Police/Court News

  • Chester man arrested for stolen trailers, lawnmowers

    A Chester County man was arrested after he was found to be in possession of stolen merchandise.
    Between the months of July and August, the Chester County Sheriff's Department, in cooperation with the York County Sheriff's Department, was able to obtain information that Reko Gladden was connected with selling and possessing several stolen trailers and lawnmowers. A number of the stolen items have now been recovered, with the value of the recovered merchandise reaching $29,500.

  • Underwood reflects on year since election

    Alex Underwood said he has spent the year since being elected trying to work for the people of Chester County. At times, though, he feels some people are working against him.
    "It's been good in a lot of ways, but in some ways this is the worst job I've ever had," Underwood said.

  • Man sentenced on federal weapons charges

    A Chester man received a 30-month sentence on weapons charges Wednesday.
    United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced this week that Jasper Lamar Reeves, (aka Jack Reeves), 62, of Chester, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to 30 months imprisonment, which will be followed by three years of supervised release.
    In August, Reeves pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2). Senior United States District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie of Columbia imposed the sentence.

  • Residents invited to join state sheriffs' association

    A county can only have one sheriff at a time, but there's no limit on the number of people that can join the state sheriffs' association.
    Responding to the increasing number of people wanting to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood announced on Friday that county residents are being invited to become honorary members of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association.

  • Chester's finest-A work in progress, part three

    Chief of Police Andre Williams, as previously stated, knows law enforcement, and he has some truly talented and well-trained officers under his supervision. And in his own words, the Chester Police Department is "still a work in progress."
    One of those talented and trained officers is second in command Major Gene Gilmore, who has been in law enforcement for 23 years, starting out in Great Falls in 1990. It was then on to Fort Lawn in conjunction with the Federal Drug Task Force and then to Chester in 1996.

  • 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.