Crime

Off-duty Richland County Sheriff’s deputy charged with assault

A Richland County Sheriff’s deputy has been suspended without pay after being arrested and charged with assault. Paul Allen Derrick (photo provided) Columbia Police officers say 49-year-old Paul Allen Derrick was off duty when he fought with a woman at Buffalo Wild Wings on Devine Street Monday. He’s accused of throwing the woman into a table and trying to handcuff…

Columbia man cleared of murder charge under ‘Stand Your Ground’ law

A Columbia man who confessed to the fatal shooting of a local teenager in 2010 will not go to trial for murder. Shannon Anthony Scott (photo provided) At a Thursday hearing in Richland County Circuit Court, a judge granted Shannon Anthony Scott immunity from prosecution under the South Carolina Protection of Persons and Property Act, also known as the Stand…

Woman wanted for gun theft in Lexington Co., considered armed and dangerous

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives are asking for help from the community in finding a woman wanted for burglary. Tabitha Ann Bryant (photo provided) Tabitha Ann Bryant is considered armed and dangerous, according to Sheriff James Metts. Bryant is accused of breaking into a Shirway Road home and stealing six guns along with a half-gallon of vodka. Bryant is 28…

Update: Photos of Cayce bank robbery suspect released

The Cayce Department of Public Safety has released surveillance camera pictures of a man wanted for robbing a bank Tuesday. Surveillance image of suspect (photo provided) The man entered the BB&T bank on Charleston Highway at Old Dunbar Road around 1 p.m. Tuesday and gave the teller a note demanding money. He did not appear to have a weapon. He…

2 people found dead of gunshot wounds in Gadsden St. home

Two people found dead in a home on Gadsden Street near Elmwood Avenue Tuesday were killed by gunshot wounds, according to Columbia Police and the Richland County Coroner’s Office. Coroner Gary Watts has identified the deceased as 59-year-old Anne Jervey and 51-year-old Robert Galphin III. Galphin was reported missing by his wife on Sunday. She and other relatives told Columbia…

Man pleads guilty to role in South Carolina Health and Human Services data theft

A Swansea man pleaded guilty Tuesday to crimes connected with the theft of confidential records from the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Christopher R. Lykes (photo provided) Christopher R. Lykes, Jr., 38,  entered the guilty plea on four counts of willful examination of private records by a public official, public member or public employee and one count…

Update: Batesburg-Leesville councilman gets 45 days in jail

Batesburg-Leesville town councilman Stephen Demetrius Cain has been sentenced to 45 days in jail for failing to pay child support. Stephen Demetrius Cain (photo provided) Cain was sentenced at a hearing Monday after being arrested Friday. Lexington County Family Court records show that he owes a total of $15,796 to two women. This is Cain’s second jail sentence of 2013…

Report: Columbia’s violent crime drops 29 percent compared with 2012

Violent crime in Columbia dropped more than 32 percent in the third quarter of 2013, compared with the same period in 2012, and dropped 29 percent for the year to date, according to statistics released by the Columbia Police Department’s Crime Analysis team. Total Incidents for the City of Columbia: Quarter 3 (2011, 2012 & 2013) The team examines all incident…

Batesburg-Leesville councilman arrested, charged with failure to pay child support

Batesburg-Leesville Town Council member Stephen Demetrius Cain was arrested Friday and charged with failure to pay child support. Stephen Demetrius Cain (photo provided) Cain, 45, previously was sentenced in April to 30 days in jail on similar charges. At that time, a judge found him guilty of failing to pay more than $7,000 to one person and more than $8,000…

Suspects sought in Heyward Brockington Road shooting

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for three suspects after a shooting off U.S. Highway 321 north of Columbia. A man was shot around 2 p.m. Friday while driving on Heyward Brockington Road. The victim said he was driving when three people in another vehicle shot at him. He was hit in the lower body and is expected to recover….

8 arrested in 2 meth lab busts; 2 children found near one lab

Four men and four women were arrested Wednesday in connection with two separate methamphetamine lab busts near Batesburg-Leesville. All the arrests were made by the Lexington County multi-agency Narcotics Enforcement Team. The eight people arrested were Joey Dean Cockrell, 35; Clayton Ryan Conyers, 25; Dennis Alan Hall, 47; Jeremy Neal Hall, 34; Tippany Lynne Hall, 36; Rebekah Dee Heslewood, 24; Shannon…

Man pleads guilty to DUI, hit-and-run in DOT worker’s death

A West Columbia man was sentenced to 17 years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to driving drunk and causing the December 2012 crash that killed a South Carolina Department of Transportation worker. Thomas Lee Stafford (photo provided) Thomas Lee Stafford, 39, pleaded guilty to DUI and felony hit-and-run resulting in death. Nicholas Johnson, 21, of the Department of Transportation…

Crime notebook: Man charged in bomb threats; third arrest made in ATV theft

Man charged with making bomb threat A Richland County man has been arrested and charged with making a bomb threat toward his former employer. Michael Smith (photo provided) Michael Smith, 31, was arrested Tuesday in connection with an incident that occurred Sept. 28. Richland County Sheriff’s deputies and the Columbia Fire Department responded Sept. 28 to 9370 Windsor Lake Blvd….

2 women charged in Lexington County meth lab bust

A West Columbia woman and a Pelion woman were arrested Tuesday after a meth lab was found at a home on Bushberry Road near Pelion, according to officers with the Lexington County multi-agency Narcotics Enforcement Team. Jessica Nicole Ellison (photo provided) Mindy Angela Proctor (photo provided) NET officers arrested Jessica Nicole Ellison, 31, of West Columbia and Mindy Angela Proctor,…

Lexington County deputies search for silver thieves

Lexington County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for help identifying two suspects in the theft of a tray of silver utensils from a local business. Surveillance photo of suspects (photo provided) Surveillance photo of suspect (photo provided) Detectives released surveillance camera photos Tuesday of two women they suspect were involved in the thefts. The utensils are worth about $2,600 and were stolen…

Second man charged in ATV theft near Swansea

Lexington County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a second man in connection with the theft of an all-terrain vehicle near Swansea. Robert Daniel Davis Jr. (photo provided) Robert Daniel Davis Jr., 51, was arrested Monday and charged with grand larceny. Investigators said Davis and Gene Carroll “Fuzzy” Rutland Jr. are accused of stealing the vehicle Aug. 28 from a home near…

53 illegal gambling machines seized in Lexington County

A Lexington man has been arrested in connection with 53 illegal video gambling devices found in a commercial building on Morningside Drive near West Columbia. Brinton Lee Motley (photo provided) Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said in a news release that investigators arrested Brinton Lee Motley, 38, on a charge of unlawfully possessing gambling devices. Investigators executed a search warrant…

Family Dollar store on Leesburg Road robbed

An armed man robbed the Family Dollar on Leesburg Road on Saturday night, according to Columbia Police. The Family Dollar clerk who called police said the man was wearing  a bandana over his face when he entered the store around 8:30 p.m. Saturday and that the suspect pointed a gun and demanded money. The robber took cash from the store…

Columbia man charged with running illegal gambling house

Columbia Police officers seized a dozen illegal gambling machines and arrested one man after being alerted by a Crimestoppers tip. Herman Creech (photo provided) Herman Creech, 64, was arrested Tuesday and charged with gambling and keeping a gaming house. The machines were discovered inside a home at 4715 Norman St., just off Columbia College Drive, by the CPD’s North Region’s…

4 teens charged with car break-in

Columbia Police have arrested four teenagers accused of breaking into a car and stealing things from inside it. Khamori Scott (photo provided) Jasmine Richardson (photo provided) Chelsea Dennis (photo provided) Brandon Jenkins (photo provided) Khamori Dayvelle Scott, 17; Jasmine Istey Richardson, 19; Chelsea Lasha Dennis, 19; and Brandon Terrell Jenkins, 17, are charged with tampering with and damaging a vehicle…

Man charged with breaking into vehicle

A Columbia man was arrested Friday on charges that he broke into one vehicle and tampered with another. The vehicles were parked at homes on Ripley Station Road near Irmo. Christian Stephen Windom (photo provided) Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Christian Stephen Windom, 19, after witnesses identified him as the person they saw tampering with a vehicle late Thursday night. Deputies…

Sketch of Lincoln Street assault suspect released

Authorities have released a composite sketch of the suspect who assaulted a woman last week on Lincoln Street near USC’s Greek Village. Sketch of assault suspect (photo provided) The woman told police the man grabbed her inappropriately after asking her for directions near the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center parking lot around 8:30 p.m. Sept. 17. The suspect is…