Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man on Receiving Stolen Goods Charges

Adam Eric Sass

Adam Eric Sass

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man earlier this morning on charges of Receiving Stolen Goods in reference to a stolen firearm.

37 year old Adam Eric Sass of Maple Grove Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:28am on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants were obtained today.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division earlier this morning on routine patrol observed a green in color Toyota Camry roll through a stop sign near the intersection of W. Pine Grove Road at Pine Grove Road near Seneca. The deputy initiated a traffic stop based upon the traffic violation.

The individual pulled over by the deputy, Sass, told the deputy that he was out of prison on parole and that there was a firearm located in the vehicle. The deputy retrieved the firearm and after further investigation, discovered the firearm was reported stolen out of Anderson County.

Sass was arrested and transported to the Oconee County Detention Center, where he awaits a bond hearing.

The charge of Receiving Stolen Goods against Sass is a misdemeanor and carries a penalty of not more than 30 days in prison or a fine of not more than $1,000.

Celebrate Christmas with a Hero Golf Tournament Set for September 30th

Celebrate Christmas Flyer

(Walhalla, SC)————————The annual Celebrate Christmas with a Hero, Inc. golf tournament is set for Friday, September 30th at the Trails at Chickasaw Point golf course.
Registration will take place the morning of the tournament between 8am and 8:45am with a shotgun start taking place at 9am. Breakfast and coffee will be offered starting at 8am and lunch will be served after the tournament starting at 1:30pm.
Door prizes and goodie bags will be available. Trophies will be awarded for first and second place and a vehicle can be won for a hole-in-one.
The teams will be made up of 4-man Captain’s Choice teams and the cost per player is $60.00 per person with hole sponsorships available at $100 each.
The tournament benefits needy children in Oconee County primarily at Christmas but also throughout the year as well.
For more information, contact Lt. Lisa Williams at 864-885-2730, Deputy Vickie Bottoms at 864-638-4247 or Sgt. Tim Rice at 864-638-4121.

Duke Energy to host National Hunting and Fishing Day at the World of Energy in September

National Hunting and Fishing flyer

(Walhalla, SC)————————Duke Energy will be hosting a National Hunting and Fishing Day event at the World of Energy on Saturday, September 24h from 9am until 3pm.
The event is free and open to the public and will feature kayaking, lake fishing, archery, air rifle shooting, fly tying/casting, wildlife artifacts, a rock climbing wall and much more.
For more information, call 1-800-777-1004 or go online to www.duke-energy.com/worldofenergy.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests West Union Man on Weapons Charges

Gabino Steven Moranchel

Gabino Steven Moranchel

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a West Union man yesterday on charges of Pointing and Presenting a Firearm at a Person.

48 year old Gabino Steven Moranchel of Anderson Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:39pm by a deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division. He was later released from the Detention Center on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

Back on August 4th, a Uniform Patrol deputy responded to the area of Highway 28 and Highway 123 in reference to a road rage call. The deputy spoke to both the suspect in the case, Moranchel, after the Seneca Police Department conducted a traffic stop on Moranchel’s vehicle on the Highway 123 bypass and later with the victim at the Seneca Police Department.

The victim and the suspect gave their accounts of the incident, which occurred on Highway 28 as the vehicles were heading towards Seneca in the West Union area. The victim told the deputy that Moranchel pointed a handgun at him, a firearm which was recovered in the traffic stop that Seneca PD conducted as part of the traffic stop.

Based upon the evidence that was collected, the deputy had enough probable cause to obtain a warrant against Moranchel on August 8th.

The charge against Moranchel of Pointing and Presenting a Firearm at a person is a felony and carries a penalty of not more than 5 years in prison or a fine with the amount to be determined at the discretion of the Court.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Walhalla Man on Weapons Charges

Christopher Edward Burrell

Christopher Edward Burrell

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Walhalla man late yesterday on charges of being in possession of a firearm and not being authorized to do so.

23 year old Christopher Edward Burrell of Amsterdam Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:47pm on a Temporary Custody Order and on a charge of Breach of Peace in relation to the incident.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division was dispatched to a call for service on Nectarine Circle in the Walhalla area in reference to a subject causing an altercation.

When the deputy arrived on scene, he spoke to the victim. The victim told the deputy that the subject in question, Burrell, was at the residence making threats to those who were there. The deputy was advised that Burrell had a firearm and had gone to another residence.

The deputy went to that residence and made contact with Burrell. The deputy observed the firearm in Burrell’s hands, upon which the deputy gave commands for Burrell to drop the weapon. Burrell did drop the weapon at the deputy’s commands.

A check of Burrell’s name revealed that he could not possess a firearm due to the fact of a previous arrest.

Burrell was placed under arrest and transported to the Detention Center. As of 12:15pm today, Burrell remains at the Detention Center on a combined $6087.50 surety bond.

The weapons charge against Burrell is a misdemeanor with carries a penalty of 30 to 90 days in prison or a fine of $200 to $500.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Greenville County Man on Weapons Charges

Andy Charles Walker, Jr.

Andy Charles Walker, Jr.

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Greenville County man on weapons charges related to an incident that occurred in July.

46 year old Andy Charles Walker, Jr. of Beckenham Lane was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:03pm by a deputy from the Warrants Division. Walker, Jr. was being held in jail in Gwinnett County, GA.

Deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to an address on Hillside Drive in Mountain Rest on July 1st in regards to a reported shooting incident. The victim was cutting grass when Walker, Jr. approached the victim and reportedly pointed a firearm. Walker, Jr. was reportedly using profanity and accusing the victim’s dog of killing his chickens.

The victim offered to make restitution for the loss but as the victim was heading into the residence, Walker, Jr. reportedly discharged the firearm on the property of the victim. Deputies collected evidence and obtained statements from the parties involved while also confiscating the firearm reportedly used in the incident.

Based upon the evidence gathered, deputies had enough probable cause to obtain warrants against Walker, Jr. charging him with Pointing and Presenting Firearms at a Person and Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol.

Walker, Jr. was released from the Detention Center yesterday on combined $20,000 personal recognizance bond.

12th Annual S.C. Apple Festival Car Show Less Than One Month Away

Sheriff's Badge

Crimestoppers Logo

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. and the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that the 12th Annual S.C. Apple Festival Car Show, to benefit Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc., is now less than a month. The car show will be held on Saturday, September 10th.

The Car Show will be located on East Main Street in Westminster besides Hardee’s, with registration from 9am until Noon. Judging will be held starting at Noon and prizes will be awarded starting at 2pm. Door prizes will also be available as well.

The registration fee is $20, with vendor spaces also available at $20 as well.

The Car Show will include motorcycles and 4 x 4 Wheel Drive vehicles.

For more information, contact Larry Dellinger at 864-647-5487.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man, West Union Woman on Stolen Vehicle Charges

Jennifer Michelle Goins

Jennifer Michelle Goins

Jimmy Daniel Boyd

Jimmy Daniel Boyd

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man and a West Union woman yesterday on charges of Possessing a Stolen Vehicle.

37 year old Jimmy Daniel Boyd of Pump House Road and 31 year old Jennifer Michelle Goins of Allmon Lane were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:20pm and 2:20pm respectively.

Two deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to an address on Stribbling Shoals Road near Walhalla in regards to suspicious vehicle, which was a white Ford F-250.

One of the deputies ran the tag for the Ford and obtained information on the registered owner. The deputy contacted the owner, who gave the deputy an address of where the vehicle should be located at and that no one had permission to use it.

An investigator from the Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and an investigation commenced. Based upon evidence gathered during the investigation, investigators were able to corroborate that Boyd and Goins were in the vehicle and later, both parties got into a separate vehicle and left the scene.

Based upon the evidence gathered, deputies had probable cause to obtain arrest warrants against Boyd and Goins on Possession of a Stolen Vehicle charges on August 11th.

An additional warrant was obtained against Boyd for a separate incident that occurred on Westminster Highway that was reported to the Sheriff’s Office on June 28th. In that Breach of Trust case, Boyd is accused of obtaining from the victim $200 in cash in regards to the purchase of a Chevrolet Malibu. The victim instead received a Mitsubishi Montero, which was later on driven off the property by an unidentified person. The victim did not receive the $200 back or any of the vehicles in question.

Boyd remains at the Oconee County Detention Center as of 1pm today on a combined $75,000 surety bond. A hold has also been placed on Boyd by Greenville County Probation for a violation of probation.

Goins remains in custody as well at the Detention Center as of 1pm today on a $20,000 surety bond.

The Stolen Vehicle charge is a felony which carries a penalty of not more than 10 years in prison and/or a fine with the amount being determined at the discretion of the court.

The Breach of Trust charge carries against Boyd is a felony that carries a sentence of not more than 10 years in prison.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Anderson County Man on Burglary and Larceny Charges

Justin Andrew Serva

Justin Andrew Serva

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Anderson County man yesterday on charges of First Degree Burglary and Grand Larceny in relation to an incident that occurred back in May of this year.

34 year old Justin Andrew Serva of Pioneer Lane was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 8:40pm after being picked up from the Anderson County Detention Center. He was booked into the Oconee jail by a deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to an address on Lake Point Road in Fair Play on the evening of May 8th in regards to a reported burglary. As the investigation commenced, it was discovered that entry had been made into the victim’s residence and several items were stolen.

Among the items taken were multiple firearms, tools, musical instruments as well as ammunition. The crime scene was processed and an inventory of the items stolen was gathered by the deputy.

The investigation was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division. As the investigation continued and leads were followed up on, it was determined that Serva had entered the residence at night and made off the items, with an estimated value of around $13,300.

An investigator with Criminal Investigations Division obtained the warrants against Serva on June 2nd.

The charge of First Degree Burglary is a felony that carries a penalty of 15 years to life in prison. The Grand Larceny charge is a felony that carries a penalty of not more than 10 years in prison or a fine with the amount in the discretion of the Court.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Offers School Safety Tips as 2016-17 School Year Sets to Begin

Sheriff's Badge

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–With the 2016-17 school year set to begin for students attending schools in Oconee County, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is offering these safety tips to parents, students and motorists alike.

“The Sheriff’s Office has been and continues to prepare for the start of the new school year,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “Our School Resource Officers will be ready to help keep students, teachers and administrators safe in order to provide a productive learning environment and we will be adding extra patrols around the school zones next week for the start of school. The Sheriff’s office, along with the School District of Oconee County, want everyone to enjoy this new school year and our officers stand by to respond to any calls for service in regards to our schools.”

Monday, August 15th is the first day for schools for the School District of Oconee County.

Some of the safety tips that the Sheriff’s Office would like to pass on are:

• If you are traveling in a motor vehicle on a two lane road, you are required to come to a complete stop if a school bus has deployed its stop sign and its red lights flashing as it either picks up or drops off students. This is regardless of which lane of the two lane road you may be traveling. On a roadway with four or more lanes, you are required to stop for a stopped school bus if you traveling in the same direction as the school bus, however, you are not required to stop by law if you are traveling in the opposite direction approaching the stopped school bus. There are fines and points assessed on your license if you violate the law regarding a stopped school bus.
• You are asked to observe the flashing speed limit signs that are posted in the school zones during the select times when the signs are flashing in the morning and afternoon hours. If you are caught speeding during these times in a school zone, you will be ticketed. Please watch for students, crossing guards, officers directing traffic and individuals picking up and dropping off students during these times.
• Especially for the first few weeks after school begins, please allow for extra time when picking up and dropping off students as all motorists will need time to get acquainted with the traffic patterns in the school zones.
• Since it has been a few months since the end of the previous school year, take time to watch out for students at the bus stops, especially during the first few weeks of school.

“Let’s begin this school year with safety in mind,” says the Sheriff. “Avoid distractions such as eating and using cellular devices. The life you save could be your own.”

“The safety of our students and staff is priority one for the School District,” says Dr. Michael Thorsland, Superintendent of Education with the School District of Oconee County. “We encourage you to please take extra care as you drive to school beginning on Monday. In addition to the tips from the Sheriff’s Office and as Sheriff Crenshaw mentioned, we ask that you also minimize distractions by not using your cellphone while in a school zone. Sheriff Crenshaw and his staff, along with the officers from our municipalities and the SC Highway Patrol, are wonderful partners with the School District and we appreciate their continued support.”