The Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s RESERVE DEPUTY PROGRAM recruiting for 2023 class By W. Thomas Smith Jr. More than two decades ago (2001), Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott established the Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s (RCSD) Reserve Deputy Program as a means of augmenting patrol units with added personnel. Though trainedContinue Reading

By W. Thomas Smith Jr. United States Senator Tim Scott, ranking member of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, praised Project H.O.P.E., a program of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD), as a model for elderly outreach and assistance which might be implemented by other agencies, nationwide. Scott’s remarksContinue Reading

By W. Thomas Smith Jr. Nearly 20 patrol deputies, investigators, and supervisory officers were promoted at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD), including one – Lt. Col. Kelvin Ashe – who made history this week. Among those achieving the next higher rank in RCSD’s various divisions and regions were DeputyContinue Reading

Koon’s Watch In 2019 alone, 126 people were killed in vehicles at railroad crossings, according to data from the Federal Railroad Administration. Of the fatal collisions that year, 94 occurred after the driver went around lowered crossing gate arms, which is a 10-year high. In fact, from 2015-2019, there wereContinue Reading

Lexington County deputies man arrested a man accused of shooting someone outside a Swansea grocery store Tuesday. Akeem Kantrell Mack, 34, is charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants. “Mack got into an argument with another man in the store’sContinue Reading