Crime

Columbia Police charge 19-year-old with arson

Columbia Police Department investigators have charged a 19-year-old in connection with an overnight arson investigation. Alexander Eugene Petrillo is charged with Third and Second Degree Arson, and is expected to be charged with Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance and Possession of Marijuana. Petrillo was arrested by CPD early this morning after a fire was reported by Columbia Fire Department (CFD) crews at 1426…

Lexington Police chief says he will monitor man who allegedly threatened students

Christopher Glen Raines Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green said in a release he would like to notify the public that Christopher Glen Raines (AKA “AJ Blues”) age 42, who was arrested on Monday,  for Unlawful Communication, was given a bond Tuesday with the following requirements and restrictions: A bond of $1,087 was given, which is the maximum allowed for the…

Teen charged with murder of 36-year-old man

  Isaac Burton Hidalgo (LCSD photo) A teen has been arrested and charged with murder in connection to a fatal shooting last night in a Columbia subdivision. Isaac Burton Hidalgo, 19, of Columbia is also charged with possessing a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the victim as Justin Steven Simons,…

Lexington 1 says man has repeatedly threatened students, his arrest is supported

The Town of Lexington Police Department notified Lexington County School District One administrators that Christopher Raines (AKA AJ Blues) was arrested Monday, Mary Beth Hill, Lexington One Schools communications director, said in a press release. The release stated: “The district fully supports the Lexington Police Department’s action. Over the last year, Raines has repeatedly threatened and harassed River Bluff High…

Warrants provide more details of Empire Supper Club shootings

The Columbia Police Department has released warrants that reveal a narrative of behind the Vista shooting that occurred early Saturday morning. Eight people were wounded in the incident that happened near the Empire Supper Club, at 920 Park Street (at Lady Street) at about 2:15 a.m. Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said Saturday it is believed the shooting involves a…

Vista shooting not random, Empire Supper Club license revoked, “unnerving” incident

City Manager Teresa Wilson and Chief Skip Holbrook. By Terry Ward and Allan Wallace  Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said that no one is in custody in connection to the Vista shooting, that happened early Saturday. Holbrook, with Columbia City Manager Teresa Wilson spoke at a noon Saturday press conference. The shooting victims, four females and four males, range in age…

Columbia Police making progress in Vista multiple shooting investigation, 8 victims, press conference soon

CPD briefing regarding Vista shooting. CPD photo. A Columbia Police report says police are making tremendous progress in the investigation of The Vista shoting incident. “This is a team effort with all hands on deck,” the report said. CPD also says: “We can confirm that there are eight victims at this time. four females four males ranging from stable to critical…

Multiple people hit by gunfire in Columbia’s Vista, life threatening injuries

CPD photo of the scene early Saturday morning. Multiple people were shot in the Columbia Vista early Saturday morning, according to a Columbia Police report. Police are looking for the person or people who did it. Columbia Deputy Police Chief Melron Kelly, spoke to the media around 1 a.m. He said a “shots-fired” call came into police. The area of…

Lexington County man gets 10 Years for vehicular assault involving children, drug charge

Jason Reed Farmer (Solicitor’s office photo) Repeat offender Jason Reed Farmer,32, of 121 Piper Road in Lexington, was sentenced this week in Lexington County to 10 years for domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. The sentenced was announced Friday, in a press release from Suzanne Mayes of the Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Under the recent Domestic Violence Reform Act…

Another Richland County man arrested on child pornography charge

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced, Wednesday, the arrest of  Clifton David Perry, 29,  of Columbia, on one charge connected to the exploitation of a minor. It was the second announcement, on Wednesday, that a Richland County man had been arrested on a on child pornography charge. Internet Crimes Against Children  Task Force investigators with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department…

Lexington man charged with 2 counts of attempted murder

Kyle Obara (LCSD Photo) A Lexington man is charged with two counts of attempted murder for shooting at two men who visited his home early Sunday morning. Kyle Obara, 35, fired a handgun at the men as they fled his Weaver Drive residence, according to arrest warrants. No shots hit the two men. Obara is also charged with kidnapping and possessing a…

Columbia Police looking for armed robbery suspect

Columbia Police investigators are releasing surveillance pictures of an armed robbery suspect who stole money from a local convenience store Tuesday night. The robbery occurred at the Spinx store located at 7467 Garners Ferry Road shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Monday. No one was injured during the incident. The suspect has been described as a black male, possibly between the…

Richland County man arrested on child pornography charges

Jaylen Deshawn Myers, 18, of Columbia has been arrested on ten charges connected to the exploitation of a minor, according to the office of S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigators with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and Richland County Sheriff’s Department both made arrests. Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, also a member of…

Child and adult dead after Wednesday shooting

The child and adult who were shot Wednesday morning have died as a result of their injuries sustained in the Truax Lane shooting. A report from the Columbia Police Department said autopsies will be performed by the Coroner’s office tomorrow morning. More information from a Columbia Police Department release, Wednesday afternoon. Deadly Shooting | Truax Lane Investigation Columbia Police Investigators…

Richland County man arrested on child pornography charges

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Vincent Richardson, Jr., 23, of Columbia, on two charges connected to the exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department made the arrest. Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, also a member of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with…

Cayce Public Safety seeks help to ID hit and run suspect involving serious injury

The Cayce Department of Public Safety is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect and the vehicle used during a hit and run collision that resulted in serious bodily injury. The collision occurred near the intersection of Airport Boulevard and Brookwood Court in the City of Cayce on Thursday. The suspect is described as a black male and…

Lexington County man, 24, arrested on child pornography charges

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Derek Jordan Amick, 24, of Leesville He was arrested on two charges connected to the exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest. Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, also members of the state’s ICAC Task Force,…

UPDATED! Sheriff Lott holds press conference regarding 81-year-old man who died after Sears robbery

1/4Sheriff Leon Lott Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Mr. Duaine Hamilton Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Simmons Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 Randolph Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan “There will be a funeral at 11-o’clock today, a very sad funeral.” Those were the words Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott opened up with at his press conference Wednesday morning. Lott was referring…

Richland County man arrested on child pornography charges

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, on Tuesday, announced the arrest of  Joseph Hewitt, 33, of Columbia, , on ten charges connected to the exploitation of a minor. 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 a member of the state’s ICAC Task Force,…

Two Lexington County teens charged in vandalism case at Lexington High School

Two Lexington County teens have been charged in a vandalism case at Lexington High School. Dominic Herrera Croswell and Larry Tyshont Melvin, both 17, are charged with malicious injury to property after shattering several windows at Lexington High and some windows of school vehicles after school hours last week, according to arrest warrants. Croswell and Melvin have been released from…

Arrest made in series of Columbia vandalism incidents

Tyler Loyd has been charged in connection to some downtown Columbia vandalism cases. He is accused by Columbia Police of throwing rocks and breaking windows at businesses and vehicles. Loyd was arrested Thursday evening and taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. He is charged with multiple counts of vandalism, according to police. Columbia Police officers have been investigating…

West Columbia auto dealer charged with fraud

1/2Copy of SLED release Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Copy of SLED release 2 Show Caption Hide Caption The State Law Enforcement Division announced the arrest of four people in relation to fraud at a West Columbia auto dealership, Thursday. Theodore Jenkins, Jr., 52, owner of Jenkins Auto Sales, Car Wash and Auto Repair on Augusta Road has been charged with…

Identities sought in counterfeit money cases

Chief Terrence Green is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying several of the individuals who have been involved in a series of incidents where counterfeit currency was passed as payment in an effort to collect change. Beginning in early June and continuing into August, officers have responded to approximately two dozen incidents where counterfeit currency was used as payment at…