Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Salem Man on Charges of Receiving Stolen Goods

Frank Eric Collins

Frank Eric Collins

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Salem man over the weekend on charges of receiving stolen goods.

42 year old Frank Eric Collins of Collins Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:16am Sunday.

A deputy with the Uniform Patrol Division observed a truck and trailer around 12:35am traveling down Flat Shoals Road with no lights on the trailer and the truck with a broken rear tail light. The deputy initiated a traffic stop in the 11000 block of North Highway 11. Upon the trailer was a tractor, which was a Kubota B7510 tractor, orange in color, with a loader.

Collins, the driver of the vehicle, was asked for his information by the deputy. As the deputy was walking back to his vehicle, he observed an identification mark common where serial numbers are on a tractor that appeared to have been removed, plus, the deputy noticed that the tractor did not have a key and the ignition switch had been punched. Collins had originally stated that the tractor belonged to his father.

As the course of the investigation continued, Collins’ story continued to be inconsistent in the course of his conversation with the deputy in terms of where he was going. what he was doing and how he came in possession of the property in question. The deputy, who was joined by other deputies on scene, was able to run the VIN number for the tractor and the tractor was reported in the National Crime Information Center as being stolen from Cherokee, North Carolina and was reported stolen on September 28th, 2014. Collins was then placed under arrest.

The tractor and trailer was towed per a request from Cherokee, North Carolina. Collins’ truck was towed as well due to an expired tag and no proof of insurance.

Collins was placed on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants were obtained Sunday on the receiving stolen goods charge. Collins was also charged in Uniform Traffic Tickets with having an expired tag and no proof of insurance.

Collins was released from the Detention Center earlier today. His surety bond amount had been set at $10,000.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Teenager on Assault and Battery Charges

Jarett Lee Honeycutt

Jarett Lee Honeycutt

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca teenager last night on Assault and Battery charges.

18 year old Jarrett Lee Honeycutt of Wood Gate Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 10:06pm on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants were obtained today that charge Honeycutt with Assault and Battery – 1st Degree.

Four deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division were dispatched around 8:19pm last night to the Wood Gate Drive address in regards to an assault that had already occurred. While deputies were in route to the incident location, they were notified that a machete was used in the assault as well as the fact that the victim and Honeycutt were still on the scene.

Once deputies arrived on the scene and began the investigation, Honeycutt told deputies that he had gotten into a physical altercation with the victim, who was in a truck on the property. Honeycutt told deputies that he was trying to defend himself and claimed the victim had assaulted him. However, deputies could not find physical manifestations of injuries on Honeycutt’s body in the area where he claimed to have been assaulted.

Deputies continued their investigation by interviewing witnesses. The victim was interviewed as well by deputies as he was receiving treatment by paramedics for hand injuries suffered in the altercation. The victim told deputies that Honeycutt interrupted a phone conversation that he was having and after questioning Honeycutt, the victim told deputies that Honeycutt became physical and placed his hands on the victim. The victim said that Honeycutt had the machete already in his hand and that when Honeycutt went to shove him a second time, the victim shoved back and then Honeycutt began to swing the machete. After striking the victim on both hands and trying to stab him, the victim told Honeycutt that law enforcement was being called. Honeycutt then reportedly threw the machete in the front yard.

Deputies then placed Honeycutt under arrest and continued the investigation, including the collection of evidence.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Assisting With Traffic Due to Events in the Seneca/Clemson Areas

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office will be among the law enforcement agencies that will be assisting with traffic control this Thursday and Friday due to The USA Triathlon NCAA National Championships and the 2015 Color Run in the Seneca and Clemson area.

Expect inside lane closures along portions of Highway 123 and Highway 93 in both directions this Friday and Saturday. Friday morning, from 7:45am until 1pm, expect inside lane closures and delays on Highway 93 from the Y beach area to Highway 123 and then on Highway 123 from Highway 93 to Garden Circle near Wells Highway.

Then on Saturday, expect delays and inside lane closures on Highway 93 from the Y beach area to Highway 123 and then from Highway 123 to Lindsay Road near Seneca from 6am until 2:30pm and then in the area of Heritage Hills near Greenfield Industries from 2:30pm until 6pm.

Motorists are encouraged to allow for extra time or find an alternate route during these times.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Woman on Forgery, Breach of Trust Charges

Pamela Gail Rogers (Blackwell)

Pamela Gail Rogers (Blackwell)

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca woman yesterday on charges of forgery and breach of trust.

41 year old Pamela Gail Rogers (Blackwell) of South Oak Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:46pm after turning herself in yesterday.

A deputy with the Uniform Patrol Division responded to a business located on the Highway 123 by-pass between Seneca and Clemson back on March 13th due to reports of a forgery complaint that reportedly involved a former employee that occurred late last year.

The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office. As the investigation continued and according to one arrest warrant, investigators charged Blackwell with taking multiple refund checks from her former employer, valued at around $3,951.86, and using them for her own personal use which occurred in December of last year.

Investigators have also charged Blackwell in the second warrant with taking a stolen forged check from her former employer and depositing the check into a personal savings account, an incident which also occurred last year.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Hosting 2nd Annual Retired Law Enforcement Officers Appreciation Luncheon

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting its 2nd annual Retired Law Enforcement Officers Appreciation Luncheon on May 14th at part of Law Enforcement Officers Appreciation Week activities.

Any retired local, state, tribal or federal law enforcement officers who currently reside in Oconee County are welcome to attend this luncheon, which will be held from 12:30pm until 1:30pm on the second floor of the Law Enforcement Center at 300 South Church Street in Walhalla.

This luncheon is for reserved guests only, so for more information or to RSVP, please contact Tonya Massey with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4117.

May 14th is also the day for the annual Schuck Memorial Blood Drive, which will be held from 11am until 7pm in the gravel parking lot behind the Oconee County Law Enforcement Center at 300 South Church Street in Walhalla.

May 15th will be recognized around the country as Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help Regarding Recent Wal-Mart Shoplifting

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help regarding a recent shoplifting that took place at the Seneca Wal-Mart.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to the store location on Sandifer Boulevard the morning of April 17th regarding a shoplifting that occurred on April 14th. An employee told the deputy that one white male and one white female were seen entering the store, loading up items in a shopping cart and then exiting the store through another exit.

Among the items taken were numerous razorblade refills, a tackle box and tools. The total amount of the items taken was around $992.06.

According to deputies, the two individuals were reportedly seen leaving the store in a white 4 door Honda. The male reportedly has a tattoo on his left forearm.

If you have any information regarding this shoplifting or those who may have been 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 Law Enforcement Agencies Announce Two Additional Arrests in Ninth “Operation Infinity” Drug Sweep

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————Oconee County law enforcement agencies are announcing two additional arrests today in the ninth “Operation Infinity” drug sweep.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office along with all five municipal police departments in the county (Salem, Seneca, Walhalla, Westminster and West Union) as well as the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources participated in the countywide drug roundup that began Wednesday, April 8th.

The operation began with a briefing at the Law Enforcement Center in Walhalla at 8:30am that morning. Officers had warrants on 41 individuals on a variety of drug charges. Warrants from four agencies (Sheriff’s Office, Seneca PD, Walhalla PD and Westminster PD) served as the basis for the operation.

As of 11am last Monday, April 13th, 29 subjects had either been arrested or served with warrants related to the drug roundup.

As of midnight last night, the total now stands of those arrested or served at 31. The two additional arrests are:

1) Mario Demetric Stowers
35 years old
Salem, SC
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count
Arrested April 15th, 2015

2) Marcus Derrel Whitner
28 years old
Westminster, SC
Removing, Destroying, or Circumventing Operation of Electronic Monitoring Device – 1 count
Distribution of Heroin – 1 count
Distribution of Methamphetamine – 3 counts

As of midnight, the following individuals are still being sought by Oconee law enforcement. If you have any information on the whereabouts of these individuals, contact the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4111.

1) Tarrell LaShawn Lee Williams
34 years old
Seneca, SC
Distribution of Crack Cocaine – 7 counts

2) Lorenzo Lee Earle
29 years old
Seneca, SC
Distribution of Crack Cocaine – 1 count

3) Junior Michael Dickert
27 years old
Westminster, SC
Distribution of Methamphetamine – 2 counts

4) Sheldon LaShane Williams
40 years old
Westminster, SC
Distribution of Crack Cocaine – 2 counts

5) Shawn Paul Mathis
42 years old
Walhalla, SC
Distribution of Methamphetamine – 1 count

6) Aubrey Luke Justus
29 years old
West Union, SC
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count

7) Jessica Danielle Morris
28 years old
West Union, SC
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count

8) Kelley Suzanne Sosby
37 years old
Westminster, SC
Distribution of Methamphetamine – 1 count

9) Charles Kevin Smith
36 years old
Fair Play, SC
Possession with Intent to Distribute Lortab – 1 count

10) Johnny Matthew Robinson
25 years old
Possession of Lortab – 1 count
Trafficking Methamphetamine – 1 count
Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana – 1 count

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help Regarding Burglary at Seneca Goodwill

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help regarding a burglary that investigators believe occurred last Saturday morning.

A deputy responded to the new Goodwill location on Sandifer Boulevard Monday morning of this week regarding a reported burglary. According to deputies, a white male on a moped was observed around the back of the storage containers at the back of the store.

The male was observed prying open the side door of the container and was taking items out in a black book bag. Damage estimates to the door is around $1,500 and around $200 worth of items were taken, according to investigators.

Investigators believe that incident occurred between 3am and 4am on April 11th.

If you have any information on this burglary at the new Goodwill location on Sandifer Boulevard in Seneca, 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 Walhalla Woman on Criminal Domestic Violence Charges

Jean Marie Moore

Jean Marie Moore

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Walhalla woman yesterday afternoon on Criminal Domestic Violence charges after an altercation at a residence on Little River Lane.

45 year old Jean Marie Moore of the Little River Lane address was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 5:20pm on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants were obtained today charging Moore with Criminal Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature.

Deputies were dispatched just before 2:30pm to reports of a stabbing in which a male was found stabbed in the upper torso. Deputies were initially informed that the stabbing was an accident but later Moore told deputies that the victim, her boyfriend who also resides at the residence, had assaulted her in the upper body but investigators did not find any physical manifestations of injuries on the upper body of Moore.

As the investigation continued, Moore admitted to deputies that she had stabbed the male victim, upon which point in time Moore was arrested and transported to the Detention Center. The reported weapon that was used was a knife.

The male victim was transported to Oconee Memorial Hospital and later transferred to Greenville Memorial Hospital to receive further treatment for his injuries, according to investigators.

Annual Schuck Memorial Blood Drive Scheduled for May 14th

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BLOOD DRIVE 2015

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————As a part of National Law Enforcement Officers Appreciation Week, the annual Schuck Memorial Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, May 14th.

The blood drive, held in honor of the late Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bill Schuck, will take place from 11am until 7pm in the gravel parking lot in the back of the Oconee County Law Enforcement Center at 300 South Church Street in Walhalla.

The Blood Connection will be conducting the blood drive this year and free t-shirts will be provided to donors.

Also, donations will be accepted that will go towards the Schuck Scholarship Fund, which goes towards tuition support for a high school student in the law enforcement program at the Hamilton Career who plans to continue their education at a college or university in a degree program that can be used in a law enforcement career.

Deputy Bill Schuck passed away in the line of duty in the early morning house of February 7th, 2010 after being pinned between his patrol vehicle and a tree on a dirt road off of Highway 11. Schuck served with the Sheriff’s Office for 2 years and before that with the West Columbia Police Department for 2 years.

The Blood Drive will also coincide with National Law Enforcement Officer Appreciation Week, which is May 13th – May 17th. The date will also coincide with National Peace Officers Memorial Day, which will be recognized on May 14th.