Police/Court News

  • Bond denied in Pinckney Street shooting death

    A judge denied bond on Monday for the suspect accused of the shooting death of Shyheim Kennedy on Pinckney and Reedy Streets last July.
    Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons denied bond for Robert Isaiah Graham, 18, according to Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

  • Two arrested in Tuesday shooting

    The Chester Police Department has made a pair of arrests in connection with a Wednesday evening shooting.

  • City of Chester makes "most dangerous" list

    According to statistics compiled by HomeSecurityShield.com, the City of Chester is one of the dangerous areas in the State of South Carolina.
    The website created its "most dangerous city" rankings "solely on the data publicly released each year by the FBI." The rankings are based on the rate of violent crime and come from the FBI's 2012 statistics, which are the most recent year for which complete numbers are available.

  • Dashcam video gives few answers

    A dashcam video does exist of a traffic stop that upset a local father and led to a packed Chester City Council meeting last week, but it offers very little insight into what happened.

  • Three arrested in Richburg McDonald's robbery

    The Chester County Sheriff's office have arrested three suspects in connection with the Thanksgiving week robbery of the McDonald's outside of Richburg.
    According to arrest warrants,  Ricky Lee Gordon, 27 and Roderick Grady Gordon, 20 both of Chester and Jarquaveus Marsenio Washington, 24, of Lancaster, were charged with armed robbery/robbery while armed with or allegedly armed with a deadly weapon. In addition, Ricky Gordon was charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

  • Solicitor, defender say they need more resources

    Sixth Circuit Public Defender Mike Lifsey and Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman don't disagree that more money is needed for law enforcement in Chester County, but that is only one part of the formula for combatting crime in general or gangs specifically.
    "It's like a stool with three legs," Lifsey said. "You have law enforcement, the solicitor's office and the public defender. If they aren't all funded, the courts just grind to a halt."

  • Award named in Frank Murphy's honor

    From 1977 until 2013, the name "Frank Murphy" was synonymous with excellence among state troopers. Now it always will be.
    Starting this year, the supervisors of South Carolina Highway Patrol Post C will choose the Trooper of the Year in honor of Murphy, the Chester native who passed away in an off-duty accident in 2013.
    "Daddy was larger that life," said Murphy's daughter Rhonda Kelsey. "He loved without limits. He loved his girls and loved his trooper family."

  • Sheriff's Office reserve officer meeting is Tuesday

    The Chester County Sheriff's Office will hold an informational meeting for anyone interested in become a reserve officer with the Sheriff's Office. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Training Room at the Chester County LEC on Dawson Drive.
    At the meeting, Sheriff's Office representatives will discuss the Reserve Officer application process, the qualifications and the training program prospective officers will undergo.

  • Causes of gangs discussed at task force meeting

    Community leaders at this past Monday's organizational meeting of the gang task force created by Chester County discussed how they were going to learn to identify gangs, gang-related incidents and issues connected with gang violence. They also discussed some of what one of the task force members called “deep-seated issues” that are causes of the gang incidents that have plagued Chester County.

  • City adding two new police officers

    The City of Chester Police Department will add two new officers to help relieve the backlog of vacation and holiday hours its current employees have accrued.