Three Arrests Made In Home Invasion Investigation
Posted: July 23,
On May 23, 2014, an early afternoon call resulted in deputies and investigators responding to a home invasion that occurred on S.C. Highway 395 in Newberry.
Deputies responded to this location and found that the residents were at home asleep when they were awakened by loud noise and forced entry of their home. The residents described the individuals as three black male subjects in masks. One of the residents was pulled from his bed and assaulted while the other managed to escape through the window of his locked bedroom and run for help.
The escaped resident was able to call for law enforcement. The subjects assaulted a resident, ransacked the home, stole multiple items of property, and had left in a tan colored type vehicle.
The follow up Investigation revealed the identities of the three subjects involved and subsequently, warrants were issued for their arrests. The subjects are:
Rashawn Marquese Miller, 23, 971 Dogwood Circle, Kershaw, S.C. was charged and arrested for Assault & Battery- 1st Degree, Strong Armed Robbery, and Burglary- 1st Degree.
Rison Aikeem Jackson, 26, 196 Ridgeland Drive, North Augusta, S.C. was charged and arrested for Assault & Battery- 1st Degree, Strong Armed Robbery, Burglary- 1st Degree, and Kidnapping.
Andrew Khiry Ward, 22, 931 Cannon Street, Newberry, S.C. was charged and arrested for Assault & Battery- 1st Degree, Strong Armed Robbery, Burglary- 1st Degree, and Kidnapping.
The investigation has revealed that the one or more of the victims may have been somewhat familiar with one or more of the subject(s) as they had attended college together.
The investigation into this violent incident continues.
Arrest Made In Murder Investigation
Posted: July 22,
An arrest has been made in the murder investigation in Newberry County.
Jonathan Sentel Dominick, 29, of 623 Caldwell Street, Newberry, was arrested today and charged with Murder.
Dominick, who was also shot during the incident, was arrested upon his release from the hospital. There is no indication that Dominick was shot by the deceased.
Investigators say that the shooting was related to an ongoing dispute between Dominick and the victim.
The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting continue and the actions of those at the block party from over the weekend continues.
"Ride To Remember" Cyclists Stop in Newberry Friday
Posted: July 21,
About 250 bicyclists rode through Newberry on Friday, making a stop at Hampton Inn. This is the "Ride To Remember" cause for Alzheimers, as cyclists came from Simpsonville with a final destination in Charleston. The event was sponsored by Springfield Place/JF Hawkins, who provided lunch for the cyclists on Friday.
UPDATE: One Dead in Morning Shooting in Prosperity; Victim Has Been Identified
Posted: July 20,
UPDATE: The victim of an early Sunday morning shooting in Prosperity has been identified. Coroner Craig Newton indicated that Zemeckis Monteco Devante Houston was killed at approximately 2:20 am Sunday morning by an apparent gunshot wound. Houston was 19 years of age and a resident of Newberry. According to Newton, the decedent was attending a large outdoor gathering just off Rikard School Road in the Prosperity community. Coroner Newton declined to comment on how many times the victim was shot or where his wounds were located. An autopsy is scheduled in Newberry Monday morning. The incident continues to be investigated by the Newberry County Sheriff and Coroner Offices.
Early Sunday morning deputies were called to a large block party on Rikard School Road in Prosperity due to traffic congestion and noise. Deputies arriving found Rikard School Road completely blocked. As they were attempting to get to the party, shots were fired. A large crowd of people, estimated to be well over 100 people, began running from the scene. Once they were able to make it through the crowd, deputies found one person on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head. Deputies were also notified that another person that had been shot was being transported by private vehicle to the hospital. Prosperity Rescue and Newberry County EMS determined that the person on the scene had no signs of life and notified the Newberry County Coroner's Office.
Investigators from the Newberry County Sheriff's Office are on the scene. Due to the large crowd of people fleeing the gunshots, information is limited. Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster is asking for any witnesses to come forward and provide law enforcement with information that led up to the shooting. "Someone's life was loss during this party. If this were your loved one, you would want someone to do the right thing and come forward so the perpetrator can be brought to justice."
The name of the person killed will be released by Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton once all family members are notified. An autopsy is planned in Newberry.
The wounded person was transported to Palmetto Richland ER by the Newberry County EMS. His name will be released once he has been positively identified by investigators traveling to the ER.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 803-321-2222 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-Crime-SC.
Teen Dies In ATV Crash
A teenager was killed Wednesday night when his ATV crashed off of Old Jollystreet Road near Prosperity. Brandon Michael Austin apparently lost control of his vehicle, and it went down an embankment and overturned. He died at the scene. A 12-year-old passenger was not injured. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.
County Council - Resolution Passed Accepting FAA and SCAC Grant for Airport Terminal Expansion, Other Business
Newberry County Council metWednesday night in the Annex Building. Council honored Theresa Powers, Economic Development, for ten years service and Judy Sanders,
Magistrate's Office for her twenty years of service.
Council passed first reading of an ordinance authorizing the execution of an equipment lease-purchase
agreement in the amount of $1,265,000 relating to the purchase of certain equipment by Newberry
Council passed a resolution accepting Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and South Carolina
Aeronautics Commission (SCAC) Grant for rehabilitation and expansion of the Airport Terminal
Council read a resolution honoring Mrs. Cleo Epting Wise on her 105th birthday (some of her family members pictured above).
Council approved the low bid of 969,851.20 by Satterfield Construction Co., Inc. for the Airport Apron
Expansion and Rehabilitation.
Bob Burch was appointed to the Hospital Board, Dewitt McDuffy was appointed to the Joint Planning
Commission and Tammy Kitchen was appointed to the Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee.
Debbie Cromer, Finance Director, gave a report from the Finance Committee held on July 14, 2014.
Council went in to Executive Session. No action was taken.
Future meetings include:
No County Council Meeting on 8/6/14
Public Safety and Courts Committee 8/11/14 @ 6:00pm
County Council 8/20/14 @7:00pm
Public Works and Planning Committee 8/25/14 @6:00pm
Missing/Endangered Person Located
On Tuesday, June 8, 2014, family members came to the Newberry County Sheriff’s Officeand reported their loved-one, Curtis Williams, Jr. (affectionately referred to as “June”), as missing. According to family members, Williams was reported to have been seen last on June 3, 2014.
Williams has been located and is safe. Williams contacted family members and representatives of the Newberry County Sheriff's Office and advised them that he was both "safe and sound".
Upon request, Williams travelled to the Newberry County Sheriff's Office where he met with law enforcement officials and family members in an effort to confirm that he, in fact was in satisfactory condition. After a series of questions and speaking with family members, Williams expressed himself clearly and concisely to demonstrate that he was all right.
Williams has been removed NCIC and has been reconnected with his family.
Lominack Installed As President of SCATT
On April 11, 2014, Newberry County Auditor Donna W. Lominack wasinstalled as president of the SC Association of Auditors, Treasurers and Tax Collectors (SCATT) for the fiscal year 2014-15. SCATT consists of members from all 46 counties in South Carolina.
Lominack has served the people of Newberry County since 1977 and was elected Newberry County Auditor in 2008. She is in her second term as Auditor. Lomnack said, "I am honored that a group of my peers I respect so much has confidence in me. SCATT is an amazing association of public servants that others look to for guidance and knowledge."
As President, she plans to bring the group to Newberry for their Fall Conference to be held in November. "I believe Newberry is a wonderful small town that has a lot to offer my peers. It truly is The City of Friendly Folk," stated Lominack.
Her election as the 67th President of SCATT makes her the 5th Newberry County official to be elected president of the association.
July 4 Events in Newberry
Newberry's Independence Day celebrationskicked off Friday morning at around 9:30 with the 13th Annual Harper Street Bike Parade.
Bikers, golf cart riders, walkers and more particpated in this event, which has grown remarkably over the years. Friday's participation, in fact, was the largest participation ever for this event. (Pictured above: WKDK's Jimmie Coggins with his daughter Jessica and grandson Copeland.)
Another great Fourth event was held Friday evening. The annual July 4 Fireworks event, presented by Newberry County Law Enforcement, was held at Newberry High School.. Fun, food, fellowship and music were enjoyed by participants, and the evening culminated with a wonderful fireworks show.