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Man robs east Camden store at knifepoint

A man wielding a large knife robbed the Dollar General on Jefferson Davis Highway in east Camden early Friday afternoon.

July 20, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Up the ranks at the CPD

Two veteran Camden Police Department (CPD) officers are moving up in rank and responsibilities and the same could happen for other officers soon.

July 18, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Ready to respond

After 48 hours of classroom instruction and practical training, Erica Broughton and Jeremy Kennington are now certified as Medical First Responders with the Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah Fire Department. Both volunteers recently attended training with other Kershaw County firefighters at Antioch Fire Department. With the addition of Broughton and Kennington, the Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah FD now has 14 Medical First Responders in service. Since the beginning of the program in March 2011, the department has responded to 44 medical calls in the Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah/Gates Ford areas. The First Responders have assisted patients until KershawHealth EMS Paramedics arrived to further treat and transport ...

July 15, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO, SLED locate marijuana grows

As they flew over Kershaw County July 7, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies and S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agents located three marijuana grows. Deputies and agents arrested four people at the grows and arrested a fifth later.

July 13, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Man killed in single-car crash

A single-car crash left a young Elgin man dead late Monday night.

July 13, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - July 13, 2011

A burglar may have left more clues than they wanted to when they broke into a Stoneboro Road, Health Springs, church in Kershaw County.

July 13, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Assault, home invasion leads to eight arrests by KCSO

A fight that occurred July 6 in Bethune resulted in the aggravated assault of Jeremy Caldwell, who was cut with a razor blade from his ankle to his groin. Caldwell made it back to his home where he called 911. Several of Caldwell's friends became enraged at the assault and drove to the home of Brandon Wilson and Cederic Everett on Rochelle Rd. in Bethune.

July 11, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Armed robber strikes at check casher

An armed robber walked into Check Into Cash at the corner of DeKalb and Fair streets just before 10 a.m. Friday.

July 11, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - July 6, 2011

The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a 46-year-old Lugoff man after he allegedly threatened to shoot an off-duty officer. The man allegedly made the threat Friday morning while the deputy, in plain clothes, was at a West DeKalb Street store.

July 06, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Magistrate's office trimming DUI backlog

One of the first projects Rick Todd tackled after being appointed Kershaw County's chief magistrate in late April was whittling down a backlog of driving under the influence (DUI) and driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration (DUAC) cases.

July 06, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Co-defendant pleads to accessory in 'ninja' murder

Carl Mendez, 23, of Lugoff, pled guilty Thursday to being an accessory to murder in the so-called 2009 "ninja" murder case. Mendez, who was originally charged with murder, cooperated with prosecutors and testified during a November 2010 trial that saw one of his co-defendants sent to jail for 45 years for shooting Derick Lee twice in the head. A jury acquitted a third defendant of murdering Lee, described by deputies as a "ninja master."

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


Law Enforcement Report - June 29, 2011

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 40-year-old Kershaw man after he allegedly struck a 36-year-old neighbor in the head with an axe handle around 11:30 p.m. Thursday. The assault was reportedly in retaliation for the victim having assaulted a woman.

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


Suit up for safety

What is the well-dressed Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy wearing these days? A new custom-measured bullet-proof vest. Four large boxes containing 38 bullet-proof vests manufactured by GH Armory Systems arrived at KCSO headquarters last week, the fulfillment of a goal set by Sheriff Jim Matthews to provide all officers with up-to-date body armor. "I looked into grants and we established a Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation to collect tax exempt donations, specifically for body armor," said Matthews. Michael Letts with Invest, a company that provides body armor to law enforcement agencies at no cost, heard about the need ...

June 29, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Counterfeit checks seized by ICE, KCSO

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents and Kershaw County deputies arrested Norman Elliott, 63, at his Lugoff home Sunday after he received a package containing 199 counterfeit checks from Nigeria with a declared value of over $554,000.

June 29, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Command shift at KCSO with new traffic unit

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said he hopes his new four-man traffic unit will be up and running July 6. To begin getting ready for that day, Matthews said, he recently decided to shift around members of his command team to better make use of their strengths.

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


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‘Tie One On’ for MADD

With the 2014 holiday season upon us, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), along with law enforcement and other emergency services are encouraging everyone use a red ribbon to "Tie One On" for safety. Local MADD representatives, emergency personnel and family members of victims of drunk driving gathered Tuesday at Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) for an event to kick off the 28th year of the campaign. Participants urged everyone to act responsibly if they choose to consume alcohol.

November 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report for Nov. 19, 2014

During undercover operations Monday, the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) cited four businesses for selling tobacco or alcohol to underage buyers. According to a KCSO press release, underage participants under KCSO supervision attempted to make illegal purchases at 23 businesses where tobacco and alcohol are legally sold.

November 19, 2014 | By Gary Phillips and Tenell Felder C-I editorial staff | Crime-Police-Fire


Talbot promoted to commander of SCHP training unit

An Elgin man is now commander of the S.C. Highway Patrol's training division.

November 19, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


LF-R supporting battalion chief’s ill son

Firefighters and other emergency responders are always quick to help those in need. It's their job and it's in their training, but it's also in their nature and personality. When one of their own has some type of crisis, they are also quick to do all they can to help.

November 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Support grows for Lugoff arson victim Pearl Brown

Support for an arson victim who lost essentially all she owned continues to pour in from residents of the West Wateree area and other sections of Kershaw County. What authorities said was an intentionally set fire destroyed the home of Pearl Brown, 76 on Nov. 4. Investigators said the crime appeared to be an act of attempted revenge targeting the wrong house.

November 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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