Chester County

Local News
5:26 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Chester's New Gang Task Force Meets

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?

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Crime
4:12 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

S.C. Councilman Charged With Intimidating Police Chiefs

Chester City Council member Odell Williams was arrested and charged with two counts of threatening the life of a public official. He faces up to five years in prison for allegedly threatening to "take out" the police chief and assistant police chief in a restroom.
Credit 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.

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