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Police/Court News

  • FINAL UPDATE: Murder suspects captured in Myrtle Beach, brought back to Chester

  • Chester man drowns in Fairfield

    A Chester man drowned in Fairfield County over the weekend.
    The body of Jonathan Andrew Kornegay, 24, of West White Street in Chester, was recovered Saturday evening after he disappeared on Saturday afternoon.
    According to Fairfield County Coroner Barclay Ramsey, Kornegay was swimming at a recreation area in Lake Monticello with friends when he swam over the ropes and into an area where swimming is prohibited.
    "Apparently, he got caught up in the weeds and he drowned," Ramsey said.

  • UPDATE: Pork...it's what's for dinner

    Had it been a hotter day, you could have heard the sizzle for miles.
    On Monday morning at approximately 6:30 a.m., an Eknoor Trucking Company truck carrying a load of pork tenderloins was traveling down Wylie Street in Chester. As the truck tried to make it over the railroad tracks on Wylie, it became hung. A sign in front of the railroad tracks clearly indicates that large trucks should not drive over the tracks for that reason.

  • 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.