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Bodies of missing NC teens found under I-20 bridge

The South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP), Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and other law enforcement and emergency agencies recovered the bodies of two missing Catawba County, N.C., teenage boys from underneath a bridge near the Wateree River on I-20 near the Sunday afternoon.

October 31, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Oct. 31, 2012

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) recently charged a Cassatt man out on a $200,000 personal recognizance bond for the murder of his brother with allegedly physically abusing his girlfriend.

October 31, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Solicitors seeking death penalty in Melton murder case

Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson is seeking the death penalty against Nickolas Jermaine Miller, 23, for the Dec. 26, 2011, rape and murder of a woman from the town of Kershaw.

October 24, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Oct. 24, 2012

The Camden Police Department (CPD) reports that an African-American woman, perhaps 30 to 40 years of age, defrauded another gas station last week.

October 24, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


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October 22, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO charges two men with molestation

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators arrested Cleve Edward Burchett, 52, of Kershaw, S.C., and Ricky Van Ross, Jr., 18, of Elgin, in Richland County in two separate unrelated cases of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Burchett was arrested on Oct.16, 2012 and charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. On Oct. 18, 2012, Ross turned himself in to Kershaw County Sheriff's Office investigators after his attorney was notified that a warrant charging Ross with second degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor had been obtained by the Sheriff's Office.

October 22, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


After ban, synthetic marijuana sales continue

Nearly one year ago the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Board took action on 'bath salts' and synthetic marijuana, also known as "spice" or K2. They designated three substances that are commonly known as "bath salts," and five substances used to make synthetic marijuana as Schedule I controlled substances.

October 22, 2012 | Denise Schnese | Crime-Police-Fire


Elgin woman alleges pen pal won’t pay up

An Elgin woman's internet "pen pal" has failed to repay $660. The Elgin woman told Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies that her long-term Kentucky pen pal told her that she was behind in bills, that she had a large sum of medical bills, and "how bad her life was." The Elgin woman sent her pen pal the money through mail, and requested a note listing when the woman would pay her back. The letter sent said the Kentucky woman would send her the money on June 14th, but has failed to repay the money.

October 17, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Police respond to two accidents in Camden

The Camden Police Department (CPD) responded to two accidents recently involving people who had to be taken to the hospital.

October 10, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Two killed in collision on U.S. 1

A three-car collision Saturday afternoon resulted in two fatalities along U.S. 1 according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins said the crash occurred about 3:05 p.m.

October 08, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Missing man found dead

Family members, hospice patients and the community are mourning the death of Ricky Alan Courtney, the 53-year-old KershawHealth hospice nurse who went missing after leaving his home in Camden's Kirkover Hills neighborhood two weeks ago.

October 08, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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October 03, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Oct. 3, 2012

In recent weeks, at least one Kershaw County resident reported receiving several telephone calls from someone claiming they were from the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO). The caller advised the resident that the KCSO had warrants for her arrest for bad checks and that she needed to send money to clear up the situation.

October 03, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


S.C. Supreme Court suspends Cushman

The S.C. Supreme Court placed Camden City Attorney Charles Cushman on interim suspension Friday, suspending his license to practice law in the state of South Carolina until further notice. Camden City Council voted to place Cushman, who also acted as the city's municipal court prosecutor, on unpaid administrative leave Sept. 20, one day after he turned himself in to the Kershaw County Detention Center on misconduct in office charges. On Sept. 25, council voted to hire the Pope Zeigler law firm, with three of its lawyers acting as interim city attorneys; and Michael D. Wright, of Savage, Royal ...

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


Armed robber steals money from Elgin store

An man armed with a semi-automatic weapon entered the Dollar General in Elgin just before 8 p.m. Sept. 27, demanding money. The Elgin Police Department (EPD) and Crimestoppers are now asking for the public's help in identifying the man.

October 03, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


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Crime Report - Sept. 17, 2014

A Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigation into an allegation that a woman threatened her foster children with a knife ended with the children's removal from the home on Sept. 11.

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


Body recovered from Wateree River

After a search spanning nearly 40 hours, crews from local and state agencies found the body of a missing Sumter man on Monday morning in the Wateree River approximately one-half mile from where he disappeared. Authorities said Michael Adell Kolb, 47, disappeared around 5 p.m. Saturday from Patriot's Landing, the boat ramp and dock below the U.S. 1 bridge crossing the river and connecting Camden with Lugoff.

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


N.Y. man drowns in Lugoff motel pool

A young New York man who attended his grandmother's funeral on Monday died when he apparently drowned in a Lugoff motel pool Tuesday morning.

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


Killer pleads guilty, receives 42-year sentence

A Cassatt man will be 88 years old before he can leave prison after pleading guilty to the murder of his roommate in September 2012.

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


Rescue personnel search for missing boater on river

Family and friends of a missing Sumter County man gathered at Patriots Landing on the Wateree River Sunday as Camden-Kershaw County Rescue Squad (C-KCRS) and S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) personnel searched for the missing boater.

September 15, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Rembert woman arrested for murder

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Rembert woman for murder in connection with a fatal shooting that took place Thursday morning on Baynard Boykin Road.

September 15, 2014 | By Gary Phillips and Martin L. Cahn C-I editorial staff | Crime-Police-Fire


Singleton guilty, will spend life in prison

A Camden man already serving a 50-year prison term for murder now has another one to his credit, as a Kershaw County jury convicted him of murder and three other charges Thursday afternoon.

September 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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