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Dorton, school trustee, dies in single-vehicle crash

Kershaw County Board of School Trustees member Joseph "Joey" Dorton, 46, died in a single-vehicle car crash early Wednesday morning. Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers said Dorton died at the scene. Fellers said the accident was discovered by a passerby just after 2 a.m. Wednesday. He said the actual accident likely took place sometime during the 1 a.m. hour.

August 03, 2012 | By Martin L. Cahn and Michael Ulmer C-I editors | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden murder suspect arrested after seven years

Seven years ago, the Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a man they knew as 24-year-old Ashiko B. Smith. CPD investigators placed Smith ended in the Kershaw County Detention Center and charged him with murder for fatally shooting 41-year-old Walter James Johnson in March 2005.

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


Crime Report - Aug. 1, 2012

A Camden woman allegedly threatened the residents of her St. Matthews Road home, standing on the porch with a long metal pipe.

August 01, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - July 25, 2012

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Camden man on drug and weapon charges after looking for another man wanted on a bench warrant.

July 25, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Fire Fest is on the way!

The Camden Fire Department's (CFD) 17th annual Fire Fest is set for Sept. 29. The event is held each year on the last Saturday of September to kick off Fire Prevention Week in October. The festival will begin with a 9 a.m. parade of new and antique rescue apparatus through beautiful downtown Camden and end at Rhame City Arena on the corner of Broad and Bull streets where all festivities will take place.

July 25, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Molestation suspect tried to have victim, mother killed

Brian Robert Sharpe, the 25-year-old Johnsonville man arrested Thursday for sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl, now faces charges that he tried to have the girl and her mother killed.

July 25, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


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July 25, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Drug dealing brothers head to prison

For 20 years, brothers James and Dexter Drakeford sold drugs in Kershaw County. That's over now.

July 23, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Lee County man charged with molesting sisters

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators arrested a Lee County man with sexually assaulting three sisters.

July 23, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Man charged with sexually assaulting 8-year-old girl

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators arrested a Johnsonville man Thursday, charging him with sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl in Kershaw County. Brian Robert Sharpe, 25, faces one count of criminal sexual conduct toward a minor under 11.

July 23, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Two men in custody following break-ins

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators arrested two men after determining they were responsible for breaking into several homes and outbuildings near the town of Kershaw. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews identified the two men as David Patrick Schweikert Jr., 21, and Jeffery Joseph Gray, 22, both living at an address on Old Georgetown Road West.

July 11, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Mr. Bear goes to Camden...

Camden residents living along the 600 block of Lyttleton Street received a rude awakening Sunday morning after neighbors spotted a 250 pound black bear roaming around the neighborhood. Camden Police Chief Joe Floyd said 911 dispatchers first received word of the bear about 11:30 a.m. Sunday after getting phone calls from concerned citizens.

July 11, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - July 11, 2012

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies relocated a Cassatt couple, their neighbor and the neighbor's three children from a home after a man chased the male victim with a gun.

July 11, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO seizes 102 lbs. of marijuana during I-20 stop

At approximately 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) traffic officers arrested Donald Wayne Gillham Jr., 45, of Sun City Center, Fla., after an officer stopped the 2012 Chevrolet he was driving on I-20 in Kershaw County and found 102 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his vehicle.

July 06, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Long-time civil service chief retires from KCSO

Warren "Buddy" Moseley started working for the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) in 1980 at the age of 28. After 32 years of service at the KCSO, Moseley retired June 27 from his position as captain of the Civil Division.

July 06, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


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Woman riding moped killed when pickup truck hits head-on

A Kershaw County woman died after the moped on which she was a passenger was struck head-on by a pickup truck on Smyrna Road outside Elgin around 10:15 p.m. Friday.

October 20, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden accountant sentenced

A Camden accountant will spend more than four years in prison after being convicted in a June trial on four counts of interstate transportation of stolen money.

October 15, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Oct. 15, 2014

A Lugoff man was arrested Monday in connection to a home invasion robbery earlier this month and a September burglary. Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators arrested Tanner Reece Brittain, 21, is facing charges following the home invasion Oct. 7 in which he allegedly kicked in the door of a residence and robbed the home owner at gunpoint. Brittain is also being charged with a burglary that occurred Sept. 19 in which he allegedly stole several firearms. After Brittain's arrest Monday he reportedly escaped through the window of a moving patrol car, was apprehended and has been charged ...

October 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Lugoff Fire-Rescue and Kershaw County Fire Service join forces with Special Operations Team

Kershaw County residents are now provided better emergency response with the recent formation of the Special Operations Team, a cooperative effort between the Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) Department and the Kershaw County Fire Service. The team specializes in accidents involving hazardous materials, unusual rescues and other unique situations. LF-R Battalion Chief Chris Spitzer said the 20 team members were handpicked from the best firefighters around the county and had to receive extra training for the situations they may encounter.

October 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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