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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


Woman killed in I-20 accident

A Charlotte woman was killed in a collision Thursday evening on I-20 near mile marker 96 in Kershaw County.

August 29, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Crime-Police-Fire


Lugoff man dies in Calhoun County

A 48-year-old Lugoff man was killed in an accident in Calhoun County early Saturday morning. According to S.C. Department of Public Safety reports, the accident happened on S.C. 267 and the man was not wearing a seat belt. No more information was available at press time Sunday.

August 29, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Friends of the KCSO

Camden Lugoff Elks Lodge No. 2603 -- represented by Ron Schermbeck (left), Darrell Sealey (second from left) and Bill Heil (right) -- presented Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews (second from right) with a $1,000 donation to the Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation July 18. These funds were from a gratuity grant presented to the local lodge by the Grand Lodge for meeting the goal for donations to the Elks National Foundation. The mission of the Elks National Foundation is to help Elks build stronger communities. The organization fulfills this pledge by investing in communities where Elks live and work. "We provide ...

August 29, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


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


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I-20 ramp accident

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) personnel work to extricate two passengers from this car around 1 p.m. Thursday, which apparently rolled over several times after having gone up an embankment on the eastbound I-20 ramp at Camden Exit 98. Dispatchers initially told the LF-R the accident took place on I-20 itself, but Lugoff Rescue 10, Service 10 and Battalion 1 soon found the accident was on the ramp. LF-R crews stabilized the vehicle and successfully extricated both patients with rescue tools. LF-R Chief Dennis Ray said KershawHealth EMS transported both patients to Palmetto Richland for possible trauma, with a LF-R firefighter ...

December 22, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Miller won’t go to trial until February 2016

The man accused of kidnapping a woman in Chesterfield County, sexually assaulting her there, bringing her into Kershaw County, sexually assaulting her again and then killing her with a baseball bat three years ago will not face a jury until Feb. 9, 2016.

December 19, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Local businessman donates to buy bulletproof vests

Kershaw County businessman Frank Lee kicked off an effort to purchase replacement bulletproof vests for Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies. Lee donated funds to do so through the Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF).

December 17, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Dec. 17, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested and charged a Lancaster man with grand larceny, DUI, driving under suspension and failure to stop for blue lights Sunday after he fled in a stolen truck from a KCSO deputy.

December 17, 2014 | By Gary Phillips and Tenell Felder C-I editorial staff | Crime-Police-Fire


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