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PTHS, district may have violated crime reporting law

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.

September 12, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


DHEC: ‘most ... danger’ from explosion, not chemicals

(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.)

September 12, 2012 | By Denise Schnese and Martin L. Cahn C-I news staff | Crime-Police-Fire


Student brings BB gun to PTHS

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.

September 10, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Small explosion reported at Elgin WeylChem plant

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.

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


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


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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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