Crime

Bank robbery suspects shoot at, “try to kill” Richand County deputies, says Sheriff Leon lott

RCSD Show Caption Hide Caption RCSD Show Caption Hide Caption RCSD Show Caption Hide Caption Lott Press Conference Show Caption Hide Caption Lott held a press conference to talk about the incident, Thursday afternoon. Bank robbery suspects shot multiple times at Richland County Sheriff’s Deputies Thursday, according Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott. “The bad guys tried to kill two of…

19-year-old Irmo man killed in shooting incident

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died Thursday around 9 p.m. after being involved in a shooting incident at the intersection of Forestview Circle and Forestland Drive, Columbia. According to Watts, Tyson Angelo Anderson, 19, of Beech Branch Drive in Irmo, died at the scene.  An autopsy indicated that Anderson died from a gunshot…

22-year-old charged with felony DUI after fatally striking pedestrian

CPD image. The Columbia Police Department announced the arrest of a female in connection with a fatal, alcohol-related collision involving a pedestrian. The incident occurred early Wednesday morning, just after midnight, on Bluff Road. Courtney Cook, 22, was arrested shortly after the incident by Columbia Police officers, and charged with felony DUI involving death. Cook was allegedly driving a 2003…

53-year-old arrested in connection with bank robbery in Columbia

Units on-scene of the bank robbery Thursday afternoon. Cola Daily photo. Columbia Police Chief William “Skip” Holbrook announced the arrest of a 53-year-old man in connection to a bank robbery investigation. The incident occurred Thursday around 2:30 p.m. at PNC Bank in Columbia’s Vista (701 Gervais Street). Edward Harris is charged with entering a bank with intent to steal, and…

Armed robbery at PNC Bank

CPD photo. The Columbia Police Department reported an armed robbery at PNC Bank in Columbia shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday. The bank is located at 701 Gervais Street in the Vista. No injuries were reported. Multiple CPD units are on site as of 3 p.m. Due to the law enforcement on scene, there could be traffic delays. CPD officers currently…

Man accused of stealing truck with child inside in West Columbia

Roberto Lee Herrera. Booking photo provided. Lexington County deputies have arrested a man in connection to a motor vehicle theft with a child inside. Roberto Lee Herrera, 39, was apprehended after deputies located him driving a vehicle reported stolen at the intersection of Platt Springs and Ramblin Road in West Columbia. “Deputies responded to a call shortly after noon, after…

Chapin High assistant principal charged in connection to car break-ins on school grounds

Richard Hiller Jr. Booking photo provided. Lexington County deputies have charged a man in connection to two break-ins of the same car. Richard West Hiller Jr., 44, is charged with two counts of larceny from a motor vehicle, according to arrest warrants. Hiller is assistant principal of Chapin High School, according to the school’s website. “Detectives have determined Hiller unlawfully…

Three gang members arrested after alleged burglary, says LCSD

Adams, Jennings and McDonald (left to right). Booking photos provided. Three Columbia men accused in a Tuesday afternoon burglary have been arrested after a search in the Oak Grove area. George Adams, Orlando Jennings and Sinclair McDonald are suspects in a burglary at a Bel Air Drive home. According to the department, they are all documented gang members. Investigators said…

Suspects wanted for stealing $145,000 worth of cellphones from Best Buy

Richland County deputies are seeking help from the public to find four suspects who allegedly stole merchandise from Best Buy. According to the RCSD, four suspects broke into the Best Buy at 10136 Two Notch Road, Suite 109B Saturday around 3 a.m. The suspects stole three crates of cell phones from the store, collectively valued at approximately $145,000. If anyone…

Teens charged after driving stolen SUV to steal another vehicle, says LCSD

James Ross, booking photo provided. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department notified the public Friday morning of three teenagers who were taken into custody Thursday.  Deputies said they drove a car reported stolen out of Columbia to a Lexington County subdivision, and tried to steal another car. James Rasik Edward Ross, 17, is charged with grand larceny and possession of a…

Couple charged after allegedly stealing truck, trafficking meth

Robert Williams and Amber Hoffman. Booking photos provided. Lexington County deputies arrested a man and a woman Wednesday in connection to drug paraphernalia and a gun found in a truck reported stolen. According to arrest warrants, Amber Michelle Clay Hoffman, 25, is charged with trafficking meth and possessing a weapon during a violent crime. A second warrant states Robert Lonnie…

23-year-old sentenced to eight years for assaulting correctional officer

Joshua Rossman, booking photo provided. Eleventh Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard announced the sentencing of Joshua Travis Rossman, 23, Thursday in Lexington County. Rossman was sentenced to eight years in prison followed by three years of probation for assault and battery, first degree, of a correctional officer. Rossman was serving time in the Lexington County Detention Center on unrelated charges when…

Deputies catch 6 teens who were trying to hijack vehicle

Lexington County deputies apprehended six teens Sunday morning after responding to a reported armed robbery near Rocky Point Recreation Area in Chapin. “The victims were waiting at the dock to load a boat when six teens approached them from the woods and attempted to hijack their vehicle,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. The driver was assaulted as the subject…

Lexington County man charged after beating grandmother to death, stabbing dog, police say

Dustin Hoff, booking photo provided. Lexington County deputies have charged a Gilbert man in the apparent beating death of his grandmother. According to arrest warrants, Dustin Edward Hoff, 30, will also be charged with ill treatment of an animal after deputies found a dog stabbed to death inside the victim’s home. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim…

14-and-15 year-old face charge of kidnapping involving female teen

Two juveniles have been arrested on several charges including kidnapping and armed robbery, according to Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott. The teens — a 14-year-old and 15-year-old — are facing charges of armed robbery, kidnapping, first-degree burglary, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and petit larceny. Around 9:45 a.m., on Wednesday, Richland County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports…

Shots fired into Lexington home with four inside, investigation underway

Photo provided by LCSD. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department notified the public of a shooting incident that occurred Thursday morning around 5 a.m. According to deputies, an investigation is underway on Vonda Drive, after shots were fired into a home. Investigators believe the shots came from the road. Interviews are being conducted with neighbors and deputies are collecting potential evidence,…

19-year-old Gaston man arrested after allegedly firing shots at patrol car

Aaron Aycock. Booking photo provided. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department announced the arrest of a man Friday accused of firing shots at a marked Sheriff’s Department patrol vehicle with a deputy inside. According to an arrest warrant, Aaron Franklin Lyn Aycock, 19, is charged with discharging a firearm into a vehicle. “After reviewing the evidence and the information gathered during…

Deputies arrest three men caught in act of stealing golf cart

From left to right: Bush, Hasker, Switzer. Booking photos provided. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department announced that three men are facing charges after deputies arrested them late Friday evening in connection to an attempted golf cart theft. According to an incident report, deputies responded to an Augusta Road golf cart dealership and spotted Rodney Valentine Bush, Terry Lee Hasker, and…

Deputies arrest couple on Bush River Road after finding meth, heroin, in possession

Johnston and Gilman. Booking photos. Lexington County deputies announced Friday morning the arrest of a man and a woman on drug charges after encountering the couple during a routine patrol at a Columbia motel. According to the LCSD, John Randal Johnston Jr., 48, faces multiple drug charges after deputies said they found heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, and meth in his…

Former Benedict College police officer forged document to obtain job, says RCSD

Clarence Adamson, booking photo. Benedict College feature photo obtained from college’s Facebook page. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department announced the arrest of a former Benedict College Campus police officer Wednesday afternoon. According to RCSD, Clarence Edward Adamson, 35, was arrested on forgery charges. He turned himself in Wednesday morning, and is now being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention…

Man charged with stabbing his mother to death

J.W. Hayes Jr. Lexington County deputies arrested and charged a Columbia man with murder in the fatal stabbing of his mother Friday. The victim was identified as 60-year-old Jocelyn Murray, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. J.W. Hayes Jr., 40, is charged with murder and possessing a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants. “Based on what…

Gilbert sex offender sentenced to 25 years after kidnapping female from restaurant parking lot

Booking photo provided. The Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office announced that Christopher Jody Jennings, 47, from Gilbert, pled guilty Tuesday to kidnapping and assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct against a 21-year-old woman. Jennings was sentenced to 25 years in prison on both of these charges. He also pled guilty to carjacking and received a concurrent 20-year sentence. According…

21-year-old accused of intentionally setting fire at home on Greene Street

Frank John Wilberding being arrested by the CPD. CPD photo. The Columbia Police and Fire Departments and the S.C. Law Enforcement Division have announced the arrest of a 21-year-old man accused of intentionally setting a fire at a home on Greene Street. Frank John Wilberding was arrested shortly before noon Tuesday near the intersection of Laurens and Greene Streets and…