Police/Court News

  • 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.

  • Shooting reported at Club Fantasy

    There aren't a lot of details available, but Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith said there was a shooting at Club Fantasy early Sunday morning.

  • More charges in drive-by shooting attempts

    Additional charges have been levied against a Chester man charged in connection with a drive-by shooting that occurred earlier this month.
    Two arrests were made on Monday, April 9 shortly after an attempted drive-by shooting occurred on Oak Street.

  • City holds first anti-violence forum

    If you see police out on the street, Chester Mayor Wanda Stringfelllow doesn't want you to automatically assume that something bad has happened. Stringfellow got a lot of calls Friday night when citizens saw police on the street. The department was really just trying to be proactive and provide a presence on the street, she said.
    "They are not the enemy, they are here to protect us," Stringfellow said.

  • Burglar convicted, sentenced to 15 years in jail

    On April 16, Kevin Burlinski pleaded guilty in General Sessions Court to burglary and received a 15-year sentence for a burglary that he committed on Lyle road in Richburg area of Chester County back on August 2 of last year. "This was a victory for the victim and the citizens of Chester County," said Sheriff Richard Smith.
    Smith said he is pleased with the sentence. He said the Chester County Sheriff’s Office worked hard to catch Burlinski and the Solicitors Office work hard to prosecute him.