Statistics Released for 2016 Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Local Emergency Planning Committee

Local Emergency Planning Committee

Hazardous Household Waste Collection Day

Picture Three - April 23rd, 2016 Pill Take Back Day

(Walhalla, SC)———————————-Oconee County and the Local Emergency Planning Committee held the bi-annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day this past Saturday from 10am until 2pm in the parking lot of Seneca High School.
The following statistics have been released in regards to what collected on Saturday:
• A total of 290 vehicles were checked in.
• A total of 52 volunteers assisted the citizens of Oconee County who stopped by.
• A total of 12,493 lbs. of Household Hazardous Waste was collected.
• Narcotics Agents from the Sheriff’s Office collected 267 pounds of prescription medication in pill and liquid form, vitamins, supplements and over the counter medication.
• The following list was among the agencies, businesses and organizations to volunteered their time in service to the citizens of Oconee County:
Oconee CERT
Red Cross
Oconee County Emergency Services
Oconee Hazmat
Oconee Solid Waste
Oconee Sheriff’s office
Oconee LEPC
BASF
Seneca Road department
Oconee School District
Seneca Solid Waste
“We are grateful to the citizens of Oconee County who stopped by to drop off their items and to all the volunteers who took time on a beautiful Saturday to help those in our community and county,” says Bob Winchester, Chairman of the Local Emergency Planning Committee. “As you can see by the stats, the event was a tremendous success and the Local Emergency Planning Committee is committed not only in helping Oconee County prepare for disasters which may occur but also to the safety of our citizens and to protecting the environment. These Hazardous Household Waste Collection Days help us to accomplish all of that.”
The Local Emergency Planning Committee is a partnership of business, governmental, and public safety agencies that meet once every quarter and hosts events, such as the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. It meets to help better plan for events and contingencies, such as a chemical emergency response and preparedness plan, and to build better understanding between all the agencies involved and to understand what resources are available.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeking the Public’s Help Regarding December Death Investigation

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help as it continues to investigate a December 20th death investigation that occurred in the Westminster area.

Deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division were dispatched on December 20th to 330 Brock Road around 9:52pm in reference to a shooting incident. When deputies arrived, they discovered a body of a male with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Deputies notified the Criminal Investigations Division and an investigation began as deputies sealed off the area and began to gather evidence.

Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis identified the deceased as 33 year old Jesse Eugene Mulkey of Westminster

Since the initial reports of the shooting, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has been following up on additional leads and evidence in the case as well as awaiting tests results of evidence already gathered.

As the Sheriff’s Office awaits those test results, investigators continue their due diligence to make sure they are aware of all information available as they seek a resolution in the case.

If you have any information on this December 20th homicide at 330 Brock Road, 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 helps to lead to a resolution in the case, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

2016 Mayberry Open Golf Tournament to Benefit Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. Now Just One Away

Oconee Country Club

Oconee Country Club

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The 2016 Mayberry Open Golf Tournament, a fund raising golf tournament to benefit Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc., is now just one week away.

“On behalf of the board of Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. and the men and women of law enforcement in Oconee County, we are so thankful for the support we have received from our partners who have joined with us to help make Oconee County a safer place to live, work and play by supporting the Oconee County branch of Crime Stoppers,” says Jimmy Watt, Public Information Officer with the Sheriff’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office Coordinator of Crime Stoppers.

“As of today, we have 20 team entry forms turned in” says Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Jimmy Watt, who is the Sheriff’s Office Coordinator of Crime Stoppers. “The field for our tournament will be limited to 25 teams so if you have been thinking about fielding a team for this year’s tournament, now is the time to do so to secure your place. We have had citizens, organizations, business and industries who are partnering with us through hole sponsorships as well so the level of support has been tremendous and we are so very grateful.”

The 2016 Mayberry Open is scheduled for Thursday, May 5th at the beautiful par-71 6,051 yard Oconee Country Club in Seneca. Registration will begin at 10:30am and the tournament will have a Noon shotgun start.

The field will consist of 25 4-man Captain’s Choice teams. The cost per player is $60 dollars or $240 dollars for a team.

There are also other exciting aspects of this year’s tournament as well, which includes:

• Lunch before the tournament supplied by Chick-fil-A of Seneca
• Supper after the tournament provided by Little Pigs BBQ of Seneca
• Goodie bags for golfer’s who participate
• Door prizes
• Mulligan’s – 2 for $5
• Longest Drive contest on the par-5 8th hole
• Closest to the pin on the par-3 16th hole
• The hole in one contest on the par-3 6th hole with $500 awarded to anyone who scores a hole-in-one

If anyone would like to receive information on the tournament, including how to sign up a team, become a hole sponsor or donate door prizes, they can contact Jimmy Watt, Public Information Officer at the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4199 or by e-mail at jwatt@oconeelaw.com. Tournament sign up forms are also available at Oconee Country Club in Seneca.

Those who are interested in fielding a team can do so via a mobile marketing program available through Oconee Country Club provided by Campbell and Partners by texting the keyword CRIME to shortcode 63975. From there, you will receive a text back with a link to a mobile registration site. Once you click on that link, you will be taken to a website where you can register your teams as well as receive more information about the tournament. There is even a link at the top of the page for those who have a question concerning the tournament to text that question.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks the Public’s Help in Locating Fair Play Wanted on Fugitive from Justice Warrant

Allen Don Richardson

Allen Don Richardson

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help today in locating a Fair Play man who is wanted by the Warrants Division on a Fugitive from Justice Warrant.

According to the arrest warrant, 52 year old Allen Don Richardson of West Pine Grove Road is a fugitive from justice from the state of Georgia. He is wanted for not reporting to jail on time in Hart County, GA when his incarceration was scheduled.

Investigators believe that Richardson maybe or has been in the Fair Play area.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Allen Don Richardson, you are asked to contact 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 to host its seventh Coffee with a Cop on May 19th, 2016

Program offers opportunity to meet local officers, discuss community issues

Coffee With A Cop Logo

(Walhalla, SC)—On May 19th, officers from the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members and the public are invited to attend. The event begins at 7pm on May 19th at The Westminster Depot at 135 East Main Street in Westminster. Please contact Jimmy Watt with questions: 864-638-4199 or jwatt@oconeelaw.com.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Oconee County neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office to Host the Second of Two April Pill Take Back Days This Saturday

Picture One - April 23rd, 2016 Pill Take Back Day

Picture Three - April 23rd, 2016 Pill Take Back Day

Picture Two - April 23rd, 2016 Pill Take Back Day

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the second of two Pill Take Back Days in the month of April this coming Saturday.

The Pill Take Back Day will be held this Saturday, April 30th from 10am until 2pm in Walhalla at the Law Enforcement Center at 300 South Church Street as part of the National Pill Take Back Day.

Citizens can bring their old or no longer used medications or vitamins to the drop off sites to have them disposed of properly.

“These take back days will make it possible for us to collect and safely dispose of these medications to prevent them from getting into the hands of our children or prevent them from damaging the environment by being disposed in the wrong places,” according to Lt. Jeremy Chapman of the Special Operations Division of the Sheriff’s Office.

“In order to keep our incinerator in good working order, we are also asking those who bring the medications to our collection areas to bring them in the marked prescription bottle open the bottles and dump them into the container. After that, our citizens can recycle the prescription bottles themselves,” continues Lt. Chapman.

This past Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office collected 267 pounds of prescription medication in pill and liquid form, plus, vitamins, supplements and over the counter medications as part of the semi-annual Hazardous Household Waste Collection Day at Seneca High School.

Last year, the Sheriff’s Office collected approximately 910 pounds of pill and liquid prescription medication during four Pill Take Back Days.

Three Charged In Detention Center Fight

SLED Logo

Jacob Drotning

Jacob Drotning

Kenneth Strother Collins, Jr.

Kenneth Strother Collins, Jr.

Travis Javon Lee

Travis Javon Lee

Release Courtesy of Thom Berry
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division

Agents of the S.C. Law Enforcement Division Tuesday charged three inmates of the Oconee County Detention Center in connection with an altercation in the detention center April 16, 2016.

Travis Javon Lee, 21, and Jacob Daniel Drotning, 40, both of Seneca, S.C., were charged with Assault and Battery 2nd Degree, a misdemeanor that carries a penalty upon conviction of up to three years in prison, a fine of up to $2,500, or both.

Kenneth Strother Collins, Jr., 25, of Walhalla, S.C., was charged with Assault and Battery 3rd Degree, a misdemeanor that carries a penalty upon conviction of up to 30 days in prison, a fine of up to $500, or both.

Lee, Drotning and Collins were booked at the Oconee County Detention Center.

The case was investigated by SLED at the request of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office.

The cases will be prosecuted by the 10th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Invites Residents to Sign Up for the 3rd Citizens Police Academy

Citizens Police Academy Logo

Citizens Police Academy Logo

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is inviting Oconee County residents to sign up now for the 3rd Citizens Police Academy that will give individuals a chance to experience what a day in the life of a police officer is all about.

Citizens of Oconee County can sign up now for the classes at the website of the Sheriff’s Office at www.oconeelaw.com by clicking on the “Citizens Police Academy” link near the upper right portion of the website. Applications will need to be printed off and mailed to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at 415 South Pine Street, Walhalla, SC 29691.

Those who are selected will have a chance to meet the Command Staff and many of the deputies of the Sheriff’s Office. Some of the topics covered will be patrol operations, equipment and its uses, criminal investigations, E-911 communications, SWAT team operations, plus a judicial overview by one of the local judges, information on detention and narcotics. On a Saturday during the classes, instructees will observe a SWAT team demonstration. At the conclusion of the classes, those who participate will be given a shirt, a certificate and a class photo.

There is a selection process for those who sign up, which includes a background check, according to Sgt. Mike McGowan, Sheriff’s Office Coordinator of the Citizens Police Academy. Sgt. McGowan is hoping to reach demographics from every walk of life in Oconee County, with the class size limited to 25 due to logistic limitations. The classes will meet for 10 consecutive weeks on Tuesday evenings with one Saturday meeting for the SWAT demonstration.

Participation in all the classes is important, according to Sgt. McGowan, due to the fact of the volume of information that is going to be presented. Missing two of more classes may result in a disqualification from the program.

The dates for the third “Citizens Police Academy” will be each Tuesday from Tuesday, August 30th until Tuesday, November 1st from 6pm until 9pm each night. The SWAT demonstration will take place at the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Advance Firearms and Tactical Training Center on Saturday, September 24th from 9am until 12 noon. All those who are selected with be notified. There is no cost for those who are selected for the “Citizens Police Academy.”

Those who participate and graduate from this year’s class will join the graduates of the first two Citizens Police Academy classes in the “Citizens Police Academy Alumni.” These alumni will have an opportunity to support the Sheriff’s Office by encouraging participation in future academies and to promote the Sheriff’s Office through their contact with others outside the Sheriff’s Office.

Last November, 21 Oconee citizens graduated from the 2nd Citizens Police Academy.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks the Public’s Help in Solving Stolen Mailbox Case

Sheriff's Badge

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in regards to a recent stolen mailbox case.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to an address in the 1100 block of Coffee Road near Walhalla the afternoon of April 13th in regards to a call in which the victim’s mailbox and custom post made out of wrought iron was taken from the property . The mailbox had the letter “W” in it.

The value of the whole package is around $300. It does not appear that any mail was taken from the mailbox but the Sheriff’s Office says it is a good time to remind our citizens to help protect their mail from being stolen.

“This is the only case we have a report on regarding a stolen mailbox in the last few weeks,” says Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Jimmy Watt. “While we have not seen a rash of these type of incidents, we ask our citizens especially to protect their mail as much as possible not only due to the stealing of personal property but also to protect themselves against identity theft with the proclivity of fraud cases that we do see.”

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind homeowners that it is not a good idea to put mail, especially checks, inside an unsecure mailbox with the flag raised. Instead, if you are unable to make it to the post office, you may want to call your local post office and make arrangements to meet you postal carrier to personally hand them something that needs to be mailed.
There are also other steps you can take to protect your mail from being stolen, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service:
• Use letter slots inside the post office to mail letters or bills or hand it to your mail carrier.
• If you change your address, notify the Post Office and anyone you do business with immediately.
• Don’t send cash in the mail.
• If you plan to be out of town, notify your postal carrier to stop or hold your mail until you return. You can also ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail while you are away.
• Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave your mail overnight in the mailbox.
• If you don’t receive a check or valuable mail you have been expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately.
• Ask your bank for “secure” checks that can’t be altered.
• If you suspect mail theft, contact your Postal Inspector.
For more information, visit the website of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/.
If you have any information on the mailbox theft that was reported on April 13th from the 1100 block of Coffee Road, you are asked to contact 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 Arrests Liberty Man on Multiple Charges, Including Attempted Murder

Frederick Sloan Parrington

Frederick Sloan Parrington

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Liberty, SC man Friday morning on multiple charges, including a charge of Attempted Murder.

56 year old Frederick Sloan Parrington of Freedom Forest Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 5:02am Friday.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to a location on OKelley Road near Westminster on Thursday evening of last week in regards to a reported disturbance involving a person with a weapon who had made threats and was reportedly intoxicated.

The subject in question reportedly was leaving the residence in a black in color Dodge pickup and was heading toward Cobb Bridge Road but the responded deputy made contact with the vehicle and the subject, later identified as Parrington, at the intersection of Stephens Drive and OKelley Road. As the investigation began, deputies discovered a knife on the person of Parrington.

The deputy responded to the incident location and spoke with a witness. The deputy learned that Parrington spoke to the witness about issues he was having with the victim in the case. The victim told the deputy that Parrington banged on his front door, whereupon the victim opened the door and saw Parrington outside. Parrington made a threat towards the victim, produced a knife and swung it at the victim. Parrington continued to make threats even though the victim told Parrington to leave the property.

Parrington eventually left the residence but was placed under arrest and was later charged in warrants with Attempted Murder, Possession of a Weapon during Commission of a Violent Crime and Refusal to Leave upon Request. An inventory of Parrington’s vehicle incident to arrest produced an open bottle of liquor in the front of the vehicle with the seal broken, for which Parrington was issued a traffic ticket for Transporting Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle with the Seal Broken.

Parrington was given no bond for the charges of Attempted Murder and the Weapons Possession Charge. Parrington’s combined surety bond amount on the other charges (Refusal to Leave upon Request and the Broken Seal charge) is $732.50.

Parrington remains in custody at the Detention Center at this time.