Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the autopsy results for Bessie Durham, 63, of Columbia who died on September 15 in a bathroom in the Belk Store in the Columbiana Mall. Durham’s body was found days later in that same bathroom on September 19 by a co-worker. A forensicContinue Reading

Lexington County deputies have arrested a man accused of shooting his stepson Sunday afternoon. The shooting victim has been identified as 52-year-old Brian Garris, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. Carl Sims, 71, will be charged with murder in the shooting death, according to Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon.Continue Reading

Eight recipients from five agencies honored by church on Servant Leader Sunday By W. Thomas Smith Jr. Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) Investigator Molly Nations and RCSD Corporal Keegan Gilbert both received SERVANT LEADERSHIP AWARDs from Columbia’s Eastminster Presbyterian Church following a special awards luncheon, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, theContinue Reading

Capt. Jesse Laintz, commander of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department’s major crimes unit, has graduated from the FBI’s National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. “Jesse’s completion of this prestigious national program will benefit the Sheriff’s Department and help us continue to provide our citizens with excellent law enforcement services,” Lexington CountyContinue Reading

The Irmo Fire District was presented with stuffed toy donations by Sylvan Learning of Irmo. Sylvan Learning collected numerous toys and stuffed animals during a “Christmas in July” drive they hosted over the summer. The firemen give stuffed animals/toys to children as a means of comfort during traumatic situations. TheContinue Reading

The Irmo Police Department has made an arrest as a result of an investigation into a shooting incident that occurred on September 4th, 2022.  Khartae Bethel (D.O.B. 03/25/2003) was arrested this morning and charged with Attempted Murder, Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime and CarryingContinue Reading

How the Richland County Sheriff’s Department continues to lead from the front By W. Thomas Smith Jr. I’ve frequently written about specific historic FIRSTS achieved by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) in terms of law enforcement, community outreach, security and protection of those serving within our department: Everything fromContinue Reading