Friday, July 13, 2012
Three people were charged after a raid was conducted at two Internet sweepstakes cafes in Richland and Lexington counties.
Three people have been cited for gambling after state and local law enforcement raided two Internet sweepstakes cafes in Richland and Lexington counties. Richland County Sheriff's Deputy Curtis Wilson said three people at Cafe 21 in Northeast Columbia were given a "courtesy summons" after State Law Enforcement Division agents and the sheriff's department raided the facility Wednesday afternoon. During the raid, authorities seized 20 computers, which had 45 to 46 traditional poker games on them, SLED spokeswoman Kathryn Richardson said. Wilson said those charged were: Cafe 21 owner Norman Brent Ferrell, 41, of Blythewood; manger Misha Zakia Jenkins, 35, of Columbia; and a customer, Fran Ellen Washington, 37, of Eastover. The courtesy …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
State Law Enforcement Division agents and Richland County Sheriff's deputies conducted two raids in the Midlands of Internet cafes.
Editor's note: This story has been updated. Two Internet cafes in the Midlands were raided Wednesday afternoon, according to a report from The State. State Law Enforcement Division agents and the Richland County Sheriff's Department seized sweepstakes machines from Cafe 21 on Sparkeberry Lane Extension in Columbia and at Shatter's Internet on St. Andrews Road. According to The State, a Richland County magistrate judge was at Cafe 21 to determine whether the computers and the games were a violation of South Carolina's gambling laws. Three people were arrested at Cafe 21 but no arrests were made at Shatter's, according to a report from WIS-TV. Thirty-eight machines were seized during the raids, according to the repot. Two businesses on …
Federal and local law enforcement agencies arrested 23 members of the Bloods Street Gang; nine defendants are fugitives.
Federal agents announced Wednesday the arrest of 23 members and associates of the United Blood Nation — also known as the Bloods Street Gang — after a 134-count indictment charging them with multiple violations, including racketeering conspiracy. A June 18 indictment was unsealed Wednesday morning after the 23 arrests of defendants in the Columbia area and the arrest of the lead defendant, David Andrea Jenkins, in the Los Angeles area, according to a FBI release. Jenkins is a native of Columbia but lives in Huntington Beach, CA. All of the other defendants are residents and/or natives of the Columbia area. Five defendants were already in state custody based on charges related to racketeering conspiracy, which alleges that the racketeering…
Thursday, April 19, 2012
SLED arrests former employee after more than 228,000 Medicaid records transferred to personal email account.
Updated: A former Department of Health and Human Services employee was arrested Thursday for allegedly transferring the personal information of more than 228,000 state Medicaid recipients to his personal email, according to the State Law Enforcement Division. Christopher Lykes, 36, of Swansea, was charged with five counts of Medically Indigent Act confidentiality violations and one count of disclosure of confidential information. Lykes was booked at the Richland County Detention Center and his bond was set at $100,000. On April 10, DHHS discovered the breach and contacted SLED. The next day SLED agents seized Lykes work and personal computer. Lykes allegedly collected names, phone numbers, addresses, birth dates and Medicaid ID numbers of …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
End of illegal video poker machines a top priority for State Law Enforcement Division head
The State newspaper in Columbia reported on Tuesday that Mark Keel, chief of the State Law Enforcement Division, is working on a plan to stop the illegal use of video poker machines in convenience stores and elsewhere. The use of video poker machines was banned statewide beginning in 2000. Then it was said the unregulated and untaxed games were the state's biggest industry, bringing in $3 billion a year. No details about the specifics of the plan were given Tuesday.