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

April Chantley Poole

April Chantley Poole

Audrey Sosby

Audrey Sosby

Bobby Errol Kimbrell

Bobby Errol Kimbrell

Brandy Lee Ratteerree

Brandy Lee Ratteerree

Danny Dewayne Orr

Danny Dewayne Orr

Dexter Lamar Mathis

Dexter Lamar Mathis

George William Stein, Jr.

George William Stein, Jr.

John Scott Vassey

John Scott Vassey

Jon Conner Wacaster

Jon Conner Wacaster

Jonathan Ryan Price

Jonathan Ryan Price

Josh Hank Cope

Josh Hank Cope

Kelley Morehead

Kelley Morehead

Kenneth Daniel Jones

Kenneth Daniel Jones

Kenneth Tyler Singleton

Kenneth Tyler Singleton

Marcus Derrel Whitner

Marcus Derrel Whitner

Matthew Blake Sosby

Matthew Blake Sosby

Miguel Antonio Oliver

Miguel Antonio Oliver

Nicki Lyn Singleton

Nicki Lyn Singleton

Nicole Sosby

Nicole Sosby

Patrice Ann Johnson

Patrice Ann Johnson

Tammy Renee Cobb

Tammy Renee Cobb

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

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

The Sheriff’s Office began the operation with a meeting at the Law Enforcement Center at 8:30am with a briefing that also included officers from the Seneca Police Department.

“With Halloween tomorrow and with families and children involved in many activities, we wanted to be proactive and work towards making our communities safer by conducting this drug roundup today,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “As I have stated before, we are engaged in an ongoing effort to combat the drug problem in Oconee County through enforcement and education and it is an ongoing commitment.”

In all, 26 individuals were being sought on a variety of drug distribution and unlawful neglect of a child charges.

As of 2:00pm this afternoon, 11 have been arrested so far and the Sheriff’s Office is seeking 15 more. Here are the names of the individuals that have been arrested so far and their charges according to warrants:

1) Matthew Blake Sosby
Westminster, SC
30 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (Child is 17 years old)
Already at the Oconee County Detention Center on unrelated charges

2) Jon Conner Wacaster
Salem, SC
19 years old
Distribution of Methamphetamine (1 Count)
Already at the Oconee County Detention Center on unrelated charges

3) Bobby Errol Kimbrell
Seneca, SC
42 years old
Distribution of Methamphetamine (3 Counts)

4) Danny Dewayne Orr
Seneca, SC
42 years old
Distribution of Methamphetamine (2 counts)

5) Tammy Renee Cobb
Seneca, SC
45 years old
Distribution of Marijuana (1 count)
Distribution of Prescription Drug (1 count – Xanax)

6) Kenneth Daniel Jones
No Fixed Address
24 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (Child is 15 months old)
Already in jail at the Pickens County Detention Center on unrelated charges
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has placed a hold on him

7) April Chantley Poole
Seneca, SC
39 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (2 counts)
(One child was three years old and the other tested positive for birth)

8) Audrey Sosby
Westminster, SC
19 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child Charges (1 count) (Child is 15 months old)

9) Nicole Sosby
Westminster, SC
21 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (1 count) (Child is 18 months old)

10) Jonathan Ryan Price
Westminster, SC
22 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (1 count) (Child is 18 months old)

11) Kelley Morehead
Westminster, SC
31 years old
Distribution of a Prescription Drug (1 count) (Hydrocodone)

The following is a list of the individuals still being sought by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office in this “Operation Infinity” drug roundup.

1) George William Stein, Jr.
Seneca, SC
29 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (1 count) (Child is 3 years old)

2) Jennifer Marie Stein
Walhalla, SC
30 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (1 count) (Child is 3 years old)

3) Kenneth Tyler Singleton
Westminster, SC
28 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (1 count) (Child is 4 years old)

4) Nicki Lyn Singleton
Westminster, SC
26 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (1 count) (Child is 4 years old)

5) Leslie Weaver Campbell
Westminster, SC
42 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (1 count) (Child is 2 years old)

6) John Scott Vassey
Seneca, SC
41 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (2 counts) (Children are 8 years old and 7 years old respectively)

7) Josh Hank Cope
No Fixed Address
23 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (1 count) (Child is 18 months old)

8) Brandy Lee Ratteeree
No Fixed Address
22 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (1 count) (Child is 18 months old)

9) Stacey D. Walraven
Unknown Address
25 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (1 count) (Child is 4 years old)

10) Kristina Amber Rogers
Fair Play, SC
32 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (1 count) (Child tested positive for
drugs at birth)

11) Patrice Ann Johnson
Seneca, SC
30 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (2 counts) (Children are 9 years old and 5 years old respectively)

12) Miguel Antonio Oliver
Central, SC
41 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (1 count) (Child is 5 years old)

13) Dexter Lamar Mathis
Seneca, SC
27 years old
Distribution of Cocaine (2 counts)

14) Matthew Kyle Swafford
Seneca, SC
23 years old
Distribution of Methamphetamine (1 count)

15) Marcus Derrel Whitner
Westminster, SC
28 years old
Distribution of Methamphetamine (2 counts)

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help in Locating Stolen Camper

Photo of Stolen Camper

Photo of Stolen Camper

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a camper that was stolen from a Westminster area business back in early October.

A deputy responded to Parkway Campers at 7098 S. Highway 11 around 4:24pm on October 7th in reference to the stolen camper. The employee of Parkway was able to provide a name and number for the owner.

The owner told the deputy that he left the camper there to be winterized. The camper was described to the deputy as being a 21 foot pull behind Fun Finder camper with a red stripe down the side with letters on the back that were falling off. The camper was valued at around $5,000 and is a 2007 model.

Investigators feel that the camper was stolen sometime between Saturday, October 4th and Monday, October 6th but investigators do not have a time in which the camper may have been taken.

If you have any information on the theft of this camper, its location or suspect(s) involved, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 864-638-STOP, 1-888-CRIME-SC, or text in your tip to 274637. You don’t have to give your name and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests One, Seeks Another, in Weekend Business Larceny

Gregory Morris Harbert

Gregory Morris Harbert

Michael Anthony Fortner, Sr. (Photo Courtesy of the Anderson County Sheriff's Office)

Michael Anthony Fortner, Sr. (Photo Courtesy of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office)

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested one Anderson County man and is currently seeking another Anderson County man in a Grand Larceny that occurred this past weekend at an Oconee County business.

48 year old Gregory Morris Harbert of 642 Old Asbury Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:26pm Monday on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants were obtained against him yesterday on Grand Larceny charges.

The Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking 56 year old Michael Anthony Fortner, Sr. of 318 Hattons Ford Road on the same Grand Larceny charges in the same case.

Deputies responded to 2253 S. Highway 11 around 8:24am Saturday in regards to a trailer being stolen from Willard’s Tractor earlier that morning. Officers were able to watch the security camera video and saw an early 90’s model Chevrolet pickup back up to the trailer.

Two white males proceeded to exit the truck and hook the trailer up to the pickup. One of the suspects was seen to cut the chain off the trailer. The truck then left going down Highway 11. The trailer was located in the front of the business.

As the investigation continued, it was determined that Harbert and Fortner, Sr. stole the trailer, valued at $3,000, according to warrants. The trailer has yet to be recovered.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Michael Anthony Fortner, Sr. or the location of the trailer taken this weekend from Willard’s Tractor on South Highway 11, contact Crime Stoppers at 864-638-STOP, 1-888-CRIME-SC, or text in your tip to 274637. You don’t have to give your name and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Suspect Wanted on Attempted Murder, Weapons Charges Turns Himself In

Calvin Eugene Holland

Calvin Eugene Holland

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man earlier this morning who was wanted in an early Friday morning stabbing near Seneca.

46 year old Calvin Eugene Holland was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 5am after turning himself in.

Warrants obtained yesterday by the Sheriff’s Office charge Holland with Attempted Murder and Possession of a Weapon During Commission of a Violent Crime.

Deputies responded around 5:15am yesterday morning to an address on Washington Street in regards to a reported domestic dispute which involved an assault.

A female was found by deputies with visible injuries to her face. The victim told deputies that her boyfriend, whom she lives with, had assaulted her during an argument.

The victim was transported to Oconee Memorial Hospital to be treated for her injuries.

The suspect was not on scene when deputies arrived.

According to the warrants, Holland is accused of choking the victim and stabbing her multiple times with a knife on her face, chest, and stomach.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help in Locating Suspect in Friday Morning Stabbing

Calvin Eugene Holland

Calvin Eugene Holland

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect in an early Friday morning stabbing near Seneca.

Deputies responded around 5:15am this morning to an address on Washington Street in regards to a reported domestic dispute which involved an assault.

A female was found by deputies with visible injuries to her face. The victim told deputies that her boyfriend, whom she lives with, had assaulted her during an argument.

The victim was transported to Oconee Memorial Hospital to be treated for her injuries.

The suspect was not on scene when deputies arrived. The suspect was reportedly driving a Blue Toyota Camry when he left the scene and was wearing a yellow zip-up hoodie, blue jeans and work boots.

Warrants obtained by the Sheriff’s Office this afternoon charge 46 year old Calvin Eugene Holland with Attempted Murder and Possession of a Weapon During Commission of a Violent Crime.

According to the warrants, Holland is accused of choking the victim and stabbing her multiple times with a knife on her face, chest, and stomach.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Calvin Eugene Holland to call Crime Stoppers at 864-638-STOP, 1-888-CRIME-SC, or text in your tip to 274637. You don’t have to give your name and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Statement from Oconee County Sheriff’s PIO Jimmy Watt

“Back on October 21st of this week, the Sheriff’s Office issued a press release on the arrest of Sarah Margaret Whitten and Devon Samuel Prater on multiple drug charges after a traffic stop that occurred last Saturday morning.

I listed Whitten’s address as 202 Oconee Avenue based upon information on the arrest warrant due to the Oconee Avenue address being the last known address the Sheriff’s Office had on Whitten.

Information has come to our attention today that Whitten no longer resides at 202 Oconee Avenue.

The Sheriff’s Office and I apologize and regret the error.”

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Walhalla Man on Breach of Trust Charges

Bryan Keith Jones

Bryan Keith Jones

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Walhalla man on Breach of Trust charges after an investigation regarding an employee of BASF in Seneca.

50 year old Bryan Keith Jones of 717 East South Boundary Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 8:52am after being arrested at his residence by the warrants division of the Sheriff’s Office.

An investigator with the Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from BASF on Engelhard Drive in Seneca on September 30th and an investigation began.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Jones breached the trust of his employer and concealed approximately 427 grams of 100% Palladium in his locker located at the plant.

The warrant states that Jones “had no valid work related reason to possess this material in his locker.”

The value of the Palladium found is valued at around $12,000.

Jones was released from the Oconee County Detention Center on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond yesterday.

Former Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Arrested

Robert Jeremy Beddingfield

Robert Jeremy Beddingfield

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————On October 23rd, 2014, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from an elementary school in reference to a possible physical abuse case involving a 9 year old male child with the father of the child being a Sheriff’s Office deputy.

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw immediately notified the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and requested an immediate investigation from their agency.

The SLED investigation determined that the father of this child, Robert Beddingfield, had violated the law by committing Assault and Battery – 3rd Degree on his son.

Due to the facts of this case, Sheriff Crenshaw terminated Beddingfield’s employment with the Sheriff’s Office effective immediately.

SLED agents obtained a warrant for Assault and Battery – 3rd Degree and Beddingfield was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center. Beddingfield was booked in around 10:38pm last night.

The Department of Social Services was notified and appropriate safety measures were put in place to ensure the safety of the victim.

Beddingfield was hired by the Sheriff’s Office in January of 2013 after being previously employed by the Westminster Police Department.

“No one is above the law,” says Sheriff Crenshaw. “That includes employees of the Sheriff’s Office. Officers will not be treated any differently than any other resident of Oconee County and if allegations surface and are proven to be true, appropriate action will be taken.”

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Walhalla Man in October Larceny at Seneca McDonald’s

Justin Marshall Gunn

Justin Marshall Gunn

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Walhalla man on Petit Larceny charges yesterday in relation to an incident that occurred at McDonald’s in Seneca on September 30th.

28 year old Justin Marshall Gunn of 105 Boondock Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 2:35pm after being arrested in the parking lot of the Ingles’ in West Union.

A deputy arrived on the scene at the McDonald’s on Sandifer Boulevard just after 10am on September 30th in regards to reports of a stolen pocket book. The deputy spoke to the complainant, who said she ordered breakfast at the counter. After her order was filled, the complainant sat down at a booth close to the exit on the side of the building closest to Radio Station Road.

The complainant told the deputy that she went back to the counter due to the fact that her order was incorrectly prepared and left her purse in the booth. When she returned, she noticed her purse was missing, which was around 9:45am.

After speaking with management, the deputy was told that a store video showed a white male; later identified as Gunn, place an order at the counter. Gunn then proceeded over to the area where the complainant was sitting when the complainant returned to the counter to have her order corrected. The video then showed Gunn take the purse and exit the store and leave in a mid-2000’s white Dodge or Chrysler Caravan. The video was seen by the deputy which corroborated what he was told by management.

An arrest warrant against Gunn was obtained by deputies on October 3rd charging him with taking the purse which contained a pink wallet with $180 dollars in cash, credit cards, and a cell phone. No items from the purse have been recovered, according to deputies.

Gunn was also accompanied by a white female with blond hair in a picture released by the Sheriff’s Office from the security cameras at the store. No criminal charges will filed in the case against the female, according to deputies.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help in Sunday Wal-Mart Shoplifting

Box of Stolen Camera

Suspect - Wal-Mart Shoplifting

Vehicle of Interest - Wal-Mart Shoplifting

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help regarding a shoplifting that occurred Sunday afternoon around 6pm at the Seneca Wal-Mart on Sandifer Boulevard.

A deputy responded to the store around 6:07pm to begin the investigation. The deputy was informed that a white male came into the store and removed a camera from its box. As he passed the last point of sell he was confronted by loss prevention.

The male reportedly ran from loss prevention and got into a blue in color Chevrolet Cavalier which had a paper tag. The vehicle left the parking lot in the direction of Westminster and was not located.

The value of the camera was around $300. The deputy was able to obtain pictures of the suspect in question, the vehicle in question as well as the torn camera box.

The suspect was wearing a navy blue baseball hat and a navy blue shirt with white stripes and blue jeans.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with any information on this case or who can identify the suspect in question to contact Crime Stoppers at 864-638-STOP, 1-888-CRIME-SC, or text in your tip to 274637. You don’t have to give your name and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.