Monthly Archives: April 2014

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

Jerry Arimando Ortega, Jr.

Jerry Arimando Ortega, Jr.

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)—————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man on Sunday evening on drug charges during routine road patrol operations.

26 year old Jerry Arimando Ortega, Jr. of 301 Zion Hill Road in Seneca was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 6:12pm.

According to deputies, an officer performed a traffic stop on Nebo Church Road near Zion Hill Road in the Seneca area after the vehicle crossed over the center line of the roadway. The deputy could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle after issuing the driver Ortega a warning for crossing over the center line and confirming that Ortega had a valid driver’s license.

Upon being asked, Ortega told the deputy that he had been smoking marijuana. After asking to search the vehicle, Ortega told the deputy that the marijuana was on the floor board by his seat. Deputies then retrieved the marijuana from Ortega’s vehicle. No other narcotics were found and the owner of the vehicle took possession of the car, which was a burnt orange in color Plymouth Neon.

Ortega was then arrested. Warrants charge him with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. According to the incident report, the amount of marijuana seized was almost 29 grams.

Ortega was released from the Oconee County Detention Center Monday afternoon on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

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

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has announced two additional arrests in the Phase Five of Operation Infinity.

The operation began with a briefing at the Law Enforcement Center at 8:30am last Wednesday morning. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the operation by officers from Seneca, Walhalla, and Westminster Police Departments.

In all, 20 individuals were being sought on a variety of drug distribution charges that stretched from methamphetamine to marijuana to crack to prescription drugs.

As of midnight last night, 12 of the individuals being sought had been arrested, with 8 others still being sought. The following individuals are the 11th and 12th persons arrested:

1) Craig Leroy Warren
100 Malbert Road
Fair Play, SC
36 years old
Distribution of Ice (Meth) – 1 count
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center on Thursday, April 24th

2) Ricky Edward Wood
213 Rowland Street
West Union, SC
52 years old
Distribution of Crank (Meth) – 1 count
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center on Monday,
April 28th

The following individuals have yet to be apprehended as part of Operation Infinity V – but do have active warrants and are being sought by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. If you have information on these individuals, please contact Crime Stoppers at 864-638-STOP, 1-888-CRIME-SC or text in your 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.

1) Kino Martinez Jones
407 South Oak Street
Seneca, SC
27 years old
Distribution of Marijuana – 2 counts

2) Byron Jermaine Jackson
131 Ann Davis Street
Westminster, SC
32 years old
Distribution of Crack Cocaine – 1 count

3) Tabitha Ann Hammond
1045 West Oak Highway
Westminster, SC
33 years old
Distribution of Ice (Meth) – 2 counts

4) Roman Palmer Fuller
608 Rachels Drive
Townville, SC
30 years old
Distribution of Ice (Meth) – 1 count

5) Timothy Stanley Bernard
150 Tilson Circle
Salem, SC
51 years old
Distribution of Ice (Meth) – 1 count

6) Donald D. Bruce
214 Thomas Heights Circle
Seneca, SC
26 years old
Distribution of Crack Cocaine – 1 count

7) Lindsay Rebecca Eades
3063 Safety Harbor Road
West Union, SC
21 years old
Distribution of Crank (Meth) – 1 count

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Participating in 2014 Zero Tolerance for Litter Campaign

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)—————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the 2014 Zero Tolerance for Litter Campaign, which is sponsored by Palmetto Pride.

“The statewide campaign targets trash that litters our state, from being tossed out of car windows to illegal dumping to vehicle hauling trash or debris without covering their truck bed,” according to Tim Rice, Environmental Services officer for the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. “I have asked my fellow officers to watch for litter and cigarettes being tossed from car windows, watch for people hauling unsecured trash and debris in pickups and looking for illegal dump sites throughout the county.”

Anyone caught littering in the unincorporated areas of Oconee County will be issued a ticked under the county’s littering ordinance. Corporal Rice has asked his fellow officers that if anyone witnesses the offense occurring or can prove it by using evidence, such as names found in the roadside litter or dump sites to please charge the person’s responsible.

As part of the Zero Tolerance for Litter campaign, Corporal Rice will be reporting the total number of violations and tickets issued during the time period for campaign to Palmetto Pride for consideration for the Zero Tolerance Achievement Award. Part of that reward will be a check that can be used to purchase equipment for the Sheriff’s Office.

As part of the campaign, Captain Jeff Underwood of the Uniform Patrol Division and Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw has asked deputies to be vigilant to watch out for those who litter not only during the campaign, but also during the entire year.

As part of the Sheriff’s Office litter enforcement efforts, the Sheriff’s Office will also be participating in a litter pick-up day on Saturday, May 3rd. This is a volunteer effort conducted by officers and their families as part of the Adopt-A-Highway Program.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office To Hold Schuck Memorial Blood Drive 2014 to Raise Money for Scholarship Fund

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting an upcoming event that will raise money for a scholarship fund in honor of an Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy who passed away over 4 years ago.

The Schuck Memorial Blood Drive 2014 will be held on Tuesday, May 13th from 2pm until 6pm in the gravel parking lot at the Oconee County Law Enforcement Center in Walhalla. The blood drive will also coincide with National Law Enforcement Appreciation Week, which is May 11th – 17th.

The Anmed Blood Mobile will be on hand and t-shirts will also be sold the day of the event for $10 each while supplies last.

Deputy Bill Schuck passed away in the line of duty in the early morning house of February 7th, 2010 after being pinned between his patrol vehicle and a tree on a dirt road off of Highway 11. Schuck served with the Sheriff’s Office for 2 years and before that with the West Columbia Police Department for 2 years.

The scholarship named in honor of Deputy Schuck will be presented at Walhalla High School the evening of May 13th at 7pm.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office invites everyone to attend this special event.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Set for This Saturday, April 26th

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————-Oconee County and the Local Emergency Planning Commission will be holding the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day this Saturday, April 26th from 10am until 2pm in the parking lot of Seneca High School.
You must be a resident of Oconee County to participate in the Waste Collection Day and proof of residency will be required when you arrive at the collection location.
Goodwill Industries will be working with Oconee County Solid Waste to collect unwanted electronics.
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting unused prescriptions as well but residents are asked to mark out any personal information, which includes names and prescription numbers. The Sheriff’s Office will also be collecting unused prescriptions at the Law Enforcement in Walhalla this Saturday as well from 10am until 2pm. The Sheriff’s Office is located at 300 South Church Street.
Items that will be collected during the Collection Day include the following:
• Aerosol Products, Auto Batteries, Rechargeable Batteries, Bug Spray, Button and Alkaline Batteries, Carburetor Cleaner, Charcoal Lighter Fluid, Concrete Cleaner, Degreaser, Drain Cleaner, Driveway Sealer, Fertilizer with Weed Killer, Florescent Lights, Fuels/Gasoline, Furniture Stripper, Glue with Solvents, Insect Killer, Mothballs, Nail Polish, Oil Filters, Oven Cleaner, Paint Remover, Paint Thinner, Polish with Solvents, Pool Chemicals, Propane Cylinders – Small, Roach/Ant Killer, Rodent Bait, Smoke Detectors, Stain/Varnish, Thermometers (mercury), Used Antifreeze, Used Motor Oil.
Also, clothing, shoes, and small household items will be accepted as well.
Items that will not be accepted during the Collection Day include the following:
• Agricultural Waste, Biological Waste, Business Waste, Compressed Gases in large commercial containers, Construction Waste, Explosives – including small arms ammunition, Latex Paint, Oil Based Paint, Pathological Waste, Radioactive Waste, Unknown Materials, 55 Gallon Drums – regardless of content.
Dried paint can be placed in the garbage. To dry paint, add sand, shredded newspaper or cat litter to cans and wait until it completely dries. Dispose of the paint in your household garbage.
Donation sheets for tax purposes will also be available for residents who need them.
The Local Emergency Planning Commission is a partnership of business, governmental, and public safety agencies that meet once every quarter and hosts events, such as the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. It meets to help better plan for events and contingencies, such as a chemical emergency response and preparedness plan, and to build better understanding between all the agencies involved and to understand what resources are available.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Continues Operation Infinity with Roundup Number 5

Byron Jermaine Jackson

Byron Jermaine Jackson

Zach Daniel Patterson

Zach Daniel Patterson

William Matthew Starnes

William Matthew Starnes

Timothy Stanley Bernard

Timothy Stanley Bernard

Tabitha Ann Hammond

Tabitha Ann Hammond

Roman Palmer Fuller

Roman Palmer Fuller

Latacha Leeann Cosentino

Latacha Leeann Cosentino

Lindsay Rebecca Eades

Lindsay Rebecca Eades

Mitchell Lane Poole

Mitchell Lane Poole

Nathan Ashley Neal

Nathan Ashley Neal

Ricky Edward Wood

Ricky Edward Wood

Kino Martinez Joes

Kino Martinez Joes

Kevin W. Maler

Kevin W. Maler

Heather Marie Ortega

Heather Marie Ortega

Hannah Nichole Nation

Hannah Nichole Nation

Donald D. Bruce

Donald D. Bruce

Cecil Mark Fowler

Cecil Mark Fowler

Chad Billy Roach

Chad Billy Roach

Craig Leroy Warren

Craig Leroy Warren

Dolphus Daniel Haney

Dolphus Daniel Haney

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has announced that the fifth roundup of “Operation Infinity” began this morning. The Sheriff’s Office had four major drug roundups last year. This is the next installment of the Sheriff’s Office non-stop efforts in the war on drugs.

The operation began with a briefing at the Law Enforcement Center at 8:30am. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the operation by officers from 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. Our Infinity operations are part of our enforcement efforts to protect all of our citizens and improve everyone’s safety.”

In all, 20 individuals were being sought on a variety of drug distribution charges that stretched from methamphetamine to marijuana to crack to prescription drugs.

As of 3:00pm this afternoon, 10 of the individuals being sought were arrested, 4 of which who were already in jail on unrelated charges. 10 additional individuals are still being sought at this time by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. The following are a list of individuals who were arrested during the operation today:

1) Nathan Ashley Neal
1200 Fair Oaks Circle #706
Seneca, SC
23 years old
Distribution of Ice (Meth) – 1 count
Already in Jail on Separate Charges

2) Kevin Wayne Maler
182 C Avalon Drive
Walhalla, SC
48 years old
Distribution of Ice (Meth) – 1 count
Already in Jail on Separate Charges

3) Zack Daniel Patterson
410 West Pine Grove Road
Fair Play, SC
22 years old
Distribution of Ice (Meth) – 1 count
Already in Jail on Separate Charges

4) William Matthew Starnes
804 Broadway Street
Newry, SC
29 years old
Distribution of Crank (Meth) – 1 count
Already in Jain on Separate Charges

5) Mitchell Lane Poole
617 Broadway Street
Seneca, SC
44 years old
Distribution of Prescription Drugs (Clonazepam) – 1 count

6) Heather Marie Ortega
1212 Burns Drive
Seneca, SC
49 years old
Distribution of Marijuana – 2 counts

7) Chad Billy Roach
131 Rodeo Drive
Seneca, SC
48 years old
Distribution of Prescription Drugs (Hydrocodone, Carisprodol) – 2 counts

8) Latacha Leeann Cosentino
110 Pressley Place
Seneca, SC
26 years old
Distribution of Crank (Meth) – 1 count

9) Cecil Mark Fowler
107 Goddard Avenue
Seneca, SC
31 years old
Distribution of Prescription Drugs (Lortab) – 1 count
Distribution of Ice (Meth) – 1 count
Distribution of Crank (Meth) – 2 counts

10) Hannah Nichole Nation
129 Memory Lane
Walhalla, SC
21 years old
Distribution of Prescription Drugs – 2 counts
(Valium, Diazepam)

The following individuals have yet to be apprehended as part of Operation Infinity – Year Two, Phase One, but do have active warrants and are being sought by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. If you have information on these individuals, please contact Crime Stoppers at 864-638-STOP, 1-888-CRIME-SC or text in your 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.

1) Kino Martinez Jones
407 South Oak Street
Seneca, SC
27 years old
Distribution of Marijuana – 2 counts

2) Byron Jermaine Jackson
131 Ann Davis Street
Westminster, SC
32 years old
Distribution of Crack Cocaine – 1 count

3) Tabitha Ann Hammond
1045 West Oak Highway
Westminster, SC
33 years old
Distribution of Ice (Meth) – 2 counts

4) Roman Palmer Fuller
608 Rachels Drive
Townville, SC
30 years old
Distribution of Ice (Meth) – 1 count

5) Timothy Stanley Bernard
150 Tilson Cirlce
Salem, SC
51 years old
Distribution of Ice (Meth) – 1 count

6) Craig Leroy Warren
100 Malbert Road
Fair Play, SC
36 years old
Distribution of Ice (Meth) – 1 count

7) Ricky Edward Wood
213 Rowland Street
West Union, SC
52 years old
Distribution of Crank (Meth) – 1 count

8) Donald D. Bruce
214 Thomas Heights Circle
Seneca, SC
26 years old
Distribution of Crack Cocaine – 1 count

9) Lindsay Rebecca Eades
3063 Safety Harbor Road
West Union, SC
21 years old
Distribution of Crank (Meth) – 1 count

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Two After Traffic Stop

Jackie Lee Webb, Jr.

Jackie Lee Webb, Jr.

Hollie Michelle Henderson

Hollie Michelle Henderson

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested two individuals, a man and a woman, after a traffic stop during routine road patrol operations yesterday evening.

28 year old Hollie Michelle Henderson and 26 year old Jackie Lee Webb, Jr., both of 900 Mitchell Drive in Seneca, were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center yesterday evening. Henderson was booked in around 9:22pm and Webb was booked in around 11:59pm.

According to the incident report, a deputy traveling on Rodgers Road Monday afternoon observed a white Jeep Grand Cherokee turn onto Tucker Farm Road failing to use a turn signal. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and asked Webb, who was the driver, if he had a driver’s license and Webb said no. The deputy asked dispatch to check to see if Webb had a valid driver’s license. The deputy then asked the passenger, Henderson, to look for the registration and insurance card, which she could not find. After checking with dispatch concerning Henderson, the deputy was notified that Henderson had an outstanding family court bench warrant. Henderson was then placed under arrest.

Dispatch advised the deputy that Webb’s license was suspended and that he had multiple driving under suspension charges. The deputy advised Webb that he was under arrest for driving under suspension – third, no proof of insurance and no registration. A second deputy arrived, where they discovered that Webb had five bullets in his pocket and upon an inventory of the vehicle, a handgun was discovered under the passenger seat and a Cherokee Criminal Investigation badge under the headliner.

The deputy then asked both Webb and Henderson did they have anything on them before they went to jail and they both said no. A search of Henderson at the Detention Center revealed six white prescription pills in the inside liner of Henderson’s bra.

Besides the outstanding Family Court bench warrant, Henderson has also been charged with contraband charges after bringing contraband into the Detention Center. The pills that Henderson brought into the Detention Center, was methadone, according to warrants. Besides the traffic offenses, Webb also has been charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol. Webb also had an outstanding warrant for a violation of probation.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Captain Jeff Underwood Awarded Oconee Officer of the Year

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw with South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw with South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw presenting the 2014 Oconee Officer of the Year Award to Captain Jeff Underwood

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw presenting the 2014 Oconee Officer of the Year Award to Captain Jeff Underwood

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————-Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Road Patrol Captain Jeff Underwood was awarded the Oconee Officer of the Year Award last night during the Ninth Annual Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet, which was held at the Anderson Recreation Center. 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 last night was South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson.

Underwood was recognized for his efforts and work to secure and purchase tourniquet kits for all certified deputies with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, which included a fundraiser which was held last year in Fair Play and donations from Tactical Medical Solutions of Anderson. The acquisition of the tourniquet kits did not involve the use of taxpayer money.

In presenting the award to Captain Underwood, Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw praised Underwood’s efforts to go outside conventional thinking in order to accomplish goals and tasks.

“I have always encouraged our staff to find new ways to be more effective and be more efficient,” says Sheriff Crenshaw. “I am very fortunate to say that we have a deputy who met this challenge. He (Underwood) came up with the idea of wanting to equip each one of our officers with a simple piece of equipment that has the potential to save lives.”

Sheriff Crenshaw pointed out two instances since the purchase of the kits in which they were used to save lives. The first occurred back on November 5th of last year and help to save the life of a retired Sheriff’s Deputy from Pickens County who was hiking and was involved in an accidental shooting in Oconee County. The second occurred on February 26th of this year and involved another accidental shooting in which the victim was shot above the knee. Both individuals survived and the tourniquets kits were used by deputies who responded to both incidents.

Captain Underwood is a member of the command staff at the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and has been a deputy since 2002. Before his time in law enforcement, Underwood served in the United States Marine Corps for 4 years. Underwood was promoted to Captain of the Uniform Patrol Division last year.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Walhalla Man on Burglary and Larceny Charges

Kevin Wayne Maler

Kevin Wayne Maler

Richard William Shumsky

Richard William Shumsky

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Walhalla man last night on outstanding warrants that charge him with 2nd degree Burglary and Petit Larceny.

48 year old Kevin Wayne Maler of 182 C Avalon Drive in Walhalla was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 6:20pm yesterday evening. Maler is being held on $27,130 surety bond that was set at a bond hearing this morning.

According to warrants, Maler is accused of entering a residence on Sugarhill Road in Seneca on April 8th “without consent and with intent to commit a crime therein.” Warrants also accuse Maler of taking a ring, televisions and a pressure washer from the residence, which the estimated value of the merchandise taken to be around $1,856.00.

During the course of the investigation, another person, 28 year old Richard William Shumsky of the Sugar Hill Road address was arrested on April 18th and was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center on accessory before the fact charges. According to warrants, Shumsky is accused of counseling and hiring Maler to commit the acts that took place at the Sugarhill Road location. Shumsky is still being on a $5,000 surety bond.

According to investigators, the items taken by Maler belonged to Shumsky’s mother and grandmother. The ring and televisions have been recovered, according to investigators, but the pressure washer has yet to be recovered.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Townville Man on Manufacturing Meth Charges

Eric Jason Whitten

Eric Jason Whitten

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Townville man earlier this morning on manufacturing meth charges after a shake and bake style meth lab was found in his vehicle.

39 year old Eric Jason Whitten of 204 Ponderosa Point in Townville was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:23am this morning.

Deputies conducting a traffic safety check point Sunday evening on Highway 182 at Wilderness Road near Fair Play came in contact with a green 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier which had an altered year sticker on the tag around 11:05pm. Deputies asked the driver, Whitten, to pull the vehicle to the shoulder of the road. According to the incident report, deputies noticed that Whitten appeared to be nervous.

After asking Whitten for his license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration, a deputy noticed in plain view a shake and bake style meth lab in the rear driver’s side floor board, upon which the on call narcotics officer arrived on the scene.

After arriving on the scene, the narcotics officer then confirmed the shake and bake style meth lab. Whitten was placed under arrest and then transported to the Oconee County Detention Center. Warrants charge Whitten with possessing “known chemicals, equipment, and manufacturing apparatus used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.”