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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


Second home invasion suspect turns self in

The second of two men accused of perpetrating an Aug. 1 home invasion turned himself in Thursday afternoon. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said Marcus Antwan Greene, 24, turned himself in to authorities at the Kershaw County Detention Center.

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


Knife-wielding robber’s girlfriend arrested

It didn't take long for investigators working a series of robberies across the Midlands to figure out Monica Chase was lying to them.

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


Fire forces Lugoff family out of home

The Lugoff Fire Department was dispatched to Meadow Drive in Lugoff July 27 initially for a reported brush fire close to a home. The first arriving firefighter reported to incoming units that the fire was actually inside the home with heavy smoke and fire showing from the roof.

August 05, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


One arrested in home invasion

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested one man as another escaped following a home invasion in east Camden early Monday morning. Sheriff Jim Matthews said deputies responded to a call on Denton Street shortly after midnight Monday.

August 03, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Cooperation cracks crime spree

A Tiger Woods hat. A partial fingerprint. Some DNA. And a Camden Police Department (CPD) officer's recollection of a case from as far back as 12 years ago. Those elements -- and deputies, officers and investigators from five Midlands law enforcement agencies -- came together Friday to stop a one-man crime spree.

August 03, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - Aug. 3, 2011

Narcotics agents with the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two men at a Watts Hill Road, Lugoff, location July 25 after receiving an anonymous tip they were cooking methamphetamine in a metal shed.

August 03, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO phones jammed by Mattox supporters

For some 50 minutes Friday, someone -- apparently sympathetic to ousted Kershaw County Republican Party co-chair Jeff Mattox -- made it very difficult for anyone else to get through to the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO).

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


Mattox off KC GOP executive committee

Jeff Mattox is no longer the co-chair of the Kershaw County Republican Party.

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


Robber strikes again

A knife-wielding robber already suspected in a number of Camden-area cases struck again Sunday night, this time at the Holiday Inn on U.S. 521 South near the I-20 interchange. Camden Police Department (CPD) Chief Joe Floyd said it now appears the suspect may be tied to crimes outside Camden as well.

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


Patriots rep refuses to resign county GOP office

Jeff Mattox, co-chair of the Kershaw County Republican Party, is resisting calls for him to resign. Mattox, who is a representative of the Kershaw County Patriots -- a Tea Party-like group -- confirmed Tuesday that his fellow co-chair, Chris Oviatt, asked him to step down.

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


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Crime Report - Jan. 28, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a 26-year-old Kershaw man Sunday on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

January 28, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


‘Fire Stop’ extinguisher puts out kitchen fire

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews arrived at the scene of a reported kitchen fire at Sherwood Apartments around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to find only a light haze of smoke, but no fire. According to a LF-R press release, an automatic fire extinguisher magnetically attached to the stove hood had activated and extinguished the grease fire before it spread into the rest of the kitchen and apartment.

January 23, 2015 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Teen leads deputies on chase in stolen car

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies apprehended a 14-year-old Richland County boy early Monday after he reportedly stole a car and led authorities on a chase. According to a KCSO press release, a motorist called 911 around 7:15 a.m. Monday to report the driver of a yellow Ford Mustang was headed east and swerving in and out of traffic on U.S. 1 between Elgin and Lugoff.

January 21, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Jan. 21, 2015

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) responded to separate calls involving the theft of a four-wheeler from Elgin, copper wiring from a cell phone tower near Camden and a horse near the Kershaw County airport.

January 21, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Multiple fire departments protect RV park from fire

Dozens of firefighters responded to a yard fire on the 1300 block of Fort Jackson Road around 2 p.m. Monday in an effort to keep the fire from spreading into an RV park near I-20. Crews from Doby's Mill and Blaney fire departments, as well as other firefighters from the Kershaw County Fire Service and Columbia-Richland fire departments, joined Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) units in battling the blaze. LF-R crews arrived to find a large open field area on fire quickly spreading into the woods thanks to high gusts of wind. LF-R's incident commander requested the additional crews ...

January 21, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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