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Lexington man dies in Lugoff motorcycle crash

A Lexington man died Thursday when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck in Lugoff. Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers said Steven Wayne Brabham, 43, died from blunt force trauma to the head as a result of the crash. The S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) reported Brabham was not wearing a helmet.

August 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Playground project launches fundraising campaign

A committee of citizens interested in building a new playground in western Kershaw County reports it has already reached 7 percent of its fundraising goal in less than two months. The citizens committee met Thursday evening at Lugoff Fire-Rescue headquarters. Committee Chairperson Laurey Carpenter said the projected cost for construction is $300,000 and that $21,000 has been raised since the fundraising campaign began in June.

August 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Lugoff-Elgin


It’s a different world

As time goes by, I find myself more and more slipping into the role of the "grumpy old man." I guess that's a natural evolution for most of us as we age, but I now often find myself saying things like "back in my day" or "things were a lot different when I was a kid." Well, those statements are true; there's no denying it.

August 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


LF-R responds to SUV that fell off I-20 overpass

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews responded to U.S. 601 at I-20 in Lugoff for an overturned vehicle with entrapment at approximately 9 a.m. Monday. Battalion 1, Training 1, Rescue 10 and Service 10 responded to the scene to find a sports utility vehicle (SUV) overturned against a guard rail in the median.

August 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden man remembers tragic 1943 parachute jump

"It's in my mind and I'll never get it out. I stood there on the bank and watched them pull them out dead."

August 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


Tip on marijuana plants leads to arrest for cocaine, weapons

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) narcotics investigators arrested a Camden man July 31, charging him with trafficking in cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, manufacturing marijuana, being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime.

August 06, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Man arrested after allegedly shooting trespasser

Deputies arrested a Greenville man Saturday after he reportedly shot one of three men he claimed were trespassing on Kershaw County land he leased for hunting.

August 06, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Sheriff warns of teens sharing inappropriate photos online

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews is warning parents to be aware of their children's online activities, as photos of nude or semi-nude adolescents are being posted on the internet, then widely distributed. Matthews posted the following warning on the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Facebook page on Monday, under a headline that read "VERY IMPORTANT PARENTS BEWARE!!!"

August 06, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Man accused of beating son rearrested

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Camden man Aug. 1 for possession of a stolen handgun just days after being freed on a $20,000 bond for a charge of second-degree assault and battery. Deputies first arrested the man on July 26 for allegedly attacking his 12-year-old son with his fists and a flashlight. Online court records show the man was freed on bond on July 28.

August 06, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Aug. 6, 2014

Yet another vehicle reported stolen in another county ended up at an Elgin recycling business July 31.

August 06, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden woman arrested for allegedly defrauding KCSD

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) says a woman with a special needs child defrauded the district out of approximately $151,000 during a three-year period. The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) charged Malinda Wynette Johnson, 34, with "breach/obtain signature or property under false pretenses, value $10,000 or more," according to online court records.

August 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Lugoff man to serve 10 years after violating probation

A Lugoff man is headed to prison after violating the terms of his probation from a 2007 case of reckless homicide that claimed the life of a county woman.

August 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Time, your most valuable commodity

Family. You hear a lot about the importance of family, but do you really put that into practice? Think about your own household. I don't know what goes on at your house, but I do know that people are really busy these days, trying to fit everything they can into their lives. Unfortunately, something they may forget to include in their lives is each other.

August 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Lengthy investigation yields two major arrests

Two Camden men are behind bars on multiple charges of crack cocaine distribution following a six-month investigation involving the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), Fairfield County Sheriff's Office (FCSO) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

August 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Counterfeit money showing up in Kershaw County

Several businesses in Camden and Kershaw County have reported receiving counterfeit money during the past several weeks, but law enforcement officials say they don't believe the fake bills are being produced in Kershaw County. Instead, official believe the counterfeit bills are unknowingly being brought to the area by people who received them elsewhere.

August 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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Bond denied again for man accused of shooting into occupied home

A Camden man will remain in the Kershaw County Detention Center after being denied bond for a July 14 incident in which he is alleged to have fired several shots into an ex-girlfriend's home and forced his way inside. Harley Joe Moore, 33, faces a list of charges for that event and another that occurred a month earlier on June 13.

September 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Law enforcement, experts: illegal drugs linked to many other crimes

There are those who claim illegal drug activity is a "victimless crime" that hurts no one other than perhaps the drug user. Law enforcement and medical authorities disagree. Drug addiction and the drug trade are often linked to other crimes that do affect victims.

September 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Our local heroes

I was truly proud to be able to report during the past week an historical event right here in Camden. It was the naming of the I-20 bridge that crosses the Wateree River for Kershaw County's three Medal of Honor recipients. The Medal of Honor is the greatest and most prestigious award bestowed on those serving in the United States military and to receive it means you've done something exceptionally special, often at the cost of your life.

August 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


KCC passes tower amendment on first reading

Kershaw County Council took the first step towards amending a county ordinance regulating communications towers at its meeting Tuesday. Council unanimously passed first reading of the amendment, which was discussed at council's Aug. 12 meeting.

August 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


Bethune man sentenced to life for 2013 murder, robbery

A Bethune man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of murder and armed robbery Thursday.

August 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Three arrested for making meth at motel

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two men and a woman after narcotics investigators found a small methamphetamine lab operating in a Lugoff motel room.

August 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Aug. 27, 2014

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators are looking into a suspicious fire at a mobile home in Bethune that took place Aug. 21.

August 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Medal of Honor winners honored with I-20 bridge naming

Military veterans, interested residents and family members of Kershaw County's three Medal of Honor recipients gathered at James Leroy Belk American Legion Post No. 17 on Saturday to officially name the I-20 bridge that crosses the Wateree River in honor of Richmond Hobson Hilton, John C. Villepigue and Donald Leroy Truesdell.

August 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military


Battle of Camden remembered on 234th anniversary

The clash between British and American armies on Aug. 16, 1780, was one of the largest and bloodiest field battles of the American Revolution. The battle, which pitted forces led by Major Gen. Horatio Gates against those of Charles, Lord Cornwallis, started badly and ended worse--with an estimated loss of Patriot lives between 500 and 800, many of whom lie in shallow unmarked graves at the Battle site nine miles North of Camden, South Carolina.

August 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | News


KC Sheriff’s Foundation seeks nominees for annual award

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF) Board of Directors is accepting 2014 nominations for the "Leonard Price Friend of Law Enforcement Award." The award was established in 2012 to recognize the support of Kershaw County residents for the Sheriff's Office. The award was named after the late Mr. Leonard L. Price, a former resident of the North Central area of Kershaw County who invested heavily in supporting law enforcement.

August 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | News


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