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Identity of man hit and killed by train released

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died Tuesday as a result of being struck by an Amtrak train at approximately 2:40 a.m.   The incident location was the railroad crossing at 1600 Lorick Avenue, Columbia. Kevin Franklin Hayes, 46 of Longcreek Drive, Columbia, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS to Palmetto Health Richland…

More than 200 women, Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine talk vision for Columbia

By Karamie Sullivan City Manager Teresa Wilson encourages “leading ladies” to uplift and empower the young women who want a seat at the table. (City of Columbia Photo) More than two-hundred women came to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Tuesday morning to hear Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine speak. The Women’s Summit meeting was specifically developed for the women of Columbia…

Lexington Two graduation rate almost 90%, scholarship money up 47%

Some good things are happening in the Lexington Two School District. And Dr. Bill James, Lexington Two School District superintendent, was spreading the word, Tuesday. Almost 88 percent of the district’s seniors graduate from high school. James delivered the news as he addressed the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast meeting. It was held at Brookland-Cayce High School. Lexington Two’s graduation…

Lexington Police say man attacked before he was fatally shot

The Lexington Police Department continues to investigate an early morning shooting that occurred on Sunday, in the Cherokee Village neighborhood. At approximately 2:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to a shooting incident that had occurred on Cherokee Pond Court.  Upon arrival officers found a white male, who was later identified as Derek Alexander Fogle, who had been shot several times laying…

Photos show Columbia flooding

The Columbia Police Department is being dispatched to locations around the city to monitor flooding. City work crews are also at some locations to block unsafe, and flooded, roads or to clean up. Martin Luther King Park, and Five Points are depicted in the CPD photos.         

Ground broken Monday for Saluda Riverwalk to link miles of river trails

Leaders from Columbia and Richland County were on the banks of the Saluda River Monday as ground was broken for Phase One of the Saluda Riverwalk. “To see shovels in the ground is a great thing,” said Mike Dawson of the River Alliance. Bill Stangler, of the Congaree Riverkeeper, said the effort “will restore public access to the river.” The…

Flash Flood Warning issued, Columbia Police report flooding, Monday

A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for Columbia,  Dentsville, and Forest Acres until 5:45 p.m. Columbia Police are reporting flooding at  Sumter and Greene; King and Blossom, with vehicles stuck on water on Senate Street Officers are placing barricades at the flooded areas and roads. Do not drive around the barricades, police are warning. Columbia Police officers are monitoring…

Lexington man charged with leaving baby in car while car serviced

A Lexington man is charged with unlawful conduct toward a child for leaving a baby inside a car he dropped off to be serviced. Ca Mvuh, 48, left his eight-month-old daughter strapped in her car seat Sunday afternoon when he exited his car and handed the keys to a technician at the tire and lube center of the Walmart in…

Brothers Osborne to play 2017 S.C. State Fair

Country performers Brothers Osborne will entertain visitors at the 2017 South Carolina State Fair Oct. 11. The group is among six musical acts slated to perform in the Pepsi Grandstand during the fair’s 12-day run in Columbia. “This family duo has become a crowd favorite across the country, and we are pleased to have them as part of our Pepsi…

Cayce Mayor Elise Partin elected Municipal Association of S.C. president

Cayce Mayor Elise Partin was elected president of the Municipal Association of South Carolina, Saturday. The MASC held its annual meeting in Hilton Head over the weekend. “It’s pretty amazing,” Partin said Monday morning. She also said her election will benefit Cayce and the region of the state around her. The position as president, she said, will help her bring…

Lexington homicide victim identified by coroner

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a homicide that occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Sunday. The incident happened in the 100 block of Cherokee Pond Court. According to  Fisher, Derek Fogle, 31, of Lexington was pronounced dead upon arrival at an area hospital due to apparent gunshot wounds. An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday….

Columbia Fire Department responds to multiple calls of flooded cars, fire

The Columbia Fire Department responded to multiple calls of flooded roads and vehicles in downtown Columbia Sunday after heavy rains hit the area. Firefighters also put out an apartment fire at 4467 Blossom Street with black smoke. The fire was confined to one apartment, according to a fire department report. The flooded areas reported were: Franklin and Sumter Streets; Bull and…

Male shot, laying in yard, Lexington Police investigate shooting death

The Lexington Police Department is investigating an early morning shooting death that occurred within the Cherokee Village neighborhood. At approximately 2:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to a shooting incident that had occurred on Cherokee Pond Court.  Upon arrival officers found a white male had been shot several times laying in the front yard of a residence and they gave medical aid…

Coroner identifies Lake Murray drowning victim

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of an accidental drowning that took place in Lake Murray on Saturday. Ramon Priestino, 76, of Columbia was swimming with his family in the Palm Point Drive area, near his residence, when the incident occurred. It happened at approximately 2 p.m.  An autopsy has been scheduled for Sunday. The incident remains…

Man in his 70s drowns in Lake Murray, says LCSD

A drowning victim was recovered from Lake Murray near Palm Point Drive, Saturday, according to a report from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. The report said the victim was a male in his 70s. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and Irmo Fire also responded to the call. LCSD Photo

West Columbia Police Chief celebrates 20 years leading the department

West Columbia stands in the shadow of metropolitan Columbia, but its police department has a smaller-town feel. Dennis Tyndall has been the West Columbia Police Chief for 20 years. He is very pleased with his career choice. In that time there have been lots of good times. And Tyndall said he has also experienced some trying episodes. From triple-murders to…

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….