Deputies arrest suspect in Sunday night fatal shooting

A teen has been arrested and charged with murder in connection to a fatal shooting last night in a Columbia subdivision. Isaac Burton Hidalgo, 19, of Columbia is also charged with possessing a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the victim as Justin Steven Simons, 36, […]

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department announces promotions and transfers

Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon recently promoted 10 deputies, one civilian and transferred three deputies. Chris Burnett, 31, has been transferred to K-9 deputy. Burnett, a resident of Leesville, previously served as a field training officer. He was appointed to serve as a deputy sheriff in February 2015. John Gietz, 38, has been promoted to […]

Teen charged for killing dog, injuring another

A West Columbia teen has been arrested and charged after deputies found a dead dog and another severely injured dog inside the teen’s home late Wednesday. Patrick David Esparza, 17, is charged with two counts of ill treatment of animals in connection to the animals found inside his Dubbs Avenue residence, according to arrest warrants. […]

Deputies seize drugs, cash after chase

A Lexington man in possession of marijuana and a large amount of cash was arrested by Lexington County deputies after a high-speed chase early Thursday morning. Terrance Kelvon Johnson, 19, is charged with failure to stop for blue lights, providing false information to police and the possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, according to […]