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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


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


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Four arrested in prostitution sting

Four men -- two from Lugoff, one from McBee and one from Sumter -- were arrested Friday in a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) prostitution sting ...

July 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - July 29, 2015

Emergency Service Management (EMS) personnel transported a Lugoff man with a stab wound to the shoulder by ambulance to a Columbia hospital Sunday.

July 29, 2015 | By Gary Phillips and Tenell Felder C-I editorial staff | Crime-Police-Fire


Lexington County fugitive arrested in Camden

With the help of local authorities, the Lexington County Sheriff's Department (LCSD) arrested a man in Camden over the weekend who eluded them for ...

July 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO bloodhound team locates missing 84-year-old man

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) bloodhound team located a missing elderly Cassatt man near his home Sunday. According to a KCSO press release ...

July 29, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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