The Catch-Up: Former Lexington County deputy arrested for domestic violence

By Marley Bassett
Posted 6/27/24

A former Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputy has been arrested on five counts of domestic violence, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

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The Catch-Up: Former Lexington County deputy arrested for domestic violence

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A former Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputy has been arrested on five counts of domestic violence, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

33-year-old Joshua Jones was arrested on June 24 after turning himself in. Jones was terminated on June 13 after being hired as a deputy sheriff in November of 2020.

“When I became aware of Mr. Jones’ alleged conduct, I launched an internal investigation that led to his termination of employment and referral to SLED for an independent criminal investigation," Sheriff Jay Koon said in the press release. "Deputies are held to a higher standard as part of their duty to protect and engage community members. That’s why we hold them accountable when they fall short.”

Jones is currently being held in the Lexington County Detention Center after he was booked on the morning of June 24.

One charged after SLED K-9 death

A Prosperity resident has been arrested by Lexington County sheriff deputies after fatally shooting a police canine when Newberry County and state law enforcement agents attempted to arrest him.

37-year-old James Peterson was charged with cruelty to a police dog, breach of peace, possession of a weapon by a person convicted of certain crimes and resisting arrest with a deadly weapon. Peterson was also charged with four counts of pointing and presenting a firearm at a person.

“We began our investigation of this case the day it happened, June 11, at the request of the two agencies involved. In consultation with Eighth Judicial Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo, we've determined these charges are warranted based on Peterson's actions during the encounter with Newberry County deputies and SLED agents as they attempted to arrest him on a felony warrant on Gravel Road in Prosperity,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said in the press release.

Since the incident occurred in Newberry County and not Lexington, Solicitor David Stumbo will be prosecuting Peterson for the charges listed above. Peterson is currently being held at the Newberry County Detention Center.

New director selected for Lexington Two Career and Technology

Lexington County School District Two has selected a new director for career and technology that will be based out of the district’s Innovation Center.

Airport High School graduate and former assistant principal at Richland Two School District’s Spring Valley High School, Stacey Baker, will be the new director.

Baker has a bachelor and master's degree from Southern Wesleyan University and a masters of education degree from the University of South Carolina. She started as a CATE teacher in 2006 at Spring Valley High School, before becoming an administrative assistant and then moving into her current role.

“I am most looking forward to working with students and educators in the schools and the Innovation Center, as well as strengthening relationships with community and industry partners.  The goal is to ensure that Lexington Two graduates have the tools they need to truly be college and career ready so they can confidently continue on their chosen pathways after high school,” Baker said in the press release.

Fulmer Middle School gets new principal

Fulmer Middle School is advancing one of their own staff members to become their new principal for the upcoming school year.

Current assistant principal of Fulmer Middle School Johnathan Wilburn will be the school’s new principal after being approved by the Lexington Two School District Board of Trustees.

Wilburn began his career at Fulmer Middle School in 1998 as a social studies teacher. He has served as assistant principal at the school since 2013. He has a bachelor’s and master's degree from Columbia International University as well as a master’s of education and education specialist degree from the University of South Carolina.

“I look forward to collaborating with others and maintaining partnerships with families and the community.  My goal is to continue to support families in developing students who are excellent citizens by implementing an engaging and rigorous curriculum,” Wilburn said in the press release.

New principal of New Bridge Academy named

New Bridge Academy is getting a new principal just in time for the upcoming school year.

Kelly Remia has previously served as the virtual coordinator for Lexington-Richland School District Five’s FIVE virtual program.

Remia, who has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Columbia College as well as a master’s of education from Grand Canyon University, started working in the local schools in 2009 as the transition specialist and later assistant administrator at Richland Two’s Blythewood Academy.

She started in 2020 as Irmo Middle School’s assistant principal before taking the same role for the FIVE virtual program. She later became the coordinator of FIVE in 2022.

“Mrs. Remia brings a wealth of experience and training that I know will continue a path of inspiration, passion, and high expectations for our New Bridge Academy students,” Superintendent for Lexington School District Two Dr. Brenda Hafner said in the press release.

Five arrested after weekend shooting

Five Leesville residents have been arrested by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department for allegedly shooting at a car and house in Pelion on June 14.

27-year-old Austin Easterling, 20-year-old Brendon Ray Parcell, 24-year-old Gavin Parcell III, 21-year-old Damon Smith and 23-year-old Keeley Smith have all been charged with four counts of first-degree assault and battery, discharging a firearm into a dwelling and criminal conspiracy, according to the press release.

The suspects showed up at a home in the 400 Otis Road block with handguns. Some walked toward the gate while others stayed in the car. The victims were leaving their house in a car when the suspects began shooting at both the victims and the house.

The victim’s car hit one of the suspects and another victim shot back at the suspects from the home.

Both the Parcells and the Smiths have been released from the Lexington County Detention Center after meeting their bonds and Easterling will appear in bond court on June 27.

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