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Crime Report - March 19, 2014

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Lugoff man March 12 after he allegedly assaulted his pregnant girlfriend and held her against her will.

March 19, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Suspect in 2011 murder jailed for 50 years

One of five men charged in connection with a May 2011 crime spree that ended with the murder of a county man will be 73 years old when he walks out of jail. Wednesday, Frank Terrance Singleton III, 26, of Camden, pled guilty to murder, armed robbery, burglary and two counts of kidnapping. After hearing from the solicitor's office, the victim's family, Singleton's family and Singleton himself, Circuit Court Judge Robert E. Hood laid down a 50-year prison sentence.

March 14, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Woman arrested in alleged knife attack

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested an Elgin woman Tuesday after she allegedly stabbed another woman and cut a man in Lugoff. Sheriff Jim Matthews said deputies arrested Brandie Renee Hughes, 29, of Sessions Road, after she reportedly attacked the man and woman at a Lugoff motel on U.S. 1 at approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday.

March 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - March 12, 2014

Camden Police Department (CPD) officers are investigating a fraud/confidence game/breach of trust case that reportedly scammed a Camden woman out of more than $29,000. A CPD report said the victim told police she received a phone message from a man claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service who said she risked being arrested if she did not contact him immediately.

March 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Dad delivers baby, with a little help from 911

(This story originally appeared in the Summerville Journal Scene on March 5, 2014, and is reprinted here by permission. Melinda Johnson, a Camden native, is the daughter of Wayne and Alice Williams of Camden.)

March 12, 2014 | By A.M. Sheehan Summerville Journal Scene reporter | Crime-Police-Fire


SCLEN, American Legion honor KCSO deputies

The S.C. Law Enforcement Network (SCLEN) recently honored Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Deputy Kyle Hewitt as its Officer of the Year in the 5th Judicial Circuit. SCLEN is an organization of law enforcement agencies that work in individual South Carolina judicial districts with the mission to reduce DUI fatalities and collisions resulting in great bodily injury. In this case, the award is presented by the SCLEN 5th Circuit, covering Richland and Kershaw counties. The award, presented during a Feb. 24 ceremony, is sponsored by Lexington Richland Association for Drug Abuse Control (LRADAC) in Richland County and the ...

March 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Kelly warrant reveals details

An arrest warrant for murder served on Briana Rabon's accused killer states that video surveillance shows the 18-year-old entering Stephen Ross Kelly's car on the night of Feb. 25, just before her death.

March 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Man accused in Rabon killing waives bond

Stephen Ross Kelly, 21, charged with kidnapping, sexually assaulting and strangling 18-year-old Briana Nicole Rabon to death will apparently remain in jail until his trial. Monday, Kelly waived his right to a bond hearing. Also, attorney Bob Mobley Cook of Kershaw, confirmed he is representing Kelly in the case.

March 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


LF-R chief gets prepared for disasters

Emergency managers from across South Carolina are meeting this week at the annual S.C. Emergency Management Association Conference in Myrtle Beach. Among those training for disaster preparedness is Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) Chief Dennis Ray, who also serves as the public information officer for Kershaw County Emergency Mangement.

March 05, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Christmas sentenced to 18 years for sexually assaulting girls

An Elgin man arrested twice for separate instances of sexually assaulting young girls will spent the next 18 years behind bars.

March 05, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - March 5, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Lugoff man, charging him with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute on Feb. 25.

March 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO arrests Lugoff man in Rabon murder

A Lugoff man is in custody for allegedly sexually assaulting and then strangling 18-year-old Briana Rabon to death nearly a week ago. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews announced Friday night that investigators had arrested Stephen Ross Kelly, 21, of Leslie Branham Road, Lugoff. Kelly is charged with murder, kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual conduct. During a press conference Saturday morning at the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), Matthews said Kelly is investigators' only suspect.

March 03, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


KCSO investigating strangulation death of L-EHS graduate

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) are investigating the strangulation death of an 18-year-old Lugoff woman. Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers said Briana Nicole Rabon, of Ridgeway Road, died of asphyxiation by strangulation. Fellers said he has not been able to determine a time of death.

February 28, 2014 | By Martin L. Cahn, Gary Phillips, Tenell Felder and Haley Atkinson C-I news staff | Crime-Police-Fire


Coroner: Briana Rabon died from being strangled

Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers informed the C-I a short time ago that Briana Rabon, the 18-year-old woman whose body was discovered behind the Haigs Creek subdivision Wednesday, died of asphyxiation from being stranged. He said an autopsy was conducted earlier today.

February 27, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Feb. 26, 2014

Friday, Nov. 1, 2014: a man find that his $4,400 Ford Explorer is missing from his Pathfinder Trail home, and believes is has been repossessed.

February 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | 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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