Crime

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…

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…