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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


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


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Crime Report - March 25, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Cassatt man and a Camden woman in separate drug cases recently.

March 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Thieves make off with ATM from Lugoff credit union

Someone managed to steal an entire automatic teller machine (ATM) from a credit union branch in Lugoff despite a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy's rapid response to an alarm.

March 25, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


CFD, LF-R Explorers take firsts at Columbia competition

Camden's and Lugoff's fire departments are often lauded as some of the best in South Carolina, and that legacy appears to also pertain to the next generation. Explorer Scout groups from both departments dominated a competition at the South Carolina Fire Academy in Columbia on March 14.

March 20, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


After a year, Kelly indicted for Briana Rabon’s murder

More than a year after 18-year-old Briana Rabon's abduction and murder, a grand jury has indicted her accused killer, Stephen Ross Kelly, 22, on charges of murder, kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Both Rabon and Kelly lived in Lugoff, where Rabon had graduated from Lugoff-Elgin High School less than a year before her death.

March 20, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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