Crime

Columbia Police searching for shooter

Suspect shot a Columbia man numerous times along a downtown street

The hunt continues for a suspect who shot and injured a 23-year-old victim along a Columbia street late Thursday night, police said. An unknown assailant shot the unidentified victim several times as he was walking along the 900 block of Tree Street, located between Gervais Street and Millwood Avenue. The man was taken by a friend to a local hospital…

Columbia Police seek sisters wanted for assault, shoplifting

Public tips have enabled Columbia Police to identify two sisters wanted for a recent crime. Now, police are hoping the public can also help find them. Police have outstanding arrest warrants for Tiani Stevenson, 20, and 19-year-old Monteka Stevenson. (Surveillance photo provided) Once found, they will be charged with First Degree Assault and Battery, Criminal Conspiracy and Shoplifting, police said….

Lexington man charged with sexual exploitation of a minor

Attorney General's Office to investigate

Jereme Michael Bowman, 27, of Lexington has been arrested on a charge connected to sexual exploitation of a minor, according to a release from the office of S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson. Jereme Michael Bowman. (Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Photo.) The Lexington County Sheriff’s Office, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force made the arrest. Investigators with…

Suspected Columbia ‘Live PD’ killers apprehended

The shooting death of a Columbia man, whose murder investigation was chronicled on live national television last Friday, has resulted in the arrests of two men and a woman, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced Thursday at a press conference. The immediate aftermath of 37-year-old Benjamin Johnson’s murder at 6533 Camelot Street near Columbia International University on the night of…

Columbia man sentenced to 30 years for aggravated sexual assault on a child

Investigated by the FBI and Fort Jackson Criminal Investigation Division

Ricardo Favela, 44, was sentenced to 360 months in prison Wednesday in federal court in Columbia, according to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney Beth Drake. Favela, of Columbia, was sentenced for two counts of aggravated sexual abuse on a child and one count of abusive sexual contact with a child. U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie of…

Columbia man pleads guilty to hoax bomb threat

Caused lock-down of Columbia Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Karry Max Taylor, III, 21, of Columbia plead guilty in federal court Wednesday to making a hoax bomb threat, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Beth Drake. Senior U.S. District Judge Cameron Currie accepted the plea and will impose a sentence after she has reviewed the pre-sentence report, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office. Evidence presented…

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department to expand officer body cam program

More than 19 months after the state enacted legislation mandating all law enforcement agencies utilize body cameras, Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon on Tuesday said he has received approval from the Lexington County Council to use state money to start equipping several dozen deputies with the devices as part of a department pilot program. “I’m thankful to council for supporting our plan….

Ban on certain items to be lifted at Lexington County courthouse

Weapons? No. But cellphones, bags, and strollers are good to go

Certain personal items that have been forbidden at the Lexington County Judicial Center since 2015 will be allowed in starting January 30. Lexington County Judicial Center (Photo provided) “After consulting with Sheriff Jay Koon and his deputies who provide security at the courthouse, I’ve made the decision to allow cellphones, bags and strollers into the courthouse,” Lexington County Clerk of…

Richland deputies investigating Columbia shooting death

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate the circumstances that led to a Columbia man being shot to death Friday night. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts on Saturday identified the victim as Benjamin Johnson, 37, of Camelot Street in Columbia. An autopsy revealed Johnson died at the scene as a result of a single gunshot wound to his upper torso….

Fingerprints lead to arrest of prolific strong-armed robber

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the arrest of Chico Jermaine Bell, 43, who is charged with three counts of strong-armed robbery. Chico Jermaine Bell (Photo provided) Lott added that Bell may be charged with additional crimes following a string of strong-armed robberies in Richland County, and throughout the cities of Columbia, Forest Acres, and West Columbia. Bell was finally…

Ex-USC assistant coach sentenced for possessing child pornography

A former assistant USC Soccer coach has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Beth Drake announced Thursday. Bert Molinary (USC Photo) In addition to the prison term, handed down Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger, Roberto “Bert” Luis Molinary, Jr., 51, must also submit to supervised release for life…

Lexington County man sentenced to life for murder

Charles Alton Morehouse, a 40-year-old Lexington County man, was sentenced Friday to life in prison for the August 2015 murder of James David Porter, III, according to the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Charles Alton Morehouse (Photo provided) Morehouse’s sentence by Circuit Judge Eugene C. Griffith, Jr., came following a week-long jury trial. In addition to the murder charge, Morehouse was…

Feds drop prosecution of Spring Valley High resource officer

The Justice Department on Friday said it has dropped its investigation of a former Spring Valley High School Resource Officer who had been accused of using excessive force against a black female student in an Oct. 26, 2015 incident that made national news. In a press release, the federal government said there was “insufficient evidence” that former Richland County Sheriff’s…

Lexington County woman charged with embezzling thousands

A woman entrusted to collect customer payments for the town of Swansea’s water and sewer services is now facing charges she stole a portion of those payments, following an investigation by Swansea Police and the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED). Lorraine Culler (Photo provided) Lorraine Culler, 56, of Swansea has been arrested and charged with embezzlement of public funds, $10,000…

Man killed by drunk driver

A Cayce man is dead after his vehicle was struck by a drunken driver in Lexington, according to police. The victim was identified by Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher as 75-year-old Roger Wayne Johnson, whom an autopsy showed died from blunt force trauma to the head. Nicole Marie Wilson (photo provided) Meantime, Lexington Police said they have and arrested and…

Columbia’s ‘Uncle Teddy’ sentenced in oxycodone trafficking case

A man known as “Uncle Teddy” is headed to federal prison for his role as the mastermind of a scheme to acquire and illegally sell thousands of dangerous and highly addictive oxycodone pills in the Midlands, acting U.S. Attorney Beth Drake said Thursday. Stock photo Theodore Fulton, 61, of Columbia was sentenced to 110 months imprisonment – more than 9 years…

Before apparent murder-suicide, a troublesome pattern was emerging

In the months leading up to a New Year’s Day slaying in Lexington County that claimed four lives, there were warning signs emerging, records indicate. Jorge Luis Chavez (Photo provided. Front page photo via Facebook) On the evening of January 1, a Honduran foreign-national named Jorge Luis Chavez showed up at the house of Marissa Hope Reynoso, his estranged girlfriend and…

Richland County woman charged with attempted murder

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott recently announced the arrest of Kimberly Miller, 23, who is charged with four counts of attempted murder, armed robbery, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Lott stated that Miller was arrested by Richland County Sheriff’s Department investigators without incident last week on McKenzie Street in Eastover at a relative’s home. The sheriff…

Lexington Police officer awarded for life-saving efforts

A Lexington Police officer who saved a life during a medical emergency has been awarded for his heroic efforts. Lexington Police officer Cpl. Paul Walker (right) receives the annual Tommy J. Fox Award for heroism from LPD Chief Terrence Green. (Photo provided) LPD Chief Terrence Green announced that Patrol Division Cpl. Paul Walker is the 2016 recipient of the Tommy…

Pelion Police get help in battle against auto theft

Auto theft continues to impact citizens in South Carolina and across the country. In 2015, there were nearly 13,000 auto thefts in South Carolina according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report. Specifically, Columbia and the surrounding area, which includes Pelion, saw more than 3,000 thefts. To help reduce the impact of theft on citizens, the Pelion Police Department recently installed…