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Police/Court News

  • Four Chester men charged with attempted murder in Union

    Four Chester County men were arrested in Union over the weekend and charged with attempted murder after what appeared to be a random shooting.

  • Three arrests made in stolen weapons case

    The Chester County Sheriffs Department made three arrests late last week related to the attempted sale of stolen guns and drug possession.
    The Sheriff's Department received information that William Lee Jones, 27, had possession of weapons that had been stolen from a residence on Meadowbrook Road in Chester and that he was attempting to sell them. Investigators obtained statements from co-defenders and video footage of Jones in possession of these stolen weapons. Warrants were obtained on Jones, Gina Griffin, 44, and Tammy Roberts, 49.

  • Officer dismissed after arrest

    Donald Ray Nix is no longer employed by the Chester County Sheriff's Office after being arrested over the weekend.

  • Body found on Old Mill Road identified

    A Lancaster County man was fond shot to death in Chester Sunday night just after he was alleged to have raped a juvenile.

  • Barfield: "There's nothing good about this case"

  • Former Chester resident found dead in Lancaster

    Authorities are investigating whether a man found dead in his car could be the county’s 11th murder of the year.
    The man was found at about 7:17 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, as sheriff’s deputies responded to a suspicious vehicle call on Lamplight Road in Lancaster, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.
    When they arrived, deputies found 42-year-old Lancaster resident Timothy Alan Wissinger dead in his vehicle, the release said.  

  • 911 tape recording played in court

    Just before court ended on Monday, Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield played the 911 tape from the night of the shooting. As the 911 operator answers, Hawkins tells her about the incident.
    Hawkins: Yeah, I just shot a man.
    Operator: Is he breathing?
    Hawkins: Barely.
    Hawkins states his location, just off Woods Ferry Road, that the victim was wearing a white back pack and then he gives his name. Again, the operator asks the condition of the victim.
    Operator: Is he breathing?
    Hawkins: He was. I don't think he is no more.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Trial continues for '08 hunting death

  • Arrest made in 2009 murder

    The Chester County Sheriff's Department has made an arrest in a shooting death that occurred nearly three years ago.
    On Friday, Montell Cousar, 21, was arrested and charged with murder in the October 2009 shooting death of Eddie Hall. Cousar was arrested on Oak Street near his residence. A release from Sheriff Richard Smith indicates that the murder of Hall has been under investigation since the shooting occurred.
    "We never let it die. We are persistent. We keep investigating every murder and don't give up," Smith said.

  • Fire destroys home on West End Street...by Shamira McCray

    The Chester Fire Department responded to a house fire at 123 West End St. at approximately 2 a.m. Wednesday. Paul Caldwell, Fire Chief, said when the department arrived at the scene, the fire was blazing through the roof of the home.
    “We had to pull a lot of shingles and siding off the home to make access,” he said.
    The fire was under control within an hour, however, it took an additional hour to get it completely extinguished.