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Dorton, school trustee, dies in single-vehicle crash

Kershaw County Board of School Trustees member Joseph "Joey" Dorton, 46, died in a single-vehicle car crash early Wednesday morning. Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers said Dorton died at the scene. Fellers said the accident was discovered by a passerby just after 2 a.m. Wednesday. He said the actual accident likely took place sometime during the 1 a.m. hour.

August 03, 2012 | By Martin L. Cahn and Michael Ulmer C-I editors | Crime-Police-Fire


Camden murder suspect arrested after seven years

Seven years ago, the Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a man they knew as 24-year-old Ashiko B. Smith. CPD investigators placed Smith ended in the Kershaw County Detention Center and charged him with murder for fatally shooting 41-year-old Walter James Johnson in March 2005.

August 03, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Aug. 1, 2012

A Camden woman allegedly threatened the residents of her St. Matthews Road home, standing on the porch with a long metal pipe.

August 01, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - July 25, 2012

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Camden man on drug and weapon charges after looking for another man wanted on a bench warrant.

July 25, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Fire Fest is on the way!

The Camden Fire Department's (CFD) 17th annual Fire Fest is set for Sept. 29. The event is held each year on the last Saturday of September to kick off Fire Prevention Week in October. The festival will begin with a 9 a.m. parade of new and antique rescue apparatus through beautiful downtown Camden and end at Rhame City Arena on the corner of Broad and Bull streets where all festivities will take place.

July 25, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Molestation suspect tried to have victim, mother killed

Brian Robert Sharpe, the 25-year-old Johnsonville man arrested Thursday for sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl, now faces charges that he tried to have the girl and her mother killed.

July 25, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


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July 25, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Drug dealing brothers head to prison

For 20 years, brothers James and Dexter Drakeford sold drugs in Kershaw County. That's over now.

July 23, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Lee County man charged with molesting sisters

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators arrested a Lee County man with sexually assaulting three sisters.

July 23, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Man charged with sexually assaulting 8-year-old girl

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators arrested a Johnsonville man Thursday, charging him with sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl in Kershaw County. Brian Robert Sharpe, 25, faces one count of criminal sexual conduct toward a minor under 11.

July 23, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Two men in custody following break-ins

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators arrested two men after determining they were responsible for breaking into several homes and outbuildings near the town of Kershaw. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews identified the two men as David Patrick Schweikert Jr., 21, and Jeffery Joseph Gray, 22, both living at an address on Old Georgetown Road West.

July 11, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Mr. Bear goes to Camden...

Camden residents living along the 600 block of Lyttleton Street received a rude awakening Sunday morning after neighbors spotted a 250 pound black bear roaming around the neighborhood. Camden Police Chief Joe Floyd said 911 dispatchers first received word of the bear about 11:30 a.m. Sunday after getting phone calls from concerned citizens.

July 11, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - July 11, 2012

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies relocated a Cassatt couple, their neighbor and the neighbor's three children from a home after a man chased the male victim with a gun.

July 11, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO seizes 102 lbs. of marijuana during I-20 stop

At approximately 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) traffic officers arrested Donald Wayne Gillham Jr., 45, of Sun City Center, Fla., after an officer stopped the 2012 Chevrolet he was driving on I-20 in Kershaw County and found 102 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his vehicle.

July 06, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Long-time civil service chief retires from KCSO

Warren "Buddy" Moseley started working for the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) in 1980 at the age of 28. After 32 years of service at the KCSO, Moseley retired June 27 from his position as captain of the Civil Division.

July 06, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


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Sheriff Matthews is Elks’ 2016 Camarena award winner

The S.C. Elks Association (SCEA) presented its 2016 Enrique "Kiki" Camarena award to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews at its recent South Carolina Winter ...

February 09, 2016 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Feb. 9, 2016

During the past week, two Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies managed to avoid head-on crashes with drunk drivers in separate incidents. In both ...

February 09, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO arrests suspected burglar after manhunt

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies and Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb arrested a Bethune man following a manhunt Wednesday morning in connection with ...

February 05, 2016 | | Crime-Police-Fire


17-year-old charged with criminal sexual conduct

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a young Gaston man Tuesday and charged him with two counts each of first degree criminal sexual ...

February 05, 2016 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Florida man arrested by KCSO sentenced for tax scheme

A federal judge recently sentenced a Florida man arrested by the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) in February 2012 for his role in a ...

February 05, 2016 | | Crime-Police-Fire


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