Police/Court News

  • Updated:Keener pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter charges in 2010 shooting

    At the Chester County Courthouse on Monday, Keith Ramone Keener, represented by Sixth Circuit Public Defender Michael H. Lifsey, pleaded guilty to charges of voluntary manslaughter, possession of a pistol and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime in connection with a club shooting two years ago.
    He also gave up his right to a jury trial.

  • Fort Lawn man charged with Lancaster break-ins

    A Chester County man remains behind bars following a string of car break-ins in Lancaster.
    Carlos Damon Smith, 37, of Fort Lawn, was charged  Thursday, June 7, with breaking and entering into a vehicle – two counts, pointing and presenting a firearm and armed robbery.
    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies went to a Powell Avenue home after a resident saw a man later identified as Smith inside his vehicle, rummaging through items inside, according to a sheriff’s office press release issued Tuesday, June 12.

  • Man arrested for break-in

    A Chester man has been arrested and charged with the armed robbery following an incident in which the man and two other unidentified subjects entered an occupied home and took a number of items.

  • Richburg man facing various drug charges

    The Chester County Sheriff's Department arrested a Richburg man last week on three different drug charges.
    On May 23, the department's narcotics and violent crime unit began conducting an investigation into a tip indicating that Jason Travis Smith, 24, of Knox Station Road in Richburg, was selling crack cocaine from his residence. Deputies conducted surveillance on Smith and conducted traffic stops to identify potential drug users leaving Smith's residence and made several crack cocaine purchases from Smith between May 23 and June 6.

  • County opens new detention center

    A few dozen of Chester's elected officials went to jail on Sunday.
    But only as visitors.
    Chester County had an official open house and ribbon cutting on Sunday to unveil the newly renovated and expanded detention center.
    "This is a day we've been waiting on," said County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey. "I got tired of hearing about failed inspections."

  • County receives waiver for jail cells

    A long circulating rumor about the cells at the newly refurbished Chester County Detention Center being smaller than required for double occupancy is accurate. However, the county has been granted a waiver allowing for two inmates to be housed in each cell.

  • Sheriff's office makes pair of drug arrests

    The Chester County Sheriff's Office made a pair of drug-related arrests last week, including a large bust in Edgemoor.

  • Police hope new billboard will provide leads

    Robert Wertz wants police to find his sister's killer.
    And he's not alone in his quest.
    He has garnered support from family and friends, local, county and state law enforcement officials.
    “My sister was a private person,” Wertz said Tuesday morning during the unveiling of a billboard that law enforcement officials hope will provide a new lead in the murder of Alfreda Wertz Hinson, 57, on Nov. 28, 2011.

  • Shades of Gray

    Until recently, the life and contributions of Ralph W. "Mac" McCracken were fuzzy and gray. Now, the first S.C. Highway Patrolman killed in the line of duty has been given the long overdue honor he deserves.
    On Thursday, the memory of McCracken was honored as a stretch of S.C. Highway 215 in Fairfield County, just outside of Chester County near Cool Branch Church, was named for him. The program took place in the church.

  • Man charged in domestic call

    City of Chester Police charged Aris Nichols, 39, of 144 Pinckney St. No. 6, with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature on April 26.
    According to the police report, officers were dispatched to a stabbing at Aris' address. Two officers were in the area and responded to the call. A third officer arrived seconds later, the report said.
    When officers arrived, they went to the mobile home and knocked on the door.
    Someone inside asked who was at the door and when police responded, the person inside hollered for them to come in.