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Happy Saturday! We'll be out on these roads this weekend checking for speeding, DUI and seat belts.

Please also remember to expect delays and more traffic than usual for the #Eclipse2017.

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We need your help to ID this driver. He’s behind the wheel of a stolen car in this video from a restaurant drive-thru on Parklane Road in Columbia. It’s a black 2016 Toyota Corolla with North Carolina tag EFC 4107.

Call Crimestoppers at 888-Crime-SC if you know this driver. You could get paid if your tip leads to an arrest and Crimestoppers never takes your name. #LCSDnews #LESM
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The countdown is on! There's only three days left until the Total Solar #Eclipse2017. Do you have a plan in place? Now is the time to make sure you do.

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Sheriff Koon planning for eclipse weekend

We're taking extra measures to ensure your safety and the safety of those visiting during the total eclipse weekend.

“We’ve carefully planned for not just the day of the eclipse, but the entire weekend leading up to it,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “We’ll be in constant contact with other public safety agencies, venues and community groups in an effort to keep everyone safe during what for many will be a three-day weekend.”

Extra deputies are scheduled for duty starting Friday evening until Tuesday evening for what Koon called an “all hands on deck” event.

“We’ll be out conducting extra patrols at hotels, restaurants and other commercial establishments,” Koon said. “We want to be there to help anyone who needs it, particularly those from out of town who might not be familiar with our roads and all our community has to offer.”

The department plans to deploy its Marine Patrol, Bike Patrol and Traffic Unit the day of the eclipse. With no classes scheduled at area schools, the agency’s school resource officers will also be available to increase officer presence at public events and respond to calls for service.

Koon said deputies will closely monitor vehicles parked near locations where crowds are expected to gather.

“If you have to park roadside, please remember to lock your vehicle and make sure it’s completely out of any lanes of travel,” Koon said. “If your car impedes traffic or if it’s parked on private property, it’s subject to towing.”

Residents should allow extra time for travel as tourists stream into the region during the weekend. For information about traffic collisions, construction projects and other events that might affect travel, call the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s Travel Info line at 511.
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You still have time to register for the Jailbreak Escape Urban Challenge Run at 8 a.m. on Saturday!

You can register a team of two for $70 by going to www.strictlyrunning.com/images/17JailbreakEscape.pdf. Bring that form with you to our headquarters on Gibson Road and we'll see you at the starting line!

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Looking for a way to keep your children active? Sign them up for the Timberlake Triathlon in Chapin on Aug. 26th! There are five different age categories, making it a fun challenge for all.

Here's the link to register: www.active.com/chapin-sc/triathlon/races/timberlake-youth-triathlon-2017

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Husband of woman previously charged in daughter’s death also arrested

A Lexington man was arrested Tuesday evening on the same charge his wife faces in connection to the death of the couple’s 4-year-old daughter last month.

David Lance Steadman, 24, is charged with homicide by child abuse, according to warrants.

“Based on evidence collected since the death of the child, investigators believe Steadman returned home to find his daughter restrained in her bed and gasping for air the evening of July 31,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Steadman then waited about two hours before seeking medical attention for his daughter.”

When Lexington County Emergency Medical Services responded to the family’s home later that evening, the child was unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at the hospital that night.

Steadman is being held in the Lexington County Detention Center while he awaits a bond hearing.

Koon said the investigation into the child’s death is still open.
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‪We are set up and ready to meet job applicants at EmploySC! Come #JoinLCSD -- we start at $36,891 for correctional officers and $39,474 for patrol deputies.

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Here's more video from a case we told you about last week. Take a look at the car a person drove while scooping packages from a Highgrove Circle home Aug. 9.

If you can share a name with us, please call Crimestoppers at 888-Crime-SC. #LCSDnews #LESM
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Man who crashed truck after being shot faces multiple charges

A Summerville man faces multiple charges after being shot in self-defense and crashing a vehicle he carjacked near Chapin Sunday afternoon.

Mark Emil Day, 27, is charged with four counts of assault and battery and two counts of carjacking, according to arrest warrants.

“Based on victim and witness statements we gathered at the scene, a man shot Day in self-defense as Day was threatening him and three other people with a pressure washer wand at a home on Millers Branch Road,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Day ran away after being shot and eventually two passersby in a truck stopped to check on him as he walked down Meadowlark Road.”

Day opened the truck’s front passenger door, entered the car, repeatedly punched the passenger in the face and pulled her out of the truck, according to detectives. He pushed the driver out of the truck and drove it away.

“Deputies arrested Day moments later right after he crashed the truck in the 800 block of Westwoods Drive,” Koon said.

Day is in the hospital and receiving treatment for injuries that are not life-threatening. #LCSDnews #LESM
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