Police/Court News

  • County responds to 911 brief

    Chester County has filed a response to the amicus curiae brief filed recently by the South Carolina Association of Countywide Elected Executives (SCACEE), saying the group's claims of a new ordinance being unconstitutional have been nullified.
    This ties into the ongoing legal battle to determine whether or not the county can legally take control of E911 away from Sheriff Alex Underwood. Judge Knox McMahon, who is hearing the case in court, agreed to a new filing by Underwood a few weeks ago. One of those was to allow SCACEE to file the amicus curiae brief.

  • Former contractor sues Fort Lawn, public works director

    A former independent contractor for the Town of Fort Lawn has filed suit against the Town and Public Works Director Lewis Jordan.
    According to the documents field at the Chester County Courthouse, an attorney representing William P. “Pat” Roddey filed a negligence lawsuit on his client's behalf naming the Town of Fort Lawn and Allen Lewis Jordan. Jordan is the Town of Fort Lawn's public works director. The summons requests a jury trial for the complaint.

  • Armed robbery suspect arrested

    The Chester Police Department has arrested a man and charged him with armed robbery in connection with the robbery of the Corner Mart convenience store.
    According to a release from the Chester Police Department, officers were called to the Corner Mart at 895 J.A. Cochran Bypass on Sunday, March 23, to meet with the victim, who said the store had been robbed at gunpoint at about 12:35 p.m. according to the CPD.

  • "A sad day in Chester County"

    A dashboard camera video shows the confrontation between sheriff's deputies and West Chester volunteer firemen, but a lack of audio makes it difficult to know exactly what prompted the brief roadside shoving match between the two parties on February 14.

  • SCACEE files brief in 911 dispute


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    An amicus curiae brief has now been filed by the South Carolina Association of Countywide Elected Executives in the ongoing legal battle for control of Chester County E911 between Chester County and Sheriff Alex Underwood.

  • Roddey seeking another term as Probate Judge

    Lois Roddey is seeking her seventh term in office as Chester County Probate Judge.

  • UPDATE II: Police chief asks for SLED investigation after alleged threats by councilman

    City of Chester Police Chief Andre' Williams says he was threatened by City Councilman Odell Williams on Monday night and is calling on the State Law Enforcement Division to investigate the incident.

  • S.T.O.R.M. Program to hit A&E airwaves next week

    A successful local program begun by Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood will be getting some national publicity next week.
    Underwood announced Thursday that the upcoming A&E series “Beyond Scared Straight” will feature the Chester County Sheriff’s Office S.T.O.R.M Program. The series will start Friday, March 14, at 10:00 p.m.
    “I encourage everyone to tune in to get a glimpse into some of the issues that plague our youth and how this program can give some teens another chance at life," Underwood said.

  • SLED to investigate firefighter incident

    S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson's office has asked the State Law Enforcement Division to open an investigation into the Feb. 14 altercation between two West Chester firefighters and Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood and deputies led to assault charges for Andrew and Thomas Martin, the two firefighters.
    According to Mark Powell, the communications director for the Attorney General's office, both Underwood and the Chester County Fire Chief's Association requested that the AG's office investigate the issue.

  • No decision on new 911 motions

    A hearing on two new motions filed in the case of who will control Chester County E911 was recessed on Thursday and is scheduled to pick back up today.