Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Set for This Saturday, April 26th

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————-Oconee County and the Local Emergency Planning Commission will be holding the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day this Saturday, April 26th from 10am until 2pm in the parking lot of Seneca High School.
You must be a resident of Oconee County to participate in the Waste Collection Day and proof of residency will be required when you arrive at the collection location.
Goodwill Industries will be working with Oconee County Solid Waste to collect unwanted electronics.
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting unused prescriptions as well but residents are asked to mark out any personal information, which includes names and prescription numbers. The Sheriff’s Office will also be collecting unused prescriptions at the Law Enforcement in Walhalla this Saturday as well from 10am until 2pm. The Sheriff’s Office is located at 300 South Church Street.
Items that will be collected during the Collection Day include the following:
• Aerosol Products, Auto Batteries, Rechargeable Batteries, Bug Spray, Button and Alkaline Batteries, Carburetor Cleaner, Charcoal Lighter Fluid, Concrete Cleaner, Degreaser, Drain Cleaner, Driveway Sealer, Fertilizer with Weed Killer, Florescent Lights, Fuels/Gasoline, Furniture Stripper, Glue with Solvents, Insect Killer, Mothballs, Nail Polish, Oil Filters, Oven Cleaner, Paint Remover, Paint Thinner, Polish with Solvents, Pool Chemicals, Propane Cylinders – Small, Roach/Ant Killer, Rodent Bait, Smoke Detectors, Stain/Varnish, Thermometers (mercury), Used Antifreeze, Used Motor Oil.
Also, clothing, shoes, and small household items will be accepted as well.
Items that will not be accepted during the Collection Day include the following:
• Agricultural Waste, Biological Waste, Business Waste, Compressed Gases in large commercial containers, Construction Waste, Explosives – including small arms ammunition, Latex Paint, Oil Based Paint, Pathological Waste, Radioactive Waste, Unknown Materials, 55 Gallon Drums – regardless of content.
Dried paint can be placed in the garbage. To dry paint, add sand, shredded newspaper or cat litter to cans and wait until it completely dries. Dispose of the paint in your household garbage.
Donation sheets for tax purposes will also be available for residents who need them.
The Local Emergency Planning Commission is a partnership of business, governmental, and public safety agencies that meet once every quarter and hosts events, such as the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. It meets to help better plan for events and contingencies, such as a chemical emergency response and preparedness plan, and to build better understanding between all the agencies involved and to understand what resources are available.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Continues Operation Infinity with Roundup Number 5

Byron Jermaine Jackson

Byron Jermaine Jackson

Zach Daniel Patterson

Zach Daniel Patterson

William Matthew Starnes

William Matthew Starnes

Timothy Stanley Bernard

Timothy Stanley Bernard

Tabitha Ann Hammond

Tabitha Ann Hammond

Roman Palmer Fuller

Roman Palmer Fuller

Latacha Leeann Cosentino

Latacha Leeann Cosentino

Lindsay Rebecca Eades

Lindsay Rebecca Eades

Mitchell Lane Poole

Mitchell Lane Poole

Nathan Ashley Neal

Nathan Ashley Neal

Ricky Edward Wood

Ricky Edward Wood

Kino Martinez Joes

Kino Martinez Joes

Kevin W. Maler

Kevin W. Maler

Heather Marie Ortega

Heather Marie Ortega

Hannah Nichole Nation

Hannah Nichole Nation

Donald D. Bruce

Donald D. Bruce

Cecil Mark Fowler

Cecil Mark Fowler

Chad Billy Roach

Chad Billy Roach

Craig Leroy Warren

Craig Leroy Warren

Dolphus Daniel Haney

Dolphus Daniel Haney

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has announced that the fifth roundup of “Operation Infinity” began this morning. The Sheriff’s Office had four major drug roundups last year. This is the next installment of the Sheriff’s Office non-stop efforts in the war on drugs.

The operation began with a briefing at the Law Enforcement Center at 8:30am. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the operation by officers from Seneca, Walhalla, and Westminster Police Departments.

“Operation Infinity is a reference to the ongoing commitment of the Sheriff’s Office to combat the drug problem in Oconee County,” according to Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “We will continue to fight this problem. Our Infinity operations are part of our enforcement efforts to protect all of our citizens and improve everyone’s safety.”

In all, 20 individuals were being sought on a variety of drug distribution charges that stretched from methamphetamine to marijuana to crack to prescription drugs.

As of 3:00pm this afternoon, 10 of the individuals being sought were arrested, 4 of which who were already in jail on unrelated charges. 10 additional individuals are still being sought at this time by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. The following are a list of individuals who were arrested during the operation today:

1) Nathan Ashley Neal
1200 Fair Oaks Circle #706
Seneca, SC
23 years old
Distribution of Ice (Meth) – 1 count
Already in Jail on Separate Charges

2) Kevin Wayne Maler
182 C Avalon Drive
Walhalla, SC
48 years old
Distribution of Ice (Meth) – 1 count
Already in Jail on Separate Charges

3) Zack Daniel Patterson
410 West Pine Grove Road
Fair Play, SC
22 years old
Distribution of Ice (Meth) – 1 count
Already in Jail on Separate Charges

4) William Matthew Starnes
804 Broadway Street
Newry, SC
29 years old
Distribution of Crank (Meth) – 1 count
Already in Jain on Separate Charges

5) Mitchell Lane Poole
617 Broadway Street
Seneca, SC
44 years old
Distribution of Prescription Drugs (Clonazepam) – 1 count

6) Heather Marie Ortega
1212 Burns Drive
Seneca, SC
49 years old
Distribution of Marijuana – 2 counts

7) Chad Billy Roach
131 Rodeo Drive
Seneca, SC
48 years old
Distribution of Prescription Drugs (Hydrocodone, Carisprodol) – 2 counts

8) Latacha Leeann Cosentino
110 Pressley Place
Seneca, SC
26 years old
Distribution of Crank (Meth) – 1 count

9) Cecil Mark Fowler
107 Goddard Avenue
Seneca, SC
31 years old
Distribution of Prescription Drugs (Lortab) – 1 count
Distribution of Ice (Meth) – 1 count
Distribution of Crank (Meth) – 2 counts

10) Hannah Nichole Nation
129 Memory Lane
Walhalla, SC
21 years old
Distribution of Prescription Drugs – 2 counts
(Valium, Diazepam)

The following individuals have yet to be apprehended as part of Operation Infinity – Year Two, Phase One, but do have active warrants and are being sought by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. If you have information on these individuals, please 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.

1) Kino Martinez Jones
407 South Oak Street
Seneca, SC
27 years old
Distribution of Marijuana – 2 counts

2) Byron Jermaine Jackson
131 Ann Davis Street
Westminster, SC
32 years old
Distribution of Crack Cocaine – 1 count

3) Tabitha Ann Hammond
1045 West Oak Highway
Westminster, SC
33 years old
Distribution of Ice (Meth) – 2 counts

4) Roman Palmer Fuller
608 Rachels Drive
Townville, SC
30 years old
Distribution of Ice (Meth) – 1 count

5) Timothy Stanley Bernard
150 Tilson Cirlce
Salem, SC
51 years old
Distribution of Ice (Meth) – 1 count

6) Craig Leroy Warren
100 Malbert Road
Fair Play, SC
36 years old
Distribution of Ice (Meth) – 1 count

7) Ricky Edward Wood
213 Rowland Street
West Union, SC
52 years old
Distribution of Crank (Meth) – 1 count

8) Donald D. Bruce
214 Thomas Heights Circle
Seneca, SC
26 years old
Distribution of Crack Cocaine – 1 count

9) Lindsay Rebecca Eades
3063 Safety Harbor Road
West Union, SC
21 years old
Distribution of Crank (Meth) – 1 count

10) Dolphus Haney
109 Mormon Street
Seneca, SC
23 years old
Distribution of Prescription Drugs (Xanax) – 1 count
Distribution of Marijuana – 1 count

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Two After Traffic Stop

Jackie Lee Webb, Jr.

Jackie Lee Webb, Jr.

Hollie Michelle Henderson

Hollie Michelle Henderson

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested two individuals, a man and a woman, after a traffic stop during routine road patrol operations yesterday evening.

28 year old Hollie Michelle Henderson and 26 year old Jackie Lee Webb, Jr., both of 900 Mitchell Drive in Seneca, were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center yesterday evening. Henderson was booked in around 9:22pm and Webb was booked in around 11:59pm.

According to the incident report, a deputy traveling on Rodgers Road Monday afternoon observed a white Jeep Grand Cherokee turn onto Tucker Farm Road failing to use a turn signal. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and asked Webb, who was the driver, if he had a driver’s license and Webb said no. The deputy asked dispatch to check to see if Webb had a valid driver’s license. The deputy then asked the passenger, Henderson, to look for the registration and insurance card, which she could not find. After checking with dispatch concerning Henderson, the deputy was notified that Henderson had an outstanding family court bench warrant. Henderson was then placed under arrest.

Dispatch advised the deputy that Webb’s license was suspended and that he had multiple driving under suspension charges. The deputy advised Webb that he was under arrest for driving under suspension – third, no proof of insurance and no registration. A second deputy arrived, where they discovered that Webb had five bullets in his pocket and upon an inventory of the vehicle, a handgun was discovered under the passenger seat and a Cherokee Criminal Investigation badge under the headliner.

The deputy then asked both Webb and Henderson did they have anything on them before they went to jail and they both said no. A search of Henderson at the Detention Center revealed six white prescription pills in the inside liner of Henderson’s bra.

Besides the outstanding Family Court bench warrant, Henderson has also been charged with contraband charges after bringing contraband into the Detention Center. The pills that Henderson brought into the Detention Center, was methadone, according to warrants. Besides the traffic offenses, Webb also has been charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol. Webb also had an outstanding warrant for a violation of probation.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Captain Jeff Underwood Awarded Oconee Officer of the Year

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw with South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw with South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw presenting the 2014 Oconee Officer of the Year Award to Captain Jeff Underwood

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw presenting the 2014 Oconee Officer of the Year Award to Captain Jeff Underwood

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————-Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Road Patrol Captain Jeff Underwood was awarded the Oconee Officer of the Year Award last night during the Ninth Annual Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet, which was held at the Anderson Recreation Center. The Oconee officer of the year award is sponsored by 10th Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams.

The banquet is held to benefit the criminal justice scholarship funds for the criminal justice programs at Anderson University and Tri-County Technical College. The keynote speaker last night was South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson.

Underwood was recognized for his efforts and work to secure and purchase tourniquet kits for all certified deputies with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, which included a fundraiser which was held last year in Fair Play and donations from Tactical Medical Solutions of Anderson. The acquisition of the tourniquet kits did not involve the use of taxpayer money.

In presenting the award to Captain Underwood, Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw praised Underwood’s efforts to go outside conventional thinking in order to accomplish goals and tasks.

“I have always encouraged our staff to find new ways to be more effective and be more efficient,” says Sheriff Crenshaw. “I am very fortunate to say that we have a deputy who met this challenge. He (Underwood) came up with the idea of wanting to equip each one of our officers with a simple piece of equipment that has the potential to save lives.”

Sheriff Crenshaw pointed out two instances since the purchase of the kits in which they were used to save lives. The first occurred back on November 5th of last year and help to save the life of a retired Sheriff’s Deputy from Pickens County who was hiking and was involved in an accidental shooting in Oconee County. The second occurred on February 26th of this year and involved another accidental shooting in which the victim was shot above the knee. Both individuals survived and the tourniquets kits were used by deputies who responded to both incidents.

Captain Underwood is a member of the command staff at the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and has been a deputy since 2002. Before his time in law enforcement, Underwood served in the United States Marine Corps for 4 years. Underwood was promoted to Captain of the Uniform Patrol Division last year.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Walhalla Man on Burglary and Larceny Charges

Kevin Wayne Maler

Kevin Wayne Maler

Richard William Shumsky

Richard William Shumsky

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Walhalla man last night on outstanding warrants that charge him with 2nd degree Burglary and Petit Larceny.

48 year old Kevin Wayne Maler of 182 C Avalon Drive in Walhalla was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 6:20pm yesterday evening. Maler is being held on $27,130 surety bond that was set at a bond hearing this morning.

According to warrants, Maler is accused of entering a residence on Sugarhill Road in Seneca on April 8th “without consent and with intent to commit a crime therein.” Warrants also accuse Maler of taking a ring, televisions and a pressure washer from the residence, which the estimated value of the merchandise taken to be around $1,856.00.

During the course of the investigation, another person, 28 year old Richard William Shumsky of the Sugar Hill Road address was arrested on April 18th and was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center on accessory before the fact charges. According to warrants, Shumsky is accused of counseling and hiring Maler to commit the acts that took place at the Sugarhill Road location. Shumsky is still being on a $5,000 surety bond.

According to investigators, the items taken by Maler belonged to Shumsky’s mother and grandmother. The ring and televisions have been recovered, according to investigators, but the pressure washer has yet to be recovered.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Townville Man on Manufacturing Meth Charges

Eric Jason Whitten

Eric Jason Whitten

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Townville man earlier this morning on manufacturing meth charges after a shake and bake style meth lab was found in his vehicle.

39 year old Eric Jason Whitten of 204 Ponderosa Point in Townville was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:23am this morning.

Deputies conducting a traffic safety check point Sunday evening on Highway 182 at Wilderness Road near Fair Play came in contact with a green 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier which had an altered year sticker on the tag around 11:05pm. Deputies asked the driver, Whitten, to pull the vehicle to the shoulder of the road. According to the incident report, deputies noticed that Whitten appeared to be nervous.

After asking Whitten for his license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration, a deputy noticed in plain view a shake and bake style meth lab in the rear driver’s side floor board, upon which the on call narcotics officer arrived on the scene.

After arriving on the scene, the narcotics officer then confirmed the shake and bake style meth lab. Whitten was placed under arrest and then transported to the Oconee County Detention Center. Warrants charge Whitten with possessing “known chemicals, equipment, and manufacturing apparatus used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.”

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Iva Man on Drug Charges

Roger Landon Slaton

Roger Landon Slaton

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested and charged an Iva man with multiple drug charges after a Friday morning incident.

36 year old Roger Landon Slaton of 610 Greg Shoals Road in Iva was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:00am Friday.

According to the incident report, deputies responded to reports of a suspicious person around 5:17am Friday near Fair Play on South Highway 11 near I-85. Upon arrival, deputies met with a female who said she had been held against her will and that she was with the suspect and they had ran out of gas. Deputies then made contact with a white male who was asleep in a white Nissan Maxima.

Upon asking the man, Slaton, to step out of the vehicle, deputies discovered drugs and drug paraphernalia on his person, which included multiple prescription drugs. Slaton was then placed under arrest.

A search of the vehicle incident to the arrest produced more drug paraphernalia and the discovery of a black lunch box in the driver’s side floorboard with contained a red pouch which had several baggies inside that contained methamphetamine. The total amount of meth seized was over 14 grams. The vehicle was towed and Slaton was transported to the Oconee County Detention Center.

In reference to the reported kidnapping allegations, deputies interviewed the female in question, who told deputies that she used narcotics earlier and also agreed to write a statement. She told deputies that Slaton, her and another individual had drove around Anderson the previous day and that she went with them of her own free will. She stated that they went to the Blue Ridge Mountains and she asked Slaton to take her home, which she said he refused to do. She told deputies that she could not leave and he would not let her. When asked about the female in question, Slaton stated that she agreed to ride around with him and another individual and that he was taking her back to Anderson when they ran out of gas. The kidnapping allegations were then turned over the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office and are currently under investigation.

According to warrants, Slaton has been charged with trafficking charges for possession of more than 10 grams of meth and with possession of three controlled substances (lorazepam, clonazepam, and hydrocodone). Slaton was also cited for a violation of the county’s drug ordinance.

Slaton is being held at the Detention Center on a $35,000 surety bond on the three charges. His bond amount on the county drug ordinance violation is a $470 surety bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Woman for Food Stamp Fraud

Carol I. Rogers

Carol I. Rogers

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested and charged a Seneca woman with four counts of food stamp fraud.

44 year old Carol I. Rogers of 110-A Pressley Place in Seneca was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 5:40pm yesterday and her total personal recognizance bond amount is $10,000, which was set this morning.

The Sheriff’s Office received a telephone call on January 21st where a complainant told deputies that on November 25th, 2013 she was arrested and had left her purse, wallet and coat at the Pressley Place address. The complainant was released on January 3rd. The complainant asked the resident, Rogers, about her belongings and Rogers stated to her that she did not have the items any longer. According to the incident report, the complainant told deputies that her EBT card was in her wallet and that she had called and the card had been used on multiple occasions while she was in jail. The complainant was advised at that time to call social services and get statements showing the charges. An investigation into the allegations ensued.

During the course of the investigation and the interviewing of witnesses, it was determined that Rogers, according to warrants, had used the complainants EBT card unlawfully and did convert the card to her own use on December 30th, 2013 and on January 5th, January 6th, and January 7th of this year at the Wal-Mart location on Sandifer Boulevard in Seneca.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation

2014 Upstate Recognition Ride Scheduled for May 10th in Anderson County

Recognition Ride flyer revised 4-2014

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla,SC)—————————————The 2014 Upstate Recognition Ride, sponsored by the Upstate SC Defenders Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, is scheduled for Saturday, May 10th. The proceeds from the ride will be utilized to award scholarships to children of Upstate First Responders. The public is invited to attend.

The event will begin with a procession of motorcycles, fire trucks, ambulances, and law enforcement vehicles that will leave the Anderson Civic Center around 3:15pm. The ride will take the participants through Anderson and into Williamston for a ceremony and live music. Registration will take place from 1pm until 3pm but those are participating in the procession are asked to arrive at the Civic Center no later than 2:30pm.

There is no entry fee for emergency vehicles and seperate parking will be utilized for any emergency vehicles so those vehicles can leave at any time from Williamston. For those who are riding motorcycles, there is a registration fee of $25.

Festivities will begin at Mineral Springs Park in Williamston around 4pm with Twist of Fate performing and a ceremony which is set to begin around 5pm which will feature the Anderson Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, the Anderson City FD Color Guard, and the Spartanburg Detention Center Drill Team, along with the singing of our National Anthem. Food, beverages, exhibitions, raffles and door prizes will also be offered as well.

Last year’s recognition ride was held on June 1st.

Free Boater Education Class Upcoming in Oconee County

Boater Ed Class

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla,SC)————————————With National Safe Boating Week and the summer boating season around the corner, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will be hosting a free boaters education class a few weeks from now.

The class will be held on Saturday, May 3rd from 8am until 1pm at Foothills Community Church which is located at 505 Bountyland Road in Seneca.

Preregistration is required and can be done by going online www.dnr.sc.gov or by calling 1-800-277-4301.

All resident and non-resident boaters under 16 years of age must successfully complete a boater education class that is approved by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources before operating without supervision a personal watercraft (jet ski) or a boat powdered 15 hp motor or more.

The students who attend will be taught the fundamentals of safe and responsible boating and the class is informative in its efforts to reduce loss of life, personal injury and property damage. Each student is urged to be on time and to bring a pen or pencil.

Once again, the class is free to the public.