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Family describes missing woman, relationship with Grant

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.

September 07, 2012 | By Miciah Bennett and Denise Schnese C-I (Camden, S.C.) news staff | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Sept. 5, 2012

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."

September 05, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


CPD chief helps reunite owner with special dog

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.

September 03, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Man sentenced for sexually assaulting daughters

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.

September 03, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Swainson kidnapping suspect person of interest in Oct. 2011 murder

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.

August 31, 2012 | By Miciah Bennet, Denise Schnese and Martin L. Cahn C-I news staff | Crime-Police-Fire


Fort Clark Pastor recalls Grant, wife attending church

Freddie Grant was married, baptized and elected as a trustee of Ft. Clark Baptist Church, in Elgin, long before he became a suspect in the kidnapping of 15-year old Gabrielle "Gabbiee" Swainson.

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


Elgin man arrested in connection with kidnapping Richland County teen

Richland County Sheriff's Department (RCSD) deputies charged an Elgin man Tuesday with kidnapping in connection with the disappearance of a 15-year-old Richland County girl. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott identified the man as Freddie Grant, 52, of Kelly Road, in the town of Elgin.

August 29, 2012 | By Miciah Bennet and Denise Schnese C-I news staff | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Aug. 29, 2012

Three men held a woman at gunpoint and hit a man so hard that several of his teeth were broken after they "forcibly" entered a home on Marion Street in Lugoff early Monday morning.

August 29, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Aug. 22, 2012

The Camden Police Department (CPD) is looking for a man who allegedly robbed a convenience store more than a week ago. The store is identified in a CPD report as being at the corner of U.S. 521 South and Black River Road.

August 22, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


County man charged with criminal sexual conduct, incest

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators arrested a 35-year-old county man for allegedly sexually assaulting his 17-year-old daughter. In order to protect the victim's identity, the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is not releasing the suspect's name.

August 22, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Elgin man named as suspect in Columbia shooting

An Elgin man ended up in the hospital after being shot the morning of Aug. 14 by S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) troopers in Columbia following a chase on I-20 that ended in Columbia's Five Points district.

August 20, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Three generations and counting

(The online version of this story has been updated to correct three errors. A quote in the 22nd paragraph, regarding the support of life partners is now correctly attributed to Gary Parnell and not his father, Gene. Also, the photograph of two firefighters in a training exercise now correctly identifies Gary Parnell on the right instead of his nephew, Trent Henderson. Finally, in the 30th paragraph, a sentence has been corrected to show that there are seven people on shift at any given time, not that there are only seven employees on the Camden Fire Department payroll. The C-I regrets ...

August 20, 2012 | Denise Schnese | Crime-Police-Fire


Two arrested in separate stabbings

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two men Tuesday in separate incidents involved knives.

August 17, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Aug. 15, 2012

A Lugoff couple got into a fight, allegedly, after a woman dropped her cigarette in a man's car.

August 15, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Three Matthews lawsuits settled for $110,000

Kershaw County's insurance carrier will pay out $110,000 to settle three of five lawsuits filed against Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. The settlements come as part of a mediation effort earlier this month.

August 15, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


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Prestage pleads guilty to D.C. misdemeanor gun charge

Prominent Camden businessman Dr. Ron Prestage entered a guilty plea Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of having an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition in his possession as he entered a congressional office building in Washington, D.C. on July 23.

October 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Oct. 22, 2014

A Camden woman reported to the Camden Police Department (CPD) that a tractor-trailer driver threatened with her a gun Monday morning.

October 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Driver injured when turkey truck overturns

A truck driver suffered injuries after his tractor-trailer overturned on S.C. 34 in Lugoff just west of Richardson Boulevard around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

October 22, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


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


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