Police/Court News

  • Suit filed over fatal bus wreck from 2016

    The family of a Chester man killed in a bus crash last year has filed a lawsuit against both the manufacturers and distributors of the tires that allegedly failed, leading to the fatal accident.

  • Sheriff's Office seeks person for questioning

    The Chester County Sheriff’s Office has released an artist’s sketch of an individual wanted in connection with a shooting that took place on Nov. 27 on Circle Drive in Great Falls.

    According to the release, the individual is wanted for questioning in connection to the homicide.

    At the time, CCSO Chief Deputy Robert Spouse said the shooting happened around 6:45 a.m. Monday on Circle Drive in the Youngstown Community.

    Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker identified the victim as Lamario Lightner, 28, of 2328 Circle Drive, Great Falls.

  • Judge: Power Co-Op does have eminent domain powers

    Both sides will apparently get something they want in an electric cooperative’s lawsuit against a local farm.

  • Officer fired after groping incident

    An officer who was suspended without pay from the City of Chester Police Department last week after an alleged groping incident has been terminated.

  • Tackling a new job

    Before he decided to tackle a career in law enforcement, Eric Williams spent a lot of time tackling running backs.

    Williams was recently named the City of Chester’s new police chief and officially started on the job last Monday. He brings more than 20 years of law enforcement experience to the table and has served as chief of police for two other departments, most recently for the Kingstree. He said those past experiences have prepared him for his new job.

  • Power Co-Op claims eminent domain in lawsuit

    An electric cooperative is claiming it has eminent domain powers and is entitled to condemn Chester County farm land for the construction of power lines.

  • UPDATED: Chester city officer on leave after alleged inappropriate touching incident


  • Blackwell sentenced to five years in death of newborn

    A woman who confessed to killing her newborn baby by putting him in a refrigerator last year was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday.

    Angela Renee Blackwell, now 28, appeared before Judge Dan Hall at the Chester County Courthouse to plead guilty to a charge of infliction of great bodily harm to her four-day-old son William David Paul Lewis. At the outset, Hall asked Blackwell if she understood her plea and asked her if she acknowledged that evidence would strongly support her guilt. She did not answer him initially.

  • ECHO DUI billboards one year later: Has the public gotten the message?

    It was a little more than a year ago that billboards showing the combined might of the law enforcement partners of the ECHO (Empowering Communities for Healthy Outcomes) DUI task force were revealed at some locations around Chester County. The question is, has the public got the message?

    As far as Hazel Pittman Center Prevention Director Melody Reid and ECHO Coordinator Elizabeth Rowe are concerned, yes they have. But even though the message has gotten out, the number of traffic fatalities (many which can be linked to DUI) has gone up.

  • SCHP: Good drivers or bad drivers; follow the rules

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Corporal Gary Miller held an outside press briefing at the S.C. Welcome Center off of I-77 Tuesday to remind motorists to be careful during the holiday period and especially careful during the Thanksgiving weekend.

    Miller said the American Automobile Association (AAA) reported last year there were 1,299 collision and 16 fatalities across South Carolina; in Chester County during last year’s Thanksgiving weekend, there was one fatality. In 2014 and 2015 there two each year and in 2013 there were five, Miller said.