Crime

Suspect wanted for attempted murder turns himself in, police say

Javaris Hammonds Blanks. CPD provided booking photo. The Columbia Police Department announced Tuesday night that the man accused of shooting at a friend along Greystone Boulevard has been arrested. The incident took place last Friday night. According to CPD, Javaris Hammonds Blanks turned himself in to investigators. He is being charged with attempted murder. ORIGINAL STORY: Columbia Police Chief Skip…

Suspicious fire reported inside Harbison Walmart, store closes for investigation

The Columbia Fire Department has been on scene at the Harbison Walmart since approximately 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning in response to a fire. Crews were able to extinguish the fire, but officials said the store did experience some damage due to the smoke. According to CFD public information officer Mike Desumma, the fire began in part of the food section…

Columbia Police identify suspect accused of shooting at victim in road rage incident

CPD provided booking photo. Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook announced Monday that investigators have identified a suspect accused of shooting a man, following an argument on a heavily traveled roadway. Officers have outstanding warrants for Javaris Hammonds Blanks, 30. Once located and arrested, he will be charged with attempted murder, and possession of a weapon during commission of a violent…

‘Walk a Mile in Their Shoes’ sexual violence awareness event, canceled due to threats

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes event – Cola Daily file photo. Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands officials announced the cancelation of their 10th annual Walk A Mile In Their Shoes event, due to threats they received through their hotline number. The gathering takes place at the State House and allows men, women and children to walk in high…

26-year-old fatally shot by deputies had two stolen guns in possession, says sheriff

RCSD provided photo. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott held a press conference at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon to address the officer-involved shooting that occurred a little after 5 a.m., Wednesday morning. According to Lott, the incident began in the town of Lexington, when an officer was responding to a call regarding car break-ins. The officer identified the vehicle of the…

Missing USC student’s body found

IMG_5611 Show Caption Hide Caption IMG_5613 Show Caption Hide Caption IMG_56151 Show Caption Hide Caption Samantha Josephson. CPD photo. Image of vehicle and Josephson on phone from Harden Street surveillance cameras. A University of South Carolina student missing since early Friday morning has been found. The body of Samantha Josephson, 21, was found Saturday morning, according to Hopewell Elementary School…

Woman charged with hit and run after teen was injured on bicycle

Brittnei Farrow. Booking photo provided by CPD. Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook announced the arrest of a female in connection to a hit and run collision. The incident occurred Tuesday morning at North Main and Fairfield Road. A 14-year-old was sent to the hospital following the collision. According to the department, Brittnei Farrow, 24, is charged with hit and run…

Northeast Columbia neighbors urged to help cut crime, statistics included

Northeast Columbia photo from Google images. Northeast Columbia residents can take two simple steps to cut down on crime in their neighborhoods: lock their car doors and don’t leave anything valuable in plain view. That’s the advice of Richland County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Kelly Smith, a community action team officer serving the Blythewood area and beyond. 2018 crime stats released…

Armed female detained by Fort Jackson police while attempting to enter base

Jazzmine Thompson. Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center photo. Fort Jackson police took custody of an armed alleged criminal Monday night. The female in custody, Jazzmine K. Thompson, attempted to enter the post. She was found to have a warrant from Fairfield County for two counts of attempted murder, possession of a deadly weapon during a violent crime, and discharging a…

Brookland-Cayce High School employee charged with assault and battery of student

Willie Scott. Booking photo provided. BCHS photo from school’s Facebook page. Investigators with the Cayce Department of Public Safety announced Monday that a 60-year-old Lexington man has been charged with assault and battery in the third degree. According to the department, Willie Louis Scott Jr. turned himself in Monday morning, without incident, and was booked at the Lexington County Detention…

20-year-old accused of assaulting church employee who walked in on break-in

James Drayton, booking photo from LCSD. Lexington County deputies arrested a West Columbia man in connection to an assault during a church burglary. James Douglas Drayton, 20, is charged with first degree assault and second degree burglary, according to arrest warrants. “Based on information deputies gathered at the scene, Dayton threw a rock through a glass door at Red Bank…

Beer lovers’ heaven comes to Columbia

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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….