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Man arrested on misconduct charges as Fairfield deputy

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) arrested a former Fairfield County Sheriff's Office (FCSO) deputy who lives in Kershaw County on charges of misconduct in office and breach of trust with fraudulent intent.

September 23, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


'K2' warning in aftermath of chase, shooting

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is warning the public about a synthetic drug known as "K2" or "Spice." Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said Friday that Nicholas Rivers -- the 20-year-old Camden man who took his own life after murdering a Columbia cabbie and leading law enforcement on a three-county chase -- had mental health and substance abuse issues.

September 21, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - Sept. 21, 2011

An art teacher at Columbia's private Heathwood Hall Episcopal School is out on bond from the Kershaw County Detention Center following his arrest late Sunday night for driving under the influence (DUI).

September 21, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Remainder of dog pack captured

It's been about three weeks, and Kershaw County Special Services Director Peggy Spivey hasn't received any more calls about a pack of dogs believed responsible for killing two fawns more than a month ago in Camden's historic district.

September 19, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden man kills cab driver, then shoots self

A 20-year-old Camden man with a history of mental health and substance abuse issues shot and killed himself Friday after a violent afternoon rampage through Kershaw, Richland and Lee counties.

September 19, 2011 | Keri Boyce | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO seizes prison contraband on I-20

Members of the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office Traffic Enforcement Unit made its second significant seizure of contraband destined for state corrections facility Monday afternoon.

September 14, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - Sept. 14, 2011

The Camden Police Department (CPD) is seeking two men who conned their way into an 84-year-old woman's home on Forest Drive and stole $5,000 in jewelry.

September 14, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


County remembers 9/11 first responders

(See more pictures from Saturday's event in the C-I's free Community section by clicking here.)

September 12, 2011 | Keri Boyce | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - Sept. 7, 2011

Acting on a tip, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) narcotics agents arrested James Albert Dorris, 35, of Camellia Lane, Lugoff, for manufacturing methamphetamine in the bathroom of his home. The agents also received word that Dorris had booby-trapped the back door with a shotgun.

September 07, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Former KCSO narcotics head sues Matthews

David Dowey, the former head of the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) narcotics division, is suing Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews for $2 million claiming Matthews has made defamatory statements about him. That brings the total number of defamation suits against Matthews to four seeking a total of $8 million in actual and punitive damages.

September 07, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


New officers named at Lugoff Fire Department

The Lugoff Fire Department has promoted three firefighters -- Michael "Bud" Talley, Michael "Mhikey" Stanfield and Jody Morrow -- to the rank of lieutenant.

September 05, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Countywide DUI crackdown starts Saturday

Drivers in Kershaw County are going to see a lot more activity from the Camden and Elgin police departments, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) thanks to grant money being funneled through the ALPHA Center.

September 02, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - Aug. 31, 2011

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 63-year-old Parkersburg, W. Va., man Aug. 23 after a deputy spotted him drifting out of his lane on I-20 near mile marker 98.

August 31, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO, SLED solve 2008 murder case

Thanks to the combined efforts of a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigator and S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agent, five men are facing murder charges in a 3-year-old home invasion and murder case. All five of the men are already in prison, two of them for another home invasion and murder this May.

August 31, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Firefighters' welcome

As Kershaw County School District schools opened their doors to students Aug. 17, the Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) opened the doors to its fire trucks at two elementary schools early in the morning. An engine and ladder truck were sent from LFD headquarters to Wateree and Lugoff elementary schools as parents and buses brought students back to school on the nervous "first day." "It was such a blessing to see kids, some who seemed to be terrified, coming through the parking lot, pointing at the fire trucks and waving at us as they drove by," said LFD Chief Dennis Ray ...

August 29, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


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Crime Report - Sept. 17, 2014

A Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigation into an allegation that a woman threatened her foster children with a knife ended with the children's removal from the home on Sept. 11.

September 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Body recovered from Wateree River

After a search spanning nearly 40 hours, crews from local and state agencies found the body of a missing Sumter man on Monday morning in the Wateree River approximately one-half mile from where he disappeared. Authorities said Michael Adell Kolb, 47, disappeared around 5 p.m. Saturday from Patriot's Landing, the boat ramp and dock below the U.S. 1 bridge crossing the river and connecting Camden with Lugoff.

September 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


N.Y. man drowns in Lugoff motel pool

A young New York man who attended his grandmother's funeral on Monday died when he apparently drowned in a Lugoff motel pool Tuesday morning.

September 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Killer pleads guilty, receives 42-year sentence

A Cassatt man will be 88 years old before he can leave prison after pleading guilty to the murder of his roommate in September 2012.

September 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Rescue personnel search for missing boater on river

Family and friends of a missing Sumter County man gathered at Patriots Landing on the Wateree River Sunday as Camden-Kershaw County Rescue Squad (C-KCRS) and S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) personnel searched for the missing boater.

September 15, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Rembert woman arrested for murder

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Rembert woman for murder in connection with a fatal shooting that took place Thursday morning on Baynard Boykin Road.

September 15, 2014 | By Gary Phillips and Martin L. Cahn C-I editorial staff | Crime-Police-Fire


Singleton guilty, will spend life in prison

A Camden man already serving a 50-year prison term for murder now has another one to his credit, as a Kershaw County jury convicted him of murder and three other charges Thursday afternoon.

September 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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