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Auto break-in suspect gets probation after guilty pleas

One of three young men arrested in March for multiple motor vehicle break-ins in and around Camden pleaded guilty Oct. 12. According to online court records, Jonathan William Ray, 22, of Mount Hebron Road, Cassatt, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of larceny/motor vehicle break-in. A circuit court judge sentenced him to five years in prison, suspended to time served and four years probation. The judge also ordered Ray to obtain his GED and to undergo both substance abuse counseling and random drug and alcohol tests.

October 31, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


2-year-old dies in Cassatt collision

A 2-year-old Cassatt girl died Monday night from injuries sustained in a two-car collision a little after 6 p.m. at the intersection of Old Georgetown Road West and Robinson Town Road.

October 27, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Ray leaving LF-R to be fire academy superintendent

Dennis Ray, who has led Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) since June 2010, will leave the agency to become the new superintendent of the S.C. Fire Academy and, thus, the chief of firefighting training for the state. Ray will also become the assistant state fire marshal for South Carolina. His last day with the LF-R will be Nov. 27. He will start his new work at the fire academy on Dec. 1.

October 27, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Oct. 27, 2017

Elgin Police Department (EPD)

October 27, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


High speed chase ends with capture of suspected burglars

Three Georgetown County men are in custody following a high-speed pursuit of a vehicle involved in the burglary of two Camden-area Dollar General stores on Oct. 18.

October 24, 2017 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Two arrested for meth, crack trafficking

On Oct. 17 at about 7:45 a.m., Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies executed a search warrant on a home in the 300 block of Smyrna Road near Elgin and arrested Devon Deshawn Jamison, 25, who lives at the home; and Theus Alpanchino Lawton Gillie, 30, who lives on Sunview Circle in Columbia. Deputies seizured of 6.4 ounces of methamphetamine, 2.7 ounces of crack cocaine, 9 grams of cocaine and 14 ounces of marijuana.

October 24, 2017 | | Crime-Police-Fire


A deputy’s final ride

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) patrol cars follow a hearse on West DeKalb Street in Camden Thursday morning while on its way to Bethune carrying the body of former KCSO investigator Lt. Phil Crawford. Crawford, who started as a road deputy with the KCSO in 1997 after working in Bishopville and Lee County, went to work as a criminal investigator and polygraph examiner for Lancaster County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) in 2010. He medically retired from the LCSO after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gherig's Disease). Crawford also served in the U.S. Air ...

October 20, 2017 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Oct. 17, 2017

Elgin Police Department (EPD)

October 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Deputies arrest New York murder suspect

At approximately 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies, detectives from the New York Police Department (NYPD) and U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force agents arrested Cortney Pitts, 26, of New York City, on charges stemming from an October 2015 murder in Bronx County, New York.

October 13, 2017 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Woman pleads guilty to car break-ins

A 20-year-old woman pleaded guilty Monday to four of eight counts of breaking into motor vehicles a year ago. Kristina Danielle Lake, of Humphrey Drive, Columbia, pleaded guilty to those charges and an additional charge of grand larceny more than $10,000. Lake, one of five people the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested for the September 2016 break-ins, received a three-year sentence under the Youthful Offender Act, suspended upon 18 months probation with credit for 392 days served.

October 13, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


CPD investigating Boykin Park shooting incident

Camden police are investigating a shooting incident that took place near Boykin Park on Sunday.

October 13, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Fatal collision after car runs stop sign

A Pinewood man died Saturday evening after a car that ran a stop sign struck his pickup truck in the Cassatt area.

October 10, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


DUI suspect sentenced for illegal entry into U.S.

A 34-year-old Honduran man arrested in late February for DUI by the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) received a four-month sentence and a special $100 assessment earlier this week for being in the country illegally.

October 06, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Oct. 6, 2017

Camden Police Department (CPD)

October 06, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO arrests burglars caught by deer cam photos

On Thursday, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators arrested Shondale Ingham, 34, who lives in Dalzell, and Sandy Joseph Tarte, 48, who lives with Ingham, and charged them with five counts of burglary and one count each of criminal conspiracy.

October 03, 2017 | | Crime-Police-Fire


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Pioneering child abuse pediatrician retires

Dr. Susan Breeland Luberoff may not be from or live in Kershaw County, but she has helped county and municipal law enforcement agencies here change ...

December 15, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Coroner, chief, sheriff urge safe holiday driving

The scene has played out 19 times in Kershaw County this year: Kershaw County Coroner David West, joined by a member of the Bethune, Camden ...

December 15, 2017 | | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO searching for burglary suspects

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is seeking the public's help in identifying three suspects who burglarized Cellular Connections on U.S. 1 ...

December 12, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Elgin man charged with attempted murder

An Elgin man is behind bars, charged with attempted murder, after he allegedly tried to run over two people with a pickup truck.

December 08, 2017 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Lugoff man defrauded N.Y. retirement system

In a statement released Tuesday, South Carolina U.S. Attorney Beth Drake said Joseph F. Grossmann, 68, of Lugoff, South Carolina, pled guilty to bank ...

December 08, 2017 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Man dies of injuries from Nov. 27 wreck

A man who sustained injuries in a Nov. 27 wreck in Camden has died of his injuries.

December 05, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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