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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


Dedication of service

5th Judicial Circuit Alcohol Enforcement Team (AET) Coordinator Ashley Bodiford (center) holds an award of recognition the team received July 25. The Lexington-Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council (LRADAC) presented the Kershaw County AET with the award for contributions dedication of service to preventing access to alcohol by people under the age of 21. The AET employs various environmental strategies to prevent underage drinking and the potential consequences that come from such risky behavior. With Bodiford (from left) are Kershaw County Sheriff's Office Capt. Ed Corey, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, Camden Police Department (CPD) Chief Joe Floyd and ...

August 13, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO agents seize meth labs after chase, fight

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) narcotics agents arrested a Cassatt man following a vehicle chase and fight that led to the discovery of a mobile methamphetamine lab in the man's truck. Agents found additional meth-making materials at the residence the man maintains on U.S. 1 in Cassatt.

August 10, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Aug. 8, 2012

A Camden man was shot in the leg after he got into a physical altercation with an unknown subject in a gas station parking lot on West DeKalb Street.

August 08, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


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


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‘Fire Stop’ extinguisher puts out kitchen fire

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews arrived at the scene of a reported kitchen fire at Sherwood Apartments around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to find only a light haze of smoke, but no fire. According to a LF-R press release, an automatic fire extinguisher magnetically attached to the stove hood had activated and extinguished the grease fire before it spread into the rest of the kitchen and apartment.

January 23, 2015 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Teen leads deputies on chase in stolen car

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies apprehended a 14-year-old Richland County boy early Monday after he reportedly stole a car and led authorities on a chase. According to a KCSO press release, a motorist called 911 around 7:15 a.m. Monday to report the driver of a yellow Ford Mustang was headed east and swerving in and out of traffic on U.S. 1 between Elgin and Lugoff.

January 21, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Jan. 21, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) responded to separate calls involving the theft of a four-wheeler from Elgin, copper wiring from a cell phone tower near Camden and a horse near the Kershaw County airport.

January 21, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Multiple fire departments protect RV park from fire

Dozens of firefighters responded to a yard fire on the 1300 block of Fort Jackson Road around 2 p.m. Monday in an effort to keep the fire from spreading into an RV park near I-20. Crews from Doby's Mill and Blaney fire departments, as well as other firefighters from the Kershaw County Fire Service and Columbia-Richland fire departments, joined Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) units in battling the blaze. LF-R crews arrived to find a large open field area on fire quickly spreading into the woods thanks to high gusts of wind. LF-R's incident commander requested the additional crews ...

January 21, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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