Police/Court News

  • 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.

  • Alleged bookstore shooter granted bond

    A man facing charges of attempted murder in connection with a shooting in downtown Chester in August was granted a bond with restrictions by Judge Brian Gibbons on Thursday.

  • Judge dismisses McClurkin and DeGraffenreid habeas corpus requests

    Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons heard petitions on Monday at the Chester County Courthouse to grant a writ of habeas corpus in the cases of James McClurkin and Charles DeGraffenreid, two men who have been seeking declarations of innocence of a murder they were accused of committing over 40 years ago.

  • Two teens lead law enforcement on high-speed chase before crashing

    Two teens were taken into custody by the Chester County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday morning after allegedly stealing a car and refusing to stop for blue lights.

  • Lawsuit filed over special exception for funeral home

    When he voted in favor of a special zoning exception for his family’s business, Chester City Councilman William King told those who deemed his act a conflict of interests to challenge him legally. At least two people have taken him up on that offer.

    Mark Dickinson and Kathryn Dixon are listed as the plaintiffs in a suit against King that seeks a temporary restraining order on final passage of the special exception until it can be determined by a court whether King’s vote did constitute a conflict of interest.