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Police/Court News

  • Godfrey gets nine years for violent burglary of widow's home

    A Chester man will spend the next nine years in prison after pleading guilty to burglary charges on Monday at the Chester County Courthouse.

  • Investigation ongoing after body found on I-77 Monday

    The Chester County Sheriff’s Office is “aggressively investigating” the circumstances surrounding the death of a man whose body was found alongside U.S. Interstate 77 on Monday morning.

    Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker identified the man as Ethan Thomas Rhoad,, 29. A passerby reported seeing the body, which was near mile marker 69 near the northern county line. An autopsy and toxicology tests were to be conducted on Tuesday.

  • Sheriff's office finances subject of audit

    It won’t be cheap to audit all the accounts of the Chester County Sheriff’s Office.

    “But it’s worth it,” said Chester County Councilman Alex Oliphant.

    Included in the new Chester County budget for the coming fiscal year is $25,000 to conduct a full audit of the sheriff’s department finances. During recent budget discussion, interim Sheriff Max Dorsey asked Chester County Council to allot the money. Treasurer Tommy Darby said he had met with auditors who detailed for him that the audit will take place in stages.

  • Garis appointed as new magistrate, replacing recent appointment Wilder

    Chester County has another new magistrate.

    On Tuesday, State Senator Mike Fanning (who represents Chester County) appointed Great Falls resident Jeffrey Garis to the magistrate seat that became available when current Chester Municipal Judge and recently appointed county magistrate, Theodore Wilder, resigned due to family issues.

    “Because of time management issues and family reasons, I will no longer be able to serve as a Chester County Magistrate. This was a very difficult decision,” Wilder said.

  • "We did our job"

    State Senator Mike Fanning recently spoke to the News & Reporter to discuss his thoughts on the selection of four new Chester County magistrates, replacing four county magistrates whose terms had expired. One of those judges, former magistrate Barbara Cameron, has some problems with the selection process.

    Feeling that some comments in the community had damaged her reputation, former Judge Cameron in turn respondedto clear up what she sees as a smirch on her reputation and question some aspects of the entire selection process.

  • January deal netted average deputy $2,400 raise

    Chester County is working to raise the pay of all its employees, but a memorandum of understanding (MOU) agreed to early this year has provided a pay boost for many employees of the Chester County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Driver indicted for reckless homicide in Swygart death

    A Chester County Grand Jury on April 30th returned a true bill on an indictment of reckless homicide against William David Brown, the driver of the vehicle that killed Adam Swygart in May of 2016.

    Brown was arrested earlier this month and charged with reckless homicide.

  • CCEG wins default judgment against city in FOIA lawsuit

    Community watchdog group Chester Citizens for Ethical Government (CCEG) has been awarded a default judgment in its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the City of Chester.

  • Former pastor found guilty of attempted murder

    A Chester pastor will spend 20 years in jail after being convicted of attempted murder in connection with a shooting at downtown Christian bookstore in 2017.

    Robert Worthy, a 66-year-old former associate pastor at Union Baptist Church,  was found guilty on Thursday of two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. The case was heard by Judge William McKinnon at the Chester County Courthouse.

  • Public, police express frustration at first community safety meeting

    Frustrations were aired and emotions ran high at the first of a series of community safety meetings in the wake of several recent shootings in and around the City of Chester: the public expressed their frustrations with the police and the police expressed their frustration at trying to get the community to cooperate with them. Both sides in the community safety issue had a chance to hear what the other was saying.