Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Two Men on Grand Larceny Charges in Separate Cases

Cody Edward Vaughn

Cody Edward Vaughn

Charles Johnathan

Charles Johnathan

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men, one from Salem and one from the state of Georgia, yesterday on Grand Larceny charges in two separate cases.

In the first case, 28 year old Charles Johnathan Sanders of Crestwood Drive in Salem was booked into the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office around 5:38pm. Besides the Grand Larceny warrant, Sanders was also charged with one count each of First Degree Burglary and Safecracking.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to an address on Burnt Tanyard Road in regards to reports of a burglary. The deputy spoke to the complainant regarding entry that was made to a dwelling house on the property in which a firearm and a safe that contained money was stolen. The value of the items that were taken, including the money in the safe, was around $2,430.00. The incident scene was processed for evidence and the case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division.

As the investigation continued, investigators were able to determine that Sanders broke into the residence on March 14th and took the safe and the firearm. Sanders is also accused of the breaking into the safe as well.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation into the case.

As of Noon today, Sanders remains in custody at the Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

In the second case that dates back to 2004, 54 year old Cody Edward Vaughn of Wilson Street East in Douglas, GA was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:51pm.

Vaughn was brought in via a prisoner transport. The Sheriff’s Office placed a hold on Vaughn with authorities in Coffee County, GA, which is in southern Georgia near Tifton. At the time of the incident, Vaughn’s reported address was in Ocala, Florida.

Back on November 9th, 2004, deputies responded to an address on Powell Street on the Utica Mill Hill. Vaughn had been a roommate of the victim in the case. The victim told the deputy that Vaughn had moved out and had taken some of the victim’s items without the victim’s permission.

Among the items taken were a moped, electronic items and clothing. The total amount of the items taken was around $3,801.00.

Based upon the evidence obtained in the case, an arrest warrant on charges of Grand Larceny was obtained against Vaughn.

As of Noon today, Vaughn remains in custody at the Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

2017 Crimestoppers of Oconee County, Inc. Golf Tournament Now Just Six Weeks Away

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Yeti Tundra 35 Tan Cooler

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The 2017 Crimestoppers of Oconee County, Inc. Golf Tournament is now six weeks away and time is beginning to grow short for those who are thinking of participating in this great event.

“The greatest partnership that any law enforcement agency has is with the citizens that they serve everyday,” according to Jimmy Watt, Public Information Officer for the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office coordinator for the Crimestoppers program. “One of the best ways that our citizens can partner with us to help make Oconee County a safer place to live, work and play is through our Crimestoppers program. There are two ways that this can be accomplished. First, by calling in tips that law enforcement can follow-up on that can help us to make arrests in cases and therefore, hold those accountable that commit crimes in Oconee County. Second, by citizens, businesses, organizations and groups participating in our Crimestoppers golf tournament fundraiser by fielding a team and/or purchasing a hole sponsorship.”

The tournament is set for Thursday, May 4th, 2017 at the beautiful par-71, 6,051 yard Oconee Country Club in Seneca.

Registration will begin at 10am and the tournament will have a Noon shotgun start.

The field will consist of 25 4-man Captain’s Choice teams. The cost per player is $60 dollars or $240 dollars for a team. Mulligans will be sold at two for $5.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams in each flight.

Hole sponsorships are available for $100 each. Also this year, for $150 each, hole sponsors can have their hole sponsorship signs displayed not only at the golf tournament but also at the Crimestoppers Apple Festival Car Show in September in Westminster during the 2017 Apple Festival.

A raffle will also be held during the registration time as Crimestoppers will be raffling off a Yeti Tundra 35 cooler, compliments of Trinity Services Group, with has a retail value of $299.99. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 dollars each and golfers in the tournament can buy as many raffle tickets as they would like but only those who are registered to play in the tournament can purchase a raffle ticket and those golfers must be present to win. The winning number will be drawn before the tournament begins at Noon.

A big part of previous tournaments will be back this year, as Crimestoppers will award $500 to anyone who scores a hole-in-one on the par-3 6th hole.

A longest drive contest will be held as well on the par-5 8th hole while a closest to the pin contest will be held on the par-3 number 16 hole.

Goodie bags for the tournament will be supplied by McDaniel Supply Company while lunch will be supplied by Chick-fil-A in Seneca. Oconee Federal Savings and Loan will be sponsoring a barbeque supper that will be provided after the tournament.

Any questions regarding the 2017 Crimestoppers of Oconee County, Inc. Golf Tournament, including how to register a team and/or become a hole sponsor, can be directed to Jimmy Watt, Public Information Officer at the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4199 or by e-mail at jwatt@oconeelaw.com.

The deadline for team registration and hole sponsorships is at Noon on Friday, April 28th, 2017.

Proceeds raised from the Crimestoppers golf tournament, after expenses are paid, go into the Crimestoppers of Oconee County, Inc. general fund. The fund is used to pay reward money for tips that leads to arrests and for the promotion of the Crimestoppers program, which includes, for example, the purchase of promotional materials.

Crimestoppers of Oconee County, Inc. is a 501c(3) organization and the program does not receive taxpayer dollars nor is there is a line item in the budget of any law enforcement agency in Oconee County for the Crimestoppers program. All the money that runs the Crimestoppers of Oconee County, Inc. organization comes from donations and fundraisers that are held each year.

Between April of 2013 and March 16th of this year, the Crimestoppers program has paid out approximately $5,425.00 dollars in reward money for 38 cases where arrests have been made or the cases have been cleared.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Upstate Man on Multiple Charges, Including First Degree Burglary

Johnny Dean Sharp

Johnny Dean Sharp

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)—————————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Upstate man last Friday on three outstanding arrest warrants, including a charge of First Degree Burglary.

51 year old Johnny Dean Sharp was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 8:33pm after being transported from the Anderson County Detention Center. Arrest warrants lists Sharp’s address as Highway 182 in Fair Play while the Detention Center lists Sharp’s address as Howard Lane in Anderson.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division spoke with a complainant by phone the afternoon of December 9th of last year in regards to an individual who was test driving a vehicle from a car dealership on Wells Highway and had yet to return the vehicle by the close of business that day. The vehicle was a 2008 blue Ford Fusion.

The vehicle was eventually located in Anderson County by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and a suspect was identified in the case, that suspect being Sharp. The vehicle was returned to the owner of the business and an arrest warrant was obtained against Sharp for Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent.

Also on the same day, a separate investigation began after a deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to an address on Rodgers Road in regards to reports of a burglary. The complainant told the deputy that entry had been made into the residence and a firearm had been taken.

The deputy then began to process the scene and gather evidence. The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division.

Based upon results of the investigation by investigators, warrants were obtained against Sharp for breaking into the residence and stealing the firearm. Arrest warrants were obtained against Sharp not only for First Degree Burglary but also for Petit Larceny.

As of 10:30am this morning, Sharp remains in custody at the Detention Center on a combined $37,000.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Charges of Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult

Randall Lamar Cash, Jr.

Randall Lamar Cash, Jr.

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man last Friday morning on an outstanding warrant on charges of Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult.

38 year old Randall Lamar Cash, Jr. of Kingston Loop Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 10:52am after being transported from the Jackson County, GA Detention Center to the Detention Center in Oconee by a deputy from the Warrants Division.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division began an investigation on August 11th of last year after receiving a complaint from an employee of the Department of Social Services regarding a client. The deputy learned that Cash, Jr. had come to the client’s residence and switched air conditioners without the homeowner’s permission.

Based upon the results of the investigation, the deputy obtained an arrest warrant the next day against Cash, Jr. According to the warrant, Cash, Jr. is charged with taking the victim’s air conditioner and replaced that unit with a unit that Cash, Jr. had that was not functioning properly which left the victim in a home that was overheated.

As of 10am today, Cash, Jr. remains in custody at the Detention Center on a $10,000 surety bond.

2017 Crimestoppers of Oconee County, Inc. Golf Tournament Now Just Seven Weeks Away

Yeti Tundra 35 Tan Cooler

Yeti Tundra 35 Tan Cooler

Sheriff's Badge

Crimestoppers Logo

Oconee Federal Logo 3-color

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The 2017 Crimestoppers of Oconee County, Inc. Golf Tournament is now seven weeks away and Crimestoppers is announcing a great giveaway as part of a raffle to be held before play begins at Noon on May 4th.

“Before the golf tournament gets started on May 4th, we will be holding a raffle for a wonderful Yeti Tundra 35 cooler that was donated to us for the golf tournament by Jeff Schmidtchen and all the good folks at Trinity Services Group,” according to Jimmy Watt, Public Information Officer for the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office coordinator for the Crimestoppers program. “We thank Jeff and Trinity Services Group for their donation of the Yeti Cooler and we will be selling raffle tickets for $5 each during the registration time beginning at 10am. We will then draw the winning number for the cooler before play begins at Noon.”

“The Yeti Cooler retails for $299.99,” continues PIO Watt. “In order to have a chance to win the cooler in the raffle, you must be a player on a team in our upcoming Crimestoppers golf tournament and must be present the day of the tournament to register to win in the raffle. Players can buy as many tickets as they would like. We certainly hope that if you have been thinking about fielding a team that you will do so not only for a chance to win this wonderful cooler but also to support Crimestoppers in our continuing efforts to help Oconee County a safe place to live, work and play.”

The tournament is set for Thursday, May 4th, 2017 at the beautiful par-71, 6,051 yard Oconee Country Club in Seneca.

Registration will begin at 10am and the tournament will have a Noon shotgun start.

The field will consist of 25 4-man Captain’s Choice teams. The cost per player is $60 dollars or $240 dollars for a team. Mulligans will be sold at two for $5.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams in each flight.

Hole sponsorships are available for $100 each. Also this year, for $150 each, hole sponsors can have their hole sponsorship signs displayed not only at the golf tournament but also at the Crimestoppers Apple Festival Car Show in September in Westminster during the 2017 Apple Festival.

A big part of previous tournaments is back this year, as Crimestoppers will award $500 to anyone who scores a hole-in-one on the par-3 6th hole.

Also as part of this year’s tournament, a longest drive contest will be held on the par-5 8th hole while the closest to the pin contest will be held on the par-3 number 16th hole.

Goodie bags for the tournament will be supplied by McDaniel Supply Company while lunch will be supplied by Chick-fil-A in Seneca. Oconee Federal Savings and Loan will be sponsoring a barbeque supper that will be provided after the tournament.

Any questions regarding the 2017 Crimestoppers of Oconee County, Inc. Golf Tournament, including how to register a team and/or become a hole sponsor, can be directed to Jimmy Watt, Public Information Officer at the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4199 or by e-mail at jwatt@oconeelaw.com.

The deadline for team registration and hole sponsorships is at Noon on Friday, April 28th, 2017.

Proceeds raised from the Crimestoppers golf tournament, after expenses are paid, go into the Crimestoppers of Oconee County, Inc. general fund. The fund is used to pay reward money for tips that leads to arrests and for the promotion of the Crimestoppers program, which includes, for example, the purchase of promotional materials.

Crimestoppers of Oconee County, Inc. is a 501c(3) organization and the program does not receive taxpayer dollars nor is there is a line item in the budget of any law enforcement agency in Oconee County for the Crimestoppers program. All the money that runs the Crimestoppers of Oconee County, Inc. organization comes from donations and fundraisers that are held each year.

Between April of 2013 and January of this year, the Crimestoppers program has paid out approximately $5,275.00 in reward money for 37 cases where arrests have been made or the cases have been cleared.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man on Drug Charges

Curtis Drive Search Warrant Execution - March 16th, 2017

Ronnie Joe Patterson, Jr.

Ronnie Joe Patterson, Jr.

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)—————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man earlier today on two drug warrants.

38 year old Ronnie Joe Patterson, Jr. of Curtis Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:52pm.

Patterson, Jr’s arrest comes as a result of the execution of a high risk search warrant that was executed earlier today at the Curtis Drive address. The search warrant was executed by agents of the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division as well as the Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, investigators from the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office, deputies from the Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division and the Uniform Patrol Division and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Agents from the Narcotics Division obtained the search warrant as a result of drug buys which occurred at the Curtis Drive address in which Patterson, Jr. is accused of distributing methamphetamine on two occasions, once on March 8th and once on March 9th of this year. Both drug buys were made by an undercover operative working at the direction of the Sheriff’s Office.

Agents obtained the two arrests warrants against Patterson, Jr on March 14th.

Investigators and Narcotics Agents also obtained additional warrants today against Patterson, Jr. as a result of the execution of the search warrant.

Narcotics agents have charged Patterson, Jr. with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana for drugs seized from the Curtis Drive residence earlier today.

Investigators from the Criminal Investigations Division have also charged Patterson, Jr. with one count each of Second Degree Burglary, Grand Larceny and Malicious Injury to Personal Property for breaking into a home at a separate address on Curtis Drive earlier this month and for stealing building materials and damaging the home by removing, among other items, interior walls, flooring and building materials.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Continues Investigation into Wednesday Evening Oconee Creek Road Shooting

Captain Greg Reed

Captain Greg Reed

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Scott Duane Cooper

Scott Duane Cooper

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into a Wednesday evening domestic incident that resulted in a shooting.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division was dispatched to an address on Oconee Creek Road near Walhalla in reference to a shooting incident. When the deputy arrived on the scene to begin the investigation, a male, Scott Duane Cooper, was observed lying in the floor of the residence with a gunshot wound to his midsection.

Cooper was treated at the scene and airlifted to the hospital to receive medical treatment. The shooter in the incident was a female who resided at the Oconee Creek Road address and was a member of the household.

The deputy learned as a result of the investigation that there had been a verbal altercation between Cooper and the woman and the man reportedly was intoxicated. Cooper reportedly damaged property inside the house, was belligerent and even threw some of the damaged property at the woman and refused to leave the residence. There was also a juvenile in the residence at the time of the incident.

The investigation revealed that Cooper reportedly charged at the woman, whereupon the female fired a round from a handgun, which struck Cooper. The case was turned over to an investigator from the Criminal Investigations Division.

Late this afternoon, the investigator in the case obtained an arrest warrant against 49 year old Scott Duane Cooper on charges of Domestic Violence – 1st Degree. Cooper has yet to be booked into the Oconee County Detention Center.

“At this time, our preliminary investigation has determined that the woman involved in the incident acted in self-defense not only to protect herself but also the juvenile male in the residence,” says Captain Greg Reed of the Sheriff’s Office. “Our investigation is continuing, but for now, the Sheriff’s Office will not be releasing any further information on this case at this time.”

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Oconee County Man on Multiple Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges

David Leon Moore

David Leon Moore

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Oconee County man yesterday evening on multiple charges related to a criminal sexual conduct with a minor case.

36 year old David Leon Moore was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:50pm on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants were obtained today by Sgt. Tim Rice, the Child/Elder Abuse Investigator, of the Sheriff’s Office. Arrest warrants list Moore’s address as Brookfield Drive in Seneca while the Detention Center lists Moore’s address as Old Seneca Road in Westminster.

A deputy with the Uniform Patrol Division met with the victim and a family member the afternoon of March 10th in regards to reports of a sexual assault of a juvenile female.

The case was turned over the Criminal Investigations Division and Sgt. Rice. As the investigation continued, it was determined that Moore had sexually assaulted the victim on multiple occasions between August of 2016 and February of 2017. These incidents occurred at more than one location in Oconee County and involved only one victim.

Moore has been charged with six counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – Second Degree, nine counts of Incest and five counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor – Third Degree for possessing materials that show a minor engaged in sexual activity or appearing in a state of nudity.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation.

Sheriff Mike Crenshaw Announces Launch of Smart911 Service

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is announcing today that the E-911/Communications Center has launched the Smart911 service and the service is available for residents to go online and register.

Smart911 is a service that allows residents to create a free safety profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in the event of an emergency. Then, when anyone in that household dials 9-1-1 from a phone associated with their Safety Profile, their profile is immediately displayed to the 9-1-1 dispatcher providing additional information that can be used to facilitate the proper response to the proper location. At a time when seconds count, Smart911 provides details that could impact response the second an emergency call is placed, which could be the difference between life and death.

“This is an additional service being provided to the citizens that can improve the current public safety response for law enforcement, fire, and EMS,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “Our dispatchers attempt to gather as much information as they can so when officers and public safety crews respond to the scene of a call for service, they will have as much information as possible, which is pivotal for their safety and the safety of those they are responding to assist. In an emergency, citizens sometimes can forget to relay important information or in some cases, public safety officers respond not knowing a person in the home has a special need such as being in a wheelchair.”

You can sign up for Smart911 at www.smart911.com and create a Safety Profile for your household to give 9-1-1 valuable information about yourself, family members, your home, pets and even vehicles that will display automatically on the 9-1-1 call taker’s screen when you make an emergency call. It’s private and secure and you control what information is in your profile. These details can save seconds or even minutes during an emergency.

“Early this year the Sheriff’s Office began working to identify methods of providing this service to our citizens free of cost. While dialing 911 almost always provides your phone number and location, the Smart911 profile provides many more enhanced capabilities of putting vital information in front of emergency responders when you need help quickly”, said Captain Travis Tilson, E-911 Director for the Sheriff’s Office.

By registering for this service, you will be able to create a free, private and secure safety profile for yourself and your family. The information is secure and cannot be accessed until someone calls 9-1-1. Residents can provide any information for 911/Emergency Dispatchers that they can have access to in an emergency, which includes such details as names, ages and physical descriptions of family members, photographs, medical notes such as medical conditions, special needs, prescriptions and allergies, plus pets, vehicles and emergency contacts.

When someone dials 911 from a phone that is associated with their account, the profile they set up is immediately displayed to the dispatcher that is taking the call.

“As Sheriff of Oconee County, I take the responsibility of keeping our citizens safe very serious and it is my number one priority,” continues Sheriff Crenshaw. “Since seconds count in an emergency, I highly recommend to our citizens to sign up for Smart911. This is an invaluable resource for our dispatchers, citizens and public safety officers here in Oconee County.”

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Woman on Two Counts of Unlawful Neglect of a Child

Tiffany Rae Barfield

Tiffany Rae Barfield

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)—————————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca woman yesterday on two outstanding warrants on charges of Unlawful Neglect of a Child.

23 year old Tiffany Rae Barfield was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 8:47am after being transported from the Franklin County, GA Detention Center.

Arrest warrants list Barfield’s address as Samuel Drive while the Detention Center lists her address as Hillside Lane.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to Oconee Memorial Hospital in the early afternoon hours of November 23rd, 2016 in regards to a child neglect complaint. An individual brought two young male children, ages 3 and 6 months old, to the hospital. The individual could not find the mother of the children but could not keep the children as well due to a work schedule. The individual who brought the children to the hospital knew the mother, who is Barfield.

The Department of Social Services arrived at the hospital and met with the Deputy while a second Deputy went to Barfield’s residence in an attempt to locate Barfield but could not find her. The children were placed into Emergency Protective Custody and placed into a safe environment after received both received treatment for a minor illness and were released from the hospital.

The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office and based upon the information provided as a result of the investigation, Sgt. Tim Rice, the Child/Elder Abuse investigator, obtained two arrest warrants against Barfield.

Barfield was released from the Detention Center yesterday on a combined $50,000 personal recognizance bond.