Crime

Cafeteria contractor accused of having loaded gun, drugs on school property

Tevin Trapp. Booking photo provided by LCSD. The Lexington Sheriff’s Department announced the arrest of a contract employee with Gray Collegiate Academy’s food service vendor. Tevin Trapp, 25, is accused of having marijuana and a gun on school property. He is charged with simple possession of marijuana and carrying a weapon on school grounds, according to arrest warrants. “While patrolling…

Woman arrested after leaving her child in hot car while getting manicure, RCSD says

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department reported the arrest of Dougrica Lewis, 32, for unlawful conduct towards a child. According to the department, deputies were dispatched to reports of a child who was left in a vehicle unattended at a parking lot on St. Andrews Road around 11:25 a.m. Thursday. RCSD noted that the deputy who responded saw the child sitting…

Deputies discover more than 120 pounds of marijuana in Columbia residence

RCSD provided photo. Richland County deputies announced the arrest of Dominick Maurice Booker, 28, after narcotics agents discovered large amounts of marijuana in his possession. According to the department, the narcotics agents conducted a search warrant at Booker’s residence on Hardwood Drive in Columbia.  They located more than 121 pounds of marijuana, and a pistol. He was arrested for trafficking…

Bank robbery suspect still at large, believed to no longer be in Forest Acres

Samuel Neathery. Forest Acres Police photo. The City of Forest Acres has released information from police chief Gene Sealy regarding the armed robbery that occurred Tuesday morning. The incident took place at South Carolina Federal Credit Union on Forest Drive around 9:50 a.m. According to representatives, the Forest Acres city office has received numerous calls requesting updated information on the…

Armed robbery on Forest Drive turns into manhunt after one suspect flees, local schools on lockdown

Forest Acres Police Chief Gene Sealy spoke at a press conference Tuesday regarding an armed robbery that occurred at South Carolina Federal Credit Union around 9:50 a.m. According to Sealy, Forest Acres police officers received an armed robbery call at the bank, with two suspects reported to be armed and on-scene. As officers arrived, one suspect came out of the…

Lexington County man sentenced to 28 years, no parole, for shooting death

Booking photo provided by the Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office. According to the Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Eddie Louis Bass III, 30, from Lexington County, was sentenced Monday to 28 years in prison for the shooting death of Malcom Cruz Jones, 27.  The incident occurred in the Gaston area in 2018.  Bass pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter last week in Lexington…

Coroner releases autopsy results for two found dead after gas leaks at Allen Benedict apartments

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released information as a follow up to an earlier release from January 18, regarding the deaths of two individuals who died in their apartments at Allen Benedict Court in Columbia. According to Watts, toxicology test results confirm that Calvin Witherspoon Jr., 61, and Derrick Caldwell Roper, 30, both of Allen Benedict Court, died as a…

Woman accused of stealing $350 of meat from Lexington Lowe’s Foods

lowes Show Caption Hide Caption suspect-vehicle Show Caption Hide Caption lowes-suspect-cover Show Caption Hide Caption LPD images from video. Lexington police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman who is accused of shoplifting at the Lexington Lowe’s Foods approximately two weeks ago. According to the department, the white female entered Lowe’s (5222 Sunset Blvd.) and proceeded to…

Gaston woman charged with stabbing family member

Stacey Chasteen. Booking photo. Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Gaston woman Tuesday night. Stacey Lynn Chasteen, 46, is being charged with attempted murder after officers responded to a stabbing at her home. She is also charged with using a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants. “Based on the interview investigators conducted on the scene, this all…

Cayce police detain 12-year-old in connection to vehicle thefts

CDPS photo. The Cayce Department of Public safety notified the public of an incident that led officers to make a connection to recent car thefts in the area. Officers were alerted to suspicious activity Tuesday night on Haynes Lane, according to the department. While they were checking the area, they located a suspicious vehicle with numerous subjects inside. All occupants…

Lexington pedestrian struck by tractor trailer, coroner identifies

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the pedestrian who was killed due to being struck by a tractor trailer early Tuesday morning around 12:10 a.m.  The incident occurred in the 4200 block of U.S. 178 in Leesville. According to Fisher, Tommy Wade Goss, 47, of Lexington was in the roadway when he was struck by the truck. Goss was…

Man found unconscious in car carrying pistol, four kinds of drugs, police say

The Springdale Police Department reported an arrest Sunday night that occurred earlier in the day. According to the department, officers responded to a call at the Raceway gas station on Airport Boulevard in reference to a car with an unconscious occupant. Officers discovered a 34-year-old man passed out in the driver’s seat of a vehicle parked at a gas pump….

Coroner identifies 50-year-old shooting victim

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died as a result of being involved in a shooting Sunday around 9:30 a.m. The incident occurred in the 9400 block of Wilson Boulevard in Columbia. According to Watts, Jose Martinez, 50, of Columbia, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS and taken to Palmetto Health…

Arrest made in connection to sexual assault of three-year-old

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced an arrest in connection with the sexual assault of a three-year-old child Thursday afternoon. The Richland County Fugitive Task Force and U.S. Marshals arrested 27-year-old Arcea Edward Smith, 27, around 6:30 a.m. Thursday. Smith was arrested near the 100 block of O’Neil Court without incident. According to the department, between June 2012 and June…

Deputies warning Richland County residents of phone scam, caller claiming to be police officer

Richland County deputies notified the public of a recent scam that was brought to the department’s attention. According to RCSD, there have been scammers calling victims, posing as a law enforcement officer, providing the name of an actual deputy. They mention that there is an issue with the victim’s information or account.  The scammer then requests the victim purchase and…

Irmo woman lied about being assaulted at Harbison Walmart, police say

CPD photo. Columbia Police Department investigators with the Special Victims Unit arrested a 26-year-old female for allegedly lying to them about a crime.   Kristen Michelle Rimes, 26, was charged with filing a false police report and false swearing to police. Rimes allegedly filed a false police report Nov. 26 while at the Columbia Police Department.  In the document, she reported…

Vehicle collision turns into homicide investigation after coroner discovers gunshot wound on victim

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has identified the individual who died early Saturday morning after officers responded to a single vehicle collision. The driver was Donald Antonio Young, 37. According to Richland County deputies, the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Richland County Coroner’s Office responded to the collision on Meeting House and Clark roads. Young was pronounced dead at…

Woman transported to hospital after shooting incident in Lexington

Lexington County deputies are investigating a shooting incident that took place Sunday morning in the 200 block of Whiteford Way, in Lexington. According to the department, a woman was transported to the hospital early Sunday morning with a gunshot wound. Her medical team told law enforcement that the wound is not life-threatening. There have been no arrests or charges filed…

Suspect wanted after stealing more than $4K in cigarettes, says RCSD (surveillance footage)

Still image taken from footage provided by RCSD. Richland County Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted for two burglaries. According to the department, deputies responded to an alarm call Nov. 28 at the Sharpe Shop at 8308 Winnsboro Rd. When they arrived, they found the front door glass had been shattered. Surveillance video…

Coroner identifies drivers involved in fatal collision at intersection of I-26, I-77

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individuals who died due to a motor vehicle collision that occurred Monday at approximately 7:20 a.m., where I-26 eastbound and I-77 northbound converge. According to Fisher, Mr. John L. McCravy, 79, of Columbia was traveling in the wrong direction on I-77 when he collided head-on with another vehicle. McCravy was transported to…

Coroner identifies male found in Finlay Park pond, cause of death being further studied

Police on scene at Finlay Park Friday. CPD provided photo. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who was discovered in the pond at Finlay Park on Friday at approximately 11:00 a.m. Jerry Jermaine Hickson, 29, of 3rd Avenue South, Myrtle Beach, was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy revealed no signs of trauma, the…

Law enforcement implementing “Sober or Slammer” holiday campaign, beginning Saturday

South Carolina Highway Patrol photos. The Lexington Police Department announced their officers will be participating in the Sober or Slammer! holiday campaign, along with other law enforcement agencies statewide.  The campaign begins Saturday and includes officers conducting continued D.U.I. enforcement activities through the New Year holiday. According to the department, the traffic and patrol divisions will be focused on D.U.I….

Richland County deputies investigating threat to high school

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department notified the public of a threat made toward Westwood High School Friday morning around 10:20 a.m. According to the department, the threat was issued through social media. An assembly that was scheduled for Friday has been cancelled as a precautionary measure. Deputies said the investigation is ongoing. Westwood High is located in Blythewood on Turkey…