Monthly Archives: November 2014

Fair Play Man Wanted on Multiple Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges Arrested in Georgia

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Donnie Lane King

by: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————A Fair Play man wanted on multiple charges of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor in Oconee County was arrested last night in the state of Georgia.

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says that investigators with the Sheriff’s Office working with police in Lavonia, Georgia located and arrested 65 year old Donnie Lane King of 450 Wilderness Trail at a motel in Lavonia last night.

According to Sheriff Crenshaw, King was arrested without incident and was taken to the Franklin County jail. King is scheduled to go before a judge today for extradition proceedings.

King was wanted by investigators in Oconee County on nine separate counts: two counts of Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor under 16 years of age, four counts of Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor between 11 to 14 years of age and three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor with the victim under 11 years of age. The cases involve two separate female victims.

On November 7th, a deputy responded to the DSS office in Oconee County concerning reports of sexual abuse involving one of the female victims. The case was then referred to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office.

During the course of the investigation, warrants obtained against King charge him with sexually assaulting the first victim between the ages of eight and fifteen between the dates of February of 2006 and February of 2014.

As the investigation into the allegations involving the first victim continued, new allegations surfaced involving a second female victim. According to warrants, King is accused of sexually assaulting the second female victim between 1985 and 1986 at the time the victim was fourteen years old.

The incidents are said to have occurred at the Wilderness Road address.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man in Stolen Vehicle Case

Joshua Wayne Griffin

Joshua Wayne Griffin

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man yesterday evening on charges related to a stolen vehicle.

33 year old Joshua Wayne Griffin of 372 Cedar Wood Ranch Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 8:53pm on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants could be obtained today.

Acting upon an anonymous tip, deputies responded to an address on Mize Drive regarding a found property call. Deputies found Griffin at the house and he stated he had been working on the stolen vehicle in question, which was a 1991 Jeep Comanche that was taken from an address on Highway 123 near Wells Highway.

Investigators believe that the vehicle was reportedly taken sometime between 6pm Sunday and 8am on Monday.

After running the vehicle information and verifying that the vehicle was stolen, Griffin was arrested. During a search incident to arrest, two small bags of methamphetamine were found on Griffin. The total amount of meth found was less than one gram.

The vehicle has been turned back over to the owner.

Warrants charge Griffin with one count of Grand Larceny in regards to stealing the 1991 Jeep Comanche, valued at around $6,000 and with one count of Malicious Injury to Personal Property for damage to the steering column, bumper and interior of the same vehicle.

Griffin is also charged with one count of Petit Larceny for taking aluminum and vehicle parts in the same incident.

The incident occurred at Clemson 4 Wheel Drive Center on Highway 123.

Griffin is also charged with Possession of Tools commonly used in commission of crimes for possessing a screwdriver and bolt cutters.

Finally, Griffin was also charged in warrants with Possession of Methamphetamine.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help in Solving Seneca Wal-Mart Shoplifting

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in solving a shoplifting that occurred Monday morning, November 10th at the Seneca Wal-Mart.

A deputy responded to 1636 Sandifer Boulevard just before 10:30am and spoke with an employee who told the deputy that the suspect had exited the store through the Lawn and Garden center with several items in a cart.

An employee gave chase in the parking lot, upon which the suspect left the cart and took 2 Keurig Coffee Makers with him as he ran towards a vehicle in the bottom of the parking lot.

The suspect got into an older model Pontiac Firebird which was heading toward Westminster. The suspect was wearing a gray hoodie style sweatshirt and blue jeans.

The value of the Keurig Coffee Makers is $99.00 apiece.

If you any information on this Monday morning Seneca Wal-Mart Shoplifting or the suspect in question, 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.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help Regarding Stolen Vehicle Case

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in regards to reports of a stolen vehicle.

A deputy responded to an address on Highway 123 near Wells Highway between Clemson and Seneca in regards to a report of a stolen vehicle. The deputy spoke to the victim, who stated the vehicle was taken from the location where the deputy responded. Deputies believe that the vehicle, a red in color 1991 Jeep Comanche, was taken between 6pm on Sunday and 8am on Sunday.

The Jeep is a pickup style jeep with silver striping on the side, off road BF Goodrich tires with black aftermarket wheels with the rear glass containing lettering that says Clemson 4×4 club. The tag on the vehicle is HNT 134.

Investigators believe that someone broke through a locked fence in order to steal the jeep.

If you have any information on this missing Jeep, you are asked to call 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. Remember, all tips are anonymous through Crime Stoppers.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Gives Tips for Thanksgiving Travel and Black Friday

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————With the busiest travel day of the year for motorists this Wednesday and the busiest shopping day of the year this Friday, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office wants everyone to stay safe during the Thanksgiving holiday.

AAA is reporting that over 46 million people will travel either by road, rail or air to visit their family and friends for Thanksgiving, with Wednesday being the day in which the most traffic is anticipated.

“There are a few things you can do before you travel, especially by automobile this week,” according to Jimmy Watt, Public Information Officer for the Sheriff’s Office. “First, make sure you vehicle is ready for travel, by making sure that your tires are properly inflated and all your vehicle fluids are full. Second, plan out your trip and make sure that you know what your route is going to be.”

“Once you are on the roads, try to leave as early as you can on Wednesday,” says PIO Watt. “Traffic volume will increase as the day goes along, with the peak travel time between noon and 7pm, especially along the interstates and main highways. Also, anticipate an increased law enforcement presence and with the increased traffic volume, the potential for accidents goes up. Finally, be patient. Many people will be using the same roads you do so be courteous.”

In regards to shopping on Black Friday, many retailers will be opening their stores on Thanksgiving Day, not just early Friday morning. The potential for theft will be heightened, so vigilance is of the upmost importance.
Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw offers the following safety tips to increase your safety and decrease your chances of becoming a victim of a crime.

-Don’t buy more than you can carry. Bring along a friend to help, or ask an employee or another shopper for assistance when carrying packages to your car.

-Shop with only one credit card. It simplifies canceling purchases. Credit cards are considered generally safer than debit cards, especially when shopping online.

-Never leave your purse, wallet or phone unattended. Deter pickpockets by holding these items close to your person.

-Have your keys in hand when approaching your car, and remember to check the backseat before getting in.

-Have a plan for meeting at a pre-designated area in case you become separated from your children.

-Put purchases in the trunk if making multiple stops.

-Notify law enforcement or a store employee if you see an unattended bag or package.

-Obey The Laws… Drive the speed limit, stop at stop signs and don’t park in handicap spots. Be mindful of pedestrians, especially children.

The Sheriff’s Office plans to have an increased presence in the shopping centers throughout the weekend.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Multiple Larceny Charges

Tony Mitchell Mulkey

Tony Mitchell Mulkey

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man on Friday morning on multiple larceny charges.

47 year old Tony Mitchell Mulkey of 402 Highland Avenue was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 6:46am after being picked up at his residence by a deputy from the warrants division of the Sheriff’s Office.

On November 4th, a deputy was dispatched to an address on Greenfield Road in Westminster in regards to a burglary. The complainant told the deputy that she saw someone trying to steal vehicle parts off of the complainants truck parked in their yard. The suspect ran off towards the neighbor’s house. The complainant also heard a vehicle take off from the yard.

The complainant discovered several items missing from the property, which included a boat trailer, boat motors, lawn mowers, and various vehicle parts. The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division.

As the investigation continued, warrants were obtained against Mulkey on November 18th charging him with one count of Grand Larceny and two counts of Larceny involving breaking into a motor vehicle. Mulkey is accused in warrants of breaking into a 1989 Chevrolet Pickup and 1981 Dodge Pickup.

The total value of the items taken is over $10,000. Investigators have only recovered a few items at this time.

Mulkey was released on Saturday on a total surety bond of $20,000.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Warns Residents of Potential Scam

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a scam where the caller claims to be a law enforcement officer.

Around 1pm yesterday, Oconee County dispatch received a call from a complainant who told dispatchers that his wife had a received a call, upon which the caller stated that she had an outstanding warrant and for her to go and purchase a Greet Dot card but not to tell anyone.

The caller stated that his name was Lieutenant Adams and that he was from the warrants division in Westminster. The complainant gave dispatch the caller’s phone number, which was an 864 area code number.

Dispatchers called the number, upon which a male answered the call stating it was the warrants division. Dispatchers said they were from the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, upon which the caller hung up.

After trying the number again by dispatcher, the call went to voice mail, which stated that it was the warrants division of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office but due to high caller volume, the call could not be answered. The voice mail stated for callers to leave their name and phone number and their call would be returned as soon as possible.

Dispatch received two more complaints regarding calls made from the same number. One complainant stated that they received a call from a Lt. Adams from the Westminster Police Department who stated that they missed a Grand Jury date and to go purchase a Green Dot card for $500.

The other complainant stated that she received a call from Lt. Adams from the Walhalla Police Department. This complainant asked to speak with this man’s supervisor. An individual identified as Lt. Rigsby spoke to the complainant and told here to purchase a $500 Green Dot card due to the fact that she did not show up for Grand Jury duty and that if she did not do it, that cars would be sent to her house.

Further investigation by deputies revealed that these call reportedly may have come from a prison in Camilla, Georgia.

“Green Dot cards are something that scammers love to use,” according to Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Jimmy Watt. “Once a scammer has the pin number for the cards, it is very easy obviously for them to obtain money off the cards without any problems. If someone calls and asks you to put money on a Green Dot card, it is a more than likely a scam.”

“These scammers, of course, were not affiliated with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office,” says Watt. “If someone calls you and tries to run this scam on you, hang up and call your local law enforcement agency.”

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Oconee County Man on Grand Larceny Charges

Mark Eldon Staton

Mark Eldon Staton

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Oconee County man Monday evening on Grand Larceny charges in relation to the theft of a dump trailer.

33 year old Mark Eldon Staton was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:25pm. Warrants list Staton’s address as 305 Goddard Avenue in Seneca while the Detention Center lists his address as 350 Grant Road in Westminster.

A deputy spoke with an individual by phone the afternoon of October 24th in regards to a reported theft of a black in color dump trailer which was taken from an address on Granite Drive in Seneca. The trailer was reportedly taken between 11:30am and 3pm the same day. The deputy later spoke with the owner of the trailer who provided the deputy some further information.

The case was turned over the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office who determined during the course of the investigation that Staton had taken the trailer. Warrants against Staton were obtained by investigators on November 14th.

The value of the trailer is around $3,000 according to investigators.

Staton is still being held at the Detention Center on a $25,000 surety bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help in November Convenience Store Burglary and Larceny

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in solving a November 6th burglary and larceny that occurred at a Highway 123 by-pass convenience store.

A deputy responded to the Bountyland Quik Stop at 10941 Clemson Boulevard, which is between Clemson and Seneca, around 5am due to reports of the store alarm system not operating properly and smoke inside the building. This was reported by an employee who arrived to open the store for business.

The deputy cleared the building and observed merchandise in the floor as well as the safe and ATM in the store opened with all the contents moved. A hole had been cut in one of the doors to gain entry to the store. The suspect(s) also disabled the alarm system and the video camera system inside the store.

An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the safe and ATM.

The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Crime Scene Unit processed the scene for clues.

If anyone has any information on this November 6th early morning burglary and larceny at the Bountyland Quik Stop on Highway 123 between Clemson and Seneca or any suspect(s) involved, please call 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.