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Police/Court News

  • Police hope new billboard will provide leads

    Robert Wertz wants police to find his sister's killer.
    And he's not alone in his quest.
    He has garnered support from family and friends, local, county and state law enforcement officials.
    “My sister was a private person,” Wertz said Tuesday morning during the unveiling of a billboard that law enforcement officials hope will provide a new lead in the murder of Alfreda Wertz Hinson, 57, on Nov. 28, 2011.

  • Shades of Gray

    Until recently, the life and contributions of Ralph W. "Mac" McCracken were fuzzy and gray. Now, the first S.C. Highway Patrolman killed in the line of duty has been given the long overdue honor he deserves.
    On Thursday, the memory of McCracken was honored as a stretch of S.C. Highway 215 in Fairfield County, just outside of Chester County near Cool Branch Church, was named for him. The program took place in the church.

  • Shooting reported at Club Fantasy

    There aren't a lot of details available, but Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith said there was a shooting at Club Fantasy early Sunday morning.

  • City holds first anti-violence forum

    If you see police out on the street, Chester Mayor Wanda Stringfelllow doesn't want you to automatically assume that something bad has happened. Stringfellow got a lot of calls Friday night when citizens saw police on the street. The department was really just trying to be proactive and provide a presence on the street, she said.
    "They are not the enemy, they are here to protect us," Stringfellow said.

  • Burglar convicted, sentenced to 15 years in jail

    On April 16, Kevin Burlinski pleaded guilty in General Sessions Court to burglary and received a 15-year sentence for a burglary that he committed on Lyle road in Richburg area of Chester County back on August 2 of last year. "This was a victory for the victim and the citizens of Chester County," said Sheriff Richard Smith.
    Smith said he is pleased with the sentence. He said the Chester County Sheriff’s Office worked hard to catch Burlinski and the Solicitors Office work hard to prosecute him.

  • Third arrest made in shooting

  • Sheriff's Office makes drug arrests

    The Chester County Sheriff's Office made two drug arrests recently, recovering marijuana, crack cocaine and heroin in the process.
    On March 23, the Chester County Sheriff's Office Narcotics and Violent Crime Unit arrested William Jeremy Russell, who had 4.9 grams of heroin packed in eight balloons. Russell was arrested at 3062 Lancaster Highway in Richburg. Agents also seized $698 in cash, a cell phone and a silver 2000 Toyota 4 Runner.

  • Arrests made in drive-by shooting

    City of Chester Police Chief Andre' Williams thinks a series of shootings that took place over the weekend and on Monday may be gang-related.
    Two arrests were made Monday afternoon shortly after an attempted drive-by shooting occurred on Oak Street.

  • Chester woman files report of kidnapping and assault

    A Chester mother filed a police report with the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office telling them she and her son were held hostage and their lives were threatened during an hour-long ordeal on March 11. The woman told police that while in a vehicle that departed from Rock Hill, she was assaulted by a Winnsboro man, the report said. According to the woman's report, the ordeal continued as the trio traveled to and arrived inWinnsboro. The woman said the man would not allow her and her son to get out of the vehicle.

  • A lesson in valor

    Chester County Sheriff's Deputy David Ford has never been trained in water rescue. In fact, he says there's almost nothing he has done in the past that prepared him to dive into a lake and pull a woman to safety last February.
    That's probably why he was recently honored for that act with a South Carolina Sheriff's Association Medal of Valor.