2017-11-10 / News

Crime continues in South Kilbourne

By Josh Cruse


Gary Dowdey was recognized, along with Tim Maleson and Karen Murphy, for their help as Rosewood Rangers. The rangers have helped in areas such as cleaning out drains and gutters to cutting down trees in the community. Gary Dowdey was recognized, along with Tim Maleson and Karen Murphy, for their help as Rosewood Rangers. The rangers have helped in areas such as cleaning out drains and gutters to cutting down trees in the community. The South Kilbourne Neighborhood Association held its monthly meeting Thursday, November 2.

At the July meeting, Jonathan Yates, attorney for Hellman, Yates, and Tisdale in Charleston, announced a proposal for a new cell phone tower along Rosewood Drive. Since that meeting, the proposal has drawn the ire of several residents and business owners in the community, especially Marty Fort with Columbia Arts Academy. The academy is located next door to the property where the proposed cell tower will be housed.

At Thursday’s meeting, Fort spoke with the residents in attendance about the downfalls of having a cell phone tower. In his presentation, Fort provided links to articles written about fires, collapses, criminal activity, and falling debris all related to cell phone towers.

Fort’s presentation comes one month before Yates is to address the South Kilbourne neighborhood again about the tower at the December meeting.

In other news, Mason Frier, with the Columbia Police Department, announced 28 auto break-ins on Chevis Street, Live Oak Street, Dogwood Street, Prentice Avenue, and South Kilbourne Road.

There were also 11 burglaries on Live Oak Street, Superior Street, Hemphill Street, Deerwood Street, and Holt Drive.

Frier also reported three stolen vehicles. Two were reported on Hope Avenue; one was recovered with the other one on South Edisto Avenue.

Frier did announce police are expecting a warrant to be issued on a suspect they believe is connected to most, if not all, of the burglaries. Frier also said police have a suspect in mind for the auto break-ins.

Corporal Raul Ortiz, with the Richland County Sheriff ’s Department, announced seven break-ins, four domestic violence reports, and four burglaries.

So far, four arrests have been made with the charges ranging from disorderly conduct to breach of peace.

Antoine Williams, with the City of Columbia code enforcement was recognized by the South Kilbourne neighborhood for his work in the community. Williams is being transferred to another part of the city.

Return to top