Crime

Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey says Courson indictments “shaken the public’s confidence”

Friday, Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey issued the following statement following the indictments of Senator John Courson: Sen. Shane Massey “I am saddened and, quite honestly, shocked by the allegations of misconduct against Senator John Courson.  Senator Courson is one of the most popular and well-respected members of the Senate, and he has provided valuable leadership on many difficult issues. …

Estranged husband charged in violent death of Lindsey Lee, Lexington Sheriff’s employee

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division has charged Jason Don Lee, 38, of Simpsonville with murder in the death of Lindsey Nicole Lee, his estranged wife. Jason Lee (Glenn Detention center Photo.) She is the civilian employee of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department who was found dead, during a welfare check, on Tuesday, in her home. The home where Lee was found…

Lexington Sheriff’s Department investigates stabbing at flea market

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a reported stabbing incident that happened Wednesday afternoon at the U.S. 1 Metro Flea Market. The flea market is between West Columbia and Lexington. After interviewing witnesses, the sheriff’s department reported that it had identified a suspect. The sheriff’s department also said the victim left the scene before they could talk to him.

Columbia Police investigating fatal hit-and-run

The Columbia Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit is investigating a fatal collision involving a female pedestrian and a vehicle. The incident happened Friday night in the 3600 block of Broad River Road. As a result, the victim who has been identified by Richland County Coroner’s Office as 67-year-old Alicesene Dear Gilmore of Hopkins died from blunt force trauma to the…

Former Columbia resident sentenced to 15 years for child pornography

United States Attorney Beth Drake stated Friday that Richard J. Probst, 66, of DeSoto, TX, has been sentenced in federal court in Columbia, for receiving child pornography. United States District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis of Columbia sentenced Probst to fifteen years imprisonment to be followed by Supervised Release for Life during which Probst will be required to obtain sex offender treatment;…

Man gets 50 years for “wandering child” murder in West Columbia

David Walker Jr. sentenced to 50 years. LCDC Photo. Eleventh Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard announced Thursday that a West Columbia man was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the 2012 murder of his girlfriend, and the mother of his child. After a six day trial, a Lexington County jury deliberated for an hour-and-a-half before returning the guilty verdict, convicting…

South Carolina joins 39 states suing pharmaceutical companies

artificially inflating and manipulating prices

Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Wednesday that South Carolina has joined a federal antitrust lawsuit. The suit alleges that six generic drug-makers entered into illegal conspiracies in order to unreasonably restrain trade, artificially inflate and manipulate prices and reduce competition in the United States for two generic drugs. An amended complaint filed with the federal court increases the number of plaintiff…

Pine Ridge named in Top 20 safest places in South Carolina

The Town of Pine Ridge, in Lexington County,  has been named No. 5 on the Safest South Carolina places list, according to a SafeWise Report. The ranking is recognized by Homes.com, AngiesList, Mashable, Huffington Post and many other nationally recognized publications as a resource for people looking to relocate to South Carolina, said Vicki Miller, Pine Ridge Town Administrator Link: Safe Cities…

22 “Travelers” to enter guilty pleas, Tuesday

Racketeering case

According to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney Beth Drake, 22 defendants are scheduled to enter guilty pleas in the Traveler Racketeering case. The “change of plea” hearings have been scheduled for the 22 defendants who were previously indicted on racketeering charges arising from a criminal enterprise that operates in the North Augusta area of South Carolina. The hearings…

Deputies investigate man beaten badly

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the severe beating of a 65-year-old man. Deputies went to Palmetto Health Richland at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, where the “severely beaten” man was. He had injuries to the head. He was found in the 1100 block of St. Andrews Road and transported to the hospital. The man has undergone surgery. No more information…

Columbia Police make arrest in Bailey Street murder investigation

Columbia Police Department Investigators have charged a 21-year-old man in connection with the deadly weekend shooting at the Colony Apartments. Daquan James McCoy. Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center Booking Photo. Daquan James McCoy was located and arrested Tuesday night by Columbia Police Department investigators in partnership with the United States Marshals Service (USMS) Fugitive Task Force, and the Richland County Sheriff’s…

Coroner releases name of man killed in Columbia, Friday

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died as a result of being involved in a shooting incident Friday night at 6:30 p.m.  The incident occurred at 1506 Bailey Street, Columbia. It’s the location of Colony Apartments. James Dexter Grant, 30, of Xavier Road, Rembert, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS to Palmetto…

Man gets 40 years for sexual assault of child

"I don’t want him to do this to anyone else.”

Posey (Saluda County Sheriff’s Office Photo.) Antonio K. Posey 41, has been found guilty by a jury of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, first degree. His trial was conducted in a Saluda County Courthouse. Posey was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison by Judge Eugene Griffith, Jr. following the reading of the verdict. The case was prosecuted by Deputy Solicitor…

Man charged with stealing lottery tickets

Frank James Sturkie (LCSD photo.) Frank James Sturkie, 35, has been arrested and charged with stealing scratch-off lottery tickets from a Gaston convenience store in December. Sturkie, a Lexington resident, removed a case of lottery tickets from the counter of D&M Foods and put them into the bed of his truck, according to arrest warrants. Sturkie turned himself in after…

Lexington Medical Center reports unauthorized access to employee data

Media Statement: Lexington Medical Center has learned that there has been unauthorized access into our employee information database, known as eConnect/Peoplesoft. Because the privacy of our employees’ information is very important to us, we wanted to let them know about this situation as soon as possible. This database contains personally identifiable information on current and former employees including names, Social…

Disturbance call leads to drug arrest in Columbia

A disturbance call for service at a local gas station has led to the arrest of a Lancaster County man accused of having ecstasy pills and other drugs. Adis Glen Crawford III, 41, is charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Ecstasy (MDMA), Possession with Intent to Distribute MDP (Hash Oil), Simple Possession of Marijuana, and Resisting Arrest. A CPD officer…

Lexington woman charged with attempted murder

Lexington County detectives have arrested and charged a woman with attempted murder in connection with a shooting in Gaston. Tiffany Leigh Metze. (LCSD Photo.) Tiffany Leigh Metze, 24, and an unidentified male confronted and shot the victim on Feb. 5 at a home on Carrie Lane, according to an arrest warrant. “Even though the victim was gravely injured, he was…

18-year-old charged in connection with shooting of 13-year-old

Columbia Police investigators have arrested a teenager in connection with a weekend shooting that critically injured a juvenile. Ada’ Q. Conway (ASGDC Booking Photograph) Ada’ Quonza Conway, 18, is charged with Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature. Conway is accused of shooting a 13-year-old boy in the upper body at a Wild Iris Court home yesterday morning….

Man is dead after argument at Columbia restaurant

One person is dead after an argument in a Columbia restaurant early Sunday morning, according to the Columbia Police Department. A shooting occurred at 2:30 a.m. Sunday at the Waffle House at 205 Stoneridge Drive. A male victim died from a gunshot wound to the lower body after he and the suspect argued. A man was detained by officers and is being questioned,…

Lexington Police Department arrests woman for murder

(Alicia Danielle Pilgrim. LPD Photo.) The Lexington Police Department has arrested one of three subjects wanted in connection with a murder early Saturday morning in Spartanburg. Early in the evening on Feb. 11, the Lexington Police Department was made aware that Alicia Danielle Pilgrim, 30, of Inman had fled to Lexington and was located at 105 George Street. Warrants had…

Gunshots and high-speed chase end with capture

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott. ( Brittany Jackamonis- RCSD Photo.) Four suspects were caught overnight after a high-speed chase that involved gunfire at state troopers. The chase started Friday night in Fairfield County, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s department. The suspects fled on foot after crashing the car they were in at Killian Road and I-77. Brittany Jackamonis of…

Man tracked down, charged with shooting his brother

Burroughs (LCDC Photo.) A Pelion man is facing numerous charges after his brother suffered a gunshot wound Thursday night at a home on Highway 178 in Pelion. John David Burroughs, 41, is charged with attempted murder for shooting his brother with a pistol, according to an arrest warrant. Other charges against Burroughs include unlawfully possessing a pistol, unlawfully possessing a…

UPDATE – Georgia man arrested for robbery of Sunset Boulevard bank

Lexington County Sheriff’s Deputies were on the scene at First Reliance Bank on Sunset Boulevard, across from Lexington Medical Center Thursday. According to the sheriff’s department Twitter  feed a suspect was arrested in connection to a bank robbery. A suspect was  in custody shortly after the robbery. Lexington Medical Center’s public safety department helped investigate the incident. Arrest made A Georgia man has been charged with robbing a…