Crime

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…

Coroner identifies 8-year-old in fatal home invasion shooting

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the child who was fatally shot during a reported home invasion that occurred early Tuesday morning. The home is located in the 100 block of Cedar Vale Drive in Lexington. Original home invasion story available here. According to Fisher, an eight-year-old male resident of the home, Mason Hanaha, was pronounced dead shortly after…

Coroner releases name of 20-year-old fatally shot on Percival Road

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died Friday after being involved in a shooting incident at 413 Percival Road, Columbia. The incident occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. According to the coroner, Dominique Profit, 20, of Percival Road, died at the scene after being shot by someone. An autopsy indicated that the cause of death…

At least 25 cars broken into at Columbia apartment complex, deputies say

Cola Daily break-in file photo. Richland County deputies are investigating multiple car break-ins that took place early Thursday morning around 3 a.m.  Deputies were dispatched to a possible car break-in at The Arbors at Windsdor Lake apartments, at 870 Windsor Lake Drive in Columbia. Deputies found multiple cards that had been damaged. According to the department, two juveniles have been…

Jail officer accused of smuggling marijuana to inmates inside Skittles box

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center announced the arrest of Taliyah Fewell, 23, an Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center officer. She was arrested on charges of furnishing contraband, according to RCSD. The department noted that detention center staff found tobacco and marijuana behind a shower during a routine check April 1. The finding triggered…

20-year-old charged with kidnapping, cracking safes during alleged break-ins

Andre Terrell McFadden. Booking photo. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and the West Columbia Police Department are charging one man connected to similar cases. According to the LCSD, Andre Terrell McFadden, 20, from Calhoun County, is accused of forcefully entering homes and demanding to be shown to a safe. He is charged with kidnapping, safe cracking, burglary, first degree assault…

Police search for man accused of reaching under stalls to touch women on UofSC campus

USC police received reports of an individual entering female restrooms at the Jones Physical Science Building, and Hamilton College Monday evening. According to USCPD, while in the restroom, the individual is accused to have reached underneath the stall dividers in an attempt to fondle females’ buttocks and thighs while they were in adjoining stalls. Witnesses described the individual as an…

Shooting investigation underway in Lexington, deputies say was not a “random act”

Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies notified the public around 11:55 p.m. Friday of a shooting investigation in Lexington. According to the department, a man has been transported from the 2100 block of Old Barnwell Road for treatment of a gunshot wound. Deputies believe he sustained the shot Friday night in the 500 block of Pin Oak Drive. Crime scene investigators were…

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…