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SC Criminal Investigation Leads to Possession, Trafficking, Firearms Charges

3 Men Under Criminal Investigation Arrested for Possession, Trafficking, Firearms Charges for Guns, Drugs, and Cash Complaints from neighbors in Sumter, South Carolina led local police to investigate three suspects. On Thursday, January 15th, Sumter police executed a search warrant and arrested the three men on criminal charges including South Carolina drug possession, trafficking, and illegal firearms possession charges. In total, three were charged with possession with intent to distribute. Authorities reportedly found 2 pounds of … [Read more...]

Man Arrested for Knowingly Spreading HIV

Man Infected At Least Two Women with HIV, Faces Criminal Charges On Friday, September 26th, a man was arrested on one charge of knowingly spreading HIV. Two days later, a second victim came forward. Intentionally spreading HIV is a serious crime, and it is worse in a state like South Carolina which is in the top 10 of states with new AIDS cases. The suspect, 44, was arrested on one charge of knowingly spreading HIV, and was released on Saturday on a $10,000 bond. As investigators gather evidence, another victim came forward on Wednesday, … [Read more...]

Rape and Murder Stats Up in SC

South Carolina’s Violent Crime Down, Except Rape and Murder Cases Although overall violent crime is down in South Carolina for the fourth year in a row, two types of violent crime – rape and murder – are on the rise. The state also still exceeds the national average of violent crime by 27%. However, violent crime in general in the state decreased 6.3% between 2011 and 2012. South Carolina statistics show that there were 27,072 violent crimes in the state in 2012, which is an offense rate of 55.9 per 10,000 residents. Murder statistics, … [Read more...]

Man Arrested for Kidnapping, Sexual Assault

Sketch Leads Police to Arrest Suspect for Kidnapping and Sexual Assault On Wednesday, April 2nd, a Columbia-area man was arrested on criminal charges related to two local kidnapping and sexual assault cases. Nathan Daniel Martinez, 35, was arrested around 1:30 AM without incident, by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Fugitive Task Force. Martinez faces a slew of criminal charges from the Forest Acres Police Department, including first-degree burglary, three counts of kidnapping, armed robbery with a deadly weapon, first-degree … [Read more...]

Distracted Shoppers Target of Theft this Holiday Season

Theft on the Rise as Criminals Target Distracted Shoppers Across the United States, criminals are targeting so-called “distracted shoppers” as reports of theft rise during this holiday shopping season. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has issued a warning against distracted shopping so that holiday shoppers can avoid theft. A common form of theft occurs when thieves target a shopper headed to their car in a parking lot. The thieves pull up beside the victim, grab their purse or wallet, and speed away. "Cellphone has brought crime to … [Read more...]

South Carolina Ranks 5th for Worst Violent Crime Rate in Nation

New Study Ranks South Carolina Number 5 in Country for Violent Crime Rates According to a new study, South Carolina has the country’s 5th worst violent crime rate, linking low income and less education to higher crime rates. The analysis came from 24/7 Wall Street, which said that South Carolina has nearly 559 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, which puts the state behind only Tennessee, Alaska, Nevada, and New Mexico. Statistics for the top 10 states were based on the highest rates of violent crime per 100,000 residents as reported by … [Read more...]

Five Points Shooter Arrested on Serious Criminal Charges

Man Who Shot USC Student in Five Points Arrested on Criminal Charges, Denied Bond Early Sunday, October 13th, a USC student was accidentally shot by a stray bullet in Five Points while waiting with a group of friends to catch a taxi. She was rushed to the hospital and is in critical but stable condition. The shooter was quickly arrested and has been denied bond because of the severity of his criminal charges. Michael Juan Smith, 20, reportedly got into an altercation with two unknown black males, and pulled a gun to shoot at them. The … [Read more...]

Utah Pageant Winner Arrested on Criminal Charges for Making Bombs

Pageant Queen Made Bombs, Threw Them at People, Faces Criminal Charges A Utah pageant winner and three of her 18-year-old friends were arrested on Saturday, August 3rd, on criminal charges for hurling homemade explosives at people and property in various neighborhoods. Kendra McKenzie Gill, 18, was just crowned Miss Riverton in June, and was expected to continue on to the Miss Utah pageant, on the Miss America track. The beauty queen will no longer be able to compete in the pageants, however, as she has a criminal record. Reports … [Read more...]

Illegal Buttocks Injections Lead to Criminal Charges of Manslaughter, Fraud

Rising Trend of Black Market Buttocks Injections Leads to Criminal Charges Across the Country Women all over the United States are risking their lives to enhance their buttocks with black market silicone injections, according to recent reports. And the injections are leading to criminal charges against the injectors for fraud, manslaughter, and murder. Deaths from these types of injections have been reported in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, and Nevada. Injectors often use unsafe grades of silicone, which can be … [Read more...]