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Matthews won’t testify at CMA trial

Kershaw County Sheriff James Matthews and two Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies will not testify in a trial about the alleged rape of a former cadet at Camden Military Academy (CMA).

June 21, 2013 | | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO arrests two for auto break-ins

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators arrested two men for allegedly breaking into several vehicles parked at Cassatt Water Co. The two men also allegedly stole gas from Cassatt Water Co. vehicles as well as tools.

June 21, 2013 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden man accused of sexually assaulting girl

A 50-year-old Camden man is in jail without bond for allegedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.

June 21, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Lugoff Fire Explorer Team earns first place at state competition

A team from the Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) Explorer Post won a first place ranking June 13 at the annual S.C. Fire Rescue Conference Firefighter Explorer Competition at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

June 19, 2013 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - June 19, 2013

An Elgin woman allegedly pointed a shotgun at her foster son.

June 19, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Near drowning averted at Kendall Lake

One day before an Elgin homeowner found 15-year-old Daven Williams dead in their swimming pool, a Camden man was transported -- alive -- to the hospital after nearly drowning in Kendall Lake. Camden Police Department (CPD) Chief Joe Floyd said the 35-year-old man had to be taken to the hospital after he tried to rescue his fiancé's flotation device.

June 19, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Pine Grove Residential student found dead in swimming pool

A 15-year-old teen with a developmental disorder was found dead on Friday after he walked away from the school he attended in Elgin for the second time, according to authorities.

June 17, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


CMA hazing trial continues in Columbia

A federal jury is hearing testimony this week as the trial begins of a lawsuit brought against Camden Military Academy (CMA). In the trial's first days, attorneys for a former cadet have brought forward testimony and evidence they say show that, in 2008, other CMA students raped the then 13-year-old boy, according to news reports. The former cadet, listed in the lawsuit only as "JBC," is now 18.

June 14, 2013 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - June 12, 2013

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a 43-year-old Camden man June 3 after he attempted to break into a car wash on Jefferson Davis Hwy. in east Camden.

June 12, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO to host S.T.A.R.S. summer camps for youth

For the third year in a row, the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office will host three summer camps designed for young people who will be in the fifth through eighth grades. The S.T.A.R.S camps, which stands for Self discipline, Teamwork, Attitude, Respect and Selfless Service will give participants a positive, meaningful week of exposure to: crime scene investigations, police K9 demonstrations, fire safety, basic first aid by EMS personnel, Internet safety, anti-bullying, goal setting, team building, law enforcement careers and community service projects.

June 12, 2013 | | Crime-Police-Fire


CMA hazing trial begins today

The trial in a federal case of alleged hazing involving sexual assault at Camden Military Academy (CMA) will begin Monday, according to one of the attorneys representing the purported victim from Woodstock, Ga.

June 07, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Woman shoots at burglary suspects

A homeowner shot at three burglary suspects after they set off her alarm system, waking her up during the early morning hours of June 1. The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) tracked down and arrested the three young men shortly afterward.

June 07, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO named in wrongful death lawsuit

The family of a man who died in 2011 after being arrested by the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO). The suit, filed May 24, alleges that the actions of Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews and his deputies, led to the death of David Lynn Tyler on May 27, 2011.

June 07, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - June 5, 2013

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested one of two men Friday accused of posing as cable company employees in order to rob an Elgin home.

June 05, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


LFD adopts ‘Adopt-A-Fire Truck’ program

In March, the Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) launched a new outreach program into the two elementary schools within its fire district in an effort to help educate young children in fire prevention and firefighter identification. The program, titled "Adopt-A-Fire Truck," involves LFD firefighters dressing out in their full firefighting gear to include the air packs as they arrive at the elementary school. Firefighters then enter the school into the library or classroom and read books to the kids. Fire crews then escort the classes out to the fire trucks and share fire prevention tips while showing off the trucks and ...

June 03, 2013 | | Crime-Police-Fire


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Elgin man arrested for murder of adult son

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested an Elgin man Thursday, charging him with murder in the shooting death of his son. According to a KCSO press release, Stephen Earl Wood Sr., 68, of Thorton Drive, Elgin, is accused of shooting and killing Stephen Earl Wood Jr., 26, who also lived at the home with his wife and two children.

March 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Former Elgin police officer arrested

S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and Richland County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a former Elgin Police Department officer and Richland County deputy Tuesday. Darrell Tucker, 43, is charged with third-degree solicitation of a minor. SLED spokesman Thom Berry confirmed the arrest Thursday.

March 06, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Crime-Police-Fire


Miller to spend life in prison for murdering Melton

Nickolas Jermaine Miller, 26, was supposed to face a jury in February 2016 for abducting Hope Roscoe Melton, 30, of Chesterfield County, on Dec. 26, 2011, and bringing her to Kershaw County where he raped and killed her by beating her with a baseball bat. He was supposed to face the death penalty.

March 06, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Georgia fugitive arrested with large quantity of drugs

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Delaware man wanted in Georgia, and the man's female companion Sunday. According to a KCSO press release, deputies arrested Charlie McLaughlin III, 31, and Kelly Molina, 30, both of Wilmington, Del., after he stopped them for speeding on I-20.

March 04, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - March 4, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Bishopville man on an outstanding warrant Feb. 26 and then added charges of giving false information and threatening the life of a public official in the process.

March 04, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden man arrested for attempted murder, more

A Camden man is behind bars, charged with two counts of attempted murder, three counts of pointing and presenting a firearm and one count of breach of trust. Timmy Deandre Bennett, 21, of Knights Hill Road, Camden, turned himself in to the Camden Police Department (CPD) on Wednesday.

March 02, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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