Counties differ on animal abusers

WINNSBORO  – A man convicted of setting a dog on fire is serving a five-year prison sentence, the maximum allowed under state law. Another man who dragged a dog with a truck more than a mile didn’t spend one day in prison. So what makes these cases different? One was prosecuted in Richland County; the […]

Prostitution sting nets Wendell Irby

COLUMBIA – A Fairfield man was one of 38 arrested during what authorities are calling the most successful four-day online sexual predator sting in South Carolina. Wendell Irby, 61, of Winnsboro was arrested July 11 in Columbia after he propositioned an undercover law enforcement officer for sex, according to a Richland County Sheriff’s deputy’s incident […]

Two 53-foot trailers stolen in Blythewood

BLYTHEWOOD – A Blythewood office for a national trucking company is missing a couple of 53-foot trailers, a Richland County Sheriff’s Department incident report states. While the report was filed last week, the trailers are reported to have been stolen from a truck/trailer storage lot at 10432 Wilson Boulevard in Blythewood for perhaps as long […]

Kroger hit by armed robber

BLYTHEWOOD – A suspect wanted in connection with a strong-armed robbery at about 2:20 a.m. on May 22, rammed a grocery cart into an employee and ran from the store with a cart full of items from the Kroger store on Roberts Branch Parkway just off Killian Road. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is asking […]

Prowler caught on home surveillance in Blythewood

BLYTHEWOOD – When Summer Pines resident Kristen Locklear received a text from her home surveillance system Saturday morning, April 28, she said she checked the camera video and found footage showing a male driving into the cul-de-sac where her home is located. The time on the video was 2:30 a.m. “He parked his car, a […]

Skimming device on Blythewood ATM

BLYTHEWOOD – When Blythewood resident Brandy Dunaway visited a Blythewood drive-thru ATM last Saturday, the card reader on the machine looked different. Dunaway, who was a victim of a skimming device at the same ATM a year earlier, was skeptical. The device was darker in color than the normal card reader and protruding from the […]

Food Lion robbed at gunpoint

BLYTHEWOOD – The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is looking for two black males in connection with an armed robbery at the Food Lion Grocery Store located in the Food Lion Shopping Center on University Village Drive in Blythewood. The robbery occurred on Sunday evening at approximately 10:15 p.m., according to a Sheriff’s report. A spokesperson […]

RCSD searching for missing 13 year-old with special needs

COLUMBIA – Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is requesting the community’s assistance in locating a missing person. Sheriff Leon Lott states that Sherri Lynn Campbell was last seen at a relative’s home in Northeast Columbia on Sunday, April 1, 2018. It was at this home that Sherri Lyn took a green 1997 Jeep Cherokee with SC […]

BHS student with gun arrested

BLYTHEWOOD – A 17- year old male student at Blythewood High School has been charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds and simple possession of marijuana. Richland County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested the student without incident. On Friday morning, March 23, a BHS School Resource Officer was notified by students about a video […]

Fairfield Deputy fired after arrest

COLUMBIA – A Fairfield County Sheriff’s Deputy was relieved of his duties last week after he was charged with domestic violence 2nd degree and public disorderly conduct. Blake Justin Adams, 36, of Ridgeway, was arrested about 5 p.m. at 400 Princess Street in Columbia on Saturday, March 17, after he was allegedly involved in a […]