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Crime Report - Feb. 19, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is cautioning owners of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in Kershaw County to secure and keep a close eye on them after what appears to be an increase in ATV thefts, particularly in Lugoff.

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


LFD welcomes battalion chief

The Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) has added a senior officer to their ranks, and he is very familiar with the area. Battalion Chief Chris Spitzer is a Camden native and was hired to the new position by LFD Chief Dennis Ray last summer to oversee all the fire and rescue operations of the department.

February 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Feb. 12, 2014

A Camden Police Department (CPD) officer caught a Lugoff man after he allegedly kicked in doors in the city's Southern Oaks subdivision Saturday.

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


Law enforcement concerned about DUI deaths

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) are concerned about the growing number of alcohol-related traffic deaths in the state and in Kershaw County. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews recently reported that the number of arrests by his deputies for driving under the influence (DUI) were up in 2013 and, with those, DUI fatalities.

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


Four new KCSF members named

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF) Board of Directors welcomed four new members to its ten-member board. The new members are Mandi Bonderer, an Elgin resident who works in the financial services industry; Bill Heil, a retired Lugoff resident an active member of the American Legion; Jack Rushing, a Camden resident agent with the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division; and Steve Smart, a retired Camden resident and local philanthropist.

February 07, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office cracking down on sex offenders

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is cracking down on sex offenders, specifically those who are failing to register or update the sheriff's office on their whereabouts. The KCSO is responsible for keeping tabs on all registered sex offenders in the county. There are currently 144 active sex offenders in the county, mostly men. As part of the monitoring, each offender is required to report to the KCSO. Depending on their convicted offenses, they may have to report annually, semi-annually or quarterly.

February 07, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Newberry man charged with DUI, speeding 107 mph

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a 25-year-old Newberry man Friday for allegedly driving under the influence and speeding 107 mph on I-20.

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


Crime Report - Feb. 5, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a 32-year-old Lugoff man after he allegedly threatened a woman at Joe Jenix Road, Cassatt home.

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


Authorities report few problems connected to snowfall

Kershaw County had a bout of wintery weather, including sleet and snow this week, but emergency authorities are reporting relatively few problems. The precipitation started Tuesday night in Camden with light sleet and freezing rain that later turned to snow. The National Weather Service reported 1.5 inches fell in Kershaw County.

January 31, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Jan. 29, 2014

A Camden Police Department (CPD) officer responded to an assault call at a West DeKalb Street restaurant Sunday and found three men had been severely beaten by six others.

January 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Two-car fender bender

A two-vehicle collision in Camden resulted in minor injuries Monday. A Camden Police Department (CPD) report said a 15-year-old Camden male was northbound on Gordon Street in a 2003 Toyota SUV. He attempted to cross DeKalb Street in front of CPD headquarters and collided with a 4-door 2001 Toyota car driven by a 67-year-old Elgin man. According to the CPD report, the 15-year-old said he did not see the other vehicle. He was cited for failure to yield the right-of-way while entering a roadway.

January 29, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Child alerts family to house fire, all escape safely

The quick actions of a young child averted tragedy early Jan. 22, helping a family of seven escape a mobile home fire southeast of Camden.

January 29, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Fire prevention

The smoke detector screams, triggered by smoke coming up from the kitchen stove. Camden Fire Department (CFD) Asst. Chief Eddie Gardner quickly grabs a fire extinguisher, takes a second to carefully aim and … the flames on the burner go out, the smoke disappears, the detector cuts off.

January 29, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


East Camden man ends up in jail twice in two days

An east Camden man who got out of jail Wednesday on one set of charges ended up back at the Kershaw County Detention Center hours later on another set of charges.

January 27, 2014 | By MARTIN CAHN and GARY PHILLIPS C-I news staff | Crime-Police-Fire


L-EHS grad killed in Calhoun County wreck

A 21-year-old Columbia woman with ties to Kershaw County died in a two-vehicle crash early Saturday morning on I-26 in Calhoun County. The S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) and the Calhoun County Coroner's Office confirmed Kristen Amodio Baker, a 2010 graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School was westbound on I-26 at 12:30 a.m. Saturday. The SCHP said she lost control of her 2003 Hyundai and hit the wall that divides the westbound and eastbound lanes around mile marker 125.5.

January 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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Two arrested in Cassatt drug raid

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two men Sept. 24 -- one from Camden and the other from Cassatt -- on drug charges when the KCSO's narcotics and special response teams served a search warrant at a Cassatt home.

October 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Columbia man, 51, charged with having sex with girl, 15

A 51-year-old Columbia man is out on bail after turning himself in to Kershaw County authorities Monday on charges he had sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl in Lugoff. A Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) press release said deputies charged Anthony Alan Corley with second degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

October 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Fire Fest 2014 filled with demonstrations, family fun

Flames roared and smoke billowed out of a makeshift living room behind Rhame Arena on Saturday. Moments later, a similar fire started in an identical "living room" next to it, but never got out of hand, thanks to a sprinkler system installed in the second room.

October 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Oct. 1, 2014

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies responded to a home invasion and armed robbery on Quail Circle in Lugoff on Sept. 22.

October 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Man arrested for failure to stop for blue lights for third time

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Camden man Tuesday after he turned himself in to deputies. Anthony Lorenzo Jackson, 24, faces charges of failure to stop for a blue light, possession of a stolen pistol, driving under the influence and driving under suspension.

September 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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