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Law Enforcement Report - Jan. 4, 2012

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested for the second time an 18-year-old man for transporting contraband bound for a South Carolina prison. Deputies arrested Jonathan Hugo Gonzalez, 18, of Woodruff, around 8 p.m. Dec. 23 after spotting him traveling at nearly 90 mph in a 70 mph zone on I-20 westbound near the 105 mile marker.

January 04, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO, CPD: relatively 'quiet' New Year's weekend

New Year's weekend turned out to be a relatively quiet one, according to the heads of the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and Camden Police Department (CPD).

January 04, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


We made it to the ‘future’

When I was a little kid, I loved imagining what things would be like when I grew up. I've kept right on imagining through today, whether it be through fiction I've written or some of these columns of mine you've read in years past.

January 02, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


More charges in Melton murder

Nickolas Jermaine Miller, 23, of Jefferson, the man accused of the abduction, rape and murder of Beverly Hope Melton, 30, of Kershaw, now faces additional charges filed by the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO).

January 02, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Six taken to hospital in 3-vehicle accident

Ambulance crews took six people to KershawHealth to be treated for injuries sustained in a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of West DeKalb and Campbell streets in Camden around 2 p.m. Friday. The Camden Fire Department (CFD) assisted emergency services personnel in stabilizing three of those victims before transport.

January 02, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


2011: the year in review (Part III)

Remembrances of 9/11 -- the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 -- dominated the early half of the final quarter of 2011 as the county marked the 10th anniversary of the day that changed many things for America.

December 30, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Miscellaneous


Sheriff: Brutal murder a 'death penalty case'

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said he has asked the 5th Circuit Solicitor's Office to seek the death penalty against 23-year-old Nickolas Jermaine Miller of Jefferson. Kershaw County and Chesterfield County deputies arrested Miller Monday after he confessed to abducting and raping Beverly Hope Melton, 30, of Kershaw and then beating her to death with a baseball bat.

December 30, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Abducted woman killed in county

A 23-year-old Chesterfield County man is in jail, charged with abducting, raping and killing a 30-year-old Lancaster County woman in Kershaw County.

December 28, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - Dec. 28, 2011

Although Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies did not charge a 23-year-old Camden woman for larceny, she could still end appearing before a summary court judge for allegedly keeping a video game console from its rightful owner.

December 28, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


2011: the year in review (Part II)

The middle of 2011 took us past the Wateree River where a pirate ship temporarily weighed anchor, brought us the discovery of missing evidence from a 2010 trial, saw a longtime county official leave and a new city archives director come on board, and run a dog pack down in Camden's historic district.

December 28, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Miscellaneous


A look back at the (crime) year gone by

Last week, I named Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews as my 2011 Person of the Year. Inevitably, any thoughts of law enforcement bring me thoughts of crime. Sometimes reading crime reports can be the most enjoyable part of the day.

December 26, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


2011: the year in review (Part I)

A review of this newspaper's top headlines during 2011 find that most focused on four subjects: new Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews; politics, in terms of new elected and appointed officials; crime; and the city of Camden's sports complex/YMCA controversy. For all intents and purposes, there was no getting away from these stories.

December 26, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Miscellaneous


New seal unveiled in Camden council chamber

Dot Goodwin said she was in Camden's city hall when Camden City Council was discussing the then-pending hospitality tax several years ago when she noticed something.

December 26, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


City reviews finances, electric projects

Camden City Council focused on financial reports and electric utility projects during its Dec. 13 work session. The meeting was a split one, starting at 5 p.m. ahead of a long 6:30 p.m. regular meeting and picking up again around 8 p.m. that evening. Rickie Tiller of Cantey, Tiller, Pierce & Green LLP, presented a brief report on the city's Fiscal Year 2011 audit. Assistant City Manager Mel Pearson followed Tiller's report with a fiscal year-end report of his own. Those reports were given in the first half of the work session. Bronson followed the ...

December 23, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Couple file sports complex FOIA requests; lawsuit pending

In February 1974, New York Magazine published a long, in-depth article about the fight between the then-current backers of the existing New York Coliseum and the supporters of a proposed convention center. Among the supporters: Mayor John Lindsay. About half-way through the story, readers are introduced to someone helping the opponents of the proposed project: Herbert J. Farber. Opponents hired his public relations firm to "immediately begin orchestrating the resistance," according to writer Nicholas Pileggi.

December 21, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


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IRS seizes Old Armory Steakhouse

U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents and officers from the Camden Police Department (CPD) entered the Old Armory Steak & Seafood restaurant on Rutledge Street around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday and seized the business.

April 17, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Business


All-County Academic Teams: 20 Years

On March 25, Anna Mazurek was in northern Chile. WiFi service was "pretty sporadic" in places and didn't work at all for two days as the month drew to a close and Anna didn't expect it to for a few more days.

April 15, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Referenda supporters speak to school board

Three people spoke to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees during its April 7 meeting about the possibility of bringing a new set of facility construction and penny sales tax referenda to voters in 2016.

April 13, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


KershawHealth board meets tonight

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. today. Most of the meeting take place in executive session as trustees go behind closed doors to receive the hospital's annual quality report. The report is allowed to be given in executive session because it includes peer review information coming under the heading of employment matters.

April 13, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Springdale Plaza changes hands

Springdale Plaza has a new owner. In mid-February, ProVest PDQ Sprindale LLC, part of a merger between ProVest Properties, an investment company, and PDQ Properties Corp. Officially, according to a deed filed at the Kershaw County Registrar of Deeds Office, ProVest PDQ paid $10 and "other valuable consideration" to DDR DownREIT LLC, an Ohio limited liability company. DDR used to be known as Developers Diversified Realty Corp.

April 13, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Business


Cahn: Does Tsarnaev deserve death penalty?

We journalists are, usually, taught not to use questions as headlines. This time, it's really to ask myself the question: Does convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarvnaev deserve the death penalty?

April 13, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KC Diamonds host step show Saturday

The Kershaw County Diamonds will host Camden's annual step showcase Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Camden High School gym. The program is sponsored by the city of Camden and The ALPHA Center.

April 10, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Morgan’s contract extended to 2017

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees voted Tuesday night to extend Dr. Frank Morgan's contract as the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) superintendent by one year, to June 30, 2017. In a separate vote, the board also unanimously granted Morgan a 1.5 percent salary increase, retroactive to July 1, 2014.

April 10, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


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