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Police/Court News

  • Sheriff's Department makes drug and burglary arrests

    The Chester County Sheriff's Department made separate arrests on burglary and drug charges last week.

  • Operation: Medicine Drop is on Saturday

  • Jail information goes online

    The public now has much easier access to information from the Chester County Sheriff's Department.
    A few weeks ago, Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith began putting jail and arrest information on his department's web site.
    For more than a year, Smith has used Facebook to post some updated information about arrests and other happenings at the department. Now, information about every person housed at the Chester County Detention Center will be just a click away.

  • Three arrested in Fort Lawn on marijuana charges

  • UPDATE: Sheriff: Shooting was "drug deal gone bad"

    A shooting that left one man dead and three people in jail early Saturday morning is believed to have been drug-related, according to Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith.

  • County council gives approval for new car purchases

    The Chester County Council met twice this week and gave initial approvals for much needed transportation for the Sheriff's Office. At Monday's 10 a.m. special called meeting Supervisor Carlisle Roddey said the purpose was to hear first reading of an ordinance/resolution for an amount not to exceed $1 million to buy new police cars and equipment. Monday's meeting was held to take advantage of a 1.87 percent interest rate loan to assist with these purchases, Roddey told the council.

  • Two more nabbed on drug charges

    The Chester County Sheriff's Department has added another pair of drug arrests to its growing recent total.
    Both arrests took place on Tuesday. The first took place on the 1500 block of Old Richburg Road where the department's office of narcotics and violent crimes unit was conducting a narcotics investigation. During a traffic stop, Kevin Oliver Cornwell, 29, of Third Street in Chester, was found to be in possession of 1.1 grams of marijuana. He was charged with possession of marijuana.

  • Chester man sentenced on weapons charge

    A Chester County man has been sentenced on weapons charges, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.
    In a release, Nettles stated that Kenneth Tyrone Wherry, 37, of Chester was sentenced in federal court in Columbia for being a felon in possession of a firearm, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1). U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr. of Columbia sentenced Wherry to 51 months incarceration followed by three years of supervised release and a special assessment of $100.

  • County to take out loan for new cars

    Chester County will take out a loan to replenish its supply of vehicles for the Sheriff's Department with an eye toward attaching the cost to a larger bond project in the future.
    Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith approached county council recently to tell them that a number of his department's cars carry a high number of miles and are breaking down frequently. He told them again on Monday.

  • Williams altering city's chase policy

    Chester Police Chief Andre' Williams is implementing some new policies in his department, including one dealing with police chases. That change comes after there was a chase in the city limits last week.
    "That is a policy that we were going to change anyway, but after that chase I had a meeting with my officers," Williams said.