Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man and Woman on Unlawful Neglect of a Child Charges

Brandi Leandra Logan

Brandi Leandra Logan

Dylan Chase Brock

Dylan Chase Brock

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man and woman yesterday on charges of Unlawful Neglect of a Child.

25 year old Dylan Chase Brock and 25 year old Brandi Leandra Logan were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 2:30pm and 3:07pm respectively. Arrests warrants show Brock’s address as Brock Road while Logan’s address is listed as Viking Drive.

On June 8th, agents with the Narcotics Division of the Sheriff’s Office were contacted by the Department of Social Services regarding a child that had tested positive for narcotics. The agents opened up an investigation into the case.

As the investigation continued, it was determined that a child, a 23 month old female, had tested positive on May 18th for amphetamine, methamphetamine and THC. Drug screens conducted on Brock on the same date showed him testing positive for amphetamine, methamphetamine and THC while drug screens on conducted on Logan, also on May 18th, showed that she tested positive for amphetamine and methamphetamine.

The incident is said to have occurred at an address on Worley Road in Westminster, according to agents.

The child was placed in a safe environment, according to agents.

As of 9am this morning, Brock and Logan remain in custody at the Detention Center on $7,500 surety bonds each.

Murder Suspect from March 2015 Homicide Back in Oconee County

Dw'ntraquis Rashaad Campbell

Dw’ntraquis Rashaad Campbell

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is announcing today that the individual charged in the March 2015 shooting and murder at the former Sonny’s Bar and Grill is back in Oconee County.

31 year old Dw’Ntraquis Rashaad Campbell of Oak Hill Street in Greenwood, SC was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 5:59pm yesterday by a deputy from the Warrants Division.

Campbell has been in jail in Mecklenburg County, NC since the Sheriff’s Office received word from the U.S. Marshals Service on February 5th of this year that Campbell had been arrested in Charlotte, NC.

Campbell had fought extradition to Oconee County since his arrest in February.

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 the incident that occurred during the early morning of March 8th, 2015 on Shiloh Road at Wells Highway.

Campbell was denied bond on all charges during a bond hearing.

A hold has been placed on Campbell as well by the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office in Columbus, GA on two charges there.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Offers Safety Tips for the 4th of July Weekend

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–With the Fourth of July Weekend just around the corner, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office wants all of our citizens and visitors to enjoy this weekend by offering these safety tips.

“The Sheriff’s Office will have our dispatch fully staffed and ready to accept calls for service as we do every day of the year,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “If someone needs our deputies to respond to their location to report an incident or crime, our normal and routine law enforcement operations will go on as usual.”

“We will also have additional officers, in our efforts to be proactive and to keep our citizens and visitors safe, at our lake and river access points across Oconee County,” continues Sheriff Crenshaw. “Our deputies will have a visible presence and will be vigilant in keeping an eye on alcohol violations and making sure that emergency vehicles can navigate into these access points.”

“We are asking our citizens and visitors to come out and enjoy the lakes and the beauty of Oconee County,” says Sheriff Crenshaw. “However, if the parking lots at these access points become too overcrowded and emergency vehicle cannot make their way into these areas, then additional visitors may be turned away so we advise everyone to arrive early in the day.”

Besides the deputies patrolling these areas, the Sheriff’s Office Marine Units will also have a presence on the waters and lakes around the Oconee County.

The Sheriff’s Office is also providing these safety tips for those who are traveling and participating in activities surrounding Independence Day this weekend:

• Never consume alcohol and operate any type of motorized vehicle or watercraft. Always have a designated driver and make sure to always buckle up.
• Expect an increased law enforcement presence and prepare for traffic safety checkpoints.
• Always have an adult supervise any fireworks activities and never allow children to play with fireworks.
• Always allow a safe distance when igniting fireworks and with the recent hot and dry weather we have had, always have a water source close by.
• Always use barbeque grills outdoors and in well ventilated areas and use long handed utensils when cooking on a grill. Always stay around a grill when in operation.
• Always make sure that everyone on a boat has a personal flotation device that is wearable and of the proper size for everyone that is on a boat.
• Make sure your boat navigation lights are working properly and that you have a horn or sound making device.
• When traveling by vehicle or boat, always be courteous to others on the road and the water. Have a travel plan and make sure other family and friends know where you are going and your estimated time of arrival.
• Make sure to have a cell phone that is fully charged.
• Wear plenty of sunscreen when you are outside and always drink plenty or water and/or sports drinks before, during and after you have been outside to stay hydrated.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeking to Speak with Two Persons of Interest in Relation to Monday Afternoon Shooting

Billy Lloyd Butts

Billy Lloyd Butts

William Roger Daniel "Danny" McGuffin

William Roger Daniel “Danny” McGuffin

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking to speak with two persons of interests in relation to a shooting that occurred Monday afternoon.

The Sheriff’s Office has been trying to locate and speak with 43 year old Billy Lloyd Butts and 37 year old William Roger Daniel “Danny” McGuffin, both of Westminster, since the shooting occurred late Monday afternoon but have been unable to do so.

The Sheriff’s Office began investigating the shooting that was reported late Monday afternoon near Westminster. The shooting happened at a location on Blackjack Road.

E-911/Communications received a call for service Monday around 4:48pm from the Hasty Mart convenience store at 3109 West-Oak Highway in regards to a male who stated he had been shot.

Deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division, the Criminal Investigations Division along with paramedics and fire fighters responded to the scene.

Officers discovered a male that had been shot in the mid-section. The victim was flown by helicopter to the hospital. The victim had driven from the location of the shooting to the convenience store.

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

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Mr. Butts and/or Mr. McGuffin is asked to call the non-emergency line of the Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4111. Those calling dispatch should ask to have their information forwarded to the investigators in the case.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Anderson County Man on Outstanding Receiving Stolen Goods Warrant

Patrick Todd Smith

Patrick Todd Smith

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

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

36 year old Patrick Todd Smith of Lakeside Drive in Anderson was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:18pm after being transported by an officer from the Warrants Division from the Walden/Stevenson Correctional Institution in Columbia to Oconee County.

An investigator from the Criminal Investigations Division received a call on September 3rd of 2015 from a complainant on Stone Farm Road in Westminster who had recently bought a golf cart from Smith previously. The complainant had suspicions about the golf cart after being given a description of one that was reported stolen from the Pendleton area in Anderson County.

Working with our law enforcement partners in Anderson County, the investigator obtained a picture of the stolen golf cart and responded to the address on Stone Farm Road. The investigator took pictures of the golf cart there and sent those pictures to an investigator in Anderson.

The investigator in Anderson County met with the victim in the Pendleton area, whereupon it was confirmed that the golf cart belonged to the victim there. The golf cart was recovered and arrangements were made to return to cart back to the victim in Anderson County.

As the investigation continued, warrants were obtained against Smith charging him with possessing the golf cart knowing that it was stolen.

Smith was given a $5,000 surety bond on the charges. A hold has been placed on him by the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Issues Call for Rabies Inoculation and Checks in West Union

Oconee County Animal Shelter

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents in a section of West Union to make sure their pet’s rabies inoculation and checks are up to date.

Recently, Animal Control officers with the Sheriff’s Office discovered a rabid cat in the area of Main Street and Torrington Road in West Union. The infected cat was captured and has been euthanized.

If you live in this part of West Union, Animal Control officers are asking residents to make sure their pet’s inoculations are up to date and if they are not, for those pets to receive rabies check and proper inoculation and treatment.

Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. Seeks the Public’s Help Regarding March 2015 Hit and Run Accident

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(Walhalla, SC)——————————————-Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. is seeking the public’s help regarding a hit and run accident that occurred in March of 2015 in Oconee County that the South Carolina Highway Patrol has been investigating.
The collision occurred on March 8th, 2015 around 8:50pm on Highway 183 near the intersection of S. Flagship Drive. This location places the accident near Keowee Key and the Oconee Nuclear Station.
According to information provided by the Highway Patrol, the vehicle at fault was traveling east on S. Flagship Drive when this vehicle in question failed to yield the right of way to a vehicle traveling south on Highway 183 and struck that vehicle in the left side. The vehicle at fault then left the scene of the accident.
The suspected vehicle at fault in this hit and run crash is a 4 door Toyota with possible damage to the left side molding toward the front. The model year of the Toyota is not known at this time and there is some discrepancy in the color of the vehicle.
If you have any information on this March 8th, 2015 hit and run accident, 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 contact Crime Stoppers and all information given is confidential. If your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Monday Afternoon Shooting

Sheriff's Badge

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a shooting that was reported late Monday afternoon near Westminster.

E-911/Communications received a call for service around 4:48pm from the Hasty Mart convenience store at 3109 West-Oak Highway in regards to a male who stated he had been shot.

Deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division, the Criminal Investigations Division along with paramedics and fire fighters responded to the scene.

Officers discovered a male that had been shot in the mid-section. The victim was flown by helicopter to the hospital.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Announces Completion of 2nd Leadership Camp

Sheriff's Badge

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and the School District of Oconee County concluded their 2nd Leadership Camp recently with a graduation ceremony on June 9th at the Law Enforcement Center in Walhalla.
30 students participated in the camp, which was held from June 6th through June 9th, along with deputies from the Sheriff’s Office, including the School Resource Officers, and School District officials. Among the activities the students participated in were hiking, fishing, basketball, zip lining and swimming as well as a visit to some of the athletic facilities at Clemson University. The students were taken on a tour of the Oconee County Rock Quarry and got to see some of the equipment in use.
Leadership and team building skills were a part of the camp as well as exercises in which volunteers had small group time with the students for better relationship building.
“The summer leadership camp is a great opportunity for some of our students to build healthy relationships and experience things that they would not normally be able to experience,” according to Dr. Michael Thorsland, Superintendent of Education for the School District of Oconee County. “The deputies that participate do a great job encouraging the students and helping them prepare to be successful in school the next year.”

“This is a great proactive activity that the Sheriff has implemented. We are thrilled with the partnership,” says Dr. Thorsland.

According to Lt. Mark Lyles, who is supervisor of the School Resource Officers with the Sheriff’s Office, the students who made up this year’s Leadership Camp were middle school age boys. They were identified by the School District as those who were having trouble in school with grades or may have had discipline issues that the volunteers thought they could help to address this summer to avoid potential problems in the future.

“I think things have gone very well and the students have been very receptive,” says Lt. Lyles as the camp was in session. “The students have told me and told the other officers how much they are having fun and we have had positive feedback from the parents and grandparents of the students who have participated.”

“The most rewarding thing for me is to see the students have fun and a good time and for them to know that law enforcement cares for them and to see their emotion as they build self-confidence,” continues Lt. Lyles.
Below are comments from some of the School Resource Officers with the Sheriff’s Office concerning the 2nd Leadership Camp:
Corporal Charles Mulwee, at-risk SRO, Elementary Schools: “This was my second leadership challenge camp. Last year we had Elementary aged boys and this year we had middle school age boys. By the third day of the camp you will start to see the young men come out of their shyness and start to step up and be vocal as a leader. It’s a very humbling experience. It continues to promote the sheriff’s vision of building partnerships to promote a safer community!”

Corporal Chris Roach, SRO, West-Oak High School: “This was my first year in working with the Leadership Camp. I had a blast at the camp, and I cannot wait to be able to do it next year. The camp has a great impact on everyone. It affects the students, staff, volunteers, as well as all of the supporters. The affect may not be seen on the students at the present moment, however it greatly increases the partnership and the relationship between the student and Law enforcement, the community, and society. The camp is not about one person, officer, volunteer, or even the Sheriff, it’s all about the students and the affect that we can make on the students to change their lives.”

Corporal Keith Brooks, SRO, Walhalla High School: “I feel that the students did see that we are there for them and we do care. All of us that helped with the camp showed we are willing to take time to show that being a leader even in simple things makes a difference. I feel that all the students that came did enjoy some part of the camp and learned a little about working together and having a good time.”

Here is a list of the individuals and sponsors who helped to make the 2nd Leadership Camp a success:

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office
School District of Oconee County
Oconee County Rock Quarry
The National Guard
Diamond T Promotions
Telsmith
Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative
Clemson University
Walhalla City Pool
Bountyland Quik Stop – Fishing Rods and Water
Wildwater – Jack Wise
Foster Farms
Shane Smith
Lamar Digby
Rick Crowe – The Bait Shop
Seneca location of Ingles
Seneca location of BI-LO
The Seneca Walmart
Richard Sanford and the Chauga Service Station – Ice Cream
Rhonda Morgan
Johnny Williams

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Two Upstate Men on Malicious Injury to Personal Property Charges

Chandler Jace Simpson

Chandler Jace Simpson

Cory Donovan Simpson

Cory Donovan Simpson

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men, one from Anderson and one from Westminster, on charges of Malicious Injury to Personal Property charges.

20 year old Chandler Jane Simpson of Canter Lane in Anderson and his brother, 23 year old Cory Donovan Simpson of Earles Grove Road in Westminster, were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:03pm and 1:26pm respectively.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to the incident location on Carolina Landing Drive in Fair Play on June 4th and began an investigation regarding a case of vandalism that had occurred to the victim’s truck and to a building at Carolina Landing.

The responding officer observed the damage to the victim’s truck as well as damage to the building on the property, as well as damage that was observed to lawn equipment, tools, furniture and other items as well.

As the investigation continued and interviews conducted and evidence gathered, it was determined that the suspects has committed the damage to the property and building. Warrants were obtained against both suspects on Monday.

According to the arrest warrants, the damage to the property and truck is greater than $2,000.

Both Simpson’s were released from the Detention Center on personal recognizance bonds. Cory Simpson’s bond was $10,000 and Chandler Simpson’s bond was $2,130.