD Photo) Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The incident took place in the 200 block of Seleta Circle, near Pond Branch Road in Lexington County. According to Fisher, John Bittle, 39, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene as the…

Man flags down car, shoots occupant witnesses say

Composite sketch of suspect (LCSD) Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies are looking for a man who is accused of shooting a person. The shooting occurred, witnesses said, Saturday near Old Dunbar Road and Hwy 321 in Lexington County. The man was last seen running toward Edmund Highway. Detectives believe the suspect flagged down and approached a vehicle then held the…

West Columbia mother shot 5 times, keeps rapist from daughter, 6

Mother daughter ordered to strip in West Columbia apartment

Submitted by Eleventh Circuit Deputy Solicitor Suzanne Mayes Nathaniel “Nate” Hunter (Photo Submitted) Nathaniel “Nate” Hunter, 34, was sentenced to 45 years following his conviction for a home invasion which involved the attempted rape of a six-year-old child and attempted murder of the child’s mother in Lexington County on April 13, 2014. The trial began on Monday in a Lexington…

Columbia Police Department identifies officers, gunman involved in shooting

The Columbia Police Department is identifying the two patrolman involved in Wednesday’s officer involved shooting incident on Bush River Road. CPD photo at the scene of shooting. Officer D. Robinson and G. Starcher, who are assigned to North Region, are on administrative duty with pay while the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) investigates the incident.  The officers will attend…

Man arrested after shooting incident at Lexington hospital

Craft (LCSD Photo) Lexington County deputies arrested Stephen Johnson Craft this morning after he initiated a pursuit following his refusal to stop for blue lights and siren. Craft, 38, got out of his car on Beckman Road and was arrested after a short foot chase. A warrant for his arrest on a charge of grand larceny had been issued earlier…

Lexington One issues statement regarding alleged sexual assault of student

On Monday, a female student made allegations against 40-year-Red Bank Elementary School 5K Immersion Teacher Hianlucas Isturiz Roderiguez. Based on these claims, the administrative staff notified law enforcement and filed an incident report with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. Administrators acted in accordance with Board Policy and district procedure and immediately placed the teacher on leave pending an inquiry into…

Georgia gang member sentenced in Columbia federal court

Santonio Dwayne Ramsey, 26, of Appling, Georgia was sentenced in federal court after earlier pleading guilty to escape, US  Attorney Beth Drake stated Thursday. Senior US District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie, of Columbia, sentenced Ramsey to 10 months in prison and a $100 special assessment fee. Evidence presented in court during the earlier guilty plea hearing established that on the evening…

Man opens fire at gas station, 2 injured – Updated; victim out of surgery

A suspect and a person getting gas have been wounded in a shooting at the Walmart on Bush River Road. Columbia Police at the shooting scene. (CPD Photo) Columbia Police were called to the location around noon Wednesday after reports that  man (who turned out to be armed) was acting erratically inside the store, according to Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook….

SLED chief for expunging minor violations, not for marijuana

SLED Chief Mark Keel. Mark Keel, chief of the State Law Enforcement Division, said he favors legislation that would expunge the record for minor violations, but he opposes the Medical Marijuana bill being considered by the General Assembly. Keel spoke Tuesday morning at the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce Breakfast meeting at Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Keel said he has…

2 men charged in criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping case

1/2McDowell CPD Photo Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Mitchell CPD Photo Show Caption Hide Caption Columbia Police Department Special Victims Unit (SVU) investigators have arrested two men in connection with a sexual assault and kidnapping investigation. The men are accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old female victim while holding her against her will at a home on Wilkes Road yesterday. The…

Columbia Police release photo of car related to attempted murder case

Vehicle related to investigation. (CPD Photo) Columbia Police investigators are releasing a surveillance picture of a vehicle that’s wanted in connection with an attempted murder investigation. The car, which is possibly a green, mid-2000’s model Toyota Corolla was involved in a shooting incident at the 2800 block of Booker Street shortly after 6 p.m.Thursday. The car’s occupants allegedly shot at…