Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Makes Drug Arrest Thursday near Seneca

Allen Ray Atkison

Allen Ray Atkison

Jerry Lee Atkison

Jerry Lee Atkison

Drugs Seized at Scene

Drugs Seized at Scene

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office made two drug arrests yesterday of two brothers in the Seneca area.

According to deputies, the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division along with the Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. team executed a search warrant at 115 E Street in the B & B Trailer Park on the Utica Mill Hill near Seneca. The search warrant was in reference to controlled buys from the residence.

38 year old Allen Ray Atkison of 115 E Street in Seneca was arrested and charged with distributing Loritab to an undercover agent of the Sheriff’s Office on June 19th at the residence on E Street. Also on June 25th, Allen Ray Atkison, according to warrants, distributed a quantity of methamphetamines to an undercover agent of the Sheriff’s Office as well at the E Street location.

Also arrested yesterday was 34 year old Jerry Lee Atkison of 115 E Street near Seneca. According to warrants, Jerry Lee Atkison distributed a quantity of Loritab to an undercover operative of the Sheriff’s Office on June 20th at the E Street location.

Upon execution of the search warrant, deputies also found Allen Ray Atkison to be in possession of two clear baggies containing a powder like substance and a glass pipe. He will face an additional charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

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

Allen Atkison pled guilty to one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance on January of 2015 and was sentenced to 6 months in jail suspended to on year probation and was given credit for 43 days times served.

The charges against Jerry Lee Atkison was nolle prossed in March of 2015.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Announces the Retirement of Investigator Sergeant Jerry Moss

Investigator Sergeant Jerry Moss

Investigator Sergeant Jerry Moss

(Walhalla, SC)———————————-Jerry Moss has worked for the past thirty years in law enforcement, all of those with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. Today is Investigator Sergeant Moss’ last day, as he is retiring from the Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement, where he has spent nearly half his life.

“Sheriff Earl Holcombe hired me on July 1st, 1983,” says Sergeant Moss. “I have had the pleasure of working with three Sheriffs’: Sheriffs’ Holcombe, Singleton, and Crenshaw.”

Moss says the best part of working for the Sheriff’s Office has been the people he has worked with and the people who he has met on the streets. In regards to his retirement, Moss says his emotions are mixed but he is ready to retire. In the past thirty years, Moss has traveled many roads in his work, literally and figuratively, up to the point now where Sergeant Moss is Property Crimes Investigator.

“I started out as a road patrol deputy under Sheriff Holcombe,” says Moss. “I was promoted to Sergeant over road patrol on the 2nd shift. When Sheriff Singleton was elected, I was promoted to investigator of property crimes.”

Upon retirement, Moss says he is planning to enjoy many things, including spending time with his family.

“I am going to enjoy being with my wife,” Moss says. “I am going to enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren. I do have a few travel plans. I plan on doing some work around my church and around my house. But my wife has said for about two weeks I can do what I want to.”

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is Warning Area Businesses to be Wary of Counterfeit Bills

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)—————————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is warning businesses to be wary of counterfeit money being passed after three separate instances affecting county businesses in the past month that the Sheriff’s Office either has or is investigating currently.

The latest instance occurred this past Monday, June 24th, at the McDonald’s location at 1305 Sandifer Boulevard in Seneca. According to investigators, a deputy was called to the scene by the store manager after an unknown subject ordered food at the drive thru and gave the cashier a fake $10.00 bill to pay for the order. The bill was turned into evidence and the case remains under investigation.

Back on May 27th, counterfeit money, in the amount of three $10 bills, was passed to a cashier to pay for merchandise at the Dollar General in West Union on Scenic Plaza Drive around 11:53am that morning. On June 19th, 25 year old Kayla Marie Bryson of West Union, was arrested by deputies on forgery charges in this case.

Also on May 27th, a man reportedly passed two $20 counterfeit bills to the cashier at the McDonald’s drive thru on Scenic Plaza Drive in West Union around 6:51pm that evening. One of the bills was used to make a purchase, while the other was given to the cashier to make change. The man, according to investigators, was driving a 4 door vehicle. This case does remain under investigation.

One day earlier on May 26th, a Walhalla resident was given a counterfeit $20 bill in exchange for a piece of broken furniture, which the individual never came back to claim. This case also remains under investigation.

If you have any information concerning the cases currently open, the Sheriff’s Office asks you to get in touch with Crimestoppers at 638-STOP or 1-888-CRIME-SC. You can also text in your tip to 274637. You don’t have to give your name and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

The Unsolved Case of the Death of Stacey Brooke Holsonback the Latest Cold Case Profiled by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office

Stacey Brooke Holsonback

Stacey Brooke Holsonback

Stacey Brooke Holsonback

Stacey Brooke Holsonback

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

AS MENTIONED SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, THE OCONEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WILL BE COVERING THROUGH THE MEDIA, OUR WEBSITE, AND OUR SOCIAL MEDIA SITES THE COLD AND UNSOLVED CASES THAT THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE HAS INVESTIGATED OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS AND CONTINUES TO INVESTIGATE TODAY. TODAY, THE CASE WE ARE FOCUSING ON INVOLVES STACEY BROOKE HOLSONBACK.

(WALHALLA, SC)—————————-In the winter of 1997, Stacey Brooke Holsonback was a student at Clemson University, pursuing a degree with dreams and aspirations of her life ahead.

That dream was cut short on February 20th, 1997, when the body of the 19 year old was found in Lake Hartwell just off Highway 93 near Seneca. Her body, according to investigators, was found in a small cove across the road from the Roy Cooper YMCA Recreation Area close to the Clemson University campus. The case received wide spread media attention as the investigation began and continued.

Her death was rule as a homicide by manual strangulation. The last two individuals to see Stacey alive were two Clemson students, who were considered at that time strong persons of interest. Those two individuals told investigators that all three were 4 wheeling and the vehicles got stuck. The persons of interest told investigators that she walked away and that was the last time they saw Stacey.

Even though drugs and alcohol did not play a part in the reported homicide, there had been drinking going on, and no charges were ever filed in the case. The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is asking for public’s help to help solve this case from over 16 years ago.

“Even though it has been approximately 16 years since this homicide, Stacy’s family and the investigators involved in this case remember it as if it happened yesterday,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “We will never give up because we know there is someone out there that can provide the information we need to close this case. I ask that person to come forward not only because it is the right thing to do but to allow her family the opportunity to have some sense of closure in their lives.”

“This investigation led to interviews being conducted in many states,” according to Greg Reed, Captain of the Criminal Investigations Division of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. “Those states were Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Florida. Many investigators and law enforcement officials from multiple agencies participated in the investigation as well.”

If you have any information regarding the unsolved homicide of Stacey Brooke Holsonback, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 638-STOP or 1-888-CRIME-SC. You can also text in your tip to 274637. If you tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Warns of Possible Scams

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens to be aware of a couple of possible scams that has already targeted one individual in Oconee County.

A resident of Westminster received a phone call just before 4pm back on June 13th of this year claiming to be an individual named Don Miller from Publishers Clearing House. The resident said the individual spoke in broken English and the phone number showed an 876 area code, which is a Jamaican area code.

The individual told the Westminster resident that they had won $1 million dollars, but that they would need to pay taxes before “registering it,” as the caller put it. He then told the resident that the amount of taxes was $525.00 and that they must pay it by a certain day.

This same Westminster resident also received a letter from May 7th of this year that contained only a mailing address, but no return address on the envelope. The letter is from Loteria Primitiva from Madrid, Spain. The letter claims that as the result of The Hispanic Lottery International Promotions Program, the individual who received it had won almost $5 million dollars in cash. The letter claims that “ALL TICKETS ARE BOUGHT AND PLAYED FOR INTERNATIONAL CITIZENS BY GOVERNMENT APPROVED, LICENSED, AND AUTHORIZED AGENTS OR COMPANIES.” The letter goes on further to say that the payment processing form can be completed with a “photostat” copy of identification that can be fax over to a number listed. The letter says that any commission and taxes on the winning amount cannot be deducted from the amount of the winnings “because of the insurance bond policy cover.” The letter is printed in black and white and does not contain on the letter itself who the letter is addressed to. The individual never sent any money in regards to either possible scam.

“We advise anyone that if an offer is too good to be true, it probably is,” says Jimmy Watt, Public Information Officer from the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. “Under no circumstances should you ever give your personal information, such as social security numbers, bank account numbers, credit or debit card numbers, driver’s license numbers or birthdates to anyone who may ask you over the phone or in a letter or an e-mail. If you feel uncomfortable with any offers you receive or you see some red flags, the best thing to do is to ignore those offers and don’t respond.”

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is Seeking the Public’s Help Regarding Suspicious Fire

House of Suspicious Fire

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help regarding a suspicious fire on June 20th near Walhalla.

According to investigators, deputies responded to 122 Warner Mill Road in regards to a structure fire. When deputies arrived, they were notified by firefighters that when they arrived on scene, there was no one in the house and they had noticed a fire in the garage and in the basement.

Officials on the scene noticed that a bottom window in the basement pointing toward the front of the house had a hole in it and fire crews finished breaking the glass to finish extinguishing the flames. Fire crews told deputies on the scene that they felt that due to information given to them that the fire could be suspicious in nature. The scene was then turned over to investigators of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office.

If you have any information concerning this fire, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 638-STOP or 1-888-CRIME-SC. You can also text in your tip to 274637. You don’t have to give your name and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Makes Arrest in Forgery Case

Kayla Marie Bryson

Kayla Marie Bryson

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)—————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in a case of counterfeit bills which were used to receive goods and cash at a store in West Union.

25 year old Kayla Marie Bryson of 320 West Railroad Street in West Union was arrested by deputies this afternoon and booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:57pm on forgery charges.

According to an incident report, Bryson reportedly gave a cashier at the Dollar General store at 146 Scenic Plaza Drive in West Union three ten dollar bills to pay for items taken to the register back on May 27th. The warrants state that Bryson knew the money was counterfeit when it was presented and did witness and assist in its printing.

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

The case was remanded to Magistrate’s Court in August of 2013.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is Seeking the Public’s Help Regarding Larceny at Seneca Area Business

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help regarding a larceny case that occurred at a business in the Seneca area.

Deputies responded to Jet Commercial at 15437 Wells Highway around 10am yesterday morning in regards to a reported grand larceny. According to investigators, an individual told the deputy who responded that Network Controls, which is based in Greer, kept an enclosed trailer at the location of Jet Commercial. The deputy was then told that an unknown subject had cut the lock off of the trailer and had stolen approximately $30,000 worth of fiber optics equipment, along with some miscellaneous hand tools.

Deputies are also expected to receive an inventory of the equipment that was reported stolen.

According to security cameras that were located at the scene, a vehicle arrived on the property during the early morning hours of Sunday, June 16th at around 2:43am, an individual was seen at the trailer around 3:21am, and the vehicle is seen leaving the property around 3:45am.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with any information regarding this grand larceny to call Crimestoppers at 638-STOP or 1-888-CRIME-SC. You can also text in a tip at 274637. You don’t have to give your name and if you tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Announces Additional Anonymous Reward in Sheila Carver Case

Sheila Ann Carver

Sheila Ann Carver

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has announced that a second anonymous reward is being offered in the Sheila Carver unsolved disappearance.

The second reward being offered is $10,000 for the recovery of the remains of Ms. Carver, who disappeared in 1998 from Seneca. This is in addition to another $10,000 anonymous reward that was announced on May 16th when the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office profiled the Sheila Carver case as part of its unresolved and cold cases. Therefore, the total amount being offered is $20,000 for the recovery of Ms. Carver’s remains.

Sheila Carver was reported missing by her father nearly 15 years ago on June 20th, 1998. Ms. Carver was last seen on June 16th of that year near B & B Trailer Park on the Utica Mill Hill near Seneca where she lived with her boyfriend.

According to investigator reports, she left the trailer park after midnight with someone who later told investigators that she changed her mind and decided to go home. That individual said that Sheila got out of the car on Goddard Avenue on the Utica Mill Hill to walk back to her home. That was the last time that Sheila was reportedly seen.

“Sheila Carver is officially considered missing,” said Sheriff Mike Crenshaw in a Sheriff’s Office press release on the Sheila Carver case on May 16th. “Based on the facts of the investigation, we believe that Sheila is most likely deceased and that foul play was involved in her death. At this point and time, we are wanting to find Sheila’s body so that her mother and father can give her a proper burial and begin the grieving process. It is not normal for a parent to lose a child. One can only imagine the pain and suffering endured by this family not knowing where their daughter is located. They have suffered through this ordeal for the past 15 years.”

The Sheriff’s Office has established an Unsolved Case link on their website at www.oconeelaw.com. Visitors to the website can view all the unsolved cases that the Sheriff’s Office has and will profile in the future. Along the with Sheila Carver case, the unresolved homicide case of Marcus Lee is profiled as well.

Anyone with information on these cases is asked to call Crimestoppers at 638-STOP, 1-888-CRIME-SC, or text your tip to 274637. You don’t have to give your name.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Reaches Its Goal of DOK Kits to Certified Deputies During Saturday Fundraiser

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office will be able to supply all their certified deputies with DOK kits, which contains a tourniquet, after a fundraiser this past Saturday in Fair Play.

Over $2,100 was raised at a Sheriff’s Office fundraiser that was held in the parking lot of the Gazebo Restaurant at Highway 11 at I-85 Saturday afternoon. The Gazebo Restaurant, along with Lake and Land Realty and Phantom Fireworks, sponsored the event.

The proceeds were raised via the sale of barbeque plates, a cake walk, the buying of tickets for giveaways throughout the day, plus the sales of Fair Play t-shirts from Diamond T Promotions of Fair Play.

There were also individuals and organizations, such as the Upstate SC Chapter of Defenders, a law enforcement motorcycle club, who contributed donations as well. Five individuals purchased DOK kits directly on Saturday from Tactical Medical Solutions, Inc. of Anderson, who also donated 20 of the DOK kits last week to the Sheriff’s Office.
With the combination of funds raised and money and DOK kits donations, the Sheriff’s Office will be able to provide its 85 sworn officers a DOK kit!