Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help in Locating Missing Walhalla Woman

Lorraine Anne-Leiss Lee

Lorraine Anne-Leiss Lee

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)—————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing Walhalla woman.

Deputies received notification today that 69 year old Lorraine Anne Leiss-Lee is missing. Lorraine’s last known address is 417 Snead Road but deputies believe that she has not been at that address for the last three weeks. There have not been any recent sightings of Lorraine, according to deputies.

Deputies believe that Lorraine may be in South Carolina but also possibly could be in the state of Georgia, Florida or Texas as well. Deputies are also concerned for Lorraine’s safety due to the fact that she has had a history of health problems.

Lorraine’s information has been entered into the National Crime Information Center database.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Lorraine Anne Leiss-Lee is asked to call the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4111.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Fair Play Woman on Breach of Trust Charges

Misty Brook Cain Radel

Misty Brook Cain Radel

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Fair Play woman this morning on Breach of Trust charges related to an investigation of financial fraud which began in November of 2014 at Fair-Oak Elementary School.

41 year old Misty Brook Cain Radel was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 8:12am after turning herself in at the Oconee County Law Enforcement Center.

Deputies were notified on November 10th of last year by the principal of the school regarding possible financial fraud at the school reportedly centering on improper use of the Fair-Oak Elementary PTO credit card after a review of a bank statement.

The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division. Investigators were able to determine that Radel, who was the PTO President, used around $5.379.73 in PTO money for her own personal use.

Radel was released from the Oconee County Detention Center on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond after a bond hearing this morning.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help in Recent Burglary Case

Sheriff's Badge

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in solving a burglary in the Seneca area that occurred sometime between Christmas Day and the middle of January.

A Road Patrol deputy responded to reports of a burglary at 1810 Sandifer Boulevard on the evening of January 13th. The deputy spoke with an attorney of the estate who is representing the Thornwell Home for Children as the previous owner of house willed the property to Thornwell.

The complainant said the last time he was at the house was around Christmas and returned that evening to discover a break-in at the residence that occurred at a window of the house. Several cabinets had been opened in a room of the home but at this time, it appears that nothing was taken from the house.

If you have any information on this burglary that occurred at 1810 Sandifer Boulevard sometime between Christmas of last year and January 13th, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 864-638-STOP, 1-888-CRIME-SC, or text in your tip to 274637. All names and information given to Crimes Stoppers is anonymous and confidential and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Three; Serves Multiple Shoplifting Warrants

Amanda Kaye Holbrooks

Amanda Kaye Holbrooks

Cory Hampton Witt

Cory Hampton Witt

Daniel Eugene Fortner

Daniel Eugene Fortner

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested three individuals yesterday and as a result, served a total of eight warrants for shoplifting.

The three individuals arrested are as follows:

1) 28 year old Daniel Eugene Fortner of Seneca – Fortner has been charged with two counts of shoplifting from the Wal-Mart in Seneca. On January 14th and January 17th, Fortner attempted to deprive the store of merchandise without paying for those items. Those items included a Fieldline Gun Case, two Turtlewax Cleaners, nine cd’s, a Virgin Mobile phone, and a candle. The total amount of the merchandise is around $214.42. Fortner was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 11:35am after being found at an address on Mimosa Road in Westminster. Fortner also had an outstanding Magistrates Bench Warrant as well.

2) 43 year old Amanda Kaye Holbrooks of Greenville, South Carolina – Holbrook is charged with one count of shoplifting after leaving the Wal-Mart Store in Seneca on January 19th with a laptop computer, valued at around $634.94, and getting into a vehicle with the tag and truck reportedly coming back stolen. A deputy with the Road Patrol division noticed a vehicle matching the description the vehicle in question yesterday behind him at first and then turning into the Home Depot parking lot with a male and two female’s inside with the driver heading into the store. The deputy later learned that the male driver fled on foot. Holbrook was in the back seat and later identified herself in photos from Wal-Mart. After a search by a K-9 from the Seneca Police Department, around 8.3 grams of Methamphetamine was found in Holbrook’s pocket book. Holbrook was arrested and placed on a Temporary Custody Order for the drugs and served the warrant on the charges of Shoplifting. She was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 4:01pm yesterday. The other female passenger was released. Warrants were obtained by the Sheriff’s Office today charging Holbrook with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.

3) 53 year old Cory Hampton Witt of Anderson, South Carolina – Witt is charged with four counts of shoplifting from Wal-Mart in Seneca after taking items from the store on November 29th, 2014, December 8th, 2014 and January 4th. Witt is accused of taking a grand total of three computers and two TV sets during that time. Witt also attempted to take another TV on January 6th from the same Wal-Mart location. The total amount of items involved is over $2,000. Witt was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 10:01pm yesterday. The Sheriff’s Office had issued a press release back on December 10th of last year seeking the public’s help in solving two of the four shoplifting cases that Witt was charged with.

Change to Press Release on Six Weekend Drug Arrests

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

Earlier today, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release on the arrests of six individuals charged in weekend drug arrests. The first person we listed as being arrested had two outstanding warrants from November 28th. The Sheriff’s Office incorrectly listed the first charge as Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. The first charge should have read Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana instead.

The Sheriff’s Office apologizes for and regrets the error in our story. The story will be updated to reflect the change.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Six, Seizes Variety of Drugs over the Weekend

Eric Mackenzie Richardson

Eric Mackenzie Richardson

James Michael McAllister

James Michael McAllister

Jessica Stanley Arnett

Jessica Stanley Arnett

Joey William Woodall

Joey William Woodall

Raymond Clay, Jr.

Raymond Clay, Jr.

William Franklin Marcengill

William Franklin Marcengill

Seizure from the Arnett Arrrest

Seizure from the Arnett Arrrest

Seizure from the Marcengill Arrest - Picture Two

Seizure from the Marcengill Arrest – Picture Two

Seizure from the Marcengill Arrest - Picture One

Seizure from the Marcengill Arrest – Picture One

Seizure from the McAllister Arrest - Picture Two

Seizure from the McAllister Arrest – Picture Two

Seizure from the McAllister Arrest - PIcture One

Seizure from the McAllister Arrest – PIcture One

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested six individuals and seized a variety of drugs during routine road patrol operations over the weekend.

Between early Saturday morning and early Monday morning, deputies seized around 67 grams of marijuana and around 8.5 grams of methamphetamine, plus, a quantity of prescription drugs (Dextroamphetamine, Oxycodone, Alprazolam and Clonazepam) along with various drug paraphernalia as a result of the arrests.

The six individuals arrested are as follows:

1) 48 year old Raymond Clay Jr. of Seneca – Charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana plus two outstanding warrants from November 28th, 2014 for Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Littering. Clay, Jr. was arrested after deputies responded to a business on Wells Highway near Seneca early Saturday morning in reference to an alarm being activated. Clay, Jr. was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 2:34am on January 17th.

2) 43 year old James Michael McAllister of Toccoa, Georgia – Charged with Distribution of Methamphetamine and Violation of the County Drug Paraphernalia Ordinance. McAllister was arrested after deputies responded Saturday evening to an address on Tammerick Trail in Fair Play in regards to a disturbance. McAllister was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 10:01pm on January 17th.

3) 29 year old William Franklin Marcengill of Westminster – Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana. Deputies arrested Marcengill after responding to an address on East Bear Swamp Road in Walhalla Saturday evening to reports of an individual banging on a door of a residence. Marcengill was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 11:59pm on January 17th.

4) 29 year old Eric MacKenzie Richardson of Seneca – Charged with Public Disorderly Conduct and Simple Possession of Marijuana. Richardson was arrested after deputies responded to an address on Shiloh Road due to reports of a male staggering in the roadway and appearing to be drunk. Richardson was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 8:25am on January 18th.

5) 35 year old Jessica Stanley Arnett of Starr, South Carolina – Charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana, 4 charges of Possession of Controlled Substances (Dextroamphetamine, Oxycodone, Alprazolam and Clonazepam) and Distribution of Methamphetamine. Arnett was arrested after deputies observed a vehicle in the parking lot of a business on West-Oak Highway late Sunday evening after business hours. The vehicle was not near the gas pumps, according to deputies. Arnett was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 12:22am on January 19th.

6) 36 year old Joey William Woodall of Six Mile, South Carolina – Charged with Public Disorderly Conduct and Possession of Methamphetamine. Woodall was arrested after deputies responded to reports of a suspicious person at the Piedmont Overlook on Burrells Ford Road in Mountain Rest.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help in Locating Pickens Man Wanted on Burglary, Larceny Charges

Joseph C. Kilby (courtesy of the Pickens County Sheriff's Office)

Joseph C. Kilby (courtesy of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office)

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a Pickens man wanted on three outstanding arrest warrants.

28 year old Joseph Coy Kilby, whose address on warrants is listed as 161 Swiss Entrance, is wanted on charges of Second Degree Burglary, Petit Larceny, and Possession of Implements Capable of Being Used in a Crime.

Investigators say that Kilby broke into a building the night of January 5th at an address on Woods Edge Drive in Seneca and made off with around $1,750 worth of various pieces of construction equipment. Investigators also say that Kilby had in his possession a bolt cutter, a screwdriver, and a claw hammer while committing the crime.

According to the arrest warrants, Kilby also has two prior convictions for property crimes.

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has assisted the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation of this case.

Investigators believe that Kilby may be traveling between Seneca and Pickens.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Joseph Coy Kilby, contact Crime Stoppers at 864-638-STOP, 1-888-CRIME-SC, or text in your tip to 274637. All names and information given to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and confidential and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Locates Child Reported Missing from Keowee Elementary School

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)—————-Earlier today, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Keowee Elementary School at 7051 Keowee School Road concerning a 3rd grader that was missing after walking out of an exterior door on foot at the school around 1:35pm.
The Sheriff’s Office was given a clothing and physical description of the child when it was notified around 2:29pm.
Several Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene, which included K-9 units. Ranger One, the Sheriff’s Office helicopter, was also ready the fly as well.
After about an hour of investigating and searching, deputies received word that the child was found on Boone Dock Trail by a motorist, which is a dirt road behind the school.
The child was returned to the school around 3:30pm and was placed with his family. Paramedics were called to check on the child’s condition due to the cold weather, but the child appeared to be okay.
Based on the information provided to the Sheriff’s Office at the time the child disappeared, investigators do not believe that foul play was involved.
All deputies have cleared from the scene.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help in Locating Walhalla Man Wanted on Burglary and Larceny Charges

Nathan Lee Sloan

Nathan Lee Sloan

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a Walhalla man wanted on two outstanding warrants.

29 year old Nathan Lee Sloan, whose address on warrants is listed as 200-A South Pine Street is wanted on warrants charging him with First Degree Burglary and Petit Larceny.

Sloan is accused of breaking into a residence on Woosey Trail in Seneca on January 5th and stealing a New England single barrel .12 gauge shotgun.

The firearm has yet to be recovered, according to investigators.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Nathan Lee Sloan, 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. All names and information given to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and confidential.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests West Union Man on Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor Charges

James Andrew Massey

James Andrew Massey

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a West Union man on two warrants charging him with Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – 3rd Degree.

25 year old James Andrew Massey of 207 Lee Lane was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 12:48pm yesterday after turning himself in to a deputy from the Warrants Division at the Oconee County Law Enforcement Center.

An investigation began back on December 29th of last year after a deputy responded to Oconee Memorial Hospital in regards to a report of a sexual assault.

As the investigation continued, investigators determined that Massey had inappropriately touched a female victim, who is 13 years of age, on two separate occasions between December 1st and December 29th of 2014. The incidents occurred at an address on Toccoa Highway near Westminster

The case involved only one female victim.

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