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Co-defendant pleads to accessory in 'ninja' murder

Carl Mendez, 23, of Lugoff, pled guilty Thursday to being an accessory to murder in the so-called 2009 "ninja" murder case. Mendez, who was originally charged with murder, cooperated with prosecutors and testified during a November 2010 trial that saw one of his co-defendants sent to jail for 45 years for shooting Derick Lee twice in the head. A jury acquitted a third defendant of murdering Lee, described by deputies as a "ninja master."

July 01, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - June 29, 2011

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 40-year-old Kershaw man after he allegedly struck a 36-year-old neighbor in the head with an axe handle around 11:30 p.m. Thursday. The assault was reportedly in retaliation for the victim having assaulted a woman.

June 29, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Suit up for safety

What is the well-dressed Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy wearing these days? A new custom-measured bullet-proof vest. Four large boxes containing 38 bullet-proof vests manufactured by GH Armory Systems arrived at KCSO headquarters last week, the fulfillment of a goal set by Sheriff Jim Matthews to provide all officers with up-to-date body armor. "I looked into grants and we established a Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation to collect tax exempt donations, specifically for body armor," said Matthews. Michael Letts with Invest, a company that provides body armor to law enforcement agencies at no cost, heard about the need ...

June 29, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Counterfeit checks seized by ICE, KCSO

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents and Kershaw County deputies arrested Norman Elliott, 63, at his Lugoff home Sunday after he received a package containing 199 counterfeit checks from Nigeria with a declared value of over $554,000.

June 29, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Command shift at KCSO with new traffic unit

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said he hopes his new four-man traffic unit will be up and running July 6. To begin getting ready for that day, Matthews said, he recently decided to shift around members of his command team to better make use of their strengths.

June 27, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Boy killed in ATV accident

An 11-year-old Stover Middle School student was killed Saturday in an ATV accident.

June 27, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Bethune couple arrested for peddling cocaine

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said the June 16 arrest of a Bethune couple on charges of distributing powder cocaine was the result of numerous tips and complaints from area residents.

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


Law Enforcement Report for June 22, 2011

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies assisted Fairfield County deputies in locating an Elgin man wanted for allegedly stealing numerous pieces of furniture from a location known as The Retreat, which appears to be a Fairfield County subdivision.

June 22, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Wanted man captured thanks to tips

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 29-year-old Lugoff man wanted on various charges Thursday thanks to tips from confidential informants.

June 15, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report -- June 15, 2011

One month ago, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested 20-year-old Cody Jackson for allegedly breaking into at least 30 cars. Sheriff Jim Matthews indicated at the time that more arrests were "imminent."

June 15, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


C-I exclusive:

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Sgt. Kevin Lynch made a surprising discovery Wednesday.

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


Law Enforcement Report - June 8, 2011

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies discovered a small outdoor marijuana grow while responding to a criminal domestic violence case in Elgin around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

June 08, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Two sought in home invasion

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is looking for two men who invaded a home on Blarney Stone Road near Elgin around 9:45 p.m. Thursday. A total of six people, including three boys, ages 2, 5 and 12, were in the home at the time, according to a KCSO report.

June 06, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO investigating possible homicide

A Kershaw man is dead, but the woman who shot him may not face charges.

June 06, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Gas leak, chases keep CPD busy

A lot can happen in 24 hours. That was certainly the case for officers with the Camden Police Department (CPD) between 6:30 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday.

June 06, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | 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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