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Can sex offenders be on school grounds?

Some Kershaw County parents have expressed concern about whether a convicted sex offender is allowed on public school grounds.

February 25, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO seeks person of interest in Kmart robbery

Wednesday, the Chronicle-Independent's weekly crime report featured an armed robbery at a "West DeKalb Street" department store where the suspect got away with $1,700. Now, the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and Crimestoppers are hoping to find and speak with a man who may know something about the robbery at what is now being officially identified as the Camden Kmart.

February 22, 2013 | | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO seeks man posing as officer

During the past six months, an unidentified man has pulled people over conducting "traffic stops" while claiming to be a deputy or police officer. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews says the man -- who stopped several people as recently as this past weekend -- is not a member of law enforcement.

February 22, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Feb. 20, 2013

A man stole $1,700 from a West DeKalb Street department store's safe after threatening two employees with a knife.

February 20, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Lancaster road named for SCHP trooper with Kershaw County ties

Seventy-four years after his death, a S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) trooper with Kershaw County ties was recently honored in Lancaster County. Walter T. Bell, a native of the town of Kershaw whose family includes residents of Kershaw County, died in a traffic crash on Feb. 4, 1939.

February 18, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Ridgeway man killed after single car crash

A Ridgeway man was pronounced dead at the scene after being transported to KershawHealth following a single car collision Saturday night along Springvale Road according to the S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP).

February 18, 2013 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Fatal crash Friday evening

Friday evening at approximately 8 p.m., there was a one vehicle collision with one fatality on River road in Kershaw County.

February 11, 2013 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Grant charged in Swainson kidnapping

The Richland County Sheriff Office (RCSO) charged an Elgin man with the kidnapping of a Columbia teen on Friday.

February 11, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Feb. 6, 2013

A K-9 helped Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy catch a man who attempted to flee from a drunk driving incident early Sunday morning.

February 06, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


CFD honors professional, volunteer firefighters

The Camden Fire Department (CFD) recently named its professional and volunteer recipients of its Carl S. Hammond Firefighter of the Year awards. Lt. Tyheine Bennett, who joined the CFD in 2001 is the 2012 Professional Firefighter of the Year. Mark Parker, who originally joined the department in 1988, is the 2012 Volunteer Firefighter of the Year.

February 01, 2013 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Elgin Councilman Ernst charged with vandalism

Elgin Town Councilman Norman Allen "Bubba" Ernst spent a few hours behind bars Wednesday after being arrested for vandalism following a dispute over a lease agreement.

February 01, 2013 | Denise Schnese | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Jan. 30, 2013

An 86-year-old Camden man is accused of stealing an estimated $15,000 of home furnishings from a home in probate located on Fair Street in Camden.

January 30, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Prison dairy offers milk and responsiblity for inmates

Camden resident Bert Dew oversees the largest and perhaps a unique farm operation in the state. As agricultural branch chief at the Wateree River Correctional Facility in Rembert, Dew is in charge of running a $7.5 million, "state-of-the-art" dairy farm owned and operated by the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDOC).

January 30, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden’s Donna Davis has found niche as bail bondsman

Camden's Donna Davis is the exception to the rule.

January 28, 2013 | Denise Schnese | Crime-Police-Fire


Two arrested, one sought in car thefts

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two men in connection with the thefts of six vehicles and 25 auto break-ins in the Camden, Cassatt and Kershaw areas. A KCSO press release identified the arrested men as Shawn Michael Cave, 19, and Rick Thomas Kennedy Jr., 17. Deputies are still seeking Jonathan David Bradley, 20, in connection with the thefts and break-ins.

January 25, 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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