Chester County

Gwendolyn Glenn

Prosecutors are preparing to retry the case involving an alleged gang member, accused of fatally shooting a Chester, SC, city councilman in 2014. A deadlocked jury led the judge to declare the case a mistrial this past weekend.

Gwendolyn Glenn

The murder trial is underway of an alleged gang member, accused of fatally shooting a city councilman in Chester, South Carolina. The shooting put a spotlight on Chester as a small town with a large gang problem.

Gangs continue to be a problem in Chester County with drive-by shooting incidents increasing, including one in November that left a sitting city council member dead. Five reported gang members have been arrested in that case.

Last month the county sheriff asked the county council for money to hire more police officers. Instead, the county formed a gang task force. The task force held its first meeting Monday, Jan. 12. 

Why a task force instead of hiring additional officers?

City of Chester

A Chester City Council member was arrested Wednesday night and charged with two counts of threatening the life of a public official.

Odell Williams, who is 70 and African American, used racial slurs against the Chester City Police Chief Andre Williams and Assistant Police Chief Gene Gilmore, both of whom are also African-American, according to the arrest warrant.  The warrant says he met them in the Chester City Hall restroom after a council meeting on March 10.