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Police/Court News

  • City moves to hire new police chief

    After nine months, the City of Chester is apparently ready to fill its vacant police chief position

    At a special called meeting on Monday at which Chester City Council also made a move to fill the vacant finance director post (see related story) interviews for police chief were conducted. At the conclusion of those interviews, the council voted to offer Eric Williams the job.

    That marked the latest in a flurry of hirings that has seen the city fill three of five big openings. Councilwoman Angela Douglas expressed her excitement via social media.

  • City's two-year quest for a finance director finally ends

    After two years of fits, starts and near misses, the City of Chester may finally have itself a finance director.

    At a special called meeting on Monday afternoon, Councilwoman Linda Tinker (who serves on the city’s finance committee) introduced the names of three finalists for the position. One of those names, that of Annie McDaniel, was a familiar one as she was actually offered the post last summer before an impasse over salary demands led to the reopening of the search. The other two were Oscar Baker Jr. and Juanita Glover.

  • Alleged bookstore shooter granted bond

    A man facing charges of attempted murder in connection with a shooting in downtown Chester in August was granted a bond with restrictions by Judge Brian Gibbons on Thursday.

  • Judge dismisses McClurkin and DeGraffenreid habeas corpus requests

    Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons heard petitions on Monday at the Chester County Courthouse to grant a writ of habeas corpus in the cases of James McClurkin and Charles DeGraffenreid, two men who have been seeking declarations of innocence of a murder they were accused of committing over 40 years ago.

  • Two teens lead law enforcement on high-speed chase before crashing

    Two teens were taken into custody by the Chester County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday morning after allegedly stealing a car and refusing to stop for blue lights.

  • Lawsuit filed over special exception for funeral home

    When he voted in favor of a special zoning exception for his family’s business, Chester City Councilman William King told those who deemed his act a conflict of interests to challenge him legally. At least two people have taken him up on that offer.

    Mark Dickinson and Kathryn Dixon are listed as the plaintiffs in a suit against King that seeks a temporary restraining order on final passage of the special exception until it can be determined by a court whether King’s vote did constitute a conflict of interest.

  • Chester police investigate Walmart fire

    Investigators with the Chester Police Department are currently investigating a fire that took place on Saturday behind the Chester Walmart.

    According to a press release from the Chester Police Department, officers were dispatched at about 6:30 p.m. to Walmart along with the City of Chester Fire Department. Officers located a huge fire at the rear of the store.

    The fire department responded with a pumper and tanker truck to fight the blaze.

  • Rainey sentenced to 24 months

    Christopher Rainer will spend the next two years in prison after agreeing to a plea deal in relation to multiple charges, including having set a shed fire that killed four kittens.

  • Roberts denied bond in Jackson murder

    The man charged with the first homicide of 2017 in Chester County was denied bond on Tuesday.

    The incident took place in the early morning hours of Friday, April 14. Chester County Sheriff’s Deputies found 33-year-old Michael Jackson Jr. dead at the home located at 526 Ballpark Drive at approximately 12:30 a.m. Jackson reportedly sustained multiple stab wounds. Michael Scott Roberts was arrested shortly thereafter on homicide charges.

  • Woman charged with ill treatment of animals

    The Chester Police Department on Tuesday arrested a woman on an arrest warrant stemming from an incident involving ill treatment of animals that took place in May.

    According to a press release from Chester PD, Tamara Neal, 30, was arrested during a checkpoint on an arrest warrant that was taken out in May.