Richland County

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…

South Carolina women defeat Kentucky

No. 8 South Carolina defeated Kentucky, 81-63, Sunday on the strength of A’ja Wilson’s 29 points. Wilson also had assists on 21 of 26 baskets in the  victory. Wilson shot 9 of 16 from the field, made 11 of 12 free throws and had nine rebounds and five assists in just 26 minutes for the Gamecocks (22-5, 11-3 Southeastern Conference). Maci…

Two men shoot each other and die after argument over cab fare

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the names of the two people who died overnight in a shooting at 926 Johnson Avenue, in Columbia. The incident occurred around 12:50 a.m. According to the Columbia Police Department the men argued over cab fare before the shooting. Marques A. Hallman, 18, of Johnson Avenue, Columbia, was transported from the scene by…

16-year-old arrested in connection to fatal shooting on Benedict Street

Columbia Police Department (CPD) investigators have arrested a 16-year-old male in connection with a deadly overnight shooting that occurred on Benedict Street. The suspect is charged with Murder and Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime. He’s currently housed at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. Initial information indicates that the teen and three friends were at the home…

Gamecock men upset Auburn in basketball

South Carolina upset No. 10 Auburn’s Saturday by a score of  84-75. Auburn also lost Anfernee McLemore for the season with a horrific injury late in the first half. The Tigers (23-4, 11-3 SEC) will take McLemore back to Auburn with the team and he will most likely have surgery Sunday. McLemore will need up to six months to recover. Before leaving, McLemore…

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…

Play Ball! – Gamecocks play first game under new coach Mark Kingston – USC falls to VMI

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Richland, Lexington County, municipal offices closed Monday for President’s Day

City of West Columbia graphics Richland County Government offices will close Monday, Feb. 19 in observance of Presidents Day. The County landfill and Lower Richland Drop-off facility will close Monday and will return to a regular schedule on Tuesday. Curbside trash and recycle collections will be unaffected and will operate on their normal schedules Monday. The County’s Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens…

Lifesaving grant awarded to Columbia Fire for 500 smoke, carbon monoxide alarms

Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins – CFD photo. A grant will provide smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to senior citizens in Hopkins. The Columbia Fire Department announced, Thursday, the award of a grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for $7,885.00. This grant was used to purchase 300 smoke and 200 carbon monoxide alarms that will be distributed…

Richland County Sheriff’s Foundation’s Oyster Roast and Pig Pickin’ is March 3

The Richland County Sheriff’s Foundation kicks off the Inaugural Oyster Roast and Pig Pickin’ on Saturday, March 3.  It’s at Hay Hill Events, 1625 Bluff Road. Don’t miss this festive and entertaining event featuring the Blue Dogs. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com The cost is $55 per-person for ALL YOU CAN EAT with beverages included. The Richland County Sheriff’s Foundation is a…

Fireflies scheduling National Anthem auditions

With Opening Day at Spirit Communications Park on Thursday, April 5 quickly approaching, the Fireflies are searching for musical talent (soloists and / or groups) to perform the National Anthem before home games for the 2018 season. “The first two seasons at Spirit Communications Park were filled with extremely talented performers,” said Fireflies Community Engagement Manager Elliott Anderson. “We are…

The S.C. State House – check out the history in our front yard

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AC Flora knocks off LE in first round plus playoffs at a glance

AC Flora GoFlashWin.com photo- click for link On Wednesday night in Forest Acres, the AC Flora Falcons used defense and and quickness to run by the Lugoff-Elgin Demons 67-52. In the first round of the 4A basketball playoffs, the 6th ranked Falcons only trailed once and that was after the first basket of the game. They then jumped out to…

Seniors surprised with hundreds of roses for Valentine’s Day

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USC men fall at Tennessee

No. 18 Tennessee beat South Carolina 70-67, Tuesday night, to hand the Gamecocks a sixth consecutive loss. South Carolina (13-13, 4-9) stayed close to Tennessee (19-6, 9-4 SEC) until the end. After trailing 68-59 with 2:30 left, South Carolina scored eight straight points and got to within one on Chris Booker’s basket with 36 seconds remaining. With 8.6 seconds remaining,…

Tony Pearson wins 94.3 The Dude’s Biggest Valentine contest

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Former Lexington Rep. Rick Quinn gets probation

Rep. Rick Quinn S.C. House Photo Former state Rep. Rick Quinn (R-Lexington) was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and two years of probation Monday. Quinn faced the possibility of  one year in prison, but that sentence was suspended to community service and probation. The sentence was rendered by Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullen in a courtroom in Beaufort. Quinn…

Coroner identifies man shot and killed in Eastover, Sunday

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died Sunday morning. The death is the result of a shooting incident that occurred at 404 Henry Street, in Eastover, around 11:58 p.m. Kwame A. Jones, 34, of Candlelite Drive, Columbia, died at the scene after being shot.  An autopsy showed that he died from gunshot wounds to the upper…

Gamecock women beat Florida Sunday afternoon

​No. 7 South Carolina defeated Florida 64-57 on Sunday. A’ja Wilson scored 22 points in the win. Ty Harris had 18 for South Carolina. It was not an easy win. At one point the Gators (10-15, 2-10) took a 10-point lead, but USC roared back for the team’s twentieth win of the season. Gamecock head coach Dawn Staley on the…

American Red Cross assisting family in West Columbia after fire

American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are assisting a family whose home, located on Greenfields Road, was damaged by a fire Sunday morning. The Lexington County Fire Department responded to the blaze. The Red Cross is helping five adults and three children by providing financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging and other essentials, and comfort kits containing personal hygiene items. In…

Fat Tuesday arrived Saturday at the Columbia Mardi Gras Festival

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