Richland County Sheriff’s Department

Teenager FOUND – Khadence Sharpe, 14, was missing, believed to be in danger – Update

Khadence Sharpe. (RCSD Photos) A teenager who was thought to be in “imminent danger” has been found, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Khadence Sharpe, 14, was found by Columbia Police officers.  The missing teenager called 911 from the 2300 block of Two Notch Road, said Sheriff’s Department Spokesman Lt. Curtis Wilson, on Thursday. The teen said she has been…

UPDATE – Coroner identifies victims of Richland County murder-suicide

  The victims of an apparent Richland County murder-suicide  have been identified. Sim Sok, 67, died of a single gunshot wound to the head, said Richand County Gary Watts. David Sok, Sim Sok’s son , 34, died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, Watts said. The two were pronounced dead Friday afternoon at the scene of the shooting. It…

Feds convict Batesburg-Leesville man on drug charges

John Timothy “Mr. J.T.” Cannon faces life imprisonment for gang-related cocaine deals

A Batesburg-Leesville man faces a possible life sentence after his conviction this week on federal drug charges, U.S. Attorney Beth Drake announced Wednesday. John Timothy “Mr. J.T.” Cannon, 63, was convicted Monday by a federal jury in Columbia of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, along with four counts of using a…

Richland deputies investigating Columbia shooting death

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate the circumstances that led to a Columbia man being shot to death Friday night. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts on Saturday identified the victim as Benjamin Johnson, 37, of Camelot Street in Columbia. An autopsy revealed Johnson died at the scene as a result of a single gunshot wound to his upper torso….

Fingerprints lead to arrest of prolific strong-armed robber

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the arrest of Chico Jermaine Bell, 43, who is charged with three counts of strong-armed robbery. Chico Jermaine Bell (Photo provided) Lott added that Bell may be charged with additional crimes following a string of strong-armed robberies in Richland County, and throughout the cities of Columbia, Forest Acres, and West Columbia. Bell was finally…

Lott sworn in for 6th term as Richland County sheriff

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott officially began his third decade in office Tuesday, taking the traditional oath to begin his sixth term. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott renewed his oath of office Tuesday as he was sworn in for his sixth term as sheriff. (Photo courtesy of Richland County Sheriff’s Department) “It’s about building relationships with the community,” said Lott,…

Suspect in Christmas package thefts arrested

A woman suspected of stealing Christmas package deliveries from an Irmo homeowner’s porch has been caught and charged. Shirley Jean Daniel (Photo provided) A resident’s tip, spurred after viewing posted video-surveillance footage from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, led to the arrest Wednesday night of Shirley Jean Daniel, 35, at her home on Kennerly Road in Irmo, the sheriff’s department…

Richland County sheriff’s deputy faces domestic violence charges

A Richland County Sheriff’s deputy is facing charges after he was arrested at his home in Red Bank on Wednesday after allegedly assaulting his wife. William Carlson (Photo provided) William L. Carlson, 32, was charged with third-degree domestic violence after Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies responded to call around 8 a.m. Wednesday. According to an arrest warrant, deputies determined Carlson to…

Couple charged in sex trafficking of teen girls

A Midlands couple is in jail on charges they allegedly trafficked teen-aged girls to perform commercial sex acts at a Columbia-area motel, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Sex-trafficking suspects Michael Carter (left) and Shalil Alford (Photos provided) Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott on Tuesday said Michael Carter, 30, has been charged with three counts of trafficking in persons…

Authorities investigate suspected murder-suicide

Local law enforcement agencies are investigating a possible murder-suicide that began in Richland County and ended in neighboring Orangeburg County. According to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, a woman was found shot to death on Saturday morning at a home in the 200 block of Morningside Drive. Additionally, a man believed to be the woman’s husband was found dead from…

Richland County deputies seek help catching armed robber

Photo provided Do you know this man? Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott on Monday requested the community’s assistance in identifying an armed robbery suspect. The suspect is accused of entering a business at 4303 Hardscrabble Road on Oct. 4 and presented a note to employee demanding cash from the business. The suspect then fled the area with an undetermined amount of money,…

Lexington deputies arrest suspect in Lake Murray double shooting

An Irmo man has been arrested in connection with a shooting Monday night in which two women were wounded at a Lake Murray apartment complex. Tashonby Pedrick Wilson Tashonby Pedrick Wilson, 31, was charged Tuesday with two counts of attempted murder, one count of illegally possessing a firearm during a violent crime and one count of the possession of a…

Deputies to conduct traffic safety checkpoints Saturday

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Safety Unit will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints Saturday evening in northeast Columbia and Elgin. Checkpoints will be set up along Bombing Range Road in Columbia and Robin Hood Road in Elgin. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said the Traffic Safety Unit is working to change driver behaviors and to reduce traffic collisions and…

Local deputies to perform in ‘Concert Across America to End Gun Violence’

Two local law enforcement officers will be part of a nationwide musical event aimed at raising awareness and bringing an end to gun violence. The Faith Coalition on Gun Violence in Columbia will participate in the “Concert Across America to End Gun Violence” this Sunday. The Columbia event will be one of several concerts conducted across the United States, each…

Safety first: Law enforcement agencies help kids prepare for upcoming school year

It’s time for school to start again, and local law enforcement agencies are working to make sure parents and students are taking the right steps to make the upcoming school year a safe one. Richland Library hosted a free safety tips seminar Thursday at its Eastover branch, with Capt. Bill Connors of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department leading a discussion…

‘I was a very troubled young lady’: Richland County Sheriff’s sergeant shares her experience with Explorers program

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s Explorers program for young people is expanding, and its newest recruits heard from one of its most successful graduates Wednesday. Sgt. Brittany Scott, 29, started as an Explorer at 16 and spoke Wednesday about how the program changed her life. Richland County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brittany Scott talks to local young people enrolled in the sheriff’s…

Annual nighttime 5K to benefit Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 Unit

Residents will have a chance this month to show their support for a special group of local law enforcement officers. Sheriff Leon Lott encourages the community to participate in the sixth annual Guardians of the Night K-9 5K on July 30. Guardians of the Night is a race that benefits the Richland County Sheriff’s Foundation, specifically the K-9 unit. The race…

Sheriff’s department hosts blood drive in memory of former deputy

Residents are invited to join the Richland County Sheriff’s Department this Friday to donate blood in memory of Patrick Dustin Allen, a former sergeant with the Richland County Emergency Services Division and special deputy with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. The blood drive will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. inside the Atrium at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital at 14 Medical Park Road….

School’s out for the summer: Experts give tips on childcare options

Summer is here in full force, and that means children are out of school. Summer camps and childcare programs offer safe spaces for kids, and local childcare experts have some advice for parents looking to get their children involved in summer activities. “It is very individualized depending on the parents’ need and their schedule,” said Tara Judge, referral specialist with…

Richland County Sheriff urges residents to be cautious against scammers

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is warning resident to be wary of scams, saying that far too often people are victimized by unsuspecting criminals who are out to steal personal information with the intent to commit fraudulent activities. Lott urges residents to educate themselves and to become familiar with the techniques, which change frequently. Beware of phone calls or letters claiming…

Richland County Sheriff’s Department announces summer camp lineup

Summer is fast approaching, and children soon will be out of school. The Richland County’s Sheriff’s Department is hosting several camps to help prevent boredom during the summer months and to help children gain social skills in a positive setting. Each of the six camps operates on a two-week period from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday for each…

Columbia students say preventing teen dating violence starts when parents talk

Ridge View High School junior Tierra King says she and her mother have talked about sex and relationships since she was in elementary school. Those early talks were straightforward and included discussions about how to respond if someone touched her inappropriately. As Tierra got older, those frequent conversations turned to the precautions she should take when she engaged in a sexual relationship. So it…

Richland One special needs students kick up their heels for prom

For a few hours Friday morning, nearly 90 special needs students from the Richland One School District had a chance to celebrate the spring high school tradition of going to prom. The district partnered with the Richland County Sheriff’s department to put on the magical event complete with a red carpet and a DJ blasting the latest tunes. Richland One…