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Lexington County deputies charge man in Gaston shooting

Michael Eugene Parker-LCSD photo A Columbia man faces a handful of charges after a Saturday evening shooting on Havenwood Drive in Gaston. Michael Eugene Parker, 37, is charged with attempted murder, first and second degree assault and battery, domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, possession of a weapon by a…

Alodia’s Cucina Italiana has opened in Lexington

Alodia’s 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Alodia’s 1 Show Caption Hide Caption The Lexington location of Alodia’s Cucina Italiana opened earlier this month  The new restaurant is on the first floor of the Shirey’s building at 101 West Main St. It’s in front of the town’s Icehouse Amphitheatre. Alodia’s is open for lunch and dinner every day of the week . No…

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…

Lexington County Sheriff implements plan to retain employees

Sheriff Jay Koon The Lexington County Council has approved a program Sheriff Jay Koon will start immediately to help his department recruit and retain employees. Koon presented details of a monetary incentive package during the last council meeting. The initiative is the first phase of a comprehensive recruitment and retention plan that was submitted in the requested budget for the…

2 killed in Lexington County vehicle crash

Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified two individuals who died as a result of a motor vehicle collision that occurred in the 2900 block of Sharpes Hill Road. The crash occurred near Gaston at approximately 8 p.m., Tuesday. According to Fisher, Gary W. McDonald, 60, and Henry Trey King, 20, both of Gaston, were pronounced dead at the scene due to…

Coroner releases name of woman killed in I-26 collision

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died due to a motor vehicle collision Sunday. The incident occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Interstate 26 Eastbound near exit 119. According to Fisher, Ms. Mia Briana Justine James, 29, of Orangeburg was killed when her sedan, which was traveling west in the eastbound lanes, collided head-on with a…

Lexington County Man sentenced to 22 years after voluntary manslaughter plea

Marion Wade Frye, Jr. Marion Wade Frye, Jr., a 31-year old Lexington County man, was sentenced this week to 22 years in prison for the shooting death of Joshua Prine, age 27. The shooting occurred  in the Red Bank area in 2015. The trial began on Monday and during the middle of the trial, prior to the state resting its case,…

Lexington County Chili Cook Off rescheduled for Feb. 18

Due to the forecast for inclement weather, the Third Annual Lexington County Chili Cook Off has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 18 from noon until 5 p.m. at the Icehouse Amphitheater (107 W. Main St). Regular admission to the event is $10 for Adults, $5 for Kids 12 & Under. Proceeds benefit our First Responders, 911 Remembrance Foundation of SC, and…

Body recovered from Saluda River

Allen Wallace photo of recovery scene. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a person found in the Saluda River Thursday evening. Sheriff’s deputies along with West Columbia and Lexington County firefighters and paramedics and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources officers responded to the riverbank near 728 Joseph Walker Drive in West Columbia around 6 p.m….

Amtrak passenger files $75K personal injury lawsuit against CSX for Cayce collision

NTSB image. A passenger who was injured Sunday in the Amtrak-CSX collision in Cayce has filed a $75,000 lawsuit against CSX. In documents filed Wednesday, James Daymon filed a personal injury lawsuit in Lexington County for the collision. Two Amtrak employees were killed in the crash and more than 100 people were taken to the hospital. Injuries ranged from scrapes…

ATM tech robbed at BB&T ATM Thursday – help sought to ID suspects

Vehicle leaving the scene Show Caption Hide Caption Suspect Show Caption Hide Caption Robbery scene Show Caption Hide Caption A man was robbed while working on a drive-up ATM at BB&T on Harbison Blvd., Thursday. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is asking for help to identify the suspect (pictured.) Surveillance video from a nearby business confirms the suspects in the…

Brake applied to Amtrak train seconds before impact

NTSB investigators at crash site. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board, on Monday, examined the site of the collision of two trains that took place early Sunday morning in Cayce, at Charleston Highway and Pine Ridge Road. According to data from recorders recovered from the crash, the Amtrak train that hit the stationary CSX freight train was braking in…

Pine Ridge Middle School staff responds to plight of train wreck victims

Smith and Basile. Lexington District Two’s Pine Ridge Middle School became an unexpected relief center to passengers who were riding on the Amtrak train that crashed early Sunday morning. PRMS staff members were notified shortly after their school was chosen to be utilized for the incident, and a few people responded so quickly to the call, they arrived even before…

Rep. Joe Wilson lauds tax cuts at Mooneyhan’s Auto Repair in West Columbia

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson presents Bill Mooneyhan with photo of Wilson and President Donald Trump at tax cut bill signing. Bill Mooneyhan Jr., Mike Green and Ben Homeyer were also on hand. Congressman Joe Wilson held a press conference at Mooneyhan’s Auto Service in West Columbia Monday to congratulate owner Bill Monneyhan on the expansion of the small business. Wilson…

Misaligned switch caused Amtrak-CSX train crash in Cayce

NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt at Sunday press conference. NTSB image. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt was in Cayce Sunday to begin the federal investigation into the train crash that resulted in the death of two Amtrak employees in the earlier hours of that day. Sumwalt, at a Sunday press conference, said a train track switch was in the…

“It was a tough scene,” Amtrak engineer, conductor killed in crash, coroner identifies

Near crash site, Sunday. (Terry Ward photo.) The train collision in Cayce early Sunday morning resulted in the deaths of two Amtrak employees. Killed was Michael Kempf, 54 of Savannah Ga. He was the Amtrak train’s engineer. Also killed was Michael Cella, 36, of Orange Park, Fla. He was the train’s conductor. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, who was very…

Palmetto Health updates patients’ status from Amtrak train accident

Palmetto Health hospitals have received an influx of patients from an Amtrak train accident in West Columbia, South Carolina, earlier this morning, Sunday, Feb. 4. Palmetto Health hospitals patient count has been updated. The thoughts of all our team members are with the family and friends of those injured in this accident. The total number of patients has been adjusted…

Gov. Henry McMaster gives details of fatal Cayce train wreck at press conference

1/2Gov. Henry McMaster at Sunday press conference Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon at Sunday press conference Show Caption Hide Caption The train collision in Cayce resulted in the deaths of two Amtrak employees, according to Gov. Henry McMaster who held a crash update press conference Sunday morning at the SC Emergency Management Department headquarters in West…

2 dead, 70 to hospital, 5,000 gallons of fuel spilled in Cayce train wreck, governor going to site

The train collision in Cayce around 2:45 a.m. Sunday, has resulted in the deaths of two people according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill said, at a news conference early Sunday, that about 70 people with injuries had been hospitalized. He said the injuries ranged from minor scratches and bumps to broken bones. He did…

Train collision results in derailment in Lexington County – Deaths reported – injuries

Lexington County emergency officials are on the scene of train collision and derailment near Charleston Highway and Pine Ridge Road. Lexington County reported the incident around 5 a.m. Saturday morning. No more details were available, but more information is coming according to Lexington County officials.  Lexington County photo.  Follow up- At least two people were killed. according to Lexington County…

Cal Dent of Lexington found liable for $51 million in health care fraud

Floyd Calhoun “Cal” Dent, III, of Lexington, and two co-conspirators have been found liable for defrauding the federal healthcare programs Medicare and Tricare of over $51 million. The United States Attorney’s Office announced the verdict Thursday. The verdict was unanimous and it was handed down Wednesday by a federal jury in Charleston.  The United States alleged that Dent, along with…

Lexington County Deputies investigating overnight fatal shooting in Gaston

Lexington County deputies are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred at a Gaston home early Wednesday morning. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the victim as Malcolm Jones, 27, of Gaston. “We’re working to determine more about the incident but, based on information we’ve gathered so far, we don’t believe this was a random act,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon…

Man dead after shooting in Gaston

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a homicide that occurred shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday. The incident happened in the 500 block of Blackville Road in Gaston. According to Fisher, Malcolm C. Jones, 27, of Gaston suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department…

Help Ricky help Carl, kick cancer

Yard sale at Ricky’s Saturday.   By Colin H. Jones  WWNQ 94.3 The Dude (Link to The Dude) and  ColaDaily (Link to ColaDaily) are looking for people to make donations to help Carl Frye pay for his medical treatment. Frye, a longtime friend of Ricky Branham’s of Ricky’s Tire and Auto in West Columbia has recently been diagnosed with Leukemia. Frye,…

Lexington County in position to compete for industry says Councilman Todd Cullum

Lexington County Councilman Todd Cullum at a January meeting. Will 2018 be a good year, economically, in Lexington County? There is a lot that is positive in Lexington County said District 9 Lexington County Councilman Todd Cullum, of Cayce. District 9 covers Cayce, Pine Ridge, Dixiana, and part of Edmund. Cullum just ended a stint as Lexington County Council Chairman….