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

Mark Eldon Staton

Mark Eldon Staton

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Oconee County man Monday evening on Grand Larceny charges in relation to the theft of a dump trailer.

33 year old Mark Eldon Staton was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:25pm. Warrants list Staton’s address as 305 Goddard Avenue in Seneca while the Detention Center lists his address as 350 Grant Road in Westminster.

A deputy spoke with an individual by phone the afternoon of October 24th in regards to a reported theft of a black in color dump trailer which was taken from an address on Granite Drive in Seneca. The trailer was reportedly taken between 11:30am and 3pm the same day. The deputy later spoke with the owner of the trailer who provided the deputy some further information.

The case was turned over the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office who determined during the course of the investigation that Staton had taken the trailer. Warrants against Staton were obtained by investigators on November 14th.

The value of the trailer is around $3,000 according to investigators.

Staton is still being held at the Detention Center on a $25,000 surety bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help in November Convenience Store Burglary and Larceny

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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 a November 6th burglary and larceny that occurred at a Highway 123 by-pass convenience store.

A deputy responded to the Bountyland Quik Stop at 10941 Clemson Boulevard, which is between Clemson and Seneca, around 5am due to reports of the store alarm system not operating properly and smoke inside the building. This was reported by an employee who arrived to open the store for business.

The deputy cleared the building and observed merchandise in the floor as well as the safe and ATM in the store opened with all the contents moved. A hole had been cut in one of the doors to gain entry to the store. The suspect(s) also disabled the alarm system and the video camera system inside the store.

An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the safe and ATM.

The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Crime Scene Unit processed the scene for clues.

If anyone has any information on this November 6th early morning burglary and larceny at the Bountyland Quik Stop on Highway 123 between Clemson and Seneca or any suspect(s) involved, please 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 Announces Graduation of Kimberly Dubose from Basic Detention

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office announces the graduation of Kimberly Y. Dubose from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy from the Basic Detention Program.

Dubose is the 7th graduate from the Basic Detention Program since Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw was sworn into office on January 1st, 2013.

Dubose was part of the Session 345 graduating class, which consisted of 41 graduates in ceremonies that were held on Friday morning, November 14th.

Dubose is a 2009 graduate of Walhalla High School and holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Tri-County Technical College. Before being hired by the Sheriff’s Office, she was an employee of Ingles’ in West Union.

Dubose was hired by the Sheriff’s Office in April of 2014.

The other six graduates of the Basic Detention Program since Mike Crenshaw became Sheriff are Shadae C. Cobb, Robert J. Kirby, Zachary L. Covington, Tom Long, Jr., Michael A. Smith, and William F. Capps.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Receives Grant for Elementary Drug Prevention Program

Corporal Chales Mulwee of the Oconee County Sheriff's Office

Corporal Chales Mulwee of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has received a $1,000 grant from State Farm Insurance for its elementary school drug prevention program.

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw received a letter from State Farm last Monday notifying the Sheriff’s Office that it had been awarded this grant after submitting an application for consideration. The $1,000 check was enclosed with the letter.

“Our vision statement is building partnerships to promote a safer community and one of our great partnerships has been with State Farm,” says Sheriff Crenshaw. “State Farm has been a great neighbor to us at the Sheriff’s Office and we are excited and proud to be a recipient of this grant. We appreciate State Farm being there for the children of Oconee County.”

The money will be used to buy drug education materials that will be given to children in our elementary schools to warn them of the dangers of drug abuse, which is a part of Corporal Charles Mulwee’ s role, who works with many at risk children in elementary schools.

“The students love when I come by to speak and bring them something, such as a pencil or coloring book and it helps them to focus and pay attention, “says Corporal Mulwee. “They look forward when I come to visit them and I think the program is going great and I am thankful to be a part of it.”

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

Jennifer Marie Stein

Jennifer Marie Stein

Kristina A. Rogers

Kristina A. Rogers

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

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

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

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

The Sheriff’s Office made 2 additional arrests on Wednesday, November 5th. That brings to 22 the total number of individuals arrested so far. The Sheriff’s Office is seeking 4 more individuals. Here are the names of the additional arrests and the charges according to warrants:

1) Jennifer Marie Stein
Walhalla, SC
30 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (1 count) (Child is 3 years old)
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:16am on November 5th, 2014

2) Kristina Amber Rogers
Fair Play, SC
32 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (1 count) (Child tested positive for
drugs at birth)
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:59am on November 5th, 2014

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

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

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Holds Graduation Ceremony for First “Citizens Police Academy”

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

Training Room at Graduation

Training Room at Graduation

Presentation of Sheriff's Office plaque.  L-R: Class President Bill Caster and Sheriff Crenshaw

Presentation of Sheriff’s Office plaque. L-R: Class President Bill Caster and Sheriff Crenshaw

Presentation of plaque to Sgt. Mike McGowan.  L-R: Class President Bill Caster and Sgt. McGowan

Presentation of plaque to Sgt. Mike McGowan. L-R: Class President Bill Caster and Sgt. McGowan

First Graduation Class of the "Citizens Police Academy"

First Graduation Class of the “Citizens Police Academy”

Sheriff's Office Plaque

Sheriff’s Office Plaque

Sheriff's Office Plaque

Sheriff’s Office Plaque

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————A graduation ceremony was held Tuesday night at the Oconee County Law Enforcement Center for the first graduating class in the Sheriff’s Office “Citizens Police Academy.”

A total of 47 people attended the graduation which was held in the 2nd floor training room. That total included 22 of the 23 individuals selected as participants for this first class.

Among the speakers last night were Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw, Oconee County State Senator Thomas Alexander, and Sgt. Mike McGowan, who was the facilitator of the Academy.

Each graduate received a certificate of graduation, a certificate from the South Carolina State Senate, and an Oconee County Sheriff’s Office challenge coin.

Bill Caster, who was selected as class leader, presented a plaque to Sheriff Crenshaw and the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office on behalf of the first graduating class as well as a plaque which was presented to Sgt. McGowan.

The Sheriff’s Office plans to hold additional “Citizens Police Academy’s” in the future but no dates have been set at this time.

Road Titans 300+ Cycling Challenge Happening This Weekend

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(Walhalla, SC)——————————————–The Road Titans 300+ Cycling Challenge will be making its way through Oconee County this weekend.
Cyclists will travel 300+ miles this weekend through some of the most beautiful areas of the Upstate, which will include parts of the Golden Corner.
On Friday, November 7th, cyclists will travel 101.1 miles from Seneca to Fall’s Park in downtown Greenville.
On Saturday, November 8th, cyclists will travel 105.1 miles from downtown Greenville to the Y-Beach in Clemson.
On Saturday, November 9th, cyclists will conclude the challenge as they travel from Clemson and eventually end in downtown Seneca as they will ride through Ram Cat Alley between 3:45pm and 4:15pm.
For more information, visit the website at www.roadtitans300.com.

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

Leslie Weaver Campbell

Leslie Weaver Campbell

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

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

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

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

The Sheriff’s Office made 3 additional arrests on Monday, November 3rd. That brings to 20 the total number of individuals arrested so far. The Sheriff’s Office is seeking 6 more individuals. Here are the names of the additional arrests and the charges according to warrants:

1) Josh Hank Cope
No Fixed Address
23 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (1 count) (Child is 18 months old)
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center on November 3rd, 2014 around 9:26am

2) Brandy Lee Ratteeree
No Fixed Address
22 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (1 count) (Child is 18 months old)
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:27am on November 3rd, 2014

3) Leslie Weaver Campbell
Westminster, SC
42 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (1 count) (Child is 2 years old)
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 8:35am on November 3rd, 2014

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

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

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

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