Suspect in March 2015 Seneca Area Murder Arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina

Dw'Ntraquis Rashaad Campbell

Dw’Ntraquis Rashaad Campbell

(Mugshot courtesy of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office)

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————Earlier today, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office received word from the U.S. Marshals Service that a suspect charged in a March 2015 homicide near Seneca was apprehended in Charlotte, North Carolina.

31 year old Dw’Ntraquis Rashaad Campbell of Oak Hill Street in Greenwood, SC, was arrested without incident earlier this morning by the U.S. Marshal Service Operation Intercept Fugitive Task Force.

According to records from the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office online, Campbell was booked into jail around 9:35am this morning.

Campbell was charged in arrest warrants obtained by the Sheriff’s Office on March 9th, 2015 with one count of Murder in the shooting death of Anthony Letron Holden of Seneca, plus, three counts of Attempted Murder and one count of Possession of a Weapon During Commission of a Violent Crime in an incident that occurred at the former Sonny’s Bar and Grill on Shiloh Road at Wells Highway that took place during the early morning hours of March 8th, 2015.

“The fugitive being located is the result of our investigators persistence in working with the U.S. Marshals,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw.

Campbell will be going through the extradition process for his return to Oconee County.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Hosts Sixth “Coffee With A Cop” Thursday Morning

Coffee With A Cop Picture One

Coffee With A Cop Picture Two

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office held its sixth “Coffee With A Cop” earlier this morning from 8am until 9:30am at Palmetto Sweets and Company in downtown Walhalla.

Besides officers from the Sheriff’s Office, officers from the Walhalla Police Department and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources gathered with citizens to meet and get to know one another better.

“We are thankful to Kay Owens and Palmetto Sweets and Company for hosting this event for the second time,” says Jimmy Watt, Public Information Officer for the Sheriff’s Office. “We are thankful for the officers and citizens who took the time to gather together. We want to provide those that we serve an opportunity for them to meet with the officers that protect them everyday”

Our vision statement at the Sheriff’s Office is “Building Partnerships to Promote a Safer Community,” continues P.I.O. Watt. “There is no greater partnership that we have than with those who live, work and play in Oconee County. These events are important so that everyone can meet and take the time to discuss issues that are important to our citizens and for us to see if we are providing the type of service and professionalism they expect their law enforcement officers to provide.”

The Sheriff’s Office has hosted their “Coffee With A Cop” events in Fair Play, Seneca, Walhalla and Westminster.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Informed of Current and Future Road Closures in Oconee County

Perkins Creek Road Closure

Perkins Creek Road Closure

Charlie Cobb Road Closure

Charlie Cobb Road Closure

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office was informed yesterday of two road closures in the county, one already in effect and one set to begin later on this month.

First, a portion of Charlie Cobb Road is now closed between the physical addresses of 377 and 463. According to Oconee County Road and Bridges, there is no timetable in which the road will be reopened.

This closure is near Cassidy Bridge Road between Long Creek and Mountain Rest.

The Sheriff’s Office was informed yesterday by the South Carolina Department of Transportation of a scheduled road closure due to bridge replacement on Perkins Creek Road near West South Fourth Street and the city of Seneca.

This road closure is scheduled to begin on Monday, February 22nd, according to the SCDOT.

The detour that will be placed in effect will encompass around 3 miles and will use portions of N. Radio Station Road, Wells Highway, West South Fourth Street and Perkins Creek Road.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Sergeant Bryan Long Named Seneca American Legion Officer of the Year

Sergeant Bryan Long

Sergeant Bryan Long

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Sergeant Bryan Long was named the 2016 American Legion Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Monday night at the annual Joseph Earl “Jake” Robinson Law Enforcement Dinner which was held at the Charles McGee Byrd American Legion Post 120 in Seneca.

The annual dinner is held to salute law enforcement agencies and has been held annually since 1977. Officers from several law enforcement agencies, esteemed guests and members of the Seneca American Legion Post 120 attended the dinner.

The guest speaker last night was John Magill, director for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health.

Sergeant Long has around 15 years of law enforcement experience and worked previously for the Chesnee and Seneca Police Departments. He has been a deputy with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office for around 12 years. Deputy Long has been the road Sergeant for the Alpha Shift for the Uniform Patrol Division for the past three years. Sergeant Long is also a member of the S.W.A.T. team along with being a certified instructor and a member of the Sheriff’s Office Dive Team. Long is also a volunteer firefighter.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks the Public’s Help Regarding Late January Wal-Mart Shoplifting

Shoplifting Picture - January 28th, 2016 (3)

Shoplifting Picture - January 28th, 2016 (1)

Shoplifting Picture - January 28th, 2016 (2)

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help regarding a January 28th shoplifting at the Wal-Mart in Seneca. The Sheriff’s Office is also seeking the public’s help in identifying two individuals in relation to the shoplifting.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to the store location on Sandifer Boulevard on the 28th. An employee told the deputy that a couple had pushed a shopping cart full of laundry detergent out of the store past all points of sale without paying for the items.

The couple, one black male and one white female, reportedly got into a white four door Saturn with a white paper tag with red lettering.

The amount of merchandise that was taken is around $491.02. The suspects left the store around 7:30am the morning of the 28th.

If you have any information on this January 28th shoplifting from the Wal-Mart in Seneca, including the identity of the individuals in relation to the case, 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 all information given to Crime Stoppers is confidential. If your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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

Johnny Matthew Robinson

Johnny Matthew Robinson

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Walhalla man yesterday afternoon on charges of Receiving Stolen Goods.

26 year old Johnny Matthew Robinson of Kountry Lane was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:54pm. He was released from the Detention Center yesterday on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division spoke with a complainant by phone on December 29th, 2015 regarding a larceny in which the victim said that a 2003 Yamaha Grizzly 4-Wheeler was missing from the residence. The case was referred to the Criminal Investigations Division and the 4-Wheeler was entered into the National Crime Information Center database.

As the investigation continued, the stolen 4-Wheeler was discovered at Robinson’s residence. Investigators were able to verify that it was the stolen 4-Wheeler via the VIN number. Investigators later obtained the arrest warrant against Robinson.

Robinson was arrested yesterday at an address on Highlands Highway.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Oconee County Man on Breach of Trust Charges

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Oconee County man last Friday morning on a warrant on charges of Breach of Trust.

28 year old Christopher Nicholas Elgin was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 10:23am. According to the warrant, Elgin lives at an address on Harrys Drive in Westminster. The Detention Center lists Elgin’s address as Short Street in Fair Play. He was released from the Detention Center last Friday on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division received a phone call on January 10th from a complainant regarding a Breach of Trust that had occurred the previous day. The victim said that Elgin had borrowed a vehicle, a burgundy 1998 Mercury Mountaineer, around 2:30pm January 9th but had not yet returned the vehicle as of the early morning hours of the 10th.

An investigation began and the vehicle information was entered into the National Crime Information Center database. As of January 14th, the vehicle had yet to be returned. The investigating deputy obtained the warrant against Elgin on Breach of Trust charges.

Elgin was booked into jail by a deputy from the Warrants Division.

Temporary Phone Number for New Oconee County Detention Center

New Oconee County Detention Center

New Oconee County Detention Center

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–While the normal telephone number for the Oconee County Detention Center is in the process of being transferred to the new Detention Center that began formal operations yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office is announcing a temporary number until that transfer is made.

According to Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw, anyone needing to contact the Detention Center by phone can do so by calling 864-638-2497 until further notice.

Also, those needing to contact the Detention Center can also contact the E-911/Communications call center at 864-638-4111 and dispatchers can transfer the call or make contact in case of emergency situations.

New Oconee County Detention Center Officially Begins Operations

New Oconee County Detention Center

New Oconee County Detention Center

Opening - New Detention Center - Picture One

Opening - New Detention Center - Picture Three

Opening - New Detention Center - Picture Two

Deputy Roy McKenzie and K-9 Officer Jak

Deputy Roy McKenzie and K-9 Officer Jak

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The new Oconee County Detention Center officially began operations on Friday as inmates are moved from the old Detention Center and are now being housed in the new one.

The Sheriff’s Office received a letter late in November last year stating the new Detention Center, which is located near the Law Enforcement Center, had passed inspection and was ready to begin full time operations. The Sheriff’s Office also had three open house days in December to give residents of Oconee County a chance to tour the new jail before operations began.

Grading operations for the new jail began in the spring of 2014.

The new Detention Center is rated for an inmate population of 200, compared with the old Detention Center, which as rated for 122 inmates. If the need arises, the inmate population can be increased up to 240 inmates for a brief time period.

“This jail has some state of the art technology and I believe it will be a safer facility for our inmate population and for our Detention Officers,” says Sheriff Crenshaw. “However, this Detention Center is not a resort or a place where there is cable television in every cell. This is a place to safely detain those who have broken the law. There will be no television, no face to face visitation, no smoking, and once someone comes in the jail as a prisoner, their only view of the outside world will be a view of the sky. ”

Also, with the move into the new facility, all visitation will be done over video and no face to face visitation will be allowed nor will citizens be allowed to show up for visitation. Those visits will also have to be scheduled and visitation will only be conducted Monday thru Friday with no weekend visitation being allowed.

Beginning next Monday, February 1st, citizens who are interested in setting up a video visitation will need to contact Visitation Officer Shadae Cobb at 864-638-4108 to schedule a video visit.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Georgia Man on Criminally Receiving Goods Charges

Suspect Vehicle - Abbott Arrest

Alexander Kenneth Abbott

Alexander Kenneth Abbott

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Auburn, GA man late yesterday afternoon on seven outstanding warrants charging him with Criminally Receiving Goods.

38 year old Alexander Kenneth Abbott of Rock Elm Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 5:20pm after being picked up at the Spartanburg County Detention Center by a deputy from the Warrants Division.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division received a phone call on the afternoon of August 5th, 2015 from a complainant in Piedmont, SC. The victim told the deputy that fraudulent charges had been made on a bank account at stores located in Oconee County. The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division.

As the investigation progressed and evidence was processed and statements were gathered, it was determined that Abbott used information from the bank account in question to make fraudulent transactions at three separate businesses in the Seneca area during the early summer of last year.

The total amount of fraud, according to warrants, is around $470.30.

As of 12:45pm today, Abbott remains in custody at the Detention Center on a combined $7,000 surety bond.

The Sheriff’s Office is also seeking a female accomplice of Mr. Abbott in regards to two other separate incidents. Arrest warrants were also issued for Sabrina Nanzeen Maya of Mayfield Drive in Lawrenceville, GA on two counts of Criminally Receiving Goods for using two separate bank accounts to make fraudulent transactions totaling around $103.45 at the Seneca BI-LO location Rochester Highway in August of last year.

Maya may be in or possibly driving a black 2010 BMW 750 i with a Georgia tag of PLV 4717.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Sabrina Nanzeen Maya, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or 864-638-STOP. You don’t have to give your name when you call Crime Stoppers and all information given is confidential. If your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.