Crime

$5 million bond for man with grudge, accused of running into funeral crowd

A judge set bond at $5 million for the man accused of hitting twelve mourners with a vehicle at a graveside funeral service at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens Wednesday. James Brammer Kester, 64,  is charged with 12 counts of attempted murder. He is currently housed at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center (ASGDC). At an open bond hearing today, Kester explained…

Car rams graveside service, man charged with 12 counts of attempted murder

Columbia Police have arrested a man after he allegedly drove his car into a crowd of people at a graveside service at Greenlawn Memorial Park Wednesday afternoon. James Kester, 64, has been charged with 12 counts of attempted murder, according to a Columbia Police report. Kester was in jail at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, early Thursday morning. The…

Lexington County man gets life for child sexual assault

Bryan Jeffrey Ellis has been sentenced to life in prison in Lexington County General Sessions Court. The sentenced was announced Thursday by Deputy Solicitor Suzzanne Mayes, from the office of Rick Hubbard, 11th Circuit Solicitor. Ellis, 30, was found guilty of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – first degree and Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – third degree….

Man accused of choking woman in Lexington County

A Charlotte man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after an altercation with a woman at a Lexington County apartment complex Tuesday morning. Christopher Scott Griffin, 50, is charged with grabbing the woman by the neck and choking her to the point of restricting her airway, according an arrest warrant. “The woman hit Griffin with a blunt object…

Man, 50, accused of molesting girl from age 6-to-11

Charles A. Branham has been accused of molesting an 11-year-old girl over a five-year period, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. The alleged offenses occurred in Richland County, but Branahm lives in Winnsboro according to a report. Branham, 50, was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, two counts of…

Arrest made in Lexington break-in case

Michael Dakota Phillips (LPD photo) Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green announced on Monday, the arrest of Michael Dakota Phillips of Lexington. Police said he was found breaking into a vehicle while officers were investigating a call of a suspicious person in the area. On July 6, at approximately 4:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Rama Lane…

Man flips vehicle with child in it, after high-speed chase

A  suspect led  Richland County deputies on a dramatic chase that ended with the suspect flipping a car with a two-year-old inside. The suspect has been identified as 22-year-old Bryan Martin. He is being charged with child endangerment, marijuana possession, driving under suspension, reckless driving, failure to stop for blue lights and sirens, and resisting arrest. Martin’s bond was set at over…

Name of woman who died in Woodfield Drive shooting, released

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of an individual who died as the result of a shooting incident that occurred Wednesday some time between 3:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m.  The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the circumstances of the shooting. Mayra Sanchez, 20, of Woodfield Drive, Columbia, was transported by a personal vehicle to Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital…

2 Sumter men arrested in connection to Lexington County stolen handguns case

Detectives arrested two men in Sumter Thursday in connection to a July 4 burglary during which nearly 40 handguns were stolen from a Gilbert sporting goods store. Tyrone Jerome Fleming (left), 19, and Ekelo Simon, 20, both of Sumter, broke into JC’s Outdoors Tuesday morning and stole more than $10,000 worth of handguns, according to arrest warrants. Investigators said Fleming…

UPDATED – 19-year-old charged in connection to overnight shooting

The Columbia Police Department investigated a shooting incident at 3600 Falling Springs Road. One person has been charged in the case. Updates in the case are expected soon. CPD photo from the scene of shooting.  Columbia Police Investigators have arrested a 19-year-old male in connection with the overnight shooting and larceny investigation. Zayvone Tornell Green is charged with Larceny and is currently housed…

Man killed in Columbia shooting identified

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died as a result of a shooting incident that occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning.  The incident location was 1005 Fontaine Road, Columbia. William D. Archie, 25, of Hillcrest Avenue, Columbia, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS to Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital ER…

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…

Grand jury issues indictment related to Richland County Hospitality Tax program

SC Attorney General Alan Wilson (ColaDaily file photo)  S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Friday that the S.C. State Grand Jury issued another indictment related to allegations of misuse of Richland County Hospitality Tax funds. The indictment against Patricia A. Ford, was issued Thursday. She  was previously indicted by the State Grand Jury on March 16, for five counts of…

Columbia man convicted in federal court on drug, gun charges

Emanuel Cheeseboro, 35, was convicted on drug and gun charges in a federal court in Columbia Thursday, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Beth Drake. Cheeseboro, a/k/a “Mandoo” of Columbia, was convicted on six counts . They included: possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine and marijuana; two counts of felon in possession of a firearm; two counts…

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…

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…

Chapin hit and run victim identified by coroner

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a fatal hit–and-run accident that occurred at approximately 5 a.m. on Sunday. The incident happened in the 500 Block of Westwood Drive in Chapin. Fisher states that Darrius N. Dreher, 22, of Chapin was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple body trauma after he was struck by an unknown…

Pedestrian killed in early Sunday hit-and-run in Lexington County

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal hit-and-run that occurred in Lexington County early Sunday morning. The accident happened just after 5 a.m. on Westwood Drive, according to Cpl. Sonny Collins of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The collision resulted in a person being struck and killed by a car that fled the scene after the incident. The Highway…

West Columbia Police looking for suspect in car theft, with dog in the car

1/4Suspect Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Suspect Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Suspect Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Car that may be involved Show Caption Hide Caption The West Columbia Police Department is asking for help from the community to locate the individual in the photo. He is a suspect in the theft of a white four-door Honda Accord, Tag No.  8279DP. The vehicle…

West Columbia Police receive body cameras, ready to put them into service

The West Columbia Police Department has received its shipment of 30 body cameras. “We’ll take some time to train our department on how to use the cameras,” said West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall. While there has been a large amount of attention on body cameras for police officers in the last couple of years, the use of the cameras…