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Knife-wielding robber’s girlfriend arrested

It didn't take long for investigators working a series of robberies across the Midlands to figure out Monica Chase was lying to them.

August 08, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Fire forces Lugoff family out of home

The Lugoff Fire Department was dispatched to Meadow Drive in Lugoff July 27 initially for a reported brush fire close to a home. The first arriving firefighter reported to incoming units that the fire was actually inside the home with heavy smoke and fire showing from the roof.

August 05, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


One arrested in home invasion

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested one man as another escaped following a home invasion in east Camden early Monday morning. Sheriff Jim Matthews said deputies responded to a call on Denton Street shortly after midnight Monday.

August 03, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Cooperation cracks crime spree

A Tiger Woods hat. A partial fingerprint. Some DNA. And a Camden Police Department (CPD) officer's recollection of a case from as far back as 12 years ago. Those elements -- and deputies, officers and investigators from five Midlands law enforcement agencies -- came together Friday to stop a one-man crime spree.

August 03, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - Aug. 3, 2011

Narcotics agents with the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two men at a Watts Hill Road, Lugoff, location July 25 after receiving an anonymous tip they were cooking methamphetamine in a metal shed.

August 03, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO phones jammed by Mattox supporters

For some 50 minutes Friday, someone -- apparently sympathetic to ousted Kershaw County Republican Party co-chair Jeff Mattox -- made it very difficult for anyone else to get through to the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO).

August 01, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Mattox off KC GOP executive committee

Jeff Mattox is no longer the co-chair of the Kershaw County Republican Party.

July 29, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Robber strikes again

A knife-wielding robber already suspected in a number of Camden-area cases struck again Sunday night, this time at the Holiday Inn on U.S. 521 South near the I-20 interchange. Camden Police Department (CPD) Chief Joe Floyd said it now appears the suspect may be tied to crimes outside Camden as well.

July 27, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Patriots rep refuses to resign county GOP office

Jeff Mattox, co-chair of the Kershaw County Republican Party, is resisting calls for him to resign. Mattox, who is a representative of the Kershaw County Patriots -- a Tea Party-like group -- confirmed Tuesday that his fellow co-chair, Chris Oviatt, asked him to step down.

July 27, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - July 27, 2011

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) traffic enforcement unit (TEU) officers were busy on I-20 as they began their second week of operation.

July 27, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Suspect with knife robs gas station

The modus operandi, or M.O., looked familiar.

July 25, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Traffic stop results in seizure of prison contraband

A routine driver's license check by the newly formed Kershaw County Sheriff's Office traffic unit netted the arrest of a Columbia man believed to supply contraband tobacco and cell phones to prison inmates.

July 25, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Elgin business raided for drugs, chop shop

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) narcotics agents raided a Railroad Avenue, Elgin, auto shop Monday at the Elgin Police Department's (EPD) request and arrested two men.

July 22, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Defendant charged with jury tampering

A circuit court judge stopped the trial of a man facing hard time on drug charges, declared a mistrial and immediately sentenced the man to 10 years in prison for jury tampering.

July 22, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Sheriff, chiefs warn officers after Web post

Sheriff's deputies and police officers are always on their guard. They are trained to deal with the unknown, even when pulling someone over for a minor traffic violation.

July 22, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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I-20 ramp accident

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) personnel work to extricate two passengers from this car around 1 p.m. Thursday, which apparently rolled over several times after having gone up an embankment on the eastbound I-20 ramp at Camden Exit 98. Dispatchers initially told the LF-R the accident took place on I-20 itself, but Lugoff Rescue 10, Service 10 and Battalion 1 soon found the accident was on the ramp. LF-R crews stabilized the vehicle and successfully extricated both patients with rescue tools. LF-R Chief Dennis Ray said KershawHealth EMS transported both patients to Palmetto Richland for possible trauma, with a LF-R firefighter ...

December 22, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Miller won’t go to trial until February 2016

The man accused of kidnapping a woman in Chesterfield County, sexually assaulting her there, bringing her into Kershaw County, sexually assaulting her again and then killing her with a baseball bat three years ago will not face a jury until Feb. 9, 2016.

December 19, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Local businessman donates to buy bulletproof vests

Kershaw County businessman Frank Lee kicked off an effort to purchase replacement bulletproof vests for Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies. Lee donated funds to do so through the Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF).

December 17, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Dec. 17, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested and charged a Lancaster man with grand larceny, DUI, driving under suspension and failure to stop for blue lights Sunday after he fled in a stolen truck from a KCSO deputy.

December 17, 2014 | By Gary Phillips and Tenell Felder C-I editorial staff | Crime-Police-Fire


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