Crime

Lexington County man sentenced to life for 2016 double murder

Robert Dumon Johnson – LCDC photo. Robert Dumon Johnson, 36, of Gaston, pleaded guilty Thursday to the 2016 murders of Brenda Posey and Harry Smith in Lexington County. Judge Eugene C. Griffith, Jr.sentenced Johnson to two life sentences without the possibility of parole. Eleventh Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard stated, “I’d like to commend the hard work of Deputy Solicitor Shawn…

Lexington County man sentenced to 18 years for strangulation death

Mykell “A.J.” Lerch – Lexington County Detention Center photo Mykell “A.J.” Lerch, a 25-year-old Lexington County man, was sentenced to 18 years in prison Friday, for the asphyxiation of Mark Alexander Zeigler. Zeigler was killed at his residence at 1137 Seminole Drive in West Columbia in 2013. The trial began on Monday and during the middle of the trial, Lerch…

Teen suspect identified by CPD in fatal Samson Circle shooting investigation

Columbia Police Department officers have identified a male suspect who’s now wanted in connection with a deadly shooting on Samson Circle last weekend. Investigators have outstanding arrest warrants for 18-year-old Gwan Lamont Perry, Jr. Once found, Perry will be charged with Murder, Attempted Murder, Attempted Strong Arm Robbery, and Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime. The warrants have…

Lexington man, 69, charged with criminal sexual conduct with minor under 11

David Parker- LCSD photo. Lexington County detectives have arrested a man in connection to two separate criminal sexual conduct with a minor charges. David Parker, 69, is charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 11 and criminal sexual conduct with a victim between 11-14, according to arrest warrants. “Based on information detectives have…

Man gets 50 years for sexually assaulting 2 minors in case prosecuted by 11th Circuit Solicitor

Matthew Darazs- Solicitors office photo. Matthew Darazs, of Irmo, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lexington County General Sessions Court to sexually assaulting two minors over the course of several years. Darazs, 39, pleaded guilty to three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – 2nd degree and one count of Assault and Battery – 1st degree. Circuit Court Judge William…

Shoplifting call at Lowe’s results in high-speed chase, and crash

Two people were hospitalized and a third person is in custody after a high-speed chase, Monday. The trip to the hospital was the of an accident that occurred as three suspects ran from a Richland County Sheriff’s deputy after the suspects allegedly shoplifted from a Lowe’s Home Improvement store at 7441 Two Notch Road. The incident occurred just before noon,…

More than 100 pounds of marijuana, nearly $100,000 seized in Chapin, says sheriff

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SC Attorney General, Richland County Sheriff announce indictments against 15

SC AG Alan Wilson S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson announced State Grand Jury indictments related to criminal gang activity and a major drug trafficking conspiracy Wednesday. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott accompanied Wilson as the indictments were announced. According to Wilson, the allegations in the indictments describe an armed gang that carried out a long-running conspiracy which brought in hundreds…

Clerk shot in robbery of mini-mart on Platt Springs Road

A clerk at the U.S. Mini Mart on Platt Springs Road was shot last night during an armed robbery, according to a report from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. Two suspects fled from the store on foot. Their direction was unknown. Crime scene investigators responded to the store to collect evidence, including security video. Deputies are reviewing the video as…

Columbia Police arrest 2 in connection to child death investigation

Investigators with the Columbia Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit have arrested a mother and father accused of causing the death of their child. Kiera Dominique McClinton 26, is charged with Homicide by Child Abuse and Unlawful Neglect of a Child. McClinton was arrested yesterday at Columbia Police Headquarters. Terance Taylor 32, is charged with Unlawful Neglect of a Child. He was arrested at a Walnut Street…

Gaston man sentenced to life-plus-30-years for Lexington County murder and rape

Coffey Eleventh Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard announced Friday that 44-year-old Peter Lynn Coffey of Gaston was convicted of the 2015 murder and rape of Joanne White Taylor, 60, of Lexington County. The jury deliberated for an hour-and-a-half before returning the guilty verdict, convicting Coffey of murder and criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. The Honorable Judge Knox R. McMahon…

Statewide arrests in child sexual exploitation crackdown

S.C. AG Alan Wilson. S.C.  Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of 10 individuals on charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors. The arrests are part of a multi-state crackdown among nine Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces across the Southeast. Anthony Carmichael (age 30), of Marion, S.C., was arrested on March 14, 2018 by the Marion…

Columbia man pleads guilty to child pornography charge

Dennis Michael Martin, 51 of Columbia, pleaded guilty in federal court in Columbia, to distributing child pornography. US Attorney Beth Drake announced the plea Thursday. US District Judge J. Michelle Childs, of Columbia, accepted the guilty plea and will impose sentence after she has reviewed the pre-sentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office. Evidence presented at…

Christopher Raines, “A.J. Blues,” charged with making online threats

Christopher Raines, also known as A.J. Blues – LCSD photo Lexington County deputies have arrested a man after reviewing one of his social media posts that linked to a YouTube video titled “List of people who ought to be killed.” Christopher Raines, also known as A.J. Blues, is charged with threatening a public employee, according to arrest warrants. Raines, 43,…

Trial date set for father accused of killing his 5 children

Jones. Lexington County Detention Center photo. Jury selection and the trial for Timothy Jones, Jr.  is set for Oct. 15.  Jones, of Lexington, is accused of brutally murdering his five children almost four years ago. Judge Eugene Griffith set the trial date for Jones according to Lexington County court documents. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Jones, 36. Jones, in…

Richland County man accused of killing his son, 6 by child abuse

A Richland County man has been charged with assaulting and killing his six-year-old son. Karlton Brabham Sr., 26, was arrested Monday by the Richland County Sheriff Department’s Fugitive Task Force and the U.S. Marshals Service on charges of homicide by child abuse. According to the sheriff’s department, on February 5, Brabham brought his unresponsive son to a MedCare center on…

West Columbia man, 76, gets 45 years for killing wife

Marion C. Wilkes – Solicitor’s office photos Marion C. Wilkes, 76, has been convicted of murder by a Lexington County jury following a week long trial. Wilkes was sentenced to 45 years for the stabbing and beating death of his wife, Susan Reynolds Wilkes, on June 11, 2014. Eleventh Circuit Chief Administrative Judge Eugene C. Griffith, Jr. imposed the sentence…

Former head of Richland County’s Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center will return to the job

Nearly a year after resigning as head of Richland County’s Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, Ronaldo Myers will return to the post he held for 13 years leading the nearly 1,150-bed facility on Bluff Road. County Administrator Gerald Seals informed members of the Richland County Council of the decision this week. Myers, currently serving as head of a regional jail…

Cayce woman accused of taking money from Taylor Elementary’s PTO Fund

Knotts Joy Ellen Knotts, 40, has been charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent, value more than $2,000 but less than $10,000, according to a news release from the State Law Enforcement Division. The incident happened over a six-year period while she worked at Claude A Taylor Elementary School in Cayce, said SLED. Knotts is accused of taking money…

Man charged with attempted murder for shooting at people from his yard

Justin Brylan Losoya Attempted murder charges for man who shot at people from his yard A Cayce man is charged with three counts of attempted murder after deputies said he fired a weapon multiple times toward a group of people on Lookout Point Road Feb. 24. Justin Brylan Losoya, 25, is also charged with discharging a firearm into a dwelling…

Man charged with attempted murder after ramming car into home

Joshua Aaron Driggers A Gaston man is charged with attempted murder after deputies said he pointed a weapon at his mother and rammed a car into the front of his parents’ Red Bank home Feb. 15. Joshua Aaron Driggers, 21, is also charged with pointing and presenting, first degree assault and battery and malicious injury to private property, according to…

Surveillance photo captures suspected shooter with gun in hand

Columbia Police Department investigators are releasing surveillance pictures of suspects wanted in connection with a shooting from earlier this week. The incident occurred at 100 Lorick Circle (Latimer Manor Apartments) Wednesday. No one was injured however at least two homes and a vehicle were damaged by bullets. While the motive continues to be determined, it’s not believed that the shooting…

Man arrested, charged with sexually assaulting 85-year-old woman

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has announced the arrest of Marquille Rondale Livingston 36. He is charged with burglary first degree, criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, and petit larceny. Following up on significant leads, Livingston was arrested on Saturday, February 17, 2018 (on his birthday) by the The Richland County Sheriff’s Department Fugitive Task Force and the Special Victim’s Unit without…

Columbia Police report 3 die in overnight shootings

CPD file photo The Columbia Police Department is investigating two deadly overnight shootings involving teenagers. The first incident occurred shortly after midnight Saturday at 6204 Benedict Street.  A teen suspect, who turned himself in to officers at CPD Headquarters, is being questioned by investigators. Charges are pending. Initial information indicates that the teen and three friends were at the home…

Rash of car break-ins in West Columbia, police seek help to identify suspects

Suspects from surveillance video. WCPD.   The West Columbia Police Department is requesting assistance from the community in locating two suspects who broke into several vehicles from Jan. 31-through-Feb. 11. Most of the thefts occurred in the Westover Acres neighborhood, which is located behind Rush’s in the 2300 block of Sunset Blvd. The two men pictured to the left were captured…