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Sheriff, chiefs warn officers after Web post

Sheriff's deputies and police officers are always on their guard. They are trained to deal with the unknown, even when pulling someone over for a minor traffic violation.

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


Law Enforcement Report - July 20, 2011

A member of the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) traffic enforcement unit detained and questioned a 17-year-old Evans, Ga., man after stopping the man's vehicle on I-20 for running off the road.

July 20, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Man robs east Camden store at knifepoint

A man wielding a large knife robbed the Dollar General on Jefferson Davis Highway in east Camden early Friday afternoon.

July 20, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Up the ranks at the CPD

Two veteran Camden Police Department (CPD) officers are moving up in rank and responsibilities and the same could happen for other officers soon.

July 18, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Ready to respond

After 48 hours of classroom instruction and practical training, Erica Broughton and Jeremy Kennington are now certified as Medical First Responders with the Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah Fire Department. Both volunteers recently attended training with other Kershaw County firefighters at Antioch Fire Department. With the addition of Broughton and Kennington, the Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah FD now has 14 Medical First Responders in service. Since the beginning of the program in March 2011, the department has responded to 44 medical calls in the Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah/Gates Ford areas. The First Responders have assisted patients until KershawHealth EMS Paramedics arrived to further treat and transport ...

July 15, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO, SLED locate marijuana grows

As they flew over Kershaw County July 7, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies and S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agents located three marijuana grows. Deputies and agents arrested four people at the grows and arrested a fifth later.

July 13, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Man killed in single-car crash

A single-car crash left a young Elgin man dead late Monday night.

July 13, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - July 13, 2011

A burglar may have left more clues than they wanted to when they broke into a Stoneboro Road, Health Springs, church in Kershaw County.

July 13, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Assault, home invasion leads to eight arrests by KCSO

A fight that occurred July 6 in Bethune resulted in the aggravated assault of Jeremy Caldwell, who was cut with a razor blade from his ankle to his groin. Caldwell made it back to his home where he called 911. Several of Caldwell's friends became enraged at the assault and drove to the home of Brandon Wilson and Cederic Everett on Rochelle Rd. in Bethune.

July 11, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Armed robber strikes at check casher

An armed robber walked into Check Into Cash at the corner of DeKalb and Fair streets just before 10 a.m. Friday.

July 11, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Law Enforcement Report - July 6, 2011

The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a 46-year-old Lugoff man after he allegedly threatened to shoot an off-duty officer. The man allegedly made the threat Friday morning while the deputy, in plain clothes, was at a West DeKalb Street store.

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


Magistrate's office trimming DUI backlog

One of the first projects Rick Todd tackled after being appointed Kershaw County's chief magistrate in late April was whittling down a backlog of driving under the influence (DUI) and driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration (DUAC) cases.

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


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


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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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