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On Tuesday January 20, 2015, Lugoff Fire-Rescue crews received a call at the Headquarters Station for a reported kitchen fire at Sherwood Apartments around 5:30 PM. Lugoff Fire Battalion 1, Rescue 10, Engine 10, Engine 8, Marshal 1, and Service 10 responded to find normal conditions upon arrival. Crews entered the apartment to find a light haze of smoke but no fire. Crews discovered that a magnetic can of “Fire Stop” attached to top of the stove hood had activated and extinguished the grease fire on the stove before it spread into the rest of the kitchen and apartment. Lugoff crews brought in exhaust fans and cleared the smoke from the apartment. Crews also checked the kitchen with thermal imaging cameras to verify to fire had extended past the stove.

“The activation of these Fire Stop automatic fire extinguishing canisters made a huge difference in the results of this fire. These apartments do not have automatic fire sprinklers like other apartments in our fire district. Even a small fire can lead to major damage without the help of a fire sprinkler to slow down the fire until we arrive. Having these Fire Stop canisters above the stove kept this fire from spreading and causing major damage” Lugoff Fire Chief Dennis Ray stated.  While extinguishing canisters cannot provide the protection of automatic fire sprinklers, these canisters are very helpful in small, stove-top fires; as experienced Tuesday evening. These canisters can be purchased at various home improvement and hardware stores and are reasonable priced for the extra stove-top safety they provide.

The occupant of the apartment was not injured and was able to exit the apartment safely. The stove hood received the most damage from the initial flames, but damage was contained to the stove area. Crews were clear of the scene by 6 PM. Lugoff Fire-Rescue reminds all homeowners and apartment tenants of the importance of having operational smoke alarms on each level of the living area and outside each bedroom. Apartment tenants need to notify the apartment management if smoke alarms are needed as required by federal fire codes. Many fire deaths that occurred in 2014 may have been prevented had an operational smoke detector alerted the occupants. Lugoff Fire-Rescue installs smoke detectors for free for homeowners in the Lugoff Fire District that cannot afford to purchase them. Call 803-438-2553 to schedule an installation or for a free home fire safety inspection. Sherwood1

At about 10:30pm on January 17, 2015 a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputy, while on routine patrol, stopped a black 1999 BMW for a traffic violation on Cheraw Rd. in Kershaw County. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as 43 year old Juan Ramon Mejia Portillo, stopped his car, but fled on foot into a wooded area. Portillo was able to elude the officer after a brief foot chase. The deputy returned to the scene of the traffic stop location and waited for backup.

During a search of Portillo’s BMW the deputies located identification for Portillo. They ran a criminal check and determined that Portillo was a fugitive, wanted on charges in Lancaster County for failure to stop for a blue light and on bench warrants in Kershaw County.

The deputy and his backup then began a foot search in the area where Portillo had fled. The deputies located a barn and during a search of that building found Portillo hiding in a crawl space, covered by tarp. One of the deputies crawled into the crawl space and attempted to apprehend Portillo.  At that time Portillo kicked the deputy in the face and a fierce struggle ensued. The deputy was able to remove Portillo from the crawl space, but the fight was not over. Portillo began to struggle again. However two deputies were now involved and he was taken into custody after a brief struggle.

EMS was called to the scene to check on the deputy and Portillo. Portillo refused treatment. The deputy was ultimately seen at Kershaw Health with an injury to his hand.

Portillo was transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center and charged with assault while resisting arrest, no SC driver’s license and failure to use turn signal. He is currently being detained at the Kershaw County Detention Center on a $10,392.50 bond.

“Our deputies routinely are involved in this type of dangerous incident, frequently with backup that is not nearby. Fortunately, the deputy was not seriously injured and is back at work,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. “This year I hope to be more successful in hiring additional deputies so they don’t have to handle these and other dangerous situations alone.”

Lugoff Fire-Rescue crews were dispatched to a yard fire on the 1300 block of Fort Jackson Road Monday January 19, 2015 around 2 PM. Lugoff Rescue 10, Brush 10, and Battalion 1 arrived to find a large open field area on fire quickly spreading into the woods driven by high wind gusts. The Incident Commander requested additional crews from Doby’s Mill and Blaney to respond with brush trucks to try to stop the progress of the fire. As winds pushed the fire, it spread all the way to Interstate 20 to the north and to the Lugoff RV Park to the east. Command called for additional resources from Kershaw County and Columbia-Richland Fire. Lugoff Squad 8 and Engine 10 arrived to begin protecting the RV Park with crews able to stop the fire from burning numerous RV’s with the fire only a few feet away. The SC Forestry Commission responded with a bulldozer that plowed a fire break around most of the fire area. Several pieces of heavy machinery caught fire as well as a large stockpile of rubber tires. The smoke could be seen from many miles away.

“Our crews were faced with a fast-paced fire driven by winds with several homes threatened as well as the entire RV Park. As a precaution, we requested the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department to evacuate the RV Park as it did not look like we were going to be able to stop the flames. Fortunately, we were able to bring in additional fire suppression resourc

es to help and were able to save all the RV’s and homes threatened. We also want to thank all of those inside the RV Park for assisting us by wetting areas around several RV’s with water hoses” Lugoff Fire Chief Dennis Ray stated.

Around 15 acres burned in the fire that the SC Forestry Commission is investigating. It appears the fire started from a fire in a burn barrel in the area then spread quickly. In all, 9 fire stations provided support to extinguish this fire. These departments include Lugoff, Doby’s Mill, Pine Grove, Blaney, Antioch, Charlotte Thompson, Columbia-Richland, Camden, and Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah Fire Departments. The SC Forestry Commission and the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department were also on scene as well Kershaw EMS and Lifeline Ambulance Service standing by for fire crews. There were no injuries in the fire and all structures were protected.

“We appreciate all the crews and departments that came to assist us in this fire. It is amazing how quickly local resources are depleted and how quickly we receive assistance from other departments to aid us. This is another reason we are glad to provide the same response in return when they need us” Chief Ray stated. All crews were clear of the fire scene by 6:30 PM Monday evening. Crews will continue to monitor the area for the next few days due to the amount of fire damage in the area.

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Last night in men’s college basketball action the Florida State Seminoles defeated Clemson in Littlejohn Coliseum 59-55. Rod Hall lead the Tigers will 12 points, Clemson record falls to 10-8 and 2-4 in ACC play. The Tigers will back in action Saturday as they host Wake Forrest tipoff is set for 12:00.

In Women’s College basketball action last night the number one ranked South Carolina Lady Gamecocks ran their record to 18-0 and 6-0 in SEC after they dismantled the Florida Lady Gators 77-42. The Lady Gamecocks were lead by Tiffany Mitchell who had 18 points while prize freshmen Asia Wilson had 16 points 9 rebounds a steal and a block. The Lady Gamecocks will be back in action next Monday at the Colonial Life Arena as they host the Texas A&M Lady Aggies tipoff is set for 7:00.

Tonight in Middle School basketball Lugoff Elgin will travel to Chester will Stover host Fairfield Central both of these games will start at 5:30.

In High school basketball on Tonight Camden goes to Chapin and Lugoff Elgin is on the road at Ridge View both of these games will start at 6:00.

Tonight night on Kool 102.7 at 6:15 its high school basketball as North Central host Central of Pageland.

At approximately 7:15 am on January 19, 2015 a motorist notified Kershaw County 911 dispatch that an individual was driving a yellow Ford Mustang in a reckless manner, swerving in and out of traffic on US1 between Elgin and Lugoff. A Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputy was able to intercept the Mustang and attempted to stop it. The driver of the vehicle sped away in the direction of Camden, running red lights and off the road several times. As the chase was heading in the direction of Camden, Kershaw authorities notified Camden Police who were able to deploy spike strips on Springdale Rd. near Knights Hill Rd.

The occupant of the Mustang continued to flee, but eventually ran over the spike strips which deflated all four tires. Since the vehicle was disabled, the suspect was forced to stop. Deputies approached the vehicle and had to break a window in the car in order to apprehend the suspect who refused to exit the Mustand and began struggling with deputies. A deputy deployed his taser, but the suspect continued to struggle, until he was the recipient of a second taser cycle. He was then taken into custody.

Following his apprehension, the suspect advised deputies he was 14 years old. Deputies also discovered that the Mustang had been stolen at about 4:00am from the Salt Pond Feed and Seed.

According to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, the SC Dept. of Juvenile Justice would not take the juvenile into custody and he was released to his mother. He is being charged with grand larceny of an auto, failure to stop for a blue light and resisting arrest.

“This young man stole a car, fled from the police, endangering many innocent motorists in the process, and resisted arrest. Since DJJ would not take him we had to turn him over to his mother. I think I will check into this. Although he still faces charges in Family Court, it seems to me that he should be in custody,” said Sheriff Jim Matthews.

This past Friday night in high school basketball the Camden High Lady Bulldogs knocked down eight three pointers but it wasn’t enough as Richland Northeast defeated Camden 60-53 and in the boys the game cold shooting for the Bulldogs lead to a 62-48 win for Richland Northeast.

In Men’s College basketball action this past Saturday  the South Carolina Gamecocks had four of their five starters had double digit points but poor free throw shooting and turnover did South Carolina as they fell to Auburn 71-68. South Carolina’s record falls 10-6 and 1-3 in SEC play. The Gamecocks will host Tennessee on Tuesday night tipoff is set for 9:00. Also in action this past Saturday the Clemson Tigers got a big win in ACC play as they knocked off Syracuse 66-53. The Tigers were lead by Donte Grantham who had 16 points. Clemson’s record improves to 10-7 and 2-3 in ACC play. The Tigers will be in action tonight as they host Florida State tipoff is set for 9:00.

Tonight in Women’s College basketball action the number one ranked South Carolina Lady Gamecocks will travel to Gainesville Florida to take on the Florida Gators tipoff is set for 7:00. The Clemson Lady Tigers will be back in action on Saturday as they host number seven Notre Dame Tipoff is set for 5:00.

Tuesday in Middle School basketball Lugoff Elgin will travel to Chester will Stover host Fairfield Central both of these games will start at 5:30.

In High school basketball on Tuesday Camden goes to Chapin and Lugoff Elgin is on the road at Ridge View both of these games will start at 6:00.

Tuesday night on Kool 102.7 at 6:15 its high school basketball as North Central host Central of Pageland.

Tonight on Kool 102.7 at 6:00 its Sports Talk with Phil Kornblutt then at 8:30 its College basketball action as the Clemson Tigers host Florida State.

A Florence T.V. station WBTW-T.V.  is reporting that Dr. Charles King,  a member of the Kershaw County School Board and an associate superintendent with the Chester County School District is one of three finalists for superintendent of Florence County School District Three.  The names of the three finalists, including King, were released Thursday after an executive session of the Florence District Three school board.  The other finalists are Laura Hickson, assistant superintendent of instruction for Florence District Three and Dr. William Wright, superintendent of the McCormick County School District.  The Florence District Three school board plans to conduct interviews with the finalists and make a decision in February.

Doby’s Mill Elementary School will be holding their 1st Boosterthon Fun Run on Friday, January 23 to raise money for their school. Here, Mrs. Mackey’s second graders, principal, Ginger Catoe, and the Boosterthon crew show their excitement for the upcoming event.