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“Lexington Ring” Hearings Moved To Orangeburg

CORRUPTION PROBE THAT BROUGHT DOWN EX-SHERIFF STILL GOING … It’s been several months since we last had any news to report on “The Lexington Ring,” a cabal of crooked cops and corrupt politicians who ran a criminal enterprise in the county they were supposed to be protecting and serving. That’s changing this…

CORRUPTION PROBE THAT BROUGHT DOWN EX-SHERIFF STILL GOING …

It’s been several months since we last had any news to report on “The Lexington Ring,” a cabal of crooked cops and corrupt politicians who ran a criminal enterprise in the county they were supposed to be protecting and serving.

That’s changing this week, though, as several individuals who were indicted last year in connection with the criminal organization face the music this week in an Orangeburg County, S.C. courtroom.  According to our sources, three defendants will appear before circuit court judge R. Lawton McIntosh this Thursday (October 15) to answer for the state charges that have been filed against them.

The ring indictments were originally going to be heard in Lancaster County, S.C., but were moved to Orangeburg at the last minute.

We’ll be sure to let our readers know the outcome of the proceedings …

Our last update on this case?  A murder investigation initiated by the office of current Lexington sheriff Jay Koon – one that involves a former sheriff’s department gatekeeper named Crystal Morehouse.

Morehouse was an administrative assistant to one of the deputies dismissed last year when longtime sheriff Jimmy Metts was indicted on federal immigration violations.

She and her husband are allegedly one small part of the drug, gambling and prostitution empires established by the “Ring” – which was relentlessly exposed in 2012-13 by this website.

The “Ring” burst into the headlines back in 2012 when a Lexington, S.C. councilman named Danny Frazier was surreptitiously recorded detailing its inner workings to a prospective client.  These recordings were turned over to the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) by a former member of the ring – a ex-magistrate who claims he once issued favorable rulings from the bench on behalf of the organization.

Unfortunately, SLED’s investigation went nowhere – and federal anti-corruption agents were forced to step in and advance the case.

Over the last few years, several members of the ring have been indicted for their various roles in the operation.  Metts – who served as Lexington’s sheriff for more than forty years – was one of them.  In fact he reported to a medium security federal prison in North Carolina back in June to begin serving his one-year prison sentence on corruption charges.

Another member of the ring – former South Congaree, S.C. police chief Jason Amodio – reached a plea deal with federal investigators back in February.

What did he do?

Back in May 2013, readers may recall FITS breaking the story of a joint federal-state raid on the South Congaree, S.C. city offices.  The state indictment against Amodio – which he’s still facing – specifically mentioned him accepting payment “in return for seized gaming machines.”

Both Frazier and Amodio are scheduled to appear before McIntosh on Thursday …

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54 comments

CorruptionInMyMindInColumbia October 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm

I am at the Waffle House in Lexington.Good story.Dirty rats.Everybody is corrupt.No pork for Metts in prison. Good.I will eat a pork chop for Metts tonight and all the other corrupt politicians.Everybody in SC is corrupt.

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stumpknocker October 13, 2015 at 7:38 pm

enjoy a delicious fork full for me

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CorruptionInColumbia October 13, 2015 at 7:46 pm

I know you would really prefer that the PTB continue to turn blind eyes towards that stuff so that you and/or your involved family members might avoid prosecution.

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CorruptionofRationality October 13, 2015 at 9:37 pm

This is all a hoax, right? The PTB drummed this up with the aid of FitsNews to breed distrust of law enforcement, so Obama can take your guns???
Piss off, conspiratard.

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CorruptionInColumbia October 14, 2015 at 6:04 am

Ok little troll, you have made yourself known. You are dismissed and may go away now.

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CorruptionofRationality October 14, 2015 at 8:07 am

I want to hear more about mass shootings being a hoax.
Tell us more stupid stories you got from conspiracy sights.
I’m no more a troll than the dipshit who spreads retarded hoax stories.

The Buzzman October 14, 2015 at 9:13 am

lol

“Sights.”

Idiot.

Scooter October 13, 2015 at 7:39 pm

Burn the scum

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Get em All October 13, 2015 at 7:42 pm

So when does the rest of the mafia get theirs? Jakie was a ring leader right under the original leaders of the mafia. Then there is the former Clerks of Court that were part of the posse. Former and current county councilmen. Former Public Safety Chiefs, former magistrates, former leaders of the highway patrol, and numerous current and former municipal employees. Not to mention the man that is currently facing arson charges that owns the property in the country where the prostitution parties were held. These people all tie in to a certain Supreme Court Justice that is about to retire. They also have ties to Benjamin and that crowd that just got convicted in Orangeburg. You all read that right. The Redneck Republicans in Lexington County are tied in with the thieving Democrats in Orangeburg.

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stumpknocker October 13, 2015 at 7:43 pm

the only worrisome to me is oburg is just a poorer clone of lexington, i grew up around there and the bubba mafia is just as strong

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flip October 13, 2015 at 8:04 pm

Let’s get ready for the Democrat Socialist Party Nazi debate. Like Trump on Twitter, I will be giving my expert analysis of the events tonight-for FREE!

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stumpknocker October 13, 2015 at 8:08 pm

just wait on fox to tell you what to think after the debate, really this is over your head

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flip October 13, 2015 at 8:11 pm

Tune in.I already have some observations-is that Donna Brazille on CNN a human being or Michelle Obama’s mother? Anderson Cooper looks like he pregnant-so giddy and happy!

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stumpknocker October 13, 2015 at 8:16 pm

your being a clown does not diminish the importance of the debate, we are learning about our next POTUS

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flip October 13, 2015 at 8:19 pm

Crowd is cheering.They must be tossing fetus parts to the crowd or EBT cards?

Speak D Truth October 13, 2015 at 8:21 pm

They might be giving out free cell phones and fraudulent voter ID cards. Democratic motto is ” Vote Early, Vote Often.”

flip October 13, 2015 at 8:25 pm

Excellent observation.Illegal’s are the only way they can win.

flip October 13, 2015 at 8:30 pm

My the coverage and analysis is so much different than the CNN Republican debate.Sounds like a campaign rally for Democrats.

stumpknocker October 13, 2015 at 8:23 pm

we all do the best we can, i guess, you know you are to dumb to join in the real debate, so you take on the job as the rodeo clown trying to distract from the issues

flip October 13, 2015 at 8:47 pm

Hillary in black.Fitting.

flip October 13, 2015 at 8:21 pm

This ain’t NO debate.Biden is a loser and isn’t getting in the race.Hillary is brain injured and can’t get above 40% in polls.

Sanders and the rest have been told to leave her alone and prop her sorry ass up!

flip October 13, 2015 at 9:15 pm

Bernie the socialist loves GUNS! Go figure!He wants to take your money but you get to keep your guns!

flip October 13, 2015 at 10:03 pm

Hillary just turns off 60% of Americans.Just comes across as an ugly soul.Hateful.The voice.The laugh.

flip October 13, 2015 at 8:28 pm

24 million for EACH Republican debate. 6 million tonight for democrats.

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stumpknocker October 13, 2015 at 8:30 pm

hell i watched them too, the clown show is entertaining

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flip October 13, 2015 at 8:32 pm

More people will follow Trump on Twitter than CNN debate.

stumpknocker October 13, 2015 at 8:34 pm

and what does that mean? i’m going to follow him too, but i’m not going to vote for him

flip October 13, 2015 at 8:38 pm

Hold on.I got some chicken wings from Winn Dixie tonight and they be hot!$5.99 a pound.Bernie elected they will be $12 a pound!

stumpknocker October 13, 2015 at 8:40 pm

who cares, winn dixie wings taste like shit, nobody is going to buy them anyway

flip October 13, 2015 at 8:45 pm

Imagine that.The Democrats trying to fool the American people by having that liberal witch crow sing the National Anthem.Terrible job.Sounded like Springsteen giving Obama a blow job!

stumpknocker October 13, 2015 at 8:47 pm

her voice did give out, but she was respectful

flip October 13, 2015 at 8:49 pm

Chafee is tweety bird.Weak.A socialist.Next.

flip October 13, 2015 at 8:52 pm

Webb is an American hero.Just a fucking weirdo that isn’t a politician.Next.

Guess October 14, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Supposedly Obama likes his BJ’s from grey headed white men in Chicago bathouses according to Larry Sinclair and his former lovers who have not been murdered.

flip October 13, 2015 at 8:53 pm

O’Malley.Slick.A liar.Destroyed Baltimore. Next.

flip October 13, 2015 at 8:57 pm

oh my! Bernie Sanders IS Fidel Castro! He just said blacks are in jail-blacks and hispanics don’t have jobs.

BRILLIANT! Obama is black,a Democrat and didn’t do shit!

flip October 13, 2015 at 8:59 pm

Now Hillary. She just lost by opening her mouth.

flip October 13, 2015 at 8:41 pm

Shame on Jim Webb for even standing on the stage with these socialists.

Waiting..... October 13, 2015 at 9:40 pm

Stump the chump:
Name countries with successful Socialist Democratic forms of government?
Now, name one single country on Earth that has a Libertarian form of government?

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stumpknocker October 14, 2015 at 3:13 pm

germany, denmark, sweeden, norway, switzerland, england, france, polland, belgium, isreal.

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Old RC lawyer October 13, 2015 at 8:35 pm

One last favor Chief Justice Jean Toal could do for Jakie Knotts and Jahue Moore.

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Junior October 13, 2015 at 8:39 pm

I was hanging out with and shooting the bull with an experienced FBI agent in the low country last week. I asked why the FBI didn’t do anything about Jean Toal. He looked away and started to smile. Then he started to laugh. His buddy came out of the convenience store and he informed that guy in black about my question. He smiled and looked around a few minutes. “It’s above my pay grade to answer that question,” he said. “Let’s go fishing.”

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stumpknocker October 13, 2015 at 9:45 pm

hillary is controlling the debate, webb is edgy but might be tapped for vp

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flip October 13, 2015 at 9:47 pm

This is hilarious.Cartoon Network material. SNL skit.

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Rocky Verdad October 14, 2015 at 11:05 am

Almost as funny as the House Speaker thing. GOP is Dead.

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flip October 13, 2015 at 9:50 pm

OH MY!!! The Hillary laugh and Sanders just shit on her-she didn’t get it-bout emails.

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The Buzzman October 14, 2015 at 9:08 am

Sanders finally threw her a major life-line about the emails, though.
Shows he’s got some character, not taking the opportunity to help destroy her. But then, he did nail her bad on some other issues.

Jim Webb had every right to complain. There were whole questions where they never went to him at all. Anderson Cooper showed total bias, when it came to him, and added insult to injury by constantly saying to him, “You agreed to the rules of the debate …”

O’Malley accounted for himself well. Obviously going for the VP slot.

Chaffe looked like a young Grandpa Munster, mugging for the camera. He said he is “a block of granite” — but it was a damned weirdly animated block of granite. Sometime his movements at gesticulations took him partly out of the camera’s frame.

He needs to cash in his chips and go home, soon.

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Dethrone Hillary October 14, 2015 at 10:44 am

Most liberals I have talked to don’t want Hillary to win at all. She has supported way too many things that liberals really despise, and generally she is about as corrupt as they come. As much of a goofball Biden can be if he jumped in he might actually be able to sideswipe Hillary out of the running, but I suspect the only way he’d actually join the fray is if Hillary was out for the count already.

There are a lot of people that will stay home if Hillary wins the primary. There aren’t a lot of people who would stay home if someone else won the primary. It’s nice that she’s absorbing most of the attacks from Republicans but otherwise I really hope she does not win.

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Ally A October 13, 2015 at 10:02 pm

Uncle Pepe told me:

He with fat hairy ass must be in jail by Nov 1 or Hillary Clinton will lick Ben Carson’s balls.

Restlessly yours,

Chelsea’s pube.

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holyfuck October 14, 2015 at 1:52 am

what a fetus rippin abortion that was. it was a hillary rotten clinton bootlick .the only thing worse was listening to that new york jew from florida with the pubes on her head. how the fuck could anyone be a democrat is beyond me

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The Donald October 14, 2015 at 10:50 am

Well I’m secretly a Democrat, but don’t tell anybody. By the way, I praised Hillary’s performance in the debate. She did really good. I know I’m handing the election to the right person, that’s for sure. I’ll have to check to see how much I can give her after I backstab the GOP.

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Lone Ranger October 14, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Yo…Raghead—it’s Jimmy and what is this shimmy—is the ring
about to lose control?

Heck no my friend we’ll keep control in the end—just shop it
to partner Jean is our goal

She’s like Anything-Constitutional-For-Money-Roberts—just pay
‘em and betting is fine

You know Andre & me still got 150 machines hidden in
Swansea—sheriff here STILL blind

So hey—just finish your time there and tell those prison
officials you’re coming back to SC

If we don’t stop the Donald and these conservatives…no doubt
they’ll need a cell for me !!!

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you know me October 14, 2015 at 4:11 pm

Wonder who the judge will be. That should tell a bunch.

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Waverunning October 14, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Watch and see. . . .NOTHING will happen and Fat Danny will walk. BTW, investigate why the hell BETH CARRIGG, clerk of court in Rednexington hired Fat Danny’s wife after she was fired by west columbia clerk for being on the incriminating video poker tapes. This cabal nonsense is a joke and if there was all this evidence of criminal activity it would have been discovered by now. Time to move on.

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