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Folks in the West Wateree have already raised more than $10,000 to help a woman who lost her home to arson last week.  Authorities say that the arson of her home was the result of someone who wanted revenge over a drug deal gone wrong and burned down the wrong home.  Funds have been raised to help 76 year old Pearl Brown of Lugoff who home burned down after someone threw a Molotov cocktail at it.  Sheriff Jim Matthews says it appears to be a case of mistaken identity and that the intended target was a drug dealer in Kershaw county.  Fund raising efforts are now underway to help brown.  A fund raiser will take place Wednesday afternoon between two and four at the Lugoff fire department and the public is being asked to come and show their support for pearl brown.

Tuesday the James LeRoy Belk post of the American Legion will hold its annual Veterans Day program.  The public is being invited to attend and honor those who have made the supreme sacrifice for America.  Cadets from Camden Military Academy, and Army JROTC units from Camden and North Central High Schools as well as Birchwood High School will be taking part. The speaker will be Col. John Thomas, commander of the 20th Mission Support Group at Shaw Air Force Base.  The public is invited to come take part in Veterans Day ceremonies at the American Legion Post on West DeKalb Street in Camden.  Ceremonies take place at 11am Tuesday.  LOOL 102.7 will broadcast those ceremonies live.

The fourth annual United Way of Kershaw County Chili Cook-Off took place this past Saturday on the Town Green in Camden.  Winning first place in the Judges Awards was “C” Shift of the Camden Fire Department.  Coming in second was Dr. Energy and coming in third was Upchurch and Jowers Insurance Agency.  The Most Festive Tent award went to Agape’ Hospice and Boy Scout Troop 316 won the People’s Choice Award.  The chili cook-off is part of the annual campaign of the United Way of Kershaw County.  The campaign will last past Thanksgiving.

The investigation into a couple of house fires earlier this week continues.  Lugoff fire chief Dennis Ray has been meeting with SLED arson investigators. Ray says it has been confirmed that both fires were the result of arson. The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office is the lead investigating agency in these fires now that both have been found to be arson. Anyone with information on these two fires can call the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office at 803-425-1512, Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC, or the SC Arson Hotline at 1-800-92-ARSON.


On November 4, 2014 a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office traffic officer stopped a vehicle on I-20 for speeding 90mph in a 70mph zone. Subsequent to the stop, the deputy making the stop ran the driver’s license and registration of both occupants.


The driver of the vehicle, Christopher Evon Smith (31), was determined to be out on bond in Horry County for murder, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. The front passenger, Travis Levont Walters (34), was wanted by the United States Marshals Service for federal probation violations on weapons possession and drug trafficking charges. Walters was recently charged with fleeing from the NC Highway Patrol in an incident in which he wrecked during the pursuit and troopers discovered cocaine in his vehicle. Walters is also currently out on bond on cocaine trafficking charges in Taliaferro County, Georgia.

Christopher Evon Smith

Christopher Evon Smith

During a consent search of the vehicle being driven by Smith, the KCSO deputy discovered a loaded .40 caliber pistol which Smith claimed as his.  Both men were arrested at the scene. Smith has been charged with carrying a pistol unlawfully and remains in the Kershaw County Detention Center. Walters was ultimately released to the United States Marshals Service.


Travis Lavont Walters

“In the course of traffic enforcement, our traffic officers frequently come into contact with potentially very dangerous individuals. This incident was no exception. Both suspects were out on bond for serious charges and they had a gun in the car with them. Two more dangerous men are off the street for now. Hopefully, they will remain in jail although I must admit I am not optimistic about that,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.


The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating Markeil Jamar Lewis (19) who may have information regarding the suspected intentional burning of two residences in Kershaw County. Lewis is described as an African American male, 5’6”,160 lbs. with dreadlocks. There are currently no charges against Lewis, who is only wanted for questioning at this time.

On the night of November 4, 2014 the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and the Lugoff Fire Department responded to a fire at a residence located on US1 in Lugoff. Two individuals living in the home managed to escape the burning building. During the early morning hours of November 5, 2014, Kershaw County fire departments and the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office responded to a second fire at a mobile home on Wildwood Lane in Kershaw County.

Initial reports indicate that the fires may have been intentionally set. According to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, SLED has been called in to assist in this investigation. SLED arson investigators are currently working with Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office investigators as well as the Lugoff Fire Department in an effort to ascertain the origin of the fires.  If it is determined that the fires were intentionally set, investigators believe that Jamar Lewis may have information as to who is responsible.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Jamar Lewis or information concerning these fires should contact the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 425-1512 and ask for Investigator Schumpert or call Crimestoppers at 888-274-6372.

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The Lugoff Fire Department Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning  responding to two house fires.  The first call came in around eight-thirty Tuesday evening and involved a wood frame home with numerous additions located on Richardson road.  Lugoff fire crews found the two occupants of the home in the front yard.  There were no injuries in that fire.  The Lugoff fire department was assisted by the Blaney, Pine Grove and Doby’s Mill fire departments.   At around three-thirty Wednesday morning Lugoff fire crews were dispatched to  another residential fire, this one involving a mobile home on WildwoodLlane near Whitehead Road.  Crews were able to quickly put out the fire and there were no injuries.  Fire investigators from the Lugoff fire department are investigating both incidents along with investigators from the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and the State Law Enforcement Division.