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Most sex offenders comply with law

In its weekly law enforcement reports, the Chronicle-Independent sometimes publishes cases of sex offenders failing to register on the S.C. Sex Offender Registry or inform law enforcement of their movements. Until now, the C-I has not published the names of these "non-compliant" sex offenders. Effective with this series of stories, the C-I will begin publishing the names and other vital information of wanted non-compliant sex offenders in our weekly reports.

April 09, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


CAST continues mission against DUI

As of last spring, Kershaw County had the highest percentage of alcohol-related automobile fatalities in the state.

April 06, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Sex offender registry keeps KCSO busy

In its weekly law enforcement reports, the Chronicle-Independent sometimes publishes cases of sex offenders failing to register on the S.C. Sex Offender Registry or inform law enforcement of their movements. Until now, the C-I has not published the names of these "non-compliant" sex offenders. Effective with this story, the C-I will begin publishing the names and other vital information of wanted non-compliant sex offenders whenever they appear in our weekly reports.

April 06, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - April 4, 2012

The Camden Police Department (CPD) is looking for a man who allegedly pulled a gun on his ex-wife the night of March 27.

April 04, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Switching frequencies

Kershaw County is close to meeting a federally-mandated Dec. 31 deadline concerning emergency communications. The mandate grew out of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and further solidified following Hurricane Katrina's punch to New Orleans.

April 04, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO named DUI Agency of the Year

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is the Agency of the Year when it comes to DUI enforcement.

April 04, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Man sentenced to 10 years in fatal DUI

Donnie Thigpen will spend the next 10 years behind bars for leaving a friend to die in an accident he caused by driving drunk.

April 02, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Sheriff: CMA case at 'standstill'

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said his office is not currently investigating allegations that a Camden Military Academy (CMA) cadet was sexually assaulted in 2008.

March 30, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Virginia man arrested with 600 Ecstacy pills

A traffic stop Tuesday by the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office traffic unit turned up 600 Ecstasy pills in a vehicle driven by a Virginia man.

March 30, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - March 28, 2012

A 21-year-old Sumter woman said she wrecked her car after a 26-year-old Pageland man she met at a party with friends tried to force her to have sex while she drove him to a store to get more beer.

March 28, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Safety in numbers

The Carolina Cup is almost here and that means a lot of people are going to descend on Camden. Most will head for the grandstands, infield and "College Park" at Springdale Race Course. That means a lot of law enforcement will descend on the area as well.

March 23, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO arrests N.C. man in predator sting

A North Carolina man already accused of molesting a 15-year-old Kershaw County girl is sitting in jail now after the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested him in an Internet sexual predator sting.

March 23, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden man killed in single-car crash

A Camden man died following a single-car crash Wednesday afternoon on Bishopville Highway (S.C. 34) several miles east of Camden.

March 23, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - March 21, 2012

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies and Camden police officers arrested and charged a 35-year-old Lugoff man March 15 with assault and kidnapping. The charges stem from allegations he assaulted his wife of 15 years and threatened her with a pistol.

March 21, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Family escapes fire that destroys Haigs Creek home

Three days later and the odor of charred timbers still reached the quiet street at noon Tuesday.

March 21, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | 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


Hartsville man arrested near Bethune after eluding officers

Fifteen Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies worked together to track down a Hartsville man who fled on foot following a high speed chase in Kershaw and Lee counties.

January 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Grant helps LF-R get valuable equipment

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) is purchasing several new pieces of firefighting gear after recently receiving a nearly $5,000 grant from the International Paper Foundation in Eastover. LF-R will obtain large-diameter water manifolds to be placed on all of its fire pumpers. The LF-R applied for the grant in June 2014, according to a press release from Chief Dennis Ray.

January 19, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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