Monthly Archives: July 2015

Oconee County Animal Control Reminds Residents of Importance of Vaccinating Their Pets Against Rabies

Oconee County Animal Shelter

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–Oconee County Animal Control is reminding residents of the importance of making sure their pets are vaccinated against the rabies virus, which is an important public safety issue not only for pets but for their owners and the citizens of Oconee as well.

“State law says that a pet owner must have his pet inoculated against rabies at a frequency to provide continuous protection of the pet, from rabies, using a vaccine approved and licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture. There are currently only two vaccines approved, a one year and a three year vaccine.” according to Animal Control Director Jaimee Paul. “If one of our Animal Control officers discovers that your pet has not been vaccinated against rabies, then the owner could be issued a ticket.”

Animal Control is able to check on vaccination records concerning animals that are brought into the shelter to complaints concerning pets that are abandoned, neglected, or simply running loose. Director Paul feels that part of the problem, besides not getting pets vaccinated, is owner’s misplacing paperwork or pet tags that are lost.

According to Director Paul, penalties for those who are charged can range from fines of up to $1,092.50 and/or 30 days in jail. A local veterinarian will provide paperwork for the owner stating that a pet has been vaccinated or can be called to verify that a pet is vaccinated, according to Director Paul, but a mobile vet is often difficult to track down to check on proper paperwork in case that is needed.

“Rabies is a public health issue and we want pets to be vaccinated not only to protect them but also their owners and the general public,” says Director Paul. “That is the purpose of a rabies shot. Rabies left untreated, whether it is a human or a pet, could prove fatal.

According to state law as it stands now, Director Paul says that only dogs, cats and ferrets are required to have rabies shots. However, owners of livestock may want to speak with a vet regarding livestock rabies vaccinations.

Director Paul also says that anytime an animal bites a human that the Department of Health and Environmental Control should be notified and that DHEC will issue a 10 day quarantine notice for offending pets. The Rabies Control Act defines “pet” as a cat, dog or ferret.

According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, so far in 2015 there have been seven reported rabies cases in Oconee County, compared with two in 2014, three in 2013 and 2012, one in 2011 and four in 2010. DHEC recommendations are for pets and humans that could have been exposed to the rabies virus to seek medical treatment immediately and to notify their local DHEC office as soon as possible.

For additional information on rabies, visit, or contact your local DHEC BEHS office at

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Makes Arrest In July 21st Wal-Mart Shoplifting Case

Phillip James Manley II

Phillip James Manley II

Minyard Picture One

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest today in a July 21st shoplifting case at the Seneca Wal-Mart on Sandifer Boulevard that the Sheriff’s Office issued a press release about last Friday seeking the public’s help.

26 year old Phillip James Manley II of Lonsdale Street in Seneca was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 12:31pm.

A deputy with the Uniform Patrol Division responded late in the afternoon on the incident date regarding an employee who stopped a male subject at the exit of the store and asked to see a receipt. The subject produced a receipt and then left a cart with items inside, even items that were paid for. The subject then left the store.

A deputy observed surveillance footage of the subject scanning items and placing them either in a shopping cart or in grocery bags with items that had already been scanned.

According to deputies, $37.78 in items was paid for while the total amount of the unpaid items was $225.62. All of the items were recovered by the store.

Acting on information received by deputies, an arrest warrant was issued today against Manley on charges of shoplifting.

Manley is still being held at the Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Breach of Trust Warrant

Larry Eugene Price, Jr.

Larry Eugene Price, Jr.

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man on a Breach of Trust warrant.

34 year old Larry Eugene Price, Jr. was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:00am after being booked in by a deputy from the Warrants Division. The warrant lists Price, Jr’s address as Sam Moore Road while the Detention Center lists his address at Bertha Allen Road.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division was contacted by the complainant this month regarding a contract that was written on March 16th for work that Price, Jr. was to do on a residence on property in the state of Georgia. The contract was written and signed, according to the deputy, in Oconee County.

The victim paid Price, Jr. around $5,000 for materials and Price, Jr. did purchase some materials for the work in the amount of around $383. The complainant contacted Price, Jr. at the end of May regarding the job but Price, Jr. had not contacted the victim from that point through the date in which the incident report was filed.

According to the arrest warrant, Price, Jr. converted around $4,617 of the money to his own use.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Anderson County Woman On Outstanding Warrant

Jasmine Lizette Isom

Jasmine Lizette Isom

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Anderson County woman yesterday on an outstanding warrant in relation to her role in a shoplifting case the Sheriff’s Office issued a press release about earlier this week.

24 year old Jasmine Lizette Isom of Brookmeade Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 5:40am.

Isom’s warrant charges her with Accessory After the Fact of a Felony regarding a shoplifting that took place at the Seneca Wal-Mart on June 6th in which 26 year old Kenneth Antwan Rice of Anderson in accused in a warrant of taking 77 items from the store with an estimated value of $5,092.47. Rice was arrested by the Sheriff’s Office on July 25th and released from the Oconee County Detention Center on July 27th.

Isom is accused by deputies of driving a Pontiac Van that Rice got into after the shoplifting spree concluded.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Charges Ohio Man with a Fugitive from Justice Warrant

Gregory Charles Hermans

Gregory Charles Hermans

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Ohio man yesterday evening and has charged him on a Fugitive from Justice Warrant.

40 year old Gregory Charles Hermans of Legendary Lane in West Chester was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:02pm.

Deputies received information that an individual staying at an address on Sherwood Drive in the Walhalla area was wanted in the state of Ohio for failure to provide notice for change of address. Deputies responded to the scene and found Hermans inside of the residence.

After confirmed Hermans identity, it was determined Hermans was wanted in the state of Ohio and that the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office would extradite the suspect.

Hermans remains in custody at the Oconee County Detention Center.

Boating safety public meetings to be held around the state


Everyone that makes memories on South Carolina’s lakes, rivers and coastline is encouraged to attend a series of meetings around the state. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is conducting the meetings in preparation of potential regulation changes to discuss how to make you and your family safer on South Carolina waterways. All meetings will begin at 7 p.m.

The meetings are scheduled to be held on:

* July 28 – FE Dubose Center – Auditorium – 3351 Sumter Hwy, Manning

* Aug. 6 – Horry Georgetown Technical College – Auditorium – 2050 East Hwy 501, Conway

* Aug. 11 – Fort Johnson Marine Center – Auditorium – 217 Fort Johnson Rd., Charleston

* Aug. 13 – Crowders Creek Elementary School – Auditorium – 5515 Charlotte Hwy, Clover

* Aug. 25 – DNR Clemson Office – Auditorium – 311 Natural Resources Dr., Clemson

* Sept. 8 – Center for Advance Technical Studies – Auditorium – 916 Mount Vernon Church Rd., Chapin

The state of South Carolina has an abundance of water resources with 8,000 miles of rivers, 460,000 acres of lakes and 3,000 miles of coastline. As of 2014, there were approximately 485,000 registered boats in South Carolina with thousands more registered each year. The Palmetto State consistently ranks in the top ten of all states for registered boats.

For more information, contact Lt. Kim Leverich at 1 (800) 277-4301 or LeverichK@DNR.SC.Gov.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Announces Additional Arrests in Tenth “Operation Infinity” Drug Round-Up

Stephanie K. Carnes

Stephanie K. Carnes

Richard Anthony Dunston, Jr.

Richard Anthony Dunston, Jr.

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is announcing today two additional arrests in the 10th “Operation Infinity” drug round-up.

The Sheriff’s Office began the operation with a meeting and briefing at 9:00am Friday, July 10th.

In all, 14 individuals were being sought on a variety of drug distribution and two on unlawful neglect of a child charges.

As of midnight last night, 12 individuals had been arrested so far. Here are the latest individuals arrested:

1) Richard Anthony Dunston, Jr.
Seneca, SC
22 years old
Distribution of Marijuana (2 counts)/Distribution of Cocaine (1 count)
Arrested on July 22nd, 2015/Still in custody at the Detention Center as of 10am July 29th

2) Stephanie K. Carnes
42 years old
Seneca, SC
Distribution of a Controlled Substance (1 count)
Arrested on July 28th, 2015/Released on the same day

The Sheriff’s Office is still seeking four others as part of the tenth “Operation Infinity” drug sweep. Due to the fact that the investigation and drug sweep is continuing and ongoing, the Sheriff’s Office will not be releasing their names at this time.

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

Carleton Dennard Jinks II

Carleton Dennard Jinks II

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man yesterday on charges of discharging a firearm into a dwelling.

19 year old Carleton Dennard Jinks II of South Oak Street in Seneca was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 11:44am.

Deputies responded to an address on Poole Drive in the Seneca area in the early morning hours of July 23rd regarding reports of a shooting incident. Deputies spoke with the complainant who stated that while sitting on the front porch of the residence a white Ford Crown Victoria drove by and started shooting. The complainant was not injured.

During the course of the investigation, entry points were found where rounds fired from a gun had entered the residence and casings were also discovered on the property.

As the investigation continued, it was determined that Jinks was the shooter in the case and an arrest warrant was obtained against him.

As of 9:45am this morning, Jinks was still in custody at the Oconee County Detention Center.

Press Release #2 from Keowee Fire Chief Richie Caudill

Doug Hollow - Picture Two

Doug Hollow - Picture One

Release Courtesy of Richie Caudill
Fire Chief
Keowee Fire Department

Today the Keowee Fire Department responded to the area of Doug Hollow Road in Seneca SC at the request of a property owner who found dynamite in an old abandoned work shed. It is unknown how long the dynamite had been stored there but due to its appearance in age and the danger of improperly stored dynamite, an explosives team from Anderson County was requested.

Upon the advice of the explosives experts, it was determined that the safest course of action would be to burn the small shed down which would render the dynamite safe.

A reverse 911 message was sent to all residences within 1500 feet of the workshop and advised residents to shelter in place. This was followed up by firefighters physically knocking on each residence to ensure the message had been received.

Keowee Fire Chief Richie Caudill brought in supporting agencies from around the fire district to ensure the safety off all residences in the area and their property.

Keowee Fire Chief Richie Caudill is quoted as saying, “this was a high risk low frequency event for us. Fortunately, we had the time to properly create a plan, organize resources, consult explosives experts, protect adjacent structures, and render the dynamite safe. I appreciate the overwhelming support from every agency who worked with us today.”

Press Release from Chief Richie Caudill from Keowee Fire Department

Release Courtesy of Ritchie Caudill
Keowee Fire Department

Oconee County agencies are on scene at a property off of Doug Hollow Road in Seneca SC where a box of old dynamite was found inside an old work shed. The Keowee Fire Department is working with the Anderson Bomb Squad to safely dispose of the danger. Residences in the immediate area 1500 ft from the workshop are asked to shelter in place by staying inside their homes. Citizens are asked to avoid the Doug Hollow Road area until further notice.

In order to safely remove the danger, explosives experts on scene advise to burn the small workshop down due to the age and unstableness of the dynamite.

Keowee Fire Chief Richie Caudill is quoted as saying, “every ounce of precaution is being taken to ensure residents and their property in the area are being protected. Our response partners from around the fire district have been contacted and equipment has been staged to support our operations.”

Another press release will be sent upon the safe conclusion of this event. We ask that our media partners postpone requests for information until the next press release has been sent so that all focus can be directed to the event at hand. We also ask that any helicopter media remain out of the area to ensure the safety for everyone involved.