Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests West Union Man on Charges of Stealing a Jet Ski

Steven Ray Nabors

Steven Ray Nabors

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a West Union man on charges of stealing a jet ski.

29 year old Steven Ray Nabors of Chelsea Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 5:40pm yesterday on arrest warrants for Grand Larceny and Malicious Injury to Personal Property.

A deputy with the Uniform Patrol Division received a phone call from a complainant on the morning of July 25th stating that a jet ski has been stolen from an address on Keowee Marina Drive. According to information provided by the complainant, deputies believe that the Jet Ski was stolen sometime between 8:30pm the previous evening and 6:30am on the 25th. Deputies received information on the brand name of the Jet Ski as well its color.

As the investigation began and continued, deputies were able to determine that Nabors had taken the Jet Ski. Deputies then located the Jet Ski at the Chelsea Drive address and turned it over to the victim in the case. According to warrants, Nabors damaged the Jet Ski by spray painting it black, with the damage valued at around $1,000.

The value of the Jet Ski itself was placed at around $5,000, according to warrants.

Nabors remains in custody at the Detention Center on a combined $12,130 surety bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Walhalla Couple on Unlawful Neglect of a Child Charges

Stephanie Mize Lee

Stephanie Mize Lee

James Morgan Underwood

James Morgan Underwood

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Walhalla couple yesterday on one charge each of Unlawful Neglect of a Child.

32 year old James Morgan Underwood and 34 year old Stephanie Lee Mize were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 12:26pm and 12:33pm respectively by a deputy from the Warrants Division. Arrest warrants list an address for both as being Stribling Shoals Road.

On July 9th, an agent from the Narcotics Division met with an employee of the Department of Social Services in reference to both subjects and an infant child that the subjects have in common all testing positive for amphetamines and methamphetamines.

According to the arrest warrants, Underwood and Lee are each accused of smoking methamphetamine at an address on East Fairplay Boulevard in Fair Play while Lee was pregnant with their unborn child.

Underwood and Lee were released from the Detention Center yesterday on $25,000 personal recognizance bonds each.

The infant has been placed in a safe and drug free environment.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Three in Weekend Theft of Camper from Oconee Business

Willie William Ables

Willie William Ables

Charles Leroy Pulliam, Jr.

Charles Leroy Pulliam, Jr.

Sandy Dawn McKinney

Sandy Dawn McKinney

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested three subjects this past weekend after a theft of a camper from an Oconee business.

50 year old Charles Leroy Pulliam, Jr. of Thornwood Drive in Williamston, 36 year old Sandy Dawn McKinney and 39 year old Willie William Ables, both of Highway 14 in Simpsonville, were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 5:50pm, 8:02pm and 11:27pm respectively on Saturday.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division was dispatched to Parkway Campers on South Highway 11 in reference to reports of someone busting open the gate and stealing a pull behind StarCraft camper. There were also reports of a separate vehicle, a green in color Honda that was also involved in the theft as well. Soon thereafter, dispatch received reports that a truck pulling the camper had broken down and was on the side of the road along a portion of Highway 11.

A deputy got out with the truck in question, a 1996 Ford Ranger, and found it unoccupied, but, the deputy was notified that a white male and a white female had exited the vehicle and ran into the woods nearby. Other deputies, including a K-9 unit, responded to the scene.

Later on, a white male, later identified as Ables, was discovered by deputies at a creek in the area sitting on a log with a pocket book near his right leg. After repeatedly reaching his hands into the pocket book and refusing officer commands, a deputy deployed his TASER and eventually after further commands from officers was ignored by Ables; a stun was delivered from the TASER device to Ables. Ables then complied soon thereafter and he was placed into custody.

As Ables was being walked out of the woods by a deputy, Ables decided to run to attempt to escape but a second deputy stepped in front of him, which allowed a deputy to regain control of Ables. Ables was later transported to the hospital and released.

The female, later identified as McKinney, was discovered by a deputy hiding in the creek and was placed under arrest.

The third subject arrested, Pulliam, was pulled over after officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle he was driving on Highway 11 at Creekwood Lane. Pulliam informed the officer that his license was suspended, which was confirmed by the deputy and evidence discovered in the vehicle, after the officer was given consent to search by Pulliam, tied him to Ables and McKinney. The Honda was later towed.

An investigator with the Criminal Investigations Division also responded to the scene to begin work on collecting evidence from the scene at the location on Poplar Springs Road.

The investigator was able to determine that the truck that was used to steal the trailer was stolen out of Greenville County. It was towed from the side of the road at the address on Poplar Springs Road. The tag on the truck, according to investigators, belonged to a Dodge but was on the Ford truck recovered.

The camper, valued at around $11,000, was also recovered and retrieved by the business.

In warrants obtained by deputies, Ables was charged Sunday with one count of Escape, one count of Resisting Arrest, three counts of Malicious Injury to Personal Property for taking a radio out of the Ford Ranger, damage the StarCraft Camper during the course of the theft and for damaging the gate to the business by ramming it with a vehicle. Ables was also charged with one count of Receiving Stolen Goods for possession of the license plate in question, one count of Grand Larceny for taking away the StarCraft Camper and one count of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle regarding the Ford Ranger pickup used in the incident.

McKinney was also charged in warrants issued Sunday with one count of Grand Larceny involving the StarCraft Camper and one count of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle regarding the Ford Ranger.

Pulliam, Jr. was issued a traffic ticket for Driving Under Suspension and a warrant obtained by deputies charges him with Accessory After the Fact of a Felony for using his vehicle as a blocking vehicle allowing Ables and McKinney to escape from Parkway Campers in the stolen vehicle with the stolen camper and for making arrangements later to pick up Ables and McKinney, according to the arrest warrant.

Oconee County Animal Control Reminds Residents of Importance of Vaccinating Their Pets Against Rabies

Oconee County Animal Shelter

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–Oconee County Animal Control is reminding residents of the importance of making sure their pets are vaccinated against the rabies virus, which is an important public safety issue not only for pets but for their owners and the citizens of Oconee as well.

“State law says that a pet owner must have his pet inoculated against rabies at a frequency to provide continuous protection of the pet, from rabies, using a vaccine approved and licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture. There are currently only two vaccines approved, a one year and a three year vaccine.” according to Animal Control Director Jaimee Paul. “If one of our Animal Control officers discovers that your pet has not been vaccinated against rabies, then the owner could be issued a ticket.”

Animal Control is able to check on vaccination records concerning animals that are brought into the shelter to complaints concerning pets that are abandoned, neglected, or simply running loose. Director Paul feels that part of the problem, besides not getting pets vaccinated, is owner’s misplacing paperwork or pet tags that are lost.

According to Director Paul, penalties for those who are charged can range from fines of up to $1,092.50 and/or 30 days in jail. A local veterinarian will provide paperwork for the owner stating that a pet has been vaccinated or can be called to verify that a pet is vaccinated, according to Director Paul, but a mobile vet is often difficult to track down to check on proper paperwork in case that is needed.

“Rabies is a public health issue and we want pets to be vaccinated not only to protect them but also their owners and the general public,” says Director Paul. “That is the purpose of a rabies shot. Rabies left untreated, whether it is a human or a pet, could prove fatal.

According to state law as it stands now, Director Paul says that only dogs, cats and ferrets are required to have rabies shots. However, owners of livestock may want to speak with a vet regarding livestock rabies vaccinations.

Director Paul also says that anytime an animal bites a human that the Department of Health and Environmental Control should be notified and that DHEC will issue a 10 day quarantine notice for offending pets. The Rabies Control Act defines “pet” as a cat, dog or ferret.

According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, so far in 2015 there have been seven reported rabies cases in Oconee County, compared with two in 2014, three in 2013 and 2012, one in 2011 and four in 2010. DHEC recommendations are for pets and humans that could have been exposed to the rabies virus to seek medical treatment immediately and to notify their local DHEC office as soon as possible.

For additional information on rabies, visit http://www.scdhec.gov/rabies, or contact your local DHEC BEHS office at http://www.scdhec.gov/HomeAndEnvironment/DHECLocations/.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Makes Arrest In July 21st Wal-Mart Shoplifting Case

Phillip James Manley II

Phillip James Manley II

Minyard Picture One

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest today in a July 21st shoplifting case at the Seneca Wal-Mart on Sandifer Boulevard that the Sheriff’s Office issued a press release about last Friday seeking the public’s help.

26 year old Phillip James Manley II of Lonsdale Street in Seneca was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 12:31pm.

A deputy with the Uniform Patrol Division responded late in the afternoon on the incident date regarding an employee who stopped a male subject at the exit of the store and asked to see a receipt. The subject produced a receipt and then left a cart with items inside, even items that were paid for. The subject then left the store.

A deputy observed surveillance footage of the subject scanning items and placing them either in a shopping cart or in grocery bags with items that had already been scanned.

According to deputies, $37.78 in items was paid for while the total amount of the unpaid items was $225.62. All of the items were recovered by the store.

Acting on information received by deputies, an arrest warrant was issued today against Manley on charges of shoplifting.

Manley is still being held at the Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Breach of Trust Warrant

Larry Eugene Price, Jr.

Larry Eugene Price, Jr.

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man on a Breach of Trust warrant.

34 year old Larry Eugene Price, Jr. was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:00am after being booked in by a deputy from the Warrants Division. The warrant lists Price, Jr’s address as Sam Moore Road while the Detention Center lists his address at Bertha Allen Road.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division was contacted by the complainant this month regarding a contract that was written on March 16th for work that Price, Jr. was to do on a residence on property in the state of Georgia. The contract was written and signed, according to the deputy, in Oconee County.

The victim paid Price, Jr. around $5,000 for materials and Price, Jr. did purchase some materials for the work in the amount of around $383. The complainant contacted Price, Jr. at the end of May regarding the job but Price, Jr. had not contacted the victim from that point through the date in which the incident report was filed.

According to the arrest warrant, Price, Jr. converted around $4,617 of the money to his own use.

Price, Jr. was released from the Detention Center yesterday on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Anderson County Woman On Outstanding Warrant

Jasmine Lizette Isom

Jasmine Lizette Isom

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Anderson County woman yesterday on an outstanding warrant in relation to her role in a shoplifting case the Sheriff’s Office issued a press release about earlier this week.

24 year old Jasmine Lizette Isom of Brookmeade Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 5:40am.

Isom’s warrant charges her with Accessory After the Fact of a Felony regarding a shoplifting that took place at the Seneca Wal-Mart on June 6th in which 26 year old Kenneth Antwan Rice of Anderson in accused in a warrant of taking 77 items from the store with an estimated value of $5,092.47. Rice was arrested by the Sheriff’s Office on July 25th and released from the Oconee County Detention Center on July 27th.

Isom is accused by deputies of driving a Pontiac Van that Rice got into after the shoplifting spree concluded.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Charges Ohio Man with a Fugitive from Justice Warrant

Gregory Charles Hermans

Gregory Charles Hermans

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Ohio man yesterday evening and has charged him on a Fugitive from Justice Warrant.

40 year old Gregory Charles Hermans of Legendary Lane in West Chester was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:02pm.

Deputies received information that an individual staying at an address on Sherwood Drive in the Walhalla area was wanted in the state of Ohio for failure to provide notice for change of address. Deputies responded to the scene and found Hermans inside of the residence.

After confirmed Hermans identity, it was determined Hermans was wanted in the state of Ohio and that the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office would extradite the suspect.

Hermans remains in custody at the Oconee County Detention Center.

Boating safety public meetings to be held around the state

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Everyone that makes memories on South Carolina’s lakes, rivers and coastline is encouraged to attend a series of meetings around the state. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is conducting the meetings in preparation of potential regulation changes to discuss how to make you and your family safer on South Carolina waterways. All meetings will begin at 7 p.m.

The meetings are scheduled to be held on:

* July 28 – FE Dubose Center – Auditorium – 3351 Sumter Hwy, Manning

* Aug. 6 – Horry Georgetown Technical College – Auditorium – 2050 East Hwy 501, Conway

* Aug. 11 – Fort Johnson Marine Center – Auditorium – 217 Fort Johnson Rd., Charleston

* Aug. 13 – Crowders Creek Elementary School – Auditorium – 5515 Charlotte Hwy, Clover

* Aug. 25 – DNR Clemson Office – Auditorium – 311 Natural Resources Dr., Clemson

* Sept. 8 – Center for Advance Technical Studies – Auditorium – 916 Mount Vernon Church Rd., Chapin

The state of South Carolina has an abundance of water resources with 8,000 miles of rivers, 460,000 acres of lakes and 3,000 miles of coastline. As of 2014, there were approximately 485,000 registered boats in South Carolina with thousands more registered each year. The Palmetto State consistently ranks in the top ten of all states for registered boats.

For more information, contact Lt. Kim Leverich at 1 (800) 277-4301 or LeverichK@DNR.SC.Gov.

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

Stephanie K. Carnes

Stephanie K. Carnes

Richard Anthony Dunston, Jr.

Richard Anthony Dunston, Jr.

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is announcing today two additional arrests in the 10th “Operation Infinity” drug round-up.

The Sheriff’s Office began the operation with a meeting and briefing at 9:00am Friday, July 10th.

In all, 14 individuals were being sought on a variety of drug distribution and two on unlawful neglect of a child charges.

As of midnight last night, 12 individuals had been arrested so far. Here are the latest individuals arrested:

1) Richard Anthony Dunston, Jr.
Seneca, SC
22 years old
Distribution of Marijuana (2 counts)/Distribution of Cocaine (1 count)
Arrested on July 22nd, 2015/Still in custody at the Detention Center as of 10am July 29th

2) Stephanie K. Carnes
42 years old
Seneca, SC
Distribution of a Controlled Substance (1 count)
Arrested on July 28th, 2015/Released on the same day

The Sheriff’s Office is still seeking four others as part of the tenth “Operation Infinity” drug sweep. Due to the fact that the investigation and drug sweep is continuing and ongoing, the Sheriff’s Office will not be releasing their names at this time.