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Police/Court News

  • Union shooter had Chester ties

    The threats Kerry Brown allegedly made to the mother of his unborn child in April were a chilling prediction of what happened under a picnic shed at Foster Park Tuesday.

    “Tomorrow a lot of people’s lives, including yours, will be changed.”

  • Woman files suit against sheriff and deputies

    A woman who claims she was falsely arrested, wrongfully imprisoned and assaulted in 2009 has filed a civil suit against Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith and three others.
    In July of 2009, Toni Privette, then 36, told the News & Reporter that she was parked with her car not running, waiting to meet someone who owed her money. She claims she was approached by highway patrol and sheriff's deputies and arrested for driving under the influence and driving under suspension. Privette had a previous DUI conviction.

  • Multiple arrests made in break-ins

    Thirteen people have been arrested for a series of Chester County break-ins.
    "The Chester County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce that the two criminal groups that have been terrorizing the Richburg, Lando and Edgemoor areas...have been apprehended," said a release from Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith.

  • Man charged with criminal sexual conduct with minor

    A 37-year-old Chester man was charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor and criminal sexual conduct third on July 8.
    According to an incident report from the Chester County Sheriff's Office, an officer was dispatched to the emergency room at Chester Regional Medical Center on July1 regarding a sexual assault.
    The report said Kevin Eugene Laws, 37, of 2722 Bolindam Road, Chester, was found in the bed with a 15-year-old female around 9 a.m. April 12. Laws was naked, the report said.

  • New chief to make $50K

    New City of Chester Police Chief-appointee Andre' Williams will earn $50,000 per year for duties performed, a $2,500 decrease when compared with the former city police chief's salary.
    The decision came Monday night after Chester City Council deliberated on Williams' salary for several minutes in executive session.
    When council returned to open session, they reported that his annual salary would be set “in the mid-range.”

  • Chester man sentenced on drug charges

    United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced Thursday that Marlos O. Stevenson, 28, of Chester was sentenced in federal court in Columbia for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, a violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846. Stevenson was also sentenced for violation of a prior term of supervised release. United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson of Columbia sentenced Stevenson to 126 months incarceration followed by 10 years of supervised release.

  • City names three chief finalists

    Three law enforcement officials vying for the currently vacant police chief position will have at least a week to find out if they'll step up to the plate and adorn the mantle of the City of Chester's newest chief of police.
    Chester City Council publicly announced the three finalists toward the close of their meeting Monday night. Those in the running include current Interim Police Chief Gene Gilmore, Socrates B. Ledda and Andre' Williams.

  • Richburg restaurant, motel robbed over weekend

    A Richburg restaurant and motel were robbed over the weekend.
    Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith said a heavy set, black male dressed in all black entered Bojangles, pointed a gun and robbed the restaurant around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
    On Sunday morning, around 7:30 a.m., a tall, skinny black male, wearing a dark blue hat, dark blue shirt, blue jeans and beige shoes walked into the Econo Lodge acting as a customer.  
    “When the clerk turned around from checking the computer for available rooms, he was faced with a gun,” Smith said.

  • Man shot during alleged four-wheeler theft

    A man was shot on Thursday night after allegedly trying to steal another man's four-wheeler.
    According to a report from Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith, deputies were dispatched to Bryans Corner Road at about 8:45 p.m. Thursday. Bradley Hubbard told deputies that he caught Michael Dwayne Pressley trying to steal a four-wheeler. Hubbard said he attempted to hold Pressley at gunpoint, but that Pressley ran back to his truck, then drove toward him at a high rate of speed. Hubbard said that he fired several shots in the direction of the truck, taking out the tires.

  • Four from Chester arrested

    While one Blair family was proudly watching their son receive his diploma during Fairfield Central High School’s June 2 graduation ceremony, someone was busy breaking into their home in the 3400 block of State Highway 215.
    And if it weren’t for the alertness of neighbors, the perpetrators might have gotten away with it.
    Instead, two adults and two juveniles – all from Chester – are behind bars and much of the stolen property has been recovered.