Police/Court News

  • Chief Williams addresses criminal sexual case, calls it most disturbing case he's seen

    “Let me be very clear…out of 26 years of law enforcement, I’ve not yet come across a case as disturbing as this one,” Chester Police Chief Eric Williams said in a Friday morning press conference.

    That case, so far, as resulted in 65 counts apiece of first and second degree criminal sexual conduct, exploitation of a minor and disseminating harmful material to a minor against Sarah Lacy, 34, and Bradley Corlew, 31.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Sheriff's Office investigating burned body found in Richburg

    In a press release issued at 12:32 p.m., Sheriff Max Dorsey said he had officers on the scene in Richburg where a dead body has been located…

    “Chester County Sheriff’s Deputies have been called to a location close to the intersection of Old Richburg Road and Lizzie Melton Road, in the Richburg area, regarding a dead body found burned in a ditch on Lizzie Melton Road. 

    As a result, Lizzie Melton Road is closed near the intersection of Old Richburg Road. 

  • Chester man sentenced on drug, weapons charges

    United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that John Bennett Roof, Jr., a/k/a “Brent Roof,” a/k/a “Ice Man”, age 34, of Chester, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.  Following the term of imprisonment, Roof will remain on federal supervised release for an additional 3 years.  United States District Judge J. Michelle Childs of Columbia imposed the sentence.

  • Chief Williams answers question on shootings, violence in city

    Chester Police Chief Eric Williams held a news conference last week to address the recent shootings in the City of Chester and what steps his department was taking to prevent more violence. He also called on the public’s help in working with the department to report any suspicious activity they saw. Such an early report could be what stops further violence, he said. Following a brief statement, Chief Williams, flanked by his officer and investigators at the podium, answered some specific questions from the members of the media.

  • Police arrest two who fled checkpoint

    The Chester Police Department arrested two suspects and are seeking a third who first led police on a vehicle chase and then escaped on foot before being arrested.

  • Dorsey to seniors: "My job is to keep you safe"

    Interim Chester County Sheriff Max Dorsey told the seniors of the Chester Senior Adult Club recently, “my job is to keep you safe” and then explained how he planned to do that.

    Dorsey addressed the seniors recently at the Leroy Springs Complex at the Chester Country Club.

  • Massey renews call for Citizens Review Board

    Chester citizen John Massey, who has been an advocate for community issues for some time, is calling for the creation of a Citizens Review Board to provide community oversight and accountability on law enforcement matters.

  • Quality, but not quantity

    Interim Chester County Sheriff Max Dorsey said Monday that the quality of people working in his department is very high. The quantity, however, is not.

    Dorsey addressed Chester County Council on Monday night on a range of topics, including the purchase of new radios and vehicles. He took the occasion, though, to make note of his personnel, which stands as both a strength and a reason for concern.

  • BREAKING NEWS: McClinton denied bond

    Saying he presented a “substantial risk” to the community, Judge Diane Goodstein denied a bond request for Quinton McClinton

    McClinton is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, in connection with a shooting at a local club in December. Bond had been refused previously and McClinton’s “stand your ground” defense was denied a month ago.

  • Dorsey says meet and greets effective

    Chester County Interim Sheriff Max Dorsey has held a series of five “coffee with a cop” meet and greets with citizens, continues to arrange more opportunities for citizens to interact with law enforcement and shows no signs of stopping. That’s because he believes these meetings out in the community have been very successful, he said.

    The N&R caught up with Sheriff Dorsey at the “Breakfast with Badges” event held at Crossroads Restaurant and Grill to ask him how he thinks the meet and greets have been doing.