Crime

Irmo Police search for indecent exposure suspect

The Irmo Police Department has released a sketch of a man wanted for indecent exposure. Sketch of suspect (photo provided) According to reports, a woman reported that a man exposed himself to her Wednesday in the Walmart shopping center parking lot on Dutch Fork Road. The woman said he called out to get her attention and was exposed and performing…

West Columbia couple charged with homicide by child abuse

A Lexington County couple has been charged with neglecting their infant daughter until she died of malnutrition and dehydration. Filiberto Garcia (photo provided) Tracy Roach (photo provided) Filiberto Garcia, 33, and his wife, Tracy Roach, 42, were arrested Thursday and charged with homicide by child abuse. Their child, 13-month-old Madison Garcia, weighed just over nine pounds when she died Sept….

Thieves target Dodge vehicles in Richland County

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for the people responsible for a string of thefts involving Dodge vehicles. Sheriff Leon Lott said 65 Dodges of various kinds have been broken into since June 1. Many of the crimes happened in the Broad River Road, Harbison and Dentsville areas. The thieves frequently break in by damaging the driver’s door. Lott advises…

Update: Woman charged with causing Lugoff school bus wreck

A Hartsville woman has been charged with causing a wreck involving three vehicles, including a school bus, Thursday on U.S. Highway 1 near Lugoff-Elgin High School. Amber Huff, 24, is charged with driving too fast for conditions. South Carolina Highway Patrol investigators said Huff reportedly rear-ended a van just west of the high school, forcing it into the back of…

Body found on Center Street; foul play suspected

Columbia Police say a man found dead on the side of the road Thursday morning might have been murdered. A person passing near the intersection of Center and McFadden streets discovered the body and called 911. Investigators suspect foul play and are following up on leads. The Richland County Coroner’s Office is assisting with the case. If you have any…

Man charged with stealing fishing boats

A Lexington man has been arrested after deputies say he was found in possession of four stolen fishing boats and trailers, along with other stolen items. Charles Heyward Spires Jr., 26, was arrested by Lexington County Sheriff’s Department fugitive investigators Saturday in a motel room on McSwain Drive near West Columbia. Spires faces charges of second-degree burglary, grand larceny and…

Man accused of entering occupied apartments

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man accused of entering four different occupied apartments without permission. Sheriff Leon Lott said all four invasions happened between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m., with one report coming on Sept. 2, one on Monday, and two on Tuesday. All four victims were women who say they awoke to find the man inside…

4 arrested in Lexington County meth bust

The crackdown on meth labs in Lexington County continued Monday night with four more arrests. Darwin Jason Ciesielski (photo provided) Kimberly Elaine Kinney (photo provided) Charles Brandon Linton (photo provided) Cody Edward Shealy (photo provided) Officers with the Lexington County multi-agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) seized a meth lab at a home on Ivy Link Road near Leesville. A relative…

2 injured in West Columbia shooting

Many questions remain unanswered after two men were injured by gunfire in West Columbia. West Columbia Police officers were called to the 400 block of Sunset Boulevard, not far from Family Dollar, after a report of shots fired. They found nothing, but not long after that, two people arrived at local emergency rooms with gunshot wounds. Both are expected to…

2 arrested, charged with drug possession in Five Points

Columbia police have arrested two men in separate drug investigations in Five Points. Timothy Love Jr. (photo provided) Kelly Cokley (photo provided) Officers say 28-year-old Timothy Love Jr. ran Friday night when confronted on Pavilion Street and allegedly threw away baggies containing cocaine and marijuana. Love was arrested after a short chase and charged with possession with intent to distribute…

Homeowner finds burglary suspect wearing wife’s jewelry

A Camden couple told police they were quite surprised to find a woman in their house, wearing the wife’s jewelry. According to reports, the couple found their recently vacated Broad Street property had been broken into Sunday. The male homeowner told police he investigated and found a woman in the bedroom with his wife’s jewelry on. The homeowner said the…

2 men wanted in Lexington County on separate charges

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is seeking help to find two men wanted on separate charges. Brandon Joseph Brown (photo provided) Stanley Ray Lubkin (photo provided) Brandon Joseph Brown, 23, of Swansea is accused of criminal domestic violence. Brown is 5 foot 11 and weighs 174 pounds. Stanley Ray Lubkin, 25, failed to appear in court on charges of breaking…

Sumter teens charged with armed robbery

Two Sumter teenagers are in police custody Monday, accused of committing an armed robbery Sunday morning. Akeem Jarrod Johnson (photo provided) Akeem Jarrod Johnson, 19, was arrested Sunday evening. He’s charged with armed robbery, conspiracy, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A 14-year-old, whose name will not…

1 man wounded in bar parking lot shooting

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for the person who shot at a group of people, wounding one man, Saturday at a bar off Broad River Road. Witnesses say five men were standing in the parking lot outside Exclusive Bar and Reggae Grill on Zimalcrest Drive off Broad River Road around 4 a.m. Saturday. The men say a red Ford…

Lexington County enforcement team takes down 4th meth lab this week

Five days. Four meth labs. Twelve arrests. The officers of the Lexington County multi-agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) have earned a weekend off. William Jonathan Everett (photo provided) Franke Lane Medlin (photo provided) Jessica Irene Norris (photo provided) Rebecca Suzanne Parnell (photo provided) Their latest bust came before dawn Friday, as they seized a meth lab being operated at a…

Sumter High School student charged with bringing gun to school

A Sumter High School student was arrested on campus Thursday after police say they found a .45-caliber handgun in the student’s bag. The 16-year-old will be charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol, possession of a firearm on school property, minor in possession of a handgun and possession of a stolen firearm. Officers said the gun was not loaded but…

Man sentenced to 45 years for Gaston murder

A Lexington man convicted of killing a Gaston man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison. Shawn William Sharpe (photo provided) Shawn William Sharpe, 22, also was convicted of burglary and armed robbery. Sharpe, then 20,  went to a home in Gaston with another man in September 2011 to steal of money and drugs. The men put on masks…

USC Police looking for suspects in campus theft

University of South Carolina police have released a surveillance camera photo of two men wanted in connection with a theft on campus. Surveillance image of men sought by USC Police (photo provided) Officers say  the two men were seen in the LeConte Academic Building in May, and the two are described as persons of interest in the case of several…

Lexington County Narcotics Enforcement Team busts third meth lab in 3 days

It’s been an extremely busy week for the  Lexington County multi-agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET). Officers from the team have made seven arrests in three separate meth lab busts, the most recent coming Wednesday. Travis Leon Horton (photo provided) Travis Leon Horton, 26, is charged with operating a meth laboratory at his home on Bluefield Road near Lexington. He also…

Sumter High football players charged with sexual assault

Two Sumter High School football players have been arrested after a 14-year-old boy told police the players sexually assaulted him. According to a police report, the boy reported to police that 16-year-olds Deonte Lowery and Tiquan Colclough, along with a third unidentified person, assaulted him in a bathroom/locker room at Sumter High School in February. Police arrested Lowery and Colclough on…

Narcotics team busts second meth lab in 2 days in Lexington County

Officers with the Lexington County multi-agency Narcotics Enforcement Team seized a second hidden meth lab in as many days on Tuesday and made two arrests. Christy Ann Gable (photo provided) Earnest Charles Lake (photo provided) Christy Ann Gable, 37, and Earnest Charles Lake, 52, both face charges of manufacturing methamphetamine. They were arrested Tuesday at the Executive Inn at 1107 Harbor…

4 arrested in Lexington County meth lab raid

Four men have been charged with operating a meth lab outside a Lexington County motel room. Michael Wayne Anderson (photo provided) Charles Daniel Barker (photo provided) Paul Scott Kelley (photo provided) Christopher Carl Ruppe (photo provided) The county’s multi-agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) went to the Motel 6 at 1776 Burning Tree Drive on Sunday night after being told a meth…

Father charged with abusing infant twins

A Richland County man is in jail today, accused of injuring his 5-week-old twins. Michael Livingston (photo provided) Michael Livingston, 53, was arrested Monday night and is charged with two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child. Richland County Sheriff’s deputies began investigating after staff at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital alerted them that the twins had been brought to the…

Man charged with felony DUI after crash kills 2

A Columbia man is accused of driving under the influence and without a license when he was involved a wreck Monday night that killed two people in Orangeburg, according to South Carolina state troopers. Sean Aston (photo provided) Sean Aston, 21, is charged with two counts of felony DUI as well as driving without a license. According to reports, Aston’s…