West Columbia

Former Lexington pastor arrested for sex crime, other victims possible say police

Eduardo Elias Cornejo (LPD photo) Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green announced the arrest of Eduardo Elias Cornejo, 34, Monday. Cornejo is charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct – Third Degree. At the time of the incident that was reported, Cornejo was an Associate Pastor of the Columbia First Seventh-Day Adventist Church which is located on Riverchase Way in Lexington. In August…

Airport High School student arrested for criminal sexual conduct at school

The Cayce Department of Public Safety has arrested and charged 17-year old Marqueze Levar Jackson with 3rd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct. The arrest is related to an incident that allegedly occurred on the Airport High School campus on March 26. Both Jackson and the 14-year-old victim were students at the school at the time of the alleged incident. Jackson is…

Spring sports season coming to an end for high school teams

The Lexington High School girls’ soccer team has clinched a fourth straight region title. LHS photo. By Thomas Grant Jr. The regular season in high school spring sports is drawing to a close. Teams in soccer, softball and baseball have either won and closing in on region titles, while the lacrosse playoffs kicked off for five teams. SOCCER Top-ranked and…

Heart and Sole Run is Saturday, to create female heart disease awareness

Women from all around will come to Columbia’s Finlay Park Saturday to participate in Lexington Medical Center’s 17th Heart and Sole Run. According to Race Director Jeanne Moffett, the purpose of the race is to create awareness about heart disease in women, which is the number one killer of women today. Moffett said this is the type of race any…

Storm causes property damage, Red Cross helping

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Storm blows through, wreaks havoc in Richland, Lexington counties

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Severe weather, possible tornado, in Columbia forecast

A tornado watch has been issued for Columbia and parts of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The tornado watch is valid until 7 p.m. Sunday. The National Weather Service’s Columbia office issued the tornado watch, Sunday. In addition, a line of thunderstorms are predicted to move in and produce strong, damaging gusts of wind, and the possibility of…

First Rhythm on the River concert of 2018 played Saturday

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Cayce’s Soiree on State – Photo gallery

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Lexington County deputies seek suspect related to aggravated assault incident

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a suspect in connection to an aggravated assault. According to the sheriff’s department the assault occurred around 6:15 p.m., Friday in the 500 block of Gardner’s Terrace Road. As a result of the alleged assault, a victim was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Anyone with information about the assault, is…

Cayce’s Soiree on State is Saturday, music, art, food, and kids events

Cayce’s Soiree on State this Saturday offers something for everybody, according to Cayce Mayor Elise Partin. She said there will be lots of live music, an area for kids, food vendors, food trucks, a trolley for convenience, and more than 40 artists. The Soiree on State begins at noon and lasts until 8 p.m. The City of Cayce has partnered…

Presbyterian retirement community holds statewide Olympic games

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Lexington County man sentenced to life for 2016 double murder

Robert Dumon Johnson – LCDC photo. Robert Dumon Johnson, 36, of Gaston, pleaded guilty Thursday to the 2016 murders of Brenda Posey and Harry Smith in Lexington County. Judge Eugene C. Griffith, Jr.sentenced Johnson to two life sentences without the possibility of parole. Eleventh Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard stated, “I’d like to commend the hard work of Deputy Solicitor Shawn…

McDaniels Automotive Group raises $507,370 for 3D mammography at LMC

The 2018 McDaniels Automotive Group Gala and Golf Classic raised $507,370 for Lexington Medical Center to expand the 3-D mammography initiative throughout our hospital’s network of care. Pictured are Former USC Head Football Coach Steve Spurrier;  Suzanne Pucci; Bill McDaniels of McDaniels Automotive Group;  LMC’s Barbara Willm, and LMC’s Tod Augsburger

Lexington Police recognized for DUI enforcement

LPD The Lexington Police Department was recognized by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, Wednesday, during the “2017 DUI Enforcement Recognition and Law Enforcement DUI Challenge” ceremony. The LPD was recognized as the “Agency of the Year” for a department size of 51-100 officers. The Lexington Police Department had 200 arrests for DUI in 2017. PFC Nick Thompson won…

Man thought to have been beaten, died of natural causes, says coroner

An autopsy to determine the cause of death of a man who was reportedly beaten while picking up his newspaper in the Cobbs Hill Subdivision was conducted on April 3, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. The autopsy concluded that the manner of death was natural. Through extensive examination and investigation, the external injuries were determined to have been…

Erica Page, of Pelion High School, named National Assistant Principal of the Year

Erica Page, assistant principal of Pelion High School. Erica Page, assistant principal of Pelion High School has been named 2018 National Assistant Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Her award announcement kicks off NASSP’s annual celebration of National Assistant Principals Week. When Page went from being a teacher in a large, 4A school to an…

Lexington 2 students create sign for City of Cayce

Several Lexington School District Two senior-level welding students from Airport High School and Brookland-Cayce High were recognized at Tuesday’s City of Cayce Council meeting. The students created a sign for use at city events and other activities. The sign will be featured at the Saturday’s Soiree on State Street. The students recognized at the council meeting were: Chance Harrelson, Bryson…

Lexington mother of 3 reported missing, has been found

A Lexington County woman who had been reported missing was located Tuesday in Aiken County. Deputies from Lexington and Aiken counties found Ashley Nicole Rabon, 26, in a house with her phone. She told investigators she left her home last month willingly. Deputies took a missing person report on Rabon March 31. Since then, investigators have been working to locate…

Columbia man identified as fatality victim hit by 3 vehicles on I-26, Sunday night

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died after being struck by multiple vehicles on Interstate 26 Westbound. The incident occurred near Exit 110 at approximately 9:30 p.m., Sunday. According to Fisher, Mr. Jeffrey Ronald Rivers, 56, of Columbia was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the incident. Mr. Rivers was attempting to…

Frank Jovanelly, former Airport High School principal, returning as interim

Frank Jovanelly A familiar face is returning to Airport High School to serve as interim principal starting Tuesday. Frank Jovanelly, who was Airport’s principal for 10 years, will now serve as interim, as the district conducts a search for a new principal. CR Hall, who has been serving in that role since February, will return to her job as principal…

Kinetic Derby Day participants get a practice run in West Columbia, Sunday

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West Columbia man dies in I-20 crash early Monday

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died Monday morning after being involved in a multi-vehicle collision. The accident occurred at approximately 4:40 a.m. on I-20 westbound at mile marker 66, Columbia. Christian Matthew Frasier, 26, of Platt Springs Road, West Columbia, was the unrestrained driver of a vehicle that lost control, struck the…

Pedestrian struck by 3 vehicles, killed on I-26 in West Columbia

Three vehicles hit a pedestrian who was trying to cross I-26 Sunday night. The incident occurred near mile marker 110 at about 9:30 p.m., according to Lance Cpl. Matt Southern of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The site of the collision is in West Columbia, in Lexington County. The collision resulted in the death of the pedestrian. A 2016 Jeep, driven…

Cardinal Newman, Lexington PAC get wins over Lexington High, Gray Collegiate in NIKE Palmetto Cup soccer tournament

(PHOTO COURTESY OF NIKE PALMETTO CUP) Gray Collegiate Academy captain Catherine McKeown, Jennifer Gonzalez and Ada Jenkins hold NIKE Palmetto Cup runner-up trophy. The 26th annual NIKE Palmetto Cup at Saluda Shoals Park could not have gone better, according to event-co-founder and Gray Collegiate Academy boys’ soccer coach Kevin Heise. “Saluda Shoals Soccer Park was awesome to work with this…