Crime

Kershaw County man arrested for sexually assaulting 6-year-old girl

Timothy Joel Witkop. KCDC photo. Kershaw County deputies have arrested a man accused of sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl. Timothy Joel Witkop, 31, has been charged with criminal sexual conduct, first-degree, with a victim under the age of 11. On Dec. 15, deputies said the girl’s mother told investigators that Witkop’s had sexual contact with the girl. An investigator then…

Lexington County deputies investigating early Sunday morning homicide

Lexington County deputies are investigating an early Sunday morning homicide in the 2000 block of Old Dunbar Road. Shots were fired inside City Nightz bar shortly after the establishment’s 2 a.m. closing time, according to investigators. “We don’t know how many men went inside the bar or what they were doing there after closing time,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon…

New Jersey man stabbed to death Friday is identified, man charged with murder

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died Friday as a result of being involved in an altercation.  The incident happened at approximately 10:45 a.m.  The incident occurred at 4 Heritage Village Lane, Columbia.. Abdias O. Pacius, 28, of Doris Terrace, Neptune, NJ, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS to Palmetto Health…

Columbia Police investigate fatal stabbing near Harbison, male detained

Columbia Police Department investigators have detained a male in connection to a deadly stabbing that happened near the Harbison area this morning. The incident happened  shortly before 11 a.m. at Heritage Village Lane off Broad River Road. A male victim was stabbed in the upper body and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Initial information indicates that there was…

Man arrested on child pornography charges

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Charles Carlton Francis, 28, of Columbia, Friday. He was arrested on 15 charges connected to the exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigators with the Attorney General’s Office made the arrest. Investigators with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations, both members of the…

Man gets 5-year sentence for setting puppy on fire

Puppy photo on Facebook from Pawmetto Lifeline. From Katherine Yon-Pawmetto Lifeline The maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine was handed down to Hykeem Dontavious Golson on Tuesday afternoon in Richland County’s Fifth Judicial Circuit. Pawmetto Lifeline reported the sentence in a release. Golson marks only the second person in South Carolina to receive the maximum sentence…

Lexington man arrested for distributing child pornography, says SCAG

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced on Tuesday, the arrest of Joshua William St. Martin Ancik.  Ancik, 32, was arrested on one charge connected to the exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigators with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest. Investigators state Ancik distributed child pornography. Ancik was arrested last Wednesday. He is…

Columbia Police, Councilman Sam Davis warn residents to take precautions during holidays

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Richland County Sheriff’s Department issues scam alert, says do not call fake phone number

An individual or group is posing as representatives of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, according to a RCSD report issued Monday afternoon. People are being asked to call 803-477-3056 for information on fake incidents (i.e. fake shootings.) According to the RCSD alert, the number  is a fake phone number (not a RCSD number) and it’s being used to collect personal…

Lexington prostitution sting results in arrests for child sex trafficking

Woodard, Cuyler – LPD photos The Lexington Police Department has arrested India Tykeyeh Cuyler, 23, and Donnell Salethian Woodard,29, both from Columbia, during a prostitution investigation. Chief Police Chief Terrence Green announced the arrests, Thursday. On Nov. 21, officers from the Lexington Police Department, along with agents from the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team task force, conducted a prostitution…

Lexington County deputies capture man wanted by feds

LCSD photo. Lexington County deputies apprehended a man wanted on a federal charge Tuesday after an hours-long search near Lake Murray. Brandon Gentle, 32, was wanted on a federal court bond violation out of Huntsville, Alabama. The original charge for which he’d received bond is conspiracy to distribute dangerous drugs-prescription narcotics. “One of our deputies responded to a call overnight about a…

3 men arrested after separate Sunday night shootings

Three men are under arrest after two unrelated shooting incidents Sunday in the Columbia area of Lexington County. Garrie Brown, 27, and Channing Dixon, 26, are charged with burglary, criminal conspiracy and possessing a weapon during a violent crime after shots were fired during an attempted robbery shortly after 5:30 Sunday evening inside an apartment on Berryhill Road, according to…

Woman claimed to be kidnapped, say deputies, arrested in Florida with homeless companion

Melanie Martin A Lexington County woman has been arrested in Florida after admitting she was not kidnapped, but willingly crisscrossed four states this week with a homeless traveling companion. Melanie Martin, 40, and Andrew Douglas, 28, are charged with blackmail for conspiring to lead Martin’s husband to believe Douglas kidnapped her, according to arrest warrants. Martin’s husband reported her as a…

17-year-old killed, Columbia Police seek suspects

Columbia Police Department investigators continue to follow leads in a shooting investigation which led to a collision that killed a 17-year-old Eau Claire High School student last week. An autopsy conducted by the Richland County Coroner’s Office has indicated that Cameron Scott, 17, died from multiple blunt force injuries sustained in the collision. His mother Carolyn Scott is preparing for…

Collision that killed teen now part of a homicide investigation

CPD file photo Columbia Police Department officers are now considering a deadly vehicle collision as a part of a homicide investigation. The incident occurred Tuesday, at the 5600 block of Farrow Road near Bendale Drive. A pickup truck occupied by unknown suspects fired gun shots toward a vehicle that  was occupied by four people. Link to original report of teen…

Cayce woman identified as homicide victim, Cayce Public Safety investigating

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a homicide that occurred just before 1 a.m. on Sunday. The incident occurred in the 1700 block of Stahl Street in Cayce. According to Fisher, Marquita Latasha Mobley, 33, of Cayce was pronounced dead at the scene as the result of apparent gunshot wounds. An autopsy has been scheduled for…

UPDATE: Man armed and dangerous, wanted for murder in custody

Derrick Davon Sligh is in custody and was captured in Richland County. He is being held for shooting two people early Sunday at 1709 Stahl Street. One of the victims is deceased. Original report: Derrick Davon Sligh is wanted for murder in connection to a shooting incident that occurred at 1709 Stahl Street in Cayce, Sunday Sligh’s vehicle has been recovered at…

Lexington woman sentenced to 10 Years  in felony DUI case, involving death

Olivia Johnson, who was killed in accident. Solicitor’s Office photo. Destiny Heather Mills, 25, of Lexington County, was sentenced to 10 years for causing the death of 21-year-old Olivia Johnson while driving under the influence of alcohol. Mills pled guilty to Felony DUI Involving Death and was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge William P. Keesley Thursday. Under South Carolina law,…

Man charged with stalking, detonating M-80 at Lexington Cost Cutters

Robert Howard Adams – LCDC photo. Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green is reporting that Robert Howard Adams, Jr., 43, of Columbia, has been arrested by the Lexington Police Department and charged with Stalking and the Use of a Destruction Device. Beginning in late October, Robert Adams is believed to have been involved in stalking a victim who lives in Lexington…

Man accused of sexual assault is arrested

Columbia Police Department (CPD) investigators announce the arrest of a 26-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a female this week. Darius Nelson , 26, is charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct – First Degree, Kidnapping, and Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature. Nelson was arrested overnight by the CPD Fugitive Team without incident. A judge denied Nelson’s bond in court this morning….

Former Richland County Recreation Commission employee pleads guilty to distribution of drugs

US  Attorney Beth Drake stated that James Anthony Brown, age 39, of Columbia, entered a guilty plea Thursday before Senior United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson to one count of possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine. As a result of this plea, Brown faces a mandatory minimum of five years imprisonment and a possible maximum of 40 years imprisonment,…

Lexington County man gets prison for allowing inmate access to drugs

Ronald Joseph Bonnette A Lexington County jury has found Ronald Joseph Bonnette, age 47, guilty of three crimes related to his former duties as a contractual work release supervisor for prison inmates. Following a trial, Bonnette was found guilty of Aiding a Prisoner in Escape, Providing Contraband to a Prisoner, and Criminal Conspiracy. Circuit Court Judge Donald B. Hocker sentenced…

Police look for armed lingerie thieves

Three people went into a Victoria’s Secret store. Monday, at Columbiana Centre and stole a voluminous amount of merchandise, according to a report from the Columbia Police Department. “It’s believed that at least one of the male suspects was armed with a gun and threatened an employee while the suspects stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise,” according to a police…

Road rage? – Man charged with attempted murder after shots fired on interstate exit ramp

A Lexington man was arrested Monday night after deputies investigated a shooting that happened on an interstate exit ramp. David Joseph Moore, 38, is charged with attempted murder, according to an arrest warrant. “Based on our investigation, Moore drew a pistol and shot at a man after the two were involved in what could be called a ‘road rage’ incident…

Man charged after allegedly shooting at an off-duty Columbia Police officer

Columbia Police Department investigators have arrested a man accused of shooting at an off-duty Columbia Police officer. Anthony Legette 33, is charged with Attempted Murder, Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime, Possession of a Weapon by Person Convicted of a Violent Felony, and Drinking Alcohol in Public. North Region officer, Wilbur Jones, Jr., a nearly…