Crime

Two arrested in Marion Street carjacking

Two men are in jail Friday night after Columbia Police say they stole a car and refused to stop for officers Friday afternoon. James Davis (photo provided) Telvin Grayson (photo provided) Telvin Grayson, 22, and James Davis, 24, face charges of carjacking, attempted armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Grayson also will…

Four charged in Lexington County burglary

Four Gilbert men have been arrested and charged with breaking into another person’s workshop and stealing scrap metal. Adam Kevin Branham (photo provided) Antoine Damarco Stroman (photo provided) Meechie Joseph Stroman (photo provided) Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies said Michael Damien Blasco, 17, Adam Kevin Branham, 22, Antoine Damarco Stroman, 19, and Meechie Joseph Stroman, 18, are charged with second-degree burglary….

Deputies: Woman’s claim of sexual assault was untrue

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies have found that a woman’s report of being sexually assaulted in her home Wednesday was not true. The woman told investigators that a man knocked on the door of her home on Wood Oak Road in Blythewood. She claimed that when she opened the door, he forced his way in and sexually assaulted her. However, after…

Gas station employee shot; suspect sought

An employee at Joe’s Amoco on Garners Ferry Road was shot Thursday night while taking out the trash. It happened around 10:45 at the 8000 Garners Ferry Road business. The employee told Richland County Sheriff’s deputies he was shot by a black male with dreadlocks, wearing a black hoodie and white shoes. He said the shooter left the scene in…

Richland County deputies investigate stabbing

One man is in the hospital Friday after an early morning stabbing in Richland County. The victim tells deputies he was drinking with another man on Long Shadow Lane around 5 a.m., when the suspect stabbed him in the upper body and stole money from him. The victim was able to leave the area and called 911. His injury is…

Increased game night police presence clear in Five Points

The most common sight Thursday night in Five Points as the University of South Carolina kicked off football season was most likely the Gamecocks’ No. 7 jersey worn by many fans. A close second, though, was the bright-yellow safety vests worn by Columbia Police officers making sure the celebration was a safe one. Columbia Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago chats…

Man arrested for robbery in Sumter

A Sumter man is in jail Thursday, accused of robbing a local convenience store . Jwain Dennis Francis (photo provided) Jwain Dennis Francis, 23, is accused of robbing the El Cheapo store at 390 S. Guignard Drive. According to police reports, the suspect claimed to have a gun and took money from the clerk. Police received an anonymous tip leading…

Man wanted for sexual assault in Blythewood

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies say a man sexually assaulted a woman after forcing his way into her Blythewood home Wednesday. The man knocked on the door of the home on Wood Oak Road just after 6 p.m. The victim said when she opened the door, the suspect forced his way into the home and sexually assaulted her. The suspect is a black…

Photos of daylight liquor store robber released

Richland County deputies are hoping surveillance images can help identify the man who robbed a liquor store Monday afternoon. Surveillance image of robber (photo provided) According to reports, the suspect pointed a gun at an employee at a liquor store on Farrow Road near S.C. Highway 277 and demanded cash. He took money from the register, then escaped in gray…

Deputies search for library burglar

Not everything is free, not even at the library, and Richland County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a person who might be confused on that point. Surveillance photo of burglar (photo provided) They think the person broke into and robbed the Richland County Library branch on Parklane Road three separate times over the past six weeks. The burglar first struck…

Former White Knoll athletic director pleads guilty to embezzling booster club money

The ex-athletic director at White Knoll High School entered a guilty plea Wednesday on charges of embezzling money from the school’s athletic department funds. Bryan Butz (photo provided) Bryan Butz took money from the White Knoll booster club between 2006 and 2010. As athletic director, he had access to funds raised by the boosters, which were intended to buy uniforms…

Domestic violence suspect wanted by Lexington Police

Jose Luise Ortiz (Provided) The Lexington Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man accused of injuring a woman and child at their home. Jose Luise Ortiz, 22, of Columbia, is wanted on multiple charges following an Aug. 24 incident. He is accused of assaulting a female acquaintance. The woman and a child she was holding…

Lexington attorney pleads guilty to mail fraud

A well-known Lexington attorney accused of stealing more than $1 million from clients has pleaded guilty to mail fraud in federal court. Richard Breibart (photo provided) Richard Breibart,62,  agreed to a deal with prosecutors in which he entered the guilty plea on one of 10 federal charges he faced, including extortion and wire fraud. A judge could sentence him to…

Lugoff man charged with soliciting 14-year-old for sex

A day at work was interrupted by a trip to jail for a 31-year-old Lugoff man now charged with criminal solicitation of a minor in Darlington County. Adam Dale Triplett (photo provided) Adam Dale Triplett, a computer technician for KershawHealth, was arrested at the Kershaw County Medical Center. Investigators say Triplett is suspected of sending illicit text messages to a…

Richland County deputy cleared of civil rights violation accusation

A Richland County Sheriff’s deputy has been cleared of accusations of violating a prisoner’s civil rights. Late Tuesday night, a federal jury found in favor of the deputy, who had been accused by Charles Green. In January 2008, deputies investigating reports of drugs and guns at a house in Northwest Richland County found Green visiting the house. When they confronted…

Man accused of killing elderly man for moped

A Kershaw County man is accused of killing an elderly man and stealing his moped, with money for drugs suspected to be his motive. Willie Thomas Starnes (photo provided) Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said Willie Thomas Starnes, 32, and another man are suspected of intentionally hitting 67-year-old Alan Thomas Robinson with a truck Monday as Robinson was driving his…

UPDATE: USC student charged with ambush, stabbing at Five Points bar

A 19-year-old University of South Carolina student is in jail Tuesday after Columbia Police say he is accused of stabbing an employee at Sharky’s in Five Points. According to police, the suspect hid inside the bar until after closing time early Tuesday morning, and then surprised two employees as they were cleaning. They say the suspect stabbed one of the…

USC technology helps in search for possible second victim of Freddie Grant

Volunteers from USC are using technology to help search for a missing woman authorities think might have been killed by Freddie Grant, the same man who killed Gabbiee Swainson. Adriana Laster (photo provided) Adriana Laster, 28, disappeared in March 2012 and last was seen in Elgin with Grant. On Tuesday, USC faculty and student volunteers searched the area where Gabbiee’s…

Man on Lexington County wanted list arrested

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department’s list of wanted men and women is now one shorter. John Franklin Collier (photo provided) Deputies arrested 49-year-old John Franklin Collier on Tuesday. He was wanted on two counts of petit larceny and two counts of obtaining signatures or property under false pretenses. Petit larceny under South Carolina law is theft of property valued at…

4 arrested in shoplifting bust

Chapin police have made four arrests in what they think might be part of a larger shoplifting operation in the Midlands. Antwone Anderson (photo provided) Isaac Porter (photo provided) Donnie Furtick (photo provided) Carmella Harding (photo provided) Antwone Anderson, Isaac Potter, Donnie Furtick and Carmella Harding will be charged in connection with at least three shoplifting incidents in Chapin. All four…

3 arrested in connection with copper theft

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies arrested three people after receiving reports of a burglary. Gregory Skinner, 33, and his cousin Danny Skinner, 27, are charged with stealing the copper. Melea Walker, 45, is charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Deputies received a 911 call Thursday afternoon reporting a burglary in progress at Horrell Hill Baptist Church in Hopkins. Deputies…

Brothers charged in school, residential burglaries

Two brothers already arrested in Charleston County also will face charges of multiple burglaries in Richland County. Christopher Carroll (L) and Dustin Carroll (photo provided) Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said 22-year-old Christopher Carroll and 20-year-old Dustin Carroll are suspected of burglarizing Joseph Keels Elementary School three separate times, in addition to burglarizing two residences near the school. Lott said…

Man charged in string of burglaries

Already in jail facing burglary charges, a Richland County man is now accused of committing five other similar crimes. Terrance Ramont Miler (photo provided) Terrance Ramont Miller, 38, is now charged with six counts of burglary and five counts of larceny. He was arrested June 12 in connection with the theft of a notary seal on Brighton Hill Road. Investigators…

Sumter man charged in fatal hit-and-run

A man is in jail Saturday after police say he confessed to his role in a hit-and-run incident that killed a woman Friday night in Sumter. Tyrone Dennis (photo provided) Tyrone Willie Dennis, 25, turned himself in to the Sumter Police Department on Saturday morning and faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. According to…