Crime

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department employee is subject of SLED death investigation

Lindsey Nicole Lee. LSSD Photo. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the death of a Lexington County Sheriff’s Department civilian employee. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the employee as Lindsey Nicole Lee, 31, of West Columbia. Lee died as a result of a sharp force injury, according to Fisher. “Lindsey was a valued member of the LCSD…

Sheriff Jay Koon requests SLED investigation after woman found dead

Deputies responded to the 200 block of Haleywood Lane (near Three Fountains) in West Columbia right before 9 this morning after receiving a request for a welfare check. During the welfare check, deputies found a deceased adult female inside a home. Because of a potential conflict of interest, Sheriff Jay Koon has asked the State Law Enforcement Division to lead…

21 “Travelers” plead guilty to racketeering

US Attorney Beth Drake said Tuesday that 21 defendants pleaded guilty to racketeering. The case is related to Murphy Village, in North Augusta. Those pleading guilty are: Hannah Carroll, Rose M. Mulholland, Kim Mulholland, Caroline Sherlock, Catherine Carroll, Anthony Carroll, Johnny M. Sherlock, Mary Rita Sherlock, Jimmy Gorman, Leslie Gorman, Leslie Ann Sherlock, Jimmy J. Carroll, Mary Costello, Mary Gorman…

Lexington County detectives investigate homicide, looking for victim’s car

 The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a Gaston man’s death as a homicide after deputies found his body in his home during a welfare check Monday night. 2006 Toyota Corolla (LCSD Photo.) Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the man as 67-year-old Robert John Kobylak. Link to LCSD video “We responded to Mr. Kobylak’s home in the 200…

Columbia Police identify man wanted for questioning in deadly shooting

Columbia Police Department investigators have identified a man wanted for questioning in connection with last night’s deadly shooting at the Colony Apartments. DaQuan James McCoy. (CPD Photo.) Officers want to talk with DaQuan James McCoy, 21.  It’s believed that McCoy has material information in connection with the shooting that killed a 30-year-old male victim. According to Richland County Coroner Gary…

Man sought in theft case

Suspect (LCSD Photos.) The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is asking for help identifying a man caught on video allegedly stealing from a Lexington County home during daylight hours last week. The suspect is driving what appears to be a white 1990’s Chevy S10. If you recognize him or this vehicle, please contact Crime Stoppers at 888-Crime-SC       Truck.

Columbia man charged with 15 counts related to child pornography

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson on Thursday announced the arrest of Quinton Taeshaun McClendon, 26, of Columbia, on 15 charges connected to sexual exploitation of a minor. Stock Photo (Use Permitted) Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office made the arrest. The Richland Count Sheriff’s Department, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, assisted with the…

Boy in critical condition after being shot

A 13-year-old boy was in critical condition after being shot, Sunday, according to police. Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook talks with media. (CPD Photo.) Just just before noon, Columbia Police officers responded to a house on Wild Iris Court, near Garners Ferry Road. There they found the 13-year-old boy inside with a gunshot wound to his upper body. The boy was in surgery…

Coroner releases name of man killed at Columbia restaurant

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died as a result of being involved in a shooting incident at 2:20 a.m. this morning at 205 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia. It’s the address of a Waffle House, according to an earlier report. Wayne A. Bell, 28, of Blue Ridge Terrace, Columbia was transported from the scene…

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department investigating body found, and shooting

Location of where the body was found. An investigation is underway after the discovery of a body in wooded area in the 3900 block of Fish Hatchery Road in Lexington County. The cause of death is unknown, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Twitter feed. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is also investigating a shooting in the 600 block…

Investigators identify person of interest in homicide case

Kevin Lawrence Pearson.( LCSD Photo.) Lexington County detectives have determined Kevin Lawrence Pearson is a person of interest related to the Feb. 8 homicide on Princeton Road in West Columbia.  Pearson, 25, should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on where Pearson might be should call Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC. Information can also be shared by texting “TIPSC” along…

Man who was shot Wednesday, identified by coroner

The man  found dead on Wednesday, is identified. Click to see initial report of shooting Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim as Rodney Steven Isaac , 23. He was found dead at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday on Princeton Road, near the town of South Congaree in Lexington County. (The report Wednesday indicated the shooting was near Gaston.) Isaac’s…

Man found dead at house in Lexington County

Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies are at a house near Gaston, where they found a man who was dead. Before the man was found, a 911 call was made about 11:15 a.m. to report the sound of gunshots. (LCSD Photo) “Deputies responded to find a deceased black male on residential property,” stated Adam Myrick of the sheriff’s department. The house is…

Man in Cayce officer-involved shooting identified and arrested

Charged with Pointing and Presenting a Firearm

City of Cayce Spokeswoman Ashley Hunter issued a statement Tuesday afternoon regarding the Cayce Public Safety officer involved shooting. John William Day. (LCDC Photo.) On Sunday “at approximately 8:15 p.m. Officers responded to 141 Tufton Court located in the City of Cayce for a report of gunshots coming from the residence. Officers arrived on scene and attempted to contact the occupant…

Police pursue after West Columbia shooting

There was a shooting in the parking lot of the West Columba Habitat for Humanity Restore around 3 p.m. Monday, said Capt. Scott Morrison, assistant West Columbia Police chief. The West Columbia Police Department had several units – and assistance from other law enforcement agencies-  and a helicopter on the scene looking for a man wanted in connection with that shooting. The…

UPDATE: Firefighter suspended amid fatal arson investigation

The firefighter, called a "person of interest," has refused to speak with investigators; suspended by City Manager Teresa Wilson

A Columbia firefighter labeled as a “person of interest” in a fatal Columbia fire investigation has been suspended without pay, City Manager Teresa Wilson announced late Saturday. A Columbia firefighter, pictured here in surveillance footage, is refusing to talk to with investigators probing a fatal January 29 fire in Columbia. The unnamed firefighter, labeled a “person of interest” in the…

UPDATE – Coroner identifies human remains

The human remains that were found off of Clemson Road on Wednesday have been identified. They were the remains of Dennis Wayne Lancaster, of Elgin, according to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts. Lancaster would have been 62 if he would have lived. He was reported missing Feb. 13, 2016. Lancaster died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the coroner’s…

UPDATE – Coroner identifies victims of Richland County murder-suicide

The victims of an apparent Richland County murder-suicide  have been identified. Sim Sok, 67, died of a single gunshot wound to the head, said Richand County Gary Watts. David Sok, Sim Sok’s son , 34, died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, Watts said. The two were pronounced dead Friday afternoon at the scene of the shooting. It occurred…

Fourteen suspects charged in Midlands cocaine-trafficking conspiracy

Indictment Unsealed

U.S. Attorney Beth Drake said Thursday that the Columbia Violent Gang Task Force (CVGTF) arrested 14 defendants for trafficking cocaine in the Sumter and Columbia areas. Those arrested are charged in an indictment with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine in the Midlands of South Carolina. Names of the defendants were not included in…

Feds convict Batesburg-Leesville man on drug charges

John Timothy “Mr. J.T.” Cannon faces life imprisonment for gang-related cocaine deals

A Batesburg-Leesville man faces a possible life sentence after his conviction this week on federal drug charges, U.S. Attorney Beth Drake announced Wednesday. John Timothy “Mr. J.T.” Cannon, 63, was convicted Monday by a federal jury in Columbia of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, along with four counts of using a…

Man dies after shooting earlier this month, deputies ask for help from public

The death of a man who was shot in his home earlier this month has prompted Lexington County Sheriff’s detectives to ask the public for assistance in what’s been re-categorized as a homicide investigation. The death was announced in a release from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Tuesday. 57-year-old David Washington, known to many as “John Jr.,” was injured when…

West Columbia TD Bank robbed, suspects on the loose

Suspects fled in a white, four-door Volkswagen Jetta

The West Columbia Police Department is requesting assistance from the community in locating two suspects who robbed the TD Bank, at 1926 Augusta Rd. in West Columbia. The robbery took place at approximately 11 a.m. Monday, according to WCPD Assistant Police Chief Scott Morrison. Morrison said “at approximately 11 a.m. this morning, two black males entered the bank and demanded…

Columbia Police searching for shooter

Suspect shot a Columbia man numerous times along a downtown street

The hunt continues for a suspect who shot and injured a 23-year-old victim along a Columbia street late Thursday night, police said. An unknown assailant shot the unidentified victim several times as he was walking along the 900 block of Tree Street, located between Gervais Street and Millwood Avenue. The man was taken by a friend to a local hospital…

Columbia Police seek sisters wanted for assault, shoplifting

Public tips have enabled Columbia Police to identify two sisters wanted for a recent crime. Now, police are hoping the public can also help find them. Police have outstanding arrest warrants for Tiani Stevenson, 20, and 19-year-old Monteka Stevenson. (Surveillance photo provided) Once found, they will be charged with First Degree Assault and Battery, Criminal Conspiracy and Shoplifting, police said….

Lexington man charged with sexual exploitation of a minor

Attorney General's Office to investigate

Jereme Michael Bowman, 27, of Lexington has been arrested on a charge connected to sexual exploitation of a minor, according to a release from the office of S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson. Jereme Michael Bowman. (Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Photo.) The Lexington County Sheriff’s Office, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force made the arrest. Investigators with…