Crime

1 arrested after meth lab found in Lexington County home

A Lexington man has been arrested after 0fficers with the Lexington County multi-agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) say they found him operating a meth lab in a home on Two Notch Road. Deandre Malcolm Black (photo provided) Deandre Malcolm Black, 38, faces a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine, as well as a family court bench warrant that was issued after Black…

Photos of burglary suspect released

Richland County Sheriff’s Department investigators are asking for help to find a man suspected in a burglary. The burglary suspect (photo provided) Sheriff Leon Lott released surveillance photos of the man who appeared to be in the act of stealing lumber, plywood and a grill Aug. 22 from Stock Building Supplies on Flintlake Road. The same business has been robbed…

Man tries to kidnap woman near USC

Columbia Police officers are looking for a man who grabbed a woman and tried to kidnap her Tuesday morning near the University of South Carolina campus. Investigators said the woman was walking on Pickens Street between Blossom and Greene streets about 10:30 a.m. when a black man in his 30s with short hair and a stubbly beard grabbed her and…

Scammer posing as Richland County Sheriff’s lieutenant

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is warning residents to be on the lookout for a con artist posing as a member of his department. Lott said several people have gotten calls from someone posing as a lieutenant with the Sheriff’s Department. The scammer tells people that there is a bench warrant for their arrest and that they must go and…

Deputies: Man caught driving stolen motorcycle

A Gilbert man has been arrested and charged with possession of two stolen motorcycles. Steven Anthony Dennis (photo provided) Steven Anthony Dennis, 24, was arrested Thursday, after Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies say he was caught driving one of the stolen motorcycles, as well as driving with a suspended license. According to Sheriff James Metts, Dennis is accused of stealing one…

Update: Teen charged with West Campanella Drive killing

A Columbia teenager was arrested Monday night in the fatal shooting of a woman on West Campanella Drive on Sunday morning. Deante Dominic-Ali Wittich, 16, is charged with murder and is expected to be tried as an adult. Columbia Police Department investigators think the shooting was gang-related. Amanda McKemie, 22, was shot in the head while riding in a car…

Update: Woman in West Campanella Drive killing identified

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the woman killed while riding in a car in Columbia early Sunday morning. Amanda McKemie, 22, of Gaston died Sunday afternoon from complications of a gunshot wound to the head, according to Watts. Columbia Police officers are investigating the shooting, which happened Sunday around 1 a.m. on West Campanella Drive…

Lexington father, son charged with defrauding terminally ill patients

A Lexington father and son have been charged with running a scam designed to illegally make money by taking advantage of the terminally ill. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint Friday in federal court in Columbia against Benjamin S. Staples and his son, Benjamin O. Staples. The SEC claims the men preyed upon dying people who were…

Woman shot, killed while riding in car

Columbia Police are looking for a killer after a woman was fatally shot while riding in a car on West Campanella Drive off Farrow Road. The driver of the car in which the victim was riding said he heard gunfire around 1 a.m. Sunday and then saw his passenger had been shot in the head. He called 911 and drove…

Update: Second suspect arrested in convenience store shooting

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies have charged a second man with murder after a shooting at a convenience store on Hunt Club Road Thursday night. Tevin Richardson (photo provided) Dequan Vereen (photo provided) Tevin Richardson, 21, was arrested Friday. Deputies said they suspect Richardson was involved in the fatal shooting of Robert Jewell, 51, who was killed while sitting in his…

3 wounded in Columbia nightclub shooting

Three people were shot in the parking lot outside a Columbia nightclub early Sunday morning. Richland County Sheriff’s deputies said the shooting happened around 2 a.m. According to reports, a group of people was escorted out of Club Sidepockets on Hazelwood Road near Garners Ferry Road by security guards. One or more people from the group then began shooting, hitting…

Man arrested in motel shooting

A Richland County man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder in connection with a shooting at a local motel Saturday. Rodney Robinson (photo provided) Sheriff’s deputies arrested Rodney Robinson, 48, Saturday night. Robinson is accused of shooting two people at the Palmetto Inn on Morninghill Drive off Bush River Road near Interstate 26 early Saturday morning. Deputies think…

4 arrested in West Columbia meth lab bust

Tonya Marie Holland (photo provided) Eddie Mart Johnson (photo provided) Kayla Elizabeth Mattoni (photo provided) Four people were arrested Friday and charged with operating a methamphetamine lab in West Columbia. Paul Edward Worrell, Jr. (photo provided) Officers with the Lexington County multi-agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) arrested Tonya Marie Holland, 31; Eddie Mart Jordan, 49; Kayla Elizabeth Mattoni, 31; and…

Update: Man charged in case of body found on Center Street

Columbia Police officers have arrested a man who is accused of shooting another man to death and leaving his body by the side of a road last week. Kenny Edward Goree (photo provided) Kenny Edward Goree, 41, has been charged in the murder of 37-year-old Samuel Clemons. Clemons was found dead near the intersection of Center and McFadden streets on the…

2 arrested in connection with 3-month crime spree

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested a West Columbia man Friday in connection with a property crime spree that occurred between May 21 and Sept. 5. Gene Carroll “Fuzzy” Rutland, Jr. (photo provided) Rachel Ann Hobson (photo provided) Gene Carroll “Fuzzy” Rutland Jr., 31, is accused of stealing two all-terrain vehicles, one golf cart, one fishing boat, one chainsaw and one…

Man charged with murder in Lexington County stabbing

A West Columbia man was charged with murder Friday in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Lexington man earlier this year. Richard Earl Barnes (photo provided) Richard Earl Barnes, 41, already was being held at the Lexington County Detention Center on charges of being an accessory after the fact to murder, manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing marijuana. Lexington County Sheriff’s…

Sumter man charged with child pornography possession

An undercover operation led by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, has led to the arrest of a man on charges related to possessing child pornography. Tremayne Quentez Fritz, 28, of Sumter was arrested Wednesday, according to South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson. Wilson said a search warrant was executed at…

Update: 1 arrested in connection with convenience store shooting

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested one man and are looking for two suspects in connection with a fatal shooting at a convenience store Thursday night. Coroner Gary Watts said 51-year-old Robert H. Jewell was killed by a gunshot wound to the upper body while sitting in his car outside the Food Fare store on Hunt Club Road near O’Neil…

Man killed in convenience store shooting

A man was fatally shot Thursday night while sitting in his car outside a Richland County convenience store. The shooting happened around 8 p.m. in the parking lot of the Food Fare store on Hunt Club Road near O’Neil Court. Richland County Sheriff’s deputies think the victim knew the person who killed him and are looking for two men and…

Lexington County deputies search for 3 men in separate cases

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is asking for help in finding three wanted men. Brandon Joseph Brown (photo provided) Christopher Scott Chaney (photo provided) Michael Wayne Steele (photo provided) Brandon Joseph Brown, 24, is wanted on a charge of criminal domestic violence. His last known address was 115 Martin Neese Road, Swansea. Brown is 5 foot 11, weighs 174 pounds,…

Man charged with lottery ticket theft

One man has been arrested, and authorities still are looking for a second suspect after lottery tickets were stolen from a Blythewood gas station. Troy Dajon Belton (photo provided) Troy Dajon Belton, 19, was arrested by Richland County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with burglary, larceny and possession of tools capable of being used in a crime. Belton and the second…

Man accused of indecent exposure near Kohl’s children’s section

A local man has been arrested after Columbia Police officers say he was seen exposing himself in public. Dedric Isreal (photo provided)Dedric Isreal, 34, is charged with indecent exposure. Isreal is accused of exposing and fondling himself near the children’s section of Kohl’s department store on Harbison Boulevard. Two loss-prevention officers at the store told police they witnessed the incident…

Brett Parker, 2 others convicted on federal gambling charges

Convicted murderer Brett Parker, his father and a third man were found guilty Wednesday of running an illegal gambling ring in Irmo. Brett Parker (photo provided) Parker, his father, Jack, and Doug Taylor, were found to have been part of a gambling operation large enough to break federal laws. The jury took more than five hours to reach their verdict….

Inquest jury clears Columbia Police officers in Ajani Mitchell shooting

A coroner’s inquest jury found that Columbia Police officers acted in self-defense when they fatally shot Ajani Mitchell in May. Medical Examiner Dr. Bradley Marcus uses a mannequin to describe Mitchell’s wounds to the jury (photo by Allen Wallace) The verdict, returned Wednesday afternoon, rules that the officers were defending their safety  and that of others in the area. The…