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Ernst pleads guilty to CDV

Former Elgin Town Councilman Norman "Bubba" Ernst pled guilty in early October to two counts of criminal domestic violence (CDV) charges filed against him in March of this year. The Chronicle-Independent learned of the plea earlier this week.

November 01, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Accident with injury

Camden police officers and firefighters, and EMS respond to an accident at Broad and DeKalb streets just before noon Monday. According to the Camden Police Department (CPD), an Elgin man driving a 2006 Toyota truck (right) ran a red light while traveling east on DeKalb Street, causing him to hit a 2003 Dodge (left) traveling South on Broad Street. The truck then struck First Palmetto Bank's Karesh building on the southwest corner. CPD Chief Joe Floyd said the driver of the Dodge was taken to the hospital with no life-threatening injuries. Floyd said it was a "standard" accident, aside ...

October 30, 2013 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Cassatt man arrested after two-hour stand-off

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies had to use a flash-bang and Cap Stun grenades and bean-bag rounds Saturday night to subdue a man accused of shooting at a woman living with him and her 3-week-old child.

October 30, 2013 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Patrols out Thursday night for Halloween safety

Kershaw County law enforcement will help make Thursday night a Happy Halloween for everyone. The Camden Police Department (CPD), Elgin Police Department (EPD) and Kershaw County Sheriff's Office will all have officers and deputies patrolling neighborhoods to ensure the safety of trick-or-treaters from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

October 30, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Three arrested following break-ins

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators arrested three suspects following a string of home burglaries in Lugoff's Medfield subdivision.

October 30, 2013 | | Crime-Police-Fire


CPD, LFD warn of kitchen fires

Both the Camden and Lugoff fire departments focused on kitchen fires during October's National Fire Prevention Month.

October 30, 2013 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Oct. 30, 2013

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested an 18-year-old man after finding him fully clothed in a pool at a Guion Road, Lugoff, home.

October 30, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSF openings

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF) Board of Directors will have three openings in 2014 and the public is invited to apply if interested in serving.

October 28, 2013 | | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO seek three for L-EMS vandalism

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is seeking the whereabouts of three men, possibly teenagers, caught on surveillance video breaking the windows of a Lugoff-Elgin Middle School (L-EMS) activity bus early Sunday morning. The trio is also suspected of vandalizing Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS).

October 23, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Oct. 23, 2013

Two teenage girls, 13 and 15, claim they were held against their will at a friend's house in Elgin, forced to wear a mask over their eyes and drink something that "drugged" them.

October 23, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Chief Brown reflects on 20 years of service in Elgin

Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown chuckles when he recalls his arrival as police chief at the Elgin Police Department (EPD) 20 years ago.

October 21, 2013 | Tenell Felder | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Oct. 16, 2013

An elderly Camden woman scammed out of $18,000 recently is not the first victim of a new phone scam in the area. Camden Police Department (CPD) Chief Joe Floyd said scams and/or attempted phone scams happen at least once a week and are underreported.

October 16, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO arrests four in meth lab raid

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested four people Thursday during a raid on a Cassatt home that turned up a handgun, one-half pound of marijuana, methamphetamine and a small meth lab.

October 14, 2013 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Teen arrested in deputy impersonation case

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a 15-year-old juvenile hours after reporting that a male subject impersonating a deputy had handcuffed a Camden woman and tried to make her remove her clothes.

October 11, 2013 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Preventing underage drinking

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Capt. Ed Corey (center) accepts a plaque from Tim James, chairman of the Law Enforcement Advisory Committee (LEAC, left) and Deborah Early, vice president of the Lexington Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (LRADAC, right) during a recent ceremony held at Lexington Medical Center in Lexington. The plaque recognizes the KCSO for "its outstanding contribution to the prevention of underage drinking," according to a KCSO press release. LRADAC is a non-profit agency and is one of 33 county alcohol and drug abuse authorities recognized by the state of South Carolina providing direct intervention and ...

October 11, 2013 | | Crime-Police-Fire


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DUI suspect pleads guilty to illegal re-entry

On Feb. 25, a county traffic enforcement officer arrested a man for DUI that Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said was an illegal immigrant who ...

June 20, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO creates internet exchange safe zone

Too often, people read about Craigslist or other internet sales resulting in armed robberies, assaults and even murders. These crimes happen when people show up ...

June 20, 2017 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Smoke alarms saved lives in recent fire

Lugoff Fire-Rescue crews credit working smoke alarms for alerting occupants about a fire inside of a double-wide mobile home in Lugoff on Tremont Road.

June 20, 2017 | | Crime-Police-Fire


CPD arrests TitleMax robber

The Camden Police Department (CPD) is charging a man in the May 25 armed robbery of the TitleMax on West DeKalb Street and is thanking ...

June 16, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO arrests man after 150-plus motorcycle chase

Nearly a week ago, during the early morning hours of Saturday, June 10, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 23-year-old Sumter man ...

June 16, 2017 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - June 16, 2017

Camden Police Department (CPD)

June 16, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Man dies in single vehicle collision

A single-vehicle collision on S.C. 34 between Gettys and Three Branches roads claimed the life of a Lugoff man early Saturday morning.

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


L-FR receives federal grant

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) recently received another large federal grant award from the FEMA AFG Grant Program for $74,780. The funds were awarded to purchase ...

June 13, 2017 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Three Camden men indicted in New York

Three Camden men are awaiting their next court date, set for June 20, in Manhattan, N.Y., Supreme Court, after being indicted and arrested for ...

June 09, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - June 9, 2017

Camden Police Department (CPD) officers arrested a Camden man -- already wanted on multiple charges -- on new drug and other charges Sunday evening.

June 09, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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