Monthly Archives: February 2016

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Event Scheduled for April 14th in Seneca

walk-a-mile-in-her-shoes logo

Foothills Alliance

(Walhalla, SC)————————————————-Foothills Alliance of Anderson will host the upcoming Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event on Thursday, April 14th at 7pm on Ram Cat Alley in Seneca.
Individuals from all ages are invited to participate as men walk a few blocks in women’s shoes to raise awareness of sexual assaults and to show support for those victims.
Foothills Alliance was founded in 1989 as the Foothills Rape Crisis Center and during that time, has been serving victims of sexual abuse for over 25 years. Foothills Alliance offers free services to survivors and their friends and families.
Sponsors packages are available from $50 up to $250 dollars. For more information, visit www.foothillsalliance.org and click on the link to Walk a Mile.

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

Raymond Dewayne Roach

Raymond Dewayne Roach

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man on drug charges after deputies responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle earlier today.

22 year old Raymond Dewayne Roach of Lee Pine Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:31am this morning.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division was dispatched this morning to a residence on Mary Sue Lane near Seneca. According to dispatch, the complainant did not recognize the vehicle and it was sitting in the backyard of the residence. The vehicle was playing loud music and the complainant had safety concerns.

The deputy made contact with the driver, Roach, who was passed out behind the wheel. The deputy detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle and Roach appeared to be disoriented and had trouble maintaining his balance.

As the investigation continued, the deputy discovered a plastic baggie which contained what appeared to be a quantity of marijuana inside along with some drug paraphernalia. After placing the subject under arrest for Public Disorderly Conduct, a search of the vehicle incident to arrest produced a pill bottle with no label that contained a quantity of prescription medication.

Besides the Public Disorderly Conduct charges, Roach was also charged in traffic tickets with Simple Possession of Marijuana and for a violation of the county’s Drug Paraphernalia Ordinance.

Roach was also placed on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants were obtained today charging him with two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance (one for Hydrocodone and one for Alprazolam).

New Sheriff’s Office Policy – Freedom of Information Act Requests and Fees

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

To whom it may concern,

Effective March 1st, 2016, consistent with South Carolina Code of Laws 30-4-10, et seq. (the “Freedom of Information Act” or “FOIA”), with specific reference to 30-4-30(b), the Sheriff’s Office will establish and collect fees for responding to FOIA requests.

Generally, fees will not apply to requests made to the Sheriff’s Office for simple case reports or copies of warrants nor will fees apply to individuals who are victim(s) who are seeking information regarding their cases, however, fees will cover requests that cover multiple pages of documents and/or other materials and require time to research these requests. Requests may be directed to Jimmy Watt, Public Information Officer of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office.

Currently, Oconee County has set the fee amount for copies made on an 8.5 x 11 size page at $0.25 cents per page. County fees for copies made on 8.5 x 14 and 11 x 17 size pages are $0.50 per page.

In cases where time is required to research these requests, the Sheriff’s Office will levy charges on employee research time based on the lowest hourly rate for an administrative assistant, which is $14.09.

Also, those who are making Freedom of Information Act requests will be required to pick up printed documents at the Sheriff’s Office at 300 South Church Street in Walhalla during normal business hours, Monday – Friday, from 8:30am until 4:30pm, not counting holidays. Exceptions will be made for requests that are made outside the state of South Carolina or the Upstate of South Carolina area.

Documents that are available under the Freedom of Information Act may be viewed at the Sheriff’s Office at no charge during the above hours in accordance to reasonable rules concerning notice and times and place of access; however, those requests must be made to the appropriate department of the Sheriff’s Office (ex.Criminal Investigations, Uniform Patrol, E-911/Communicatins, etc.). There will be a charge for any copies made of these materials.

As state above, under South Carolina Code of Laws 30-4-30(b), the Sheriff’s Office may establish and collect fees not to exceed the actual cost of searching for or making copies of the records. Since I become Sheriff of Oconee County, however, we have customarily either not charged, or charged a minimal amount, for responding to Freedom of Information Act requests.

After further reflection and analysis, and in the interest of being a good steward of the tax dollars that the citizens of Oconee County pay, I believe that it is in the best interest of the citizens we serve to require those who make FOIA requests to pay for the costs associated with responding to such requests, as allowed by law, except in the exemptions mentioned in this letter.

On behalf of the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Oconee County, we thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Sincerely,
Mike Crenshaw
Sheriff
Oconee County, South Carolina

South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association Seeking New Members

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

Today, Sheriff Mike Crenshaw announced the 2015-16 Spring Membership Drive for the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association is 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 our county to partner with the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association to “help fight for safer places to live, work, and play!”

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Woman on Unlawful Neglect Charges

Brittany Elizabeth Daugherty

Brittany Elizabeth Daugherty

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster woman yesterday on charges of Unlawful Neglect of a Child.

21 year old Brittany Elizabeth Daugherty of Worley Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:07pm. She was released after a bond hearing yesterday afternoon on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

The Child/Elder Abuse Investigator received word from the Department of Social Services regarding a possible child abuse case on January 6th, which started an investigation.

As the investigation continued, a drug test conducted on January 6th revealed that Daugherty tested positive for Marijuana, Methamphetamine and Benzodiazepine. Daugherty’s child, a male who is 17 months old, tested positive for marijuana.

As a part of the investigation, the child was placed in a safe environment.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Conducts Active Shooter Training

Captain Ken Washington

Captain Ken Washington

Captain Ken Washington conducting a recent active shooter training class

Captain Ken Washington conducting a recent active shooter training class

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–Recently, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has been conducting a series of Active Shooter Training meetings with employees of Oconee County as well as other businesses, organizations and churches in the County.

With recent and past active shooter incidents in the minds of everyone due to recent media coverage, Captain Ken Washington of the Special Operations Division of the Sheriff’s Office says that the time is now rather than later for individuals to become aware of what to do during active shooter situations.

“The Sheriff’s Office was requested to do a series of active shooter meetings after several incidents that have occurred,” according to Captain Washington. “These businesses and organizations are being pro-active in looking out for their employees and law enforcement can come in and point out potential security risks for them.”

An active shooter is defined as an individual(s) actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. In most cases, firearm(s) are used but any other item can be used as a weapon. There is also no pattern of selected victims and anyone in their path can be a victim.

Active shooters situations are nothing new and can be traced back to incidents that occurred back in the 1960’s. The Sheriff’s Office has conducted this type of training and meetings in the past but with active shooter incidents that have occurred in the 2015, including in the Palmetto State, an extra emphasis by businesses and organizations has been placed on this type of training.

“With expanded media coverage, I think people are becoming more and more aware of potential dangers that exist,” continues Captain Washington.

The presentation that the Sheriff’s Office offers is open to all citizens and businesses of Oconee County and involves not only the facts and statistics of active shooter incidents but also what citizens should look for regarding the modus operandi of an active shooter and what to do should that situation present itself. The Sheriff’s Office also showed video packages of certain active shooting incidents and reviewed many of the past active shooting incidents that have occurred in the United States.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that the evolution of an active shooter situation usually has some type of signposts along the way and those who commit these crimes don’t just snap in some cases.

Part of the training involves what individuals should do if they become involved in an active shooter situation. Incidents evolve quickly and are usually over by the time law enforcement and emergency personnel arrive. Law enforcement advises individuals to remain calm as possible and provide as much information to dispatchers as possible. Usually, a response from those inside involves either sheltering in place, finding an escape if possible or perhaps if circumstances arise, fighting and taking some type of action in dealing with the active shooter.

“When an individual is faced with an active shooter situation, it really depends on the situation and where they are in terms of what they should do,” continues Captain Washington. “If you can avoid a situation and you hear shooting occurring in another part of the building and you can get out, that is what we recommend or if you can hide, that is another recommendation. But, if you are caught in the middle of it, the situation you are in may dictate what you do at that moment.”

When officers do arrive, make entry and go about the work of clearing the building and evaluating those who are injured or dead, law enforcement reminds those inside to cooperate with those responders, listen and follow their commands and pointing out the location of the shooter. Also, individuals must realize that everyone is a suspect until officers can make the assessment otherwise and those inside should not scream or grab officers.

Also as part of the training, the Sheriff’s Office offers a risk assessment study, in which deputies will conduct a security survey of the building and property to point any potential weaknesses or issues that could potentially put people at risk.

“The Sheriff’s Office goes to the facility for the risk assessment and we will sit down with the administration and we have a checklist of things that we look for,” says Captain Washington. “We compile a lot of items we take a look at both inside and outside the facility and we go over that information with them and we provide recommendations to them, both good and bad, and we do recommend changes to them to help keep their employees and property safe and secure.”

The risk assessments are not released to anyone except to the companies and organizations for which such assessments are done due to potential trade secret violations and for safety concerns.

If your business, church or organization would like for the Sheriff’s Office to conduct Active Shooter Training classes where you are, contact Sgt. Mike McGowan at 864-638-2017.

“The message we are trying to get across is that no one is immune and regardless of the part of the world you live in, this has happened in many places and can happen in Oconee county,” says Captain Washington. “We are going to continue to teach and offer this training and these classes and we are currently getting and accepting these requests.”

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man on Multiple Charges After Domestic Incident

Calvin Russell Davis

Calvin Russell Davis

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man yesterday on multiple charges after responding to a reported disturbance.

38 year old Calvin Russell Davis of Pelfrey Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:59pm on a Temporary Custody Order and on an outstanding warrant from the city of Seneca for Unlawful Communication.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to an address on Doyle Street yesterday afternoon in regards to a disturbance. When the deputy arrived on the scene, Davis was outside of the residence, using profanity and refusing on several occasions to obey the officer’s verbal commands.

A Seneca Police Officer arrived on the scene and officers were eventually able to place handcuffs on Davis even though he attempted to pull away. Once Davis was in custody, the officer spoke to the victim, who told the officer that Davis once resided there and gained entry to the house even though the victim did not want him in the residence.

According to victim, Davis made threats and tried to keep the victim from leaving the house. The victim eventually made it outside but Davis prevented her from leaving before officers arrived on the scene.

While going through the booking process, officers discovered a quantity of what appeared to be methamphetamine on Davis’ person.

According to warrant obtained today, David has been charged with First Degree Burglary, Domestic Violence – First Degree, Introducing Contraband into a Detention Facility, Kidnapping and Resisting Arrest.
As of 1pm, Davis remains at the Detention Center on a $1,092.50 surety bond on the outstanding warrant from the city of Seneca. He will have a bond hearing later on regarding the charges brought by the Sheriff’s Office.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Couple on Unlawful Neglect of a Child Charges

Travis Robert Nix

Travis Robert Nix

Caroline Shaw

Caroline Shaw

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster couple yesterday on one count each of Unlawful Neglect of a Child charges.

Travis Robert William Nix and Caroline Shaw, each 19 years of age and each of Kinston Loop Drive, were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 5:25pm and 5:55pm respectively on Temporary Custody Orders

Two deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division were notified by E-911/Communication dispatchers on a case of reported child abuse the afternoon of January 22nd. The child was located at that time in the emergency room of Oconee Memorial Hospital.

The child, 12 weeks old in age, had suffered a reported serious arm injury. The two deputies and an investigator from the Criminal Investigations Division began an investigation, gathered evidence and conducted interviews. The child was placed in a safe environment upon release from the hospital.

As the investigation continued, investigators determined that the injuries that the child sustained occurred while he was in the care of Nix and Shaw. The injuries occurred at the Kinston Loop Drive address and besides the arm injury, included injuries to an ankle and the baby’s mid-section.

The warrants in the case were obtained by the Sheriff’s Office Child/Elder abuse investigator.

As of Noon today, Nix and Shaw remain in custody at the Detention Center awaiting bond hearings.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Woman on Drug Charges

Lauren Lyte Bucco

Lauren Lyte Bucco

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster woman late yesterday evening on drug charges.

26 year old Lauren Lyte Bucco of President Street in Westminster was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:41pm by a deputy from the Warrants Division.

According to an arrest warrant obtained by agents of the Narcotics Division, Bucco has been charged with one count of Possession of Cocaine.

According to Narcotics agents, the charges against Bucco were brought about as a result of the execution of a search warrant Wednesday on the President Street address and the ongoing multi-agency, multi-million dollar drug trafficking investigation. The charges against Bucco were brought by the Sheriff’s Office due to narcotics that were found at the incident location.

As of 1pm today, Bucco remains in custody at the Detention Center on a $5,000 surety bond.

During the execution of the same search warrant, deputies also arrested 36 year old Mario Demetric Stowers on two drug charges brought by the Sheriff’s Office. The arrest of Stowers was announced by the Sheriff’s Office in a press release yesterday.

Due to the federal gag order remaining in place regarding the overall operation as well as the investigation continuing, the Sheriff’s Office will not comment any further at this time.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks the Public’s Help Regarding Seneca Area Vehicle Theft

2015 Chevrolet Silverado

2015 Chevrolet Silverado

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in regards to a recent vehicle theft that occurred in the Seneca area.

A deputy spoke to the victim by phone during the early afternoon hours of Monday, February 15th regarding a silver 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 4 wheel drive Z71 pickup that was missing from Highpointe Apartments complex. According to information obtained from the victim, the truck was seen around 11pm the previous evening, Valentine’s Day, and 5am the morning of the 15th.

The truck had a chrome toolbox and 20 inch rims and is valued at around $39,000.

The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division, where investigators also determined that the pickup had a leveling kit installed and a Clemson University sticker in the back window.

Investigators also say that the tag on the truck is a South Carolina tag with a tag number of LKY620.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of this 2015 silver Chevrolet Silverado Z71 4 wheel drive pickup truck, 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 to Crime Stoppers is confidential. If your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.