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Police/Court News

  • Car repair, upgrades help drive police department budger

    Local law enforcement riding in style and improved car care are on the ticket for the city's budget next fiscal year.
    As city council begins the arduous task of poring over pages of its proposed budget, the police department has requested $10,000 for all mechanical repairs—a great deal of that money geared towards maintaining and upgrading current in-use police cars.

  • Newsom: Inmate's escape "an expensive mistake"

    An inmate who escaped last week from the Catawba Pre-Release Work Center program in Rock Hill was captured after four days and returned to a prison in Columbia.
    Fort Lawn Police assisted in the manhunt Wednesday for Justin Robert Barton, 23, who escaped May 14 from a work site at Palmetto Recycling in Rock Hill, said Clark Newsom, a spokesman for the S.C. Department of Corrections.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Marijuana field found in Chester

    On April 28, 2011 officers from the Chester County Sheriff's Office Narcotics and Violent Crimes Unit, DNR and SLED were conducting a joint investigation and were able to arrest two men tending a
    marijuana field off Brown Rd. Chester, SC.  The suspects were identified as Carlos Padron Perez, 31 from 3206 Screaming Eagle Road,. Eastover, SC and a Siriaco Botello Villa, 45, no address given, but believed to have been staying in the same area as Perez.
    Deputies and Officers discovered the two suspects in a camp

  • Police charge women with trafficking heroin

    Two women from out of town have been charged by the Chester County Sheriff's Office with trafficking heroin.
    On April 20, Patricia M. Kramer, 56, of 4752 Merrifield Place in Columbus, Ohio and Catherine Marie McCormick, 25, of 701 SW 24th Place in Vero Beach, Fla. were charged with possession of several narcotics, according to a sheriff's office incident report.
    Warrants were served on McCormick for trafficking Hydromorphone (heroin), possession of schedule IV controlled substance (Alprazolam) and possession of Oxycodone (heroin), according to the report.

  • The line is H-O-T

    “The line is hot!”

  • Chester Chief search re-opened

    It's not over!
    The search for a new police chief for the City of Chester will continue and so will Chief Mike Brown who will officially retire as planned on April 30 but will contract his services to the city as police chief until May 31, he said. Brown announced in January he would retire in April.
    “I don't want a new chief to come in and be blind-sided,” Brown said about his decision to stay on. “I want to be there for at least two weeks to help show the new chief how Chester functions.”

  • City names finalists for police chief position

    Chester Mayor Mitch Foster said Tuesday that a decision on hiring a new police chief could be made as soon as this week.
    Early this year, Mike Brown, who has served as Chester's police chief since 2004, told city officials that he planned to retire on April 30. Foster said the city received about 17 applications for the position, about nine of which met all the qualifications posted for the job. One of the nine withdrew from consideration. The city interviewed the other eight candidates in the past few weeks.

  • Reid ruled eligible for election

    Chester City Councilwoman Annie Reid was found eligible to run for re-election in a Friday hearing before the Chester County Election Commission.
    Thomas Durant Taylor, who will face Reid for the Ward III seat in next month's general election, had challenged Reid's residency and voter registration.

  • Chester woman arrested in fraud crackdown

    A Chester County woman was among five people arrested recently for defrauding the government in connection with filing false claims for unemployment.

  • Fort Lawn Dollar General robbed

    Fort Lawn Police collected evidence after a robbery at the local Dollar General late last week but as of Tuesday, no arrest had been made, said Police Chief David Hayes.
    “We took a lot of evidence and got prints,” Hayes said.