Crime

4 charged in connection to March shooting death

Brown, Chambers and Johnson-LCSD photo. Three Columbia men and a juvenile have been charged in connection with a fatal shooting in an apartment complex parking lot. “Based on statements detectives took from witnesses and information gathered at the Peachtree Place scene, three of the defendants tried to rob the victim before he was shot,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said….

Man preyed on the elderly, says solicitor, gets 20 years

Tristan Addison Widener, 29, pleaded guilty this week in Lexington County to multiple financial crimes, according to the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. He was sentenced to a consecutive total of 20 years in prison, followed by five years of probation and restitution to the victims. The evidence revealed that Widener preyed, the solicitor’s office said, upon the most vulnerable victims,…

Escaped inmate captured in Lexington County

Three inmates broke out of the Orangeburg detention center over the weekend. One of them has been captured in Lexington County, according to Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell. In a press release Ravenell said: “Christopher Boltin was taken into custody in Lexington County by sheriff’s deputies in that jurisdiction,” Ravenell said: “He will be returned to Orangeburg and put back…

Woman arrested in connection to the shooting of her estranged husband

Rhonda James- ASGDC photo. Richland County Investigators have arrested Rhonda James, 38, for murder.   According to an update from the Sheriff’s Department, she was arrested Tuesday at her home on Smith Street.   The suspect allegedly shot her estranged husband, Joseph Lanard James, in the upper body on May 12.  The shooting occurred, according to a sheriff’s report, on Smith Street, off…

Police, investigating kidnapping, say man posed as Uber driver

Columbia Police Department investigators have arrested a man accused of pretending to be a ride-share driver and kidnapping a female victim who needed a ride home. Andre Montel Bouknight, 44, is charged with Kidnapping in connection with an incident that occurred on April 20. The 20-year-old victim tells CPD officers that she mistakenly believed that the suspect, who was driving…

“You stole her childhood” – Lexington County sex offender gets life-plus-40

William H. Heath- LCSD photo. After a week-long trial in Lexington County, sex offender William H. Heath, 50, received a consecutive sentence of life plus 40 years. The trial began May 7, and ended late Friday afternoon when the jury returned a guilty verdict on all charges, according to a press release from the office of 11th Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard….

Witness said Dr. Lazzarini made admission in shooting case, according to warrant

Press conference Friday. Dr. Adam Marcus Lazzarini caused the death of William Player Holland while engaging in conduct showing reckless disregard for the safety of others. That’s the content of the warrant used by the Cayce Public Safety Department to arrest Lazzarini last Thursday. Lazzarini’s bond was set, Friday, at $250,000 on charges of involuntary manslaughter and  obstructing justice. Lazzarini,…

Springdale Police seek help to identify man after gas station robbery

1/3Suspect Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Suspect 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Suspect’s Car Show Caption Hide Caption Suspect Springdale Police Chief Kevin Cornett is asking for the community’s help in identifying a man who is suspected in the robbery of the Quick Trip 3 Mobile Gas Station on Sunday afternoon. Officers with the Springdale Police Department responded to 3016 Platt…

Doctor’s wife death is suspicious, more evidence being processed, interviews conducted

Cayce DPS Chief Byron Snellgrove and Capt. Jimmy Gleaton of Cayce DPS at Friday press conference- Terry Ward photo. Dr. Adam Marcus Lazzarini, 46, was arrested Thursday in connection to a shooting incident that occurred at 256 Hunters Mill Dr. on Oct. 9, 2017. Tuesday,  Vanessa Brooke Biery, 43, was found dead in her home, at the same location, of unknown…

Doctor arrested in connection to 2017 Cayce shooting

Adam Marcus Lazzarini- LCDC photo.  A 46-year-old Cayce man has been arrested for his actions during a shooting incident that occurred at 256 Hunters Mill Dr. on Oct. 9, 2017. Adam Marcus Lazzarini turned himself in Thursday morning at the Lexington County Detention Center and was formally charged with Involuntary Manslaughter and Obstructing Justice. Lazzarini is a doctor, and an employee…

RCSD looking for ‘Armed and Very Dangerous’ suspect in shooting death

Tremaine Tavar Richardson-RCSD photo Richland County deputies are seeking the public’s help to find a murder suspect connected to the shooting of a 24-year-old. The suspect is 30-year-old Tremaine Tavar Richardson, who deputies said shot Dayton Rashae Hoefer, of Crane Creek Drive, Thursday night. Hoefer was taken to the hospital by friends, and he later died from a gunshot wound…

Lexington County man sentenced to 30 Years for murder of common law wife

Gerardor Villarreal Rodriguez Gerardor Villarreal Rodriguez, a 45-year-old illegal alien, pleaded guilty Thursday to the stabbing death of his common law wife, Yadira Rodriguez. The victim was the mother of two children, ages 3 and 5, which she shared with Rodriguez. The homicide occurred at 1712 Burnham Street in West Columbia, when Rodriguez broke into the home where the victim…

Lexington County Hells Angel sentenced in murder-for-hire plot

Jerry Oliver, 52, of Lexington County was sentenced today in federal court in Columbia, Wednesday, according to a release from US Attorney Beth Drake. Oliver pleaded guilty in January to Murder for Hire. US District Judge Terry L. Wooten sentenced Oliver to the statutory maximum of 10 years in prison Evidence against Oliver established that the defendant was a member…

Law enforcement press conference addresses Columbia gun violence 

1/4Press Conf. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Press Conf. 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Press Conf. 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Press Conf. 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Holbrook Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, and Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin spoke at a press conference Tuesday morning to address an ongoing problem the city continues to be faced with….

“Nuisance” businesses targeted in West Columbia ordinance

1/4Nusiance ordinance Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Nusiance ordinance 4 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Nusiance ordinance 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Nusiance ordinance 3 Show Caption Hide Caption West Columbia City Council passed final reading, Monday, of an ordinance intended to help improve a prolonged problem in some areas of the city. What some may call the “nuisance ordinance,” is set…

Former Lexington pastor arrested for sex crime, other victims possible say police

Eduardo Elias Cornejo (LPD photo) Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green announced the arrest of Eduardo Elias Cornejo, 34, Monday. Cornejo is charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct – Third Degree. At the time of the incident that was reported, Cornejo was an Associate Pastor of the Columbia First Seventh-Day Adventist Church which is located on Riverchase Way in Lexington. In August…

Airport High School student arrested for criminal sexual conduct at school

The Cayce Department of Public Safety has arrested and charged 17-year old Marqueze Levar Jackson with 3rd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct. The arrest is related to an incident that allegedly occurred on the Airport High School campus on March 26. Both Jackson and the 14-year-old victim were students at the school at the time of the alleged incident. Jackson is…

Sisters attempt at exorcism results in charges, say Columbia Police

Columbia Police Department  investigators have arrested a 28-year-old female accused of assaulting a woman during an attempted exorcism. Brittany Jones, 28, who was arrested last week, is charged with Assault – First Degree and Kidnapping. Jones is currently housed at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center under a $100,000 bond. The suspect is accused of holding the 56-year-old female victim…

Lexington County deputies seek suspect related to aggravated assault incident

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a suspect in connection to an aggravated assault. According to the sheriff’s department the assault occurred around 6:15 p.m., Friday in the 500 block of Gardner’s Terrace Road. As a result of the alleged assault, a victim was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Anyone with information about the assault, is…

Lexington County man sentenced to life for 2016 double murder

Robert Dumon Johnson – LCDC photo. Robert Dumon Johnson, 36, of Gaston, pleaded guilty Thursday to the 2016 murders of Brenda Posey and Harry Smith in Lexington County. Judge Eugene C. Griffith, Jr.sentenced Johnson to two life sentences without the possibility of parole. Eleventh Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard stated, “I’d like to commend the hard work of Deputy Solicitor Shawn…

Lexington County man sentenced to 18 years for strangulation death

Mykell “A.J.” Lerch – Lexington County Detention Center photo Mykell “A.J.” Lerch, a 25-year-old Lexington County man, was sentenced to 18 years in prison Friday, for the asphyxiation of Mark Alexander Zeigler. Zeigler was killed at his residence at 1137 Seminole Drive in West Columbia in 2013. The trial began on Monday and during the middle of the trial, Lerch…

Teen suspect identified by CPD in fatal Samson Circle shooting investigation

Columbia Police Department officers have identified a male suspect who’s now wanted in connection with a deadly shooting on Samson Circle last weekend. Investigators have outstanding arrest warrants for 18-year-old Gwan Lamont Perry, Jr. Once found, Perry will be charged with Murder, Attempted Murder, Attempted Strong Arm Robbery, and Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime. The warrants have…

Lexington man, 69, charged with criminal sexual conduct with minor under 11

David Parker- LCSD photo. Lexington County detectives have arrested a man in connection to two separate criminal sexual conduct with a minor charges. David Parker, 69, is charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 11 and criminal sexual conduct with a victim between 11-14, according to arrest warrants. “Based on information detectives have…

Man gets 50 years for sexually assaulting 2 minors in case prosecuted by 11th Circuit Solicitor

Matthew Darazs- Solicitors office photo. Matthew Darazs, of Irmo, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lexington County General Sessions Court to sexually assaulting two minors over the course of several years. Darazs, 39, pleaded guilty to three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – 2nd degree and one count of Assault and Battery – 1st degree. Circuit Court Judge William…

Shoplifting call at Lowe’s results in high-speed chase, and crash

Two people were hospitalized and a third person is in custody after a high-speed chase, Monday. The trip to the hospital was the of an accident that occurred as three suspects ran from a Richland County Sheriff’s deputy after the suspects allegedly shoplifted from a Lowe’s Home Improvement store at 7441 Two Notch Road. The incident occurred just before noon,…