Police/Court News

  • Sheriff's Department gets grant for in-car cameras

    The Chester County Sheriff's Department had some good news and some bad news to share with County Council Monday night in relation to grants.
    Barbara Cameron, with the department, told the council that a grant application she'd written for in-car video cameras had been approved. The grant is for $42,000 and requires a $4,200 local match. She had anticipated that the total would pay for the 10 cameras needed to equip the department's patrol cars, but said it would come up just a bit short.

  • County spends $42,000 on IT upgrades for Sheriff's Department

    "What's the pain going to be?" County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey asked Monday. "How much is this going to hurt?"
    The answer is about $42,000 worth.

  • Sheriff's Office trains in Active Shooter response

    In light of the continued reports of school shootings, some of which are hitting closer to home, the Chester County Sheriff's Office has been engaged in Active Shooter Training in a school setting since Sheriff Alex Underwood took office in 2013.
    According to a statement from the CCSO, Sheriff Underwood knows all too well the importance of maintaining the readiness of his deputies at the highest level.

  • UPDATED: Graham gets 20 years for 2010 shooting
  • Fort Lawn man facing federal indictment

    A Fort Lawn man was among three people issued indictments yesterday on various charges by a Federal Grand Jury.
    United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that a Federal Grand Jury in Columbia, South Carolina, returned Indictments against the following:

  • Woman allegedly robbed, stabbed

    The Chester County Sheriff's Department is looking for a man who allegedly robbed and stabbed a woman on Wednesday.

  • Judge sides with Underwood in 911 dispute

    After 10 months of legal wrangling, Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood has won the right to maintain control of the county's E-911 service.

  • Sheriff's Department says expensive upgrades needed

    The Chester County Sheriff's Department says it will be shut off from state and federal crime databases without significant upgrades to its network.
    On Monday, Cpt. Doug McMurray addressed Chester County Council about the issue. He said he was speaking to them in his capacity as network administrator for the sheriff's department. McMurray said he had been told by both SLED and the FBI that Chester has to come into compliance with newer, more stringent guidelines where network security is concerned. He said he had been given about 75 pages of documents on the issue.

  • Sheriff's Department looking for attempted murderer

    The Chester County Sheriff's Office is looking for an attempted murderer.
    On Monday at approximately 9:48 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the scene of a shooting. Upon arrival, deputies executed a thorough check of Vance Drive and Parkway Drive, then learned that the victim of the shooting had been taken to Chester Regional Medical Center in a personal vehicle. Deputies went there and found the man, 24-year-old John Berry Camps, who had been shot twice. The on-call investigator was contacted and the scene and case were turned over to him.

  • Reward offered for info on mailbox damages

    A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible for a vandalism spree last week.
    A Chester resident told the News & Reporter that a group of people went on "a mailbox murder spree" in broad daylight last Friday and again on Saturday night. They managed to totally destroy five mailboxes and damaged some others on Blaney and Hall Roads.
    The resident said the offenders are believed to be three white males who were traveling in a black Escalade.