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'K2' warning in aftermath of chase, shooting

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is warning the public about a synthetic drug known as "K2" or "Spice." Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said Friday that Nicholas Rivers -- the 20-year-old Camden man who took his own life after murdering a Columbia cabbie and leading law enforcement on a three-county chase -- had mental health and substance abuse issues.

September 21, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - Sept. 21, 2011

An art teacher at Columbia's private Heathwood Hall Episcopal School is out on bond from the Kershaw County Detention Center following his arrest late Sunday night for driving under the influence (DUI).

September 21, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Remainder of dog pack captured

It's been about three weeks, and Kershaw County Special Services Director Peggy Spivey hasn't received any more calls about a pack of dogs believed responsible for killing two fawns more than a month ago in Camden's historic district.

September 19, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


'Where no one's gone before' for 45 years

It's been a long road/Gettin' from there to here.

September 19, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Critics speak; council moves ahead with Y talks

Claims of dictatorship. Accusations of the suspension of democracy. Counter-claims of failing Camden's children. Assertions that residents have already spoken their minds.

September 16, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


City council to try 'all-in-one' meeting

For the first time ever, a tape recorder rolled and Camden's city clerk took notes during a Camden City Council work session Sept. 8. City Manager Kevin Bronson made the decision to do so following inquiries by Councilman Willard Polk and the Chronicle-Independent as to whether the city was violating the S.C. Freedom of Information Act by not recording work sessions.

September 14, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KCSO seizes prison contraband on I-20

Members of the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office Traffic Enforcement Unit made its second significant seizure of contraband destined for state corrections facility Monday afternoon.

September 14, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - Sept. 14, 2011

The Camden Police Department (CPD) is seeking two men who conned their way into an 84-year-old woman's home on Forest Drive and stole $5,000 in jewelry.

September 14, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


What 9/11 means to me, 10 years on

I am angry.

September 12, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


'Y gives you a great option,' says YMCA CEO

The YMCA of Columbia's chief executive officer said 893 households would become members of a Camden Y in its first year of operation. YMCA CEO Bryan Madden gave that figure to Camden City Council during a lengthy work session Thursday afternoon. Madden's appearance coincided with a discussion of a proposed memorandum of understanding (link to PDF; includes city manager memo to council, letter from Madden to council and complete text of MOU) council is set to vote on Tuesday.

September 12, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Council to vote Tuedsay on YMCA document

Camden City Council is set to vote Tuesday on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the city and YMCA of Columbia to operate a proposed sports complex the city plans to build on the former site of Boylan-Haven-Mather Academy. The item appears on a proposed agenda for Tuesday's meeting obtained by the Chronicle-Independent Wednesday evening.

September 09, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


9/11: A 'Camden connection' remembrance

"The entire building moved under my feet. Things started moving faster then, and we made our way down to about the eighth or ninth floor when smoke and other stuff started filling up the stairwell." --Brad Bradham, Manhattan, Sept. 12, 2001.

September 09, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Law Enforcement Report - Sept. 7, 2011

Acting on a tip, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) narcotics agents arrested James Albert Dorris, 35, of Camellia Lane, Lugoff, for manufacturing methamphetamine in the bathroom of his home. The agents also received word that Dorris had booby-trapped the back door with a shotgun.

September 07, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Former KCSO narcotics head sues Matthews

David Dowey, the former head of the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) narcotics division, is suing Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews for $2 million claiming Matthews has made defamatory statements about him. That brings the total number of defamation suits against Matthews to four seeking a total of $8 million in actual and punitive damages.

September 07, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


City takes step in right direction on work sessions

Seven or eight years ago, I spent a good chunk of time following a legal fight involving the city of Camden over Kirkwood Common. At one point, I'd attended a circuit court hearing on the matter and then waited months to learn the judge's decision.

September 05, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Articles By Author - Martin L. Cahn


This is journalism?

I love my job. As harried as I can be sometimes, I really do love it. I think long-time readers of this column know that by now -- that I love to write stories about Kershaw County, especially in Camden, which has been my primary beat (along with healthcare) for 14 years. You know that I'm passionate about the S.C. Freedom of Information Act and that I truly believe it doesn't just benefit journalists like myself, but individual citizens like you.

September 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


County man killed in two-car collision

A 23-year-old county man died in a two-car collision in the Cassatt area shortly after noon Saturday when he failed to stop for a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. The collision occurred at the intersection of Old Georgetown Road West and Robinson Town Road, according to Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers.

September 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KH projecting nearly $2 million loss for FY15

A proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 presented during the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' Aug. 25 meeting projects an operating loss of a little more than $1.92 million. A total margin loss of approximately $1.69 million is also projected in the proposed budget.

September 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Judge Stegner honored at city council meeting

Camden City Council devoted part of its regular meeting Tuesday night to wish Municipal Judge Michael E. Stegner a happy retirement after 20 years on the bench. Camden Mayor Tony Scully read a certificate of appreciation to Stegner and his wife, Neal, that noted Stegner took office on Feb. 1, 1994.

August 29, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Texas man rides through Camden for stroke awareness

Angel waited patiently outside as Leslie Fender sipped a cup of coffee inside a shop on Broad Street around a quarter to 10 on Tuesday morning. Even with her reins simply dropped on the curb, the well-trained 9-year-old quarter horse filly knew that Fender would come back out to continue their journey to Washington, D.C.

August 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KH board votes, 6-3, to change charity policy

On a split, 6-3, vote, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees, voted at its meeting Monday to approve a new version of its financial assistance, or charity, policy. The new policy will go into effect Oct. 1, the beginning of KershawHealth's fiscal year.

August 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


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