Crime

Lexington County man charged with illegal possession of video poker machines

A West Columbia man faces charges of illegal possession of 20 video poker machines. David Lee Chase (photo provided) David Lee Chase, 66, of 3176 Greenwood Drive in West Columbia, turned himself in Tuesday. He was charged with unlawfully possessing gambling devices. Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents seized the machines Nov. 27 from a…

Update: Escaped prisoner captured near Bluff Road

A prisoner who escaped from Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on Wednesday morning was captured after a two-hour search. Police said Sidney Eugene Mitchell, 32, was found in a vacant house near Bluff Road around 11:30 a.m. after a search that included Columbia Police officers, Richland County Sheriff’s deputies and K-9 units. Mitchell was arrested overnight and charged with driving…

Probation Department officers search for escaped prisoner in Richland County

The South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon says an escaped prisoner who lives in Richland County is armed and dangerous. Isaac Deshaun Watson (photo provided) Isaac Deshaun Watson, 20, is accused violating his conditional release from jail under the state’s youthful offender law. Probation department officers said he also will be charged with illegal possession of a gun….

Clerk injured in Broad River Road robbery

An employee of Tripp’s Fine Cleaners on Broad River Road was injured during an armed robbery Tuesday night, according to Richland County Sheriff’s deputies. Deputies say a man armed with a gun entered the store around 8 p.m. and hit the clerk with the gun before robbing the store. The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment. No…

Update: 3rd Lexington High School football player arrested in connection with tablet thefts

Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a third Lexington High School football player in connection with thefts of iPad tablets from the team’s locker room. James Oscar Bluford Jr., 17, of 809 East Main St., Apartment 1125 in Lexington, was arrested Monday and charged with petty larceny. Bluford is accused of stealing an iPad from the locker room and giving it…

Second Lexington High School student arrested in connection with tablet thefts

Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a second Lexington High School football player in connection with thefts of tablet computers from the team’s locker room. Tomas Charvez Reese (photo provided) Tomas Charvez Reese, 18, of 100 Hidden Valley Drive, Lot B-18 in Lexington was arrested Monday morning and charged with petty larceny. Another Lexington football team member, 18-year-old Garvin Jerome Jackson…

Dinner argument leads to stabbing in Richland County

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies said an argument over silverware led to a man allegedly stabbing his brother Sunday. Edward William Bright (photo provided) Edward William Bright, 47, was arrested and charged with assault and battery. Deputies were called to a home on Lakeridge Parkway around 6 p.m. Sunday. They said Bright and his brother, whose name was not released, argued…

Lexington High School football player arrested; 2 other players wanted in connection with computer thefts

A Lexington High School football player has been arrested and warrants have been issued for two other players in connection with thefts of iPads from the school’s football locker room. Garvin Jerome Jackson (photo provided) Garvin Jerome Jackson Jr., 18, was arrested Friday at his home at 232 Millwright Drive in Lexington. Jackson is charged with one count of receiving…

Columbia Dunkin’ Donuts robbed, clerk assaulted

A Dunkin’ Donuts employee was beaten with a gun during a robbery Monday night. Richland County Sheriff’s deputies said a man pointed a gun at the female employee around 10 p.m. Monday at the Dunkin’ Donuts at 1525 Broad River Road. The clerk told deputies the suspect then forced her into a back room and hit her repeatedly with the…

Update: Police arrest suspect who allegedly crashed car on roof

Columbia Police have arrested a man accused of trying to escape arrest and of crashing a car on top of a house in Forest Acres. The suspect’s car landed on top of house in Forest Acres. (photo provided) Antwon Ashley, 21, was arrested late Sunday night. He is charged with reckless driving, failure to stop for blue lights, trafficking crack…

2 separate weekend armed robberies reported in Richland County

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects in two separate armed robberies that occurred Saturday night. The first robbery was reported around 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the AMPM Food Store at 7230 Parkland Road. Deputies said two men entered the store and assaulted a man with their fists. As the suspects were leaving, one allegedly pointed a gun at…

Car lands on top of house in Forest Acres; police searching for suspect

A suspect driving away from a Columbia Police officer wrecked a vehicle on top of a house in Forest Acres. A suspect’s car crashed on top of a house in Forest Acres. (photo provided) Police department spokesperson Jennifer Timmons said an officer noticed what appeared to be an illegal drug transaction on Senate Street near Heidt Street at 2:14 a.m….

Crime Notebook: Man charged in vehicle break-ins; 2 charged with domestic violence

Joshua Michael Randall Hickman (photo provided) Man charged in vehicle break-ins Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 20-year-old West Columbia man accused of breaking into 10 motor vehicles in West Columbia neighborhoods between Nov. 6 and Nov. 18. Joshua Michael Randall Hickman of 113 Vineyard Court in West Columbia faces 10 counts of breaking into a motor vehicle. Deputies said…

Cynthia Hardy sentenced for marijuana possession

Columbia television and radio host Cynthia Hardy entered a plea of guilty to marijuana possession through an attorney Thursday, but will be given a chance to have the conviction cleared from her record. Cynthia Hardy (photo provided) Hardy did not appear at a court hearing Thursday. Attorney Todd Rutherford spoke on her behalf. Richland County Magistrate Harold Cuff accepted the…

Suspect identified in Richland County shooting

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a suspect in connection with a shooting earlier this month. Hasheem Sherrod Roney (photo provided) Hasheem Sherrod Roney, 21, will be charged with attempted murder, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Roney is accused of shooting a man in the upper body Nov. 1 at Budget Inn on Zimalcrest Drive. Investigators said they think…

2 arrested at Colony Apartments; Columbia Police seize gun, drugs

Columbia Police officers arrested two people Monday and seized a gun, illegal drugs and cash at the Colony Apartments. Atkeen Haynes (photo provided) Tierra Deshawn Boyd (photo provided) Officers with the department’s Drug Suppression Team, acting on a tip sent in to Crimestoppers, arrested Atkeen Haynes, 23, and Tierra Deshawn Boyd, 25, at an apartment on Bailey Street near the…

Update: Teen charged as adult in Latimer Manor shooting

A Columbia 16-year-old is being charged as an adult in connection with the shooting of a 14-year-old girl at Latimer Manor earlier this month. Raekwon Ford is charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Police said he also is a validated gang member. Ford is accused of shooting the girl in…

5 arrested in Lexington County meth lab bust

The Lexington County multi-agency Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested three men and two women Tuesday in connection with a meth lab operating on Meadowfield Road near Gaston. NET officers arrested Amanda Marie Jones, 31, and Robert Joe McDaniel III, 29, of 246 Meadowfield Road and Pamela Ann Masanovich, 44; Charles William Reppenhagen, 28; and Albert Christopher Thompson Jr., 44, all of…

Man accused of trying to steal tv, using mo-ped as getaway vehicle

A Richland County man is accused of larceny after a sheriff’s deputy says he caught the suspect with a stolen 39-inch television on a mo-ped. Harrison Jones (photo provided) The deputy said he pulled over Harrison Jones, 22, in the Alexander Pointe subdivision in Hopkins because Jones was driving erratically with a large load. Jones allegedly was driving with a…

Columbia man arrested in connection with June attempted murder

The Columbia Police Department’s Fugitive Team arrested a man Tuesday in connection with an attempted murder in June. Michael Caidoy McDuffie (photo provided) Officers said Michael Caidoy McDuffie, 25, ran from them when they attempted to serve him with arrest warrants Tuesday morning but that they captured him a few moments later. McDuffie is charged with attempted murder, possession of…

Man accused in Childress shooting pleads not guilty to gun charge

The man accused of shooting University of South Carolina student Martha Childress in Five Points on Oct. 13 has pleaded not guilty to a charge of possession of a gun by a violent felon. Michael Juan Smith (photo provided) Michael Juan Smith appeared in U.S. District Court in Columbia on Tuesday to enter the plea. Smith was on probation at…

Columbia man sentenced for role in online prostitution ring

A Columbia man was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison for his role in  an online prostitution ring orchestrated by members of the Bloods gang, according to U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles. Joshua Kitt (photo provided) Nettles said 24-year-old Joshua Kitt, also known as Metro, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering in April and was sentenced Monday. Evidence presented…

Man charged with arson in Ashton Apartments fires

A Columbia man faces arson charges in connection with two fires last month at a local apartment complex Brandon Alamin (photo provided) Richland County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Brandon Alamin, 18, who lives at the Ashton Apartments on Longcreek Drive. He is accused of intentionally starting two fires at the complex Oct. 28. One was put out quickly, but the other caused…