Monthly Archives: May 2015

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster on Carjacking and Other Charges

Timothy Ryan Long, Sr.

Timothy Ryan Long, Sr.

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man on multiple charges late yesterday afternoon, including a charge of Carjacking.

33 year old Timothy Ryan Long, Sr. of Forest Hill Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 5:35pm.

A deputy responded to an address on Pickens Road near Westminster in regards to a reported assault. Once deputies arrived on scene, information from the complainant revealed that Long had not assaulted the victim but had got in front of the victims vehicle to prevent the complainant from leaving, then jumped on the vehicles hood and kicked the windshield. The victim got out of the vehicle. Long then proceeded to get in the vehicle and drive down the driveway but the victim was not aware of the direction of travel.

Dispatch relayed the type of vehicle that Long was driving, a light blue Kia Spectra with the windshield kicked in. A deputy responding to the call made contact with the vehicle on Highway 183 at Old Walhalla Highway. The deputy activated the blue lights and sirens and tried to initiate a traffic stop but the driver, Long, would not pull over and proceeded down Highway 183 towards Walhalla.

As the pursuit continued, another deputy deployed stop sticks along a portion of Highway 183, which Long ran over. The vehicle drove about 75 yards, according to the deputy, and then pulled over to the side of the road. Long was arrested without incident and was transported to the Detention Center.

Long was charged in an Uniform Traffic Ticket with Driving Under Suspension and booked in on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants were obtained today charging Long with the Carjacking charge, Malicious Injury to Personal Property and Failure to Stop for a Blue Light.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man on Criminal Domestic Violence – High and Aggravated Charges

Jamal Keshy Watonsi Ngoumou

Jamal Keshy Watonsi Ngoumou

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man late yesterday morning on an outstanding warrant charging him with Criminal Domestic Violence – High And Aggravated.

23 year old Jamal Keshy Watonsi Ngoumou was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 11:36am by a deputy from the Warrants Division.

Deputies responded to an address on Sirrine Street on the Utica Mill Hill in the late morning hours of May 8th in regards to an assault that had occurred.

The victim told the deputy that Watonsi Ngoumou argued with her earlier that morning and then later on proceeded to call her names and then punched her in the face, made threats to kill her and then threw her on the bed. Watonsi Ngoumou then grabbed a knife and made a threat to use it against the victim. Watonsi Ngoumou later grabbed a hammer and threatened to use it against the victim.

Later on after the victim was able to lock the door, Watonsi Ngoumou reportedly kicked the door in and proceeded to bite the victim on the head. The victim was able to get away to a neighbor’s house to call 911. Watonsi Ngoumou then reportedly broke the victims phone and then reportedly left the residence and was not located by the responding officer at that time.

Warrants against Watsonsi Ngoumou were obtained on May 9th. The victim is a member of Watonsi Ngoumou household.

Watonsi Ngoumou is being held at the Detention Center on a $50,000 surety bond. He would be required to wear electronic monitoring should he be able to make bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Multiple Warrants

Junior Michael Dickert, Jr.

Junior Michael Dickert, Jr.

Joshua Guy Brock

Joshua Guy Brock

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man early yesterday morning on multiple warrants.

28 year old Junior Michael Dickert, Jr. of Marys Lane was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 2:37am on three counts of Second Degree Burglary and three counts of Petit Larceny.

Warrants accuse Dickert, Jr. of breaking into a residence on Marys Lane on May 18th, May 19th and May 20th and taking personal property away from the residence.

Dickert, Jr. also had two outstanding warrants on charges of Distribution of Methamphetamine as part of the ninth Operation Infinity Drug Sweep for distributing a quantity of methamphetamine to an undercover operative working at the direction of the Sheriff’s Office on December 9th and December 11th. Dickert becomes the 32nd person arrested in the drug sweep.

Dickert, Jr. is being held at the Detention Center on a combined surety bond amount of $56,390 on all charges.

A second individual, 25 year old Joshua Guy Brock of Jeremy Lane in Westminster was arrested Thursday afternoon around 1:04pm and charged with one count each of Second Degree Burglary and Petit Larceny related to the break-in and theft that occurred on May 19th. Brock also remains in custody at the Detention Center on a combined $12,000 surety bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks the Public’s Help in Solving Recent Seneca Area Break-In

696 Emmanuel Church Road Burglary (1)

696 Emmanuel Church Road Burglary (2)

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in their investigation into a recent burglary and larceny that occurred in the Seneca area.

A deputy responded to 696 Emmanuel Church Drive the morning of May 25th regarding an incident had occurred in which forced entry had been made to the residence and electronic items had been taken.

One HP laptop computer, two HP tablets and a small speaker was taken. The value of the items taken is around $960.00

Investigators believe that the burglary and larceny sometime between 12:45am and 2am that morning.

If you have any information on this burglary and larceny that occurred during the early morning hours of May 25th, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or 864-638-STOP. You don’t have to give your name when you call Crime Stoppers and if you tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Anderson Man on Outstanding Grand Larceny Warrant

Michael Anthony Fortner

Michael Anthony Fortner

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Anderson County man Friday afternoon on an outstanding warrant on charges of Grand Larceny.

56 year old Michael Anthony Fortner was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:36pm after deputies from the Warrants Division transported Fortner from the Wateree River Correctional Institution in Rembert, South Carolina to the Detention Center. Fortner’s address, according to the warrant, is listed as Edith Street in Anderson. Fortner’s address, according to Detention Center records, is listed as Hattons Ford Road.

According to an arrest warrant issued on October 27th, 2014, Fortner is accused of stealing a 7 x 14 Hopper Black two brake axle wire side trailer from Willard’s Tractor, which is located on South Highway 11 in the Walhalla area. The incident is said to have occurred on October 25th of last year.

A press release was issued by the Sheriff’s Office on October 29th of last year announcing the arrest of one person in the case and seeking the public’s help in locating Fortner.

The trailer that was taken was valued at around $3,000.

Fortner is being held at the Oconee County Detention Center on a $10,000 surety bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Woman on Charges of Impersonating an Officer

Clara Irene Williams

Clara Irene Williams

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster woman Friday afternoon on charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer.

43 year old Clara Irene Williams of Shoreline Lane was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 4:50pm.

Deputies were dispatched to Chau Ram County Park regarding a disturbance a Park Ranger was having with two females in which one of the women, Williams, said she was an agent with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and would have the Ranger arrested. Williams also reportedly covered her tag on her vehicle when the Ranger attempted to write her a trespass notice. Deputies were also advised that Williams was leaving in a white Chevrolet pick-up truck.

The deputy who responded stopped the vehicle in question and spoke with Williams, who told the deputy that she worked with SLED. The deputy asked Williams for her SLED identification, which Williams was not able to produce. A check with SLED revealed that Williams had never been an employee of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Agency.

Williams was placed under arrest and transported to the Detention Center. She was released from the Detention Center on Saturday on a $2,500 personal recognizance bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Issues Arrests Warrants Against Mountain Rest Man in Tuesday Bank Robbery; Suspect Arrested in North Carolina

Jesse Ray Pate (Courtesy of the Johnston County, NC Sheriff's Office)

Jesse Ray Pate (Courtesy of the Johnston County, NC Sheriff’s Office)

Bank Robbery Suspect - New Picture

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant earlier today against a Mountain Rest man regarding the late Tuesday afternoon bank robbery at Community First Bank near Seneca.

The suspect was then arrested later in the day in Johnston County, North Carolina, which is near Raleigh.

Based on information that investigators received, 53 year old Jesse Ray Pate of Pasture Lane was charged by the Sheriff’s Office with Armed Robbery in the incident where Pate is accused of taking around $5,767 from the bank. The arrest warrant was entered into the National Crime Information Center database.

Investigators were also able to determine based upon information received that Pate left the area and was in North Carolina. Investigators made contact with authorities in Johnston County who then located a vehicle matching one that Pate was reportedly driving at a residence. Officers there located Pate at an address on Bizzell Grove Church Road near Princeton, North Carolina, according to the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.

Pate was booked into the Johnston County Detention Center around 7:02pm, according to the Sheriff’s Office there.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Reminds Citizens to be Safe This Memorial Day Weekend

Sheriff's Badge

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-With the unofficial start of summer this Memorial Day weekend, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind those we serve of how to remain safe this weekend.

“From information that has been published by AAA Carolina’s, this could be the busiest traveled Memorial Day Weekend in a decade,” says Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Jimmy Watt. “When you travel, you will probably have quite a bit of company on the roads, so be patient and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination by leaving as early as you can.”

Traffic volume should start to pick up around lunchtime today and continue to possibly be heavy into the early evening hours as many individuals will be taking today off to make it a four day weekend. Interstates and main roads and highways will obviously see the most traffic, according to PIO Watt, and with road construction projects on many of those roads, caution is needed in those areas even though work will cease for the holiday weekend.

“Normal protocol is for work in the construction zones during the Memorial Day weekend to be suspended sometime Friday afternoon until midnight Memorial Day night,” continues PIO Watt. “However, there still may be lane shifts in those areas and construction equipment on the side of the road and in the medians. Also, speed limit changes in those areas may still be in effect and enforced even though work has been suspended.”

PIO Watt goes on to say that another good idea to make sure your vehicle is ready for summer travel by checking air pressure in your tires and by making sure that all fluids are filled to their proper levels and by checking belts, hoses and brakes as well.

There will also be many people celebrating this weekend and the Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone not to drink and drive and not to operate a vehicle or boat or watercraft while under the influence. Also, open containers are not allowed in county parks and recreation areas as well. Also, drivers should not text or do anything that could cause a distraction as they travel this weekend. Drivers and passengers should also remember to buckle their seats belts, even if they are traveling a short distance.

“The Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division will be conducting normal and full road patrol operations throughout the entire weekend,” continues P.I.O. Watt. “Our Marine One unit will also be on the lakes this weekend to help keep everyone safe on the water and this enforcement on land and water will include our county parks and recreation areas. As always, our mission is to keep our citizens safe as we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country to keep us free.”

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Issues Release on Potential Fraud

Sheriff's Badge

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a release this morning to warn our citizens about a potential fraud from individuals calling residents reporting that they are from Microsoft Tech Support.

On May 7th, a deputy spoke with a Seneca area resident who told the officer that they received a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft Tech Support who asked for remote access to the person’s computer. Permission was given and the individual began looking through personal files on the victim’s computer.

The complainant ended the session and called Microsoft, who told the victim that no one from Microsoft had contacted her. A Trojan was placed on the victim’s computer and has since been removed.

Yesterday, Oconee County Sheriff’s Office P.I.O. Jimmy Watt received a phone call from a separate individual stating that they received a call from an individual with a foreign sounding accent who asked if they were in front of their computer due to an error report that the caller claimed the individual sent regarding Malware or Viruses that were on the person’s computer. The caller wanted remote access to that computer.

The individual was at work and not if front of a computer and after questioning the caller, the caller hung up.

“We always advise individuals not to give personal information or financial information to anyone they don’t know of for anyone who calls requesting their information,” says P.I.O. Watt. “We are also advising residents not to grant remote access to their computers for individual who claim to be calling from a technology company unless they themselves initiated the call. Allowing remote access to these individuals could compromise personal files or allow them to place Trojans, Malware or Viruses on computers that could harm their system or allow someone access to sensitive information

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Tuesday Afternoon Bank Robbery

Bank Robbery Suspect

Bank Robbery Suspect

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Tuesday afternoon bank robbery that occurred near Seneca.

Dispatchers received a call around 4:22pm of a robbery that occurred at the Community First Bank located at the intersection of Highway 123 and Sheep Farm Road.

Pictures from the bank’s surveillance cameras showed the suspect as a white male wearing a green hat and a gray t-shirt with a Clemson insignia across the chest. Investigators do not believe that the suspect had a weapon and passed a note to a teller.

After money was placed in a manila envelope, the suspect ran out of the back of the bank. Investigators later found an undisclosed amount of money in a wooded area behind the bank that had red dye on it from the dye pack that exploded. Investigators believe that the suspect may have red dye on his clothing and his person.

Investigators have spent the afternoon since arriving on the scene gathering evidence and taking witness statements.

If you have any information on this robbery that occurred this afternoon or the identity of the individual involved, you are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, 864-638-STOP 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.