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Co-defendant pleads to accessory in 'ninja' murder

Carl Mendez, 23, of Lugoff, pled guilty Thursday to being an accessory to murder in the so-called 2009 "ninja" murder case. Mendez, who was originally charged with murder, cooperated with prosecutors and testified during a November 2010 trial that saw one of his co-defendants sent to jail for 45 years for shooting Derick Lee twice in the head. A jury acquitted a third defendant of murdering Lee, described by deputies as a "ninja master."

July 01, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Office purchase part of one KH physician deal

KershawHealth will spend $1 million to purchase the surgical office of Dr. Ed Gill as part of an agreement to hire Gill as a hospital-employed physician. Gill will leave Sentinel Health Partners to do so.

July 01, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Law Enforcement Report - June 29, 2011

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 40-year-old Kershaw man after he allegedly struck a 36-year-old neighbor in the head with an axe handle around 11:30 p.m. Thursday. The assault was reportedly in retaliation for the victim having assaulted a woman.

June 29, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Proposed commission changes criticized

Camden Planning Commissioner Ronnie Bradley said he had never spoken in front of Camden City Council before. He said he felt he had to Tuesday morning because of what he read in the newspaper: an at times heated discussion over the possibility of dissolving at least two of the city's commissions.

June 29, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Byars expected home soon

Camden's Bill Byars, currently the director of the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDOC), is "expected to go home soon," according to a SCDOC spokesperson.

June 29, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Vargas is why we need DREAM Act

While not as earth-shattering as the events of Sept. 11, 2001, I still remember the images of April 16, 2007.

June 27, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Command shift at KCSO with new traffic unit

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said he hopes his new four-man traffic unit will be up and running July 6. To begin getting ready for that day, Matthews said, he recently decided to shift around members of his command team to better make use of their strengths.

June 27, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Tempers flare as council discusses future of commissions

It started with a recommendation to change the name of the Camden Parks and Streets Commission to the Camden Parks and Trees Commission. That didn't appear to be much of a problem during Camden City Council's work session Thursday afternoon. The only request came from Councilman Willard Polk who wanted to make sure a description of the commission's duties included specific verbiage about city parks.

June 27, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


County hit by small earthquake

It was heard or felt in Elgin, Cassatt and Camden Friday afternoon. But exactly what was "it?"

June 27, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Miscellaneous


Bethune couple arrested for peddling cocaine

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said the June 16 arrest of a Bethune couple on charges of distributing powder cocaine was the result of numerous tips and complaints from area residents.

June 24, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


City solicits architectural firms for YMCA project

Although Camden City Council hasn't officially decided to build a possibly YMCA of Columbia-run recreation center, city officials have already solicited architectural and engineering firms for their qualifications to build the facility.

June 24, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Brantley, Aberdeen receive Rochester landscaping award

The house at 1409 Broad St. is officially referred to as The Mathis House. Built around 1810 by Samuel Mathis, the first white man born in Camden, Mathis purchased the land from his brother-in-law and Camden's "father," Joseph Kershaw.

June 24, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Council, critics react to Facebook shutdown

Some members of Camden City Council were caught unawares when asked for their reaction to the city's shutdown of its Facebook page.

June 22, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


Law Enforcement Report for June 22, 2011

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies assisted Fairfield County deputies in locating an Elgin man wanted for allegedly stealing numerous pieces of furniture from a location known as The Retreat, which appears to be a Fairfield County subdivision.

June 22, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Please, read the entire story

It never ceases to amaze me.

June 20, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Churches host 9/11 service at Kershaw County Courthouse

Four churches came together for their fourth annual 9/11 memorial service on Sept. 11 to mark the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001. About 50 people showed up for the service, held at noon in front of the Kershaw County Courthouse on Broad Street in Camden.

September 19, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden


KH may offer 2 percent employee raises

KershawHealth may offer its employee a 2 percent raise effective at the end of the year. The decision will be influenced -- in part or in total -- by the healthcare organization's "financial performance through the end of the calendar year and other factors known by year end to impact fiscal year 2015," according to a summary of KershawHealth's proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget.

September 15, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare


Rescue personnel search for missing boater on river

Family and friends of a missing Sumter County man gathered at Patriots Landing on the Wateree River Sunday as Camden-Kershaw County Rescue Squad (C-KCRS) and S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) personnel searched for the missing boater.

September 15, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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