Crime

4 males charged in Vista Shooting investigation, police looking for vehicle

Four men are facing charges in connection with the shooting which wounded eight people in the Vista early Saturday morning. Police are still looking for a vehicle of interest in connection with the shooting; a black, 2006 BMW 3-Series with South Carolina plate NLB-507. The suspects are § John Bates, Jr., 28, charged with seven counts of attempted murder, possession…

West Columbia Police looking for man in connection to robbery

1/2Rob 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Rob 1 Show Caption Hide Caption The West Columbia Police Department is asking for help to locate a man who is accused of robbing the Circle K at 2308 Augusta Rd. in West Columbia. Police said an armed robbery occurred on Tuesday at approximately 11 p.m. The suspect entered the business, according to police,…

Identity of burglary suspect sought by Lexington Police

 Lexington Police  Chief Terrence Green is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the individual involved in a burglary at the Lexington Dry Cleaning located at 485 Industrial Drive in Lexington. During the early morning of Wednesday, a white male entered the Lexington Dry Cleaning by breaking out the front window of the business. During the burglary, an undisclosed amount…

Lexington County teen charged in stabbing incident

Jaylen Wiggins, (LCSD Photo) Jaylen Wiggins, 17, is charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime after stabbing the victim three times in the head area, according to arrest warrants. “The victim and Wiggins were involved in a verbal argument when Wiggins pulled out a silver pocket knife,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Wiggins…

Columbia Police investigate armed robbery at Arthur State Bank

Columbia Police investigators are releasing surveillance pictures of a male suspect accused of stealing money on September 1 from Arthur State Bank located at 1700 Gervais Street in an effort to identify him. The suspect was armed with a gun, which he presented to a teller before demanding money. He fled the scene in a red pick-up truck. No one…

Indictment alleges Columbia man tortured murder victim with hot screwdriver

Antonio Miller, 38, of Columbia was indicted Thursday according to a release from the office of US Attorney Beth Drake. She stated in the release that a Federal Grand Jury in Columbia returned a multiple-count indictment against Miller in connection to a drug-related murder in Aiken. Miller has been was charged with use of a firearm in furtherance of a…

Pot smell drifts to Main St. store, Columbia Police seize drugs, more than $100K cash

Members with the Columbia Police Department’s Organized Crime and Narcotics Unit have arrested a 31-year-old man after a search warrant uncovered thousands in cash and drugs. Officers executed the search warrant Monday afternoon at Brain Canty’s home, at 1601 Main Street (Lofts at Lourie’s) after CPD received multiple complaints that Mast General store, directly below the apartment, smelled like marijuana….

Man charged in Lexington County after roadside shooting

Lexington County deputies arrested an Orangeburg man this morning and charged him with attempted murder after he fired shots at two people in a car. Martel Dekarlos Gaddis, 34, is charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of possessing a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants. “Deputies responded to a call of shots fired…

Counterfeiters passing bills in Lexington, police say

The Lexington Police Department is warning businesses in the Town of Lexington of a series of incidents in which counterfeit currency was passed as payment in an effort to collect change. Beginning in early June, according to Police Chief Terrence Green,  and continuing into August, officers have responded to approximately two dozen incidents where counterfeit currency was used as payment…

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department investigating a shooting

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a shooting on Villa Court off Emanuel Church Road. A male victim was shot in the upper body, according to a LCSD report. The victim was transported by EMS to the hospital for treatment. The victim is reportedly in stable condition after surgery. No further information is available on the his condition Detectives…

Lexington County man pepper sprays victim, then stabs him, says sheriff

Lexington County deputies arrested a Swansea man early Sunday morning after a man was stabbed at a Gator Road home. Jacob Earl Harley, 37, is charged with attempted murder and possessing a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants. “Based on what investigators determined at the scene, Harley drove to the victim’s house to fight him,” Lexington County…

2 males shot in Gilbert, LCSD deputies investigating

Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting at a house in the 100 block of Indian Trace Court in Gilbert about 11:15 Tuesday night, Two males suffered gunshot wounds to the upper body, according to a report from the LCSD. Both were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

Lexington County man gets 20 years for domestic violence that injured infant

Jason Leaphart (LCDC Photo) Repeat offender Jason Leaphart, 27, of Ben Franklin Road in Leesville, received a combined sentence of 20 years for Domestic Violence, Unlawful Conduct towards a Child, and violating probation. The sentenced was announced Wednesday by the office of Eleventh Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard. Leaphart injured an infant during a domestic violence assault. He received an active…

Lexington Police say man attacked before he was fatally shot

The Lexington Police Department continues to investigate an early morning shooting that occurred on Sunday, in the Cherokee Village neighborhood. At approximately 2:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to a shooting incident that had occurred on Cherokee Pond Court.  Upon arrival officers found a white male, who was later identified as Derek Alexander Fogle, who had been shot several times laying…

Lexington County man charged with attempted murder after fight with family member

A Chapin man is charged with attempted murder for threatening a family member with a butcher knife and knocking the victim unconscious. Nicholas David Powlas, 42, also faces two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child because of his actions toward juvenile family members during the altercation Saturday, according to arrest warrants. Deputies said Powlas was aggressive toward the children….

Man wanted in Tennessee is caught in South Congaree, after escape

Joshua Allen Irwin, a subject who allegedly escaped custody with assistance Thursday, has been captured. Irwin  28, is wanted in Tennessee on federal larceny charges and was in a stolen car from Lexington, according to a report from the South Congaree Police. The South Congaree Police Department is also reporting the arrest.  Sgt Singleton of the South Congaree Police Dept,…

Lexington County man charged with criminal sexual conduct with minor

Michael Shawn Smith A Swansea man has been arrested and charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 11. Michael Shawn Smith, 34, is charged with inappropriately kissing a victim multiple times between December 2016 and March 2017, according to arrest warrants. “This arrest and charge are part of an ongoing investigation,” Lexington County…

Columbia Police investigate shooting

The Columbia Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred  early Wednesday morning. According to a police report a person was shot at the intersection of Park Street and Elmwood Avenue.   The victim was taken to the hospital. Police personnel are working leads in the case. It has been called an isolated incident. Several witnesses have been interviewed. A male…

39 handguns stolen, deputies ask for assistance

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department would like to talk to the men pictured about a break-in at JC’s Outdoors Tuesday. In the break-in, 39 handguns were stolen. The people deputies would like to talk to left in a tan or gold Camry. Anyone with information can call detective Stokes @ 803-422-5602 or leave an anonymous tip  at MidlandsCrime at 888-Crime-SC

Richland County deputies investigate early morning shooting

A person was shot at a local nightclub early Saturday morning. Richland County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the incident outside of Club Vault, 3106 Broad River Road. According to a sheriff’s department report, someone who was sitting in a different vehicle fired shots and shot the person, who was also in a vehicle. The person shot was taken to the hospital and…

3 arrested, including 16-year-old, as part of motel attempted murder investigation

Columbia Police investigators have arrested three males in connection with a shooting and armed robbery that occurred at a local hotel earlier this week. Devonte Anderson, 22, is charged with Attempted Murder, Armed Robbery, Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime, and Criminal Conspiracy. Anderson was arrested late this afternoon at the North Main Street library by the Columbia…

Columbia Police ask for help to identify robbery suspect

Columbia Police Officers have released surveillance pictures of an armed robbery suspect in an effort to identify him. The suspect who disguised part of his face, robbed a LaQuinta Inn employee at gunpoint while demanding money from the register. No one was injured during the incident. Officers were dispatched to 7333 Garners Ferry Road around 1:30 Friday morning. The robber…