Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Hosts Third Annual Retirees Appreciation Luncheon

3rd Retirees Luncheon (1)

3rd Retirees Luncheon (2)

Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office hosted its third annual Retirees Appreciation Luncheon last Wednesday at the Law Enforcement Center in Walhalla.

The luncheon was open to all retired law enforcement officers currently living in Oconee County, regardless of which agency they were employed by. Around 50 individuals attended Wednesday’s luncheon, which was held on the second floor of the LEC.

Sheriff Mike Crenshaw addressed those in attendance. There was also a moment of silence for four retired law enforcement officers who lived in Oconee County who passed away since last year’s luncheon.

Among those who attended Wednesday’s luncheon were retired Oconee County Sheriff’s Earl Holcombe and James Singleton as well as former 10th Circuit Solicitor George Ducworth.

“The luncheon’s that the Sheriff’s Office has hosted has given us the opportunity to honor those law enforcement officers and their families for the great sacrifices they made to the citizens they served and to say thank you for that service,” continues Sheriff Crenshaw. “Also, it gives our officers that are currently serving our citizens in Oconee County a chance to meet these wonderful officers and build relationships and glean from their experience so they can use that experience to make them better officers.”

Oconee County Emergency Services Issues Release Regarding West Nile Virus

Oconee County Emergency Services

Oconee County Emergency Services

Release Courtesy of Charlie King
Fire Chief
Oconee County Emergency Services

Oconee County has received confirmation from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) of a positive test result of West Nile Virus from their routine mosquito surveillance program. This is not an uncommon occurrence as the virus has been around for many years. West Nile Virus is transmitted to people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito and has been reported in 46 of 50 States.
NO animal or human infection cases have been confirmed in Oconee County this season.
SCDHEC continues their testing and surveillance program to keep Oconee County and Municipalities informed. We will continue to provide updates as they are received. The best way to prevent the spread of the West Nile Virus is to eliminate the breeding ground for mosquitoes and their habitats. Oconee County is asking our citizens to help to reduce the potential for illness in our community.
How you can help:
• Reduce the numbers of adult mosquitoes around your home.
o Drain or eliminate sites that have standing water.
o Gutters with standing water
o Animal water dishes- refresh their water frequently
o Discarded tires
o Birdbaths
o Empty or throw away any other containers that have standing water.
• Keep mosquitoes outside: Use air conditioning or make sure that you repair and use window/door screens.
• Avoid Mosquitoes: Most mosquito species bite during dawn, dusk, twilight hours, and night. Some species bite during the day, especially in wooded or other shaded areas. Avoid exposure during these times and in these areas.
• Wear insect repellent: Yes! It is safe. When used as directed, insect repellent is the BEST way to protect yourself from mosquito bites—even children and pregnant women should protect themselves.
o DEET: Products containing DEET include Cutter, OFF!, Skintastic.
o Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin): Products containing picaridin include Cutter Advanced, Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus, and Autan outside the United States).
FAX (864) 647-6345
PHONE (864) 638-4220
o Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or PMD: Repel contains OLE.
o IR3535: Products containing IR3535 include Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Expedition and SkinSmart.
• Cover up: When weather permits, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.
• Report dead birds: http://www.scdhec.gov/birdtesting/
The signs and symptoms of West Nile Virus are similar to those of the flu. Those most susceptible to the virus are the elderly, young, and immune depressed; 70-80% of infected individuals never notice the effects of the virus. If you feel you may have these symptoms, please visit your local healthcare provider.
For additional information, please visit or contact the following:
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control: http://www.scdhec.gov/mosquitoes/
Jim Beasley: 803-898-7769, SCDHEC Public Information Officer
Center for Disease Control:

http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/

800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Multiple Sexual Exploitation of a Minor Charges

Randy Lynn Quinn, Jr.

Randy Lynn Quinn, Jr.

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man on multiple charges of sexual exploitation of a minor after a multi-jurisdictional investigation.

38 year old Randy Lynn Quinn, Jr. of Doyle Street in Westminster was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:29pm yesterday on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants were obtained today by Sgt. Tim Rice, the Sheriff’s Office Child/Elder Abuse Investigator.

The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office has been conducting proactive investigations into child pornography involved peer to peer file sharing. On May 16th, Sgt. Rice received detailed information from the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office concerning activities that Quinn, Jr. was involved in. Sgt. Rice is a member of the South Carolina Internet Crimes against Children’s Task Force

Following an investigation by Sgt. Rice, two search warrants were obtained for addresses in the Westminster area where Quinn, Jr. resided. Search warrants were executed on both addresses yesterday. During those searches, electronic devices were seized. A subsequent search of those devices turned up evidence of a large quantity of materials that contained a visual representation of minors engaged in sexual activity or appearing in a state of sexual explicit nudity.

In warrants obtained today, Quinn, Jr. was charged with 10 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Minor – Three Degree and two counts of Criminal Exploitation of a Minor – Second Degree.

Quinn, Jr was also on the Sex Offender Registry and was compliant registering with the Sheriff’s Office as mandated due to a previous conviction on federal child pornography charges. Quinn, Jr. is also on federal probation related to his conviction.

The Sheriff’s Office received assistance in their investigation by the Department of Homeland Security and the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Fair Play Man on Multiple Charges after Early Morning Pursuit

Dennis Ralph Roberts, Jr.

Dennis Ralph Roberts, Jr.

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Fair Play man earlier today on multiple charges after an early morning pursuit.

42 year old Dennis Ralph Roberts, Jr. of Tugaloo Heights Circle was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 4:06am.

Yesterday evening, deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to the Tugaloo Heights Address of Roberts, Jr. in regards to reports of a domestic disturbance. Deputies met with the complainant, who stated that after going to the house to have a meal with Roberts, Jr. that the suspect had verbally and physically assaulted her and had destroyed property inside the house. Roberts, Jr. also reportedly produced a knife as well.

Deputies completed the investigation into the initial incident. Later on, deputies responded again to the same address as part of their investigation into the initial incident. Deputies were notified by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office that Roberts, Jr. has thrown debris in the front yard of the victim in Anderson County. Deputies approached the Tugaloo Heights Circle residence on foot, whereupon Roberts, Jr. got into a Dodge Neon, started the vehicle and began backing up the driveway in the direction of the deputies. Roberts, Jr. continued up Tugaloo Heights Circle in reverse with no lights at a high rate of speed.

Deputies initiated a traffic stop; however, Roberts, Jr. would not comply. Roberts, Jr. then traveled down Tugaloo Heights Road, eventually leading deputies into Anderson County on Old Dobbins Bridge Road. The pursuit eventually led to Rock Ages Road in Anderson County, which is a dead end road.

After discovering that Rock Ages Road is a dead end road, Roberts turned around but eventually went off the shoulder of the road and the pursuit ended as Roberts Jr. was taken into custody. During the pursuit, Roberts, Jr. traveled at times in the opposite lane of travel with no headlights on. Roberts, Jr. also refused to take a breathalyzer test at the Detention Center.

Deputies also discovered that Roberts, Jr. has outstanding warrants from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office and the Simpsonville Police Department and a hold has been placed on Roberts, Jr by both agencies. Also, the tag on the car that Roberts, Jr. drove, a Dodge Neon, was registered to a Toyota Corolla out of Anderson County.

Roberts was charged in traffic tickets with Driving under the Influence and a Vehicle with a Missing/Incorrectly Displayed tag. Roberts, Jr. was also placed on a Temporary Custody Order on charges of Failure to stop for a Blue Light as well as Domestic Violence in regards to the first incident.

According to arrest warrants obtained this afternoon, Roberts, Jr. has been charged with Domestic Violence – 2nd Degree, Failure to stop for a Blue Light and Receiving Stolen Goods.

Five Individuals Arrested for Fraud in IRS Phone Scams

TIGTA Seal

Release Courtesy of Karen Kraushaar
Director of Communications
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

WASHINGTON — J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), announced the arrests of five individuals based upon criminal complaints alleging that they were involved in schemes to impersonate Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents and use the threat of arrest to obtain money from victims by falsely representing that the victims owed back taxes or other fees.
TIGTA agents arrested the five suspects in Miami, FL, without incident on May 23, 2016, for wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. According to the court documents, the suspects are responsible for almost $2 million in schemes that defrauded more than 1,500 victims.
“These arrests indicate that TIGTA is making significant progress in our investigation of the IRS impersonation scam that continues to sweep the country, resulting in reported taxpayer losses of more than $36 million, averaging more than $5,700 in losses per taxpayer,” the Inspector General said. “The scammers are relentless and so are we,” he added. “Our investigators will not rest until we have brought each individual involved to justice.”
The five individuals are: Jennifer Valerino Nunez, Dennis Delgado Caballero, Arnoldo Perez Mirabal, Yaritza Espinosa Diaz, and Roberto Fontanella Caballero. The criminal complaints were filed with the following courts: the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota on May 18, 2016 (Yaritza Diaz and Roberto Caballero); the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas on May 16, 2016 (Arnoldo Mirabal); and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas on May 10, 2016 (Jennifer Nunez and Dennis Caballero).
According to the court documents, the suspects knowingly conspired with others to commit wire fraud by falsely impersonating IRS agents and demanding money under such false pretenses. Victims received telephone calls from people claiming to be from the IRS, who told them the IRS would arrest them if they did not make payment immediately. The callers made these threats and used other methods of intimidation to persuade the victims to wire money, utilizing MoneyGram, Walmart–2–Walmart, and other wire services.
“No legitimate United States Treasury or IRS official will demand that anyone make payments via MoneyGram, Western Union, Walmart–2–Walmart, or any other money wiring method, for any debt to the IRS or the Department of the Treasury,” George said.
“Nor will the Department of the Treasury demand that anyone pay a debt or secure one by using iTunes cards or other prepaid debit cards,” he said, adding, “Hang up on these fraudulent callers and go to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) scam reporting page to report the call.”
Investigators verified the identity of the suspects and their activities through a variety of investigative procedures. TIGTA Special Agents conducted the investigations that led to the arrests of the suspects. TIGTA received assistance in one of the investigations from the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General and and the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging led by Chairman Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Ranking Member Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri)..
The suspects have been referred to the appropriate Office of the U.S. Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, for prosecution and additional legal action.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Applicants for Deputy I/II Position

Sheriff's Badge

(Walhalla, SC)————————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking qualified applicants for a Deputy I/II position.
The position is a full-time position with salary and benefits. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED equivalent supplemented by the completion of required law enforcement coursework.
For further and additional information, including a general description of the position along duties and responsibilities, as well as filling out an online application, visit the website of Oconee County Government at www.oconeesc.com. Then, click on the Job Opportunities link.
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is an equal opportunity employer.

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

Eric Alan Jenkins

Eric Alan Jenkins

Tevin Jamel Lewis

Tevin Jamel Lewis

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is announcing two additional arrests today in the thirteenth “Operation Infinity” drug sweep round-up that began on April 29th.

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

In all, 18 individuals were 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.

According to four earlier press releases issued by the Sheriff’s Office, a total of eleven individuals have been taken into custody. Here are the names of the two additional individuals arrested and their charges according to warrants:

1) Tevin Jamel Lewis
Seneca, SC
25 years old
Distribution of Crack Cocaine – 2 Counts
Booked into the Detention Center on May 24th around 7:36am
Released from the Detention Center on May 24th
Total Combined Surety Bond Amount: $40,000

2) Eric Alan Jenkins
Walhalla, SC
30 years old
Distribution of a Controlled Substance (Xanax) – 1 count
Booked into the Detention Center on May 24th around 11:33am
Still in custody at the Detention Center as of 9am on May 25th
Surety Bond Amount: $10,000

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 Concludes Law Enforcement Officers Appreciation Week Activities

Blood Connection Van

Blood Drive T-Shirts  - 2014 thru 2016

Coffee With a Cop - Westminster Depot - May 19th

Coffee With a Cop – Westminster Depot – May 19th

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office concluded activities late last week in its recognition of Law Enforcement Officers Appreciation Week.

The week began on May 15th as the Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies paid honor to fallen officers on Peace Officers Memorial Day.

On Tuesday, May 17th, the Sheriff’s Office held the Annual Schuck Memorial Blood Drive 2016. During their time at the Law Enforcement Center in Walhalla, The Blood Connection saw a total of 42 pints of blood were collected.

Last Thursday evening, the Sheriff’s Office hosted its eighth “Coffee With A Cop” at the Westminster Depot. Community First Bank also sponsored the event by providing for the food and beverages served. Officers from the Sheriff’s Office as well as the Westminster and West Union Police Department attended the event to meet the citizens who gathered there.

Also, The Sheriff’s Office is hosting the 3rd Annual Retired Officers Appreciation Luncheon tomorrow from Noon until 2pm at the Law Enforcement Center.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Continues Its Litter Control and Cleanup Operations

Inmate Pickup - May 19th, 2016 (1)

Inmate Pickup - May 19th, 2016 (2)

Inmate Pickup - May 19th, 2016 (3)

Inmate Pickup - May 19th, 2016 (4)

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–Through initiatives that have been ongoing and those newly announced, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office continues its litter control and cleanup operations.

Corporal Brandon Meadows, the Sheriff’s Office Environmental Services Officer, has been using inmate labor recently to clean up dump sites and to pick litter up from the roads and highways around the county.

Last Wednesday, inmate labor was used to clean up areas in the county, including along Wood Road, Strawberry Farm Road at Highway 59, portions of Snow Creek Church Road and Doyle Street near West Bennett Road. Around 1,140 pounds of litter was picked up, which came primarily from dump sites.

Last Thursday, inmate labor was again used to pick up trash in the median and along the side of the roadway along a stretch of Highway 28 from near the Walhalla and West Union areas up to the bridge at Poplar Springs Road. According to Corporal Meadows, 27 bags of litter were collected in that area.

According to Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw, the new litter initiative call T.E.L.L. (Together Eliminate Litter Locations) Kobie has proven to be successful since its rollout on May 4th. Around 20 to 25 reports have come in via the anonymous website and Corporal Meadows has already been able to respond too many of the litter locations.

“I encourage our citizens to continue to take a proactive stance as we are and have been in cleaning up the litter problem in Oconee County,” says Sheriff Crenshaw. “You can go to the Sheriff’s Office website at www.oconeelaw.com and click on the Report Litter link to report litter sites in Oconee County. That information goes to Corporal Meadows and he has already used reports we have received to clean up these sites, so this has been a great success.”

“I also encourage our citizens to use the manned convenience centers around Oconee County and the landfill to properly dispose of their trash and unwanted furniture instead of using places around the county to dump their trash and discarded items,” continues Sheriff Crenshaw.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages motorists to use caution when traveling in areas where inmate labor is being used to pick-up litter. The inmates will be dressed in yellow reflective vests and law enforcement vehicles will be clearly marked and signs will be posted reflecting that inmate labor is being used.

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

Elizabeth Kara Albright

Elizabeth Kara Albright

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is announcing an additional arrest today in the thirteenth “Operation Infinity” drug sweep round-up that began on April 29th.

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

In all, 18 individuals were 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.

According to three earlier press releases issued by the Sheriff’s Office, a total of ten individuals have been taken into custody. Here is the name of the 11th individual arrested and their charges according to warrants:

1) Elizabeth Kara Albright
Seneca, SC
34 years old
Distribution of a Controlled Substance – 2 Counts
Booked into the Detention Center on May 19th around 9:41am
Released May 19th
Total Combined Personal Recognizance Bond Amount: $10,000

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.