Saturday, March 1, 2014
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.
Posted by Don Morgan at 8:57 AM
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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.
Posted by Don Morgan at 9:09 PM
Friday, February 21, 2014
A Kershaw county sheriff deputy and his wife were honored for their efforts in saving the life of a U.S. Army soldier.
On October 28, 2013, Sheriff deputy Cody Blackmon and his wife Amy were traveling on US 1 in Kershaw county when they came upon an accident near James West road and US 1.
A pickup truck was in the middle of the road and a motorcycle was lying nearby on top of its rider, a US Army soldier.
According to reports, Deputy Blackmon immediately rushed to the aid of the injured soldier and pulled the motorcycle off of him. The solider had a serious injury to one of his legs and was bleeding profusely. Amy Blackmon, a registered nurse at the Emergency room of Kershaw Health was able to administer on the spot medical treatment and stop the bleeding.
The soldiers wife and small children had been following him in their car and observed the accident as well as the life-saving efforts of the Blackmons.
The soldier was airlifted to Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia where he lost his leg from the knee down. He is currently with his Army unit in N.C. and is progressing nicely with a new prosthetic leg according to the report.
Sheriff Matthews said, "There is no doubt that the quick and professional actions of Cody and Amy Blackmon saved this man's life. Both of them are experienced in dealing with emergencies of different kinds. I can't think of two better people to come to the scene of an accident like this and properly handle it. I am very proud of both of them for having received this recognition by the Veterans of Foreign Wars."
According to Matthews, no one at the Sheriff's department knew of this incident unit a N.C. newspaper contacted the office wanting to do a story detailing the actions of the Blackmons. "Cody and Amy apparently sought no special recognition for this and just went on about their normal business, " said Matthews.
Posted by Don Morgan at 8:52 PM
A four acre fire has caused property damaged near the Kershaw County town of Lugoff. Firefighters got the call around 12:30 p.m. Thursday to a location on Highway 34. Lugoff Fire Chief Dennis Ray says the wind-driven fire first destroyed vegetation in the area. It then spread to a storage shed and a garage, destroying both those structures and two vehicles inside. Firefighters were able to save the home on the property. No injuries were reported. The South Carolina Forestry Commission is investigating the cause.
Posted by Don Morgan at 4:53 PM
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
This week a number of businesses in Camden and Elgin report having received counterfeit $100 bills.
KCSD says the bills are quite difficult to identify to the untrained eye, having an old weathered look to them, and a counterfeit detection marking pen will not work on these bills. All counterfeit $100 bills have the date 1993, and all carry the same serial number: A09096251A
If you are a business owner, please take note of this alert, and please pass this information along to any business owners you know.
If you have received one of these counterfeit bills, contact the US Secret Service Columbia field office at 803-772-4015.
Posted by Don Morgan at 9:20 PM
Two Elgin men were charged with grand larceny after allegedly stealing about $5,000 worth of aluminum piping from the Invista textile plant in Lugoff.
Christopher Strange, 25, and Arthur Gonzales, 36, were arrested Tuesday after an Invista employee reported seeing the men in a truck on company property, Sheriff Jim Matthews said in a release. Strange and Gonzales got onto the property by driving down railroad tracks that run by the plant, Matthews said.
The Invista fire marshal confronted the two around noon after seeing “a considerable number of aluminum pipes” that were stored at the plant in the back of their truck. Gonzales was detained on site and deputies tracked Strange, who fled on foot, to a nearby house where he surrendered.
Both men were being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing, Matthews said.
Posted by Don Morgan at 6:21 PM
Thursday, February 6, 2014
The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office says there are 144 active registered sex offenders, mostly men, who reside in Kershaw County and some of them have failed to register with the sheriff's office.
Recently, KCSO investigators have determined that some of these sex offenders have been providing false information and have not informed the Sheriff's Office when they move, said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Mathews.
The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office has obtained 4 arrest warrants for sex offenders who have either failed to register or to notify of a change of address.
George Obryant King was arrested on Jan. 15 on a warrant charging him with failure to register (2nd offense). He had been convicted in 1998 for committing a lewd act on a child under the age of 16, Mathews said.
Christopher Lee Winkler was arrested Jan. 15 for failure to register (1st offense). He was originally arrested in 2002 for criminal sexual conduct with a minor between the ages of 11-14.
Both men are currently being detained at the Kershaw County Detention Center.
The penalty for failure to register as a sex offender (1st offense) is up to 366 days incarceration or up to a $1,000 fine or both. Second offense is a General Sessions court offense and carries a mandatory sentence of 366 days.
At the present time, the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office is holding active warrants on Carolina Wayne Wilson and Kenneth Lyles for failure to register as a sex offender, Mathews said.
If anyone has information as to their whereabouts, they should contact the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office at 803-425-1512.
Posted by Don Morgan at 7:28 AM