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Police/Court News

  • Blackwell sentenced to five years in death of newborn

    A woman who confessed to killing her newborn baby by putting him in a refrigerator last year was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday.

    Angela Renee Blackwell, now 28, appeared before Judge Dan Hall at the Chester County Courthouse to plead guilty to a charge of infliction of great bodily harm to her four-day-old son William David Paul Lewis. At the outset, Hall asked Blackwell if she understood her plea and asked her if she acknowledged that evidence would strongly support her guilt. She did not answer him initially.

  • ECHO DUI billboards one year later: Has the public gotten the message?

    It was a little more than a year ago that billboards showing the combined might of the law enforcement partners of the ECHO (Empowering Communities for Healthy Outcomes) DUI task force were revealed at some locations around Chester County. The question is, has the public got the message?

    As far as Hazel Pittman Center Prevention Director Melody Reid and ECHO Coordinator Elizabeth Rowe are concerned, yes they have. But even though the message has gotten out, the number of traffic fatalities (many which can be linked to DUI) has gone up.

  • SCHP: Good drivers or bad drivers; follow the rules

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Corporal Gary Miller held an outside press briefing at the S.C. Welcome Center off of I-77 Tuesday to remind motorists to be careful during the holiday period and especially careful during the Thanksgiving weekend.

    Miller said the American Automobile Association (AAA) reported last year there were 1,299 collision and 16 fatalities across South Carolina; in Chester County during last year’s Thanksgiving weekend, there was one fatality. In 2014 and 2015 there two each year and in 2013 there were five, Miller said.

  • Update:Fatal shooting reported overnight on Saluda Street

    Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker has released the name of the victim of the Thursday night Saluda Street shooting. The victim is Enkee Drequon Pendergrass, 22, of Chester.

    Chester police are asking for information related to the incident that occurred about 11 p.m. Thursday night on Saluda Street near Foote Street. Residents who live near the area reported hearing a number of gunshots around 11:30 and seeing what looked like a manhunt by police a short time later.

  • Williams accepts Chester chief position

    The City of Chester has officially filled its police chief vacancy.

  • Former city finance director facing wire fraud indictment

    A former City of Chester employee was indicted this week on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

  • Plea deal struck in eight-year-old shooting death

    Eight years after they were arrested in connection with a Chester County shooting death, two men finally reached plea deals last week.

    The incident, which dates back to September of 2009, started in the City of Chester and the shooting happened just outside the city limits.

    According to incident reports, the Chester City Police Department and the Chester County Sheriff's Office responded to a shooting incident about 3:15 a.m. on a Sunday morning that was in progress in the parking lot of a store at the intersection of Pinckney and Center Streets.

  • Church Street armed robbery suspect arrested

    City of Chester police officers responded to an armed robbery call Wednesday night about 7:50 p.m. and later arrested a suspect in the case without incident.

  • City moves to hire new police chief

    After nine months, the City of Chester is apparently ready to fill its vacant police chief position

    At a special called meeting on Monday at which Chester City Council also made a move to fill the vacant finance director post (see related story) interviews for police chief were conducted. At the conclusion of those interviews, the council voted to offer Eric Williams the job.

    That marked the latest in a flurry of hirings that has seen the city fill three of five big openings. Councilwoman Angela Douglas expressed her excitement via social media.

  • City's two-year quest for a finance director finally ends

    After two years of fits, starts and near misses, the City of Chester may finally have itself a finance director.

    At a special called meeting on Monday afternoon, Councilwoman Linda Tinker (who serves on the city’s finance committee) introduced the names of three finalists for the position. One of those names, that of Annie McDaniel, was a familiar one as she was actually offered the post last summer before an impasse over salary demands led to the reopening of the search. The other two were Oscar Baker Jr. and Juanita Glover.