A Lexington County middle school student is accused of having a loaded gun in his backpack at school Tuesday. “A male student at Carolina Springs Middle School had a loaded pistol in his book bag,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Administrators received a tip the student might have aContinue Reading

A Lexington County elementary school teacher is accused of having marijuana edibles in her classroom. Victoria Farish Weiss, 27, is charged with possession of a Schedule I drug, according to a warrant for her arrest. Weiss turned herself in Friday morning. “We became involved in this case Sept. 23 afterContinue Reading

Lexington County deputies are searching for a suspect in a shooting that left a 19-year-old man dead. The shooting happened Saturday afternoon in the 100 block of Miranda Drive. “Based on information from witnesses, the shooter left the scene in a black Nissan Maxima, which we have located,” Lexington CountyContinue Reading

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Explorer program is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 year. Participants ages 14-20 will get a behind-the-scenes look into a career in law enforcement. Students meet every Tuesday evening during the months of September through June. Exploring is part of the Boy Scouts of America programmingContinue Reading

Koon’s Watch You spend your hard-earned money on vehicles — vehicles you use to transport your family to sporting events, drive yourself to work, take your kids to school and so much more. Unfortunately, in 2019 alone, nearly three-quarters of a million vehicles were stolen in the United States, costingContinue Reading

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. will examine all aspects of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services from June 28-30. CALEA will determine if the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department will maintain its status as anContinue Reading

Koon’s Watch As the temps ramp up for the heart of spring and into the summer here in Lexington County, I want to take a moment to remind you of some heatstroke prevention steps to protect your children and other little ones in your life. National Heatstroke Prevention Day wasContinue Reading

Koon’s Watch National Police week is next week across the country. This special week includes May 15, which is known as National Peace Officers Memorial Day. In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as NationalContinue Reading

An 18-year-old from Cayce and two minors are accused of kidnapping and shooting a Columbia girl to death last month in a remote part of Lexington County. Treveon Nelson and the two minors are charged with murder, kidnapping, criminal conspiracy and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, accordingContinue Reading

Three Lexington County deputies shot in the line of duty have been awarded the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association’s Medal of Valor. Deputy Gabriel Mulkey and Kevin O’Dell, who retired as a school resource officer last year, were shot during a domestic incident at a Columbia apartment complex last August. DeputyContinue Reading