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Three generations and counting

(The online version of this story has been updated to correct three errors. A quote in the 22nd paragraph, regarding the support of life partners is now correctly attributed to Gary Parnell and not his father, Gene. Also, the photograph of two firefighters in a training exercise now correctly identifies Gary Parnell on the right instead of his nephew, Trent Henderson. Finally, in the 30th paragraph, a sentence has been corrected to show that there are seven people on shift at any given time, not that there are only seven employees on the Camden Fire Department payroll. The C-I regrets ...

August 20, 2012 | Denise Schnese | Crime-Police-Fire


Two arrested in separate stabbings

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two men Tuesday in separate incidents involved knives.

August 17, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Aug. 15, 2012

A Lugoff couple got into a fight, allegedly, after a woman dropped her cigarette in a man's car.

August 15, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Three Matthews lawsuits settled for $110,000

Kershaw County's insurance carrier will pay out $110,000 to settle three of five lawsuits filed against Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. The settlements come as part of a mediation effort earlier this month.

August 15, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Dedication of service

5th Judicial Circuit Alcohol Enforcement Team (AET) Coordinator Ashley Bodiford (center) holds an award of recognition the team received July 25. The Lexington-Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council (LRADAC) presented the Kershaw County AET with the award for contributions dedication of service to preventing access to alcohol by people under the age of 21. The AET employs various environmental strategies to prevent underage drinking and the potential consequences that come from such risky behavior. With Bodiford (from left) are Kershaw County Sheriff's Office Capt. Ed Corey, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, Camden Police Department (CPD) Chief Joe Floyd and ...

August 13, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO agents seize meth labs after chase, fight

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) narcotics agents arrested a Cassatt man following a vehicle chase and fight that led to the discovery of a mobile methamphetamine lab in the man's truck. Agents found additional meth-making materials at the residence the man maintains on U.S. 1 in Cassatt.

August 10, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Aug. 8, 2012

A Camden man was shot in the leg after he got into a physical altercation with an unknown subject in a gas station parking lot on West DeKalb Street.

August 08, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Dorton, school trustee, dies in single-vehicle crash

Kershaw County Board of School Trustees member Joseph "Joey" Dorton, 46, died in a single-vehicle car crash early Wednesday morning. Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers said Dorton died at the scene. Fellers said the accident was discovered by a passerby just after 2 a.m. Wednesday. He said the actual accident likely took place sometime during the 1 a.m. hour.

August 03, 2012 | By Martin L. Cahn and Michael Ulmer C-I editors | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden murder suspect arrested after seven years

Seven years ago, the Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a man they knew as 24-year-old Ashiko B. Smith. CPD investigators placed Smith ended in the Kershaw County Detention Center and charged him with murder for fatally shooting 41-year-old Walter James Johnson in March 2005.

August 03, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Aug. 1, 2012

A Camden woman allegedly threatened the residents of her St. Matthews Road home, standing on the porch with a long metal pipe.

August 01, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - July 25, 2012

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Camden man on drug and weapon charges after looking for another man wanted on a bench warrant.

July 25, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Fire Fest is on the way!

The Camden Fire Department's (CFD) 17th annual Fire Fest is set for Sept. 29. The event is held each year on the last Saturday of September to kick off Fire Prevention Week in October. The festival will begin with a 9 a.m. parade of new and antique rescue apparatus through beautiful downtown Camden and end at Rhame City Arena on the corner of Broad and Bull streets where all festivities will take place.

July 25, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Molestation suspect tried to have victim, mother killed

Brian Robert Sharpe, the 25-year-old Johnsonville man arrested Thursday for sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl, now faces charges that he tried to have the girl and her mother killed.

July 25, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Top shot

July 25, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Drug dealing brothers head to prison

For 20 years, brothers James and Dexter Drakeford sold drugs in Kershaw County. That's over now.

July 23, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


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Crime Report - Aug. 20, 2014

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies answered a call of shots fired near a Camden apartment complex on Aug. 14.

August 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


LF-R, others remember Chief Steve McIntyre

Kershaw County residents, especially those in the fire service, are mourning the loss of retired Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) Chief Steve McIntyre, 60, who passed away Sunday, Aug. 10. Current LF-R Chief Dennis Ray said McIntyre had encountered continuing medical issues over the past few years.

August 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Heavy rains, lightning cause flooding, fires

At least 3 inches of rain fell in Kershaw County on Tuesday as about an hour-long storm brought heavy rains and frequent lightning strikes. Camden Public Works Director Tom Couch said a rain gauge at the city's parking lot measured 3.2 inches of rain Tuesday.

August 15, 2014 | By Martin L. Cahn, Gary Phillips and Tenell Felder C-I news staff | Crime-Police-Fire


Prestage D.C. court appearance postponed

A Camden businessman accused of taking a loaded gun into a congressional office building in Washington, D.C., was scheduled to appear in court Thursday, but the District of Columbia U.S. Attorney's Office said the hearing has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. Sept. 10 before Magistrate Judge Frederick Sullivan.

August 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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