Friday, January 30, 2015
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Emergency crews are still on the scene near the Camden exit on i-20 where a fatal accident involving a tractor/trailer truck occurred around one this (Friday) afternoon.  The accident took place in the westbound lane of I-20 near mile marker 99.

A sixteen year old Camden High student was killed Friday morning in a single car accident on Precipice road.  According to Kershaw County coroner David West, Lamar Clark was killed when his vehicle went off the road and struck a tree.  The accident, which took place shortly after seven Friday morning, is under investigation by the coroner’s office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Tonight on Kool 102.7 at 6:00 it’s the basketball edition of the high school coach’s hour.

Firday night in high school basketball North Central host Chesterfield while Lugoff Elgin entertains Spring Valley both of these games will tipoff at 6:00.

Friday night on Kool 102.7 at 5:45 its high school basketball as Camden host Lower Richland

On January 23, 27 and 28, 2015 Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested seven individuals on multiple counts of drug distribution. These arrests were the result of undercover drug buys done in late 2014. The following individuals were arrested by uniformed patrol officers and investigators during this round up.

Jumal Vandell Prescott (36) from Camden. He is being charged with 4 counts of distribution of crack cocaine and 4 counts of distribution of crack cocaine within proximity to a school. At the time of his arrest he was found to be in possession crack and marijuana.

Antonio Marcus Bennett (26) from Camden. He is being charged with 1 count of distribution of crack cocaine (2nd offense) and distribution of crack cocaine within proximity to a school.

Joy Ray Adams (38) from Elgin. She is being charged with 1 count of distribution of a schedule IV controlled substance.

Vincent Stephen Thompson (26) from Camden. He is being charged with 2 counts of distribution of marijuana. At the time of his arrest deputies seized additional marijuana and ecstacy pills. Thompson’s girlfriend, Tinay Chante Richardson (20) from Lugoff was arrested in connection with this seizure.

Torrey Donte Scott (37) from Camden. He is being charged with 1 count of distribution of crack cocaine and 1 count of distribution of crack cocaine within proximity to a school. He was also charged with unlawful neglect of a child as the drug sale took place in the presence of his small children.

Christopher Blake Seals (21) from Camden. He is being charged with 1 count of distribution of a schedule 1 controlled substance. During his arrest deputies seized ½ pound of marijuana, prescription medication for which he had no prescription and two firearms, one of which he admitted was stolen.

William Reginald Portee (44) from Cassatt. He is being charged with 2 counts of distribution of crack cocaine.

In addition to these arrests on distribution counts, the following individuals were arrested on possession charges:

Daniel Robert Davis (40) from Camden. He is being charged with possession of crack cocaine.

Tracey Hayes (55) from Camden. She is being charged with possession of crack cocaine.

Lord Kindu Allah Rentas (39) from Lugoff. He is being charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Kineatte C. McCoy (39) from Lugoff. She is being charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Timothy Glenn Price (55) from Camden. He is being charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

At this time all of the above listed suspects have been released on bond with the exceptions of Jumal Prescott, Antonio Bennett and Torrey Scott. Narcotics investigators have drug distribution warrants on four additional individuals whose arrests are forthcoming.

“This is not the first time around the block for several of these individuals. Our hope is that our judicial system will take these drug dealers off our streets and out of our communities,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. “We will continue to target the people who are selling their poison in Kershaw county.”

Lugoff Fire-Rescue crews were dispatched around 7 AM Wednesday January 28 to smoke coming from a home on Dru Lane off SC Highway 34 in Lugoff in the Pine Grove Fire District. Lugoff Fire Chief 1 arrived on the scene to find very heavy smoke coming from the eaves and roof vents of the home. After walking the property, the fire was determined to be in the living room area with fire spread into the attic. Lugoff Fire Engine 9 arrived laying 800 feet of 5” large-diameter water supply line from a fire hydrant and stretched out attack lines for the fire. Lugoff crews quickly attacked the fire from the rear of the home. After Lugoff Engine 10 arrived, crews entered the home pulling down ceiling and stopped the progression of the fire containing it to the living room area. Crews searched the home to find no one was home at the time of the fire.

“Our crews did an exceptional job of keeping the fire contained until we could get additional manpower on the scene to go inside. With this being an early morning daytime fire, we had very few firefighters to work with and there was a lot of fire in that home. We had 7 paid career staff and 4 volunteers from three fire stations eventually working the fire. Crews stopping this fire as fast as they did was truly outstanding” Lugoff Fire Chief Dennis Ray stated.

The fire damage was contained to the living room and immediate attic area. Smoke damage was primarily in the attic area. All of the other rooms in the home only sustained minor smoke damage. The fire started from the fireplace chimney area and spread to the living room and attic. There were no injuries and the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department blocked the roadway protecting the water supply line from the hydrant. Lugoff Battalion 1, Engine 9, Engine 10, Chief 1, and Marshal 1 were on scene as well as volunteers from Pine Grove and Doby’s Mill Fire Departments. All crews were clear the scene around 9:30 AM.



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For many years, Kershaw County School District (KCSD) schools have done well in state and national archery tournaments.  This year they will be hosting a local regional tournament where over 350 archers and 15 schools will compete.

Hosted by Stover Middle and Blaney Elementary, the Region 2 regional National Archery in Schools (NASP) tournament will be held at Lugoff-Elgin High School on Saturday, Jan. 31 starting at 9 a.m.  Admission is $3 for adult spectators and $1 for children.

Local schools competing include Stover Middle in the 11 a.m. flight, Blaney Elementary in the 12 noon flight and ATEC in the 1 p.m. flight.  The awards ceremony will be held at 4 p.m.

Kershaw County Council Tuesday evening voted to table action on an E.M.S. agreement with Kershaw County while council and KershawHealth seek more information before reaching an agreement.  At issue, who will pay for E.M.S. services, the county or KershawHealth.  The county wants KershawHealth to pay $3 million through 2017 to cover E.M.S. costs.  Kershawhealth says that would jeopardize the hospital’s ability to meet certain financial obligations.  Before the vote tabling action county council chair Julian Burns said the goal is to ensure that Kershaw county residents continue to receive top notch E.M.S. service. Action was tabled while both parties seek more information. The county has asked that KershawHealth pay the $3 million out of the funds that Capella health will pay KershawHealth to lease its facilities  and purchase equipment.

Tuesday afternoon Kershaw County rolled out the  text to nine one one system, making Kershaw county the only one in South Carolina where folks can text an emergency to authorities.  Kirk Strope, deputy director of Kershaw county’s Department of Safety and Emergency Services told the audience that currently only 4% of 9-1-1 services in the country have text to nine one one. Stropes says that text to nine one one is not a replacement for a voice call to 9-1-1 but an enhancement that should improve emergency services for the citizens of Kershaw county.


On January 27, 2015 Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators arrested Anthony Lorenzo Jackson (24) from Camden, Kion Bennett (30) from Camden and Dashaun Brown (23) from Camden, all of whom were wanted on bench warrants and a probation violation warrant.

In September 2013 Jackson lead deputies on chase in which he was in possession of a handgun and marijuana with intent to distribute. In December 2013 Jackson was again arrested by KCSO narcotics investigators in which he was in possession of a handgun and marijuana with intent to distribute. Jackson plead guilty to these charges and was sentenced to prison.

In September 2014 after having been released from prison, Jackson lead deputies on a high speed chase in which he ultimately wrecked and suffered a broken back. That incident lead to marijuana and gun charges against him. Jackson failed to appear in court relative to this incident and a bench warrant for his arrest was issued. The SC Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon also had a warrant for Jackson for violating the conditions of his probation.

Narcotics investigators received a tip that Jackson was hiding at a residence in Camden. When they approached the residence Jackson ran out the back door, but when he found himself facing a deputy, he ran back inside. He was eventually apprehended inside the residence.

As deputies were taking Jackson into custody they discovered a quantity of marijuana. During a subsequent search of the residence, deputies located Bennett and Brown who were also wanted. Deputies seized approximately 3 pounds of marijuana which Jackson claimed as his.

All three men were transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center where they remain incarcerated.

Jackson has previous arrests for failure to stop for a blue (multiple), driving under suspension (multiple), possession with intent to distribute marijuana (multiple), unlawful possession of a firearm and malicious injury to personal property.

Bennett has previous arrests for possession of crack cocaine, possession of marijuana (multiple), possession of drug paraphernalia, breach of peace and driving under suspension.

Brown has no previous adult arrests.

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Kion Bennett