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Police/Court News

  • Burglar convicted, sentenced to 15 years in jail

    On April 16, Kevin Burlinski pleaded guilty in General Sessions Court to burglary and received a 15-year sentence for a burglary that he committed on Lyle road in Richburg area of Chester County back on August 2 of last year. "This was a victory for the victim and the citizens of Chester County," said Sheriff Richard Smith.
    Smith said he is pleased with the sentence. He said the Chester County Sheriff’s Office worked hard to catch Burlinski and the Solicitors Office work hard to prosecute him.

  • Third arrest made in shooting

  • Sheriff's Office makes drug arrests

    The Chester County Sheriff's Office made two drug arrests recently, recovering marijuana, crack cocaine and heroin in the process.
    On March 23, the Chester County Sheriff's Office Narcotics and Violent Crime Unit arrested William Jeremy Russell, who had 4.9 grams of heroin packed in eight balloons. Russell was arrested at 3062 Lancaster Highway in Richburg. Agents also seized $698 in cash, a cell phone and a silver 2000 Toyota 4 Runner.

  • Arrests made in drive-by shooting

    City of Chester Police Chief Andre' Williams thinks a series of shootings that took place over the weekend and on Monday may be gang-related.
    Two arrests were made Monday afternoon shortly after an attempted drive-by shooting occurred on Oak Street.

  • Chester woman files report of kidnapping and assault

    A Chester mother filed a police report with the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office telling them she and her son were held hostage and their lives were threatened during an hour-long ordeal on March 11. The woman told police that while in a vehicle that departed from Rock Hill, she was assaulted by a Winnsboro man, the report said. According to the woman's report, the ordeal continued as the trio traveled to and arrived inWinnsboro. The woman said the man would not allow her and her son to get out of the vehicle.

  • A lesson in valor

    Chester County Sheriff's Deputy David Ford has never been trained in water rescue. In fact, he says there's almost nothing he has done in the past that prepared him to dive into a lake and pull a woman to safety last February.
    That's probably why he was recently honored for that act with a South Carolina Sheriff's Association Medal of Valor.

  • Arrest made in home invasion

    An arrest has been made in an Edgemoor home invasion.
    On Monday, Chester County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to Dye Rd. in the Edgemoor area of Chester County in reference to a burglary in progress. Deputies arrived at the scene and found the victim had been assaulted by a white male
    wearing a mask dressed in all black. The victim says she opened her garage door and walked out when she was attacked by the man. The subject forced her to the ground for a short period of time and let her go. The victim left running up the street looking for help

  • BREAKING NEWS: Detention center inmate dies

    Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith announced Monday morning that an inmate at the detention center passed away over the weekend. Per a release from Smith...
    "It is with my greatest sympathy to report to you that inmate Melinda French, 55 years of age, passed away late Saturday night. Detention officers were doing routine checks on the inmates and when they checked
    on Mrs. French she was unresponsive. That's when they called E-911 and the Chester Fire Dept and Chester Rescue Squad responded. Mrs. French was

  • Man living in tent charged with larceny, drug possession

    A Michigan man who was apparently living in a tent was arrested by the Chester County Sheriff's Department and charged with various burglary charges and a count for marijuana possession.
    According to a release from Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith, deputies responded last week to a burglary on Sherwood Circle. The victim reported that someone had kicked in his back door, entered his home and stolen jewelry, money and some video games. Detectives canvassed the area and talked to people in the community to get a description of the suspect.

  • Fort Lawn Police investigate theft of own property