Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Files Charges Against Walhalla Man in Late July Shooting

Bradley Michael Payne

Bradley Michael Payne

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Walhalla man with two counts in a shooting that occurred last Tuesday in which deputies determined the owner acted in self-defense.

41 year old Bradley Michael Payne of 125 Rusty Lane in Walhalla was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center last Friday on charges of Assault and Battery – Third Degree and Second Degree Burglary.

According to a press release issued by the Sheriff’s Office last week, investigators were looking into the shooting of Payne due to an incident that occurred at an address on Burrell Drive which is in the Tamassee area of Oconee County. Investigators determined last week that the shooting incident was self-defense.

According to witnesses, Mr. Payne was standing outside the front door to the home threating the homeowner. The homeowner retrieved a pistol and yelled for Mr. Payne to not enter the home. Mr. Payne then jerked open the screen door and entered the home. The homeowner shot Mr. Payne in the hip after he was inside the residence. The homeowner then called 911 and waited on deputies to arrive on scene. Evidence at the scene corroborated the homeowner and witness accounts of what took place.

“No criminal charges will be filed against the individual who shot Mr. Payne,” according to Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw last Wednesday. “South Carolina law is very clear in stating a man’s home is his castle. A homeowner has the right to protect themselves if they fear their life is in imminent danger.”

Investigators last week were also looking into whether or not charges would be pressed against Mr. Payne for entering the home unlawfully. Due to the investigation, warrants were obtained against Payne last week on the two charges.

Payne was released from the Oconee County Detention Center under the special conditions of wearing an electronic monitoring device. His total surety bond amount was $40,000.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Two Last Week on Drug Charges

Nicholas Allen Palmer

Nicholas Allen Palmer

Rachel Nicole Edmiston

Rachel Nicole Edmiston

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested two individuals on drug charges last Friday as a result of deputies responding to a call regarding a domestic dispute.

31 year old Rachel Nicole Edmiston of 630 Little Choestoea Road in Westminster and 37 year old Nicholas Allen Palmer of 6058 Brexel Road in Land O Lakes, Florida, were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center on August 1st. Edmiston and Palmer were each charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine and giving false information to a law enforcement officer.

Deputies responded to the Little Choestoea Road address before 7am due to complaints from the property owner who said that Edmiston had brought people to the property he did not want there and he wanted all the individuals to leave. Edmiston resided in a loft above a shop building on the property.

Deputies made their way to the loft, where they located both Edmiston and Palmer. Edmiston provided her identification when asked but Palmer said he did not have any identification and ended up giving the deputy a false name. The false name was also verified by Edmiston.

While waiting for information from dispatch, the deputy noticed a white plastic bag sitting on the floor, with both parties denying knowing the contents of the bag. After receiving permission from the deputy to search the bag, a green plastic bottle was discovered which contained an unknown substance inside which is commonly used to make methamphetamine. A set of scales was also discovered in the loft as well.

After notifying narcotics agents from the Sheriff’s Office and receiving permission from Edmiston to search the residence, several other items that are commonly used to make meth was discovered. Edmiston and Palmer were arrested and transported to the Oconee County Detention Center on Temporary Custody Orders until warrants could be obtained.

As of early this afternoon, Edmiston and Palmer were being held at the Oconee County Detention Center. Both individuals have a $30,000 surety bond on the drug charges and a $2,500 personal recognizance bond on the false information charges. Palmer also has a hold on him due to unrelated charges in the state of Florida.

This is the fourth meth lab that the Sheriff’s Office has discovered since July 18th.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office to Hold Drug Seized Vehicle and Equipment Auction

1996 Harley Davidson Softail

1996 Harley Davidson Softail

1996 Red Ford Ranger

1996 Red Ford Ranger

2003 Dodge Ram Pickup Truck

2003 Dodge Ram Pickup Truck

2005 Dodge Caravan

2005 Dodge Caravan

2006 GMC Yukon

2006 GMC Yukon

2013 Kawasaki EX650E

2013 Kawasaki EX650E

Mahindra Tractor

Mahindra Tractor

Mahindra Tractor

Mahindra Tractor

Toro Lawn Mower

Toro Lawn Mower

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————Sheriff Mike Crenshaw will be auctioning to the highest bidder drug seized vehicles and equipment on Saturday, August 2nd.

The auction will take place at the Oconee County Vehicle Maintenance Facility, which is located at 15026 Wells Highway in Seneca. The auction will begin at 9am and will conclude when all vehicles and equipment are sold.

The vehicles and equipment was seized by the Sheriff’s Office during drug investigations. All vehicles and equipment have been searched before the auction to make sure that no drugs or drug paraphernalia are inside. All vehicles and equipment are sold as is and without warranties. All sales are final. Terms of the sale will be cash or check only. Successful purchasers will be responsible for removal of the property on the day of the sale. The Sheriff’s Office reserves the right to “NO SALE” any item.

The items for sale are as follows:

1996 Red Ford Ranger
2005 Dodge Caravan
Mahindra Tractor with bush hog and backhoe attachment – Model #55004AFL
1996 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail
2003 Dodge Ram pickup truck
2013 Kawasaki EX650E
2006 GMC Yukon
Toro Lawn Mower

Pictures of the vehicles and equipment up for auction are available by going to our website at www.oconeelaw.com and on our Facebook and Google Plus pages.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Announces Real Estate Auction

1996 Harley Davidson Softail
1996 Harley Davidson Softail
1996 Red Ford Ranger
1996 Red Ford Ranger
2003 Dodge Ram Pickup Truck
2003 Dodge Ram Pickup Truck
2005 Dodge Caravan
2005 Dodge Caravan
2006 GMC Yukon
2006 GMC Yukon
2013 Kawasaki EX650E
2013 Kawasaki EX650E
Mahindra Tractor
Mahindra Tractor
Mahindra Tractor
Mahindra Tractor
Toro Lawn Mower
Toro Lawn Mower

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————Sheriff Mike Crenshaw will be auctioning to the highest bidder drug seized vehicles and equipment on Saturday, August 2nd.

The auction will take place at the Oconee County Vehicle Maintenance Facility, which is located at 15026 Wells Highway in Seneca. The auction will begin at 9am and will conclude when all vehicles and equipment are sold.

The vehicles and equipment was seized by the Sheriff’s Office during drug investigations. All vehicles and equipment have been searched before the auction to make sure that no drugs or drug paraphernalia are inside. All vehicles and equipment are sold as is and without warranties. All sales are final. Terms of the sale will be cash or check only. Successful purchasers will be responsible for removal of the property on the day of the sale. The Sheriff’s Office reserves the right to “NO SALE” any item.

The items for sale are as follows:

1996 Red Ford Ranger
2005 Dodge Caravan
Mahindra Tractor with bush hog and backhoe attachment – Model #55004AFL
1996 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail
2003 Dodge Ram pickup truck
2013 Kawasaki EX650E
2006 GMC Yukon
Toro Lawn Mower

Pictures of the vehicles and equipment up for auction are available by going to our website at www.oconeelaw.com and on our Facebook and Google Plus pages.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Outstanding Warrants – Receiving Stolen Goods and Accessory Charges

Calvin Clark Webb

Calvin Clark Webb

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man late Thursday night on outstanding warrants that charge him with Receiving Stolen Goods and Accessory After the Fact of a Felony. The man also had an outstanding Magistrate’s Bench Warrant.

41 year old Calvin Clark Webb was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center just before midnight.

Webb is the fifth person charged in a case that began with a burglary and larceny on Moore Hill Road on July 3rd and then involved the receiving of goods stolen in the burglary and the selling of some of those items.

On Tuesday of this week, 42 year old April Dawn Nix of 816 Cobb Bridge Road and 43 year old Jimmy Dwayne Webb of 810 Cobb Bridge Road were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center after being arrested by the warrants division of the Sheriff’s Office on outstanding warrants charging both of them with also Receiving Stolen Goods and Accessory After the Fact of a Felony.

According to investigators, a burglary occurred during the early morning hours of July 3rd at the Moore Hill Road address off Long Creek Highway. Investigators report that firearms, a 2004 GMC pickup, an antique with family heirlooms inside, money, credit cards, social security cards, birth certificates and other items were taken. Investigators believe that the amount of items taken from the burglary was around $10,000. Shortly after the burglary, 44 year old Bobby Ray Carroll of 641 Cobb Trail Road in Westminster and 43 year old Sherry Anita Honea Gibson of 612 Westminster Highway in Westminster, both of whom investigators say committed the Moore Hill Road burglary, went to the Cobb Bridge Road address and gave at that time certain items to both Webb subjects and Nix. In turn, both Webb subjects and Nix started making phone calls to sell the items.

At this point, the items were sold and some of the items taken were recovered, including one firearm that was found on July 16th and the antique chest, which was recovered on July 11th and was found empty by investigators. The 2004 GMC pickup was recovered in Transylvania County, North Carolina on July 4th.

According to investigators, Nix and both Webb subjects received into their possession two handguns and the antique chest. The value of the items they sold was around $775.00, according to warrants. Nix and both Webb subjects aided Carroll and Honea Gibson to get rid of the stolen items, which led to the accessory charges.

Carroll and Honea Gibson were each charged with Grand Larceny and First Degree Burglary in the case. Carroll is currently being held in Transylvania County, North Carolina on unrelated charges. Honea Gibson was served the warrants at the Oconee County Detention Center while being held on unrelated charges.

Calvin Clark is being held at the Oconee County Detention Center on a combined $7,000 surety bond after a bond hearing this morning. Honea Gibson, Jimmy Webb and Nix are also still being held at the Detention Center.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Two Westminster Residents with Receiving Stolen Goods and Accessory Charges

April Dawn Nix

April Dawn Nix

Bobby Ray Carroll

Bobby Ray Carroll

Calvin Clark Webb

Calvin Clark Webb

Jimmy Dwayne Webb

Jimmy Dwayne Webb

Sherry Anita Honea Gibson

Sherry Anita Honea Gibson

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man and woman Tuesday on charges of Receiving Stolen Goods and Accessory After the Fact of a Felony. The Sheriff’s Office is seeking another Westminster resident on the same charges in the same case.

42 year old April Dawn Nix of 816 Cobb Bridge Road and 43 year old Jimmy Dwayne Webb of 810 Cobb Bridge Road were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center after being arrested by the warrants division of the Sheriff’s Office on the outstanding warrants.

According to investigators, a burglary occurred during the early morning hours of July 3rd at an address on Moore Hill Road off Long Creek Highway. Investigators report that firearms, a 2004 GMC pickup, an antique with family heirlooms inside, money, credit cards, social security cards, birth certificates and other items were taken. Investigators believe that the amount of items taken from the burglary was around $10,000. Shortly after the burglary, 44 year old Bobby Ray Carroll of 641 Cobb Trail Road in Westminster and 43 year old Sherry Anita Honea Gibson of 612 Westminster Highway in Westminster, both of whom investigators say committed the Moore Hill Road burglary, went to the Cobb Bridge Road address and at that time, they gave certain items to Webb, Nix, and another subject, 41 year old Calvin Clark Webb of 395 Webb Drive. In turn, both Webb subjects and Nix started making phone calls to sell the items.

At this point, the items were sold and some of the items taken were recovered, including one firearm that was found on July 16th and the antique chest, which was recovered on July 11th and was found empty by investigators. The 2004 GMC pickup was recovered in Transylvania County, North Carolina on July 4th.

According to investigators, Nix and both Webb subjects received into their possession two handguns and the antique chest. The value of the items they sold was around $775.00, according to warrants. Nix and both Webb subjects aided Carroll and Honea Gibson to get rid of the stolen items, which led to the accessory charges.

Carroll and Honea Gibson were each charged with Grand Larceny and First Degree Burglary in the case. Carroll is currently being held in Transylvania County, North Carolina on unrelated charges. Honea Gibson was served the warrants at the Oconee County Detention Center while being held on unrelated charges.

Nix and Jimmy Webb are still being held at the Oconee County Detention Center. Both received a total surety bond amount of $27,130 after their bond hearing.

Calvin Clark Webb remains at large on the outstanding warrants. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Calvin Clark Webb is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 638-STOP, 1-888-CRIME-SC, or text in your tip to 274637. You don’t have to give your name and if you tip leads to an arrest, you could eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Georgia Resident on Drug Trafficking Charges

Jamie Amanda Dowell

Jamie Amanda Dowell

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)—————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged a Hartwell, Georgia woman yesterday evening on drug trafficking charges.

34 year old Jamie Amanda Dowell of 235 Emory Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:22pm. She was released from the Detention Center this morning on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond.

A deputy received an anonymous call just before 4pm yesterday afternoon. The caller stated that there was a large amount of drugs that she had found and she did not know what to do with them. The caller, who turned out to be Dowell, met with the deputy at a location in the southern part of the county off I-85.

Dowell appeared to be nervous during the meeting, according to deputies. During the meeting, deputies discovered methamphetamine on her person as they saw a clear plastic bag hanging out from the bottom of her shirt. Dowell said that the drugs in her vehicle were dropped off at an address on West-Oak Highway in Oconee County, where deputies retrieved them.

The total amount of drugs recovered was around 1.4 ounces, with a street value of around $3,900. Around $511.00 in cash was also recovered.

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

Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. and the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Announce 10th Annual S.C. Apple Festival Car Show

CAR SHOW APPLE FESTIVAL 2014
Sheriff's Badge

Crimestoppers Logo

Crimestoppers Logo


By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. and the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office are proud to announce that the 10th Annual S.C. Apple Festival Car Show will be held on Saturday, September 6th on East Main Street in Westminster besides Hardee’s.

Registration begins at 9am and lasts until 12 Noon, when the judging begins. Motorcycles, Antique Tractors and 4 x 4 Wheel Drive vehicles are welcome.

Top judges’ choice in all the above categories will be awarded at 1pm along with top 10 overall. Door prizes will also be given out as well. The registration fee is $15 and the vendor space fee is also $15 as well.

For more information, contact Larry Dellinger, Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. Board Member at 864-647-5487.

The 10th annual S.C. Apple Festival Car Show is sponsored by Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. and the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office.

United Way of Oconee County In Need of School Supplies

United Way - School Supplies

(Walhalla, SC)—————————————–The United Way of Oconee County is in need of school supplies for their upcoming 2014 Supply Distribution in August.
Donations and supplies can be dropped off at the United Way office in Seneca on East North 1st Street. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, you can contact Kimberly Ellis at 864-882-9742, ext. 103 or Sandra Pruitt at 864-882-3130.
The 2014 Supply Distribution will take place on Wednesday, August 13th and Thursday, August 14th from 9am until 3pm each at the United Way Center in Seneca. It is for children and teens from Kindergarten thru the 12th grade. Individuals must bring a valid I.D. to show Oconee County residency, a Medicaid card for each child, and an Oconee County School supply list for each child.

SCYAP Looking for Resource Foster Families in Oconee County

SCYAP Logo

(Walhalla, SC)—————————————–The South Carolina Youth Advocate Program is looking for Resource Foster Parents in Oconee County, where there is currently a great need.
According to information provided by SCYAP, the term “Resource Foster Family” refers to families that provide temporary care for foster children that preserve and support family connections. They are providers of safe, temporary care and are more involved with the birth family and the case planning for the children in their care. SCYAP also reports that there are close to 85 children in foster care in Oconee County and the SCYAP-Resource Family Program manages 34 Resource Foster Homes in Oconee County. SCYAP believes that Oconee County needs recruitment for sibling groups of three or more and more families are needed in the Seneca area around Blue Ridge and Northside Elementary Schools.
Resource families provide care for children until they can be reunited with their parents and work as reunification partners with birth families. They work closely with DSS to ensure child safety, well-being and permanence and can possibly become an adoption resource for children if reunification is not possible.
Respite Care is also a possibility for families as they provide short-term care for children in foster care by a resource family. Respite Care providers go through the same training as full-time resource parents and are good for families who can’t make a full-time commitment.
Support is available through a variety of sources, including from a licensing coordinator and 24 hour access to SCYAP staff. Some of the requirements besides a pre-service training and home inspection include adequate income, adequate sleeping and living space, a statement from your physician, child protective service and criminal background checks, three references, and fire and health inspections of the home. Monthly board payments vary, with rates based on the age of the child and the amount and type of care required.
For more information, call SCYAP today at 864-312-6700. You can also visit their website at www.scyap.com.