Monthly Archives: August 2016

Emergency Management Monitors Tropical Storm Hermine

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Press Release Courtesy of Derrec Becker
South Carolina Emergency Management Division

COLUMBIA, S.C. (August 31, 2016) – The South Carolina Emergency Management Division is monitoring Tropical Storm Hermine, which forecasters expect to strengthen. As a result of the storm’s projected movement up the east coast, key local and state agencies have been notified to be ready to respond if the need arises.

South Carolina residents and visitors in potentially vulnerable areas should review their plans and consider actions they would need to take if the storm threatens the state. Everyone should monitor the storm via local news media and follow updates from the National Hurricane Center, especially people in low-lying areas along the South Carolina coast.

“We’re watching Tropical Storm Hermine very closely. There’s still a lot of uncertainty in the forecasts,” SCEMD Director Kim Stenson said “If it looks like this storm is going to affect South Carolina we want everyone to be ready. Now would be the time to review your emergency plans just in case.”

A dangerous by-product of a storm can be heavy flooding, as was the case last year in South Carolina. Although the current storm is not expected to cause flooding as extensive as last year’s, any flood waters can be extremely dangerous and destructive. Never walk or drive through flood waters. Remember that floods can disrupt electricity and the drinking water supply. Flood waters can also carry hazardous materials that can endanger health, either upon contact with the water itself or with the soggy debris left after the flood waters recede.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division will continue to monitor the tropical storm 24-hours-a-day. Should conditions merit further action, the State Emergency Operations Center near Columbia can be staffed and operational in a short time.

The official 2016 S.C. Hurricane Guide is available at all South Carolina Welcome Centers, at Walgreen’s stores statewide and for download via SCEMD’s website at scemd.org. Follow the Division’s social feeds for @SCEMD content posted in your newsfeeds: facebook.com/SCEMD, twitter.com/SCEMD and others.

Sheriff’s Citizens Alumni Association Hosting Breakfast at FATZ on Saturday, October 8th

Citizens Police Academy Badge

(Walhalla, SC)——————————The Sheriff’s Citizens Alumni Association, made up of alumni from the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy, will be hosting a fundraising breakfast at FATZ in Seneca on Saturday, October 8th.
The breakfast will be held from 8am until 10am and includes pancakes, sausage links, maple syrup, butter, mixed fruit, coffee, tea or milk.
Adult tickets are available for $7 dollars and children 6 and under eat free (limit one “free” child per adult ticket).
The funds raised will go towards the general operation of the Sheriff’s Citizens Alumni Association as they assist others in the community.
For more information, contact Dennis Owens or Ronnie Ferrell at 864-710-5606 or via e-mail at dennis29691@gmail.com.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Mountain Rest Man on Multiple Charges after Assault and Battery

Tony Dale Justus, Jr.

Tony Dale Justus, Jr.

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Mountain Rest man yesterday on multiple charges after an investigation into an assault and battery.

30 year old Tony Dale Justus, Jr. of Mimosa Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:50pm by a deputy from the Warrants Division after being picked up from jail in Rabun County, GA and transported back to Oconee County.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to the incident location on Mimosa Drive the evening of August 21st in regards to an the incident in which the deputy was informed that the victim was assaulted by Justus, Jr. and taken to Georgia against his will. The victim is a family member of Justus, Jr.

The victim also told deputies that Justus, Jr. had thrown items in the home and blocked that victim from getting to the telephone as the victim was trying to call 911. The victim also said that Justus, Jr. had pointed a firearm and made threats to harm the victim and had assaulted the victim as well. The deputy was able to see the physical manifestation of the injuries due to the assault.

During the trip to Rabun County, GA, Justus, Jr. was eventually arrested on public drunkenness charges and the victim was able to get away from Justus, Jr. and then return home.

As the investigation continued and evidence continued to be gathered, deputies were able to obtain warrants charging Justus, Jr. with Kidnapping, Pointing and Presenting Firearms at a Person, Possession of a Weapon During Commission of a Violent Crime, Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature and Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult.

As of 10am this morning, Justus, Jr. remains in custody at the Oconee County Detention Center on a combined $60,000 surety bond.

The charges against Justus, Jr. carry the following penalties:

• The Kidnapping charge is a felony and carries a penalty of not more than 30 years in prison.
• The charge of Pointing and Presenting Firearms at a Person is a felony that carries a penalty of not more than 5 years in prison or a fine with the amount at the discretion of the court.
• The charge of Possession of a Weapon during Commission of a Violent Crime is a felony that carries a penalty of not more than 5 years in prison.
• The charge of Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature carries is a felony and carries a penalty of not more than 20 years in prison.
• The charge of Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult is a felony that carries a penalty of not more than 5 years in prison.

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

Amanda Janelle Beatty

Amanda Janelle Beatty

Arthur Henry Johnson

Arthur Henry Johnson

Dregius Muntrail Webb

Dregius Muntrail Webb

Justin Evan Woolbright

Justin Evan Woolbright

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is announcing four additional arrests today in the fourteenth “Operation Infinity” drug sweep round-up that began last Thursday morning.

The Sheriff’s Office began the operation with a meeting and briefing at 8:30am. The Sheriff’s Office teamed up with our partners from the Seneca and Walhalla Police Departments.

“Our “Operation Infinity” drug sweeps are a very important and fundamental part of our overall drug enforcement and eradication operations,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “The Sheriff’s Office and our law enforcement partners want to continue to put pressure and make it as difficult as possible for narcotics dealers to operate in the county but since narcotics can have an effect on others crimes, such as burglaries and larcenies, our drug interdiction efforts can be used to combat those crimes as well.”

In all, 25 individuals are being sought on a variety of drug charges involving methamphetamine, prescription drugs, and marijuana. Some individuals in this drug sweep are being sought on charges of Unlawful Neglect of a Child.

As of 2:00pm Friday, 11 individuals had been arrested so far and/or were already are in jail and will or have been served their warrants. With the four additional arrests, a total of fifteen individuals have been arrested so far as of 9am today. Here is the information on the additional arrests. All the following individuals were still in custody at the Detention Center as of 10:30am this morning:

1) Justin Evan Woolbright
Townville, SC
32 years old
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 Count
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:41am on August 26th
Surety bond amount on drug charge: $30,000
Also charged by Walhalla Police with Open Container in a Motor Vehicle

2) Amanda Janelle Beatty
Westminster, SC
29 years old
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:36am on August 27th
Surety bond amount on the charge – $25,000
A hold has been placed on Amanda Beatty by the Clemson Police Department

3) Dreguis Muntrail Webb
Seneca, SC
29 years old
Distribution of Marijuana – 1 count
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:34am on August 27th
Surety bond amount on the drug charge: $5,000
Also charged with Driving Under Suspension by Seneca Police

4) Arthur Henry Johnson
Seneca, SC
50 years old
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 2:17pm on August 28th
Surety bond amount on the charge: $50,000

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation and due to that fact, the names of the other individuals being sought will not be released at this time.

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

Dellen James Metz

Dellen James Metz

Joshua Eugene Reece

Joshua Eugene Reece

Wallace Rashad Acker

Wallace Rashad Acker

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is announcing three additional arrests today in the fourteenth “Operation Infinity” drug sweep round-up that began yesterday morning.

The Sheriff’s Office began the operation with a meeting and briefing at 8:30am. The Sheriff’s Office teamed up with our partners from the Seneca and Walhalla Police Departments.

“Our “Operation Infinity” drug sweeps are a very important and fundamental part of our overall drug enforcement and eradication operations,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “The Sheriff’s Office and our law enforcement partners want to continue to put pressure and make it as difficult as possible for narcotics dealers to operate in the county but since narcotics can have an effect on others crimes, such as burglaries and larcenies, our drug interdiction efforts can be used to combat those crimes as well.”

In all, 25 individuals are being sought on a variety of drug charges involving methamphetamine, prescription drugs, and marijuana. Some individuals in this drug sweep are being sought on charges of Unlawful Neglect of a Child.

As of 3:00pm yesterday, 8 individuals had been arrested so far and/or were already are in jail and will or have been served their warrants. With the three additional arrests, a total of eleven individuals have been arrested so far as of Noon today. Here is the information on the additional arrest:

1) Dellen James Metz
Seneca, SC
23 years old
Distribution of Marijuana – 2 Counts
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 8:20am on August 26th
Total combined surety bond amount: $5,000
Still in custody at the Detention Center as of 1:15pm today

2) Wallace Rashad Acker
Seneca, SC
27 years old
Distribution of Marijuana – 1 count
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:51am on August 26th
Surety bond amount on the charge – $5,000
Still in custody at the Detention Center as of 1:15pm today

3) Joshua Eugene Reece
West Union, SC
31 years old
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 11:13am on August 26th
Still in custody at this time awaiting a bond hearing

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation and due to that fact, the names of the other individuals being sought will not be released at this time.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks the Public’s Help Regarding August 18th Walmart Shoplifting

Walmart Shoplifting Suspect - August 18th, 2016

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in regards to identifying an individual in relation to an August 18th lunch hour shoplifting that occurred at the Seneca Walmart.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol division responded to the Sandifer Boulevard location on the day of the incident and spoke to an employee of the store. According to information the deputy obtained as a result of the investigation, an African-American female wearing a black tank top stole items from the store, which included golf balls, clothing and glasses.

The employee was able to retrieve the items but the individual fled the scene on foot and the officer was not able to locate the individual in question.

If you have any information regarding this August 18th lunch hour shoplifting at the Seneca Walmart and can identify the individual in relation to this incident, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or 864-638-STOP. You don’t have to give your name when you contact Crimestoppers and all information provided is confidential. If your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Alabama Man on Outstanding Burglary and Larceny Warrants

Jason Spencer Blythe

Jason Spencer Blythe

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Montgomery, AL man earlier this morning on two outstanding warrants related to a 2012 break-in at the Verizon Wireless store in Seneca.

33 year old Jason Spencer Blythe of Taylor Oak Circle was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 2:31am by a deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division after being picked up at the Greenville County Detention Center and transported to Oconee County.

Deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to the Verizon Wireless location on Sandifer Boulevard in Seneca the morning of October 13th, 2012 in reference to a possible burglary. When deputies arrived on the scene, they discovered that entry had been made into the business via a large rock that was used to break the glass to a door of the business.

The scene was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office and an investigation began and evidence was gathered. An inventory conducted by management revealed that several electronic items, which included smart phones, tablets and accessories, were taken from the store.

The value of the items taken, according to store management at that time, was around $8,000.

Warrants were obtained against Blythe soon thereafter charging him with Second Degree Burglary and Grand Larceny.

Blythe remains in custody at the Detention Center this morning awaiting a bond hearing.

Walhalla Rotary Club to Host BBQ Fundraiser on Monday, September 12th

Rotary Club Logo

(Walhalla, SC)—————————The Walhalla Rotary Club will be hosting a BBQ fundraiser on Monday, September 12th to benefit the Walhalla Rotary Club charities, which includes the “Law Enforcement Appreciation Project.”
The LEAP Project will recognize a Sheriff’s Deputy and police officer from the Walhalla Police Department each quarter for going above and beyond the duties of law enforcement and each officer will be presented an award by Rotary International.
The BBQ will delivered to your business at an agreed upon time between 11:30am and 1:30pm on September 12th.
The meal will include BBQ, bun, baked beans, cole slaw, homemade brownies and a canned soda for $10, which includes tax.
For more information or questions, contact Brian at 864-723-8062 or Jordanie at 864-280-4611.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Announces Fourteenth “Operation Infinity” Drug Round-Up

Bobby Hughdean Wood, Jr.

Bobby Hughdean Wood, Jr.

Carrie Leigh Tyner

Carrie Leigh Tyner

Cecil Mark Fowler

Cecil Mark Fowler

Daniel Glenn Carpenter

Daniel Glenn Carpenter

Douglas John Olin Edmond

Douglas John Olin Edmond

Henry Eric Sanders

Henry Eric Sanders

Joseph Eugene Willoughby

Joseph Eugene Willoughby

Lee Roy Witt

Lee Roy Witt

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office announces that the fourteenth “Operation Infinity” drug sweep round-up began this morning.

The Sheriff’s Office began the operation with a meeting and briefing at 8:30am. The Sheriff’s Office teamed up with our partners from the Seneca and Walhalla Police Departments.

“Our “Operation Infinity” drug sweeps are a very important and fundamental part of our overall drug enforcement and eradication operations,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “The Sheriff’s Office and our law enforcement partners want to continue to put pressure and make it as difficult as possible for narcotics dealers to operate in the county but since narcotics can have an effect on others crimes, such as burglaries and larcenies, our drug interdiction efforts can be used to combat those crimes as well.”

In all, 25 individuals are being sought on a variety of drug charges involving methamphetamine, prescription drugs, and marijuana. Some individuals in this drug sweep are being sought on charges of Unlawful Neglect of a Child.

As of 3:00pm this afternoon, 8 individuals had been arrested so far and/or were already are in jail and will or have been served their warrants. Here are the names of the individuals that have been arrested so far and their charges according to warrants. All individuals, except for Carrie Tyner, who is being housed in another facility, remain in custody at the Detention Center as of 4:30pm this afternoon:

1) Douglas John Olin Edmond
Seneca, SC
41 years old
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 Count
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 10:48am on August 25th
$5,000 surety bond on charge

2) Daniel Glenn Carpenter
Seneca, SC
50 years old
Distribution of Marijuana – 1 Count
Already in Jail at the Oconee County Detention Center
$5,000 surety bond on charge

3) Joseph Eugene Willoughby
Seneca, SC
30 years old
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count
Already in Jail at the Oconee County Detention Center
$10,000 surety bond on charge

4) Carrie Leigh Tyner
Westminster, SC
32 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child – 1 count
Currently being housed in a South Carolina Department of Corrections Facility

5) Lee Roy Witt
Westminster, SC
41 years old
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center on August 25th around 12:05pm
$5,000 surety bond on charge

6) Bobby Hughdean Wood, Jr.
West Union, SC
38 years old
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count
Already in Jail at the Oconee County Detention Center
$10,000 surety bond on charge

7) Henry Eric Sanders
Seneca, SC
27 years old
Distribution of Marijuana – 2 counts
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:53pm on August 25th
No bond information as of 4:30pm

8) Cecil Mark Fowler
Seneca, SC
Distribution of Crank (Methamphetamine)) – 1 count
Already in Jail at the Oconee County Detention Center
$25,000 surety bond on charge

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation and due to that fact, the names of the other individuals being sought will not be released at this time.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man on Receiving Stolen Goods Charges

Adam Eric Sass

Adam Eric Sass

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man earlier this morning on charges of Receiving Stolen Goods in reference to a stolen firearm.

37 year old Adam Eric Sass of Maple Grove Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:28am on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants were obtained today.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division earlier this morning on routine patrol observed a green in color Toyota Camry roll through a stop sign near the intersection of W. Pine Grove Road at Pine Grove Road near Seneca. The deputy initiated a traffic stop based upon the traffic violation.

The individual pulled over by the deputy, Sass, told the deputy that he was out of prison on parole and that there was a firearm located in the vehicle. The deputy retrieved the firearm and after further investigation, discovered the firearm was reported stolen out of Anderson County.

Sass was arrested and transported to the Oconee County Detention Center, where he awaits a bond hearing.

The charge of Receiving Stolen Goods against Sass is a misdemeanor and carries a penalty of not more than 30 days in prison or a fine of not more than $1,000.