Crime

9 arrested, 42 others wanted in Midlands bank fraud ring

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said nine arrests have been made and dozens more could follow in connection with a fraud scheme that cost local banks more than $100,000. Investigators have been looking into the scheme since February. They said the leaders of the fraud ring recruited people who needed money fast and offered to pay them $100 to go…

Man found by K-9 deputies after chase; arrested

A man is in jail Thursday after Richland County Sheriff’s deputies say he allegedly broke into a woman’s home and forced her to go with him to a motel. Angel Bush (photo provided) The woman told deputies that Angel Bush, 25, broke into her Percival Road home around 1 a.m. and took her against her will to to the Red…

Man charged in Richland County home invasion; shooting victim also faces charges

A Columbia man faces charges of attempted murder and armed robbery in connection with a home invasion Saturday on Saluda River Road. Vashon Cunningham (photo provided) Richland County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Vashon Cunningham. Cunningham, 20, is accused of going to a home at 303 Saluda River Road Saturday to rob a man and shooting the man in the chest. Cunningham also…

3 men wanted in connection with home invasion; possible kidnapping

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for three men after a home invasion and possible kidnapping Wednesday night. Deputies were called around 9 p.m. to a home on Elder Pond Circle. A man who lives at the home told deputies three men forced their way into the house, tied him up and stole property from him. A woman who was visiting…

Sheriff Leon Lott: Kenny Miles shot himself, will be arrested

Former Gamecock running back Kenny Miles will be arrested and charged with filing a false police report after investigators determined the gunshot wound he sustained Nov. 4 was self-inflicted, according to Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott. Miles’ car was cordoned off behind police tape after the incident Nov. 4. (photo by Allen Wallace) Miles was shot in the forearm and…

Update: Teen charged in shooting at Columbia apartment complex

Columbia Police have arrested a 16-year-old boy and charged him in connection with the shooting of a 14-year-old girl. The girl was critically wounded around 9 p.m. Sunday night at the Latimer Manor apartment complex. She was found in a parking lot after a resident heard a gunshot and called 911. The 16-year-old was arrested Monday and charged with unlawful…

Teen girl critically wounded in shooting at apartment complex

A 14-year-old girl is in critical condition after a shooting Sunday night off North Main Street in Columbia. Columbia Police officers were called to Lorick Circle in the Latimer Manor apartment complex around 9 p.m. Sunday when a resident called 911 after hearing gunshots. They found the girl, who was transported to a local hospital, in a parking lot. Investigators…

Shots fired into house on Crane Church Road

A Richland County home was damaged by gunfire early Saturday morning. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the house in the 1900 block of Crane Church Road around 4:30 a.m. Saturday and found that multiple gunshots had hit the house from outside. No one was injured, but damage to the home is estimated at $1,000, according to deputies. No suspects have…

1 person injured in Richland County home invasion

One person was injured in a shooting Saturday during a home invasion in Richland County. Sheriff’s deputies said more than one person broke into a home on Saluda River Road around 7 p.m. Saturday, firing multiple shots and hitting one of the two people in the home in the upper body. That person’s name and condition have not been released…

Crime Notebook: Police search for burglars; 3 on wanted list arrested

Columbia Police looking for burglars Columbia Police investigators are working to identify two burglary suspects. The two suspects (photo provided) The two men are accused of breaking into a home on Burke Avenue on Oct. 29. Police said the two were seen on surveillance video inside the home. The suspects are accused of stealing a flat-screen TV and a laptop. Police…

Gaston man wanted in connection with West Columbia robberies

West Columbia police have identified a suspect in two recent robberies. Lageorge Jackson (photo provided) Two arrest warrants are out for Lageorge Jackson, 22, of Gaston. He is accused of robbing the Dollar General at 1610 Airport Blvd. on Oct. 10 and the Kangaroo Express at 1190 Sunset Blvd. on Tuesday. He was last seen driving a blue Chevrolet Avalanche…

Columbia man arrested, indicted as part of gang activity investigation

A Columbia man identified as a suspected gang member by police has been arrested as part of a year-long armed robbery investigation by the Columbia Police Department, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD), and the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office. Marvin Nigel McCoy (photo provided) CPD Gang Unit officers arrested Marvin Nigel McCoy, 23, last week on a…

Columbia teen turns himself in after Two Notch Road shooting

A Columbia teenager faces charges of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in connection with a shooting at a convenience store on Two Notch Road. Kejuan Antonio Gilyard (photo provided) Kejuan Antonio Gilyard, 17, turned himself in Monday to Columbia Police. He is accused of shooting an acquaintance multiple times around 1…

Former Gamecock Kenny Miles shot during robbery

Former Gamecock Kenny Miles was critically wounded during a robbery Monday. His car is cordoned off behind police tape. (photo by Allen Wallace) Kenny Miles, a former University of South Carolina running back, was critically injured in a shooting Monday in Irmo. Richland County Sheriff’s deputies said Miles was shot in the upper body around during a robbery around 1…

Columbia Police officer arrested, charged with DUI

A Columbia Police officer was arrested Saturday morning and charged with driving under the influence. Steven White (photo provided) Deputies with the Richland County Sheriff’s Departments Traffic Safety Unit said Steven Joshua White, 30, was pulled over around 3:45 a.m. Saturday after they saw him driving erratically near the intersection of Huger and Whaley streets. Sheriff Leon Lott said deputies…

Man hospitalized after stabbing

A man was hospitalized after an acquaintance stabbed him early Sunday morning, according to Richland County Sheriff’s deputies. The name of the man who was stabbed has not been released. He told deputies he and another person had an argument shortly after midnight at a home on Saluda River Road. He said the disagreement turned physical and that the other…

Crime Notebook: Trailer thief sought; man arrested in wire theft

Lexington County Sheriff’s detectives seek trailer thief The stolen trailer (photo provided) Lexington County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for help from the community to find the person or people who stole a utility trailer Oct. 21 from a property on Founders Court near Lexington. The utility trailer contained tools and equipment that were worth a combined total of $115,360. The…

3 arrested in mobile meth lab bust near West Columbia

Three people were arrested Thursday after officers with the Lexington County multi-agency Narcotics Enforcement Team said they found them operating a mobile methamphetamine lab. Shane Everette Culley (photo provided) Allisha Grace Harr (photo provided) Lauren Elizabeth Ragsdale (photo provided) Officers arrested Shane Everette Culley, 24, of 223 Sycamore Tree Road in Lexington; Allisha Grace Harr, 18, of 306 McLee Road in…

Columbia man charged with fourth sexual assault

A Columbia man already charged with sexually assaulting three women now faces the same charge in a fourth case. Denzil Patrick Jones (photo provided) Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives obtained arrest warrants Wednesday for Denzil Patrick Jones, 28, of 139 Aster Circle in Columbia. Jones was already in jail in Richland County after being arrested Oct. 13 and charged in…

Man arrested in connection with Five Points robbery

Columbia Police have arrested a North Carolina man and charged him in connection with a robbery in Five Points. Paul Antonio Coleman (photo provided) Investigators said 19-year-old Paul Antonio Coleman is accused of following two men into an alley off Saluda Avenue around 3:30 a.m. Oct. 26 and demanding they hand over their belongings. Coleman allegedly took cash and a…

3 charged in Richland County prostitution case involving 15-year-old

Three people have been arrested in connection with a 15-year-old girl who was reported missing last week in Richland County and advertised online as an escort. Tavia Arrianne Singleton (photo provided) Marc Powell (photo provided) Jerome Levert Walker (photo provided) Tavia Arrianne Singleton, Marc Powell and Jerome Levert Walker all face charges of prostitution of a minor and contributing to…

Update: Investigators say Columbia apartment fire was intentionally set

The fire that heavily damaged a Columbia apartment building Monday night was intentionally set, according to the Richland County Fire Marshal’s Office. Firefighters catch their breath after battling the fire (photo by Allen Wallace) Investigators said two fires at the Ashton at Longcreek apartment complex were started intentionally. One was put out quickly by residents, but the other left 10…

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…