Oconee County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team Activated Earlier Today Regarding Incident on the Utica Mill Hill

Mobile Command Center - May 1st, 2016

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–This morning around 10:30am, Oconee County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to an address in the 1100 block of Goddard Avenue on the Utica Mill Hill in Seneca in regards to a reported hostage situation that was occurring.

Deputies responded to the scene and began a dialogue with the caller who was inside the residence there. The Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was activated and a command post was set up at the Oconee Community Theatre.

Two individuals, one male and one female, were inside the house and deputies were able to get the female out of the house and later were able to convince the male to come out as well. Both persons came out of the house without incident.

Deputies were later able to determine that no one was being held against their will and no hostage situation had occurred and that the male caller appeared to be unstable.

Both individuals were taken to Oconee Memorial Hospital for further medical evaluation and treatment and the incident was over with around 2:00pm.

At this time, no charges have been filed but the Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Announces Thirteenth “Operation Infinity” Drug Round-Up

Alexandria Mercedes Burdette

Alexandria Mercedes Burdette

Christopher Nicholas Elgin

Christopher Nicholas Elgin

Miranda Jean Dixon

Miranda Jean Dixon

Tammy Michelle McCall

Tammy Michelle McCall

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office announces that the thirteenth “Operation Infinity” drug sweep round-up began this morning.

The Sheriff’s Office began the operation with a meeting and briefing at 8:30am. The Sheriff’s Office teamed up with our partners from the Seneca and Walhalla Police Departments.

“Our thirteenth “Operation Infinity” drug sweep reflects our continued commitment we have made to combat the drug problem in Oconee County,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “Along with our treatment and education programs and the start of drug court in Oconee County for users of narcotics, we continue to work to make Oconee County a safer place for those we serve.”

In all, 18 individuals are being sought on a variety of drug charges involving methamphetamine, prescription drugs, and marijuana and crack cocaine. Some individuals in this drug sweep are being sought on charges of Unlawful Neglect of a Child.

As of 3:00pm this afternoon, 4 individuals had been arrested so far. Here are the names of the individuals that have been arrested so far and their charges according to warrants:

1) Miranda Jean Dixon
Seneca, SC
32 years old
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 Count
Already incarcerated at the Oconee County Detention Center – Booked in on April 1st, 2016 – Bench Warrants
Still In Custody at the Detention Center as of 1:30pm
Personal Recognizance Bond Amount: $10,000

2) Tammy Michelle McCall
Fair Play, SC
44 years old
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 Count
Booked in on April 29th, 2016 at 12:12pm
Still at the Oconee County Detention Center as of 1:30pm – Awaiting Bond Hearing

3) Alexandria Mercedes Burdette
Westminster, SC
22 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child – 1 Count
Booked in on April 29th, 2016 at 12:31pm
Still at the Oconee County Detention Center as of 1:30pm – Awaiting Bond Hearing

4) Christopher Nicholas Elgin
Fair Play, SC
28 years old
Trafficking in Ice (Methamphetamine) – 2 counts
In custody on April 29th, 2016
Still at the Oconee County Detention Center as of 3:30pm – Awaiting Bond Hearing

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation and due to that fact, the names of the other individuals being sought will not be released at this time.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Two Westminster Men on Grand Larceny Charges

Jimmy Daniel Boyd

Jimmy Daniel Boyd

Joshua Matthew Stewart

Joshua Matthew Stewart

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Westminster men yesterday on Grand Larceny charges.

34 year old Joshua Matthew Stewart of Chauga Road and 36 Jimmy Daniel Boyd of Pump House Road were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:06pm and 7:28pm respectively.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division was dispatched to an address at Foxwood Hills on April 23rd in regards to the theft of a trailer. The victim noticed that the trailer had been stolen around 9am the same morning. The trailer reported stolen was a white 2007 Shadow enclosed horse trailer with a value of around $14,000. The trailer reportedly had a tail gate and on the center of the gate was a plaque that said River Creek Farms. The trailer also has a door on the right side toward the front.

The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division. As the investigation continued and evidence was gathered and statements were taken, it was determined that Stewart and Boyd had taken the trailer during the morning hours of April 23rd from an address on Kinston Manor Drive. The arrest warrants against Steward and Boyd were obtained by investigators on April 28th.

Investigators believe that the trailer was taken outside of Oconee County and sold and deputies are trying to recover the trailer for the owners.

Stewart and Boyd were released from the Detention Center earlier today on Personal Recognizance Bonds.

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

Statistics Released for 2016 Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Local Emergency Planning Committee

Local Emergency Planning Committee

Hazardous Household Waste Collection Day

Picture Three - April 23rd, 2016 Pill Take Back Day

(Walhalla, SC)———————————-Oconee County and the Local Emergency Planning Committee held the bi-annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day this past Saturday from 10am until 2pm in the parking lot of Seneca High School.
The following statistics have been released in regards to what collected on Saturday:
• A total of 290 vehicles were checked in.
• A total of 52 volunteers assisted the citizens of Oconee County who stopped by.
• A total of 12,493 lbs. of Household Hazardous Waste was collected.
• Narcotics Agents from the Sheriff’s Office collected 267 pounds of prescription medication in pill and liquid form, vitamins, supplements and over the counter medication.
• The following list was among the agencies, businesses and organizations to volunteered their time in service to the citizens of Oconee County:
Oconee CERT
Red Cross
Oconee County Emergency Services
Oconee Hazmat
Oconee Solid Waste
Oconee Sheriff’s office
Oconee LEPC
BASF
Seneca Road department
Oconee School District
Seneca Solid Waste
“We are grateful to the citizens of Oconee County who stopped by to drop off their items and to all the volunteers who took time on a beautiful Saturday to help those in our community and county,” says Bob Winchester, Chairman of the Local Emergency Planning Committee. “As you can see by the stats, the event was a tremendous success and the Local Emergency Planning Committee is committed not only in helping Oconee County prepare for disasters which may occur but also to the safety of our citizens and to protecting the environment. These Hazardous Household Waste Collection Days help us to accomplish all of that.”
The Local Emergency Planning Committee 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 Seeking the Public’s Help Regarding December Death Investigation

Sheriff's Badge

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help as it continues to investigate a December 20th death investigation that occurred in the Westminster area.

Deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division were dispatched on December 20th to 330 Brock Road around 9:52pm in reference to a shooting incident. When deputies arrived, they discovered a body of a male with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Deputies notified the Criminal Investigations Division and an investigation began as deputies sealed off the area and began to gather evidence.

Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis identified the deceased as 33 year old Jesse Eugene Mulkey of Westminster

Since the initial reports of the shooting, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has been following up on additional leads and evidence in the case as well as awaiting tests results of evidence already gathered.

As the Sheriff’s Office awaits those test results, investigators continue their due diligence to make sure they are aware of all information available as they seek a resolution in the case.

If you have any information on this December 20th homicide at 330 Brock Road, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or 864-638-STOP. You don’t have to give your name when you contact Crime Stoppers and all information given is confidential. If your tip helps to lead to a resolution in the case, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

2016 Mayberry Open Golf Tournament to Benefit Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. Now Just One Away

Oconee Country Club

Oconee Country Club

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The 2016 Mayberry Open Golf Tournament, a fund raising golf tournament to benefit Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc., is now just one week away.

“On behalf of the board of Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. and the men and women of law enforcement in Oconee County, we are so thankful for the support we have received from our partners who have joined with us to help make Oconee County a safer place to live, work and play by supporting the Oconee County branch of Crime Stoppers,” says Jimmy Watt, Public Information Officer with the Sheriff’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office Coordinator of Crime Stoppers.

“As of today, we have 20 team entry forms turned in” says Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Jimmy Watt, who is the Sheriff’s Office Coordinator of Crime Stoppers. “The field for our tournament will be limited to 25 teams so if you have been thinking about fielding a team for this year’s tournament, now is the time to do so to secure your place. We have had citizens, organizations, business and industries who are partnering with us through hole sponsorships as well so the level of support has been tremendous and we are so very grateful.”

The 2016 Mayberry Open is scheduled for Thursday, May 5th at the beautiful par-71 6,051 yard Oconee Country Club in Seneca. Registration will begin at 10:30am and the tournament will have a Noon shotgun start.

The field will consist of 25 4-man Captain’s Choice teams. The cost per player is $60 dollars or $240 dollars for a team.

There are also other exciting aspects of this year’s tournament as well, which includes:

• Lunch before the tournament supplied by Chick-fil-A of Seneca
• Supper after the tournament provided by Little Pigs BBQ of Seneca
• Goodie bags for golfer’s who participate
• Door prizes
• Mulligan’s – 2 for $5
• Longest Drive contest on the par-5 8th hole
• Closest to the pin on the par-3 16th hole
• The hole in one contest on the par-3 6th hole with $500 awarded to anyone who scores a hole-in-one

If anyone would like to receive information on the tournament, including how to sign up a team, become a hole sponsor or donate door prizes, they can contact Jimmy Watt, Public Information Officer at the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4199 or by e-mail at jwatt@oconeelaw.com. Tournament sign up forms are also available at Oconee Country Club in Seneca.

Those who are interested in fielding a team can do so via a mobile marketing program available through Oconee Country Club provided by Campbell and Partners by texting the keyword CRIME to shortcode 63975. From there, you will receive a text back with a link to a mobile registration site. Once you click on that link, you will be taken to a website where you can register your teams as well as receive more information about the tournament. There is even a link at the top of the page for those who have a question concerning the tournament to text that question.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks the Public’s Help in Locating Fair Play Wanted on Fugitive from Justice Warrant

Allen Don Richardson

Allen Don Richardson

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help today in locating a Fair Play man who is wanted by the Warrants Division on a Fugitive from Justice Warrant.

According to the arrest warrant, 52 year old Allen Don Richardson of West Pine Grove Road is a fugitive from justice from the state of Georgia. He is wanted for not reporting to jail on time in Hart County, GA when his incarceration was scheduled.

Investigators believe that Richardson maybe or has been in the Fair Play area.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Allen Don Richardson, you are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or 864-638-STOP. You don’t have to give your name when you contact Crime Stoppers and all information given is confidential. If your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office to host its seventh Coffee with a Cop on May 19th, 2016

Program offers opportunity to meet local officers, discuss community issues

Coffee With A Cop Logo

(Walhalla, SC)—On May 19th, officers from the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members and the public are invited to attend. The event begins at 7pm on May 19th at The Westminster Depot at 135 East Main Street in Westminster. Please contact Jimmy Watt with questions: 864-638-4199 or jwatt@oconeelaw.com.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Oconee County neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office to Host the Second of Two April Pill Take Back Days This Saturday

Picture One - April 23rd, 2016 Pill Take Back Day

Picture Three - April 23rd, 2016 Pill Take Back Day

Picture Two - April 23rd, 2016 Pill Take Back Day

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the second of two Pill Take Back Days in the month of April this coming Saturday.

The Pill Take Back Day will be held this Saturday, April 30th from 10am until 2pm in Walhalla at the Law Enforcement Center at 300 South Church Street as part of the National Pill Take Back Day.

Citizens can bring their old or no longer used medications or vitamins to the drop off sites to have them disposed of properly.

“These take back days will make it possible for us to collect and safely dispose of these medications to prevent them from getting into the hands of our children or prevent them from damaging the environment by being disposed in the wrong places,” according to Lt. Jeremy Chapman of the Special Operations Division of the Sheriff’s Office.

“In order to keep our incinerator in good working order, we are also asking those who bring the medications to our collection areas to bring them in the marked prescription bottle open the bottles and dump them into the container. After that, our citizens can recycle the prescription bottles themselves,” continues Lt. Chapman.

This past Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office collected 267 pounds of prescription medication in pill and liquid form, plus, vitamins, supplements and over the counter medications as part of the semi-annual Hazardous Household Waste Collection Day at Seneca High School.

Last year, the Sheriff’s Office collected approximately 910 pounds of pill and liquid prescription medication during four Pill Take Back Days.

Three Charged In Detention Center Fight

SLED Logo

Jacob Drotning

Jacob Drotning

Kenneth Strother Collins, Jr.

Kenneth Strother Collins, Jr.

Travis Javon Lee

Travis Javon Lee

Release Courtesy of Thom Berry
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division

Agents of the S.C. Law Enforcement Division Tuesday charged three inmates of the Oconee County Detention Center in connection with an altercation in the detention center April 16, 2016.

Travis Javon Lee, 21, and Jacob Daniel Drotning, 40, both of Seneca, S.C., were charged with Assault and Battery 2nd Degree, a misdemeanor that carries a penalty upon conviction of up to three years in prison, a fine of up to $2,500, or both.

Kenneth Strother Collins, Jr., 25, of Walhalla, S.C., was charged with Assault and Battery 3rd Degree, a misdemeanor that carries a penalty upon conviction of up to 30 days in prison, a fine of up to $500, or both.

Lee, Drotning and Collins were booked at the Oconee County Detention Center.

The case was investigated by SLED at the request of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office.

The cases will be prosecuted by the 10th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.