Police/Court News

  • Lancaster councilwoman threatens SLED probe against Chester Sheriff

    A Lancaster County council member has threatened an investigation by the State Law Enforcement Division after a heated exchange with the Chester County Sheriff.
    Lancaster County Councilwoman Charlene McGriff wrote a letter to Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood in which she told him, “… You responded with a virulent attack from which I am still recovering.”
    McGriff claims that Underwood's physical presence was intimidating to her during a meeting held between them on Oct. 10 in Underwood's Chester office.

  • UPDATE: Man dies after serious morning crash

    A 19-year-old Chester man passed away Thursday, a day after he was involved in a two-vehicle crash on S.C. Highway 97 (Center Road) and Grant Road.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Community Relations Office Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said the accident happened around 9:06 a.m. Wednesday morning.

  • Chester's finest, then and now, part two

    Knowing a little of some of the history of the Chester Police Department makes it easier to understand where it is today and just how it got there. Understanding some of the chaotic climate some officers were forced to endure allows greater insight into the workings of this local law enforcement agency. And, knowing the societal and political environments from then and now aids in having a better view of the total workings of this department.

  • SCHP: Month ends fatality free

    Chester County has something to brag about.
    At least S.C. Highway Patrol Community Relations Officer Lance Cpl. Billy Elder thinks so.
    “We have some good news to report,” Elder said. “Chester County has gone fatality-free during the month of September. That was our goal.”
    The Highway Patrol increased its presence in the county in hopes of decreasing the number of traffic fatalities. The enforcement campaign kicked off Labor Day and continued throughout the month, Elder said.

  • Jones pleads guilty on weapons charge

    A Chester man is facing at least 15 years in prison on weapons charges.
    United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced late last week that 28-year-old William Lee Jones of Chester pled guilty in federal court to being a felon in possession of firearms, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1), 924(a)(2), and 924(e).  Senior United States District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie of Columbia accepted the plea and will impose a sentence after she has reviewed the pre-sentence report, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

  • Seniors will have H.O.S.S. on their side

    Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood is launching an initiative that will help keep an eye on the community's elderly...a few hundred eyes actually.

  • UPDATED:Man charged in death of baby

    A Chester man has been charged with murder/homicide by child abuse in connection with the death of an 11-month-old baby.

  • Underwood partnering with Eureka residents to fight crime

    Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood is launching a community partnership aimed at curbing criminal activity.

  • Fort Lawn Dollar General "hit and run" driver turns self in
  • Troopers plan to "keep the heat on"

    If you're driving on a rural road in Chester County, you might want to make sure you're within the legal guidelines of the state.
    The same rule applies to traveling on state roads.
    A free hint...you might see a S.C. Highway Patrol trooper when you least expect to.
    The Highway Patrol is increasing its presence in the county in hopes of decreasing the number of traffic fatalities.
    SCHP Community Relations Officer Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said the patrol kicked off an enforcement campaign over the Labor Day weekend.