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Police/Court News

  • Victorian Hills residents organize neighborhood Crime Watch

    Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith and a half-dozen of his staff met with Victorian Hills residents Tuesday to help organize a neighborhood crime watch group.
    More than 25 concerned members of the community attended the 6 p.m. meeting at the Lewisville Community Library. The sheriff stated the sole purpose for this important gathering.
    “Our goal here tonight is to prevent crime and help y'all from being victims,” Smith said.
    Maj. Calvin Reynolds addressed the crowd and explained why the crime watch program is important to him.

  • Lewis Fire Department gets lower ISO rating

    The Lewis Fire Department has received a lower ISO rating which in turn will help lower homeowners' insurance rates beginning May 1, said Fire Chief Robbie Huey.
    An analysis of the Lewis structural fire suppression delivery system resulted in a Public Protection Classification 6 rating, Huey said. The fire department's current rating is class 9. The lower number will mean a more than $100 savings on homeowners' insurance starting in the spring.

  • Man robbed, shot in head at convenience store

    A Lancaster man was shot above his left eye after three men robbed him at a gas station near the intersection of S.C. Highway 9 and Interstate 77 on Saturday, according to a Chester County Sheriff's report. The incident happened around 9 p.m.

  • New detention center will require more staff

    The new, expanded Chester County Detention Center, will require a slightly expanded staff.
    Following a lengthy executive session Monday, the Chester County Council emerged and announced that, according to the State Department of Corrections, the new facility would need a projected staff of 49.5. County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey said the staff would not have to grow quite that large so long as the inmate population stays at its current level.

  • Fort Lawn mayor notes first month changes

  • City combating gang problem

    Chester has a problem with gangs, but the city now has someone dedicated to helping combat them.
    Cpl. Keith Kelly has been working with the Chester Police Department for nearly three years and assumed his duties as a gang officer in October.
    Back in 2002, Kelly was working elsewhere as a school resource officer. That experience got him interested in learning more about gangs.
    "I saw stuff happening at the middle school," Kelly said. "Students wearing one pants leg rolled up, things like that that looked odd."

  • County experiences rash of break-ins

    A rash of break-ins and burglaries throughout the county have left some residents, business owners and parishioners uneased.

  • Arrest made in alleged drive-by shooting

    An arrest has been in an alleged drive-by shooting that occurred in Chester last Wednesday.
    On Saturday, Chester police arrested Wayne Caldwell, 32, of Ashford St., and charged him with attempted murder.

  • Celebration leads to gunfire and injury

    Earlier this month, a celebration at the Chester County War Memorial Building was interrupted by gunfire which resulted in the shooting victim being sent to the hospital.
    “On Jan. 8, City of Chester Police officers responded to 154 Main St. in reference to a gunshot victim,” an incident report said. The incident occurred around 2:45 a.m.
    The officers arrived around 3 a.m. and saw several people running from the War Memorial Building, the report said.

  • Chester police looking for alleged drive-by shooter

    Chester police are hoping to make an arrest in a reported drive-by shooting that occurred on Wednesday.
    The shooting occurred on Sterling Street in the Brooklyn community shortly after 4 p.m. according to Chester Police Chief Mike Brown. Quiton McClinton was shot "in the legs or buttocks" Brown said. He was taken to Chester Regional Medical Center and transported by helicopter to Charlotte. Brown said he did not believe that McClinton's wounds were life-threatening.