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.

  • The hole in the vest proves sheriff's point

    Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood suffered three cracked ribs in 2003.
    They were painful.
    But the results of being shot point-blank with a 40-caliber handgun could have been much worse. It could have been deadly.
    Underwood was working with the State Law Enforcement Division when he was shot.
    Had it not been for his bullet-proof vest, he may not be alive today.
    Underwood said he keeps his vest with him at all times –  to remind him of the dangers on the street.

  • Four Williams suspects headed to court

    Four of the suspects arrested in connection with the Nov. 4, 2014 shooting of Chester City Councilman Odell Williams have been bound over for trial.
    On Tuesday, attorneys representing Christopher Moore, Derrick Dixon, Deangelo Roseboro, Quinton McClinton and Terrance Buchanan appeared before Chester County Magistrate Yale Zamore in a probable cause preliminary hearing. The judge ruled there was enough evidence for four of the suspects to proceed to trial.

  • Defendants plead guilty in General sessions term of court

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman's office disposed of 177 indictments during the one-week term of General Sessions Court in Lancaster County, according to a press release from the Sixth Circuit Solicitor's Office.

  • Martins cleared of charges

    Andrew and Tommy Martin will not be prosecuted for a highly-publicized roadside scuffle with Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood and some of his deputies more than a year ago.

  • Fort Lawn man sentenced for Social Security theft

    A Fort Lawn man has been sentenced for collecting the Social Security benefits of a dead person.
    United States Attorney Bill Nettles said Tuesday that Gerald W. Costner, 71, had been sentenced in federal court in Columbia for theft of government funds. 
    Chief United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten of Columbia sentenced Costner to five months imprisonment and ordered  him to pay restitution of $92,925.00.