Monthly Archives: December 2013

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Charges Greer Man in Arson Case

Coy Shane Wilson

Coy Shane Wilson

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Greer man on arson charges in the case of a burned vehicle that was discovered in June.

A deputy of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office was informed back on the morning of June 19th of a burned truck that was located on U.S. Forest Service property near Brasstown Church Road and Long Creek. After receiving directions to the location of the truck, the officer spotted the vehicle off the main Forest Service Road in the woods burnt.

Deputies could not locate a VIN number for the truck due to the severity of the damage but officers were able to determine that the truck was a 4 door Chevrolet Silverado truck that was possibly white in color. The truck was towed from the location where it was found in the woods.

In the course of the investigation, officers were able to find a VIN number located in another portion of the truck and after running the VIN number, investigators were able to determine that the truck was stolen from Pickens County, a case in which investigators in that county were looking into. Later on, Pickens County authorities made an arrest in the stolen truck case, with the individual arrested being the same individual wanted in Oconee County on arson charges in regards to the burnt truck.

41 year old Coy Shane Wilson of 733-E Victor Hill Road in Greer was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center Monday afternoon 2:41pm on charges of Third-Degree Arson. According to the warrant, Wilson is accused of setting fire to a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pick-up truck “with intent to damage or destroy by fire.”

Wilson is being held at this time at the Oconee County Detention Center.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Makes Drug Arrest Saturday Morning During Routine Road Patrol Operations

Johnny Matthew Robinson

Johnny Matthew Robinson

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-A deputy with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Walhalla man early Saturday morning on drug charges during routine road patrol operations.

An officer traveling on Fowler Road saw a vehicle, a 2003 Saturn with a South Carolina tag, with the tag light burned out. The officer pulled the vehicle over on Grant Drive near Fowler Road in the West Union area. According to the incident report, the driver seemed nervous as the officer asked for his driver’s license and proof of insurance.

The officer then gave the driver a warning concerning the burned out tag light. The officer then asked the driver after returning his license and insurance information did he have anything illegal in the vehicle, to which the driver replied no. After being given consent to search the vehicle, the officer discovered a black bag to which the driver told the deputy that the bag might contain a marijuana pipe. The deputy found the marijuana pipe, along with two other pipes and a marijuana grinder.

The deputy also discovered a cigarette box with a baggy that contained a substance that the deputy believed was methamphetamine. After placing the driver under arrest, the deputy continued his search of the bag, upon which he found around 25 grams of marijuana, plus, a metal container which contained what the deputy believed to be methamphetamine. The vehicle was then towed.

24 year old Johnny Matthew Robinson of 111 Kountry Lane, Walhalla, was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 2:10am Saturday and has been charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He was also given two uniform traffic tickets, one for simple possession of marijuana and for a violation of the counties drug paraphernalia ordinance. Robinson was released from the Detention Center around 3:12pm Saturday. He total personal recognizance bond amount on all three charges was $11,712.50.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Makes Saturday Arrest on Drug and Weapons Charges

James Henry Nix

James Henry Nix

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest of a Townville man Saturday afternoon on drug and weapons charges during routine road patrol operations.

According to the incident report, an officer observed a moped on Highway 24 inside Oconee County traveling towards Townville which turned left onto Woolbright Circle. The moped made a wide right hand turn traveling all the way over into the left hand side of the road. The deputy proceeded to pull the moped over at 109 Woolbright Circle.

The deputy completed a terry frisk of the subject in which weapons were found on his person, upon which the deputy arrested the subject for illegal carry of a firearm. Also, over 3 grams of a crystal like substance was found in the black container in the subject’s jacket pocket, which appeared to be crystal meth. Also, other drug paraphernalia was found in the subjects backpack.

24 year old James Henry Nix of 110 Sanders Road in Townville was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 5:32pm on Saturday afternoon on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, unlawful carrying of a pistol, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Nix is still in jail at the Oconee County Detention Center. He has two $5,000 surety bonds, one for the weapons charge and one for the possession charge, plus a $500 personal recognizance bond on the drug paraphernalia charge.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Files Additional Charges Against Three Men Arrested in Separate Incident

Jon Conner Wacaster

Jon Conner Wacaster

Richard Lewis Rittmayer

Richard Lewis Rittmayer

Devin Ian McCrackin

Devin Ian McCrackin

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has filed new charges against three men arrested earlier this week in the theft of lottery tickets. The new charges are for a separate incident that occurred at Tamassee in Cheohee Valley.

18 year old Jon Connor Wacaster, 19 year old Devin Ian McCrackin, and 27 year old Richard Lewis Rittmayer were charged Monday evening in the break-in and theft of around $7,000 in lottery tickets early Monday morning from the Litter River General Store on Alexander Road in Salem. The new charges against all three concern the break-in of the fellowship hall and the parsonage of Cheohee Baptist Church.

According to incident reports, a deputy was dispatched to the church on Cheohee Valley Road in reference to a burglary that occurred sometime between Sunday and Monday. After arriving on the scene around 5:50pm Monday afternoon, the deputy spoke with an individual who told the deputy that someone broke into the fellowship hall by kicking in the back door and made off with a Yahama keyboard, which was valued at around $400. The complainant stated that someone had broken into the parsonage next door to the fellowship hall but was not aware at that time if anything was taken from the parsonage.

As investigators continued to follow up on leads, warrants were eventually obtained yesterday against Wacaster, McCrackin, and Rittmayer. Rittmayer, of Highland Glen Apartment #308, Walhalla, and McCrackin, of 608 have South College Street, Walhalla, have each been charged with two counts of Second Degree Burglary and one count of Petit Larceny. Wacaster, also of Highland Glen Apartment #308, Walhalla, has been charged with two counts of accessory before the fact of a felony.

All three individuals are still being held at the Oconee County Detention Center and all three had bond hearings on the new charges. The total bond amount for Rittmayer on the three charges is $42,130 surety. For Wacaster, the total bond amount for the two charges is $20,000 surety. For McCrackin, the total bond amount for the three charges is $42,130 personal recognizance.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Makes Drug Arrest in Long Creek

Valerie Elizabeth Poole

Valerie Elizabeth Poole

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest of a Long Creek woman early Thursday morning on drug charges.

A deputy responded late Wednesday evening to Damascus Church Road in Long Creek due to reports of a suspicious vehicle in the area. After arriving in the area, an officer noticed a white Toyota at 210 Damascus Church Road with the lights on. The house at that address is for sale and unoccupied, according to the incident report.

The deputy found a subject outside of the vehicle on the driver side with the door open and two people inside the car. When asked for identification, the subject advised the deputy that she did not have a driver’s license and advised the deputy that she was driving the vehicle only in the yard.

After receiving permission to search the subject’s purse to check to see if she had some identification, the officer found three syringes in the subject’s billfold. When asked, the subject informed the deputy that the syringes belonged to another passenger in the vehicle who, according to the subject, was a diabetic. That individual denied that he was a diabetic and denied that the syringes were his.

Another deputy responded to the scene, upon which the residence was checked and secured. All the subjects gave consent to be searched, plus for their belongings and the vehicle to be searched as well. Upon their search, deputies found under the front passenger seat a clear plastic bag that appeared to contain methamphetamine along with a black container containing several empty small bags.

The subject advised deputies that she was sitting most of the evening in that front passenger seat but denied that the drugs were hers. According to the incident report, the subject was arrested due to her admittance of seating most of the evening in that seat, the possession of the drug paraphernalia, and the statement from one of the passengers.

The subject was transported to the Oconee County Detention Center and upon a search of the subject by a detention center officer, 15 pills were discovered in a small clear bag hidden in the lower extremities of the subject.

27 year old Valerie Elizabeth Poole of 999 Academy Road in Long Creek was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 2:25am Thursday morning. She has been charged with possession of less than one gram of meth and possession of a less than a quantity of Alprazolam (Xanax). She was also charged with a violation of the county’s drug paraphernalia ordinance on a uniform traffic ticket.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Makes Arrest From Early December Case

Larry Ulmer Clark, Jr.

Larry Ulmer Clark, Jr.

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man yesterday on charges after responding to a suspicious vehicle call earlier this month.

32 year old Larry Ulmer Clark, Jr. of 733 East Main Street in Seneca was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:33am yesterday on charges of possession of tools capable of being used in a crime.

A deputy responded on December 4th to Clemson Four Wheel Drive Center around 5:17am on Highway 123 between Seneca and Clemson. When the officer arrived, he observed a dark colored Honda to the left of the store that was backed in close to the chain linked fence that surrounds the store. According to the incident report, no one was in the vehicle and after the officer ran the tag, they found that it was registered to an individual out of Salem. The officer did not observe anyone inside the store or in the vehicle and all doors and windows were secured at the store. However, an officer observed a dip in the barb wire fence where someone may have climbed over.

A deputy then parked across the road from the business, where 10 minutes later he noticed the vehicle parked at Clemson 4 Wheel Drive Center leaving the business and heading towards Seneca. The officer performed a traffic stop at the intersection of Shiloh Road and Carson Road near Seneca.

According to the incident report, the driver of the vehicle appeared to be nervous and shaking. The driver told the deputy that he had been in the woods looking for his phone that he claimed that he had lost the previous day four wheeling.

Mr. Clark was asked by deputies to search the vehicle, whereupon he gave officers consent to search the vehicle. Deputies discovered a pair of gloves, wire cutters, a hammer, and a small pry bar in the passenger side floor board of the vehicle, according to the incident report. Mr. Clark told deputies after being questioned about the items that he used those items for work and he had been a home all night and just left his house to search for the lost phone. Deputies did find a receipt in his car for a pack of cigarettes that had been bought earlier that morning. Mr. Clark was allowed to leave by deputies and the case was referred to investigators.

As the course of the investigation continued, an arrest warrant was issued on Monday for Mr. Clark. The warrants states that Mr. Clark had “in his possession gloves, a hammer, and a small pry bar, all instruments commonly used in the commission of burglaries and under circumstances evincing an intent to use, being that his car was parked behind Clemson 4 Wheel Drive Center at approximately 5:30am when the business was closed, where he concealed himself to avoid detection.”

Clark was released from the Oconee County Detention Center yesterday on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond around 4:15pm.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Makes Arrest in Early Monday Morning Convenience Store Break-In

Richard Lewis Rittmayer

Richard Lewis Rittmayer

Devin Ian McCrackin

Devin Ian McCrackin

Jon Conner Wacaster

Jon Conner Wacaster

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested three individuals in connection with an early Monday morning convenience store break-in in which around $7,000 in lottery tickets was taken.

According to investigators, the Sheriff’s Office received a call around 3:17am from an individual who reported driving by the Little River General Store at 155 Alexander Road in Salem and noticing that the front door glass was broken and the doors were open. Deputies arrived on the scene and cleared the store to make sure the suspects were not inside.

The owner of the store arrived with his wife and informed deputies that it did not appear that much from the store was taken with the exception of a whole rack of lottery tickets. According to the incident report, the 23 rolls of lottery tickets that were taken were valued around $300 per roll. Once the owner’s son arrived on the scene to access the camera system, the system had recorded two male subjects, one of which was reportedly wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans, white gloves, and had what appeared to be a hood over his head. The second subject, according to the incident report, was reportedly wearing a brown jacket, jeans, and a black ski type mask and white gloves. A vehicle was not detected either arriving or leaving on the outside camera.

Later on, one of the deputies stopped at a Spinx convenience store on Highway 11 in West Union to see if anyone had stopped by to cash a lottery ticket. The clerk told the deputy that an individual wearing a black hoodie and jeans who was driving what appeared to be a white Hyundai came in to cash a Heat Wave lottery ticket. The machine from the lottery, according to the clerk, notified the clerk of an alert and to call the lottery, but would not cash the ticket. The subject then left.

The deputy then went to the Bountyland Quik Stop on Main Street in Walhalla and was told by employees that a male wearing a brown jacket came inside and tried to cash a Money Millionaire lottery ticket. An alert from the lottery came back on that ticket notifying the store to call the lottery immediately. The subject reportedly left in what was believed to be gold in color Toyota.

As the investigation continued, three individuals were arrested yesterday on charges related to the break-in and the attempted cashing of the lottery tickets.

18 year old Jon Conner Wacaster of Highland Glen Apartment #308 in Walhalla was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 6:22pm and has been charged “with the intent to defraud the South Carolina Education Lottery” by trying to cash the Heat Wave Lottery ticket at the Spinx on Highway 11 in West Union and accessory before the fact of a felony. No bond has been set at this time.

19 year old Devin Ian McCrackin of 608 South College Street in Walhalla was booked into the Detention Center around 7:40pm. He has been charged with Second Degree Burglary, Grand Larceny, and “with the intent to defraud the South Carolina Education Lottery” by trying to cash the Money Millionaire Lottery Ticket at the Bountyland Quik Stop location in Walhalla. No bond has been set at this time.

27 year old Richard Lewis Rittmayer, also of the Highland Glen Apartment number and address as Jon Wacaster, was booked into the Detention Center around 9:05pm and has been charged with Second Degree Burglary and Grand Larceny. No bond has been set at this time.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Makes Arrest Concerning Stolen Boat Dock from July

Richard Kent Adomat

Richard Kent Adomat

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)—————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest last Friday morning of an individual who is charged with two counts, including grand larceny, in the case of a stolen boat dock from back in July.

According to investigators, a Fair Play man notified the Sheriff’s Office back on July 16th due to concerns that the boat dock that he had purchased off Craig’s List may have been stolen. The dock was a ’24 by ’24 dock and the complainant told deputies that he had been corresponding with a man named Robert.

According to the incident report, the man named Robert had sent the complainant and his wife the address of 105 Lakemont Drive in the Tabor Community so they could look at the dock. The couple went to look at the dock, took some pictures, where one of the pictures showing the dock permit number. They informed Robert that they wanted to purchase the dock, with Robert stating that he wanted $4,000 in cash and that he would deliver and set up the dock. Both parties agreed to those terms, according to the incident report.

The complainant then told deputies that on July 16th, Robert was scheduled to deliver the dock, with the couple meeting the suspect on the lake to guide him to the house to install the dock. The wife took some more pictures while on the water, which showed that the dock permit was not on the dock anymore. The dock was delivered, with the complainant stating the suspect said he would be back on July 19th. The suspect never showed back up, according to the complainant.

The complainant stated that he attempted to call the suspect several times but never got an answer. Eventually, according to the incident report, a female called the couple on July 26th around 8:40am stating that a Robert does not live there but her husband’s name was Rich and that he was one who delivered the dock. She also stated that his work was done.

After getting in touch with the Army Corp of Engineers to run the dock number, deputies were able to get in touch with an individual in Hendersonville, North Carolina who stated that he owns the lot on Lakemont Drive. That individual stated in July that a friend of his had checked the property on Lakemont Drive and discovered that his boat dock was missing with the walkway upside down in the water. This gentleman informed the Army Corp of Engineers to make them aware of the situation and that he had paid $4,000 for the dock.

As the investigation continued, warrants were issued on September 9th for 37 year old Richard Kent Adomat, whose address on the warrants is listed as 5150 Spring Street, Apartment K4 in Flowery Branch, Georgia, on charges of grand larceny and obtaining a signature or property under false pretenses.

Adomat was arrested and booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 12:57am on December 13th. He was released on December 13th on a $20,000 personal recognizance bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Makes Multiple Arrests in Larceny and Gun Case

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Andrew Lane Carver

Andrew Lane Carver

Angelo Marcos Menin

Angelo Marcos Menin

Austin Tyler Satterfield

Austin Tyler Satterfield

Dolly Carver

Dolly Carver

William Alexander Nelson

William Alexander Nelson

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested multiple individuals in a case involving larcenies at two separate locations, with guns stolen at both locations as well.

According to investigators, officers were dispatched to 145 Summers Way on Thanksgiving Day around 5:30pm in reference to a burglary. When officers arrived on the scene, the complainant at that location informed officers that someone stole multiple guns from his gun cabinet. There appeared to be no forced entry, according to the incident report, and the complainant told officers that a key near the cabinet was used to gain access to the cabinet. The complainant told deputies that guns were stolen from his son’s bedroom as well.

According to investigators, a grand larceny was reported on December 10th at 160 Cottontail Drive in Westminster around 8:30am. According to investigators, multiple guns, jewelry, tools, two guitars with cases and cash were taken from the residence.

During the course of the investigation, deputies were able to obtain a description of two individuals, Andrew Lane Carver and William Alexander Nelson, who had been staying at the Cottontail Drive location as well as a vehicle description of the vehicle the two individuals were in. According to investigators, Nelson turned himself to deputies at the Sheriff’s Office and returned two of the weapons that were taken. Nelson, 18 years old of 110 Pleasant Drive in Seneca, has been charged with two counts of grand larceny and one count of first degree burglary. Nelson was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center on December 10th and was released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond on December 11th on one of the larceny charges. He was booked back in to the Detention Center on December 11th on the burglary and second larceny charge and was released on December 13th on $35,000 surety bond.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the tools that were taken from the Cottontail Drive location were located at 7010 Morning Glory Drive in Seneca. A search warrant was obtained to search the residence and the tools, according to investigators, were found in the woods on the property.

An arrest was made at the residence on Morning Glory Drive, as Austin Tyler Satterfield, 20 years old of 7010 Morning Glory Drive of Seneca, was arrested on charges of being an accessory after the fact. Satterfield was booked into the December 10th and was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond on December 11th.

Deputies continued their search for Andrew Carver, which lead them to Carver’s residence at 1010 Jody Drive in Seneca. According to investigators, arrangements were made through a member of Carver’s family to meet at a predetermined location, however, Carver’s mom, Dolly S. Carver, contacted her son and notified Carver of the intentions of law enforcement. Dolly Carver, 48 years old of 1010 Jody Drive, was arrested later on obstruction of justice charges. She was booked into the detention center on December 12th and released on December 13th on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

As the investigation continues, officers discovered that Carver was staying in a room at Royal American Motor Lodge on Clemson Boulevard in Anderson. The Sheriff’s Office arrested Carver at that location with assistance from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. Carver, of 1010 Jody Drive in Seneca, has been charged with two counts of grand larceny and one count of first degree burglary. Carver was booked in at the Detention Center on December 12th and he is still being held of a $35,000 surety bond for the first degree burglary charge and one of the larceny charges, as well as a $10,000 personal recognizance bond on the second larceny charge.

During the course of the investigation, officers discovered that Angelo Marcos Menin, 19 years old of 232 West Reedy Fork Road in Seneca, had purchased some of the firearms from Carver and Nelson that were taken from the Summers Way location. Menin was arrested for accessory after the fact and for possession of stolen goods. Menin was booked into the Detention Center on December 12th and is still being held on a $50,000 surety bond.

Some of the weapons have been recovered and the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Announces Three Additional Arrests in Phase Three of “Operation Infinity”

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has announced three additional arrests in the third phase of “Operation Infinity,” which began last Thursday morning.

The Sheriff’s Office began the operation one week ago today at 8am with a briefing at the Law Enforcement Center. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the operation by officers from the Salem, Seneca, Walhalla, and Westminster Police Departments.

“Operation Infinity is a reference to the ongoing commitment of the Sheriff’s Office to combat the drug problem in Oconee County,” according to Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “We will continue to fight this problem through our enforcement and education efforts to protect all of our citizens and those who visit our county.”

In all, 22 individuals were being sought on a variety of drug distribution charges that stretched from methamphetamine to marijuana to crack to prescription drugs.

As of 10:00am this morning, 17 of the 22 being sought have been arrested. Here are the names of the three additional individuals that have been arrested since the Sheriff’s Office’s last press release on the third phase of Operation Infinity Monday afternoon:

1) William Timothy Nichols
326 Rebel Holler Drive
Fair Play, SC
38 years old
Distribution of Ice (1 Count)
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 2:44pm
on Monday, December 9th

2) James Floyd Hendrix
307 F Street
Seneca, SC
28 years old
Distribution of Marijuana (2 Counts)
Distribution of Methamphetamine (1 Count)
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 8:45am
on December 11th

3) Charles Leguan Davis
808 Overbrook Drive
Seneca, SC
40 years old
Distribution of Prescription Drugs (1 Count)
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:34pm on
Wednesday, December 11th

The following is a list of the individuals still being sought by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of these individuals, they are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 864-638-STOP, 1-888-CRIME-SC, or text in a tip to 274637. You don’t have to give your name and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

1) Dolphus Daniel Haney
109 Mormon Street
Seneca, SC
23 years old
Distribution of Marijuana (1 Count)
Distribution of Prescription Drugs (1 Count – Xanax)

2) Marvin Jermane Kemp
206 Horse Shoe Bend
Anderson, SC
40 years old
Distribution of Prescription Drugs (1 Count – Oxycodone HCL)

3) Courtland Demertrius Brown
105 Cavalier Drive, Apt. 116
Greenville, SC
25 years old
Distribution of Marijuana (2 Counts)

4) Larry Neil Gibson, Jr.
160 Cottontail Drive
Westminster, SC
47 years old
Distribution of Ice (1 Count)

5) Darren Barnard Gibson
231 Harbin Acres Road
Seneca, SC
26 years old
Distribution of Marijuana (1 Count)