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Branham guilty of child rape

A jury found George Stanley Branham II, 41, guilty Thursday of raping a 7-year-old girl.

August 26, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Sheriff: traffic fatalities down

Traffic fatalities in Kershaw County are down 63 percent, according to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.

August 26, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden man sentenced in USC fraud case

A Camden man pleaded guilty Wednesday to breach of trust and forgery, which stemmed from his embezzlement while employed at the University of South Carolina (USC) in the Carolina Card Office.

August 26, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - Aug. 24, 2011

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 22-year-old Camden man Aug. 15 after he allegedly threatened to shoot his girlfriend and her child at their Old Stagecoach Road home.

August 24, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Rape trial starts away from jurors

The 7-year-old girl in the red short-sleeve shirt and pink pajama-style pants with polka dots sits down in the deep-cushioned seat and starts thumbing through a book. Her long brown bangs sway as she swings back and forth in the chair, politely -- and directly -- answering questions of the woman sitting across from her.

August 24, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Bethune man killed when ATV strikes deer

An ATV driver, Jessie Darnell Reeves, 26, of Bethune, was killed in a crash early Sunday morning after swerving and crashing his ATV into a deer, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol. Troopers said the 2003 Suzuki ATV was traveling east toward SC 346.

August 22, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Trial of accused child rapist starts today

A jury will be seated as the trial of an accused child rapist begins today in Camden.

August 22, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Cassatt man held on child molestation charges

Kershaw County Sheriff's investigators have arrested Russell Wayne Redick, 53, of Cassatt, on multiple charges after it was determined that he repeatedly molested two young girls under the age of 11. Redick is charged with two counts each of lewd act on a minor, criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 11 years old and sexual exploitation of a minor (third degree).

August 22, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Godbold-Nash Memorial Ride Saturday

The annual Godbold-Nash Memorial Ride will kick off Saturday at Camden Middle School (CMS). The ride honors S.C. Highway Patrol troopers H.M. Godbold and Jonathan Nash. Godbold died 19 years ago on U.S. 1 in Lugoff after his patrol car was struck by a drunk driver while responding to a call. Nash died in 2009 after his motorcycle was struck by a car on U.S. 1 near CMS while leading the ride that year.

August 17, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Citizen officer

Camden native Gertrude Stoney (left) has graduated from the Richland County Sheriff Department's Citizens Academy. The Citizens Academy, led by Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott (right), is designed to educate and keep communities informed. The Citizens Academy provides a forum for police and community interactions. Stoney was also initiated into the Phi Alpha Honor Society at the University of South Carolina, where she completed the Advanced Master of Social Work Program. The Phi Alpha Honor Society provides academic recognition to top-performing college and university students. Members must be enrolled as a full-time social work major. The Phi Alpha Honor ...

August 17, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Copper theft law enacted

A new law that goes into effect today is meant to curb one of the fastest-rising forms of criminal activity: copper theft. Nearly every day, the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) files reports from property owners whose homes have been ripped of wiring or air conditioning units cut apart to get at copper parts.

August 17, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - Aug. 17, 2011

The Camden Police Department (CPD) and Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) worked together to solve a series of burglaries and ended up finding two boys at the center of their joint investigation.

August 17, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Ready for action

The Blaney Fire Department (BFD) held a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday for its new facility just over the bridge outside Elgin north on U.S. 1.

August 15, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Crime-Police-Fire


Three arrested after gas station robbery attempt

The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested three men Sunday night in connection with the attempted armed robbery of the BP gas station on Wall Street near I-20.

August 10, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - Aug. 10, 2011

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a man from Martin near the South Carolina-Georgia border Thursday in connection with a break-in at the Outpost/BP convenience store on White Pond Road convenience store near Elgin off I-20.

August 10, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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Crime Report - Oct. 29, 2014

The Camden Police Department (CPD) is investigating an alleged case of extortion and blackmail reported to officers Saturday.

October 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO supports cancer research, constable

In May 2008, Nancy Watts, a constable who works for the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), learned she had breast cancer. For many people, a cancer diagnosis is devastating news. It certainly came as a shock to Watts, who is one of the individuals who is tasked with serving civil papers for the KCSO's civil division. Watts' doctor recommended she undergo a mastectomy. Normally, a mastectomy requires the patient be out of work for eight weeks. In Watts' case, she came back after four weeks.

October 29, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Matthews to equip KCSO deputies with body cameras

Shortly after taking office in 2011, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews began looking into equipping his officers with body cameras. As time passed his interest took on a more serious nature and in April 2014, he directed one of his staff to begin the process of evaluating different systems.

October 27, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden man dies in McRae Road crash

A Camden man died Saturday afternoon after his SUV drove off the side of McRae Road and caught fire.

October 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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