Monthly Archives: January 2016

Temporary Phone Number for New Oconee County Detention Center

New Oconee County Detention Center

New Oconee County Detention Center

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–While the normal telephone number for the Oconee County Detention Center is in the process of being transferred to the new Detention Center that began formal operations yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office is announcing a temporary number until that transfer is made.

According to Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw, anyone needing to contact the Detention Center by phone can do so by calling 864-638-2497 until further notice.

Also, those needing to contact the Detention Center can also contact the E-911/Communications call center at 864-638-4111 and dispatchers can transfer the call or make contact in case of emergency situations.

New Oconee County Detention Center Officially Begins Operations

New Oconee County Detention Center

New Oconee County Detention Center

Opening - New Detention Center - Picture One

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Opening - New Detention Center - Picture Two

Deputy Roy McKenzie and K-9 Officer Jak

Deputy Roy McKenzie and K-9 Officer Jak

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The new Oconee County Detention Center officially began operations on Friday as inmates are moved from the old Detention Center and are now being housed in the new one.

The Sheriff’s Office received a letter late in November last year stating the new Detention Center, which is located near the Law Enforcement Center, had passed inspection and was ready to begin full time operations. The Sheriff’s Office also had three open house days in December to give residents of Oconee County a chance to tour the new jail before operations began.

Grading operations for the new jail began in the spring of 2014.

The new Detention Center is rated for an inmate population of 200, compared with the old Detention Center, which as rated for 122 inmates. If the need arises, the inmate population can be increased up to 240 inmates for a brief time period.

“This jail has some state of the art technology and I believe it will be a safer facility for our inmate population and for our Detention Officers,” says Sheriff Crenshaw. “However, this Detention Center is not a resort or a place where there is cable television in every cell. This is a place to safely detain those who have broken the law. There will be no television, no face to face visitation, no smoking, and once someone comes in the jail as a prisoner, their only view of the outside world will be a view of the sky. ”

Also, with the move into the new facility, all visitation will be done over video and no face to face visitation will be allowed nor will citizens be allowed to show up for visitation. Those visits will also have to be scheduled and visitation will only be conducted Monday thru Friday with no weekend visitation being allowed.

Beginning next Monday, February 1st, citizens who are interested in setting up a video visitation will need to contact Visitation Officer Shadae Cobb at 864-638-4108 to schedule a video visit.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Georgia Man on Criminally Receiving Goods Charges

Suspect Vehicle - Abbott Arrest

Alexander Kenneth Abbott

Alexander Kenneth Abbott

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Auburn, GA man late yesterday afternoon on seven outstanding warrants charging him with Criminally Receiving Goods.

38 year old Alexander Kenneth Abbott of Rock Elm Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 5:20pm after being picked up at the Spartanburg County Detention Center by a deputy from the Warrants Division.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division received a phone call on the afternoon of August 5th, 2015 from a complainant in Piedmont, SC. The victim told the deputy that fraudulent charges had been made on a bank account at stores located in Oconee County. The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division.

As the investigation progressed and evidence was processed and statements were gathered, it was determined that Abbott used information from the bank account in question to make fraudulent transactions at three separate businesses in the Seneca area during the early summer of last year.

The total amount of fraud, according to warrants, is around $470.30.

As of 12:45pm today, Abbott remains in custody at the Detention Center on a combined $7,000 surety bond.

The Sheriff’s Office is also seeking a female accomplice of Mr. Abbott in regards to two other separate incidents. Arrest warrants were also issued for Sabrina Nanzeen Maya of Mayfield Drive in Lawrenceville, GA on two counts of Criminally Receiving Goods for using two separate bank accounts to make fraudulent transactions totaling around $103.45 at the Seneca BI-LO location Rochester Highway in August of last year.

Maya may be in or possibly driving a black 2010 BMW 750 i with a Georgia tag of PLV 4717.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Sabrina Nanzeen Maya, 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 all information given is confidential. If your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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

Joseph Coy Kilby

Joseph Coy Kilby

Jessica Addie Bradshaw

Jessica Addie Bradshaw

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man and a Liberty woman yesterday evening on outstanding warrants charging both with one count each of Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent.

29 year old Joseph Coy Kilby was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:53pm. Warrants lists Kilby as living at an address on Hickory Point Road while the Detention Center lists Kilby as living at an address on South Walnut Street. 28 year old Jessica Addie Bradshaw of W. Beattie Street was booked into the Detention Center around 7:57pm.

Besides the arrest warrant on Breach of Trust charges, Kilby also had two outstanding General Sessions Bench Warrants.

Deputies with the Uniform Patrol Division responded to an address on Goddard Avenue on the Utica Mill Hill regarding a Breach of Trust complaint earlier this month. The victim told deputies that she had allowed Kilby and Bradshaw to use her vehicle, a 1993 GMC Sierra pickup truck, on the evening of January 2nd. The victim said that Kilby and Bradshaw were supposed to bring the vehicle back but as of 9:30am on January 3rd, the truck had yet to be returned.

The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office. Based on evidence gathered and interview conducted, an investigator obtained warrants against Kilby and Bradshaw.

The Sheriff’s Office featured Kilby and Bradshaw as its Facebook Most Wanted of the Week on January 13th. According to the lead investigator in the case, Kilby and Bradshaw were located at an address on Old Seneca Road in the Central area yesterday based upon information that the Sheriff’s Office received.

As of 10:30am this morning, both Kilby and Bradshaw remain in custody at the Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

Hole Sponsorship and Team Applications Continue to be Accepted for the 2016 Crime Stoppers of Oconee County Golf Tournament

Crimestoppers Logo

Sheriff's Badge

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————There is still time to get involved in the 2016 Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. Golf Tournament by purchasing a hole sponsorship and/or fielding a team for the event.

The tournament will be held at Oconee Country Club in Seneca on Thursday, May 5th with a Noon shotgun start.

Crime Stoppers is also happy to announce today to announce a partnership with “Mayberry Comes To Westminster” and beginning with this year’s tournament, the official name for the tournament will be known as “Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. presents the 2016 Mayberry Open Golf Tournament.”

“The tournament’s we held in 2014 and 2015 and the one we are holding this year were and are being held the day before the ‘Mayberry Comes To Westminster’ event,” says Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Jimmy Watt, who is the Sheriff’s Office Coordinator of Crime Stoppers. “That fact has worked our extremely well for the tournament and today, the board met with Tom Rusk, who is the event coordinator for ‘Mayberry Comes To Westminster’ and it was decided upon to make this change in the name of the event.”

“Tom and ‘Mayberry Comes To Westminster’ have supported our tournament the past few years and we are excited about the continuation of this partnership,” continues P.I.O. Watt. “Tom and ‘Mayberry Comes To Westminster’ are a tremendous supporter of law enforcement in Oconee County and their support in terms of contributions the festival has made the past few years to the Sheriff’s Office drug education efforts has made a tremendous impact to helping to students in the elementary schools in Oconee County about the dangers of drug abuse through our education programs.”

The format, as in previous years, will be 4 man Captain’s Choice teams. The cost per player is $60.00 with a maximum field of 25 teams (100 players). Hole sponsorships are available at $100 each.

For more information on how to register your team and/or become a hole sponsor, contact Jimmy Watt, Public Information Officer with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, at 864-638-4199 or e-mail Jimmy at jwatt@oconeelaw.com.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Two Drug Charges

Brandon Lamarkus Gilliam

Brandon Lamarkus Gilliam

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man yesterday on two counts of Theft of a Controlled Substance.

33 year old Brandon Lamarkus Gilliam of West Spearman Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:32pm after being transported from the Anderson County Detention Center by a deputy from the Warrants Division to Oconee County.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to an address on West Fairplay Boulevard in Fair Play during the late evening hours of January 19th in response to a report of prescription medication that had been taken from a residence. The deputy began the process of collecting evidence form the scene and speaking with the victim.

The deputy also asked for a BOLO (Be On The Lookout For) to be issued since it appeared that the suspect, Gilliam, was traveling on foot and may still have been in the area. Gilliam was eventually located at a business in Anderson County at exit 4, Highway 243 at I-85. The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office was notified and Gilliam was placed into custody by that agency on unrelated charges that occurred at the business.

A search incident to arrest revealed that Gilliam had pill bottles located on his person. Deputies in Oconee County then obtained warrants on Gilliam on the drug theft charges.

According to warrants, Gilliam is charged with taking a quantity of Lorazepam and Xanax from the residence in Fair Play.

As of 10am this morning, Gilliam remains in custody at the Detention Center on a combined $5,000 surety bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Responding to First Winter Storm of 2016

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————With the first winter storm of 2016 affecting parts of Oconee County, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office continues its normal and routine enforcement and patrol operations.

“So far, the greatest problems we have seen due to the winter storm has been in the northern part of Oconee County, from Walhalla and points to the north,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “Our E-911/Communications center has taken calls of downed trees and power lines, especially in the areas in and around Mountain Rest, Long Creek, Tamassee and Salem. With that being the case, prepare for the possibility that roads could be blocked and very slick due to ice and snow accumulation. The Sheriff’s Office is recommending that residents in these areas stay off the roads if at all possible. Some of the roads where we have seen some issues this morning have been along portions of Highway 28 and Chattooga Ridge Road, for example.”

“We want to remind our citizens, once again, that if they are in need of law enforcement assistance in the county, please contact the Sheriff’s Office and we will respond to those calls,” continues the Sheriff. “The Sheriff’s Office has our deputies and dispatchers working their normal shifts and we are ready to respond and assist our citizens. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 and assistance will be there.”

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for Oconee County until 7pm tomorrow. Also, Oconee County Governmental Offices were put on a three hour delay earlier this morning but according to Emergency Management Director Scott Krein, those offices have now been closed for the day.

“The Sheriff’s Office has made the necessary preparations to deal with the winter weather that has been occurring in our area,” continues the Sheriff. “Our Uniform Patrol vehicles have studded tires on them and we do have several 4 wheel drive vehicles that will be used as primary response vehicles should the need arise. Regardless, our routine law enforcement operations will go on as normal.”

Sheriff Crenshaw also recommends that citizen’s check on seniors or those who may be homebound to make sure they are okay during the storm. The Sheriff’s Office will be glad to go check on anyone in the event they cannot be contacted by telephone. In regards to pets, the Sheriff recommends bringing pets inside during the storm if you can, however, pets can legally remain outside during the storm as long as they have adequate shelter and access to food and water.

The Sheriff’s Office is also recommending that citizens have an alternate source of heat if possible, plus, an adequate supply of batteries and candles in case the power goes out as well as food and medication for up to three to five days. Also, generators should always be operated outside at all times and never brought inside.

The Sheriff’s Office will issue updates as conditions warrant through press releases and social media concerning road closures and safety concerns.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Stands Ready During First Winter Storm of 2016

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————With the potential of a significant winter storm affecting the area beginning late tonight and lasting through the Saturday evening, Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says that the Sheriff’s Office stands ready to respond to serve the citizens of Oconee County.

“The latest forecast indicates that Oconee County could see an accumulation of snow and ice that potentially could cause power outages and hazardous driving conditions,” says Sheriff Crenshaw. “Citizens should prepare now for this storm and with that in mind, we want everyone to know that the Sheriff’s Office will have our routine patrol and law enforcement operations in place throughout this storm.”

“If anyone is in need of law enforcement assistance in the county, please contact the Sheriff’s Office and we will respond to those calls,” continues the Sheriff. “The Sheriff’s Office has our deputies and dispatchers working their normal shifts and we are ready to respond and assist our citizens. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 and assistance will be there.”

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Oconee County from midnight tonight until 7pm tomorrow morning.

“The Sheriff’s Office has been and is making the necessary preparations to deal with the possibility of significant ice and snow that is being forecasted right now,” continues the Sheriff. “Our Uniform Patrol vehicles have studded tires on them and we do have several 4 wheel drive vehicles that will be used as primary response vehicles should the need arise. Regardless, our routine law enforcement operations will go on as normal.”

Sheriff Crenshaw also recommends that citizen’s check on seniors or those who may be homebound to make sure they are okay during the storm. The Sheriff’s Office will be glad to go check on anyone in the event they cannot be contacted by telephone. In regards to pets, the Sheriff recommends bringing pets inside during the storm if you can, however, pets can legally remain outside during the storm as long as they have adequate shelter and access to food and water.

The Sheriff’s Office is also recommending that citizens have an alternate source of heat if possible, plus, an adequate supply of batteries and candles in case the power goes out as well as food and medication for up to three to five days. Also, generators should always be operated outside at all times and never brought inside.

The Sheriff’s Office will issue updates as needed through press releases and social media concerning road closures and safety concerns.

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

Bronn Martese Breazeale

Bronn Martese Breazeale

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man early yesterday morning on two outstanding warrants related to an October 2015 incident that occurred in the Walhalla area.

30 year old Bronn Martese Breazeale of King Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:20am on charges of First Degree Burglary and Pointing and Presenting Firearms at a Person.

As of 10am this morning, Breazeale remains in custody at the Detention Center on a combined $75,000 surety bond.

Deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to an address on Bear Track Road the evening of October 20th, 2015 in regards to a reported burglary. When deputies arrived on the scene, they were informed that Breazeale arrived at the residence, banging on the door and requesting to see someone in the house.

After being asked to leave, Breazeale began banging on the door again and upon some of the windows of the residence. When the victim went to the door and opened it to tell the suspect to leave, Breazeale attempted to enter the residence and did finally make entry. Breazeale followed the victim into the house and presented a firearm and pointed it at the victim.

Breazeale then left the house. The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division. As the investigation continued and evidence gathered and interviews conducted, warrants were obtained against Breazeale on the burglary and weapons charges.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man on Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor Charges

Branden Leeshea Rogers

Branden Leeshea Rogers

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man late yesterday evening on charges related to a Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor case.

31 year old Branden Leeshea Rogers of West Reedy Fork Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 5:17pm on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants were obtained this afternoon charging him with one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – 2nd Degree and Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – 3rd Degree.

A deputy with the Uniform Patrol Division received a phone call last Thursday regarding an initial report of a civil dispute. Deputies later learned that the case involved inappropriate touching of an 11 year old minor female. Deputies responded to the scene and began an investigation. The child is in a safe environment and the suspect has had no contact with the child since the incident was reported.

The investigation was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division and the child/elder abuse investigator, Sgt. Tim Rice. As the investigation continued, it was determined that Rogers had inappropriately touched the minor female. Rogers was then placed under arrest.

Rogers was charged with CSC – 2nd Degree related to the incident that occurred last Thursday. However, during the course of the investigation, Sgt. Rice was informed of a separate incident that occurred when the victim was seven year old and occurred, according to warrants, sometime between late 2011 and the fall of 2012.

According to investigators, the incident involved only one female.

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