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On January 24, 2016 a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office traffic officer arrested Terrance Mack Edwards (28) who lives at 2206 Carlos St., Camden, SC after clocking him at 111 mph on I-20 in Kershaw County. Edwards was also charged with driving under suspension (2nd offense) and DUI. A passenger in the vehicle, Bobby Bernard Stuckey, Jr. (36) who lives at 1114 Smyrl Circle, Camden, SC, was also arrested after a records check indicated that he was wanted on 3 outstanding warrants.

Terrance Mack Edwards

Terrance Mack Edwards

At about 4:15am on the morning of January 24, 2016 a Kershaw County Deputy Sheriff assigned to the traffic unit observed a gray in color KIA being driven at a high rate of speed on I-20 near mile marker 90 in Kershaw County. The deputy determined that the speed of the vehicle was 111 mph. At about the 92 mile marker the deputy was able to get the vehicle stopped. After the deputy approached the car and spoke with the Edwards, he detected a strong odor of alcohol. Edwards told the deputy that he and the passengers in the vehicle had just come from a club in Columbia and were in a hurry to get home.

Bobby Stuckey Jr.

Bobby Stuckey, Jr.

After being administered a roadside sobriety test, Edwards was placed under arrest for DUI. He was also cited for speeding and for driving under suspension (2nd offense). One of the passengers in his vehicle, Bobby Bernard Stuckey, Jr. was also arrested after it was determined that he was wanted on 3 outstanding bench warrants. Both men were transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center.

 

“Unfortunately, driving under the influence at over 100 miles per hour in Kershaw County is not a rare occurrence. Last year was a record for traffic fatalities in not only our state, but in Kershaw County, as well,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. “Two of the main contributors are excessive speed and alcohol. Who knows? Maybe this traffic stopped saved some lives. That is exactly why we are out there.”

 

Edwards has previously been arrested for disturbing schools, driving under suspension, open container, possession of marijuana (2X) and traffic offenses.

 

Edwards has been released from jail. Stuckey remains at the Kershaw County Detention Center on the 3 warrants which are for failure to appear in court.

Black River Electric Cooperative recently awarded a $50,000 Rural Development Act (RDA) grant to Kershaw County for infrastructure improvements to Governor’s Hill Industrial Park, the 200 acre county-owned park located at I-20 Exit 101. The grant will be used to further develop the industrial park currently served by the cooperative.

The Cooperatives, through The South Carolina Rural Development Act of 1996, are allowed to provide funds for infrastructure improvements at industrial parks. Allowable expenditures include water, sewer, and roadway improvements as well as land acquisition and shell building construction.

Black River Electric serves customers in Kershaw, Clarendon, Lee, and Sumter Counties and is 1 of 20 cooperatives in South Carolina. Together these Cooperatives serve more than 500,000 customers in over 70% of the state.

Monday night in high school basketball action the Dutch Fork girls defeated the Lugoff-Elgin Lady Demons 79-16 while the Dutch Fork boys beat the Lugoff-Elgin Demons 63-48.

Tonight in high school wrestling North Central and Indianland travel to Cheraw for a 6pm match.

In high school basketball tonight North Central goes on the road to Buford.  The girl’s game will start at 6pm with the boys game following.

Tonight on KOOL 102.7 at 5:45pm it’s high school basketball as Camden will host A.C. Flora.

During the early morning hours of January 23, 2016 Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Rasheed Timothy Sumpter (25) who lives in Bishopville, SC following a lengthy high speed pursuit that began in Kershaw County and ended up in Lee County. Sumpter was charged with failure to stop for a blue light, malicious injury to personal property, resisting arrest and DUI.

At approximately 2:45am on January 23, 2016 a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputy observed a Ford Expedition being driven by Sumpter in a reckless manner.  The deputy attempted to make a traffic stop, but Sumpter fled after the deputy activated his blue lights and siren. During the chase, Sumpter drove into two yards and did property damage to them, to include striking a vehicle parked at one of the residences. As Sumpter was fleeing he ran into a Kershaw County patrol vehicle doing minor damage.

The pursuit continued through Kershaw County on secondary roads and on a dirt road for about 30 miles. Lee County authorities were notified of the pursuit as it was heading into the direction of Lee County. Shortly after entering Lee County, Lee County Sheriff’s Department vehicles joined in the pursuit for a short time until Sumpter wrecked and turned the Expedition on its side making further flight impossible.

Sumpter was taken into custody at the scene of the accident following a struggle with deputies. Another man who was a passenger in the vehicle was not arrested. Both men were examined by EMS for injuries sustained in the accident, but refused treatment.

Sumpter has been previously arrested on a felony narcotics charge in Sumter County and for burglary in Kershaw County, for which he is currently out on bond. After his arrest, he was transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center and was released on bond later that day.

“Rasheed Sumpter is a danger to our community. He was out on bond on a burglary charge in which he was charged with breaking into a home and stealing firearms, when he lead deputies on this chase. He may also be out on bond on felony drug charges in Sumter County. Now he is back out of jail again in less than 12 hours. The “catch and release” policy of our criminal justice system is failing our citizens,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. “Law enforcement is doing its part, but the rest of the system is pretty much a failure.”

 

THIS PAST SUNDAY NIGHT IN THEN NFL NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME THE CAROLINA PANTHERS WOULD GET TWO RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS FROM CAM NEWTON WHO WAS 19 OF 28 FOR 335 YARDS AND TWO TOUCHDOWNS THROUGH THE AIR. THE PANTHERS DEFENSE FORCED SEVEN ARIZONA CARDINALS TURNOVERS WHICH TIES A NFL RECORD IN THE SUPER BOWL ERA. THE PANTHERS STOMP THE ARIZONA CARDINALS 49-15 TO PUNCH THEIR TICKET TO SUPER BOWL 50 ON FEB. 7TH WHERE THEY WILL FACE PEYTON MANNING AND THE DENVER BRONCOS.

TONIGHT IN MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL CAMDEN GOES TO STOVER WHILE LUGOFF ELGIN HOST FAIRFIELD CENTRAL. THE GIRLS GAMES WILL START AT 5:30 WITH THE BOYS GAME TO FOLLOW.

IN HIGH SCHOOL BOYS AND GIRLS BASKETBALL TONIGHT LUGOFF ELGIN ENTERTAINS DUTCH FORK THE GIRLS GAME START AT 6:00 WITH THE BOYS GAME TO FOLLOW.

TUESDAY NIGHT ON KOOL 102.7 AT 5:45 ITS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL AS CAMDEN HOST A.C. FLORA.

TONIGHT ON KOOL 102.7 AT  6:00 JOIN MIC MIXON FOR PANTHER TALK AS HE TALK ABOUT THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME  AND THE UPCOMING SUPER BOWL FOR THE CAROLINA PANTHERS AND THEN AT 7:00 ITS SPORTS TALK WITH PHIL KORNBLUTT.

A significant winter storm will continue to affect the Carolinas through Saturday with significant power outages likely across a large portion of the Duke Energy Carolinas Service Area.  Additional scattered outages are likely across central and eastern NC on Saturday due to gusty winds of 30-35 mph.

Throughout the morning hours, precipitation fell mainly as snow and sleet across North Carolina.  There have been many reports of 6” or more of snow across the NC mountains and foothills as well as several inches of accumulation across northern NC, near the Virginia border.  Across the Piedmont, locations received 1-3” of snow before a transition to sleet and occasional freezing rain.  Meanwhile, across the Sandhills and northern Upstate SC, precipitation has been mostly freezing rain.

Mid-level dry air that pushed across the western Carolinas through the early afternoon hours has brought an end to the moderate to heavy precipitation across that region.  For the remainder of the afternoon we expect light snow and sleet across the mountains and foothills and light freezing rain and freezing drizzle across the Piedmont.  Farther to the east across the central and eastern Carolinas, several more hours of moderate to heavy precipitation is expected, with the transition line from snow to wintry mix to rain shifting slowly northward with time.  As a result of spotter reports and the radar trends, we have lowered our ice accumulation forecast for this event.  See map below.  We still expect significant outages across the entire region, as many locations will accumulate 1/4 – 3/8” of ice.  However, it appears unlikely that ice accumulation will approach 1/2”.    Scattered snow showers will develop tonight and persist into tomorrow morning, potentially producing an additional 1-2” of snow.  Then, as the storm system strengthens along the coast, we expect wind gusts of 30-35 mph to develop across central and eastern NC that will likely produce additional scattered power outages.

Driving conditions will remain hazardous through Sunday morning.  Temperatures will be nearly steady in the upper 20s and lower 30s through Saturday morning and only warm into the middle 30s on Saturday afternoon.  As a result, little melting is expected on Saturday.  Any melting that does occur will quickly re-freeze Saturday evening as temperatures fall into the lower and middle 20s across Carolinas-West and middle to upper 20s across Carolinas-East.  Sunday will be sunny and warmer with temperatures passing the freezing mark mid-morning and reaching the low/mid 40s in by mid-afternoon.

On two different nights, January 14 and 21, 2016, the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of SLED agents responsible for alcohol and tobacco enforcement, conducted undercover operations in which underage individuals, acting under the direction of the Sheriff’s Office, attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages from 63 locations in Kershaw County where alcohol can be lawfully sold.

As a result of this operation citations for selling alcohol to a person under 21 were given to the following locations:

V-Go (formerly Hot Spot) 2295 Jefferson Davis Hgwy. Camden

BP gas station – Lakeshore Drive, Camden

Gate gas station –  E. Dekalb St. Camden

BP gas station – Wylie St. Camden

SEZ Party Shop – Highway 1 S. Lugoff

Market – Wildwood Lane, Lugoff

Gate gas station – W. Dekalb St., Camden

Discount Beverage – Broad St., Camden

BP gas station – Wylie St., Camden (Sale of tobacco to person under 18)

In each of the 63 attempts to purchase alcoholic beverages, the underage person when asked, presented their legitimate identification which clearly showed them to be under the age of 21. All of the citations were issued to the store clerk who made the sale and neglected to check the ID.

The fine levied against the clerks who sold the alcohol is $672.50 and is adjudicated in magistrate’s court. The administrative fine against the store’s license is $500 for the first offense, $1000.00 for the second offense and $1500.00 for the third offense with suspension of the beer and wine license for up to 45 days. These administrative violations are handled by the SC Department of Revenue. SLED will be following up on each of these violations with an administrative citation for the Department of Revenue.

“In most instances, if this is a first offense for the store clerk, we will recommend that they attend a program educating them on their responsibility to verify the age of anyone who purchases alcohol. If they successfully complete the course there is a strong chance that the charges against them will be dropped. We realize that the clerks don’t make much money, but they are the ones who sell the alcohol. Our goal is not to ruin them financially, but to change behavior,” said Sheriff Jim Matthews.

“Keeping alcohol, as well as other intoxicants out of the hands of our youth is a top priority of ours. No parent wants to get that early morning phone call that their child was crippled or killed in a car wreck because they were either driving drunk or riding with an underage friend who was.”

A significant winter storm is expected today through Saturday in the Carolinas.

The overall forecast thinking is unchanged since yesterday.  Compared to yesterday afternoon’s forecast update, this morning’s forecast shows rain across far western Upstate SC, as it is currently raining in Anderson, SC and Clemson, SC and we do not expect a changeover to wintry precipitation until later today when the event begins to wind down.  Also, the area of ice less than ¼” has been expanded across southeastern NC and northeastern SC, as we now expect freezing rain to develop in these area this morning and continue through around midday.

A powerful storm system currently over central Alabama will lift northeastward toward the western Carolinas today but then redevelop along the SC coast this evening and track northeast along the Carolina coast through Saturday morning before moving off the Mid-Atlantic coast Saturday night.

Precipitation has been spreading northeast across the Carolinas since midnight and will cover most of the area by daybreak.  We continue to expect that the higher elevations of western NC as well as locations along/north of I-40 will receive mainly snow with this event, accumulating 8-14” with some locally higher amounts likely.  Locations south of I-40 to northern SC and the I-95 corridor (including the I-85 corridor from Charlotte to Raleigh) will receive mainly sleet and/or freezing rain with 1/4”-1/2” of ice accretion likely.  Farther to the south and east, some sleet and/or freezing rain is expected through midday (ice accretion < 1/4”), followed by a transition to rain early afternoon.  The bulk of the event winds down this evening.  However, as the storm tracks up the East Coast and colder air surges into the Carolinas behind it, we will likely see scattered snow showers area-wide through Saturday.  Locations across the western and central Carolinas could receive an inch or two or snow on Saturday.  Winds are not a concern through tonight.  However, on Saturday, as the storm system continues to intensify along the coast, wind gusts of 30-35 mph will develop across central and eastern NC and continue through late afternoon before diminishing.  Winds may also be gusty at times across the higher elevations on Saturday.

Driving conditions have already begun to deteriorate across the region and will continue to worsen through the morning hours.  Temperatures will be nearly steady in the upper 20s and lower 30s through Saturday morning and only warm into the middle 30s on Saturday afternoon.  As a result, little melting is expected on Saturday.  Any melting that does occur will quickly re-freeze Saturday evening as temperatures fall into the lower and middle 20s across Carolinas-West and middle to upper 20s across Carolinas-East.  Sunday will be sunny and warmer with temperatures passing the freezing mark mid-morning and reaching the low/mid 40s in by mid-afternoon.

In high school basketball action tonight the Lugoff-Elgin boys and girls will host Dutch Fork.  The girls game will start earlier than normal.  The girls game will start at 5:30pm and the boys game will follow.  The Camden girls and boys games with A.C. Flora that had been scheduled for tonight has been postponed  until Tuesday, January 26th.

This Sunday the Carolina Panthers will take on Arizona in the N.F.C. championship game. You can hear all of the action on KOOL 102.7.

Duke Energy is closely monitoring the winter storm forecasted to bring snow, sleet and freezing rain to North Carolina and South Carolina as well as the Eastern United States tonight through weekend.  We are getting ready as we have more than 1,300 additional line workers heading to the Carolinas today to join our 3,200 native resources. Most of those resources are coming from Florida and will arrive later today.

We will deploy crews as outages occur and we will continue to work today to secure additional resources through our Mutual Aid agreement with neighboring utilities, many of whom are watching and preparing for the same winter storm.

Weather forecasts indicate the potential for ice and snow accumulations, which can bring down trees and power lines, causing power outages.

Please:

    • Check supplies of flashlights, batteries, bottled water, non-perishable foods, medicines, etc.
    • Ensure a portable, battery-operated radio, TV or NOAA weather radio is on hand.
    • Avoid heating homes with a gas grill or bringing a generator inside. Such equipment should be operated only outdoors, and only in well-ventilated areas. Manufacturer instructions should be followed.
    • Check on family members, friends and neighbors who have special medical needs or who are elderly, to ensure they have necessary emergency supplies.
    • Determine now what action they would take in the event of an extended power outage.

If you experience an outage during the storm please call the automated outage-reporting system at 1-800-POWERON (1-800-769-3766) or text OUT to 57801 (standard text and data charges may apply).  You can also report an outage or view current outages online at www.duke-energy.com/winterstorms.

Duke Energy also will provide updates on its social media channels to keep customers informed if significant outages occur.

Safety

  • Stay away from power lines that have fallen or are sagging. Consider all power lines energized, as well as trees or limbs in contact with power lines. Please report downed power lines to Duke Energy. If a power line falls across a car you’re in, stay in the car. If you MUST get out of the car due to a fire or other immediate life-threatening situation, do your best to jump clear of the car and land on both feet. Be sure no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground.

Restoring power

  • Restoring power after a storm can be challenging, as travel conditions are poor. Before power can be restored, crews first assess damage and determine which crews, equipment and supplies will be needed to make repairs. Because of this, customers may see damage assessors patrolling their neighborhoods before crews arrive to begin work.
  • Crews prioritize work to ensure the largest number of customers are restored as quickly as possible. Essential services, such as hospitals and emergency response facilities, are the first priority.
  • If you lose power, please turn off as many appliances and electronics as possible. This helps with restoration efforts because it reduces the immediate demand on power lines when power is restored.
  • Once your power is restored, please wait a few minutes before turning your equipment back on.