Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Walhalla Man in Homicide Case

Caleb Nathanael Linart

Caleb Nathanael Linart

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Walhalla man on Murder charges in an incident that occurred Monday morning near Walhalla.

30 year old Caleb Nathanael Linart of 1110 West South Broad Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around midnight Tuesday evening on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants could be obtained.

Deputies responded to the West Broad Street address around 8:50am Monday morning in reference to a female found dead in the floor of a bedroom in the home. There was no evidence of a burglary or forced entry into the home.

The body was discovered by a family member and the Sheriff’s Office began an investigation. Coroner Karl Addis arrived as well on the scene.

Linart and the victim were involved in a relationship, according to deputies.

As the investigation continued, Linart told deputies that he and the victim had a dispute and he left the home after locking her out of the residence. He came back home after being called by the family member saying the victim was dead.

Investigators were able to continue to gather information through evidence and interviews to be able to charge Linart with murder in a warrant that was served after 3pm today.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man on Outstanding Armed Robbery Warrant

James Sebastian Hunter, Jr.

James Sebastian Hunter, Jr.

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man yesterday on an outstanding Armed Robbery warrant.

23 year old James Sebastian Hunter, Jr. of 303 Thomas Heights Circle was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 10:23am after turning himself in at the Oconee County Law Enforcement Center in Walhalla.

The warrant charges Hunter, Jr. with taking $300 and a Wells Fargo Bank Card from two separate individuals while being armed with a handgun. The incident occurred at an address on Jasmine Lane in Seneca on January 22nd, 2013.

Hunter, Jr. also had three outstanding warrants from the Seneca Police Department on drug charges.

Hunter, Jr. was released from the Detention Center earlier today. The armed robbery charge brought a $25,000 surety bond while the three drug charges brought a combined $30,000 personal recognizance bond.

Keep Oconee Beautiful Association Receives $5,000 Grant

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-Recently, the Keep Oconee Beautiful Association was awarded a $5,000 grant to support a campaign for the remainder of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015.

The program is called Littering is Wrong Too and will all residents but especially those in the 18 – 34 year old age group demographic.

Keep Oconee Beautiful has also received additional funding from Palmetto Pride for its litter control efforts.

Residents of Oconee County Can Become a Bone Marrow Donor

(Walhalla, SC)——————Recently, Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw received an e-mail from the mother of a girl who is in need of a bone marrow transplant. The mother of the girl is encouraging everyone to register to become a bone marrow donor.

4 year old AnnaLeigh Whitfield has been diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia in April of this year and to date, a donor has yet to be found.

Residents who are interested in becoming a bone marrow donor can register at bethematch.org, which is a national registry for bone marrow donors.

Once a match is found, the family will be at MUSC for a minimum of 100 days for the procedure, according to the e-mail Sheriff Crenshaw received. It is felt that a transplant could cure her of the disease and AnnaLeigh’s family says she is in need of weekly blood and platelet transfusions.

South Carolina Sheriffs‘Association Seeking New Members

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

(Walhalla, SC0————–Today, Sheriff Mike Crenshaw announced the 2014 Fall Membership Drive for the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association would soon be underway. Sheriff Crenshaw went on to explain that he is an active member of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association and invited the citizens of Oconee County to join the Association as an Honorary Member.
The South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association provides aggressive advocacy using the strong unified voice of South Carolina’s 46 elected Sheriffs. The Association is a key player in shaping state policy on public safety and crime prevention, as well as providing critical training to Sheriffs’ teams. “With government funding becoming increasingly difficult to secure, the membership drive has taken on greater importance than it ever has before”, said Sheriff Crenshaw. “The funding is vital to help us carry out our mission of making our communities safer places to live, work, and play.”
Membership appeals will be sent out through a direct mail piece over the coming days. Individuals choosing to join the voluntary program can do so for as little as $25, while businesses can show their support for a $50 contribution. The funding provides critically important technical resources, training and legislative support on key criminal justice issues. It is important note that contributions are tax deductible.
“I realize that everyone does not have the ability or desire to become an Honorary Member of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association”, said Sheriff Crenshaw. He went on to say, “Rest assured that your ability to join this reputable organization will not impact the level of service you receive from my office. I would simply ask you to consider joining the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association as an Honorary Member if you have the means and are so inclined.”
Individuals that do not receive a membership appeal and would like more information can contact the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association at by phone at (803) 772-1101 or online at www.sheriffsc.com. They can also be reached by mail at 112 Westpark Blvd., Columbia, SC 29210.
Sheriff Crenshaw would like to remind everyone that the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association does not solicit via telemarketing. If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be calling on behalf of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association, know that it is fraudulent and hang up.
In closing, Sheriff Crenshaw would like to encourage the citizens of Oconee County to partner with the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association to “help fight for safer places to live, work, and play!”

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Westminster Man and Woman on Drug Charges

Devon Samuel Prater

Devon Samuel Prater

Sarah Margaret Whitten

Sarah Margaret Whitten

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man and woman on drug charges in an early Saturday morning incident.

21 year old Sarah Margaret Whitten of 202 Oconee Avenue and 20 year old Devon Samuel Prater of 897 Old Walhalla Highway were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 4:11am and 4:43am respectively.

Deputies were conducting a traffic checkpoint at the intersection of Dr. John’s Road and Ridgefield Road near Westminster early Saturday morning when a white Acura pulled up to the checkpoint area.

Deputies report smelling a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and asked the driver to pull off to the side of the road, whereupon deputies received consent to search the vehicle.

The search of the vehicle produced almost 350 grams of marijuana plus 8 pills of Hydrocodone, 130 pills of Oxycodone, and around half a gram of meth.

A handgun and ammunition and $1,711 in cash were seized by deputies as well.

Whitten and Prater were released from the Oconee County Detention Center on Saturday as both received a combined $40,000 personal recognizance bond.

Around $3,500 in marijuana, $1,200 in prescription pills, and $50 dollars of methamphetamine were seized.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Three on Drug Charges During Monday Morning Traffic Stop

Harvey Ray Ensley

Harvey Ray Ensley

Tequila Ann McAlister

Tequila Ann McAlister

Whitney Jewell Harper

Whitney Jewell Harper

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested three individuals, one male and two females, on drug charges after an early Monday morning traffic stop.

A deputy around 2:25am on routine patrol on Ebenezer Road in the West Union area observed a green in color Kia Soul cross over the white line as it turned right onto Country Junction Road. Dispatch advised the deputy that the tag on the vehicle came back suspended.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop on Country Junction Road near Powell Road and asked the driver and the passengers for their identification. The deputy noticed as lot of movement in the vehicle between the passengers.

The deputy was advised by dispatch that the driver, 58 year old Harvey Ray Ensley, had a suspended South Carolina driver’s license, upon which Ensley was arrested. Deputies were given consent to search the vehicle by Ensley.

Deputies asked the front seat passenger, 37 year old Tequila Ann McAlister and the back seat passenger, 25 year old Whitney Jewell Harper, to step out of the vehicle. Upon the search, deputies discovered a ladies coin purse in the pocket of a red jacket in a stack of clothes in the back.

The coin purse contained drug paraphernalia, according to deputies. As the investigation continued, deputies also discovered in the back a bag containing what appeared to be methamphetamine, two red pill containers that contained prescription pills, and a dark bag that appeared to contain heroin. No one in the vehicle claimed any of the drugs or paraphernalia. All three subjects were placed under arrest and the vehicle was towed.

According to deputies, around 3.23 grams of meth was discovered as well as around 0.5 gram of heroin plus almost 24 various prescription pills.

Ensley, of 125 Beaver Lake Drive in West Union, has been charged in warrants with one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine, one count of Possession of Heroin, and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Ensley was also charged with Driving under Suspension.

McAlister, of 146 River Bend Trail in Walhalla, has been charged in warrants with one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine, two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and one count of Possession of Heroin.

Harper, of 212 Blue Ridge Riding Club Road in West Union, has been charged in warrants with one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine, two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and one count of Possession of Heroin.

According to deputies, around $320 of meth, around $150 in prescription pills, and around $125 in heroin were seized.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Greenville Man on Outstanding Larceny Warrant

Lonnie Michael Tucker, Jr.

Lonnie Michael Tucker, Jr.

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Greenville man last Friday evening on an outstanding Grand Larceny warrant after a traffic stop.

19 year old Lonnie Michael Tucker, Jr., whose address on a uniform traffic ticker is listed as 225 Standing Springs Road in Greenville, was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:18pm.

A deputy was traveling on Highway 11 near the Fair Play area when the deputy spotted a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The subject was clocked by the deputy traveling 87 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop and as the deputy was issuing the driver, Tucker, a traffic ticket, he was advised by dispatch that Tucker had an outstanding warrant. Tucker was placed under arrest by the deputy and his vehicle was towed.

Tucker was issued a uniform traffic ticker for Reckless Driving. The outstanding warrant charges Tucker with Grand Larceny for a May 12th, 2012 incident in which a golf cart was taken that belonged to Chickasaw Point Golf Course. The value of the cart taken was around $6,000.

Tucker was released from the Oconee County Detention Center on a combined $10,445 personal recognizance bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help Regarding Multiple Sweetbriar Trail Burglaries

Vehicle of Interest In Regards to Sweetbriar Trail Burglaries

Vehicle of Interest In Regards to Sweetbriar Trail Burglaries

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help regarding multiple burglaries that have taken place over the past several months in the Foxwood Hills area.

Deputies responded to 131 Sweetbriar Trail near Westminster on March 31st, May 11th, and July 10th in regards to items that were missing from the residence and an outbuilding on the property.

Investigators believe that items totaling around $14,000 combined have been taken in the three burglaries. Several tools, a log splitter, pots and pans, fishing equipment, a firearm, DVD’s and VHS tapes and aluminum tubing were reportedly taken.

A deer camera captured in the spring an image of what investigators believe was a Dodge Ram full size pickup on the property. The pickup appears to be a late 1990’s or early 2000’s model that is white or silver in color with mud tires. The truck, however, has a black passenger side door. A witness told a deputy investigating the first burglary that they had seen one white male and a white in color Chevy full size 1500 pickup on the scene. There appeared to be a second male inside the house, who the witness thought might be the homeowner but investigators determined that it was not the homeowner.

The Dodge pickup is a vehicle of interest in the case.

If you have any information on these three burglaries on Sweetbriar Trail near Foxwood Hills, 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

Michael Anthony Silva, Jr.

Michael Anthony Silva, Jr.

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

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

45 year old Michael Anthony Silva, Jr. of 203 D Street in Seneca was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 6:46pm after a deputy and a DSS employee responded to the D Street location in regards to a welfare check on children at the residence.

Upon arrival and identifying themselves to Silva at the door of the residence, the deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the house. Upon further investigation, marijuana was discovered on a table inside the house.

The marijuana was divided up into bags and then divided further into several smaller bags. Narcotics agents from the Sheriff’s Office were notified and took over the investigation.

The amount of marijuana discovered was around 85 grams with a street value of around $2,125.

The children that were found in the home were adult age, according to deputies.

Silva has been charged by the Sheriff’s Office with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana in a warrant obtained Friday afternoon.