Richland County Sheriff’s Department

Man Faces Charges After Allegedly Killing Grandparent’s Kitten

Matthew Harper (ASGDC) RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. (WOLO) – An 18-year-old man is behind bars after allegedly killing his grandparent’s kitten. Authorities say Matthew Harper is charged with ill treatment of animals for killing the 6-month-old kitten on Hemphill Road on Friday, March 11 by cutting the kitten in the upper body. He turned himself in to investigators on Tuesday, April 5. Sheriff Leon Lott…

Richland County Sheriff’s Office Warns Residents About Recent Scams

File RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. (WOLO) – Scammers are at it again officials say and they are warning you not to become a victim. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said criminals are out to scam citizens by using their  personal information with the intent to commit fraudulent activities. Some of the scams are specifically targeting Midland’s seniors, Lott said and he is reminding citizens…

Watch: RCSD Investigator Receives National Award

Columbia , S.C. (WOLO) — The ASPCA has recognized a Richland County investigator for her efforts in combating dog fighting in the midlands. Senior Investigator Holly Wagner received the “ASPCA Champion for Animals,” for her dedication to end dog fighting in the midlands. “To be recognized out of all the officers in the United States, not just in South Carolina, it’s…

RCSD Investigator Receives National Award

National award recognizes extraordinary actions by individuals and organizations to stop dog fights in their communities

Senior investigator Holly Wagner, Richland County Sheriff’s Department RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. (WOLO) — Senior investigator Holly Wagner, received one of the ASPCA® “ASPCA Champion for Animals” awards, on Friday, April 8 , which coincides with National Dog Fighting Awareness Day. According to a press release Wagner has investigated more than four dog fighting rings in 2015 alone and formed an animal cruelty task force…

Suspect Sought in Alleged Theft of $2K Worth of Clothing

Michael Purnell RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. (WOLO) — Deputies with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department are looking for a man suspected of stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise over the course of several days. Police say 48-year-old Michael Purnell is wanted for shoplifting men’s wear from the Burlington Coat Factory located at 7201 Two Notch Road. Richland County Sheriff Leon…

Man Accused of Defrauding SC Lottery

RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. (WOLO) — A man was arrested on April Fools’ Day for allegedly defrauding the South Carolina Educational Lottery. Police say 26-year-old Marcus Washington is also facing eight counts of shoplifting. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said investigators were notified that Washington was going in to different businesses and presenting non-winning lottery tickets asking the employees for additional lottery tickets…