Road Closures Announced in Oconee County

Map of Road Closure on Bountyland Road - Scheduled to begin February 27th

Map of Road Closure on Bountyland Road – Scheduled to begin February 27th

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)—————————————Two road closures have been announced in Oconee County, one for tomorrow and one at the end of February.
First, in the city of Seneca, North Walnut Street will be closed all day on Tuesday, February 3rd from E. North 5th Street to E. North 2nd Street, according to the Seneca Police Department.
Secondly, the Department of Transportation announced today that a section of Bountyland Road less than two miles from the city of Seneca will be closed for about 3 months due to bridge replacement of the existing bridge over the tributary to Richland Creek.
The closure of Bountyland Road is scheduled to begin on Friday, February 27th.
The detour route will utilize sections of Poplar Springs Road and Dickard Road and the length is a little over 3 miles long.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Continues to Stay Ahead of the Curve in Use of Officer Body Cameras

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————With the announcement last week of an unanimous vote by the Charlotte City Council in favor of body cameras for Charlotte Police Officers, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office remains in many cases ahead of the curve in the use of this technology.

Back in May of 2013, the Sheriff’s Office began equipping ten of the deputies in the Road Patrol Division with the TASER AXON Flex body cameras. In 2014, every deputy in the Road Patrol division, as well as two officers from the Warrants Division were equipped with the body cameras, which brings the total of cameras worn to 35 officers.

According to a press release issued by the Sheriff’s Office and dated May 20th, 2013, the cameras can be clipped to the officers clothing or worn on a special set of glasses. Once the deputy is sent to the scene of a call, they can then press a button on a unit that is carried on their body to record every aspect of the call. The video is uploaded to EVIDENCE.COM, which is an evidence management system, where it is recorded and stored. The website will provide all the data storage that the Sheriff’s Office needs. The video evidence itself belongs to the Sheriff’s Office. The video gives the person watching the point of view from the deputies’ perspective. The cameras will be worn by deputies at all times while they are on duty.

The benefits of having officers equipped with the body cameras are to help document the facts and evidence when making cases for arrest and a reduction in the number of complaints against officers.

Besides the announcement of body cameras being worn by officers with the Charlotte Police Department, the city of Los Angeles announced late last year that they would be purchasing body cameras for 7,000 of their officers.

According to Captain Jeff Underwood of the Road Patrol Division , the Sheriff’s Office has spent roughly $59,000 for equipment, licensing fees and video storage, which is over two terabytes of data and growing daily since May of 2013. Of that $59,000, the Sheriff’s Office utilized two installments of $12,000 and $22,000 of grant funds from the Edward Byrne DOJ grant. Ultimately, the county has only spent $25,000 of budgetary monies in the past two years to start and maintain the program. In comparison, Charlotte is spending approximately 7 million dollars over five years for their program.

“One of the goals for implementing the program is to reduce the number of complaints on both sides of the camera- to improve behavior and relations from the citizens and officers alike. In this respect, to date the program has been a resounding success,” says Captain Underwood. “I have dealt with fewer than five complaints from citizens on officers wearing the cameras. In every instance, the officer was cleared of any wrong doing, and it didn’t take a lot of resources to complete the investigation. We were able to do in 30 minutes or an hour, what may have taken an investigating officer several days or weeks to do prior to having the cameras, so that is one cost saving measure. Plus, the savings from possible potential litigation is something that perhaps cannot be estimated.”

“Being transparent helps law enforcement to earn the trust of the citizens we serve,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “We have nothing to hide and the use of body cameras has been a positive experience for our agency.”

Oconee County Sheriff Michael Crenshaw Releases 2014 Summary

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw addresses the media this morning regarding the release of the Sheriff's Office 2014 Year End Summary

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw addresses the media this morning regarding the release of the Sheriff’s Office 2014 Year End Summary

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office offers the following report to the citizens of our county concerning crime and law enforcement activities for 2014.

Sheriff Crenshaw includes the following accomplishments that were realized by the dedicated men and women at the Sheriff’s Office working in partnership with the citizens of Oconee County and other law enforcement agencies:

• The inaugural class of the first Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy. 23 graduated from the 10 week class in November of 2014.
• The Sheriff’s Office partnership with Safe Harbor allowed prevention and intervention to begin in our schools along with opening the first domestic violence shelter in Oconee County.
• A continued emphasis on drug enforcement with four major drug round-ups bringing the total to eight in the last two years.
• The hiring of a part-time investigator to work the unsolved homicide and missing person cases, some of which date back many years.
• The creation of elementary school drug prevention and mentoring program. The first elementary school resource officer began working throughout the county.
• The continuation of community involvement by starting the “Coffee with a Cop” program where citizens can interact with local law enforcement.
• Continued transparency with the purchase of 25 AXON Body Cameras. This brings our total to 35 deputies, which includes the entire uniform patrol division.
• Groundbreaking for our Detention Facility, which is slated to open in mid-2015.
• Partnership with the U.S. Marshals Service to conduct registered sex offender address verification.
• The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and Oconee County were recognized at a meeting in February of 2014 by the South Carolina Association of Counties for a 2013 Outstanding Safety Achievement for the program in which every certified received a tourniquet kit.
• Continued partnership with local agencies, which included an interdiction operation with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office continued to partner with the local municipal police departments in Oconee County in enforcement activities, such as drug sweeps.
• The Sheriff’s Office employees adopted a section of Highway 11 as part of the Palmetto Pride Highway Adoption program.
• The Sheriff’s Office became the first agency in the state to use Mobile Watch, which is an app associated with sex offender registry compliance.
• The Sheriff’s Office created a Speaker’s Bureau where deputies are available to speak to various citizens’ groups concerning the many aspects of the Sheriff’s Office.
• The Sheriff’s Office received two grants, totaling $1,500, from the Mayberry Comes to Westminster event and from State Farm insurance for elementary school drug prevention efforts.
• Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. received 184 tips in 2014 with 24 of those tips resulting in arrests. $1,750 in tips was paid out in 2014.
• The Sheriff’s Public Information Office continues to keep our citizens informed by issuing 313 press releases for the year.
• The Sheriff’s Office Facebook and Twitter pages continue to grow, with over 4.400 individuals liking our Facebook page and over 400 individuals following us on Twitter.
• The Sheriff’s Office provided inmate labor to help in remodeling and restoring the City of Walhalla’s public swimming pool.

According to Sheriff’s Office records, the following are some of the violent and property crimes reported in 2014. They include the following:

• 3 homicides
• 66 death Investigations
• 7 robberies
• 62 aggravated assaults
• 6 arsons
• 479 burglaries
• 352 cases of shoplifting
• 763 cases of other larcenies
• 47 cases of motor vehicle theft
• 35 cases of forgeries
• 178 cases of credit card or ATM fraud
• 200 cases of vandalism
• 39 sexual assaults
• 202 reported criminal domestic violence cases
• 33 Child Abuse Sexual
• 16 Child Abuse Physical
• 46 Child Abuse Neglect

The Sheriff’s Office summaries from each of the five divisions for 2014:

Emergency Communications/E-911 Division

In 2014, 75,497 calls were received for service. There were 48,129 total in progress calls. Friday and Saturday were tied for the busiest day of the week in terms of in progress calls.

The total amount of telephone calls was 252,447, of which there were 38,578 Emergency 911 calls and 213,869 which were non-emergency calls. Oconee County dispatch was also ahead of the national standard based on NENA and NFPA requirements for 911 calls answered within ten and twenty seconds. Dispatchers spent a total of 5,548 hours on the telephone in 2014 and employees had around 2,352 total training hours in 2014. 82% of all 911 calls were from wireless devices.

Special Operations Division

The Sheriff’s Office made 319 drug related cases in 2014. The value of drugs seized was over 1.3 million. Methamphetamines accounted for the most prevalent drug for the second year in a row. In total, there were 15 meth labs dismantled during the year. Each drug related case in most instances has more than one defendant and multiple charges per defendant.

The warrant team served 1,772 warrants on 1,031 individuals. The courthouse security unit had a total of ¬¬123 terms of court, including 20 terms of General Sessions, 42 Family Court weeks, and 25 terms of Common Pleas Court. 60,469 individuals were scanned through the metal detectors coming into the courthouse. 904 defendants were transported from jail to court while 73 trips were made to out of county facilities to transport detained juveniles to and from court.

The Aviation Unit had 23 flights which includes 12 law enforcement missions, 6 training missions, and 5 community service missions

The SWAT team had 5 activations for high risk drug warrants and continued training on a monthly basis in order to be prepared in the event of an emergent situation.

A specialized interdiction team conducted 756 vehicle stops which resulted in 36 felony arrests, 91 drug cases, 105 K-9 searches, 10 fugitive arrests, and 739 citations being issued.

The Training Unit plays a vital role and conducted or coordinated more than 7,000 hours of training for our agency. This includes mandated in-service classes along with advanced and basic academy classes.

The Civil Unit served 3,299 papers in 2014 which included 172 evictions and 11 foreclosures.

The K-9 Unit which consists of one German Shepherd, two Dutch Shepherd’s, two Belgian Malinois’s, and a Bloodhound. This unit trained for a combined 1350 hours and assisted with vehicle searches and missing persons.

Road Patrol Division

There were 988 individuals arrested by the road patrol division, with around 1268 charges from those arrests. An additional 199 people were issued courtesy summons but not taken to jail.

This division wrote a total of 4,383 incident reports, which is an average of almost 129 reports per officer.

The division has seven reserve deputies that volunteer their time during the year to assist with law enforcement activities. The 500+ hours worked in 2014 saved the taxpayers just over $10,000.00 based on the cost per hour for a full-time deputy with benefits.

There were 25 uses of force department wide during 2014, 24 of those by the Patrol Division. Based on 1187 arrests/citations being made, patrol deputies had to use force on 2% of those arrested; no officers were injured in 2014 during use of force encounters; minor cuts and abrasions on five (5) suspects, none of which were transported to a medical facility and/ or refused medical treatment.

There were 0 uses of deadly force in 2014.

The Sheriff’s Office initiated 1,979 vehicle stops in 2014 compared to 1371 in 2013. The following is a breakdown of the ethnicity for males and females:

2013 – Female – 13 Hispanic, 85 African American, 366 Caucasian, 13 Other
Male – 44 Hispanic, 129 African American, 710 Caucasian, 11 Other

2014 – Female – 24 Hispanic, 106 African American, 535 Caucasian, 13 Other
Male – 82 Hispanic, 216 African American, 988 Caucasian, 15 Other

Community Services/Criminal Investigation Division

Criminal Investigations was assigned 1,594 cases in 2014, which includes 202 cases of criminal domestic violence. 1,062 of those cases were cleared and 573 persons were arrested. Statically, Criminal Investigations cleared 67% of their assigned cases.

2,212 cases were assigned to the Victim Services Unit, which includes providing victim services to the cities of Westminster, Walhalla, West Union, and Salem. The Victim Advocates attended court with the victims of crimes 261 times. The Victim Advocates were also assigned to all 202 criminal domestic violence cases with 85 orders of protection issued.

The Marine Unit covered around 1900 miles in 2014 along Lake Hartwell, Keowee and Jocassee, with 124 vessel safety checks conducted.

The School Resource Officers taught 116 classes involving approximately 2,088 students. The topics covered in those cases were harassment, bullying, texting, unlawful communication, drugs and alcohol. They conducted 355 student conferences and 159 parent conferences with 39 home visits. There were 14 juvenile referrals to DJJ and 43 tickets written. The SRO’s worked 785 hours for activities after the school day ended.

The Elementary School Resource Officer taught 25 classes involving approximately 550 students. Topics covered are primarily drugs, safety and bullying. He conducted 21 student/parent conferences with 9 home visits. He made approximately 300 classroom visits mentoring and establishing trust with the students.

Animal Control took in 3951 animals in 2014, with 1,152 animals adopted and 224 returned to their owners. There were 860 transferred to no kill rescues 1,715 were euthanized. Overall, Animal Control received 2,230 calls for service. There were 117 tickets issued. Statistically, 44% of all animals taken in were euthanized while 56% were saved through adoption, transfer to a rescue, or returned to their owner.

Environmental Services received 278 litter complaints, with the total number of litter charges at 58. The Sheriff’s Office participated in the Zero Tolerance for Litter campaign in 2014, which was sponsored by Palmetto Pride. The Sheriff’s Inmate work crew picked up approximately 4000lbs. of litter and 20 tires along the county’s roadways. The Sheriff’s Office adopted a two mile stretch of Highway 11 and picked up a total of eighty bags of trash using employee volunteers and their family members.

Oconee County currently has 166 registered sex offenders. There were 7 warrants signed in 2014 regarding sex offender registry violations, with guilty pleas in 5 of those cases and 2 cases found guilty. Statistically, the Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Program has a 96% compliance rate.
Community Services welcomed numerous students for job shadow day, and represented our agency at health, job, and safety fairs. Six church security assessments and one industry assessment was conducted. Neighborhood Crime Watch meetings were held in various communities.
Oconee County Detention Center

The average daily population at the Detention Center for 2014 was around 170, which was a 21.6% increase from 2013, where the average daily population around 140.

The most significant increase for inmates was for pre-trial males, around a 40% increase from 2013. Pre-trial female population increased 38%.

The total number of bookings (arrestees processed) declined, from 4,138 in 2013 to 3,881 in 2014. The significant increase in average daily population in the pre-trial population combined with the decrease in bookings could indicate one or more of the following possible causes: more pre-trial inmates unable to make bond, possibly due to higher bonds, more serious offenses, or cases of jailed inmates are taking longer to be adjudicated in court.

The Detention Center partnered with the Oconee County Public Library who brings the Book-Mobile to the Detention Center once a month.

The Detention Center began a partnership with St. Luke United Methodist Church and started a program called “Life Skills for Employment.” Volunteers from the church come once a week with laptop computers and are paired with inmates to teach them how best to fill out job applications online. The various other programs from church groups continued in 2014 with admirable diligence and dedication shown by volunteers.

25 inmates were placed in electronic monitoring in 2014; of which 14 are currently remain on a monitor.

SUMMARY

The Sheriff’s Office continues to promote community oriented policing principles of establishing relationships with our citizens and building partnerships to make our county a safer place. We strive to maintain a spirit of transparency. We continue to work hard to earn the trust of the public we serve.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man on Multiple Charges, Including Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon

Joseph Coy Kilby

Joseph Coy Kilby

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man on multiple charges last night during routine road patrol operations.

28 year old Joseph Coy Kilby, who resides at an address on South Walnut Street according to the Oconee County Detention Center, was booked into the jail around 9:10pm. According to arrests warrants, Kilby also has an address listed on Swiss Entrance in Pickens.

A deputy was dispatched to the area of Douglas Drive and Timberlake Drive near Coneross Creek in reference to a suspicious vehicle. Upon arriving on the scene, the deputy observed a vehicle in the intersection and a white male leaned over a van’s open hood. The deputy also recognized the subject, who was Kilby, and knew that Kilby had outstanding warrants.

After telling Kilby that he had outstanding warrants for his arrest and to place his hands behind his back, Kilby walked to the passenger side of the van. After repeated warnings backed up with a warning that he was going to be tased, Kilby kneeled down on the ground beside the van, looking back at the officer with his back turned to the officer. After reaching for his waist, the officer asked several times for Kilby to show his hands to the officer.

After not complying with the deputy’s command and seeing him attempting to take something out of his waistband, the officer deployed his Taser, upon which the officer saw a hand gun leave Kilby’s right hand and land next to the van as he was falling to the ground. After appearing to reach for the gun a second time, another short burst from the Taser was delivered. After which, Kilby complied with the commands of the officer.

According to officers, the weapon recovered had a fully loaded magazine but the chamber was empty. Mr. Kilby, after being asked by officers if he needed medical attention, declined. Mr. Kilby, handcuffed, was taken to the Detention Center.

In warrants obtained today, Kilby has been charged with Resisting Arrest and Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol in regards to yesterday’s incident. The three outstanding warrants charge Kilby with Second Degree Burglary, Petit Larceny, and Possession of Implements Capable of Being Used in a Crime. The three outstanding warrants pertain to an incident that occurred January 5th at a residence on Woods Edge Drive in Seneca.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Hosts Third “Coffee With A Cop” in Westminster

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————Earlier this morning at the Westminster Depot, residents of Oconee County and law enforcement officers met for a time of coffee and fellowship for the third “Coffee With A Cop.”

Unofficially, around 60 individuals met between 8am and 10am. Officers from the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, Westminster Police Department, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources met with those whom they serve everyday.

Community First Bank of Westminster supplied the food that was served during the event.

“We are extremely pleased with the turnout this morning at the Westminster Depot,” says Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Jimmy Watt. “We are thankful to those we serve for coming out and joining us this morning. We are grateful as well to Sandra Powell and everyone with the Westminster Chamber of Commerce and the Westminster Depot for all the work they did to make “Coffee With A Cop” possible this morning and to Community First Bank of Westminster for supplying the food that was served. It was a great morning for us in law enforcement to have a chance to meet and chat with those who came out in the cold weather.”

“We are looking to continue “Coffee With A Cop” in 2015 and we are going to try to take this program to as many places as we can in Oconee County,” says PIO Watt. “If any business or organization would like to host this event in the future, they can contact me at the Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4111. We like to host this once a quarter and our next one will probably be sometime in May.”

Missing Walhalla Woman Located in Hospital in Louisiana

Lorraine Anne-Leiss Lee

Lorraine Anne-Leiss Lee

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)—————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office received notification that a Walhalla woman reported missing yesterday has been located in a hospital in Louisiana.

Deputies received notification yesterday that 69 year old Lorraine Anne Leiss-Lee was missing. Lorraine’s last known address was 417 Snead Road but deputies believe that she has not been at that address for weeks nor had there been any recent sightings of Lorraine.

The Sheriff’s Office issued a press release yesterday stating that Lorraine may be in South Carolina but also possibly could be in the state of Georgia, Florida or Texas as well. Deputies were concerned for Lorraine’s safety due to the fact that she has had a history of health problems.

After the issuance of the press release, deputies from the Road Patrol division received information that Lorraine was admitted at some point to Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. An investigatior spoke with the nurse in charge who verified Lorraine’s personal information and confirmed that she was a patient there and that she was okay. Investigators were able to reconfirm that information late this afternoon.

Lorraine’s information was entered into the National Crime Information Center database but has since been removed.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help in Locating Missing Walhalla Woman

Lorraine Anne-Leiss Lee

Lorraine Anne-Leiss Lee

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)—————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing Walhalla woman.

Deputies received notification today that 69 year old Lorraine Anne Leiss-Lee is missing. Lorraine’s last known address is 417 Snead Road but deputies believe that she has not been at that address for the last three weeks. There have not been any recent sightings of Lorraine, according to deputies.

Deputies believe that Lorraine may be in South Carolina but also possibly could be in the state of Georgia, Florida or Texas as well. Deputies are also concerned for Lorraine’s safety due to the fact that she has had a history of health problems.

Lorraine’s information has been entered into the National Crime Information Center database.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Lorraine Anne Leiss-Lee is asked to call the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4111.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Fair Play Woman on Breach of Trust Charges

Misty Brook Cain Radel

Misty Brook Cain Radel

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Fair Play woman this morning on Breach of Trust charges related to an investigation of financial fraud which began in November of 2014 at Fair-Oak Elementary School.

41 year old Misty Brook Cain Radel was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 8:12am after turning herself in at the Oconee County Law Enforcement Center.

Deputies were notified on November 10th of last year by the principal of the school regarding possible financial fraud at the school reportedly centering on improper use of the Fair-Oak Elementary PTO credit card after a review of a bank statement.

The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division. Investigators were able to determine that Radel, who was the PTO President, used around $5.379.73 in PTO money for her own personal use.

Radel was released from the Oconee County Detention Center on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond after a bond hearing this morning.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help in Recent Burglary Case

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in solving a burglary in the Seneca area that occurred sometime between Christmas Day and the middle of January.

A Road Patrol deputy responded to reports of a burglary at 1810 Sandifer Boulevard on the evening of January 13th. The deputy spoke with an attorney of the estate who is representing the Thornwell Home for Children as the previous owner of house willed the property to Thornwell.

The complainant said the last time he was at the house was around Christmas and returned that evening to discover a break-in at the residence that occurred at a window of the house. Several cabinets had been opened in a room of the home but at this time, it appears that nothing was taken from the house.

If you have any information on this burglary that occurred at 1810 Sandifer Boulevard sometime between Christmas of last year and January 13th, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 864-638-STOP, 1-888-CRIME-SC, or text in your tip to 274637. All names and information given to Crimes Stoppers is anonymous and confidential and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Three; Serves Multiple Shoplifting Warrants

Amanda Kaye Holbrooks

Amanda Kaye Holbrooks

Cory Hampton Witt

Cory Hampton Witt

Daniel Eugene Fortner

Daniel Eugene Fortner

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested three individuals yesterday and as a result, served a total of eight warrants for shoplifting.

The three individuals arrested are as follows:

1) 28 year old Daniel Eugene Fortner of Seneca – Fortner has been charged with two counts of shoplifting from the Wal-Mart in Seneca. On January 14th and January 17th, Fortner attempted to deprive the store of merchandise without paying for those items. Those items included a Fieldline Gun Case, two Turtlewax Cleaners, nine cd’s, a Virgin Mobile phone, and a candle. The total amount of the merchandise is around $214.42. Fortner was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 11:35am after being found at an address on Mimosa Road in Westminster. Fortner also had an outstanding Magistrates Bench Warrant as well.

2) 43 year old Amanda Kaye Holbrooks of Greenville, South Carolina – Holbrook is charged with one count of shoplifting after leaving the Wal-Mart Store in Seneca on January 19th with a laptop computer, valued at around $634.94, and getting into a vehicle with the tag and truck reportedly coming back stolen. A deputy with the Road Patrol division noticed a vehicle matching the description the vehicle in question yesterday behind him at first and then turning into the Home Depot parking lot with a male and two female’s inside with the driver heading into the store. The deputy later learned that the male driver fled on foot. Holbrook was in the back seat and later identified herself in photos from Wal-Mart. After a search by a K-9 from the Seneca Police Department, around 8.3 grams of Methamphetamine was found in Holbrook’s pocket book. Holbrook was arrested and placed on a Temporary Custody Order for the drugs and served the warrant on the charges of Shoplifting. She was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 4:01pm yesterday. The other female passenger was released. Warrants were obtained by the Sheriff’s Office today charging Holbrook with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.

3) 53 year old Cory Hampton Witt of Anderson, South Carolina – Witt is charged with four counts of shoplifting from Wal-Mart in Seneca after taking items from the store on November 29th, 2014, December 8th, 2014 and January 4th. Witt is accused of taking a grand total of three computers and two TV sets during that time. Witt also attempted to take another TV on January 6th from the same Wal-Mart location. The total amount of items involved is over $2,000. Witt was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 10:01pm yesterday. The Sheriff’s Office had issued a press release back on December 10th of last year seeking the public’s help in solving two of the four shoplifting cases that Witt was charged with.