Aiken Public Safety Chief Charles Barranco returned to work Friday after serving a three-day suspension, according to media reports.
The suspension stemmed from the mishandling of a missing persons case in which family members filed a missing persons report for someone who actually was in jail at the time. Allegedly, the department failed to recognize that the person was in custody when the family contacted it to file the report since records were missing.
An Aiken teen held in connection to a vague threat of school violence more than a week ago was transferred to Columbia County and charged on Thursday.
William Jerimiah Hawkins-Mullins, 18, of Palm Drive, was charged with criminal trespass, disruption or interference with operation of public schools, pointing or aiming a gun at another and carrying a weapon within a school safety zone. He’s been held in custody in Aiken since Aug. 7 on the Columbia County warrants.
An Allendale man is accused of attempted murder after police say he shot someone during a robbery in June.
Evan Wilson Cave, 21, was arrested by the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division on charges of felony murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to a news release from spokesman Thom Berry on Thursday.
Two Aiken men have been charged with a burglary at a downtown Aiken package shop.
Police on patrol near Palmetto Package Shop on Park Avenue spotted two men -- Tequan Martrell Holmes, 26, and Darrin Marquile Holston Jr., 21 -- throwing bricks into the front door of the business about 2 a.m. Monday, according to an Aiken Department of Public Safety release. The men were arrested after a short foot chase. Holmes had a firearm at the time of the incident.