Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Outstanding Warrants – Receiving Stolen Goods and Accessory Charges

Calvin Clark Webb

Calvin Clark Webb

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man late Thursday night on outstanding warrants that charge him with Receiving Stolen Goods and Accessory After the Fact of a Felony. The man also had an outstanding Magistrate’s Bench Warrant.

41 year old Calvin Clark Webb was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center just before midnight.

Webb is the fifth person charged in a case that began with a burglary and larceny on Moore Hill Road on July 3rd and then involved the receiving of goods stolen in the burglary and the selling of some of those items.

On Tuesday of this week, 42 year old April Dawn Nix of 816 Cobb Bridge Road and 43 year old Jimmy Dwayne Webb of 810 Cobb Bridge Road were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center after being arrested by the warrants division of the Sheriff’s Office on outstanding warrants charging both of them with also Receiving Stolen Goods and Accessory After the Fact of a Felony.

According to investigators, a burglary occurred during the early morning hours of July 3rd at the Moore Hill Road address off Long Creek Highway. Investigators report that firearms, a 2004 GMC pickup, an antique with family heirlooms inside, money, credit cards, social security cards, birth certificates and other items were taken. Investigators believe that the amount of items taken from the burglary was around $10,000. Shortly after the burglary, 44 year old Bobby Ray Carroll of 641 Cobb Trail Road in Westminster and 43 year old Sherry Anita Honea Gibson of 612 Westminster Highway in Westminster, both of whom investigators say committed the Moore Hill Road burglary, went to the Cobb Bridge Road address and gave at that time certain items to both Webb subjects and Nix. In turn, both Webb subjects and Nix started making phone calls to sell the items.

At this point, the items were sold and some of the items taken were recovered, including one firearm that was found on July 16th and the antique chest, which was recovered on July 11th and was found empty by investigators. The 2004 GMC pickup was recovered in Transylvania County, North Carolina on July 4th.

According to investigators, Nix and both Webb subjects received into their possession two handguns and the antique chest. The value of the items they sold was around $775.00, according to warrants. Nix and both Webb subjects aided Carroll and Honea Gibson to get rid of the stolen items, which led to the accessory charges.

Carroll and Honea Gibson were each charged with Grand Larceny and First Degree Burglary in the case. Carroll is currently being held in Transylvania County, North Carolina on unrelated charges. Honea Gibson was served the warrants at the Oconee County Detention Center while being held on unrelated charges.

Calvin Clark is being held at the Oconee County Detention Center on a combined $7,000 surety bond after a bond hearing this morning. Honea Gibson, Jimmy Webb and Nix are also still being held at the Detention Center.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Two Westminster Residents with Receiving Stolen Goods and Accessory Charges

April Dawn Nix

April Dawn Nix

Bobby Ray Carroll

Bobby Ray Carroll

Calvin Clark Webb

Calvin Clark Webb

Jimmy Dwayne Webb

Jimmy Dwayne Webb

Sherry Anita Honea Gibson

Sherry Anita Honea Gibson

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man and woman Tuesday on charges of Receiving Stolen Goods and Accessory After the Fact of a Felony. The Sheriff’s Office is seeking another Westminster resident on the same charges in the same case.

42 year old April Dawn Nix of 816 Cobb Bridge Road and 43 year old Jimmy Dwayne Webb of 810 Cobb Bridge Road were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center after being arrested by the warrants division of the Sheriff’s Office on the outstanding warrants.

According to investigators, a burglary occurred during the early morning hours of July 3rd at an address on Moore Hill Road off Long Creek Highway. Investigators report that firearms, a 2004 GMC pickup, an antique with family heirlooms inside, money, credit cards, social security cards, birth certificates and other items were taken. Investigators believe that the amount of items taken from the burglary was around $10,000. Shortly after the burglary, 44 year old Bobby Ray Carroll of 641 Cobb Trail Road in Westminster and 43 year old Sherry Anita Honea Gibson of 612 Westminster Highway in Westminster, both of whom investigators say committed the Moore Hill Road burglary, went to the Cobb Bridge Road address and at that time, they gave certain items to Webb, Nix, and another subject, 41 year old Calvin Clark Webb of 395 Webb Drive. In turn, both Webb subjects and Nix started making phone calls to sell the items.

At this point, the items were sold and some of the items taken were recovered, including one firearm that was found on July 16th and the antique chest, which was recovered on July 11th and was found empty by investigators. The 2004 GMC pickup was recovered in Transylvania County, North Carolina on July 4th.

According to investigators, Nix and both Webb subjects received into their possession two handguns and the antique chest. The value of the items they sold was around $775.00, according to warrants. Nix and both Webb subjects aided Carroll and Honea Gibson to get rid of the stolen items, which led to the accessory charges.

Carroll and Honea Gibson were each charged with Grand Larceny and First Degree Burglary in the case. Carroll is currently being held in Transylvania County, North Carolina on unrelated charges. Honea Gibson was served the warrants at the Oconee County Detention Center while being held on unrelated charges.

Nix and Jimmy Webb are still being held at the Oconee County Detention Center. Both received a total surety bond amount of $27,130 after their bond hearing.

Calvin Clark Webb remains at large on the outstanding warrants. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Calvin Clark Webb is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 638-STOP, 1-888-CRIME-SC, or text in your tip to 274637. You don’t have to give your name and if you tip leads to an arrest, you could eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Georgia Resident on Drug Trafficking Charges

Jamie Amanda Dowell

Jamie Amanda Dowell

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)—————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged a Hartwell, Georgia woman yesterday evening on drug trafficking charges.

34 year old Jamie Amanda Dowell of 235 Emory Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:22pm. She was released from the Detention Center this morning on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond.

A deputy received an anonymous call just before 4pm yesterday afternoon. The caller stated that there was a large amount of drugs that she had found and she did not know what to do with them. The caller, who turned out to be Dowell, met with the deputy at a location in the southern part of the county off I-85.

Dowell appeared to be nervous during the meeting, according to deputies. During the meeting, deputies discovered methamphetamine on her person as they saw a clear plastic bag hanging out from the bottom of her shirt. Dowell said that the drugs in her vehicle were dropped off at an address on West-Oak Highway in Oconee County, where deputies retrieved them.

The total amount of drugs recovered was around 1.4 ounces, with a street value of around $3,900. Around $511.00 in cash was also recovered.

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

Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. and the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Announce 10th Annual S.C. Apple Festival Car Show

CAR SHOW APPLE FESTIVAL 2014
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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. and the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office are proud to announce that the 10th Annual S.C. Apple Festival Car Show will be held on Saturday, September 6th on East Main Street in Westminster besides Hardee’s.

Registration begins at 9am and lasts until 12 Noon, when the judging begins. Motorcycles, Antique Tractors and 4 Wheel Drive vehicles are welcome.

Top judges’ choice in all the above categories will be awarded at 1pm along with top 10 overall. Door prizes will also be given out as well. The registration fee is $15 and the vendor space fee is also $15 as well.

For more information, contact Larry Dellinger, Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. Board Member at 864-647-5487.

The 10th annual S.C. Apple Festival Car Show is sponsored by Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. and the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office.

United Way of Oconee County In Need of School Supplies

United Way - School Supplies

(Walhalla, SC)—————————————–The United Way of Oconee County is in need of school supplies for their upcoming 2014 Supply Distribution in August.
Donations and supplies can be dropped off at the United Way office in Seneca on East North 1st Street. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, you can contact Kimberly Ellis at 864-882-9742, ext. 103 or Sandra Pruitt at 864-882-3130.
The 2014 Supply Distribution will take place on Wednesday, August 13th and Thursday, August 14th from 9am until 3pm each at the United Way Center in Seneca. It is for children and teens from Kindergarten thru the 12th grade. Individuals must bring a valid I.D. to show Oconee County residency, a Medicaid card for each child, and an Oconee County School supply list for each child.

SCYAP Looking for Resource Foster Families in Oconee County

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(Walhalla, SC)—————————————–The South Carolina Youth Advocate Program is looking for Resource Foster Parents in Oconee County, where there is currently a great need.
According to information provided by SCYAP, the term “Resource Foster Family” refers to families that provide temporary care for foster children that preserve and support family connections. They are providers of safe, temporary care and are more involved with the birth family and the case planning for the children in their care. SCYAP also reports that there are close to 85 children in foster care in Oconee County and the SCYAP-Resource Family Program manages 34 Resource Foster Homes in Oconee County. SCYAP believes that Oconee County needs recruitment for sibling groups of three or more and more families are needed in the Seneca area around Blue Ridge and Northside Elementary Schools.
Resource families provide care for children until they can be reunited with their parents and work as reunification partners with birth families. They work closely with DSS to ensure child safety, well-being and permanence and can possibly become an adoption resource for children if reunification is not possible.
Respite Care is also a possibility for families as they provide short-term care for children in foster care by a resource family. Respite Care providers go through the same training as full-time resource parents and are good for families who can’t make a full-time commitment.
Support is available through a variety of sources, including from a licensing coordinator and 24 hour access to SCYAP staff. Some of the requirements besides a pre-service training and home inspection include adequate income, adequate sleeping and living space, a statement from your physician, child protective service and criminal background checks, three references, and fire and health inspections of the home. Monthly board payments vary, with rates based on the age of the child and the amount and type of care required.
For more information, call SCYAP today at 864-312-6700. You can also visit their website at www.scyap.com.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Drug Charges, Meth Lab Discovered

Kenneth Tyler Singleton

Kenneth Tyler Singleton

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man Monday evening on drug charges after responding to a domestic call and discovering a meth lab.

28 year old Kenneth Tyler Singleton of 140 Eva Frank Lane was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 6:01pm on a Temporary Custody Order.

Deputies were dispatched to the Eva Frank Lane address in regards to a reported domestic disturbance between Singleton and his wife. Deputies received word while en route that Singleton had left the residence. Deputies were unable to locate Singleton in the area.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they talked with Singleton’s wife about the incident and were told that she did not want to press charges. Deputies checked in the residence for safety precautions but did not locate Singleton; however, items were discovered inside the residence that appeared to be used to make narcotics.

Narcotics agents were notified and arrived on the scene, where a shake and back style meth lab was discovered on the property and drug paraphernalia and materials used to make meth were discovered in the house. Contact was eventually made with Singleton when he returned to the residence and told deputies that the lab were his. Singleton was arrested and warrants later were obtained charging Singleton with manufacturing methamphetamine. According to the arrest warrant, Singleton possessed known chemicals, equipment and the manufacturing apparatus used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

The discovery of the meth lab at the Eva Frank Lane address was the third discovered by the Sheriff’s Office in a three day time period. One was found last Friday at an address on Woodland Springs Drive in Mountain Rest. The other was found Sunday at an address on Ames Street on the Utica Mill Hill.

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

Devin Ian McCrackin

Devin Ian McCrackin

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Walhalla man with First Degree Burglary and Grand Larceny charges in relation to an incident which occurred on Monday.

19 year old Devin Ian McCrackin of 608 South College Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:04am this morning by Walhalla Police on unrelated charges. Investigators obtained the warrants earlier today after an investigation into the incident and deputies served McCrackin the warrants at the Detention Center this afternoon.

A deputy responded to an address on Rock Crusher Road Monday afternoon around 4:37pm in regards to a burglary at a residence. The complainant told the deputy told the deputy that he went to work early Monday morning and returned home around 4pm to discover that his home had been ransacked.

The owner told the deputy that multiple guns had been stolen from the residence. Plus, money in terms of old coins was taken as well. During the course of the investigation and the interviewing of witnesses, deputies obtained evidence to charge McCrackin with the burglary and larceny charges.

The value of the items taken, according to warrants, is valued up to $10,000. Deputies charged McCrackin with First Degree Burglary due to the fact that he was armed with a deadly weapon upon leaving the residence.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeking the Public’s Help Regarding 2013-14 Drive-By Shootings

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in regards to an investigation of two drive-by shootings that occurred within 90 minutes of each other in April of 2013 and one that occurred in February of 2014.
In a press release issued by the Sheriff’s Office on April 12th, 2013, the Sheriff’s Office was seeking the public’s help concerning two drive-by shootings that occurred at two different residences in the early morning hours of April 10th, 2013.
According to investigators reports, the first shooting happened on Gallo Way, which is near Country Village Drive off Shiloh Road just before 4am. The second shooting took place a little over an hour and a half later on Dyar Road between Cherokee Gardens and Old Clemson Highway around 5:30am. No injuries were reported but there was some property damage to residences at both locations.
Oconee County Sheriff’s Deputies believed that a blue Crown Victoria may have possibly been involved in both April 2013 shootings.
Then on February 1st, 2014 at around 3:54am, deputies were called to the same Dyar Road address in regards to a possible drive-by shooting incident, where the home owner told deputies he heard several gun shots in front of his residence. An unknown vehicle was seen by the victim after he came outside heading towards the Clemson area. No damage or injuries were reported by deputies in reguards to this shooting but possible evidence was recovered.
Due to the fact that the shootings are still under investigation, the Sheriff’s Office is not discussing a possible motive for the shootings to preserve the integrity of the investigations. However, investigators believe all the shootings may be related. No other shootings have taken place at either the Gallo Way address since the initial shooting in April of 2013 or at the Dyar Road address since February of 2014, according to investigators.
Investigators have followed up on leads in the case since the start of the investigation into all the shootings, but many of those leads have gone cold, so investigators are seeking the public’s help in regards to any fresh leads and new information that could lead to potential arrests and solving these cases.
If anyone has any information on these two April 2013 shootings or the shooting in February of 2014, 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 Seneca Man on Drug Charges, Meth Lab Discovered

John Scott Vassey

John Scott Vassey

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man Sunday morning and charged him with manufacturing methamphetamine.

41 year old John Scott Vassey of 31 Ames Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 10:32am.

An Oconee County Sheriff’s Office deputy on routine patrol on the Utica Mill Hill noticed Vassey in front of his residence at the Ames Street address. According to the deputy, Vassey had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, which the deputy was able to confirm, so the deputy proceeded to get out to speak with Vassey. The outstanding warrant was a Family Court Bench Warrant. A search of Vassey upon his arrest revealed drug paraphernalia on his person.

After Vassey was transported to the Oconee County Detention Center, deputies returned to the residence after receiving a phone call regarding an odor coming from Vassey’s room as well as bottles inside the room that contained an unknown substance.

Deputies responded back to the scene and were allowed to go inside by an individual who resides at the residence. Bottles and items that are used in the making of methamphetamine were discovered. The deputies then informed Narcotics Agents of the Sheriff’s Office who obtained a search warrant of the residence.

Vassey is still being held at the Oconee County Detention Center on a $50,000 surety bond on the drug charge.