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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


Camden man missing more than a week

For eight days, family members and the Camden Police Department (CPD) have been worried about Ricky Alan Courtney. According to a CPD report, his wife said the last time she saw or heard from him was around noon Monday, Sept. 24.

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


Lugoff man charged with passing counterfeit currency

South Carolina U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles announced Tuesday that a federal grand jury returned an indictment against a Kershaw County man for passing counterfeit currency.

October 03, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Busy KCSO arrests four in drug, gun cases

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested four people during the course of two days in separate cases involving drugs and guns.

October 01, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


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Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. arrested in Clarendon County

Kershaw County Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. turned himself in to the Clarendon County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) Wednesday afternoon after learning an arrest warrant had been issued. CCSO deputies then booked Tucker at the Clarendon County Detention Center. A CCSO report listed the charge as "unlawful use or disposal of personal property subject to security interest." A judge later released Tucker on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond, according to information taken from VINELink, a website used to track detainees across the country.

October 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Oct. 29, 2014

The Camden Police Department (CPD) is investigating an alleged case of extortion and blackmail reported to officers Saturday.

October 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO supports cancer research, constable

In May 2008, Nancy Watts, a constable who works for the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), learned she had breast cancer. For many people, a cancer diagnosis is devastating news. It certainly came as a shock to Watts, who is one of the individuals who is tasked with serving civil papers for the KCSO's civil division. Watts' doctor recommended she undergo a mastectomy. Normally, a mastectomy requires the patient be out of work for eight weeks. In Watts' case, she came back after four weeks.

October 29, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Matthews to equip KCSO deputies with body cameras

Shortly after taking office in 2011, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews began looking into equipping his officers with body cameras. As time passed his interest took on a more serious nature and in April 2014, he directed one of his staff to begin the process of evaluating different systems.

October 27, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden man dies in McRae Road crash

A Camden man died Saturday afternoon after his SUV drove off the side of McRae Road and caught fire.

October 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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