Crime

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…

Police investigating bomb threats in Columbia, others reported nationwide

The Columbia Police Department reported around 3:30 p.m. Thursday that officers are responding to three bomb threats that have been received through email. No hazardous materials have been found. CPD noted that similar threats have been experienced across the country. The three locations the threats were reported include 1530 Richland St., 2001 Assembly St., and 1812 Lincoln St. Tweet from…

Female found deceased, police investigating suspicious death

CPD provided photo. The Columbia Police Department is investigating a suspicious death after a female was found unresponsive early Sunday morning. According to CPD, a citizen called 9-1-1 after discovering the body at the 3000 block of Calk Street, off of West Beltline Boulevard at approximately 9 a.m. The Richland County Coroner’s Office is assisting the department with determining the…

West Columbia man caught in act of stealing kayak from Tractor Supply, according to police

John Rivenbark, booking photo. Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green announced the arrest of John William Rivenbark Jr.,46, of West Columbia, for an incident that occurred at Tractor Supply at 5589 Sunset Blvd. in Lexington. According to the announcement, officers were dispatched to an alarm at Tractor Supply Company Monday around 10:10 p.m. When the officer arrived on scene, he noticed…

Motorcyclist arrested after allegedly firing shots at moving car, injuring one

Anthony Fanning. Booking photo. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department announced that a motorcycle driver accused of firing shots at a moving car while driving on I-26 was arrested Tuesday morning. Anthony Lawrence Fanning, 36, is charged with six counts of attempted murder, discharging a weapon into a vehicle and possessing a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants….

Inmates allegedly send nude photos to military members posing as young girls, extort money

Photo from DOC Facebook. Members of local, state, and federal law enforcement met Wednesday morning at the South Carolina Department of Corrections in Columbia to announce the indictments of 15 inmates from South Carolina and North Carolina. According to U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon, inmates from both states have allegedly been utilizing illegal cellphones to access the internet and create false…

Irmo woman mugged in Harbison Walmart parking lot

Rimes-evening-of-attack Show Caption Hide Caption Rimes-evening-of-attack-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Rimes-injuries-Monday Show Caption Hide Caption Rimes-injuries-Tuesday Show Caption Hide Caption Rimes has documented her injuries beginning the evening of the incident. Photos provided. Irmo resident Kristen Rimes experienced an incident Saturday night that left her in a state of shock. The 27-year-old left a restaurant in the Harbison area around…

Lower Richland High student makes school threat, results in arrest

Photo retrieved from Lower Richland High School’s Facebook. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department increased police presence at Lower Richland High School Tuesday morning, after reports of a threat had been made by a student through the social media app SnapChat. An update was provided around 10:15 a.m. that an arrest was made in relation to the incident. According to the…

Pedestrian hit on Columbia College Drive, police investigating incident

CPD provided photo. The Columbia Police Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding a vehicle and pedestrian collision in the 1100 block of Columbia College Drive. The incident occurred Monday evening. According to the department, the female victim was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. The driver did remain on scene. Officers are continuing to investigate and have notified media…

Man who was a “walking crime spree,” charged with murder of 14-year-old three years later

Leonard Mickens, former mug shot from Lexington County. Lawanda Buggs has been searching for answers behind her 14-year-old son’s death for the past three years. Police Chief Skip Holbrook announced Monday that after collaborative efforts between multiple departments, DNA evidence has led them to make an arrest in the case. According to Holbrook, Najeer Buggs and his cousin were walking…

Gaston man fatally shot, coroner identifies

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who was fatally shot in the 100 block of North Church Street shortly after 8 p.m. Friday. According to Fisher, Mr. Harry Lee Jackson Jr., 34, of Gaston, was transported from the scene to an area hospital. He died shortly after being transported to the hospital. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department…

Couple arrested after dog found with hairband wrapped around muzzle for days

Two poodles were found in poor condition due to mistreatment by one couple. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has announced the arrest of two people in an animal cruelty case.  Allen Kinlaw, 49, and Dana Kinlaw, 49, were arrested on charges of felony animal cruelty and misdemeanor neglect. According to the RCSD, the Kinlaws were arrested after the department was…

Two charged with animal cruelty after one pit bull found starved, two dead

Photos from Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center booking. Columbia Police officers have made arrests in two different animal cruelty investigations. The most recent incident occurred Nov. 14 on McAlister Street, where City of Columbia animal control and officers found two deceased pit bulls in the back yard.  According to CPD, the animals appeared to have died as a result of…

Two teens charged with robbing Taco Bell, Circle K

Inezhia Allen (left), Kealea Stephens. Booking photos provided by LCSD. Lexington County investigators have arrested two teens in connection to armed robberies this week at a Taco Bell and a Circle K. According to arrest warrants, Inezhia Allen, 17, and Kealea Stephens, 18, are charged with armed robbery, kidnapping and possessing a weapon during a violent crime for the two…

Two Hopkins residents dead after apparent assault, coroner releases names

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the names of two individuals who died after being involved in an apparent assault.  The incident occurred Wednesday night between 10:15 and 10:30 p.m. on the 1300 block of Whispering Pines Road, in Columbia. Jasmine Richardson, 24, of Wishmore Court, Hopkins, died at the scene.  An autopsy Thursday morning indicated the cause of death…

RCSD seeking suspects who stole vehicle from Obama gas station, aired on Live PD

fff Still shot from RCSD-provided surveillance footage. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is requesting the community’s assistance in identifying two suspects wanted for Motor Vehicle Theft. The owner of a white Chevy Tahoe parked his vehicle at the Obama gas station at 5831 North Main Street around 7:50 p.m., Friday.  According to the department, the owner left his vehicle running…

More than 25 pounds of marijuana seized at traffic stop, driver arrested

Jackson Reed. Booking photo. A California man was arrested in possession of more than 25 pounds of marijuana Monday after a traffic stop as he was leaving the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Jackson Quincy Reed, a 43-year-old Sacramento resident, is charged with trafficking marijuana, according to an arrest warrant. Reed is also charged with driving recklessly on the John N. Hardee…

Coroner releases name of Columbia shooting victim

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died Saturday night as a result of being involved in a shooting incident on the 400 block of Providence Plantation Circle, Columbia. The incident occurred around 8:50 p.m. According to the coroner, James J. Boyer, Jr., 39, of Providence Plantation Circle, was transported from the scene by…

Woman charged after allegedly burning 8-year-old’s hands as punishment

Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center photo. Investigators from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department have arrested Talisha Fason, 23, for Unlawful Conduct Towards a Child. According to the department, Fason forced her eight-year-old sister’s hands under hot water, causing second and third degree burns to the tops of her hands as a form of punishment for bad behavior. Fason has been…

17-year-old shooting victim identified by coroner

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died last night as a result of being involved in a shooting incident on the 400 block of Deerwood Street in Columbia. The incident occurred at approximately 9:00 p.m. Codath Robert Presher, 17, of Deerwood Street, died at the scene after being shot by an unknown individual….

Lexington teen charged after allegedly threatening school with mass shooting

LCSD provided photo. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department announced the arrest of an 18-year-old who has bee charged with making threats of a mass shooting at Pelion High School. Robert Hunter Jacob Woods, a Pelion High student, admitted to deputies Tuesday night he created multiple social media profiles to make threats against the school, according to an arrest warrant. “A…