Crime

Man arrested, charged with sexually assaulting 85-year-old woman

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has announced the arrest of Marquille Rondale Livingston 36. He is charged with burglary first degree, criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, and petit larceny. Following up on significant leads, Livingston was arrested on Saturday, February 17, 2018 (on his birthday) by the The Richland County Sheriff’s Department Fugitive Task Force and the Special Victim’s Unit without…

Columbia Police report 3 die in overnight shootings

CPD file photo The Columbia Police Department is investigating two deadly overnight shootings involving teenagers. The first incident occurred shortly after midnight Saturday at 6204 Benedict Street.  A teen suspect, who turned himself in to officers at CPD Headquarters, is being questioned by investigators. Charges are pending. Initial information indicates that the teen and three friends were at the home…

Rash of car break-ins in West Columbia, police seek help to identify suspects

Suspects from surveillance video. WCPD.   The West Columbia Police Department is requesting assistance from the community in locating two suspects who broke into several vehicles from Jan. 31-through-Feb. 11. Most of the thefts occurred in the Westover Acres neighborhood, which is located behind Rush’s in the 2300 block of Sunset Blvd. The two men pictured to the left were captured…

District investigated asst. principal for alleged unprofessional relationship with student, possible criminal activity

Dawn Dimmler, at a school function last year. Statement from Lexington Two School District: “As has been reported, on the evening of (Monday) the Lexington School District Two Board of Trustees voted to terminate the employment of a district assistant principal. The assistant principal, Dawn Diimmler of Airport High School, had been employed with the district since 2012. Ms. Diimmler…

Woman involved in hit-and-run moped collision has died

The female involved in a moped accident on Thursday, has died as a result of her injuries, according to a Columbia Police Department report. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts is expected to  announce the name of the woman, Saturday. Original story below Officers with the Columbia Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit are investigating a life-threatening hit and run incident involving…

Former Lexington Rep. Rick Quinn to be sentenced Monday

Rep. Rick Quinn S.C. House Photo Former Lexington Rep. Rick Quinn is scheduled to be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. Monday in a Beaufort courtroom. Quinn pleaded guilty to charges in an investigation of corruption at the South Carolina Statehouse. Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen is set to sentence Quinn. Quinn pleaded guilty to misconduct in office in December. Mullen delayed sentencing…

ATM tech robbed at BB&T ATM Thursday – help sought to ID suspects

Vehicle leaving the scene Show Caption Hide Caption Suspect Show Caption Hide Caption Robbery scene Show Caption Hide Caption A man was robbed while working on a drive-up ATM at BB&T on Harbison Blvd., Thursday. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is asking for help to identify the suspect (pictured.) Surveillance video from a nearby business confirms the suspects in the…

3 arrested on drug and weapon charges in Lexington County

Click on image to enlarge Lexington County narcotics agents arrested two men and one woman this week after executing a search warrant at a Lexington home. Michelle Eisinger, 42, is charged with possessing and trafficking illegal drugs. Jason Rivers Jr., 30, is charged with illegally possessing a firearm and failing to register as a sex offender. Kevin Vinson Jr., 36,…

Former assistant court clerk pleads guilty to embezzling public funds

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Tuesday that Ana Marin, 41, of Lexington entered a guilty plea to one count of embezzlement of public funds, value less than $10,000. The Honorable Michael G. Nettles accepted the plea and sentenced Marin to five years’ imprisonment, provided that upon the service of 90 days, the balance is suspended with probation for…

Local jeweler charged in connection with multiple burglary investigations

Columbia Police Department investigators have charged a local jeweler after he allegedly bought merchandise without a permit. Gregory Wayne Gibson, 59, is charged with Fifteen Counts of Precious Metals, Violations by Dealer – First Offense. Gibson, owner of Gibson Jewelers, Inc. on Rosewood Drive is accused of purchasing more than $149,000 worth of jewelry (gold, silver, precious metals and stones) from a…

Woman charged with murder in connection to fatal Lexington County shooting

A Gaston woman has been arrested and charged with murder in connection to a fatal shooting early this morning in southern Lexington County. Chesnee Labri Mattress, 23, is also charged with possessing a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the victim as Annette Riley, 44, of Gaston. “We’re working to determine…

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…