Crime

Springdale police find two adults passed out in car, toddlers unsupervised in parking lot

Photo and graphic from Springdale Facebook. Springdale Police Department announced the arrest of two adults, after responding to a call at the Raceway gas station (Airport Blvd.) and finding the individuals passed out in a car while their toddlers were playing in the parking lot. According to the department, officers discovered both adults were under the influence: one was intoxicated…

Coroner identifies 22-year-old victim of Columbia shooting

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died Saturday night in a shooting. It occurred  at 7645 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, around 9:30 p.m. Desmond Alonzo Jacori Bates, 22, of Hidden Valley Drive, Lexington, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS to Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital.  He was pronounced dead at…

Serve & Connect creates GoFundMe accounts for Florence officers shot in line of duty

Fallen Florence officer Terrence Carraway. Photo retrieved from Facebook. In response to the loss of Florence police investigator Terrence Carraway and six other wounded officers, Serve and Connect, along with the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Association, the S.C. Police Chiefs Association, and the S.C. Law Enforcement Assistance Program, is reaching out to the community for support. Serve & Connect has…

Governor McMaster lowering flags to half-staff, honoring Florence police officers

Governor Henry McMaster file photo Governor Henry McMaster announced Thursday morning that he has ordered all flags across South Carolina are to be lowered to half-staff to honor the officers who were shot in Florence Wednesday. McMaster posted on Twitter, “Today, I have ordered that flags across South Carolina will be lowered to half-staff as a mark of respect for…

Florence County update: One officer fatally shot, six other officers and one civilian injured

One law enforcement officer was fatally shot Wednesday, along with six other officers and one civilian who are injured.  Law enforcement officers involved are members of the Florence County Sheriff’s Department and the Florence Police Department. Audio from dispatch reported an officer down behind the residence where deputies were initially responding, which prompted immediate backup. Florence County deputies were carrying…

West Columbia man charged with seven counts of attempted murder

William Capers. LCDC booking photo. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department announced the arrest of a West Columbia man.  William Blair Capers, 39, faces multiple charges in connection with a shooting incident early Sunday at a home on Miranda Road. Capers is charged with seven counts of attempted murder, one count of third-degree domestic violence, and one account of possessing a…

Adult male and two-year-old fatally shot Sunday, coroner releases names

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of two individuals who died after being shot Sunday at approximately 1 p.m. The incident occurred in the 100 block of Beatty Downs Road, in Columbia. James Antheny McDowell, 23, of Beatty Downs Road, was found by Richland County deputies unresponsive, in front of the residence. According to the department, he had…

Five employees charged in connection to abuse of vulnerable adults

From left to right: Erikca Fleming, Caroline Jankie, Roseola Minnifield, Celia Nesbitt, Sandra Tucker. LCSD provided photos The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department announced five employees of a facility that serves adults with lifelong disabilities have been charged in connection with two cases of vulnerable adult abuse. Celia Nesbitt is being charged with two counts of abuse of a vulnerable adult,…

Gaston man being charged with felony animal abuse after operating on dog

Carson Cowles. Booking photo provided Lexington County Animal Services officers have charged a Gaston man with felony animal abuse Wednesday for allegedly cutting out a tumor from his dog’s abdomen after finding out veterinarian costs would be too high to perform the procedure. Carson Lamar Cowles, 59, has been charged with one count of ill treatment toward animals, which is…

Man accused of homicide in West Columbia found, arrested in Arizona

Jamal Coburn. LCSD provided photo The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department announced Thursday morning that the man investigators said is responsible for a West Columbia homicide has been arrested. He was found in Arizona by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, according to the release. Jamal Devontae Coburn, 26, was taken into custody Wednesday on a murder charge stemming from the…

Coroner releases name of dirt bike driver involved in collision with ice cream truck

CPD provided photo Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died Tuesday night as a result of being involved in a two-vehicle collision that occurred shortly before 8 p.m. The incident took place on Bailey Street, in Columbia. Rolland Graves, 26, of Mildred Avenue in Columbia, was the driver of a dirt bike that collided…

Police investigate credit card fraud after suspect allegedly stole wallet from Lidl shopper

suspect at victim’s bag in Lidl Foods Show Caption Hide Caption suspect-vehicle Show Caption Hide Caption suspect Show Caption Hide Caption Still shot of suspect from Lidl camera footage. LPD provided images The Lexington Police Department released video footage of a suspect who is accused of making a large purchase after stealing a victim’s credit card. According to Lexington PD,…

Richland County deputies find dead body in truck

Richland County file photo The Richland County Sheriff’s Department reported Tuesday morning that deputies discovered a truck parked in the 1000 block of Prescott Road in Columbia, Monday night. When deputies approached the truck to investigate, they observed a man inside, who was shot in the upper body. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The Sheriff’s Department is…

Man charged with attempted murder after confessing to attacking victim with hammer

Josh Patterson Hodges, 34, from Darlington, pleaded guilty last week in Lexington County to Attempted Murder. Hodges was sentenced to 15 years in the Department of Corrections. Attempted Murder is classified as a violent, most serious crime, and a “no parole” offense. According to the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, while at a residence in Gaston on February 18, a verbal…

Lexington County sex offender sentenced to 13 years

Steven E. Mays, Jr- Solicitor’s office photo. Steven E. Mays, Jr., 41, has pleaded guilty in Lexington County to Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – second degree. Mays was sentenced to 13 years incarceration by Circuit Court Judge D. Craig Brown. This crime is classified under South Carolina law as a “no parole” offense. Eleventh Circuit Senior Assistant Solicitor…

Coroner releases report on nine-month-old’s death, couple charged with homicide

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the official cause of death of an infant killed Saturday in the 3900 block of Charleston Highway in West Columbia. According to Fisher, an autopsy was performed Friday on nine-month-old Miguel Angel Alvarado.  The autopsy concluded that the infant sustained blunt force injuries to the head and chest, resulting in subdural hemorrhage and…

Lexington County woman and man charged with homicide by child abuse

Alvarado and Cabrera-Rivera. LCSD provided photo A Lexington County man and woman have been charged with homicide by child abuse in connection with the death of the woman’s infant son, according to arrest warrants. 

Karla Emilady Alvarado, 33, and Noe Enrique Cabrera-Rivera, 38, were arrested Thursday after deputies responded to their home in the 3900 block of Charleston Highway in…

Two suspects arrested in relation to car tamperings in Lexington Woodcreek neighborhood

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Four teens arrested in connection to more than 50 Lexington car tampering and theft incidents

Kerrion Daquan Feagins.  Booking photos provided by LPD. Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green announced the arrests of four suspects who were involved in a series of auto tampering and theft from motor vehicle incidents which involved more than 50 unsecured vehicles within the town. The incidents occurred early Sunday morning, August 19. The items stolen included handguns, a hunting rifle,…

Coroner releases name of Columbia shooting victim

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died Friday as a result of being involved in a shooting incident. It occurred in the 1600 block of Robinwood Road, Columbia, around 11 p.m. Christopher Edward Orr, 56, died at the scene after being shot, according to the report. An autopsy indicated that he died from…

Deputies searching for suspect in connection to West Columbia shooting

Jamal Coburn. LCSD provided photo. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department announced that an arrest warrant has been issued for the man investigators said is responsible for a West Columbia homicide that occurred last Friday. Jamal Devontae Coburn, 26, has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Corey Jamison, according to arrest warrants. “Through our investigation, detectives were able…

“Smart” cameras installed in Midlands neighborhoods, records vehicles’ license plates

Flock Safety 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Flock camera footage example Show Caption Hide Caption Flock Safety 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Flock Safety neighborhood surveillance sign Show Caption Hide Caption Flock night footage example Show Caption Hide Caption Cameras are installed on 8 to 14 ft. poles. Flock Safety photos used with permission. There’s a new type of security…

Five males arrested in connection to Lexington car break-ins

Walker, Thomas, Moore-Holley, and Bailey (from left to right). Photos provided by Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center). Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green announced the arrest of four males and one juvenile male who were involed in two vehicle thefts, and several thefts from motor vehicle cases last month. According to the department, multiple vehicles were broken into within the Reserve…

29-year-old sentenced to five years after injuring pedestrians while texting and driving

Richard Alan Norris II. Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office provided photo. Richard Alan Norris II, 29, pled guilty Tuesday to Hit and Run resulting in Great Bodily Injury, which occurred while Norris was texting and driving.  He was sentenced to five years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections by Circuit Court Judge DeAndrea G. Benjamin, according to the Eleventh Circuit…

Police investigate car break-in spree in Lexington

breakin-in-2 Show Caption Hide Caption break-in Show Caption Hide Caption Lexington Police officers responded to more than 50  calls, Sunday, related to vehicles that were either tampered with overnight, or had items of value stolen from them. According to Lexington Police, there were six areas that were impacted by the incidents: Coventry, Mallard Lakes, Gibson Forest East, Willowbrook, Westbrook, and…