Police/Court News

  • 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.

  • Armed robbers plead guilty, get six and 11-year sentences

    A Chester man and his female accomplice pleaded guilty this week to armed robbery charges during General Sessions at the Chester County Courthouse.
    Dontrell Lamar Simpson, 22, of 107 Cushman Dr., received an 11-year prison sentence on Tuesday for the armed robbery he committed at 160 ½ Pinckney St. on Dec. 17, 2010. Simpson's accomplice, Danielle Mareka Brown, 19, of 178 Jeter St. pleaded guilty on Monday and received a maximum sentence of six years under the Youthful Offender's Act, said Julie Hall of the Chester County Solicitor's Office.

  • Officer accused of falsifying time sheets

    A City of Chester police officer has been accused of stealing time from the city by forging and falsifying his time sheet.
    Adding an unexpected item to the council's agenda, Mayor Wanda Stringfellow relayed the news to council members just before they entered round two of their budget workshop Tuesday night.
    The officer was placed on suspension, Stringfellow told council, but did not agree with that decision and appealed to City Administrator Jeff Kerr.

  • Pastor foils would-be break-in, theft

    A local minister foiled an alleged break-in and theft at his church, according to Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith.
    On Wednesday at around 11a.m., Chester County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to 1266 Lancaster
    Highway, to Orrs Station Baptist Church. Upon arrival deputies met with the church's minister, Charles Runion. Runion had caught David Chad Ramsey leaving after he allegedly broke in the church and stole a CD player.
    Runion lives next door to the church. Ramsey, 30, lives at 1833 Orrs Station Road.

  • Police paint reflective house numbers to save lives

    The City of Chester Police Department is sponsoring “Project House Numbers” with a goal to have every house in the city display a visible house address for cases of emergency, said Interim Chief Gene Gilmore. The project, which began on Monday, continues through Memorial Day, May 30.
    “We'll be putting reflective number signs on houses,” Gilmore said. “This will help to find houses in an emergency.”

  • Car repair, upgrades help drive police department budger

    Local law enforcement riding in style and improved car care are on the ticket for the city's budget next fiscal year.
    As city council begins the arduous task of poring over pages of its proposed budget, the police department has requested $10,000 for all mechanical repairs—a great deal of that money geared towards maintaining and upgrading current in-use police cars.

  • Newsom: Inmate's escape "an expensive mistake"

    An inmate who escaped last week from the Catawba Pre-Release Work Center program in Rock Hill was captured after four days and returned to a prison in Columbia.
    Fort Lawn Police assisted in the manhunt Wednesday for Justin Robert Barton, 23, who escaped May 14 from a work site at Palmetto Recycling in Rock Hill, said Clark Newsom, a spokesman for the S.C. Department of Corrections.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Marijuana field found in Chester

    On April 28, 2011 officers from the Chester County Sheriff's Office Narcotics and Violent Crimes Unit, DNR and SLED were conducting a joint investigation and were able to arrest two men tending a
    marijuana field off Brown Rd. Chester, SC.  The suspects were identified as Carlos Padron Perez, 31 from 3206 Screaming Eagle Road,. Eastover, SC and a Siriaco Botello Villa, 45, no address given, but believed to have been staying in the same area as Perez.
    Deputies and Officers discovered the two suspects in a camp