Crime

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…

Lexington Police issue sketch of suspect

The Lexington Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the individual who attempted a strong arm robbery of an elderly victim. At approximately 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, a male approached an 88 -year-old victim at the Quality Inn, at 328 West Main St. The suspect pressed an unknown object to the back of the victim’s head and attempted…

Boo Boo returns home after dog is stolen with car

Boo Boo’s back home and all is well. Debrah Boulanger’s dog “Boo Boo” was in the car of a friend, when the car was stolen from the Triangle City area in West Columbia on June 10. With Boo Boo, a brown Chihuahua missing, the West Columbia Police Department announced that the car, and Boo Boo, had been stolen. They were…

Lexington Police look for man impersonating U.S Marshal

The Lexington Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man who presented himself as a Federal Law Enforcement officer. At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, the man pictured  went into the Gamestop at 5570 Sunset Blvd. in Lexington. He identified himself as a U.S. Marshal, police said. The subject attempted to convince employees that he needed access to…

Death of musician ruled justifiable homicide

The death of a man who died Tuesday night has been ruled as a justifiable homicide by investigators. Keith Dominick, 53, died at his ex-girlfriend’s Lake Murray home of strangulation and blood loss, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Dominick broke into the woman’s house in the 500 block of Hiller Road in Chapin. He cut his arm severely…

Lexington deputies publish photos of suspects in alleged truck theft

Do you know this woman? She drove a red Camry to a car dealership, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. Her male passenger stole a Dodge truck that was for sale. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is looking for her. If you have any information about these two people or the vehicles, please call Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.

Lexington County man gets 50 years for murder to stop witness from testifying

John Christopher Hart, 28, of Lexington County  was sentenced to fifty years in prison for the murder of Paula Justice. Justice, 43,  also of Lexington County, was killed in 2013. Eleventh Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard announced the sentence, Thursday. After a week-long trial, the jury deliberated for four-and-a-half hours before returning the guilty verdict, convicting Hart of murder. During sentencing, Hart maintained…

Columbia man arrested on solicitation of a minor charge 

 South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Abdoulaye Omar Thiam, 38, of Columbia, on one charge connected to the solicitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Attorney General’s Office made the arrest.  ICAC investigators with the Richland County Sheriff’s Office, Air Force Office of Special Investigations and Naval Criminal Investigative Service,…

Lexington County man wanted on murder charge

An arrest warrant for murder has been issued for a 22-year-old Swansea man suspected of fatally shooting a man Tuesday evening. “Our detectives have determined Jeremy Antonio Williams is a suspect in the homicide on South Hampton Road,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “He should be considered armed and dangerous.” Deputies responded to the 100 block of South Hampton…

Cayce officers who were shot, still hospitalized

The two Cayce Public Safety officers- who were shot Saturday morning-  are still in the hospital. City of Cayce Spokeswoman Ashley Hunter confirmed the status of the officers Monday morning. “Our Cayce officers and families appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers. We hope they are able to return home soon,” Hunter said. The two officers and a man running from police were…

6 men arrested in Lexington County child pornography crackdown

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, along with Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon, announced the arrest of the following six individuals on charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors. Sean Austin Wilcox, William C. Freeman, Jacob Tyler Burks, Rodney Black, James Cecil Deese, Stephen Ray Downs. (LCSD Photos) Arrested were: Sean Wilcox (age 21) of Lexington, William Freeman (age…

Pig breaks out of Lexington County stray animal pen, now in custody, headed for new home

“Suspect” pig apprehended. (LCSD Photos) Taken from amateur video of pig on the loose in Lexington. A pig broke out of the Lexington County stray animal pen Wednesday afternoon. The pig was recaptured Wednesday night and the pig pen was reinforced to prevent future break-outs. And according  to a Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Tweet, the “suspect” pig is headed to…

Teacher wanted on criminal sexual charge with elementary school student in Lexington County

Lexington County investigators are searching for an elementary school teacher suspected of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Hianlucas Isturiz Rodriguez. (Photo provided) Hianlucas Isturiz Rodriguez, 40, engaged in sexual battery with a Red Bank Elementary School student multiple times while on duty at the school, according to arrest warrants. Detectives have obtained warrants charging Rodriguez with two counts of…

Columbia SAFE Federal Credit Union branch robbed

The  SAFE Federal Credit Union, Garners Ferry branch, at 7836 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, was robbed shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, according to Kevin Tanzillo speaking for SAFE. Richland County Sheriff’s Department Photo. The branch will remain closed on Monday in order to facilitate an investigation by the Richland County Sherriff’s Department. SAFE plans to reopen the branch location as…

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…