Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Announces Graduation of Robert Chasteen from Basic Detention Program; Receives Bert Friday Award

Robert Chasteen

Robert Chasteen

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office announces that Oconee County Detention Officer Robert H. Chasteen graduated last Friday from the Basic Detention Program at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.

Chasteen also received the prestigious Bert Friday Award. Chasteen was one of 43 graduates of Basic Detention Session 354.

Chasteen is a graduate of the Colleton Prep Academy in 2005 and received an Associate’s Degree from Tri-County Technical College in Management in 2013. He was hired as a Detention Officer in April of this year.

The Bert Friday award is named in honor of G.S. Bert Friday and goes to the individual with the highest overall academic average. Mr. Friday was a former officer with the Columbia City Police Department and later became the Deputy Warden of the South Carolina Department of Corrections in 1962. Mr. Friday was also instrumental in the formation and implementation of the Jail and Prison Inspection Division of the Department of Corrections which was established in 1967.

“The Sheriff’s Office is extremely proud of Robert’s graduation as well as receiving the Bert Friday Award,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “He worked hard to win an award that is highly coveted in the corrections and detention arm of public service. The Sheriff’s Office is committed to hiring the most qualified individuals possible in helping us to fulfill our vision of making Oconee County a safe place to live, work and play.”

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests West Union Woman on Attempted Murder Charges

April Dawn Townsend

April Dawn Townsend

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a West Union woman yesterday on charges of Attempted Murder.

38 year old April Dawn Townsend of Smarty Jones Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 5:25pm.

Deputies responded to an address on Cassidy Bridge Road after dispatch received a call around 3:45pm of a domestic situation. Upon arrival, officers were met at the door by Townsend who told deputies that she had to release the demons and that she was the higher power. Officers then observed a victim, a family member of Townsend’s, lying on the floor with plastic bags over her head and not responsive. A further check revealed that the victim was not breathing nor had a pulse.

An officer began CPR on the victim which turned out to be successful as paramedics and other law enforcement units made their way to the scene. Townsend was then placed under arrest for attempted murder. Evidence was collected as an investigator from the Criminal Investigations Division continued to work at the scene.

The victim was transported to Oconee Memorial Hospital and later transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital to receive further treatment.

According to the arrest warrant obtained today, Townsend is accused of restraining the victim and placing several plastic bags around her head, restricting the victim’s airflow until the victim was unconscious, had quit breathing and had no heartbeat.

Townsend remains in custody at the Oconee County Detention Center this afternoon.

Oconee Resident Participating in Trailblaze Challenge Benefitting Make-A-Wish South Carolina

(Walhalla, SC)—————————In November, Oconee resident Bill Strickland will be participating in the Trailblaze Challenge benefitting Make-A-Wish South Carolina, as in that day, Bill will walk along a section of the Foothill Trail.
The trail that Bill will be walking will be about 28.3 miles with the goal of raising money for Make-A-Wish.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with medical conditions that are life-threatening.
You can make a donation as Bill prepares for this walk by clicking on the following link:

http://sctrailblazechallenge.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1140443&lis=1&kntae1140443=A821C4DA01164D389C2E12A68DFF6D00&supId=424591493&emaillogid=8477171561

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Three in Relation to Assault and Battery Case

Lindsey Rebecca Eades

Lindsey Rebecca Eades

Jonathan David Crooks

Jonathan David Crooks

Kristin Hope Carter

Kristin Hope Carter

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested three individuals Monday in regards to an assault and battery case that occurred in the early morning hours.

31 year old Jonathan David Crooks of Marksville Drive in Westminster, 21 year old Kristin Hope Carter of Snead Road in Walhalla and 22 year old Lindsey Rebecca Eades of Playground Road in Walhalla were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:41am, 6:57pm, and 7:25pm respectively.

A deputy with the Uniform Patrol Division was dispatched to an address on North Retreat Road in regards to an assault that had occurred in another part of Oconee County. The deputy was informed that Crooks had assaulted the victim at a residence in the county. The victim was not able to provide a specific location of where the incident happened or how the victim ended up on North Retreat Road.

The victim also did not consent to going to the location where the assault occurred. The deputy observed the injuries on the victim and the victim was transported to Oconee Memorial Hospital. The deputy then learned that Crooks had on an ankle monitor and the process began to try to locate him, later discovering that Crooks was at the Marksville Drive address.

Deputies then made their way to the Marksville Drive address and noticed that there appeared to be individuals inside of the residence. Deputies attempted to make contact with those inside the house but to no avail. Crooks eventually came out of the residence and was taken into custody by the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies then began the process of obtaining evidence from the scene, including processing two vehicles that were on scene that deputies determined were part of the crime that had occurred. The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division.

As the investigation continued, it was determined that Crooks had assaulted not one but two victims. Deputies also were able to determine that Eades and Carter had picked up both victims in the Seneca area reportedly to go out of the county. However, deputies say that Eades and Carter locked the doors and restricted the victim’s freedom of movement. They reportedly drove the victims to the Marksville Drive address where the assault took place.

Crooks was charged in warrants with two counts of Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature for the incident which occurred on Marksville Drive. Carter and Eades have each been charged with one count of Kidnapping for confining the victims.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man on Charges of Filing a False Police Report

Kerry Eugene Cobb

Kerry Eugene Cobb

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man yesterday on charges of filing a false police report of a felony violation.

49 year old Kerry Eugene Cobb of Hiawassee Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 5:15pm.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to the Hiawassee Drive address in reference to a stolen vehicle. Cobb stated that he pulled into a business on the Highway 123 by-pass around 1pm on April 20th and parked the vehicle he was driving, a white 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup, at the side of the business.

Cobb told the deputy that he exited the vehicle while leaving the keys in the ignition and walked to the front of the business. Later, Cobb said that as he was walking back towards the vehicle, he saw the vehicle leave the parking lot and head down Davis Creek Road. Cobb then told the deputy that a witness told him that two individuals had gotten into the vehicle and drove off.

Cobb then said that he went home, informed a family member and called the Sheriff’s Office to report the vehicle stolen. The vehicle information was entered into the National Crime Information Center and the case was referred to the Criminal Investigations Division.

As the investigation continued, the vehicle was recovered in Pickens County at a location on Stewart Road. Also, several inconsistencies in Cobb’s story came to light as investigators worked the case and gathered evidence and conducted interviews. That led investigators to obtain warrants against Cobb.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Couple on Drug Charges

Garland Eric Dillard

Garland Eric Dillard

Johnnie Diane Dillard

Johnnie Diane Dillard

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca couple yesterday evening on drug charges.

45 year old Garland Eric Dillard and 43 year old Johnnie Diane Dillard of Whitworth Circle were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 6:36pm and 8:42pm respectively.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division on routine patrol on Highway 28 at Bountyland Road observed a male pushing a white moped with a female sitting on the moped. The deputy stopped to check on the welfare of the individuals, who told the deputy that they were looking for a purse that the woman dropped earlier.

As the conversation continued, the deputy observed that the individuals seemed to be under the influence and then checked to the identification of both individuals. As the investigation continued, the man produced an orange pill bottle with no label that appeared to contain prescription medication that was located in one of his front pockets. The woman told the deputy that the medication in the bottle was hers and that they were looking for the medication, which contradicted their original story.

Both subjects were then placed under arrest and further investigation produced more prescription medication on the male subject that he claimed to be his. The moped was picked up and the subjects were transported to the Detention Center on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants were obtained.

In warrants obtained today by the Sheriff’s Office, Johnnie Dillard has been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Xanax) while Garland Dillard has also been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Tramadol).

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man on Multiple Charges in Relation to Domestic Violence Incident

Randall Hank McGuffin

Randall Hank McGuffin

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man early Friday morning on charges stemming from a domestic violence incident.

57 year old Randall Hank McGuffin of Timberlake One Circle was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:51am.

Deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division were dispatched to the Timberlake One Circle address around 2:18am in regards to a report of domestic violence. Deputies arrived on the scene and after knocking, were met at the door by McGuffin. McGuffin informed the deputies that his wife was asleep but the deputies told McGuffin that they needed to see and speak with her to make sure she was okay.

McGuffin’s wife came out of the bedroom and as both individuals made their way outside to speak with the deputies, the deputies noticed the wife had difficulty moving. Soon thereafter, the wife told deputies that her husband, McGuffin, had assaulted her. After checking her injuries, the wife was transported to the hospital and McGuffin was placed under arrest. The incident scene was turned over to an investigator from the Criminal Investigations Division.

McGuffin was booked in on a Temporary Custody Order in regards to the domestic situation until warrants were obtained today charging McGuffin with Attempted Murder and Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime.

According to the warrants obtained by an investigator with the Criminal Investigations Division, McGuffin is accused of stabbing his wife in the chest with a knife and breaking a vase on her head. The knife is described in warrants as a large kitchen knife.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Charges Anderson County Couple Regarding August 15th Wal-Mart Shoplifting Case

August 15th Wal-Mart Shoplifting #2

Sonya Kay Clifton

Sonya Kay Clifton

Gregory Todd Allen

Gregory Todd Allen

August 15th Wal- Mart Shoplifting #1

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has charged an Anderson County couple with shoplifting charges related to an August 15th incident at the Seneca Wal-Mart.

38 year old Sonya Kay Clifton and 43 year old Gregory Todd Allen, both of Pine Line, were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:57pm and midnight yesterday.

In a press release that the Sheriff’s Office issued yesterday evening, a deputy with the Uniform Patrol Division responded to the store location on Sandifer Boulevard the afternoon of August 17th and spoke with a store employee who told the deputy that a man and woman came into the store of the grocery side around 10pm on the 15th. While inside, the subjects concealed items and attempted to leave the store.

Deputies estimate that the subjects collected around $948.02 worth of merchandise but only made it out of the store with two items, a computer valued at around $698.00 and a printer valued at $49.44. The remainder of the items was left in bags near the place where the couple exited.

The arrest of Clifton and Allen actually occurred in an incident unrelated to the Wal-Mart shoplifting. A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division was dispatched just before 8pm to Belk’s in the Applewood Shopping Center in Seneca regarding a shoplifting that had occurred. Deputies were able to obtain a description of the vehicle in relation to the shoplifting as well as the tag information and the direction the vehicle was traveling in.

A second Uniform Patrol Deputy located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop in the area of Tokeena Road at McCall Circle. Clifton and McCall were among the occupants in the vehicle.
As the investigation continued, it was determined that Allen, who was a passenger, had shoplifted from Belk’s and was placed under arrest for shoplifting. A check of the identification information on Clifton, who was driving the vehicle, revealed that she had a suspended driver’s license. Also, dispatch was able to confirm to the deputies on the scene that Clifton had outstanding warrants from the Easley and Greenville Police Departments. While the deputy was in route to the Detention Center with both subjects, dispatch was also able to confirm that Allen had two outstanding bench warrants from Simpsonville.

In total, the Sheriff’s Office has charged Allen with two counts of shoplifting related to the incidents at Belk and Wal-Mart. Clifton has been charged by deputies with one count of shoplifting, one count of driving under suspension and four counts of failure to appear as required by uniform traffic citations. Holds have been placed on Clifton and Allen by other agencies.

As of 4pm, both Clifton and Allen remain in custody at the Detention Center.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeking the Public’s Help Regarding August 15th Wal-Mart Shoplifting Case

August 15th Wal- Mart Shoplifting #1

August 15th Wal-Mart Shoplifting #2

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in solving an August 15th shoplifting that took place at the Seneca Wal-Mart.

The Sheriff’s Office is also seeking help from the public regarding identification of two people in relation to the shoplifting.

A deputy with the Uniform Patrol Division responded to the store location on Sandifer Boulevard the afternoon of August 17th and spoke with a store employee who told the deputy that a man and woman came into the store of the grocery side around 10pm on the 15th. While inside, the subjects concealed items and attempted to leave the store.

Deputies estimate that the subjects collected around $948.02 worth of merchandise but only made it out of the store with two items, a computer valued at around $698.00 and a printer valued at $49.44. The remainder of the items was left in bags near the place where the couple exited.

If you have any information on this August 15th shoplifting at the Wal-Mart in Seneca or the identity of those in relation to the shoplifting, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or 864-638-STOP. You don’t have to give your name and if you tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks the Public’s Help Regarding Recent Long Creek Larceny

Battle Creek Road Picture #2

Battle Creek Road Picture #1

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in solving an August 12th larceny in the Long Creek area.

A deputy with the Uniform Patrol Division responded to an address on Battlecreek Road in regards to a stolen water pump off of a well. Deputies believe that the theft occurred sometime between midnight and 8:30am on the 12th.

The pump is a 12 year old Jacuzzi ½ horsepower 4.5 gallons per minute pump that is approximately 3 feet in length and 3 inches in diameter stainless steel.

According to deputies, the value to replace the well pump is around $1,000.

If you have any information on this August 12th larceny, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or 864-638-STOP. You don’t have to give your name and if you tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.