The Elgin Police Department (EPD) has little grounds to charge Freddie Grant in the case of a missing Elgin woman from Florida. Grant is thought to be connected with the disappearance of Adriana Laster, 28, last seen in September 2011. EPD Chief Harold Brown has previously confirmed that Laster lived with Grant before she disappeared.
The Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF) Board of Directors has established a new annual citizen award to recognize the support of Kershaw County residents for the Sheriff's Office. The "Leonard Price Friend of Law Enforcement Award" is named after Mr. Leonard L. Price, a resident of the North Central area of Kershaw County who has invested heavily in supporting law enforcement.
A Camden man will spend the next 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 11. Paris Nates III, 35, who appeared before a circuit court judge earlier this week at the Kershaw County Courthouse could have faced up to 30 years in prison.
Kershaw County Council adopted a noise ordinance in July that will be enforced by the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office. The new ordinance will target loud and unnecessary noise in unincorporated residential areas of the county.
The 52-year-old Elgin man suspected of the kidnapping of a 16-year-old Northeast Columbia teen and a suspect in the disappearance of a 28-year-old Florida native has had a history of slipping through the legal system.
The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) reported that a man saw two people in a white Ford truck and a third in a green Dodge car driving down the street with his washer, dryer and stove in their vehicles.
Although it is working with the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) to improve communications, the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) believes district officials may have violated state law in failing to inform deputies of an incident at Pine Tree Hill Elementary School (PTHS). The incident took place Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 5, not Thursday as first reported by school officials.
(The online version of this story has been corrected to reflect, as indicated in the second paragraph, that "...the explosion resulted in the release of chemicals..." and not "from the release" as published in Wednesday's print edition of the story. The C-I apologizes for any confusion.)
A fourth grade Pine Tree Hill Elementary School (PTHS) male student faces disciplinary action after allegedly bringing a small BB gun to the school Thursday. Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Director of Communications Mary Anne Byrd said the incident occurred at dismissal time.
A small vessel, or container, "over-pressurized and ruptured," at WeylChem US Inc.'s Elgin plant Friday causing "a very loud noise." Several Elgin residents called the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office after they heard the explosion around 3:45 p.m.
Two women close to Adriana Laster hope she is found soon … and have a warning about the man who may be responsible for her disappearance. Her aunt and legal guardian, Dorothy Forston, of Alabama, and Phyllis Horn, the grandmother of Laster's daughter, described the missing woman as a "sweet, little kid" who grew up to be an attentive, if not always present mother. Laster disappeared last September while living with Freddie Grant, 52, who is being held in connection with the disappearance of Columbia teenager Gabrielle "Gabbie" Swainson.
An Elgin man and his girlfriend came home to find a man sleeping on their couch. The victim said the man ate about $20 worth of food from their home and left the kitchen "a mess."
A woman whose Greyhound ran off during a walk has Camden's top cop to thanks for helping reunite her with the dog. Camden Police Chief Joe Floyd helped Barbara Loury find her missing Greyhound this week after it got loose from its collar on East DeKalb Street.
In mid-June, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators arrested 36-year-old Michael Browning for allegedly sexually abusing his own daughters. Browning pled guilty Wednesday and will spend the next 25 years in prison.
A 52-year-old man charged with kidnapping a missing northeast Richland County teen is now a person of interest in the 2011 murder of an Elgin man.
A Camden man will remain in the Kershaw County Detention Center after being denied bond for a July 14 incident in which he is alleged to have fired several shots into an ex-girlfriend's home and forced his way inside. Harley Joe Moore, 33, faces a list of charges for that event and another that occurred a month earlier on June 13.
A 23-year-old county man died in a two-car collision in the Cassatt area shortly after noon Saturday when he failed to stop for a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. The collision occurred at the intersection of Old Georgetown Road West and Robinson Town Road, according to Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers.
There are those who claim illegal drug activity is a "victimless crime" that hurts no one other than perhaps the drug user. Law enforcement and medical authorities disagree. Drug addiction and the drug trade are often linked to other crimes that do affect victims.
A Bethune man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of murder and armed robbery Thursday.
The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two men and a woman after narcotics investigators found a small methamphetamine lab operating in a Lugoff motel room.
Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators are looking into a suspicious fire at a mobile home in Bethune that took place Aug. 21.
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