Crime

Cayce woman identified as homicide victim, Cayce Public Safety investigating

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a homicide that occurred just before 1 a.m. on Sunday. The incident occurred in the 1700 block of Stahl Street in Cayce. According to Fisher, Marquita Latasha Mobley, 33, of Cayce was pronounced dead at the scene as the result of apparent gunshot wounds. An autopsy has been scheduled for…

UPDATE: Man armed and dangerous, wanted for murder in custody

Derrick Davon Sligh is in custody and was captured in Richland County. He is being held for shooting two people early Sunday at 1709 Stahl Street. One of the victims is deceased. Original report: Derrick Davon Sligh is wanted for murder in connection to a shooting incident that occurred at 1709 Stahl Street in Cayce, Sunday Sligh’s vehicle has been recovered at…

Lexington woman sentenced to 10 Years  in felony DUI case, involving death

Olivia Johnson, who was killed in accident. Solicitor’s Office photo. Destiny Heather Mills, 25, of Lexington County, was sentenced to 10 years for causing the death of 21-year-old Olivia Johnson while driving under the influence of alcohol. Mills pled guilty to Felony DUI Involving Death and was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge William P. Keesley Thursday. Under South Carolina law,…

Man charged with stalking, detonating M-80 at Lexington Cost Cutters

Robert Howard Adams – LCDC photo. Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green is reporting that Robert Howard Adams, Jr., 43, of Columbia, has been arrested by the Lexington Police Department and charged with Stalking and the Use of a Destruction Device. Beginning in late October, Robert Adams is believed to have been involved in stalking a victim who lives in Lexington…

Man accused of sexual assault is arrested

Columbia Police Department (CPD) investigators announce the arrest of a 26-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a female this week. Darius Nelson , 26, is charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct – First Degree, Kidnapping, and Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature. Nelson was arrested overnight by the CPD Fugitive Team without incident. A judge denied Nelson’s bond in court this morning….

Former Richland County Recreation Commission employee pleads guilty to distribution of drugs

US  Attorney Beth Drake stated that James Anthony Brown, age 39, of Columbia, entered a guilty plea Thursday before Senior United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson to one count of possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine. As a result of this plea, Brown faces a mandatory minimum of five years imprisonment and a possible maximum of 40 years imprisonment,…

Lexington County man gets prison for allowing inmate access to drugs

Ronald Joseph Bonnette A Lexington County jury has found Ronald Joseph Bonnette, age 47, guilty of three crimes related to his former duties as a contractual work release supervisor for prison inmates. Following a trial, Bonnette was found guilty of Aiding a Prisoner in Escape, Providing Contraband to a Prisoner, and Criminal Conspiracy. Circuit Court Judge Donald B. Hocker sentenced…

Police look for armed lingerie thieves

Three people went into a Victoria’s Secret store. Monday, at Columbiana Centre and stole a voluminous amount of merchandise, according to a report from the Columbia Police Department. “It’s believed that at least one of the male suspects was armed with a gun and threatened an employee while the suspects stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise,” according to a police…

Road rage? – Man charged with attempted murder after shots fired on interstate exit ramp

A Lexington man was arrested Monday night after deputies investigated a shooting that happened on an interstate exit ramp. David Joseph Moore, 38, is charged with attempted murder, according to an arrest warrant. “Based on our investigation, Moore drew a pistol and shot at a man after the two were involved in what could be called a ‘road rage’ incident…

Man charged after allegedly shooting at an off-duty Columbia Police officer

Columbia Police Department investigators have arrested a man accused of shooting at an off-duty Columbia Police officer. Anthony Legette 33, is charged with Attempted Murder, Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime, Possession of a Weapon by Person Convicted of a Violent Felony, and Drinking Alcohol in Public. North Region officer, Wilbur Jones, Jr., a nearly…

Columbia Police investigate crash involving stolen SUV, life-threatening injuries

CPD File Photo The Columbia Police Department Traffic Safety Unit (TSU) is investigating a serious overnight collision involving a stolen SUV from Richland County. North Region officers initially responded to the 5000 block of Middleton Street shortly after 1:30 a.m. They called for the TSU to investigate once they realized the seriousness of the collision. The preliminary investigation indicates that…

Mother stabs man who is accused of sexually assaulting her 13-year-old daughter

A mother stabbed her other daughter’s boyfriend in retaliation for the man sexually assaulting her 13-year-old daughter, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. The mother who stabbed the man will not be charged. The incident occurred about 9 p.m. Thursday night at an apartment complex on Garners Ferry Road. The teen, deputies said, was staying at her sister’s apartment….

Lexington County man gets 15 Years for heroin trafficking

Chancellor D. Montgomery (LCDC photo) Chancellor D. Montgomery, a 24 year old Lexington County man, entered a guilty plea for trafficking heroin. Montgomery was sentenced to 15 years without parole during his plea Wednesday in Lexington County General Sessions Court. Trafficking heroin is classified under South Carolina law as a violent crime and is a “no parole” offense. Montgomery’s arrest…

Statewide curfew imposed on sex offenders for Halloween night

Halloween is Tuesday, and a curfew will be in effect for sex offenders under the supervision of the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Service on that night. The curfew only applies to offenders under supervision for a sexual crime. It does not apply to registered sex offenders who are no longer on probation or parole. It is a…

Columbia Police charge woman with shooting stolen gun, other offenses, after car break-in

Columbia Police Department  officers have charged a 35-year-old female accused of shooting a stolen pistol after a car break-in Monday night. Susanne Lynnette Purdy, 35, is charged with two counts of auto breaking, larceny, unlawful carrying of a pistol, discharging a firearm within city limits, possession of marijuana, public disorderly conduct, and unlawful use of a license. The charges stem…

Bond set for legislators and Richard Quinn, Sr.

Special Prosecutor David Pascoe told Circuit Court Judge Jocelyn Newman that the political consulting firm of Richard Quinn and Associates provided payments to legislators as part of an arrangement to help perpetuate legislation for RQ&A clients. At a bond hearing in Columbia, Tuesday, Richard Quinn Sr., was accused by Pascoe of influencing state lawmakers in return for money. Also indicted…

Crimestoppers: Teen wanted for attempted murder

Columbia Police Investigators are searching for a teenager wanted in connection with a shooting incident that occurred earlier this month. Arrest warrants for Attempted Murder and Discharging a Firearm into a Dwelling have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database for Khalil Dion Bailey, 18, who should be considered armed and dangerous. The 18-year-old is accused of discharging an AK-47 style firearm…

Lexington County man gets life for murder targeting Hispanic man

Ricky Lamont Esaw (LCDC Photo) By Suzanne Mayes, 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office Ricky Lamont Esaw, a 42 year old Lexington County man, was sentenced to life without parole for the murder of Hector Vasquez. Vasquez was killed on Aug. 9, 2015 in the West Columbia area of Lexington County. The sentence was imposed on Thursday , by the Judge Thomas W….

Man sought by Lexington County deputies in custody

A man being sought by Lexington County deputies is in custody, according to a report from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.  Lexington County deputies were looking for the suspect near West Columbia. Bradley Wayne Jovanelly, 38, of Columbia was being sought, Thursday, in the area of  Delree Street, Kitti Wake Drive, and Old Barnwell Road. Jovanelly has bee arrested for stealing electrical…

3 sisters, 2 of them adults, charged with assault involving 12-year-old victim

Columbia Police investigators have arrested three sisters accused of assaulting a 12-year-old girl earlier this month. Shaquana Bacote, 29, is charged with Assault – First, Burglary – First and Malicious Injury to Property. Shontavia Bacote, 21, is charged with Assault – First, Burglary – First and Strong Arm Robbery Zaquiera Bacote, 17, is charged with Assault – First, Burglary –…

Columbia Police upgrade charge to murder after medical report comes in

Columbia Police Department investigators have upgraded charges to murder against a suspect accused of assaulting an elderly man last month. Corey Todd, 42, is accused of punching the 81-year-old victim in the face on Sept. 10, while at Finlay Park. Investigators believe Todd committed the act after not getting money from the victim who’s been identified by Richland County Coroner…

4 more charged in connection to fatal Gaston shooting

Left to right: Alexander, Hamm, Riley, Fulton (LCSD Photo)    Four more people have been arrested in connection to a fatal shooting in Gaston early Wednesday morning. Amaria Regina Hamm, 20, Ashley Danielle Riley, 29, Treshawn Alexander, 23, and Monyell Deshea Fulton, 22, are charged with murder, according to arrest warrants. Hamm was arrested Wednesday along with 23-year-old Chesnee Labri…

Update: Woman found at fire is identified, deputies arrest man for her murder

Kenneth Gleaton (RCSD Photo) Kenneth Gleaton, 38, was arrested Tuesday. He is being charged with murder in the death of Amanda Peele, 39. According to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Gleaton was arrested at Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park, behind EdVenture Children’s Museum. Link to Fire on Crestmore Drive story. Kenneth Gleaton was being sought  for murder in connection to the…