Crime

Columbia Police investigate crash involving stolen SUV, life-threatening injuries

CPD File Photo The Columbia Police Department Traffic Safety Unit (TSU) is investigating a serious overnight collision involving a stolen SUV from Richland County. North Region officers initially responded to the 5000 block of Middleton Street shortly after 1:30 a.m. They called for the TSU to investigate once they realized the seriousness of the collision. The preliminary investigation indicates that…

Mother stabs man who is accused of sexually assaulting her 13-year-old daughter

A mother stabbed her other daughter’s boyfriend in retaliation for the man sexually assaulting her 13-year-old daughter, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. The mother who stabbed the man will not be charged. The incident occurred about 9 p.m. Thursday night at an apartment complex on Garners Ferry Road. The teen, deputies said, was staying at her sister’s apartment….

Lexington County man gets 15 Years for heroin trafficking

Chancellor D. Montgomery (LCDC photo) Chancellor D. Montgomery, a 24 year old Lexington County man, entered a guilty plea for trafficking heroin. Montgomery was sentenced to 15 years without parole during his plea Wednesday in Lexington County General Sessions Court. Trafficking heroin is classified under South Carolina law as a violent crime and is a “no parole” offense. Montgomery’s arrest…

Statewide curfew imposed on sex offenders for Halloween night

Halloween is Tuesday, and a curfew will be in effect for sex offenders under the supervision of the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Service on that night. The curfew only applies to offenders under supervision for a sexual crime. It does not apply to registered sex offenders who are no longer on probation or parole. It is a…

Columbia Police charge woman with shooting stolen gun, other offenses, after car break-in

Columbia Police Department  officers have charged a 35-year-old female accused of shooting a stolen pistol after a car break-in Monday night. Susanne Lynnette Purdy, 35, is charged with two counts of auto breaking, larceny, unlawful carrying of a pistol, discharging a firearm within city limits, possession of marijuana, public disorderly conduct, and unlawful use of a license. The charges stem…

Bond set for legislators and Richard Quinn, Sr.

Special Prosecutor David Pascoe told Circuit Court Judge Jocelyn Newman that the political consulting firm of Richard Quinn and Associates provided payments to legislators as part of an arrangement to help perpetuate legislation for RQ&A clients. At a bond hearing in Columbia, Tuesday, Richard Quinn Sr., was accused by Pascoe of influencing state lawmakers in return for money. Also indicted…

Crimestoppers: Teen wanted for attempted murder

Columbia Police Investigators are searching for a teenager wanted in connection with a shooting incident that occurred earlier this month. Arrest warrants for Attempted Murder and Discharging a Firearm into a Dwelling have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database for Khalil Dion Bailey, 18, who should be considered armed and dangerous. The 18-year-old is accused of discharging an AK-47 style firearm…

Lexington County man gets life for murder targeting Hispanic man

Ricky Lamont Esaw (LCDC Photo) By Suzanne Mayes, 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office Ricky Lamont Esaw, a 42 year old Lexington County man, was sentenced to life without parole for the murder of Hector Vasquez. Vasquez was killed on Aug. 9, 2015 in the West Columbia area of Lexington County. The sentence was imposed on Thursday , by the Judge Thomas W….

Man sought by Lexington County deputies in custody

A man being sought by Lexington County deputies is in custody, according to a report from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.  Lexington County deputies were looking for the suspect near West Columbia. Bradley Wayne Jovanelly, 38, of Columbia was being sought, Thursday, in the area of  Delree Street, Kitti Wake Drive, and Old Barnwell Road. Jovanelly has bee arrested for stealing electrical…

3 sisters, 2 of them adults, charged with assault involving 12-year-old victim

Columbia Police investigators have arrested three sisters accused of assaulting a 12-year-old girl earlier this month. Shaquana Bacote, 29, is charged with Assault – First, Burglary – First and Malicious Injury to Property. Shontavia Bacote, 21, is charged with Assault – First, Burglary – First and Strong Arm Robbery Zaquiera Bacote, 17, is charged with Assault – First, Burglary –…

Columbia Police upgrade charge to murder after medical report comes in

Columbia Police Department investigators have upgraded charges to murder against a suspect accused of assaulting an elderly man last month. Corey Todd, 42, is accused of punching the 81-year-old victim in the face on Sept. 10, while at Finlay Park. Investigators believe Todd committed the act after not getting money from the victim who’s been identified by Richland County Coroner…

4 more charged in connection to fatal Gaston shooting

Left to right: Alexander, Hamm, Riley, Fulton (LCSD Photo)    Four more people have been arrested in connection to a fatal shooting in Gaston early Wednesday morning. Amaria Regina Hamm, 20, Ashley Danielle Riley, 29, Treshawn Alexander, 23, and Monyell Deshea Fulton, 22, are charged with murder, according to arrest warrants. Hamm was arrested Wednesday along with 23-year-old Chesnee Labri…

Update: Woman found at fire is identified, deputies arrest man for her murder

Kenneth Gleaton (RCSD Photo) Kenneth Gleaton, 38, was arrested Tuesday. He is being charged with murder in the death of Amanda Peele, 39. According to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Gleaton was arrested at Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park, behind EdVenture Children’s Museum. Link to Fire on Crestmore Drive story. Kenneth Gleaton was being sought  for murder in connection to the…

Justifiable homicide ruled in July “Stand Your Ground” shooting

Lexington Police Chief Terrance Green. A shooting death in Lexington’s Cherokee Village neighborhood has been ruled a justifiable homicide. Lexington Police Chief Terrance Green announced the ruling Friday in a press release. According to the release, on Sunday, July 23, at approximately 2:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to a shooting incident that had occurred on Cherokee Pond Court. Upon arrival…

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department works on 8-year-old cold case, for mother who lost son

Debbie Powell, with a picture of her son, Andy. (LCSD Photo)  By Colby Gallagher – LCSD On Sept. 24, 2009, Debbie Powell received a phone call from someone telling her that her son, Andy, had been found dead in his home on Goodwin Road in Gaston and his prized dragon necklace was stolen. “You give birth to this child and…

Woman arrested, charged with leaving scene of fatal accident Monday night

The S.C. Highway Patrol said a woman has been arrested in connection to a fatal accident involving a pedestrian that occurred on US 378 on Sept. 25. Link to fatal hit-and-run collision involving pedestrian Daija Alexis Ricks has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death, according to Cpl. David Jones of the S.C. Highway patrol. A State…

Lexington woman charged with murder of her husband

Kimberly Fletcher Groh. Kimberly Fletcher Groh, 51, of Lexington, has been arrested for the murder of her husband, Michael Jennings Bryan. Police Chief Terrence Green announced her arrest Wednesday morning. At approximately 1:40 a.m. on Nov. 30, 2016, officers of the Lexington Police Department were dispatched to a shooting incident that had occurred at 805 Corley Street. Upon arrival, officers…

Columbia Police charge 19-year-old with arson

Columbia Police Department investigators have charged a 19-year-old in connection with an overnight arson investigation. Alexander Eugene Petrillo is charged with Third and Second Degree Arson, and is expected to be charged with Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance and Possession of Marijuana. Petrillo was arrested by CPD early this morning after a fire was reported by Columbia Fire Department (CFD) crews at 1426…

Lexington Police chief says he will monitor man who allegedly threatened students

Christopher Glen Raines Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green said in a release he would like to notify the public that Christopher Glen Raines (AKA “AJ Blues”) age 42, who was arrested on Monday,  for Unlawful Communication, was given a bond Tuesday with the following requirements and restrictions: A bond of $1,087 was given, which is the maximum allowed for the…