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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


VFW honors deputy, wife for saving soldier

Camden Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5928 honored a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy and his wife, a nurse at KershawHealth, for saving a North Carolina's soldier's life in October.

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


KCSO arrests two after alleged INVISTA thefts

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested two Elgin men Wednesday after they allegedly stole $5,000 worth of aluminum pipes from the INVISTA plant in Lugoff.

February 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


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


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Prestage pleads guilty to D.C. misdemeanor gun charge

Prominent Camden businessman Dr. Ron Prestage entered a guilty plea Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of having an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition in his possession as he entered a congressional office building in Washington, D.C. on July 23.

October 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Oct. 22, 2014

A Camden woman reported to the Camden Police Department (CPD) that a tractor-trailer driver threatened with her a gun Monday morning.

October 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire


Driver injured when turkey truck overturns

A truck driver suffered injuries after his tractor-trailer overturned on S.C. 34 in Lugoff just west of Richardson Boulevard around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

October 22, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Woman riding moped killed when pickup truck hits head-on

A Kershaw County woman died after the moped on which she was a passenger was struck head-on by a pickup truck on Smyrna Road outside Elgin around 10:15 p.m. Friday.

October 20, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire


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