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Lugoff-Elgin High School (LEHS) ​JV ​basketball players have such a love for their manager that they’ve asked him to play in a game with them. Many of them have even offered him their own jerseys.

On this Thursday, Feb. 5, Alex Martin will join his fellow students on the LEHS court as he tips off in his first high school athletic competition.  The game against Blythewood High School starts at 7 p.m.

Martin has never let his Down Syndrome diagnosis hold him back as he and his father Bob attend all of the team’s practices and games.

More information about this event and other LEHS sports can be found on the school’s extracurricular activities website at demonactivit​i​es.com.

On the night of February 2, 2015, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Stephen Earl Wood Jr. (26) who lives on Thornton Drive in Camden after he fled from the scene of a traffic stop and led a deputy on a high speed pursuit resulting in an accident.

At about 9:40pm on February 2, 2015, a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputy was patrolling in the area of Watts Hill Rd. and Wildwood Lane when he observed a dark colored Nissan Altima stopped at the intersection of Wildwood Lane and Watts Hill Rd. Lugoff, SC. The vehicle was stopped at the intersection for an unusually long time so the deputy activated his blue lights and exited his vehicle to see if anything was wrong. The right front passenger of the vehicle who was later identified as Dustin Lee Blair (26) from Elgin, exited the vehicle and went to the back of the car and closed the trunk. He then went back to the passenger door and faced away from the patrol car. While facing away he began doing something with the front of his pants. A review of the dash cam on the patrol car clearly shows Blair dropping something on the ground, although the deputy did not see that at the time.

Blair then fled on foot into a pine thicket across Wildwood Lane. At the same time Wood, who was driving the car, sped off toward US1. The deputy then pursued the Altima which continued toward US1 at an increasing high rate of speed and at times traveling in the wrong lane. Without slowing down, Wood ran the stop sign at Watts Hill Rd. and US 1 and lost control after he crossed US 1, which resulted in a wreck. As Wood was exiting the vehicle, the deputy was able to take him into custody. No one was injured in the incident.

Wood was transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he awaits a bond hearing on charges of failure to stop for a blue light and driving without a license. He has previous arrests in NC for breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, assault with a deadly weapon resulting in serious injury, felonious restraint, 1st degree arson and 1st degree kidnapping.

“This turned into a very dangerous pursuit. Although the deputy slowed down and checked for traffic at the intersection of US 1 and Watts Hill Rd. before crossing, Wood did not and ran the stop sign at a high rate of speed. Fortunately no one was coming when Wood crossed US 1 and fortunately he wrecked before he killed or injured an innocent motorist,” said Sheriff Jim Matthews. “There needs to be a strong deterrent for motorists who choose to lead officers on a chase. Right now there doesn’t seem to be.”

On the evening of January 30, 2015 Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Justin Matthew Littlejohn (24) who lives on Quail Lane in Lugoff after he lead deputies on a lengthy chase down secondary roads and through a field.

At about 7:00pm on January 30, 2015 a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputy was patrolling on Sessions Rd. in Kershaw County when he attempted to stop a vehicle and issue a warning ticket for a burned out headlight. Instead of stopping, the driver of the vehicle, Justin Littlejohn, fled leading deputies on a lengthy chase. Littlejohn eventually stopped the vehicle he was driving just before it would have run over spike strips.

Following his arrest, Littlejohn admitted to drinking beer and liquor “all night.” He was charged with failure to stop for a blue light, DUI (2nd offense), driving under suspension (2nd offense), no vehicle license, no proof of insurance, open container and he was given a warning ticket for defective equipment.

He was transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he was released on bonds totaling $25,580.00.

Littlejohn has previous arrests for malicious injury to property, grand larceny, burglary (2nd degree), DUI, receiving stolen goods, shoplifting, DUS, criminal domestic violence, petty larceny, simple possession of marijuana and criminal conspiracy.

“Having his license suspended certainly has not deterred Mr. Littlejohn from driving, driving while drunk, leading law enforcement on a vehicle chase and more. He is a habitual offender who threatens other motorists with his driving and lack of concern for others. What’s next? Does he have to kill someone before he is taken off the road?” said Sheriff Jim Matthews. “Leniency for this man has not worked.”

Second Look officials recently donated $2,000 to Kershaw County School District (KCSD) nurses to be used for medical emergencies, recognizing the critical importance of the school nurse for students’ learning.  Second Look charities is a non-profit volunteer organization whose vision is to empower local organizations to be more successful, effective and productive.  Its revenue is derived from the Second Look Thrift Store, which sells gently used items on Broad Street in downtown Camden.

Presenting the check to KCSD Nurse Sharon Baytes and Kershaw County School Board Chairman Ron Blackmon (right) are Second Look volunteers Judy Price, Frances Morris, Claire Shell, Mary Long, Judy Smith, and Rose Sheheen.

Folks gathered in the gym at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School Saturday morning to honor the memory of Deputy Rob Evans, who died suddenly in November of 2013 while directing traffic at the school.  Evans had been the school resource officer for Lugoff-Elgin Middle School for seven years and was a fourteen year veteran of the sheriff’s office.  Saturday the sheriff’s office presented a framed uniform shirt that belonged to Evans to the school. Karen Bullard, principal of Lugoff-Elgin middle said that Evans was someone who made a great impact on Lugoff-Elgin middle.Bullard saying that Evans is still missed by the students and staff of Lugoff-Elgin Middle School.




A sixty-three year old North Carolina man identified as Elton Singletary  was killed Friday afternoon when his tractor/trailer truck crashed near the 99 mile marker on I-20 in Kershaw county.  The accident took place in the westbound lane near the Camden exit.  Kershaw county coroner David West says the accident is under investigation by the Kershaw County Coroner’s Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

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.