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Police/Court News

  • UPDATED: Sheriff Underwood addresses shooting death of Odell Williams

    Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood says more than just a former police officer and city councilman was lost with the Tuesday night shooting death of Odell Williams.
    "We lost an upstanding citizen," said Underwood.
    Underwood held a noon Wednesday press conference to address Williams' death.
    The gunshot to the head that would end Williams' life was delivered on Roundtree Circle at approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday, but Underwood said the incidents leading up to the fatal shot started elsewhere, about three-quarters of a mile away.

  • UPDATE II: Sheriff addresses murder of Councilman Odell Williams

    Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood says more than just a former police officer and city councilman was lost with the Tuesday night shooting death of Odell Williams.
    "We lost an upstanding citizen," said Underwood.
    Underwood held a noon Wednesday press conference to address Williams' death.
    The gunshot to the head that would end Williams' life was delivered on Roundtree Circle at approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday, but Underwood said the incidents leading up to the fatal shot started elsewhere, about three-quarters of a mile away.

  • Sheriff's Department gets grant for in-car cameras

    The Chester County Sheriff's Department had some good news and some bad news to share with County Council Monday night in relation to grants.
    Barbara Cameron, with the department, told the council that a grant application she'd written for in-car video cameras had been approved. The grant is for $42,000 and requires a $4,200 local match. She had anticipated that the total would pay for the 10 cameras needed to equip the department's patrol cars, but said it would come up just a bit short.

  • County spends $42,000 on IT upgrades for Sheriff's Department

    "What's the pain going to be?" County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey asked Monday. "How much is this going to hurt?"
    The answer is about $42,000 worth.

  • Sheriff's Office trains in Active Shooter response

    In light of the continued reports of school shootings, some of which are hitting closer to home, the Chester County Sheriff's Office has been engaged in Active Shooter Training in a school setting since Sheriff Alex Underwood took office in 2013.
    According to a statement from the CCSO, Sheriff Underwood knows all too well the importance of maintaining the readiness of his deputies at the highest level.

  • UPDATED: Graham gets 20 years for 2010 shooting
  • Fort Lawn man facing federal indictment

    A Fort Lawn man was among three people issued indictments yesterday on various charges by a Federal Grand Jury.
    United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that a Federal Grand Jury in Columbia, South Carolina, returned Indictments against the following:

  • Woman allegedly robbed, stabbed

    The Chester County Sheriff's Department is looking for a man who allegedly robbed and stabbed a woman on Wednesday.

  • Judge sides with Underwood in 911 dispute

    After 10 months of legal wrangling, Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood has won the right to maintain control of the county's E-911 service.

  • Sheriff's Department says expensive upgrades needed

    The Chester County Sheriff's Department says it will be shut off from state and federal crime databases without significant upgrades to its network.
    On Monday, Cpt. Doug McMurray addressed Chester County Council about the issue. He said he was speaking to them in his capacity as network administrator for the sheriff's department. McMurray said he had been told by both SLED and the FBI that Chester has to come into compliance with newer, more stringent guidelines where network security is concerned. He said he had been given about 75 pages of documents on the issue.