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.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Walhalla Man in Homicide Case

Caleb Nathanael Linart

Caleb Nathanael Linart

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Walhalla man on Murder charges in an incident that occurred Monday morning near Walhalla.

30 year old Caleb Nathanael Linart of 1110 West South Broad Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around midnight Tuesday evening on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants could be obtained.

Deputies responded to the West Broad Street address around 8:50am Monday morning in reference to a female found dead in the floor of a bedroom in the home. There was no evidence of a burglary or forced entry into the home.

The body was discovered by a family member and the Sheriff’s Office began an investigation. Coroner Karl Addis arrived as well on the scene.

Linart and the victim were involved in a relationship, according to deputies.

As the investigation continued, Linart told deputies that he and the victim had a dispute and he left the home after locking her out of the residence. He came back home after being called by the family member saying the victim was dead.

Investigators were able to continue to gather information through evidence and interviews to be able to charge Linart with murder in a warrant that was served after 3pm today.

Coroner Addis issued a press release identifying the victim as 27 year old Alana C. Carpenter of 280 Webb Heights Cirlce in Seneca. The Coroner has ruled the death as a homicide via manual strangulation.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man on Outstanding Armed Robbery Warrant

James Sebastian Hunter, Jr.

James Sebastian Hunter, Jr.

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man yesterday on an outstanding Armed Robbery warrant.

23 year old James Sebastian Hunter, Jr. of 303 Thomas Heights Circle was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 10:23am after turning himself in at the Oconee County Law Enforcement Center in Walhalla.

The warrant charges Hunter, Jr. with taking $300 and a Wells Fargo Bank Card from two separate individuals while being armed with a handgun. The incident occurred at an address on Jasmine Lane in Seneca on January 22nd, 2013.

Hunter, Jr. also had three outstanding warrants from the Seneca Police Department on drug charges.

Hunter, Jr. was released from the Detention Center earlier today. The armed robbery charge brought a $25,000 surety bond while the three drug charges brought a combined $30,000 personal recognizance bond.

Keep Oconee Beautiful Association Receives $5,000 Grant

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-Recently, the Keep Oconee Beautiful Association was awarded a $5,000 grant to support a campaign for the remainder of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015.

The program is called Littering is Wrong Too and will all residents but especially those in the 18 – 34 year old age group demographic.

Keep Oconee Beautiful has also received additional funding from Palmetto Pride for its litter control efforts.