Police/Court News

  • Sheriff's Department looking for attempted murderer

    The Chester County Sheriff's Office is looking for an attempted murderer.
    On Monday at approximately 9:48 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the scene of a shooting. Upon arrival, deputies executed a thorough check of Vance Drive and Parkway Drive, then learned that the victim of the shooting had been taken to Chester Regional Medical Center in a personal vehicle. Deputies went there and found the man, 24-year-old John Berry Camps, who had been shot twice. The on-call investigator was contacted and the scene and case were turned over to him.

  • Reward offered for info on mailbox damages

    A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible for a vandalism spree last week.
    A Chester resident told the News & Reporter that a group of people went on "a mailbox murder spree" in broad daylight last Friday and again on Saturday night. They managed to totally destroy five mailboxes and damaged some others on Blaney and Hall Roads.
    The resident said the offenders are believed to be three white males who were traveling in a black Escalade.

  • Underwood vows to reduce traffic deaths in county

    When it comes to enforcing traffic laws on Chester County roadways, Sheriff Alex Underwood is not taking a back seat to anybody. The Chester County Sheriff's Office is part of the Target Zero traffic enforcement joint task force announced at the Chester County LEC last week. The task force combines the efforts of Chester County-based S.C. Highway Patrol troopers, as well as the Sheriff's Office and the local police departments of the City of Chester and Towns of Fort Lawn and Great Falls.

  • Acceptable number of traffic deaths in Chester? Zero

    If you go over the speed limit on roads and highways in Chester County, law enforcement has a message for you: Don't.
    The message also applies if you're planning on drinking and driving, texting while you're driving or driving without a seat belt.

  • Crenshaw sentenced in J. Marion Sims case

    Ezra Brown Crenshaw Jr.’s face sagged and he cast his gaze toward the courtroom floor only briefly as Circuit Court Judge DeAndrea G. Benjamin sentenced him to four and a half years in prison for stealing nearly $500,000 from the three nonprofit organizations where he once served as a financial officer.
    The sentence came Thursday afternoon, Sept. 4, at the Chester County Courthouse, almost two months after Crenshaw, 43, first pleaded guilty on July 14 to 10 felony counts of forgery and six felony counts of breach of trust with fraudulent intent.

  • 2010 murder suspect charged in York shooting

    A Chester man and a man awaiting trial for a 2010 murder in Chester were arrested Monday in York County on charges of attempted murder.

  • Four county residents among 37 indicted on meth charges

    South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the State Grand Jury has returned an indictment against four Chester County residents and 33 others from Lancaster and York Counties in connection with a methamphetamine production and trafficking operation.
    The defendants were indicted for conspiring to traffic methamphetamine that was manufactured in labs located in Lancaster and Chester Counties from November 2012 to the present.

  • Police nab suspected burglar

    A quick response enabled the Chester Police Department to nab a would-be robber Wednesday.

  • Police investigating another shooting

    The City of Chester Police are investigating another in a recent string of shootings.
    On Saturday at approximately 10 p.m.,  officers were dispatched to the area of 151 Saluda Street in reference to several shots having been fired. According to a release from the the department, a black female was struck by one of the shots in her foot.  She was escorted to Chester Regional Medical Center for treatment and was later released.  No one else was injured at the residence. The incident remains under investigation.

  • Sheriff's Department raids drug, cock-fighting operation

    Five arrests have been made by the Chester County Sheriff's Department in connection to a drug and cockfighting ring that was broken up in the county Friday.