Monthly Archives: January 2017

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

Howard Eugene Johnson

Howard Eugene Johnson

January 30th, 2017 Seizures

Meth Lab

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)—————————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man yesterday and has charged him with drug and weapons charges.

50 year old Howard Eugene Johnson of Gammell Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:47pm on a Temporary Custody Order. He remains in custody at the Detention Center at this time.

While conducting a separate investigation, officers made contact with Mr. Johnson, who was in a building behind a home on Gammell Street. The officers identified themselves and advised Mr. Johnson of the purpose for the officers to be there.

The officers received permission from Johnson to look into his building and consent was given. Officers observed what appeared to be a one pot meth lab in the building. An agent from the narcotics division was notified and responded to the scene.

After a consent to search form was signed, the agent removed the lab from the building and contacted SLED so arrangements could be made to have the lab removed from the property. Also, a quantity of narcotics was recovered from the building.

As the investigation continued, officers learned that Johnson had a firearm in his bedroom of the residence that he lived in and gave officers consent to search the room. After receiving consent, officers located firearms and a quantity of narcotics and ammunition inside the room.

Warrants obtained today against Johnson charge him with one count each of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon by a Person Convicted of a Violent Felony and four counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks the Public’s Help in Solving Two Walmart Shoplifting Cases

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in solving two shoplifting cases the occurred recently at the Walmart in Seneca.

The Sheriff’s Office is also seeking the public’s help in identifying two females in relation to both shopliftings and a male in relation to the second shoplifting.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to the Sandifer Boulevard location on two separate occasions in regards to two separate shopliftings.

During the first shoplifting which occurred on January 19th, an employee of the store told the deputy that two black females came into the store and concealed a quantity of PlayStation 4 controllers and then left the store without paying for the items.

During the second shoplifting which occurred on January 21st, an employee of the store told the deputy that two black females and one black male came into the store and took a quantity of PlayStation 4 controllers and left the store without paying for the items. The individuals were seen leaving in a silver 4 door car.

The approximate combined value of the controllers taken in the two shopliftings is $1,584.91.

If you have any information in regards to these two shoplifting cases or the identities of the individuals in relation to these cases, 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 call Crimestoppers and all the information provided is confidential. If your tip leads to an arrest or the identification of the individuals, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Clemson Man on Multiple Charges

Adam Richardson Martin

Adam Richardson Martin

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Clemson man on multiple charges yesterday pertaining to a March 2015 armed robbery at a West Union residence.

26 year old Adam Richardson Martin of Edgewood Avenue in Clemson was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 2:37pm by a deputy from the Warrants Division after being transported from Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia, which is a South Carolina Department of Corrections Facility.

Back on March 2nd, 2015, deputies responded to an address on Murphree Drive around 11:13am due to reports of an armed robbery that had occurred involving a couple. Deputies were told that the suspect, Martin, was coming over to do some yard work. Once Martin arrived, he asked to speak to the couple in the living room.

During the conversation, Martin told the couple that he was not stable and that they were good people. Mr. Martin then reportedly pulled out a black in color handgun and asked for the couple’s valuables. Martin then took around $500 in cash and a box of jewelry. Martin also collected all cell phones and vehicle keys but left those items at the bottom of the driveway at the request of the couple.

The case was then turned over the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office.

Arrest warrants were obtained against Martin the same day as the incident. Martin was charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of kidnapping, and one count of Possession of a Weapon during Commission of a Violent Crime.

Martin was arrested in Laurens County on the same day as the incident that occurred in Oconee County.

Martin was denied bond on all charges and remains in custody at this time at the Detention Center. A hold has also been placed on Martin by the South Carolina Department of Corrections, the Clemson Police Department and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man on Multiple Grand Larceny Charges

Douglas Elwood Emerson

Douglas Elwood Emerson

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man yesterday on three separate charges of Grand Larceny.

33 year old Douglas Elwood Emerson of Brown Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 11:24am after being transported from the Greenville County Detention Center by a deputy from the Warrants Division.

Emerson was charged in warrants with stealing three separate vehicles as part of three separate investigations by the Sheriff’s Office: a 1995 Ford F-250 pickup truck that had a toolbox of tools on February 2nd of last year from an address on E. Springwood Drive near Seneca, a 2001 Chevrolet Pickup truck from an address on Rochester Highway near sometime between March 26th and March 28th of last year, and a 1992 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck from an address on Clemson Boulevard near Seneca on April 11th of last year.

All three cases were turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office and according to investigators, two of the three vehicles have been returned to their owners.

As a result of the investigation and the gathering of evidence, investigators obtained the three arrest warrants against Emerson.

Emerson was given a combined $30,000 surety bond on all charges. After his bond hearing, he was transported back to the Greenville County Detention Center. A detainer has been placed on Emerson by Oconee County and once the judicial process is completed in Greenville County, Emerson will be transported back to Oconee County.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Greenville Man on Multiple Charges

Kalo Deron Green

Kalo Deron Green

Jervonte Tiyon Gilliam

Jervonte Tiyon Gilliam

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Greenville man yesterday on multiple charges in relation to two incidents that occurred in the county back in May.

The arrest of 24 year old Kalo Deron Green of Eastlan Drive was the second arrest in the cases.

Back on September 24th, 2016, 20 year old Jervonte Tiyon Gilliam of Shemwood Lane was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 11:20am that day after being transported from the Greenville County Detention Center. Gilliam was charged with two counts of Second Degree Burglary, one count each of Petit Larceny and Grand Larceny and two counts of Malicious Injury to Personal Property.

Gilliam remains in custody at the Detention Center on a combined $45,000 surety bond.

Green was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 11:24am yesterday after being transported from the Greenville County Detention Center. Green was given a combined $46,375.00 surety bond on two counts of Second Degree Burglary, one count of Grand Larceny, two counts of Malicious Injury to Personal Property and one count of Petit Larceny.

After Green’s bond hearing on the charges, Green was transported back to Greenville County while a detainer was placed on Green by Oconee County for transport back to Oconee once the judicial process is complete in Greenville County.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division was notified on May 27th of last year of two separate burglaries that occurred in the Seneca area, one at an address on Fernwood Drive and one at an address on Wells Highway.

In the incident on Wells Highway, entry was made into a residence and items were taken from the residence, including jewelry.

In the incident on Fernwood Drive, entry was also made into a residence at that location and items were taken from that residence as well, including jewelry.

Both crime scenes were processed for evidence as the investigation continued. Meanwhile, the deputy investigating the case received word on May 27th of last year from the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office that due to an arrest there in a separate case, deputies there discovered items in the possession of Gilliam and Green that belonged to both victims in Oconee County.

Based upon evidence gathered in the course of the investigation, deputies had probable cause to obtain warrants against Gilliam and Green in the case.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Early Wednesday Morning Home Invasion in Townville

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an early Wednesday morning home invasion that occurred in the Townville area of Oconee County.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to an address on Peachtree Lane in reference to an armed robbery that occurred. The victim told deputies that two black males wearing bandannas and dark clothing kicked in a door of the home and at gun point, took cash and electronic items.

The victim believed that the suspects were in a red car. No one was hurt in the incident and the case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division.

If you have any information on this early Wednesday morning home invasion that took place on Peachtree Lane in Townville, 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 call Crimestoppers and if your tip leads to the correct identity of the person in the footage, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Charges of Possessing a Stolen Vehicle

Matthew Flint Patterson

Matthew Flint Patterson

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man yesterday on charges of Possessing a Stolen Vehicle.

37 year old Matthew Flint Patterson of Earles Grove Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:54pm by a deputy from the Warrants Division.

On December 30th, 2016, a deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to an address of Martin Creek Road in reference to a stolen vehicle. The victim returned from hunting to discover that the truck, a gray in color 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche Z71, valued at around $8,000, had been taken. The truck’s information was entered into the National Crimes Information Center database and the information was forwarded to surrounding agencies as well.

The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division. As the investigation continued, Patterson was observed to be in operation of the vehicle by investigators and an arrest warrant was obtained against Patterson.

Based upon evidence that was gathered as a result of the investigation, investigators obtained an arrest warrant against Patterson for possessing the vehicle knowing that the vehicle was stolen.

Besides the arrest warrants, Patterson was also served a Family Court Bench Warrant as well.

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

Rodney Lee Camp

Rodney Lee Camp

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Oconee County man yesterday on multiple charges, which include burglary and larceny charges.

29 year old Rodney Lee Camp was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 10:19am yesterday by a deputy from the Warrants Division. The Detention Center lists his address as Flat Shoals Road in Walhalla while arrest warrants lists Camp’s address as S. Dellwood Drive in Westminster.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to reports of a burglary on Nectarine Circle near Walhalla the evening of January 21st in which a building on the property had been broken into and multiple chainsaws had been taken. During the investigation, it was determined that damage was done to the building during the burglary.

As the investigation continued and based upon evidence that was gathered, it was determined that Camp had broken into the building and had taken the items from the building.

Arrest warrants were obtained by deputies against Camp on charges of Third Degree Burglary, Malicious Injury to Personal Property and Grand Larceny.

Camp was released from the Detention Center yesterday on a total combined $21,125.00 personal recognizance bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeking the Public’s Help Regarding Theft of Debit Cards

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in regards to an ongoing investigation into the theft of debit cards at two locations in the Seneca area.

The Sheriff’s Office is also seeking the public’s help in regards to identifying an individual in relation to the use of the stolen cards.

Since December, a fraud investigator from the Criminal Investigations Division has been looking into thefts of debit cards from two employees of businesses, one from an address on Tokeena Road and one from an address on Rochester Highway that occurred on December 7th and December 28th respectively.

The cards taken on December 7th and December 28th were used to make fraudulent purchases at businesses in Oconee County.

As part of the investigation and the gathering of evidence, the investigator obtained surveillance footage of an individual in relation to the use of the stolen cards. The individual appears to be wearing glasses and wigs in the footage that was obtained.

The investigator also believes that the individual the Sheriff’s Office is trying to identify may be driving a dark-colored vehicle, possibly a Mercury Grand Marquis.

If you have any information on the identity of the individual in the pictures in relation to the use of the stolen debit cards, 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 call Crimestoppers and if your tip leads to the correct identity of the person in the footage, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man on Attempted Murder Charges

Benjamin Matthew Cheek

Benjamin Matthew Cheek

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man over the weekend on multiple charges, including charges of Attempted Murder.

27 year old Benjamin Matthew Cheek of Tammi Lane was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:46am on January 21st.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to the Tammi Lane address early Saturday morning in regards to reports of a disturbance involving a person with a weapon.

Once the deputy arrived on the scene, a second deputy responded and discovered the victim inside a vehicle with a portion of the driver’s side window partially covering her.

The victim was removed from the vehicle and an investigation began, as deputies discovered damage to the vehicle. Deputies discovered that the suspect, Cheek, had already left the scene.

The victim told deputies that she went to the Tammi Lane location to check on a friend. When she arrived on the scene, Cheek approached the vehicle with an ax and then used the ax to damage the vehicle while also making threats toward the victim. After damaging the vehicle, Benjamin reportedly dropped the weapon and left the scene. Cheek reportedly had earlier texted the victim asking where her friend was.

The victim declined medical treatment and a deputy from the Crime Scene Unit arrived on scene to continue the investigation and to process the scene.

As the investigation continued, deputies received word that Cheek may be located at an address on Earls Grove Road. Upon arriving at the residence and receiving consent to look inside, Cheek was located inside the house. The deputy confirmed that Cheek had four Magistrates Bench Warrants and Cheek was transported to the Detention Center.

Besides the warrant for Attempted Murder, deputies also obtained warrants on Cheek on charges of Possession of a Weapon during Commission of a Violent Crime and Malicious Injury to Personal Property.

As of 2:45pm, Cheek remains in custody at the Detention Center on a combined $130,000 surety bond.