Monthly Archives: December 2014

Duke Energy and county officials to test sirens around Oconee Nuclear Station

Oconee Nuclear Station

Oconee Nuclear Station

Press Release Courtesy of B.J. Gatten
Communications Manager
Oconee Nuclear Station

 Three-minute test scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 14, at approximately 11:50 a.m.
 No public action required.

SENECA, S.C. – The public alert notification sirens around the Oconee Nuclear Station will be tested Wednesday, Jan. 14, at approximately 11:50 a.m.

The 65 sirens within 10 miles of the Oconee Nuclear Station will be tested for three-minutes to make sure each siren works properly. This full-cycle siren test is performed once each quarter in cooperation with emergency officials in Oconee and Pickens counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.

Hearing a siren does not mean to evacuate. In an emergency, sirens are sounded as a signal for residents to tune to a local radio or TV station that would carry an emergency alerting message. County officials use these stations to provide information to the public. If sirens are heard and residents are unsure if it is a test or an emergency, they should tune to their local radio or TV station.

For more information about the public alert notification sirens, residents can refer to information available on www.duke-energy.com.

Duke Energy Carolinas owns nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas, renewables and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides approximately 20,000 megawatts of owned electric capacity to about 2.4 million customers in a 24,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States with approximately $115 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.2 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. Its commercial power and international energy business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.

Sheriff’s Office and Fire Officials Seeking Public’s Help Regarding Douglas Drive Suspicious Fire

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Release Courtesy of Charlie King
Fire Chief
Oconee County

(Walhalla, SC)—————————-Around 1 am on Monday morning, firefighters were alerted to a report of a house on fire in the Timberlake One community in southern Oconee County. Emergency Crews arrived within several minutes to find the residence well involved in fire and spreading quickly. Crews worked for approximately 15 minutes to bring the fire under control. Once the fire was extinguished and it was confirmed that there were no occupants injured, crews turned their attention to determining the cause of the fire. The Fire Investigations Team (FIT), which is made up of specially trained firefighters and Sheriff’s Deputies, responded to assist suppression crews. Following several hours of digging through burned out debris and interviewing neighbors, the FIT determined that the fire in the home was started deliberately.

We are asking for the publics in determining who might have been involved with Monday morning’s fire. Anyone with information is asked to call Oconee Crime stoppers at (864) 638-7867 or the Arson Hotline at 1-800-92-ARSON.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests West Union Man on Multiple Burglary, Larceny Charges

Brady Dale Berry

Brady Dale Berry

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a West Union man yesterday afternoon on multiple burglary and larceny charges.

20 year old Brady Dale Berry of 165 Fernwood Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:27pm after turning himself in at the Oconee County Law Enforcement Center in Walhalla.

Arrest warrants obtained by investigators charge Berry with two counts of First Degree Burglary, two counts of Grand Larceny, and two counts of Petit Larceny.

Berry is accused of stealing a 6 x 12 flatbed utility trailer plus tools, valued at around $2,200, from an address on Goforth Lane in Westminster on December 3rd.

Warrants also charge Berry with taking a 15 foot dove tail trailer with a double tandem axle with ramps on the side and back of the trailer from an address on Old Seneca Road sometime between the dates of December 8th and December 11th.

In a third incident, Barry has been charged with breaking into a residence on Grace Lane in Long Creek sometime between December 4th and December 27th and stealing four firearms with a value of around $1,900.

Finally, investigators say that Berry broke into a residence located at a separate address on Fernwood Drive and reportedly stole two firearms and a holster for one of the firearms sometime between the dates of November 1st and December 27th. The value of the items taken in that burglary is around $750.

Investigators say that around 95% of the items have been recovered as of mid-Tuesday afternoon. There are still some tools and two of the firearms taken that have yet to be recovered, according to investigators.

Berry is being held at this time on a combined $65,000 surety bond at the Oconee County Detention Center.

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

Howard Eugene Johnson

Howard Eugene Johnson

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man late Sunday afternoon on drug conspiracy charges.

47 year old Howard Eugene Johnson of 24 Sirrine Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 5:39pm.

Around November 12th, Narcotics Agents began an investigation into the purchase of Pseudoephedrine by Johnson beyond the legal limit. Pseudoephedrine is a common ingredient in the making of methamphetamine and only 9 grams can be purchased in a 30 day period, according to the law.

The investigation revealed that Johnson was blocked from purchasing around 16 grams of Pseudoephedrine between November 12th and November 21st from 5 different pharmacies, all located in the Seneca area.

Johnson is currently being held at the Oconee County Detention Center on a $5,000 surety bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Easley Man on Weapons Charges

Tyler Joseph Crutchfield

Tyler Joseph Crutchfield

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Easley man early Sunday morning on weapons charges.

21 year old Tyler Joseph Crutchfield of 104 Wallace Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 2:55am.

Deputies were dispatched just before 1am December 28th to an address on Owens Road in Seneca due to reports of a disturbance in which an argument had ensued between a male and two female’s at the residence with the male, later identified as Crutchfield, waving a gun around. An investigation by the deputies on scene corroborated the information provided to deputies.

Crutchfield was arrested by deputies and was charged in warrants with Pointing and Presenting a Firearm at a Person and with Receiving Stolen Goods, as a check on the firearm in question, which is a handgun, revealed that it was reported stolen by the Clemson Police Department. The handgun was then placed into evidence and no other firearms were found at the residence after consent was given to search the residence by the homeowner.

During a bond hearing, Crutchfield was given a combined $15,000 surety bond. He was released yesterday from the Oconee County Detention Center.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Unlawful Neglect of a Child Charges

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man yesterday evening on an outstanding arrest warrant on charges of Unlawful Neglect of a Child.

24 year old Kenneth Daniel Jones, who has no fixed address according to warrants, was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:13pm by a deputy from the Road Patrol division after being released from the Pickens County Detention Center where he was being held on unrelated charges.

Jones was wanted as part of the eighth Operation Infinity Drug Sweep which began on October 30th.

Narcotics agents from the Sheriff’s Office were contacted by the Department of Social Services on March 17th regarding a child neglect complaint. According to warrants, drug screen conducted on a 15 month old child on March 3rd revealed that the child tested positive for amphetamine, methamphetamine and marijuana.

According to warrants, Jones, who is the father, refused to take a drug screen.

The incident reportedly occurred at an address on Jack Pelfrey Road.

Jones does have a hold placed on him at the Detention Center for authorities in Banks County, Georgia.

Kenneth Daniel Jones

Kenneth Daniel Jones

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Youth on Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges

Dahryus Alexander Noel Coward

Dahryus Alexander Noel Coward

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster teen last Friday morning on charges of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor.

17 year old Dahryus Alexander-Noel Coward of 161 Misty Hollow Lane was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 10:59am on charges of 2nd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct of a Minor.

Deputies were notified by a guidance counselor at a school in the School District of Oconee County that a reported incident had occurred on a school bus during the morning hours of December 15th involving the victim, who is 13 years old, and Coward.

After conducting an investigation, deputies determined that Coward had committed a sexual battery by touching the victim inappropriately.

Coward was given a $20,000 surety bond during a bond hearing. He was released from the Oconee County Detention Center on Saturday.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Warns Public of Scamming Technique Known as Spoofing

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————On Tuesday of this week, Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw received a phone call from a business in Westminster.

While it is not unusual for the Sheriff to take phone calls from the residents he serves in Oconee County, the information that was provided was certainly interesting.

The individual told the Sheriff that they had received a phone call which showed the Sheriff’s name and his phone number on the businesses caller I.D. The call was a computer generated call that offered the business a sales pitch to get business leads.

What the Sheriff believes and what investigators discuss when talking with residents about scams is a technique that many scammers use which is called “spoofing.”

According to an article on the website of the Federal Communications Division (http://www.fcc.gov/guides/caller-id-and-spoofing), “Spoofing” is used by criminals to falsify the number they are calling from or the name of a person in an effort to disguise the actual number they are calling from or the name of the person calling.

Scammers can make it appear that they are calling from your bank, a financial company, a governmental office or a person calling from your local area code. However, those individuals may be calling from a number that is hundreds or thousands of miles away. Due to that fact, it makes it extremely difficult for law enforcement in many cases to trace the call to find out where it originated.

The Sheriff’s Office always recommends never giving out personal information over the telephone as companies and businesses you deal with have your personal information. If an offer sounds too good to be true, more than likely it is. If you think that someone is trying to scam you, then call your local law enforcement agency in your jurisdiction and file a report. Also, never put any money on a pre-paid card if someone you are not familiar with asks you too nor provide them with any money as well.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help in Recent South Cove Area Burglaries

200 block of South Cove Road

200 block of South Cove Road

200 block of South Cove Road

200 block of South Cove Road

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in solving four reported burglaries that have occurred in and close to the South Cove area of Oconee County.

The first burglary was reported early Friday afternoon, December 12th at an address in the 100 block of South Cove Road. The homeowner believes that the burglary and larceny occurred sometime between November 21st and the date it was reported. A Kobalt 5 gallon twin air take and a 50 foot air hose were taken. The value of the items taken is around $260.

Deputies also responded to an address in the 200 block of South Cove Road just before 8am on Sunday, December 14th. The homeowner discovered that the door to the garage was unlocked and that several drawers on several toolboxes were open. The homeowner told the deputy that the doors to the garage are kept locked and all the toolboxes are closed. Nothing appeared to be missing but pry marks were discovered on the door seal where it appears something was used to pry the door open.

Later that same morning, deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of Keowee School Road to report of a burglary and larceny that the business owner believes occurred between 5am on December 13th and 10am on December 14th. A glass in the building had been broken out and the suspect opened multiple cabinet doors. The only items that were reported missing were tools valued at around $100.

Lastly, deputies responded to an address in the 100 block of Indian Oaks Road around 10:39am Thursday morning in regards to reports of a burglary and larceny that reportedly occurred between 8am December 11th and the date it was reported. The suspect reportedly entered through a door in the basement and made it to the upstairs portion by damaging other doors. The only thing reportedly taken, according to deputies, was around $400 in quarters.

If you have any information on these burglaries and larcenies or suspect(s) who may be involved, 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 as all tips are anonymous and all information is confidential. If you tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Seneca Man on Outstanding Drug Charges

Larry Allen Ford

Larry Allen Ford

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a Seneca man on outstanding drug charges.

29 year old Larry Allen Ford, whose address on warrants is listed as 514 Fernwood Drive, is being sought on four charges.

According to warrants, narcotic agents have charged Ford with two counts of trafficking, one count involving cocaine and one count involving crack cocaine, in relation to incidents that occurred on April 14th and May 31st respectively at the Fernwood Drive address.

Agents have also charged Ford with one count of Possession of a quantity of Marijuana and one count of Possession of a quantity of MDMA, which is Ecstasy, in an incident which occurred July 18th also at the Fernwood Drive address.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Larry Allen Ford, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 864-638-STOP, 1-888-CRIME-SC, or text in your tip to 274637. All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and the information is confidential and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.