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Police/Court News

  • 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.

  • Police car damaged in chase

    A City of Chester Police car was damaged in a chase in the early morning hours of Friday.

  • Cauthen: "I asked for my money back"

    Former Fort Lawn Police Officer Robert Cauthen wants it known he has never been found guilty in any wrongdoing despite several investigations into a surplus property purchase and he has only requested the refund of his own money – not any equipment that belongs to the town.
    “I have not requested the property,” Cauthen said. “I asked for my money back.”

  • Council approves purchase of new police uniforms

    New uniforms for the Chester Police Department will cost $13,030. A motion to approve the expenditure passed at a meeting of Chester City Council on Monday.
    Last month, new Police Chief Andre' Williams told the council he wanted to outfit his officers in new, nicer uniforms. He said it was important for police officers to look the part and to "look like we know what we're doing." He was impressed with the department's current duds, calling some aspects of the uniform "horrible."

  • Two arrested on marijuana charges

    The Chester County Sheriff's Department has made two more in a long recent string of drug arrests.
    Deputies conducted two separate traffic stops on Thursday, Sept. 8. The first was on U.S. Interstate 77 where Jason Antwan Green was found to be in possession of 6.6 grams of marijuana. The second was on S.C. Highway 9 in the McDonald's parking lot in Richburg. Michael Alexander Horne was found to be in possession of 1.6 grams of marijuana. Deputies charged Green with possession of marijuana second and Horne with possession of marijuana.

  • Richburg man arrested on crack charges

    The Chester County Sheriff's Department has made another in a recent string of drug-related arrests.
    On Wednesday, deputies from the Chester County Sheriff's Office Narcotics and Violent Crimes Unit were conducting a narcotics investigation in the Richburg area of Chester County. During a traffic stop at the intersection of Old Branch Road and Funderburk Street in Fort Lawn, a motorist was found to be in possession of 2.1 grams of crack cocaine.