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Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Multiple Charges Related to Weekend Shooting

Coax Arnold Sanford V

Coax Arnold Sanford V

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Westminster man on multiple charges related to a shooting that occurred early Saturday morning.

In a press release issued Saturday, Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw released information regarding two shootings that occurred Saturday in Oconee County, including one that involved a Sheriff’s Office Deputy that is currently being investigated by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

Sheriff Crenshaw said in that release that the 911 Communications Center received a call of multiple shots fired into a residence on Brock Road during the night. That call was received by dispatchers around 1:43am. Deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division arrived on the scene around 1:52am. One victim received one gunshot wound to the shoulder and was transported by paramedics. As a result of the investigation, deputies were able to obtain the identity of the shooter.

Sheriff’s investigators were notified around 2:00am that morning and began the process of obtaining a search warrant along with arrest warrants that included multiple counts of attempted murder and began to set up a perimeter around the suspect’s home. The suspect, according to Sheriff Crenshaw, left the residence with a passenger inside. Both individuals in the vehicle were white males.

The investigators activated their blue lights and sirens and tried to initiate a traffic stop but the suspect would not pull over and a short pursuit began around 7:55am, according to Sheriff Crenshaw. The vehicle came to a stop in the middle of Blackjack Road near Greenfield Road which was approximately three to four miles from the suspect residence with the pursuit ending around 8:02am.

According to Sheriff Crenshaw, shots were fired from inside of the vehicle and one deputy returned fire into the vehicle. The passenger and the suspect both sustained gunshot wounds; however, investigators believe at this time that the passenger was struck from gunfire inside of the vehicle while SLED is making a determination on how the suspect was struck by gunfire.

The passenger and the suspect were both transported to receive medical treatment. Earlier today, 24 year old Coax Arnold Sanford V was transported from receiving medical treatment and was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:17pm by an investigator from the Criminal Investigations Division.

Sanford V has been charged with four counts of Attempted Murder and four counts of Possession of a Weapon during Commission of a Violent Crime in relation to the Brock Road shooting. Three of the victim’s inside the home were adults and one was a 6 year old minor.

Sanford V has also been charged by the Sheriff’s Office with one count of Reckless Driving and one count of Failure to stop for a Blue Light in regards to the pursuit that concluded on Blackjack Road Saturday.

Sanford V was also served outstanding arrest warrants on charges of Reckless Driving and Failure to Stop for a Blue Light in regards to an incident during the early morning hours of January 16th of this year in which a deputy was dispatched to the area of Phillip Lear Road and Chauga Road in regards to reports of a suspicious persons. During the investigation, Sanford V was observed in a black Chevrolet S-10 pickup. Sanford V took off in the vehicle as the deputy initiated a traffic stop but the driver, Sandford V, would not pull over. Deputies lost sight of the vehicle and discovered it later on but could not locate Sanford.

Sanford was denied bond on the four Attempted Murder charges and that bond will be set by a Circuit Court judge. Sanford was given a combined $80,880.00 surety bond on the other charges.

SLED is continuing with their investigation concerning the Blackjack Road incident. The Sheriff’s Office conducted a parallel investigation to see if any policy or procedure violations occurred concerning the Blackjack Road incident which is standard procedure when a deputy discharges their weapon.

The Sheriff’s Office has determined that the deputy acted in accordance with policy and that no procedures were violated. Sheriff Crenshaw has placed that deputy back to limited administrative duty while SLED continues its independent investigation.

The deputy that discharged his weapon during the Blackjack Road incident is Sergeant Justin Ward. Sgt. Ward has been with the Sheriff’s Office going on eleven years. He was hired on March 27, 2006. Sgt. Ward is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigations Unit.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Participates in the 22 Push Up Challenge

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–Yesterday in the parking area near the Oconee County Detention Center, deputies from the Oconee County Sheriff’s Officer participated in the 22 Push Up Challenge.

The challenge helps to bring awareness to the issue of suicide among the military veterans of the Armed Services of the United States, according to Captain Jeff Underwood of the Uniformed Patrol Division.

“On average, 22 military veterans a day commit suicide,” according to Captain Underwood, who served in the United States Marine Corps from 1998-2002. “With Veteran’s Day this Friday, this was a perfect time to participate in the challenge and I am thankful to the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office who participated and those who came out to cheer us on.”

A video of the Sheriff’s Office deputies who participated in the challenge was uploaded to the Sheriff’s Office You Tube page and linked to following Sheriff’s Office social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus). For those who would like to see the video, they may click on the following link:

“On behalf of the men and women of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, some of whom served in the Armed Forces of the United States, I am challenging the other forty-five Sheriff’s Offices in the state of South Carolina, as well as the other law enforcement agencies in the state, to join us in this challenge as a way to honor our veterans and their families and continue to raise awareness of this important issue,” says Captain Underwood.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Piedmont Woman on Larceny and Burglary Charges

Lindy Nicole Davis

Lindy Nicole Davis

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Piedmont, SC woman last Friday evening on charges of Grand Larceny and First Degree Burglary.

30 year old Lindy Nicole Davis of Buick Court was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 6:58pm after being transported from the Anderson County Detention Center by a deputy from the Warrants Division.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to an address on McClain Drive in the Seneca area during the afternoon hours of September 1st in regards to a reported burglary and a stolen vehicle complaint, in which a red 2015 Jeep Wrangler was taken along with a firearm from inside the residence.

Based upon evidence gathered during the investigation, warrants were obtained against Davis for going into the residence and taking the firearm, along with the Jeep, which was located by another law enforcement agency.

According to deputies, the Jeep had a value of around $35,000 while the firearm had a value of around $200.

As of noon today, Davis remains in custody at the Detention Center on a combined $55,000 surety bond.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Issues Warning about the Dangers of Fentanyl

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a press release today warning citizens about the dangers posed by the drug Fentanyl.

“Recently I attended a DEA symposium on behalf of the South Carolina Sheriff’s Association and one of the main topics of discussion was the drug fentanyl,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “Even though we have seen very few cases of fentanyl abuse and overdoses in Oconee County so far, this danger is real, not only for our citizens but also for the law enforcement and public safety community as well. This danger increases with the rise of heroin use in many parts of the country. With that in mind, I wanted our office to issue this release so everyone will be safe and no one’s life will be put in danger.”

Fentanyl is a legal synthetic opioid that is prescribed by doctor’s to help with pain relief of patients under their care, primarily with cancer patients. It is prescribed by doctors in many forms, such as a time release patch form or as a lollipop, for example.

Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent that morphine.

“The patches releases the drug over time but there have been cases in which individuals have chewed on the patches, releasing the drug all at one time and individuals have died due to an overdose,” continues Sheriff Crenshaw. “The biggest concern from fentanyl comes from the fact that only 2 milligrams of this drug can be lethal causing death. For comparison purposes, a packet of sugar that you would find on your table at a restaurant normally contains around 2,000 to 4,000 milligrams.”

Fentanyl can be easily obtained and is produced in foreign countries, such as China for shipment around the world. It generally comes in as a white substance and drug dealers have been known to mix fentanyl with other narcotics, such as heroin, methamphetamine or cocaine. It can be pressed into a counterfeit pill form and a spray form as well. By mixing it with other substances, fentanyl can change its color as well as its appearance.

“One of the dangers for law enforcement is when a white powdery substance is discovered in a bag, if that drug becomes airborne and a small amount is breathed in by officers or if they touch the substance without proper protection or equipment, those officers can die if medical treatment is not provided immediately, in part by using an anti-overdose drug Naloxone,” states Sheriff Crenshaw. “We are advising our deputies that if anything looks suspicious to not open anything in a bag if it appears to be a white powdery substance or not to touch it unless they have on the proper gear. Our deputies should not field test it but sealed it and ship it to a laboratory for proper testing to determine its contents. We are also asking our citizens that if they discover something similar to do the same, walk away and contact law enforcement.”

Some of the symptoms of a fentanyl overdose are disorientation, coughing, sedation, respiratory distress and cardiac arrest.

“Another danger for citizens and all public safety personnel is a fentanyl related substance called Carfentanil, which is used to tranquilize large mammals, such as elephants,” says Sheriff Crenshaw. “Carfentanil is 10,000 more times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent that fentanyl. Once again, we want our citizens to know these dangers so they are not harmed and we certainly want to keep them safe.”

Parents are encouraged to discuss with their children the importance of not trying or accepting any drink or substance in any form from anyone. This drug can be placed on something as simple as a piece of gum or candy.

Some drugs can be very addictive as well as very dangerous causing immediate death.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Sergeant Bryan Long Named Oconee Officer of the Year

From L - R: Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw, Sergeant Bryan Long and Captain Jeff Underwood of the Uniform Patrol Division

From L – R: Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw, Sergeant Bryan Long and Captain Jeff Underwood of the Uniform Patrol Division

Sergeant Bryan Long

Sergeant Bryan Long

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————-Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Sergeant Bryan Long was awarded the Oconee Officer of the Year Award last Tuesday night during the Eleventh Annual Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet, which was held at T.L. Hanna High School. The Oconee officer of the year award is sponsored by 10th Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams.

The banquet is held to benefit the criminal justice scholarship funds for the criminal justice programs at Anderson University and Tri-County Technical College. The keynote speaker was Republican 4th District U.S. Congressman Trey Gowdy.

Long, who is the Road Sergeant for the Alpha shift patrol unit, has worked for the Sheriff’s Office for almost 12 years and is a member of the Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and is also an instructor in Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Ground Defense and Emergency Vehicle Operations. Long is also a member of the Dive Team, has gone through the Swift Water Rescue Program and is a volunteer firefighter.

In nominating Long for the Oconee Officer of the Year award, Uniform Patrol Division Captain Jeff Underwood noted that under Sergeant Long’s supervision, three deputies from the Alpha Shift have received Life Saving awards during 2015.
Captain Underwood also wrote in the nomination paperwork, “There is absolutely nothing I would not trust Bryan to handle, take care of or get accomplished. If Sergeant Long is tasked with an assignment, it will get completed and in a timely fashion. Bryan has never received many accolades for his work because he does not need them or seek them.”

This is the second award that Long has received this year. Back in February, Long was awarded the 2016 Seneca American Legion Law Enforcement Officer of the Year at the annual Joseph Earl “Jake” Robinson Law Enforcement Dinner.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks the Public’s Help Regarding Late January Wal-Mart Shoplifting

Shoplifting Picture - January 28th, 2016 (3)

Shoplifting Picture - January 28th, 2016 (1)

Shoplifting Picture - January 28th, 2016 (2)

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help regarding a January 28th shoplifting at the Wal-Mart in Seneca. The Sheriff’s Office is also seeking the public’s help in identifying two individuals in relation to the shoplifting.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to the store location on Sandifer Boulevard on the 28th. An employee told the deputy that a couple had pushed a shopping cart full of laundry detergent out of the store past all points of sale without paying for the items.

The couple, one black male and one white female, reportedly got into a white four door Saturn with a white paper tag with red lettering.

The amount of merchandise that was taken is around $491.02. The suspects left the store around 7:30am the morning of the 28th.

If you have any information on this January 28th shoplifting from the Wal-Mart in Seneca, including the identity of the individuals in relation to the case, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or 864-638-STOP. You don’t have to give your name and all information given to Crime Stoppers is confidential. If your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Recovers Body near Clemson University

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————Earlier today, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office was notified around 3:34pm by the Clemson University Police Department of a body in the water under the Highway 93 Bridge that runs over the Seneca River near Clemson University.

Officers secured the scene as the first deputies arrived shortly after 4pm and included Road Patrol deputies as well as investigators from the Criminal Investigations Division. Also on scene was Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis as well as officers of the Clemson University Police Department, emergency personnel from Clemson University Fire and EMS and members of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

The body was discovered near the shore in a rocky area under the bridge in about 4 to 5 feet of water. The body was retrieved around 5:15pm and was a male.

At this time, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation and no additional details will be released at this time.

The name and age of the individual discovered will be released by Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis. An autopsy will be scheduled as soon as tomorrow and information on the cause of death will be released by Coroner Addis at that time.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Georgia Resident on Drug Trafficking Charges

Jamie Amanda Dowell

Jamie Amanda Dowell

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)—————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged a Hartwell, Georgia woman yesterday evening on drug trafficking charges.

34 year old Jamie Amanda Dowell of 235 Emory Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:22pm. She was released from the Detention Center this morning on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond.

A deputy received an anonymous call just before 4pm yesterday afternoon. The caller stated that there was a large amount of drugs that she had found and she did not know what to do with them. The caller, who turned out to be Dowell, met with the deputy at a location in the southern part of the county off I-85.

Dowell appeared to be nervous during the meeting, according to deputies. During the meeting, deputies discovered methamphetamine on her person as they saw a clear plastic bag hanging out from the bottom of her shirt. Dowell said that the drugs in her vehicle were dropped off at an address on West-Oak Highway in Oconee County, where deputies retrieved them.

The total amount of drugs recovered was around 1.4 ounces, with a street value of around $3,900. Around $511.00 in cash was also recovered.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Two Last Friday on Multiple Charges, Meth Lab Discovered

Erica Lea Richardson

Erica Lea Richardson

Matthew Blake Sosby

Matthew Blake Sosby

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Westminster residents last Friday afternoon on multiple charges in which a meth lab was also discovered.

40 year old Matthew Blake Sosby of 10163 Long Creek Highway was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:23pm on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and simple possession of marijuana, all of which occurred at an address on Woodland Springs Drive in Mountain Rest. Sosby also had two outstanding warrants, one for manufacturing meth from an incident that occurred at an address on Jack Pelfrey Road in Westminster back on June 18the and also for a violation of his probation.

Also arrested was 34 year old Erica Lea Richardson of 292 Cedar Lane Road. Richardson was also booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:30pm on July 18th on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and for simple possession of marijuana. Richardson also had two outstanding magistrate’s bench warrants.

An Oconee County Sheriff’s Office deputy received an anonymous tip that Sosby would be at an abandoned house off of Cassidy Bridge Road. Several deputies made their way to the Woodland Creek Road address where a motorcycle and a dirt bike were found in the back yard. Deputies made contact with Sosby and Richardson at the abandoned residence where they were placed under arrest for the outstanding warrants.

Deputies found a small quantity of meth in Sosby’s pants pocket as well as some shake and bake style meth labs outside in the yard of the residence. Deputies also discovered two active meth labs in the back bedroom of the residence as well as items used to make meth and around 65 grams of marijuana leaves drying out on some old shoe boxes. Narcotics agents of the Sheriff’s Office were notified as well.

Sosby is still being held at the Oconee County Detention Center on a $136,500 total surety bond. Richardson is also still being held at the Detention Center on a $35,000 surety bond amount on the manufacturing meth charge. She was also issued a $1,500 personal recognizance bond on the marijuana possession charge.

Additions to Social Media Policy for Oconee County Sheriff’s Office

Please be aware of additions to our Social Media policy, effective immediately:

Opinions expressed by visitors to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Social Media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and You Tube) do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the men and women who are employed by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. Posts are monitored and the Sheriff’s Office reserves the right to remove any posts that contain obscenities, off-topic comments, personal attacks or are slanderous or libel in nature. Posted comments are subject to public disclosure.
The Sheriff’s Office reserves the right to block any individuals who habitually violate the policy stated above.