Police/Court News

  • Underwood: "Sheriff's Office communication system is just bad"

    During his visit at the Richburg Town Council meeting on Monday, Sheriff Alex Underwood addressed the high-speed chase through Richburg last week. He said because of problems with the sheriff department's mobile communications system, at times during this chase, officers were unable to talk to each other. The communication system “is just bad,” Underwood said.

  • Loan office robbed at knifepoint

    A finance company was robbed at knife point Friday morning, Feb. 1, between 7:30 and 9:17 a.m..
    According to an incident report from the Chester County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to World Finance, 1452 J.A. Cochran Bypass, in reference to an armed robbery.
    “Upon arrival, deputies made contact with employees and they stated that a black male wearing a white hoodie, dark pants and black gloves came into the office with a knife in his hand, demanding that they give him money,” the report said.

  • Third arrest made in Paul murder
  • Reward offered in poisoning of Sheriff's dog

    A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person that killed Sheriff Alex Underwood's dog.
    On Monday, Underwood reported that someone poisoned A.J., his pet German Shepherd, while he and his family attended the annual MLK Jr. Celebration parade. A.J. had recently completed six weeks of police training and was becoming a popular sidekick of Underwood's. According to a release from the Chester Park Center of Literacy Through Technology, Underwood and A.J. made a surprise appearance at the school last Thursday.

  • Sheriff Alex Underwood, "a man of integrity"

    It was standing room only for one of the most momentous events Chester County has ever experienced. At 10 a.m. on Jan. 8 at the Chester County Courthouse, history was made in this small town. The Honorable Brian Gibbons presided over the public swearing-in ceremony for Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood. The Honor Guard of S.C Highway Patrol posted the colors, followed by the pledge of allegiance and a prayer from the Rev. Terry O. Feaster.

  • Underwood takes office

    Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood is officially on the job.
    This week, he swore in 45 deputies under his administration. A public swearing in ceremony for Underwood will be held on Jan. 8 at 10 a.m. at the Chester County Courthouse. During Wednesday's ceremony, Underwood gave a speech to his deputies about the seriousness of their duties to county residents and a professional mandate to be “fair to all.”

  • Man jailed after multiple assaults

    A 21-year-old Chester man was arrested by the Chester County Sheriff's Office on Sunday after the victim told police that the man, her former boyfriend, tried to choke her.
    According to the report, the woman said William Albert Mobley III, 21, of 637 Sweeney St. was at her  residence between 5:30 a.m. and 12:38 p.m. and Mobley began accusing her of having communications with another male. The victim insisted she was not and handed Mobley her cell phone to prove her story to him. She said he slammed the Samsung Galaxy 2 phone on the ground and broke it.

  • Rash of burglaries keep law enforcement busy

    Chester County law enforcement officials have investigated at least 30 burglary or breaking and entering incidents since November. Some arrests have already been made in these cases, said Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith. Residents from Chester, Great Falls, Fort Lawn, Richburg and Blackstock have reported these incidents to police. A 23-year-old Fort Lawn resident reported that someone entered his home and stole items while he was in the house asleep.

  • SCHP offers travel safety tips

    The S.C. Highway Patrol will monitor the highways through the weekend in efforts to curb traffic accidents and deaths over the Thanksgiving weekend.
    Lance Cpl. Billy Elder of the Community Relations Office of the SCHP offers safety tips for motorists including:

    Prepare in advance of travel
    • Have your vehicle checked for the following: brakes, battery, fluid levels, tire pressure, light bulbs and any parts that need regular maintenance.

  • N.C. man charged with trafficking cocaine

    The S.C. Highway Patrol arrested a North Carolina man last week and charged him with trafficking in cocaine, 400 grams or more.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Community Relations Officer Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said Jose Nicanor Escobar, 47, of Monroe, N.C. was arrested around around 9:20 a.m. on Nov. 14.
    Elder said Escobar was driving a Ford Ranger on Interstate-77 when he was arrested by the patrol.
    Escobar was denied bond.