Monthly Archives: October 2015

Donations Made as Result of Recent Public Safety Golf Tournament

From L-R: Captain Jeff Underwood of the Uniform Patrol Division of the Oconee County Sheriff's Office and Wendy Maine, District Leader of Firehouse Subs

From L-R: Captain Jeff Underwood of the Uniform Patrol Division of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and Wendy Maine, District Leader of Firehouse Subs

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–Two donations have been made with money raised from the recent and first ever Oconee County Public Safety Golf Tournament held October 14th at Falcon’s Lair Golf Course.

Yesterday, a check in the amount of $2,319.63 was presented by Jeff Underwood, Captain of the Uniform Patrol Division of the Sheriff’s Office, to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Accepting the check for Firehouse Subs was Wendy Maine, District Leader of Firehouse Subs.

A second check in the amount of $2,500 has been donated to the William F. Schuck Scholarship Fund.

A total of 11 teams participated in the golf tournament which was made up of law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics. 34 hole sponsors also bought sponsorships on the 18 hole course. .

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was started in 2005 to provide funding for life saving equipment and educational opportunities for first responders. The foundation has given $854,400 to first responders in South Carolina and $14 million dollars in 43 states.

The William F. Schuck Scholarship Fund was established in honor of the last Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bill Schuck was died in the line of duty on February 7th, 2010. The scholarship helps to cover tuition costs for students who are selected from the law enforcement program at the Hamilton Career Center if they major in a degree program at a college or university that can be used in a law enforcement career.

Death of Inmate Incarcerated at Oconee County Detention Center

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–On Friday morning, October 23rd, Oconee County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 33 year old Ernest Lee Smalley, Jr. of Pine Street in Seneca, who was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 10:30am on a Family Court Bench Warrant.

“Mr. Smalley, Jr. was in a holding cell at the Detention Center when he was discovered by Correctional Officers to be unconscious and unresponsive Monday afternoon,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “The facility nurse and officers started CPR. EMS responded and personnel were able to resuscitate Mr. Smalley. He was transported to Oconee Memorial Hospital for further treatment and later to Greenville Memorial Hospital, where he died on Tuesday evening.”

“The Sheriff’s Office contacted the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to investigate this death to prevent any possible conflict of interest due to the Sheriff’s Office being in control of the Detention Center,” according to Sheriff Crenshaw. “At this time, there does not appear to be any foul play in Mr. Smalley, Jr.’s death and Coroner Addis has ruled this death to be natural in his press release today concerning results of his autopsy.”

The death is being investigated by SLED as well as the Walhalla Police Department.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to Hold Hunter Education Class This Weekend

Hunter Ed Class

Information Courtesy of Henry Barnett
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

(Walhalla, SC)——————————The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will hold a hunter education class at Foothills Community Church located at 505 Bountyland Road, Seneca, this Saturday, October 31 from 8:00am-4:00pm.

All residents and non-residents born after June 30, 1979, need the hunter education endorsement and must complete a hunter education course before obtaining a hunting license in the state. If you were born prior to that date and attempt to acquire a hunting license out-of-state, you’ll find that many states now require you to have a hunter education endorsement. The Hunter Education Program is dedicated to the safe enjoyment of our outdoors. Through this program, students learn about responsibility and ethics in the field, as well as firearms safety.

Participants must pre-register at www.dnr.sc.gov and clicking on the hunter education icon.

It’s first come, first served and is a free event.

All children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The minimum age to take the exam and be certified is 10.

Participants are urged to arrive prior to the start time and bring a pen or pencil.
If there are any questions, contact the SC Department of Natural Resources Education Office at 800.277.4301.

South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association Seeking New Members

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

Today, Sheriff Mike Crenshaw of Oconee County excitedly announced the 2015-16 Fall Membership Drive for the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association would soon be underway. Sheriff Crenshaw went on to explain that he is an active member of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association and invited the citizens of Oconee County to join the Association as an Honorary Member.
The South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association provides aggressive advocacy using the strong unified voice of South Carolina’s 46 elected Sheriffs. The Association is a key player in shaping state policy on public safety and crime prevention, as well as providing critical training to Sheriffs’ teams. “With government funding becoming increasingly difficult to secure, the membership drive has taken on greater importance than it ever has before”, said Sheriff Crenshaw. “The funding is vital to help us carry out our mission of making our communities safer places to live, work, and play.”
Membership appeals will be sent out through a direct mail piece over the coming days. Individuals choosing to join the voluntary program can do so for as little as $25, while businesses can show their support for a $50 contribution. The funding provides critically important technical resources, training and legislative support on key criminal justice issues. It is important note that contributions are tax deductible.
“I realize that everyone does not have the ability or desire to become an Honorary Member of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association”, said Sheriff Crenshaw. He went on to say, “Rest assured that your ability to join this reputable organization will not impact the level of service you receive from my office. I would simply ask you to consider joining the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association as an Honorary Member if you have the means and are so inclined.”
Individuals that do not receive a membership appeal and would like more information can contact the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association at by phone at (803) 772-1101 or online at www.sheriffsc.com. They can also be reached by mail at 112 Westpark Blvd., Columbia, SC 29210.
Sheriff Crenshaw would like to remind everyone that the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association does not solicit via telemarketing. If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be calling on behalf of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association, know that it is fraudulent and hang up.
In closing, Sheriff Crenshaw would like to encourage the citizens of Oconee County to partner with the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association to “help fight for safer places to live, work, and play!”

Oconee Humane Society Offering New Community Outreach Program

(Walhalla, SC)————————————The Oconee Humane Society is announcing an expansion of its spay and neuter program.
This program is for low income residents with transportation difficulties with no charge for pickup and drop-off.
If you have any questions, you can contact the message line at 864-882-0505 or e-mail SpayNeuter@OconeeHumane.org or visit the website of the Oconee Humane Society at www.OconeeHumane.org.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Burglary at Tamassee Salem High School

Sheriff's Badge

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that was reported this morning at Tamassee-Salem High School.

The burglary was reported to dispatchers just before 6:30am this morning. Uniform Patrol Officers responded to the scene soon thereafter. Some windows were broken in the school as well as some windows of some buses as well. There are also reports of some damage inside the school.

An investigator from the Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene as well as an Evidence Technician to begin the process of gathering evidence as part of the investigation.

As of 10:30am this morning, investigators still remained on the scene.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Makes Arrest in Unlawful Neglect of a Child Case

Gerri Lynn Meeks

Gerri Lynn Meeks

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–Over the weekend, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest of a woman on charges of Unlawful Neglect of a Child.

33 year old Gerri Lynn Meeks was booked into the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office around 10:24am Saturday. Arrest warrants list Meeks’ address on Asbury Mill Road in Cleveland, Georgia while the Detention Center has an address for Meeks on O’Dell Cane Road in Fair Play.

On October 19th, a deputy with the Uniform Patrol Division received word from the Department of Social Services that Meeks’ one year old daughter had tested positive for methamphetamine. Arrest warrants were obtained the next day after the deputy received the test reports.

The child was placed in Emergency Protective Custody by deputies on October 11th and turned over to the Department of Social Services after officers received a call regarding reported drug use at a camp ground on Mt. Pleasant Road. When deputies arrived on scene, they discovered Meeks and another individual inside.

As the investigation continued, Meeks was discovered with methamphetamine in a small clear plastic bag. Meeks later informed the deputies that her child was located in a camper on the campground. Meeks was arrested and taken to the Detention Center where she was booked in around 7:54pm on the 11th. Meeks was given a $5,000 surety bond on Possession of Methamphetamine and was released from the Detention Center on October 15th.

Meeks was released from the Detention Center on Saturday on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond on the Unlawful Neglect charges.

According to the arrest warrant, Meeks had been residing with the child in a camper when arrested on the drug charges and had sole custody of the victim at that time.

Weekend Traffic Stop by Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Leads to Arrest of Man Wanted in Multiple Jurisdictions

Clinton McCall

Clinton McCall

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officers

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–A weekend traffic stop by a deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office led to an arrest of a man wanted on multiple outstanding charges.

40 year old Clinton McCall was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 12:45pm on Saturday. The Detention Center does not have a fixed address for McCall.

A traffic stop was initiated around 2:53am Saturday during routine road patrol operations due to speeding at the intersection of West Cherry Road at Edinburgh Way. After advising the driver of the reason for the stop, the deputy asked for identification from the occupants of the vehicle. McCall, who was one of the passengers and was located in the rear of the vehicle, advised the deputy that his name was Jonathan Dennis McCall and that he had an i.d. from the state of Georgia.

Dispatch ran the name through the Department of Motor Vehicles but no information could be located on the name provided. Upon being asked again, McCall provided a false name once again. The deputy asked dispatch for a check through the National Crime Information Center database for an alias for the name provided. Dispatch informed the deputy that name was a possible alias for the name Clinton McCall, upon which the subject in question told the deputy that Clinton McCall was his brother.

A mug shot was sent to the deputy by dispatch which matched the description of the subject the deputy was out with. Other identifiers provided to the deputy concerning Clinton McCall matched identifiers on the subject in question. The deputy also learned, according to information provided, that McCall was wanted in Georgia, Texas, Florida and South Carolina on multiple drug and weapons charges.

McCall was asked to step out of the vehicle and upon doing so, began to scream and used profanity. After being warned several times to stop his behavior, McCall was placed under arrest for Public Disorderly Conduct and for Providing False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer, which were written on traffic tickets.

Further information obtained at the Detention Center confirmed McCall’s identity. Holds were placed on McCall by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and by the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office in Quincy, Florida, which is northwest of Tallahassee in the Florida Panhandle.

McCall was given a combined $732.50 surety bond on the two charges from Oconee County. He remains in custody at this time at the Detention Center.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man for Sex Offender Registry Violation

David Larry Adams

David Larry Adams

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man yesterday on a Sex Offender Registry Violation charge.

48 year old David Larry Adams of Chevis Mountain Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 8:02am after being arrested at an address on Holbrooks Circle in Westminster by a deputy from the Warrants Division.

Adams was required to register with the Sex Offender Registrar in Oconee County in August of 2015 due to being convicted of a sex offense in 1998. The Sex Offender Registrar had not seen nor heard from Adams nor had the Registrar received any information that Adams had moved or was registering elsewhere.

According to an arrest warrant obtained by the Registrar, the last time Adams had registered in Oconee County was May 14th of this year. Adams is also required to register every quarter. Adams signed paperwork at the registration period on May 14th acknowledging that he was required to register in August and every quarter as well.

Adams also was also charged with an arrest warrant on a Probation Violation plus Adams had an outstanding Magistrate’s Bench Warrant.

Adams was sentenced on the Magistrate’s Bench Warrant. Adams also has a $30,000 combined surety bond for the Sex Offender Registry violation charge as well as on the charges of the Probation Violation. Adams remains in custody at the Detention Center.

Adams was also featured this week on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page as its Most Wanted of the Week.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Walhalla Man for Filing False Police Report

Nathan Drew Morgan

Nathan Drew Morgan

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Walhalla man on charges of Filing a False Police Report of a Felony.

22 year old Nathan Drew Morgan of Crowes Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 10:05am by an investigator from the Criminal Investigations Division.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to the Wal-Mart in Seneca during the morning of October 18th in regards to reports of a 2014 black Dodge Ram that had been stolen. Morgan advised the deputy that he last saw the vehicle turning right out of the parking lot onto Sandifer Boulevard.

While in search of the vehicle, a motor vehicle accident was reported on Armstrong Road near South Highway 11 that reportedly involved the same vehicle that was stolen from Wal-Mart. The vehicle was overturned and was blocking one lane of traffic. The deputy then returned to Wal-Mart and obtained further information from Morgan. The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division.

As the investigation continued and evidence gathered and persons interviewed, it was determined that Morgan lied about the incident. Morgan was taken into custody after coming by the Law Enforcement Center in Walhalla.

According to deputies, the value of the vehicle in the incident is around $28,000.

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