By W. Thomas Smith Jr. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, who also serves as commanding general of the S.C. State Guard (SCSG), was promoted from SCSG brigadier general to two-star major general in a ceremony presided over by Governor Henry McMaster and attended by Maj. Gen. Van McCarty, the state’sContinue Reading

Chief Terrence Green is announcing the arrest of Darian Kristopher Riley, age 22 of Columbia, for Assault and Battery, 1st degree and Discharging a Firearm into a Dwelling in relation to a shooting incident in the 100 block of Whispering Winds Drive. On Thursday, February 2, 2023, at approximately 10:40Continue Reading

Chief Dale announces 3 arrests in daytime burglaries committed in the Beacon Hill Neighborhood on the afternoon of January 31, 2023. Dashawn Sims (18) of Columbia and two juveniles ages 15&16 were taken into custody without incident, early this morning and with the assistance of the City of Columbia PoliceContinue Reading

Lexington County deputies are investigating a shooting that happened Sunday afternoon at a home in Red Bank. A woman and her daughter were shot by her husband at their home on Bliss Lane, according to investigators. He then shot himself. “The husband was transported to a local hospital for hisContinue Reading

A diver missing in Lake Murray since December 28 was found on New Year’s Day near where the search had begun. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the diver as Paul Lloyd Lunsford of Chapin. He had been reported missing near the intake towers at the dam which is knownContinue Reading

By W. Thomas Smith Jr. Near 91-year-old Jim Hamilton, a commissioner emeritus of the S.C. Aeronautics Commission and a S.C. Aviation Hall of Fame inductee, exchanged coins and reminisced about days gone by with longtime friend Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott at Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) headquarters, December 13.Continue Reading