Monthly Archives: April 2015

Earlier Situation on Highlands Highway Resolved

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has taken an individual into protective custody who fired shots in his home earlier today.

Earlier this afternoon around 1:49pm, Oconee County 911 dispatch received a call from an individual in the 500 block of Highlands Highway, which is north of Walhalla.

The individual was unstable and shots were fired in the home. The Sheriff’s Office believed that the individual was alone in the home and no shots were fired at law enforcement.

Deputies responded to the scene and blocked a portion of Highlands Highway and diverted traffic at both ends of Highlands Highway at Sherwood Drive. Highlands Highway has reopened to all traffic.

The Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was activated and staged near the incident scene. The Sheriff’s Office also set up their mobile command unit. Deputies were on scene assessing the situation and remained on scene for several hours.

“Around 11pm this evening, after several attempts to reach the individual in question, officers made entry into the home and took the individual in question into protective custody,” according to Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “He will be transported to the hospital for evaluation.”

Sheriff Crenshaw also reiterated that the public was not in danger at any time and that no criminal charges will be filed.

The Sheriff’s Office received assistance this afternoon from the Walhalla Police Department and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office On Scene at Highlands Highway

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————Earlier this afternoon around 1:49pm, Oconee County 911 dispatch received a call from an individual in the 500 block of Highlands Highway, which is north of Walhalla.

The individual was unstable and shots were fired in the home. The Sheriff’s Office believes that the individual is alone in the home and no shots were fired at law enforcement.

Deputies responded to the scene and currently have a portion of Highlands Highway shut down and law enforcement is diverting traffic at both ends of Highlands Highway at Sherwood Drive.

The Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was activated and has staged near the incident scene. The Sheriff’s Office has also set up their mobile command unit.

“At this time, deputies are on the scene assessing the situation and we do not believe that the public is in any danger at this time,” according to Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “We are asking the public to avoid the area as a precaution.”

The Sheriff’s Office has received assistance this afternoon from the Walhalla Police Department and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man on Multiple Charges; Weapons and Drugs Among Charges

Casmiro Diaz

Casmiro Diaz

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man yesterday evening on multiple charges with drug and weapons warrants among them.

42 year old Casmiro Diaz of Hidden Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:05pm.

A deputy with Uniform Patrol Division responded to the Hidden Hill Drive address of Diaz around 7:40pm yesterday in regards to reports of a man waving a firearm at his neighbors. Dispatch informed the officer that subject was in a green Ford SUV and was attempting to leave the area.

The deputy made contact with the Diaz in the SUV. Diaz then put the vehicle in reverse and sped down the gravel road at the incident location, striking a tree while still in reverse. The deputy pursued Diaz for about 200 yards. After making contact with the suspect, Diaz told the deputy that he had thrown the gun a short distance. The deputy patted down Diaz to make sure that the weapon was still not on his person.

The weapon, a handgun, and one round of ammunition were located. The deputy was informed that there was a verbal altercation which led Diaz waving the gun around.

Diaz informed the deputy that he did not have any identification when asked. The tag information was given to dispatch, whereupon, dispatch informed the deputies that tag was stolen in 2013 in Oconee County and did not belong to the vehicle in question. The vehicle was not reported stolen, but Diaz told the deputies that the vehicle was not insured and that it was not registered.

Diaz was placed under arrest and a search incident to arrest on Diaz produced a silver canister on his person that had multiple prescription pills. Information also came to light that Diaz had several aliases and that Pickens County had outstanding warrants on Diaz but under a different name.

Diaz was charged in Uniform Traffic Tickets with having no South Carolina Driver’s License, Reckless Driving, Possession of Stolen Goods, Improper Tag Displayed, Failure to Register Vehicle and Operating Uninsured Vehicle.

Deputies also booked Diaz on Temporary Custody Orders on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Lorazepam) and Unlawful Carry of a Firearm until warrants on those charges were obtained today.

4th Coffee With A Cop Event Just One Week Away in Fair Play

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(Walhalla, SC)—On May 5th, officers from the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members and the public are invited to attend. The event begins at 8am on May 5th at The Gazebo Restaurant in Fair Play just off exit 1, Highway 11 at I-85. Please contact Jimmy Watt with questions: 864-638-4199 or jwatt@oconeelaw.com.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Oconee County neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man on Indecent Exposure Charges

Shawn Christopher Wilmarth

Shawn Christopher Wilmarth

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man over the weekend on two charges of indecent exposure.

45 year old Shawn Christopher Wilmarth of Yellow Jasmine Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 8:49pm Saturday.

A deputy with the Uniform Patrol Division responded to a retail business on Wells Highway near Seneca late Saturday afternoon due to reports of a case of indecent exposure.

As the investigation continued, it was determined that Wilmarth exposed his private parts to an adult female and a 12 year old minor female, who is the adult female’s daughter, in a section of the business. The adult victim contacted law enforcement once the incident had occurred.

Wilmarth is still being held on a $30,000 surety bond at the Detention Center.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone else who might have been in the business at that time and witnessed the incident to call 864-638-4111 as the investigation continues.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Salem Man on Charges of Receiving Stolen Goods

Frank Eric Collins

Frank Eric Collins

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Salem man over the weekend on charges of receiving stolen goods.

42 year old Frank Eric Collins of Collins Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:16am Sunday.

A deputy with the Uniform Patrol Division observed a truck and trailer around 12:35am traveling down Flat Shoals Road with no lights on the trailer and the truck with a broken rear tail light. The deputy initiated a traffic stop in the 11000 block of North Highway 11. Upon the trailer was a tractor, which was a Kubota B7510 tractor, orange in color, with a loader.

Collins, the driver of the vehicle, was asked for his information by the deputy. As the deputy was walking back to his vehicle, he observed an identification mark common where serial numbers are on a tractor that appeared to have been removed, plus, the deputy noticed that the tractor did not have a key and the ignition switch had been punched. Collins had originally stated that the tractor belonged to his father.

As the course of the investigation continued, Collins’ story continued to be inconsistent in the course of his conversation with the deputy in terms of where he was going. what he was doing and how he came in possession of the property in question. The deputy, who was joined by other deputies on scene, was able to run the VIN number for the tractor and the tractor was reported in the National Crime Information Center as being stolen from Cherokee, North Carolina and was reported stolen on September 28th, 2014. Collins was then placed under arrest.

The tractor and trailer was towed per a request from Cherokee, North Carolina. Collins’ truck was towed as well due to an expired tag and no proof of insurance.

Collins was placed on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants were obtained Sunday on the receiving stolen goods charge. Collins was also charged in Uniform Traffic Tickets with having an expired tag and no proof of insurance.

Collins was released from the Detention Center earlier today. His surety bond amount had been set at $10,000.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Teenager on Assault and Battery Charges

Jarett Lee Honeycutt

Jarett Lee Honeycutt

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca teenager last night on Assault and Battery charges.

18 year old Jarrett Lee Honeycutt of Wood Gate Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 10:06pm on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants were obtained today that charge Honeycutt with Assault and Battery – 1st Degree.

Four deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division were dispatched around 8:19pm last night to the Wood Gate Drive address in regards to an assault that had already occurred. While deputies were in route to the incident location, they were notified that a machete was used in the assault as well as the fact that the victim and Honeycutt were still on the scene.

Once deputies arrived on the scene and began the investigation, Honeycutt told deputies that he had gotten into a physical altercation with the victim, who was in a truck on the property. Honeycutt told deputies that he was trying to defend himself and claimed the victim had assaulted him. However, deputies could not find physical manifestations of injuries on Honeycutt’s body in the area where he claimed to have been assaulted.

Deputies continued their investigation by interviewing witnesses. The victim was interviewed as well by deputies as he was receiving treatment by paramedics for hand injuries suffered in the altercation. The victim told deputies that Honeycutt interrupted a phone conversation that he was having and after questioning Honeycutt, the victim told deputies that Honeycutt became physical and placed his hands on the victim. The victim said that Honeycutt had the machete already in his hand and that when Honeycutt went to shove him a second time, the victim shoved back and then Honeycutt began to swing the machete. After striking the victim on both hands and trying to stab him, the victim told Honeycutt that law enforcement was being called. Honeycutt then reportedly threw the machete in the front yard.

Deputies then placed Honeycutt under arrest and continued the investigation, including the collection of evidence.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Assisting With Traffic Due to Events in the Seneca/Clemson Areas

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office will be among the law enforcement agencies that will be assisting with traffic control this Thursday and Friday due to The USA Triathlon NCAA National Championships and the 2015 Color Run in the Seneca and Clemson area.

Expect inside lane closures along portions of Highway 123 and Highway 93 in both directions this Friday and Saturday. Friday morning, from 7:45am until 1pm, expect inside lane closures and delays on Highway 93 from the Y beach area to Highway 123 and then on Highway 123 from Highway 93 to Garden Circle near Wells Highway.

Then on Saturday, expect delays and inside lane closures on Highway 93 from the Y beach area to Highway 123 and then from Highway 123 to Lindsay Road near Seneca from 6am until 2:30pm and then in the area of Heritage Hills near Greenfield Industries from 2:30pm until 6pm.

Motorists are encouraged to allow for extra time or find an alternate route during these times.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Woman on Forgery, Breach of Trust Charges

Pamela Gail Rogers (Blackwell)

Pamela Gail Rogers (Blackwell)

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca woman yesterday on charges of forgery and breach of trust.

41 year old Pamela Gail Rogers (Blackwell) of South Oak Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:46pm after turning herself in yesterday.

A deputy with the Uniform Patrol Division responded to a business located on the Highway 123 by-pass between Seneca and Clemson back on March 13th due to reports of a forgery complaint that reportedly involved a former employee that occurred late last year.

The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office. As the investigation continued and according to one arrest warrant, investigators charged Blackwell with taking multiple refund checks from her former employer, valued at around $3,951.86, and using them for her own personal use which occurred in December of last year.

Investigators have also charged Blackwell in the second warrant with taking a stolen forged check from her former employer and depositing the check into a personal savings account, an incident which also occurred last year.

Blackwell was released yesterday from the Detention Center on a combined $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Hosting 2nd Annual Retired Law Enforcement Officers Appreciation Luncheon

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting its 2nd annual Retired Law Enforcement Officers Appreciation Luncheon on May 14th at part of Law Enforcement Officers Appreciation Week activities.

Any retired local, state, tribal or federal law enforcement officers who currently reside in Oconee County are welcome to attend this luncheon, which will be held from 12:30pm until 1:30pm on the second floor of the Law Enforcement Center at 300 South Church Street in Walhalla.

This luncheon is for reserved guests only, so for more information or to RSVP, please contact Tonya Massey with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4117.

May 14th is also the day for the annual Schuck Memorial Blood Drive, which will be held from 11am until 7pm in the gravel parking lot behind the Oconee County Law Enforcement Center at 300 South Church Street in Walhalla.

May 15th will be recognized around the country as Peace Officers Memorial Day.