Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Arrest Made in Connection With Man Found in Burning Car

Robert Wendell Simon

Kershaw County Sheriff Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for 22 year-old Robert Wendell Simon, charging him with murder in connection to a March 22nd incident here.

On the 22nd Deputies arrived near the intersection of Black River Road and Pathfinder Trailer in Camden, where they found a 1999 Ford Taurus in a ditch, on fire with the driver behind the wheel.

The deputy attempted to put the fire out, but was not successful. He extracted the driver before it burned.

The driver, Antwan Mario Dixon, 25, was airlifted to Palmetto Richland. It was then discovered that he had been shot in the head.

Kershaw Investigators examined the circumstances surrounding the shooting, and were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Simon on the charge of murder. Simon turned himself into the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office on April 1st following the advice of his attorney, and was transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center, where he will be held pending a bond hearing.

K-9 officer dies in surgery after being run over by vehicle

A K-9 officer with the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office has died after she was run over by a vehicle Sunday.

The Sheriff's Office says as a result of the accident, bloodhound officer Corley needed costly, invasive surgery. Corley died during surgery Monday afternoon.
"I regret to say that K9 Corley died this afternoon while under sedation for a CT scan," stated a post on the Kershaw County Sheriff's Department's Facebook page. "Her injury was too severe and caused too much damage to her heart. Thanks for all the phone calls and offers of financial support."
Sheriff Jim Matthews says a majority of the K-9 operations are supported by public donations. A plea for funds was made on the department's Facebook page.
Matthews had hoped the surgery would allow the bloodhound to recover.
The circumstances behind the accident have not been made public.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Couch on Road Causes Bus Crash on I-20

A collision between two charter buses blocked traffic on Interstate 20 in Kershaw County for several hours Saturday.



The accident took place around 9 a.m. on I-20 East just past the White Pond Road exit near Elgin.



According to troopers, one of the buses swerved to avoid a couch that was in the road. The second bus also moved to avoid the object, but ran into the back of the first bus.



Almost 100 people were on the two vehicles. We're told there were about 50 injuries, and 8 people had to be taken to the hospital for what are described as minor wounds.



The crash site was not far from Saturday's Carolina Cup in Camden, and the lane blockage impacted traffic to that event for some time.



The roadway was cleared around 1 p.m.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Man wanted for questioning after victim found in burning car

Robert Wendell Simon (Source: Kershaw County Sheriff's Department)



Kershaw County Sheriff's Department investigators are searching for a person of interest in connection with the discovery of a shooting victim in a burning vehicle over the weekend. The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a man died from a gunshot wound to the head Saturday. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said around 5:30 a.m. Kershaw County 911 dispatch received a call regarding a motor vehicle crash and vehicle on fire near the intersection of Black River Rd and Pathfinder Trail in Camden.

Deputies are looking for 22-year-old Robert Wendell Simon. Investigators say Simon is believed to be operating a 4-door 2000 Honda Civic with SC tag JAQ-444. One of the passenger side windows is broken.Simon has ties to Kershaw, Richland and Sumter counties, according to deputies.Early Saturday, 25-year-old Antwan Dixon was shot while driving his car on Black River Rd. near Pathfinder Trail near Camden.After a responding deputy pulled Dixon from the burning vehicle, he was airlifted to Palmetto Health Richland where it was discovered that he had been shot in the head, Sheriff Jim Matthews said.Dixon later died."Investigators later found multiple bullet holes in the vehicle and numerous spent shell casings on the roadway," Matthews said. Deputies want to question Simon about the time leading up to Dixon's shooting. Matthews says Simon is not a suspect in the shooting and there are no warrants for his arrest.



If you know the whereabouts of Robert Simon, you are urged to contact the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office at 425-1512 and ask for Investigator Taylor or call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Man dies after being shot in the head

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a man died from a gunshot wound to the head Saturday.



Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said around 5:30 a.m. Kershaw County 911 dispatch received a call regarding a motor vehicle crash and vehicle on fire near the intersection of Black River Rd and Pathfinder Trailer in Camden.



In one of several subsequent calls to Kershaw County dispatch, a caller stated that she had heard gunshots coming from the vicinity of the vehicle crash, Matthews said.



"A nearby Kershaw County Sheriff's Office deputy responded to the scene and discovered a 1999 Ford Taurus in a ditch, on fire with the driver behind the wheel," Matthews said. "The responding deputy attempted to put the fire out, but was unsuccessful. He was able to extract the driver from the vehicle before it went up in flames."



The driver of the vehicle, 25-year-old Antwan Mario Dixon, of Camden was airlifted to Palmetto Health Richland where it was discovered that he had been shot in the head, Matthews said.



"Investigators later found multiple bullet holes in the vehicle and numerous spent shell casings on the road way," Matthews said.



Dixon later died as a result of the gunshot wound to his head.



Anyone who has information that could aid in the investigation is encouraged to contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-274-6372 or the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office Investigations at 803-425-1512.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Arrest made in murder of Kershaw County girl

Kelly.



Deputies in Kershaw County have made an arrest in the murder of Briana Rabon. According to deputies, 21-year-old Stephen Ross Kelly, of Leslie Branham Road in Lugoff, S.C., for the murder of Rabon. Officials have not yet said how Kelly and Rabon knew each other, if at all. Rabon's body was found in a wooded area in Elgin on Wednesday. The Kershaw County coroner said the 18-year-old had been strangled. "Two of my officers went back out there today in good day light and did a broader search of the area around it and actually found a very key piece of evidence," Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews told ABC Columbia. Matthews would not elaborate on that piece of evidence. Some children playing on a dirt road near Elgin found the girl's body Wednesday afternoon. Officials say they are not sure where she was killed. The sheriff said a missing persons report was filed on the teen as investigators were at the location where her body was found. The teen's car was found at a restaurant at US 601 and Interstate 20. Kelly is being held in the Kershaw County Detention Center. A bond hearing will be scheduled. Officials with the sheriff's office announced a press conference for 10 a.m. Saturday to discuss the case and the arrest.  Services for Rabon will be held Sunday at Sawney's Creek Baptist church in Ridgeway.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Woman's Body Found in Kershaw County

kershaw county death


Kershaw County deputies are on the scene of a suspected murder in Elgin. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews says the body of a 18 to 22-year-old woman was found off a dirt road near Haigs Creek North. Matthews say a group of children playing in that area made the discovery around 3:30 pm. Wednesday. Matthews says they believe they know who the woman is, because they found identification that they believes belongs to her, but that more work needs to be done to identify her. He said at this point it's unclear when she may have died or where she was killed. Matthews say he also believes they have recovered a vehicle that belonged to the victim. He said if the victim is who he thinks it is, he knows she was with someone Tuesday night, but Matthews cautions it's too early in the investigation to make any speculations.