Crime

Man arrested after standoff with Newberry County deputies

A Winnsboro man is in jail after an early morning standoff ended with him shooting at Newberry County Sheriff’s deputies. Morris Ray Peters (photo provided) Sheriff Lee Foster said deputies were called to a Chaplin Park Drive in Newberry home around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday for a check on the safety of a woman who lived there. The woman told deputies…

Crime Notebook: Suspect sought in church burglary; woman charged with domestic violence; Subway robber wanted

Man wanted in connection with church burglary Richland County Sheriff’s Department investigators say DNA evidence has identified a man as a suspect in a robbery at a Blythewood church. Dnice Sulton (photo provided) Deputies are looking for 19-year-old Dnice Sulton in connection with an Oct. 19 burglary at Grace Cathedral on Winnsboro Road. Sulton is accused of breaking in through…

Columbia Police looking for robbery suspects

Columbia Police officers are investigating two robberies that investigators think might be connected. Persons of interest in robberies (photo provided) The first robbery happened around 3:30 a.m. Saturday on Saluda Avenue near the Wachovia bank in Five Points. Two men told officers they were walking down an alley when a man in a red hooded sweatshirt followed them and demanded…

Columbia teen wanted in connection with Two Notch Road shooting

Columbia Police are looking for a 17-year-old who is accused of shooting an acquaintance Friday at a convenience store on Two Notch Road. Kejuan Antonio Gilyard (photo provided) Investigators have arrest warrants on Kejuan Antonio Gilyard on charges of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Police think Gilyard and his acquaintance argued in…

Crime Notebook: Arrests made in burglary spree; man charged in dog theft

Man charged in 8 Richland County burglaries Richland County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man in connection with eight burglaries at local businesses.   Rondy Spann (photo provided) Rondy Spann, 42, was identified as a suspect by DNA collected at a crime scene, according to investigators. Spann is accused of burglarizing businesses in the Two Notch Road area between July and October….

Columbia interim police chief: No single solution to Five Points crime

Columbia Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago said Friday that police want to implement as many ideas as possible to stop crime in Five Points and all over Columbia. Columbia Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago speaks to members of the media Friday about public safety issues in the Five Points area. (photo by Allen Wallace) Santiago spoke to media Friday as…

Woman sexually assaulted by man posing as police officer

Springdale Police officers are searching for a man who impersonated an officer and sexually assaulted a woman Tuesday night. SLED sketch of suspect (photo provided) According to police, the man used a small blue light on his dashboard to get a woman to pull over around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on Wattling Road. Springdale Police Chief Kevin Cornett said the suspect…

Crime Notebook: 3 arrested on unrelated domestic violence charges

Man charged with assault on USC campus A man was arrested Monday and charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend on the University of South Carolina campus. Albert Johnson Kibler (photo provided) USC Police said Albert Johnson Kibler is accused of hitting the woman with an unknown object. Kibler is charged with stalking and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated…

Update: Coroner identifies man killed by deputies after alleged Two Notch Road robbery attempt

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said a man who tried to run over sheriff’s deputies early Friday morning died of gunshot wounds. Investigators said 33-year-old Eddie Hollins attempted to run over two deputies and did run over his alleged accomplice, James Branch, after the deputies said they found the suspects trying to break into Columbia Powersports near Arcadia Lakes Drive. Deputies…

Columbia Police looking for 3 men in connection with Five Points shooting

The Columbia Police Department is asking for help from the community to help identify or locate three men who might have information about Sunday’s shooting in Five Points. Investigators said the men, who were seen on surveillance video, might have gotten into an argument with shooting suspect Michael Juan Smith. They are not suspected of having committed a crime, and…

Burglary suspect killed after running over alleged accomplice, charging deputies

A burglary suspect ran over his accomplice and then tried to run over Richland County Sheriff’s deputies before being killed Friday morning, according to authorities. Deputies patrolling Two Notch Road around 3:30 a.m. said they saw two men trying to break into Columbia Powersports near Arcadia Lakes Drive. As they approached the men to question them, the deputies said one…

Man sentenced to 15 years for DUI crash that injured USC law student

A man from Mexico faces a 15-year prison sentence for causing a wreck that severely injured a University of South Carolina student last year. Santos Gomez pleaded guilty Thursday to felony DUI and was given the maximum sentence by Circuit Court Judge Michael Nettles. South Carolina Highway Patrol investigators said Gomez was under the influence of alcohol and methamphetamine Sept….

Columbia man charged with domestic violence after 8-year-old son calls 911

A Columbia man was arrested and charged with hitting his wife after their son said he saw it happen and called 911. Reynaldo Byers (photo provided) Richland County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on Rice Terrace Drive around midnight Wednesday and arrested 29-year-old Reynaldo Byers. Byers is accused of hitting his wife during an argument and not allowing…

Pelion man accused of holding woman captive 3 months, sexually assaulting her

Lexington County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a 52-year-old registered sex offender accused of holding a woman captive at his home for three months and sexually assaulting her. Paul Thomas Rawl, Jr. (photo provided) Paul Thomas Rawl Jr. was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and kidnapping. Investigators said…

Richland County Sheriff’s deputy fired after assault charges

A Richland County Sheriff’s deputy who was arrested last week after being accused of fighting with a woman at a local restaurant has been fired. Paul Allen Derrick (photo provided) Paul Allen Derrick was terminated by Sheriff Leon Lott Tuesday after an internal affairs investigation of the case was completed. Derrick was arrested Oct. 7 after witnesses said he argued…

Update: Two Notch Road shopping center fire set intentionally

A Monday morning fire that caused more than $1 million in damage to a shopping center on Two Notch Road was set intentionally, according to Richland County Fire Marshal’s Office investigators. The fire’s aftermath (photo by Allen Wallace) The fire started around 12:30 a.m. at Spring Valley Commons on Two Notch Road between Rabon Road and Windsor Lake Boulevard. Investigators…

Man shot during robbery on Olympia Avenue

A man was shot four times early Monday morning by an armed robber while he and his girlfriend were walking home on the south side of Columbia. The man told Richland County Sheriff’s deputies he and his girlfriend were close to the intersection of Lacy Street and Olympia Avenue off Rosewood Avenue just after midnight Sunday. He said the robber…

Update: Bond denied for Five Points shooting suspect

The man accused of shooting a University of South Carolina student Sunday morning in Five Points will remain at Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center while awaiting trial. Michael Juan Smith (photo provided) A judge denied bond Monday morning for Michael Juan Smith. Columbia Police officers said they found Smith allegedly running from the scene of the shooting and in possession…

Man charged with multiple sexual assaults of women

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man and charged him with sexually assaulting three women, and they suspect more women might have been assaulted. Denzil Jones (photo provided) Sheriff Leon Lott said 28-year-old Denzil Jones allegedly met the women on a dating website. Jones was arrested Friday and charged with three counts of criminal sexual conduct and armed robbery. Jones…

Crime Notebook: Robbery suspects sought; girl accused of dog theft

Columbia police search for robbery suspect dressed as construction worker Columbia Police officers are looking for an armed man who robbed the Dollar Tree on Garners Ferry Road near Walmart. Surveillance picture of suspect (photo provided) Employees told police the man was dressed as a construction worker — including a hard hat, safety glasses and a shoulder bag — when he pointed…