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Teacher wanted on criminal sexual charge with elementary school student in Lexington County

Lexington County investigators are searching for an elementary school teacher suspected of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Hianlucas Isturiz Rodriguez. (Photo provided) Hianlucas Isturiz Rodriguez, 40, engaged in sexual battery with a Red Bank Elementary School student multiple times while on duty at the school, according to arrest warrants. Detectives have obtained warrants charging Rodriguez with two counts of…

Driver of big boat in fatal collision passed sobriety test

Lake Murray A field sobriety test was administered to the driver of a 32-ft power boat involved in a fatal collision on Lake Murray last Friday night. “He passed the test,” said Capt. Robert McCullough, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. The DNR is investigating the accident that left two people dead. McCullough said Bruce Dyer, the driver…

Midland Dixie Youth Baseball World Series champs from Pine Ridge honored at S.C. State House

1/3Teams from Pine Ridge in the House Gallery Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Midland DYB Ozone World Series Champs Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Midland DYB Coach’s Pitch World Series Champs Show Caption Hide Caption Midland Dixie Youth Baseball teams in the House Gallery. (Photos by Christy Stone) The Midland Dixie Youth Baseball All-Stars Ozone and All-Stars Coaches Pitch teams won the…

Record number of people working in South Carolina

According to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce’s March report, the job numbers in the state are strong. “The fact that nearly everyone entering the labor force in March found work is truly a testament to how robust the economy is in South Carolina. Businesses are deciding South Carolina is where they want to grow and expand and, therefore,…

Lexington County Residents’ Recycle Day is Saturday 

As part of Lexington County’s Green is Clean Month, residents will have the opportunity to recycle electronics, household hazardous waste, shred documents and donate slightly used shoes at the Recycle Day event scheduled for April 29, 2017 at White Knoll High School from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  This is also a statewide collection event of household and farmer pesticides….

A body recovered, another missing after boats collide on Lake Murray

One person was killed and another has been missing for more than 12 hours after two boats hit each other on Lake Murray Friday night. Divers are trying to find a second person, said Robert McCullough, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. He said DNR got the call regarding the the collision around 11 p.m. Friday. It happened…

Lake Murray Elementary “Fund Run” results in donations of $7,000

A new fundraiser at Lake Murray Elementary School was a big success for the school and its students. The LMES PTA sponsored its first Fund Run rather than a typical spring fundraiser this year. With the help of the Related Arts team and PTA volunteers, Mariners from every grade collected donations and ran in the race on March 31. The…

Lexington Police conducting public safety checkpoint Saturday

The Lexington Police Department will be conducting a Public Safety Checkpoint within the Town of Lexington on Saturday evening. LPD Photo Officers will be conducting the checkpoint in response to collision incidents, citizen traffic complaints, and previous enforcement in this area focused on speeding and unsafe driving practices.  Officers will be checking driver’s licenses, vehicle registration, and insurance requirements. Assisting…

Pine Ridge Women’s Club asks for prom-type dresses to help eighth graders

The Pine Ridge Women’s Club is helping Pine Ridge Middle School furnish banquet dresses for the eighth graders. The Women’s Club is asking for donations of fancy dresses, like prom dresses, all shapes and sizes. The Pine Ridge Women’s Club is accepting gifts of dresses and will return if needed. Please help by calling Hazel Kanipe at 803-600-0586 or drop off…

Woman arrested for making fake 911 calls

Columbia Police Investigators have arrested the female accused of making several fake 9-1-1 calls to dispatch centers in Richland and Lexington Counties. Jheri Leil Polite (GDC Photo) “We’re glad an arrest has been made in this case,” Lexington County Sheriff Koon says. “More than 70 calls for service had been made to Lexington County’s communications center since March 25. We’re…

Lexington man gets 10 years for receiving child pornography

Scott Eric Fernquist, 22, of Lexington, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Columbia, for receiving child pornography, according to a press release from US Attorney Beth Drake. US District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis of Columbia sentenced Fernquist to 10 years in prison, $4,000 restitution, and 25 years of supervised release. During his term of supervised release, Fernquist will be…

Gary Adams named B-L High School football coach, assistant athletic director

Gary Adams (Photo Submitted) Gary Adams, has been selected as head football coach for the Batesburg-Leesville High School Panthers.. Currently, he is a Batesburg-Leesville Middle School physical education teacher and head middle school girls’ basketball coach. Adams also is Batesburg-Leesville High defensive coordinator for the varsity football team and boys and girls track head coach. He was selected from a…

Lexington School District 3 hires new administrators

1/3Eric Gambrell Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Mackenzie Taylor Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Era Roberts Show Caption Hide Caption The Lexington County School District 3 Board of Trustees has hired three new administrators for the 2017-18 school year. The Board  approved the hiring of Eric Gambrell as Assistant Principal of Batesburg-Leesville High School beginning July 1. Gambrell will assume the role of…

Burned body was teenager, Lexington County Deputies investigating homicide

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a Columbia teen as a homicide. Columbia firefighters found the teen in a wooded area of the 200 block of Columbiana Drive, according to detectives. He was treated for a bullet wound and burns before dying in an apartment complex parking lot close to where firefighters encountered him. Click to…

Lexington Police, Chick-fil-A offer child car seat check Wednesday

The Lexington Police Department, in an effort to promote child passenger seat safety, is offering a child seat check. It’s scheduled for Wednesday morning. Child Passenger Seat Technicians will be available from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the parking lot of Chick-fil- A Saluda Pointe,  4295 Sunset Blvd. in Lexington. Chick-fil- A Saluda Pointe will be providing coffee and…

Lexington Police seek help to identify cigarette burglar

1/3Burg1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Burg 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Burg3 Show Caption Hide Caption LPD Photos The Lexington Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the individual involved in a recent burglary at the Rainbow Gas Garden in Lexington. Police also have images of a vehicle seen driving to and from the incident location. At approximately…

Dr. Arthur Coogler honors late wife with scholarships to Midlands Tech dental students

Left to right: Coogler children Chuck Huntley and Shawn Huntley, dental hygiene student Laci Hulon, Dr. Art Coogler, expanded duty dental assisting student Amanda Hagood, and Coogler daughter Debbie Fitzmaurice. (Contributed) In 2015 the Midlands Technical College Foundation received $50,000 to establish the Patricia Mogel Coogler Dental Sciences Endowed Scholarship. This month, the Midlands Technical College Foundation awarded Coogler scholarships…

 1,000 runners getting ready for Spring Girls on the Run 5k, April 29

Girls on the Run in Cayce. (Terry Ward Photo) The streets of Cayce will be full of runners on April 29. More than  1,000 runners are getting ready for the Spring Girls on the Run 5k. There will be 27 teams from the Midlands running. WHAT:       More than 1,000 runners are expected to hit the streets for Girls on the Run 5K. This…

William Amick, Lexington High grad, named Outstanding Agricultural Alumnus at Clemson

William B. Amick (Photo Submitted) William B. Amick, a graduate of Lexington High School, has been named the Outstanding Young Agricultural Alumnus at Clemson University. Amick, a 2012 Clemson University graduate with a degree in applied economics and statistics and a minor in business administration, is a partner, advisor, and registered representative with Amick and Associates in Columbia where he…

Lexington County Deputy intervenes before potential suicide jump from bridge

Thousands of cars drive over I-26 on St. Andrews Road every day. On Monday, Deputy James Forgione was one of those drivers, but after seeing a man by the railing, something told him to stop.  Link to Lexington County Sheriff’s Dept. video here Deputy James Forgione and Colby Gallagher. Lexington County Sheriff’s Department photo. “You’re used to seeing somebody walk…

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department provides voice sample of false 911 caller

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department has released a voice sample of the person making false 911 calls to the county’s dispatch center. Click on the link and listen to see if you recognize the voice. Most of the calls are coming from the St. Andrews area. Click link to hear voice sample of false 911 caller Link to initial false…

Home Depot, Lexington Police kick off “Free Fan Program”

With the warmest months of the year fast approaching, the Lexington Police Department is already looking forward to donations of box fans from Town of Lexington residents and businesses in order to continue this successful community program. Home Depot Free Fan kick off. (Photo Submitted) This week Chief Terrence Green, along with officers of the Community Action Team (C.A.T.), met…

Pedestrian killed overnight on I-26 Identified, struck by multiple vehicles

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the person who was struck and killed, early Thursday. The victim was walking in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 26 near the 113 exit in Lexington County. The incident occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m. Fisher said that Darlene R. Tager, 67, of Gaston died at the scene from multiple body trauma after she…

Lexington County Sheriff investigates false 911 calls

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department has opened an investigation into who has made dozens of unfounded 911 calls since late March. “We believe a woman made all the calls using an out-of-service cellphone that still has the capability of making 911 calls,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Fortunately, all these turned out to be false alarms but we’ve tied…