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Grant programs working, but will they last?

Michael Joseph Smith died exactly five years ago tonight, Dec. 7, 2007, in a gang-related shooting at the McDonald's near the U.S. 521/I-20 interchange. His death spurred a conversation about how Kershaw County would handle gang-affiliation and prevention. Since his death, many Kershaw County entities have come together to apply for and implement Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS), a five year, $6 million federally funded program.

December 07, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


CUE joins search for Gabbiee Swainson

CUE (Community United Effort) Center for Missing Persons, based in Wilmington, N.C., recently assisted in search efforts for missing Columbia teenager Gabrielle (Gabbiee) Swainson. Gabbiee disappeared in mid-August. Freddie Grant, 52, of Elgin is accused of kidnapping her and is also thought to be involved in the disappearance of his live-in girlfriend, Adriana Laster, 27. The Elgin Police Department estimated Laster has been missing since early September 2011. He is also a person of interest in the murder of 37-year-old Daniel Lee Wood of Lugoff.

December 05, 2012 | Denise Schnese | Crime-Police-Fire


Arrests sent message as teen’s death inspired community

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office Lt. Danny Templar said the night of Dec. 7, 2007, was "a jagged pill of reality." Michael Smith, 17, had been fatally wounded by a gunshot at the McDonald's/TigerShop near U.S. 521/I-20.

December 05, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Dec. 5, 2012

An Elgin man living on Roberts Drive told Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies that he returned home after a month to find someone leaving out his backdoor.

December 05, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


EPD rounding up toys

Donations for new toys are currently being accepted for the 2012 Elgin Police Department's (EPD) Toy Round-Up. The effort, an EPD tradition for six years, is being spearheaded by Sgt. Renee Wilson.

December 03, 2012 | Denise Schnese | Crime-Police-Fire


Michael's Legacy, 2007-2012, Part I of III

Michael Joshua Smith -- described as a Camden High School student on the brink of learning what it meant to be a man -- died from a gunshot to the chest on Dec. 7, 2007, at the age of 17. This week, the Chronicle-Independent looks back at the events of five years ago and how his death brought about changes in Camden and Kershaw County. Information for this series is taken from C-I accounts at the time, other documents and interviews with those involved in the case and its aftermath.

December 03, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Nov. 28, 2012

A Camden woman claimed she was assaulted after leaving a Kershaw Highway, Westville, home after another woman noticed a bottle of liquor was missing from the home.

November 28, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Career criminal arrested for passing thousands in fraudulent checks

A career criminal with a 13-page criminal record is currently in the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC) after Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators arrested him for defrauding the Pilot gas station in Lugoff of $3,400. According to a KCSO press release, Keith Jerome Mobley, 45, was arrested on four warrants charging him with fraud after investigators determined that he had cashed four corporate checks while providing false authorization numbers to store clerks. Online court records list Mobley's address as being in Orangeburg.

November 26, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Nov. 21, 2012

A Lugoff woman told the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) her neighbor was shooting at her horses.

November 21, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Fatal accident off of U.S. 601 Friday

Friday evening, there was a fatal accident off of U.S. Highway 601 at 6:20 p.m. The one-vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of U.S. 601 and Kennedy Road.

November 19, 2012 | Tenell Felder | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO holds third town hall meeting

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) held its third town hall meeting at Camden Middle School Thursday night. Sheriff Jim Matthews and his command staff were available to answer questions about the state of the KCSO.

November 19, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Santa to visit Lugoff

Santa is coming to Lugoff from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 at Lugoff-Elgin High School on U.S. 1 thanks to the Lugoff Fire Department (LFD).

November 19, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


LFD battles large truck fire near I-20

The Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) responded to a major tractor trailer fire around 1:15 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 601 at I-20. Engine 10 and Engine 9 from Lugoff Fire responded with career and volunteer fire crews. Crews arrived on the scene to find a van-type tractor-trailer on fire with the truck cab fully involved in fire. Firefighters quickly shut down the northbound lanes of U.S. 601and began fighting the fire. Firefighters had to use foam to extinguish the blaze that had grown more intense when the diesel fuel saddle tanks became involved in the fire. The ...

November 14, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Nov. 14, 2012

Two Columbia men were arrested after stealing meat and fish from the IGA in east Camden -- by hiding it in a wheelchair.

November 14, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO arrests suspects in Kangaroo robbery

Two men wanted in connection with the Oct. 27 robbery of a Kangaroo convenience store in Lugoff are now behind bars.

November 14, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


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Crime Report - July 23, 2014

A Camden Police Department (CPD) officer answered a call to KershawHealth on Saturday in response to a patient with a bullet wound.

July 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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July 21, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Man allegedly shoots at, breaks into ex-girlfriend’s home

Responding to a frantic 911 call for help and a follow up investigation, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Harley Joe Moore, 33, of Camden, and charged him with first degree burglary, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and unlawfully carrying a weapon.

July 18, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


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