Public Information Officer
(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has charged five individuals arrested over the weekend with Fugitive from Justice warrants in three separate incidents.
The first incident occurred early Saturday morning when a deputy initiated a traffic stop on Wells Highway based on a traffic violation for an improperly displayed tag. The deputy made contact with the driver, 38 year old Jeremy Stephen Black of Shady Lane in Westminster. Black was unable to provide any proper identification in regards to the vehicle.
The deputy checked on passenger identification as well and discovered that a passenger, 44 year old Brantley Keith Black of Shady Lane in Westminster, was wanted in the state of Georgia and the deputy was notified by dispatch that Georgia wished to extradite.
The driver was placed under arrest in regards to the investigation for improper display, no proof of ownership and operating an uninsured vehicle. The vehicle was towed from the scene and both Jeremy Black and Brantley Black were transported to the Detention Center, where Brantley Black was served a Fugitive from Justice warrant and a hold was placed on him by Probation authorities in Georgia.
Jeremy Black was released from the Detention Center on February 11th on a combined $905.00 personal recognizance bond.
The second incident occurred Saturday evening when a deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division was dispatched to Woodall Shoals Road in Longcreek in regards to an officer assist with officers from Rabun County, GA after a pursuit from Georgia concluded in South Carolina. The deputy discovered that 20 year old Aaron Keith Keener of Dud Creek Road in Clayton, GA, had an outstanding warrant from the state of Georgia.
Keener was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center early Sunday morning and was served with a Fugitive from Justice warrant. Keener was given a $10,000 surety bond on the Oconee County charges and a hold was placed on Keener by Rabun County, GA authorities. Keener was released from the Detention Center into their custody earlier today.
The third incident occurred yesterday evening when a deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division met with officers from Stephens County, GA in regards to reports of three fugitives hiding in Oconee County. The officers responded near the area of Chattooga Ridge Road and Whetstone Road in the Mountain Rest area. With assistance from an officer with the US Forest Service, the three individuals were located in a small camping area in the woods nearby.
The three suspects, 31 year old James Douglas Roberts of Davis Avenue, 32 year old Andrew Thomas Epps and 31 year old Clara Leeann Palmer, both of Briarwood Drive, all in Toccoa, GA, were booked into the Detention Center early this morning on Temporary Custody Orders until Fugitive from Justice warrants were obtained today. A hold has been placed on all three by authorities in Stephens County, GA.