Monthly Archives: October 2016

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Issues Warning about the Dangers of Fentanyl

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a press release today warning citizens about the dangers posed by the drug Fentanyl.

“Recently I attended a DEA symposium on behalf of the South Carolina Sheriff’s Association and one of the main topics of discussion was the drug fentanyl,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “Even though we have seen very few cases of fentanyl abuse and overdoses in Oconee County so far, this danger is real, not only for our citizens but also for the law enforcement and public safety community as well. This danger increases with the rise of heroin use in many parts of the country. With that in mind, I wanted our office to issue this release so everyone will be safe and no one’s life will be put in danger.”

Fentanyl is a legal synthetic opioid that is prescribed by doctor’s to help with pain relief of patients under their care, primarily with cancer patients. It is prescribed by doctors in many forms, such as a time release patch form or as a lollipop, for example.

Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent that morphine.

“The patches releases the drug over time but there have been cases in which individuals have chewed on the patches, releasing the drug all at one time and individuals have died due to an overdose,” continues Sheriff Crenshaw. “The biggest concern from fentanyl comes from the fact that only 2 milligrams of this drug can be lethal causing death. For comparison purposes, a packet of sugar that you would find on your table at a restaurant normally contains around 2,000 to 4,000 milligrams.”

Fentanyl can be easily obtained and is produced in foreign countries, such as China for shipment around the world. It generally comes in as a white substance and drug dealers have been known to mix fentanyl with other narcotics, such as heroin, methamphetamine or cocaine. It can be pressed into a counterfeit pill form and a spray form as well. By mixing it with other substances, fentanyl can change its color as well as its appearance.

“One of the dangers for law enforcement is when a white powdery substance is discovered in a bag, if that drug becomes airborne and a small amount is breathed in by officers or if they touch the substance without proper protection or equipment, those officers can die if medical treatment is not provided immediately, in part by using an anti-overdose drug Naloxone,” states Sheriff Crenshaw. “We are advising our deputies that if anything looks suspicious to not open anything in a bag if it appears to be a white powdery substance or not to touch it unless they have on the proper gear. Our deputies should not field test it but sealed it and ship it to a laboratory for proper testing to determine its contents. We are also asking our citizens that if they discover something similar to do the same, walk away and contact law enforcement.”

Some of the symptoms of a fentanyl overdose are disorientation, coughing, sedation, respiratory distress and cardiac arrest.

“Another danger for citizens and all public safety personnel is a fentanyl related substance called Carfentanil, which is used to tranquilize large mammals, such as elephants,” says Sheriff Crenshaw. “Carfentanil is 10,000 more times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent that fentanyl. Once again, we want our citizens to know these dangers so they are not harmed and we certainly want to keep them safe.”

Parents are encouraged to discuss with their children the importance of not trying or accepting any drink or substance in any form from anyone. This drug can be placed on something as simple as a piece of gum or candy.

Some drugs can be very addictive as well as very dangerous causing immediate death.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests North Carolina Man on Multiple Charges after Weekend Pursuit

Richard Clayton Bagwell II

Richard Clayton Bagwell II

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Thomasville, NC man over the weekend on multiple charges after a weekend pursuit.

25 year old Richard Clayton Bagwell II of E. Guilford Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 4:37pm Saturday.

Deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division were responding to a call of a reported burglary at an address on Jocassee Lake Road Saturday afternoon. As they were responding to the scene, dispatch gave a description of a vehicle that left the scene of a burglary with a black male inside.

Deputies observed a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle on North Highway 11. A deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle but the vehicle did not pull over and passed vehicles on a double yellow line while also speeding. The vehicle in question, a red in color box style car, headed toward the city of Walhalla with the pursuit eventually ending on Razorback Lane as the fleeing vehicle wrecked.

Two individual exited the vehicle and a foot pursuit began, whereupon, the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Bagwell II, was apprehended. The passenger in the vehicle was not found, however, that individual was wearing a red shirt and a white hat.

After confirming the victim’s name, deputies determined that Bagwell II did not have a South Carolina’s driver’s license, while also determining that Bagwell II had a suspended license out of North Carolina.

Deputies began the process of processing the scene of the pursuit while also processing the burglary scene on Jocassee Lake Road. Earlier at the incident scene on Jocassee Lake Road, the victim observed a black male inside of the residence. The suspect had made entry into the residence by kicking out a window.

Based upon the result of the investigation, Bagwell was charged with by the Sheriff’s Office with one count of Second Degree Burglary. Bagwell II also was issued traffic tickets for Failure to stop for a Blue Light, No South Carolina’s Driver’s License and Improper Display of a Tag. The South Carolina Highway Patrol also charged Bagwell II due to their investigation of the accident.

As of 1:00pm today, Bagwell II remains in custody on a combined $30,697.50 surety bond. Also, GPS Monitoring will be a requirement upon release as a condition of a bond.

The charge of Burglary – Second Degree is a felony that carries a penalty of not more than 10 years in prison.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Issues Release on Halloween and Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–With Halloween just around the corner, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is offering this safety tips so you and your children will be safe as you enjoy various activities.

“We are asking our citizens to be especially careful during the late afternoon and early evening hours, especially around dusk and after dark on your way home from work or from going out. Please watch out for children and families that may be trick-or-treating as you travel on the roads and highways and around your neighborhood,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “Also, many cities and businesses will be hosting events and churches will be hosting fall festivals during the weekend proceeding Halloween and also the day of as well, so expect heavier than normal vehicular and pedestrian traffic possibly in these areas.”

Safe Kids Worldwide recently reported that children on Halloween are more than twice as likely to be struck by a vehicle and killed than during any other day of the year. With that in mind, the Sheriff’s Office is offering these safety tips:

• All costumes and bags should have some type of reflective material. Also look at the possibility of wearing costumes that are light in color. You may want to consider carrying glow sticks and flashlights which can be used to make sure drivers can see pedestrian traffic easier.
• Make sure that children have adult supervision and consider traveling in groups and in well-lit areas.
• Make sure costumes fit well to prevent falling and tripping hazards.
• Check all candy to make sure it is sealed in its packaging properly and has not been tampered with. If you are going around from house to house to trick-or-treat, make sure you go to houses of family, friends, neighbors.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Files Additional Charges against Man Wanted in Salem Area Shooting

Kaitlin Ashley Galloway

Kaitlin Ashley Galloway

Kristen Nicole Carter

Kristen Nicole Carter

Travis Trent Lollis

Travis Trent Lollis

Justin David Crenshaw

Justin David Crenshaw

Jason Scott Alexander

Jason Scott Alexander

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has filed additional charges today against a Salem man wanted in an early Tuesday morning shooting in Salem who was arrested last night as part of a traffic stop.

The Sheriff’s Office also filed charges against two Salem women and a Walhalla man as a result of the traffic stop.

31 year old Justin David Crenshaw of Jess Crenshaw Road was issued a traffic ticket on charges of Failure to stop for a Blue Light. Crenshaw, at the time of his arrest, also had outstanding arrest warrants on charges of Attempted Murder, First Degree Burglary and Possession of a Weapon during Commission of a Violent Crime in regards to the shooting incident on Clearcut Road. Crenshaw was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 10:28pm.

38 year old Jason Scott Alexander of Jess Crenshaw Drive was booked into the Detention Center around 12:20pm yesterday after being arrested on charges of Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature and First Degree Burglary in relation to the shooting.

Charged as a result of the traffic stop were 17 year old Kaitlin Ashley Galloway of Stamp Creek Road and 19 year old Kristen Nicole Carter of Jess Crenshaw Road as well as 25 year old Travis Trent Lollis of Jonathan Drive.

Deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division and the P.A.C.E. team were at a location on Whitewater Falls Road acting on a tip that a black Cadillac that the suspects left in from the Clearcut Road incident location was in the area and possibly occupied, however, the vehicle was unoccupied.

While preparing to leave the scene, deputies observed a silver in color Hyundai traveling at a high rate of speed as it turned from a gravel driveway onto Whitewater Falls Road. The vehicle, which was occupied multiple times, eventually made its way onto Highway 11.

Deputies then received word that Crenshaw was in the Hyundai, upon which time deputies initiated a traffic stop but the vehicle did not pull over. It eventually pulled into a business on Highway 11 and Crenshaw, the driver, was eventually placed into custody.

For officer safety reasons due to the possibility of firearms being in the vehicle or on the persons of individuals in the vehicle, deputies completed a safety sweep of all people and the vehicle out of an abundance of caution. An inventory of the vehicle was conducted before the vehicle was towed, whereupon a large quantity of methamphetamine was located in the vehicle.

All four occupants of the vehicle, Crenshaw, Lollis, Carter and Galloway, all denied being in possession of the narcotics and as a result, Lollis, Carter and Galloway have been charged today with one count each of Trafficking in Methamphetamine – 1st offense while Crenshaw has been charged with one count of Trafficking Methamphetamine – 2nd offense.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Washington State Woman on Prostitution Charges

Chun Son Rader

Chun Son Rader

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Washington state woman on charges of Prostitution after conducting an operation in the Fair Play area.

54 year old Chun Son Rader of Martin Way E in Olympia was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 12:14am today.

Yesterday, agents from the Narcotics/Vice Unit of the Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a business on Herring Road in Fair Play and filed charges against Rader as a result of that operation. An investigation began at this business location after complaints were received from citizens living in the Fair Play area.

A deputy sheriff from the unit was propositioned by Rader that resulted in the defendant being taken into custody. A search warrant was executed on the business.

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

Rader is still in custody at the Detention Center as of 10am this morning on a $465 surety bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Second Individual Sought in Early Morning Salem Area Shooting

Jason Scott Alexander

Jason Scott Alexander

Justin David Crenshaw

Justin David Crenshaw

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a second individual deputies were seeking today in regards to an early Tuesday morning shooting in the Salem area.

Deputies responded around 4:09am to a location on Clearcut Drive in regards to the incident and upon arriving on the scene, deputies observed the victim with a gunshot wound to his upper torso. The victim received treatment from EMS on the scene and was eventually airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital to receive further treatment.

The investigation was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division and as evidence was gathered, investigators were told that there was knock on the door of the residence and when an occupant of the residence opened the door, two men entered the home and chased the victim outside, whereupon, gun shots were heard. The victim was also struck with a blunt force object to the body as well.

The suspects reportedly left in a late 90’s model black Cadillac, according to investigators.

Deputies were seeking two suspects, 38 year old Jason Scott Alexander of Jess Crenshaw Drive and 31 year old Justin David Crenshaw of Ashley and Cody Lane, both from Salem.

As the investigation continued, Alexander turned himself in at the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and was taken to the Oconee County Detention Center, where he has been charged in warrants with one count each of Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature and First Degree Burglary.

Crenshaw was apprehended due to a traffic stop around 6:37pm tonight on North Highway 11 in the Salem area. Crenshaw has been charged with one count of Attempted Murder, one count of First Degree Burglary and one count of Possession of a Weapon during Commission of a Violent Crime.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests One, Seeks Another in Early Morning Salem Area Shooting

Jason Scott Alexander

Jason Scott Alexander

Justin David Crenshaw

Justin David Crenshaw

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested one man and seeks another today in regards to an early Tuesday morning shooting in the Salem area.

Deputies responded around 4:09am to a location on Clearcut Drive in regards to the incident and upon arriving on the scene, deputies observed the victim with a gunshot wound to his upper torso. The victim received treatment from EMS on the scene and was eventually airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital to receive further treatment.

The investigation was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division and as evidence was gathered, investigators were told that there was knock on the door of the residence and when an occupant of the residence opened the door, two men entered the home and chased the victim outside, whereupon, gun shots were heard. The victim was also struck with a blunt force object to the body as well.

The suspects reportedly left in a late 90’s model black Cadillac, according to investigators.

Deputies were seeking two suspects, 38 year old Jason Scott Alexander of Jess Crenshaw Drive and 31 year old Justin David Crenshaw of Ashley and Cody Lane, both from Salem.

As the investigation continued, Alexander turned himself in at the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and was taken to the Oconee County Detention Center, where he has been charged in warrants with one count each of Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature and First Degree Burglary.

Crenshaw remains at large at this time. Crenshaw has been charged with one count of Attempted Murder, one count of First Degree Burglary and one count of Possession of a Weapon during Commission of a Violent Crime.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Justin David Crenshaw, 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 given is confidential. If you tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks the Public’s Help in Solving October 18th Seneca Walmart Shoplifting

October 18th, 2016 Walmart Shoplifting Picture One

October 18th, 2016 Walmart Shoplifting Picture Two

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in solving an October 18th Seneca Walmart shoplifting and identifying two individuals in relation to the case.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to the store address at 1636 Sandifer Boulevard in regards to the incident and began an investigation. The deputy met with an employee who said that two females came into the store and selected several make-up items.

The females went to one of the self-checkout lines and attempted to pay for the items but the sale was declined. The females then collected the items and left the store without paying for the items.

The make-up items have a retail value of around $75.13.

If you have any further information on this October 18th shoplifting at the Seneca Walmart or the identities of the two individuals in relation to this case, please contact 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 given is confidential. If your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Assault and Battery, Child Neglect Charges

Tracey Shane Prater

Tracey Shane Prater

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man early this morning on two charges, including one for Unlawful Neglect of a Child.

40 year old Tracey Shane Prater, who resides at an address on Highway 59, was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:15am. Prater has also been charged with Assault and Battery – Third Degree.

Deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to reports of a fight at the Highway 59 address early this morning. As the investigation began and evidence was gathered, deputies learned that Prater had assaulted a male at the incident location. The male was located a short distance away from the incident location.

Prater was placed under arrest by deputies. As the investigation continued, deputies learned that an 11 year old child was located in the residence which deputies described as a storage building converted into a house.

Deputies, once inside the residence, discovered unhealthy and unsanitary conditions inside of the home and placed the child into emergency protective custody and notified the Department of Social Services, upon which an employee of the agency responded to the scene.

Prater was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center on a temporary custody order until warrants were obtained today.

Prater remains in custody at the Detention Center as of 3:30pm today as he awaits a bond hearing.

The charge of Assault and Battery – 3rd Degree is a misdemeanor and carries a penalty of not more than 30 days in jail and/or a fine of not more than $500.

The charge of Unlawful Neglect of a Child is felony and carries a penalty of not more than 10 years in prison and/or a fine with the amount determined at the discretion of the court.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office to Host Pill Take Back Day This Saturday

Sheriff's Badge

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is reminding everyone that the Sheriff’s Office will be hosting its next Pill Take Back Day this Saturday, October 22nd.

The event will be held from 10am until 2pm at the Sheriff’s Office Substation which is located near the Emergency Room at Oconee Memorial Hospital.

The Sheriff’s Office will be accepting old or no longer needed prescription medication, in pill or liquid form, plus over the counter medication and vitamins so those medications can be disposed of properly.

“The Pill Take Back Days will make it possible for the Sheriff’s Office not only to safely collect but safely dispose of these medications,” says Lt. Jeremy Chapman of the Special Operations Division of the Sheriff’s Office. “This will prevent these medications from damaging the environment from being disposed of in the wrong place and also prevent these medications from getting into the hands of children or other individuals to protect them from harm.”

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind our citizens that a Drug Collection Unit is located inside the mail lobby of the Law Enforcement Center at 300 South Church Street in Walhalla. This unit, which was awarded to the Sheriff’s Office based on a grant from CVS Pharmacy, was placed in the Law Enforcement Center earlier this summer.

Citizens can bring by their unused prescription and over the counter medications and empty the contents into the Unit during normal business hours, 8:30am until 4:30pm, Monday-Friday.

A second Medication Disposal Unit was placed this week outside of the Emergency Room of Oconee Memorial Hospital and is now available for use.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking those who bring medication in pill form to either the Pill Take Back Day or to the Drug Collection Unit to make sure to bring those medications in their marked prescription bottles and then to open up those bottles and empty their contents into containers that the Sheriff’s Office will have set up during the Pill Take Back Day or directly into the Drug Collection Unit and then take those bottles with them to be recycled. This will help to keep the Sheriff’s Office incinerator in good working order, according to Lt. Chapman.

So far in 2016, the Sheriff’s Office has collected approximately 321.4 pounds of medication during earlier Pill Take Back Days this year and approximately 212 pounds of medication as a result of the Drug Collection Unit.

In 2015, the Sheriff’s Office collected approximately 910 pounds of pills and liquid prescription medication.