Monthly Archives: September 2015

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Collects 83 Pounds of Medication in 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Last Saturday

Sheriff's Badge

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office participated last Saturday in the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back and collected 83 pounds of medication in pill form.

The event took place at the Law Enforcement Center in Walhalla and the Sheriff’s Office substation on the campus of Oconee Memorial Hospital which is near the Emergency Department.

The medication will be disposed of properly so its contents will not end up in the hands of children or in places where the environment will be damaged.

The collection of these medications is also important due to abuse of prescription drugs as well as the potential for poisonings and overdoses.

So far in 2015, the Sheriff’s Office has collected around 665 pounds of pills and 245 pounds of liquid medication.

“If a citizen has prescription or over the counter medication that is no longer needed or is outdated, they do not need to wait for one of the Pill Take Back Days to turn over that medication,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “They are more than welcome to contact the Sheriff’s Office to make arrangements to turn the medication in year round.”

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man on Breach of Trust, Receiving Stolen Goods Charges

Casey Adam Spurlock

Casey Adam Spurlock

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man last Friday on Breach of Trust charges as well as Receiving Stolen Goods.

29 year old Casey Adam Spurlock of Rodgers Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:05am by a deputy from the Warrants Division.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division spoke with a complainant by phone on September 2nd who informed the deputy that he purchased a Bobcat MT 55 from Spurlock at the Rodgers Road address on June 5th. The victim paid $9,000 for the machine and then asked Spurlock if the machine was stolen. Spurlock told the complainant that he purchased the machine from his boss.

The complainant later learned that the machine was stolen from Simpsonville and was entered into the National Criminal Information Center database. The deputy determined that the estimated value of the machine was around $12,000.

In an arrest warrant obtained by the deputy, Spurlock is accused of obtaining cash from the victim by selling the stolen machinery with the “intent to cheat and defraud the victim.” Deputies also accuse Spurlock in warrants of possessing the machine while knowing that the property was stolen.

Spurlock was released last Friday morning from the Detention Center on a combined $20,000 personal recognizance bond.

Statement from Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw Regarding Tucker Hipps Investigation

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–“The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous media inquiries concerning the one year anniversary of the death of Tucker Hipps. Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office continue to follow up on any new leads obtained through Crime Stoppers or through direct contact with our unsolved case investigator. Additionally, SLED along with our Solicitor’s Office remain involved in the investigation.”

“At this time, the Sheriff’s Office has no new information to report concerning our investigation other that what we have released in the last year. Our focus and our efforts continue working toward a resolution in this case in order to be able to sit down with the Hipps family and explain the circumstances of Tucker’s death.”

“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Hipps family during this difficult time.”

“The Sheriff’s Office continues to ask that if anyone has any information on this case that if they desire to remain anonymous, they can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Or, individuals can contact our Unsolved Case Investigator, Dean Brown, at 864-718-1052.”

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man on Attempted Murder Charge

Matthew Jacob Elder

Matthew Jacob Elder

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man yesterday on charges of Attempted Murder.

21 year old Matthew Jacob Eder of Newry Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 10:03am.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to Oconee Memorial Hospital in the early morning hours Sunday regarding a stabbing. The victim told the deputy that he received a phone call and texts from a friend of his regarding a reported assault that was occurring on Newry Road. The victim went to the scene.

While there, the victim told the deputy that Eder had come out of the residence and put something in his waistband. The victim then stated that Eder had pulled a knife and started swinging the knife at the victim. An altercation occurred and the victim said that Eder had stabbed him in the chest.

The victim received treatment at Oconee Memorial Hospital. Eder was later arrested by deputies at the hospital on unrelated charges due to a separate incident that occurred in the parking lot and was booked into the Detention Center. Eder was later placed on a Temporary Custody Order until a warrant could be obtained charging him with Attempted Murder.

Eder remains in custody at the Detention Center and no bond was issued on the charge of Attempted Murder.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks the Public’s Help Regarding Recent Break-In at Seneca Area Business

Dr. Mitchell Road Break-In Picture One

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in solving a recent break-in at a Seneca area business as well as identifying an individual captured on camera in relation to the incident.

A deputy with the Uniform Patrol Division responded to Randy’s Automotive on Dr. Mitchell Road the afternoon of September 10th regarding an incident that occurred between 1:16am and 1:51am the morning of September 3rd. The complainant told the deputy that while watching surveillance footage from that time that a male was observed entering the premises and was seen removing a surveillance camera from the premises, which was later discovered in a wooded area near the property.

A suspect is later seen breaking into two different vehicles and removing an item from one of them.

If you have any information on this break-in or the person the Sheriff’s Office is seeking to identify, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or 864-638-STOP. You don’t have to give your name and all information given to Crime Stoppers is confidential. If you tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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

Jilliann Renee Fields

Jilliann Renee Fields

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca woman on Breach of Trust charges as she is charged in an arrest warrant for taking money for her employer.

38 year old Jilliann Renee Fields of Davis Mill Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 10:57am by a deputy from the Warrants Division.

A deputy with the Uniform Patrol Division responded to a location on West Union Road the morning of May 11th to speak with a complainant who stated that an employee had been forging checks and taking money since the summer of 2014. The deputy advised the complainant to gather the necessary paperwork and records and turn them in to the Sheriff’s Office. The case was then turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division.

As the investigation continued and evidence was collected, it was determined that Fields had appropriated around $27,757.82 for her own use by either depositing money in her own account, cashing checks or using money to pay a personal student loan. Further, the warrant states that the incident occurred between July 2014 and April of 2015.

Fields was released this morning from the Detention Center. Her bond amount on the charge was a $7,500 surety bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Two Oconee Men in Tuesday Morning Armed Robbery

Gregory Dalton Ellenburg

Gregory Dalton Ellenburg

Devan Walker White

Devan Walker White

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men this morning, both from Oconee County, in relation to an incident in which an armed robbery occurred.

Gregory Dalton Ellenburg of Wade Taylor Road in West Union and Devan Walker White of Sourwood Drive in Seneca were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 8:57am. Both men are the age of 20 years old.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to an address on Hutchinson Lane around 4am in reference to a reported assault. Dispatchers advised that the subjects in question left the scene in a silver truck and also supplied the tag number. A separate Uniform Patrol Deputy initiated a traffic stop on 2002 silver Toyota Tacoma on the Highway 123 by-pass in Seneca.

The deputy spoke with the victim and observed injuries to the victim as well. The victim told the deputy that he was assaulted by Dalton and then Dalton demanded the victim’s wallet and took some cash as well as a quantity of Percocet tablets. Dalton then reportedly got into the truck with White and left the scene. As part of the investigation, the deputy spoke with a witness who was at the scene as well.

At the scene of the traffic stop, the deputy who initiated the traffic stop spoke with both Ellenburg and White and discovered the pill bottle that was reportedly taken from the incident scene but the bottle did not contain any medication. However, during the course of the investigation, a tablet was discovered that appeared to Xanax along with some marijuana. The only money recovered was $10 in cash that White had in his possession was recovered at the Detention Center.

Both Ellenburg and White were placed under arrest. According to warrants, Ellenburg has been charged Common Law Robbery – Strong Armed Robbery for taking the pill bottle and marijuana from the victim by means of force, Assault and Battery 1st Degree for striking the victim about his face and head with his hands and knee during commission of a robbery and for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Xanax).

White has been charged with Accessory after the Fact of a Felony for assisting Ellenburg with knowledge the person had committed a felony.

Foothills Alliance Festival of Trees Scheduled for November

Foothills Alliance

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Foothills Alliance will be hosting their annual “Festival of Trees” in November, with proceeds to benefit the organization, which provides services for sexually abused children and adults in Anderson and Oconee Counties.
There will be a preview brunch on Wednesday, November 11th, with doors opening at 9:30am and the program from 10:30am until Noon. Tickets for the preview brunch are $30 each.
There will be three free public viewings on Wednesday, November 11th from 3pm until 8pm, Thursday, November 12th from 10am until 8pm and Friday, November 13th from 10am until 1pm.
Finally, there will be an auction on Friday, November 13th beginning at 6pm. Tickets for the auction are $45 each.
All events will be located at the Civic Center of Anderson.
Also, there will be children’s crafts, a Christmas store, Christmas tree packages, holiday décor and pictures will Santa.
For more information, contact Foothills Alliance at 864-231-7273.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Charges of Operating a Chop Shop

Verline Dewayne Whitfield

Verline Dewayne Whitfield

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man last Friday morning on charges of operating a chop shop.

47 year old Verline Dewayne Whitfield of Bruce Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:38am by a deputy from the Warrants Division.

The Criminal Investigations Division received word on August 6th that a reported chop shop was being operated inside the county. An investigation was opened and evidence was gathered, in part due to a search warrant that was served on the residence of Whitfield on August 12th, where the incident is said to have occurred.

Based on the evidence collected as a result of the investigation, investigators obtained warrants against Whitfield on August 13th charging him with two counts of removing or falsifying a vehicle identification number involving two separate motorcycles.

Whitfield was also charged in one count of operating a chop shop in which, according to warrants, Whitfield possessed a motor vehicle or vehicle parts with the knowledge that the VIN number was altered in some way.

Whitfield was released from the Detention Center around lunchtime last Friday morning on a combined $30,000 surety bond.

Annual Oconee Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Run Set for October

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Annual Oconee Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Run is set for October.
Those participating are asked to meet at Noon on Saturday, October 24th at 219 Oconee Square Drive (NW corner BIG LOTS parking lot) with the ride leaving at 1pm for the Lighthouse Cabana.
Motorcycles as well as cars and Jeep clubs are welcome to participate.
Make sure to bring a new, unwrapped gift for children and teens ages 1-14 but stuffed animals will not be accepted.