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Former KCSO narcotics head sues Matthews
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David Dowey, the former head of the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) narcotics division, is suing Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews for $2 million claiming Matthews has made defamatory statements about him. That brings the total number of defamation suits against Matthews to four seeking a total of $8 million in actual and punitive damages. Dowey ran as a Democrat for sheriff in the 2010 primary, losing to Kershaw County Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. Former Sheriff Steve McCaskill, a Republican who endorsed his head of investigation, Capt. David Thomley, as his successor, sued Matthews in early July.