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UPDATE: Police: Homicide not suspect in death of Lone Rock man

By: Britni McDonald Email
By: Britni McDonald Email

UPDATED Thursday, February 20, 2014 --- 6:14 p.m.

Richland County investigators say the death of 53-year-old Lone Rock man is not being considered a homicide.

Richland County Sheriff Darrell Berglin says Calandra had been drinking at a local tavern all day Monday, February 17th. When Calandra left the tavern, Berglin say he was extremely drunk.

According to witnesses, Calandra was crawling on the sidewalk alone towards his home. Another witness says they saw him leaning against his home around 10:30 p.m.

Berglin says Calandra attempted to get into his home, but was unable to. Investigators were able to determine Calandra was alone at the time of his death due to the footprints in the snow and an autopsy confirmed he did not suffer any external injuries.

UPDATED February 18, 2014-- 6:20 p.m.

"It's not something anyone should see," said Kalen Knudson who found his friend dead Tuesday morning.

Knudson said he was taking a walk around 8:00 a.m. when he found his friend dead in the snow outside his Lone Rock home on Oak Street.

"He had scrapes on his face. His hand was all swollen," said Knudson.

Knudson ran across the street to a gas station and called 9-1-1. Hours later, the Richland County sheriff's department and investigators were still on scene with a wide perimeter and a tarp concealing the body, later identified as 53 year old Richard Calandra.

The sheriff's department calls Calandra's death unusual. Friends say Calandra himself was known to be unusual.

"He lived different, he acted different. He just wasn't the mainstream of people," said Herman Kaldenberg, friend of Calandra.

Calandra's home was plastered with flags, references to the constitution, and a sign to authorities saying searching his home was a violation of his rights.

"It was the way he was thinking or what mood he was in. He always expressed it out there on his window," said Calandra's friend, Sheila Burchfield.

But he also expressed himself through art, known for his jewelry making.

"He made this real nice stuff," said Burchfield. "I'm going to miss him a lot."

The sheriff's department says there is no danger to the community. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning.


UPDATED Tuesday, February 18, 2014 --- 5:50 p.m.

The Richland Co. Sheriff's Department has identified a man found dead in Lone Rock as 53-year-old Richard Calandra.

Authorities received a call Tuesday at 8:23 a.m. about a body in the snow next to a home on the main street of Lone Rock.

Earlier in the day Richland County Sheriff's officials called the death suspicious. In a press release that came out Tuesday afternoon, they say deputies noted unusual circumstances at the scene, but now say it does not appear to be suspicious.

The sheriff says there is no danger to citizens.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning.


Posted Tuesday, February 18, 2014 --- 12:03 p.m.

The Richland Co. Sheriff confirms to NBC15 News that a death investigation is underway in Lone Rock, and authorities are calling it suspicious.

Authorities are at a home near the intersection of S. Oak St. and E. Richland St.

Right now they are not releasing any other information, but plan to release a statement Tuesday afternoon.

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