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South Carolina News: Columbia, Four South Carolina Men Sentenced for International Wildlife Smuggling

Columbia, South Carolina – United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Steven Verren Baker, 38, of Holly Hill, South Carolina, was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to participating in a Conspiracy to Smuggle Wildlife. Senior United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr., of Columbia, imposed the sentence … Continue reading South Carolina News: Columbia, Four South Carolina Men Sentenced for International Wildlife Smuggling

Missouri News: Columbia Police investigating apparent homicide and self-inflicted gunshot wound on March 11

COLUMBIA, MO (STL.News) – Columbia Police officers were dispatched to a residence located at 5704 Kelsey Drive to investigate a death on Monday, March 11, at approximately 8:30 a.m. Officers located an elderly married couple inside the residence.  Each individual had evidence of a fatal gunshot wound.  The husband called 911 and stated his wife … Continue reading Missouri News: Columbia Police investigating apparent homicide and self-inflicted gunshot wound on March 11

South Carolina News: Columbia, Nicole Halliett Holland, Former Fifth Circuit Director of Communications Sentenced in Federal Court for Fraud

Columbia, South Carolina – United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Nicole Halliett Holland, age 50, former Director of Communications for the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office and a resident of Columbia, South Carolina, was sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to committing Wire Fraud and Mail Fraud. Senior United States District … Continue reading South Carolina News: Columbia, Nicole Halliett Holland, Former Fifth Circuit Director of Communications Sentenced in Federal Court for Fraud

South Carolina News: District of South Carolina Takes Part in Largest-Ever Nationwide Elder Fraud Sweep

Attorney General Focuses on Threats Posed by Technical-Support Fraud Columbia, South Carolina – Attorney General William P. Barr and United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon today announced the largest coordinated sweep of elder fraud cases in history, surpassing last year’s nationwide sweep. The cases during this sweep involved more than 260 defendants from around the … Continue reading South Carolina News: District of South Carolina Takes Part in Largest-Ever Nationwide Elder Fraud Sweep

South Carolina News: Columbia, United States Attorney Lydon Hosts Discussion on China’s Threat to America’s National Security

Columbia, South Carolina – United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that she hosted a discussion entitled, “China’s Threat to Our National Security: An Economic and Private Sector Perspective.” The discussion featured William R. Evanina, Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) in Washington, DC; Douglas Hemminghaus, Assistant Special Agent in Charge … Continue reading South Carolina News: Columbia, United States Attorney Lydon Hosts Discussion on China’s Threat to America’s National Security

Missouri News: Columbia Man, Wesley Brian Kaster, Charged with Arson at Planned Parenthood Clinic

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) – A Columbia, Missouri man was charged in federal court today with the arson at the Columbia Health Center (operated by Planned Parenthood Great Plains) on Feb. 10, 2019. Wesley Brian Kaster, 42, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Jefferson City, Missouri with one … Continue reading Missouri News: Columbia Man, Wesley Brian Kaster, Charged with Arson at Planned Parenthood Clinic

Missouri News: City of Columbia prepares for possible winter weather, weekend of March 2-3

COLUMBIA, MO (STL.News) – The City of Columbia is monitoring and preparing to respond to winter weather that’s expected to impact the mid-Missouri area beginning the evening of Saturday, March 2.  City resources will be utilized in responding to the storm to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community. The National Weather Service (NWS) … Continue reading Missouri News: City of Columbia prepares for possible winter weather, weekend of March 2-3

South Carolina News: 47 Year-Old Columbia Man, Tony Shuler Sentenced to Nearly Two Years in Federal Prison for Dog Fighting and Gun Possession

Columbia, South Carolina – United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Tony Shuler, a/k/a “T Rock,” age 47, of Columbia, South Carolina, was sentenced in federal court after pleading guilty in September to being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition, and to Buying, Possessing, Transporting and Receiving an Animal for … Continue reading South Carolina News: 47 Year-Old Columbia Man, Tony Shuler Sentenced to Nearly Two Years in Federal Prison for Dog Fighting and Gun Possession

Columbia, Missouri News: City accepting applications for boards, commissions

COLUMBIA, MO (STL.News) – The Columbia City Clerk’s Office is accepting applications for boards and commissions.  Boards and commissions are a way for citizens to be involved in local government and to represent the voices of their fellow community members.  Applications must be received by the City Clerk’s Office, 701 E. Broadway, second floor, by … Continue reading Columbia, Missouri News: City accepting applications for boards, commissions

South Carolina News: Columbia, Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

Columbia, South Carolina – United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that the application period for Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN) grants has opened. Project CeaseFire is South Carolina’s implementation of PSN, a nationwide initiative that awards grants to state agencies, local units of government, and non-profit agencies to fund innovative projects designed to reduce … Continue reading South Carolina News: Columbia, Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

Missouri News: City of Columbia plow crews ended 56.5 hours of continuous operations at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17

COLUMBIA, MO (STL.News) – At 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17, City of Columbia plow crews, Street Division supervisors and fleet mechanics ended 56.5 hours of continuous ice and snow management operations. “Every street in Columbia saw a snow plow,” Public Works Engineering and Operations Manager Richard Stone said.  “We don’t believe we missed any streets. … Continue reading Missouri News: City of Columbia plow crews ended 56.5 hours of continuous operations at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17

Missouri News: Columbia Man, Justin Craig Ewing, Pleads Guilty to Illegal Firearm

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) – A Columbia, Missouri man who was in a vehicle that led police officers in a pursuit pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to illegally possessing a firearm. Justin Craig Ewing, 30, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Willie J. Epps, Jr., to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  … Continue reading Missouri News: Columbia Man, Justin Craig Ewing, Pleads Guilty to Illegal Firearm

COLUMBIA, S.C | In White House bid, Harris plans tour of early-voting states

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP ) — In the first full month of her presidential campaign, Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris plans tour of the nation’s four early-voting states. Harris’ schedule announced Tuesday includes two days each in South Carolina, New Hampshire, Iowa and Nevada, states where support will be key to building momentum in a crowded 2020 Democratic … Continue reading COLUMBIA, S.C | In White House bid, Harris plans tour of early-voting states

South Carolina News: Columbia, Two Men Sentenced in Federal Court for Roles in Bi-Coastal Marijuana Distribution Case

Columbia, South Carolina – United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Jeremy David Grove, 30, of Greenville, South Carolina, and Jaspal Singh Grewall, 40, of Anaheim, California, have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in a marijuana distribution and money laundering conspiracy operating between the East Coast and California. On December … Continue reading South Carolina News: Columbia, Two Men Sentenced in Federal Court for Roles in Bi-Coastal Marijuana Distribution Case

South Carolina News: Columbia, U.S. Attorney’s Office Continues to Prioritize Reducing Violent Crime During Lapse in Government Funding

Columbia, South Carolina – United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon stated today, “I am thrilled that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has been able to return to full operations this week following the lapse in government funding. I extend my heartfelt thanks to the entire team at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and to our federal law enforcement … Continue reading South Carolina News: Columbia, U.S. Attorney’s Office Continues to Prioritize Reducing Violent Crime During Lapse in Government Funding

United States | Marie Colvin Civil Suit Against the Syrian Regime

United States – The U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia determined that the Syrian regime is civilly liable for the assassination of Marie Colvin. Marie was killed in February of 2012 in Homs and is one of the 126 journalists killed in Syria since 2011. The court found Marie was specifically targeted because … Continue reading United States | Marie Colvin Civil Suit Against the Syrian Regime

NASA News: NASA Pays Tribute to Fallen Heroes

WASHINGTON (STL.News) NASA will honor members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery, including the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, during the agency’s annual Day of Remembrance Thursday, Feb. 7. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, and other agency senior officials, will lead … Continue reading NASA News: NASA Pays Tribute to Fallen Heroes

Columbia Missouri Interim City Manager John Glascock names Geoff Jones as Columbia Police interim chief

COLUMBIA, MO – Jan. 29, 2019 – At a press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 29, Columbia Interim City Manager John Glascock announced the selection of Lt. Geoff Jones as the interim chief of the Columbia Police Department.  Jones will begin the position on Sunday, Feb. 3. “In speaking with Lt. Jones through the interview process, … Continue reading Columbia Missouri Interim City Manager John Glascock names Geoff Jones as Columbia Police interim chief

Missouri News: City of Columbia Utilities seeking mutual aid on Jan. 12 for winter storm event

COLUMBIA, MO – Jan. 13, 2019 – Due to approximately 7,000 City of Columbia Utilities customers that are currently without power, caused by trees and limbs sagging on power lines from the heavy snow, the City is requesting mutual aid and seeking a declaration of emergency in accordance with Chapter 19.95 (a) from the City … Continue reading Missouri News: City of Columbia Utilities seeking mutual aid on Jan. 12 for winter storm event

Missouri News: Columbia Police vehicle strikes child at Battle High School

COLUMBIA, MO – Jan. 5, 2018 – On Friday, Jan. 4 at approximately 3:55 p.m. a Columbia Police officer was involved in an incident at Battle High School, 7575 E. St. Charles Road.  The MSHP crash report identifies the officer involved in today’s incident at Battle High School as Andrea Heese.  Officer Heese has been … Continue reading Missouri News: Columbia Police vehicle strikes child at Battle High School

Missouri News: Columbia Missouri Police are investigating an assault with life threatening injuries on Dec. 23

COLUMBIA, MO – Columbia Police was dispatched to the Casey’s General Store located at 2520 Rangeline Street on Dec 23 at approximately 1:45 p.m. in reference to a male entering the store with bloodied clothing. Officer’s arrived and made contact with the man and found that he had been stabbed several times.  Emergency medical personnel … Continue reading Missouri News: Columbia Missouri Police are investigating an assault with life threatening injuries on Dec. 23

Missouri News: Columbia Missouri Police arrest Tommy Lee Thomas for distribution of drugs, felon in possession of a firearm on Dec. 22

COLUMBIA, MO – Columbia police arrested Tommy Lee Thomas, 64, of Columbia on Saturday, Dec. 22, and charged him with four counts of Distribution of Controlled Substance and one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. At approximately 12:20 p.m., CPD stopped Thomas for a traffic violation at the intersection of Business Loop and … Continue reading Missouri News: Columbia Missouri Police arrest Tommy Lee Thomas for distribution of drugs, felon in possession of a firearm on Dec. 22

Columbia Missouri News: Shooting victim in 100 block of West Worley Street on Dec. 19 dies as result of injuries

COLUMBIA, MO – Columbia Police responded to a report of shots heard on Dec. 19 at approximately 3:10 p.m. in the 100 block of West Worley Street.  During the investigation evidence was found, along with a victim, Chase Hayes, with a gunshot wound. Emergency medical aid was rendered on the scene and at a local … Continue reading Columbia Missouri News: Shooting victim in 100 block of West Worley Street on Dec. 19 dies as result of injuries

South Carolina News: Lexington Man, William Tye Grisel Indicted for Defrauding National Dumpster Company Based in Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina – United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that William Tye Grisel, 38, of Lexington, South Carolina, was charged in a 153-count Indictment by a federal grand jury for Wire Fraud and Fraud Involving a Computer. According to the Indictment, Grisel is a former employee of and consultant for Big Red … Continue reading South Carolina News: Lexington Man, William Tye Grisel Indicted for Defrauding National Dumpster Company Based in Columbia

South Carolina News: Columbia, Lorenzo Keith Goins, 911 Call for Domestic Violence Results in 57 Months Federal Prison Sentence for Sumter Man

Columbia, South Carolina – United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Lorenzo Keith Goins, age 27, of Sumter, South Carolina, was sentenced in federal court for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Senior United States District Judge Margaret B. Seymour, of Charleston, sentenced Goodwater to 57 months in federal … Continue reading South Carolina News: Columbia, Lorenzo Keith Goins, 911 Call for Domestic Violence Results in 57 Months Federal Prison Sentence for Sumter Man

Missouri News: CPD investigate report of shots fired in 3800 block of Aspen Heights Parkway on Dec. 15

COLUMBIA, MO – Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 3800 block of Aspen Heights Parkway on Dec. 15 at approximately 2:40 p.m.  During the investigation, officers found one adult victim with non-life threatening injuries.  The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for medical assistance. Officers are still … Continue reading Missouri News: CPD investigate report of shots fired in 3800 block of Aspen Heights Parkway on Dec. 15

Missouri News: Columbia Man, Kenneth Ronald Jones, Sentenced to 15 Years for Child Sex Trafficking

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – A Columbia, Missouri man was sentenced in federal court yesterday for his role in a prostitution operation that involved sex trafficking a minor victim. Kenneth Ronald Jones, 26, of Columbia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 15 years in federal prison without parole. In separate but related … Continue reading Missouri News: Columbia Man, Kenneth Ronald Jones, Sentenced to 15 Years for Child Sex Trafficking

Missouri News: Columbia Police investigating shots fired in the 2900 block of Leeway Drive on Dec. 11

COLUMBIA, MO – Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 2900 block of Leeway Drive on Dec. 11 at approximately 10:20 a.m.  During the investigation, officers found five shell casings.  There were no injuries reported.  Investigators found minor damage to two of the surrounding apartment buildings. The suspect vehicle is described … Continue reading Missouri News: Columbia Police investigating shots fired in the 2900 block of Leeway Drive on Dec. 11