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Lexington County Sheriff's Department

Congratulations to all of our participants and of the #JailbreakEscape! We know it wasn’t an easy race, but we hope everyone had fun.

Here’s a look at our winners and a few of our favorite moments from the event.

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We've scheduled traffic patrols on these roads during the next few days.

Deputies will be working to keep you safe from drunk and distracted drivers, speeders and anyone endangering the lives of others. #LESM #LCSDnews
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Someone made off with a trailer full of 12 Springs Community Church's sound equipment and other items used in weekly worship services.

Watch the video for a look at the vehicle associated with the case and to hear from the church's pastor. #LESM #LCSDnews
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Lexington County teacher accused of sexual conduct with minor

LEXINGTON, S.C. – A Sandhills Middle School teacher is accused of having a relationship with and kissing a former student at the school last year.

Samantha Lynne Knopsnyder, 26, is charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to an arrest warrant. Knopsnyder, who lives in Lexington, was arrested Friday afternoon after turning herself in.

“The contact between Knopsnyder and the victim happened between March and July 2017,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Based on information detectives have gathered during our ongoing investigation, Knopsnyder inappropriately touched the victim while in her classroom.”

Knopsnyder is being held in the Lexington County Detention Center while she awaits a bond hearing.
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BREAKING: Investigation underway into what appears to be an accidental shooting in a parking lot at Jim Hudson Ford. One patient has been transported for medical treatment. The scene in front of the dealership service center will be active for quite some time.

Dealership officials tell us they plan to keep the service center and main dearship office open while we look into the incident. #LESM #LCSDnews
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Are you looking for some last-minute fun for the family before school starts?

Come join us and the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice at the Lexington Back 2 School Bash today!

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Gaston man accused of mistreating animals

LEXINGTON, S.C. – Lexington County deputies found more than a dozen malnourished animals after acting last week on a community tip to check on two horses in the 200 block of Happy Town Road in Gaston.

Carl Kelly, 55, is charged with three counts of ill treatment of animals and a drug possession charge, according to deputies.

“Deputies followed up on a tip and found two horses in poor health tied to stakes in the ground with short lead ropes,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “After obtaining a search warrant to fully inspect the property, deputies found 13 dogs, a rabbit and a goat.”

All of the animals showed signs of neglect and had little to no access to food, water or shelter, according to Koon.

The Sheriff’s Department is caring for the two horses along with the goat and rabbit. County of Lexington Animal Services seized the dogs for evaluation and treatment.

Kelly was released from the Lexington County Detention Center on $2,500 bond.
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Do you know who this man is? A company doing construction on Red Bank Elementary School Roadrunners realized some materials were missing in late July.

This man was caught on camera taking the missing items. If you recognize him, please call Midlands Crimestoppers.

#LESM #LCSDnews Lexington County School District One
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6 days ago

Lexington County Sheriff's Department

Our two-week “Making the Right Connections” program to help deter youth from joining a gang wouldn’t have been possible without community partnerships.

We’re celebrating this awesome group and our many sponsors for a successful program. Thank you from all of us at #LCSDnews. #LESM

Lowes Foods
Christ Central Ministries Columbia
Moe's Southwest Grill
Binswanger Glass
Panaderia Odalys Bakeries
Casa Oaxaca Mexican Restaurant
Main Street Latin Festival
Aranda's Mini Restaurant
Mota Enterprises LLC
Anglo - Latino Promotions
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We're working to keep you safe with a special focus on these roads during the next few days.

We've scheduled patrols for speeding, DUI, distracted driving and seat belt usage. #LESM #LCSDnews
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