Duke Energy’s World of Energy Implements New Hours of Operation

Oconee Nuclear Station

Oconee Nuclear Station

Release Courtesy of Chris Rimel
South Carolina Communications Manager

Duke Energy’s World of Energy education center at Oconee Nuclear Station has served the Upstate and area visitors for nearly 50 years. Since we opened our doors in 1969, we have been committed to offering free, family-friendly opportunities to the public, including energy education, informative programming, family entertainment and more.

Effective Nov. 1, 2016, the World of Energy will implement new operating hours for visitors and plant neighbors, remaining open to the public 9 a.m. through 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and closing on Saturday and Sunday. The picnic area and nature trail will remain open Saturday and Sunday for public use.

We are excited to continue hosting special events and featured programming on designated Saturdays throughout the year.

If you have not done so recently, we encourage you to visit the World of Energy. As we approach our 50th anniversary, we are in the process of refurbishing and replacing several exhibits to continue our tradition in the next 50 years as a premiere educational outpost in the utility industry. Although we are changing our hours of operation, our commitment to energy education and our community remains strong.

World of Energy Upcoming Events:
• National Hunting and Fishing Day, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24
• Super Tuesday, 10 a.m., Oct. 25: Having studied more than 20 total solar eclipses around the world, Dr. Donald Liebenberg presents a public lecture featuring the total solar eclipse set to cross our path in August 2017. Learn all about this rare phenomenon.
• Festival of Trees Display, Dec. 1 – Dec. 31 (during normal business hours)

If you are in need of World of Energy brochures reflecting our new hours of operation, please call 1 (800) 777-1004, option 1, or email worldofenergy@duke-energy.com. If you have World of Energy hours of operation on your website, we ask that you please update to reflect our new hours. For more information on hours of operation, programming and events, please visit us online at www.duke-energy.com/worldofenergy.

Safe Kids Upstate Hosting Super Seat Saturday in Seneca

Scan from Oconee SO CID

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–Safe Kids Upstate is scheduled to host a Super Seat Saturday this coming Saturday, September 24th, in Seneca.

The event will take place at the Seneca Fire Department at 321 W. South 4th Street from 10am until 2pm.

Citizens can learn how to install a children’s car seat or booster seat and/or find out if it’s time to change that seat.

For more information, call Safe Kids Upstate at 864-885-7390.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Columbia Man on Outstanding Arrest Warrant

Ontorio Cortez Waymyers

Ontorio Cortez Waymyers

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Columbia, SC last Friday on an outstanding arrest warrant.

36 year old Ontorio Cortez Waymyers of Allen Benedict Court was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 11:19pm by a deputy from the Warrants Division after being transported from jail in Myrtle Beach, SC.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office had an outstanding warrant on Waymyers from 2013 on charges of shoplifting with a value of more than $5,000. Waymyers is accused in the arrest warrant on March 15th, 2013 of stealing eighteen iPhones with a value of around $10,782.00 from the Seneca Walmart location on Sandifer Boulevard in Seneca.

According to investigators, Waymyers spoke to an employee in the electronics department late in the evening of March 14th, 2013 about iPhones. Waymyers then went behind the counter in electronics after midnight March 15th and pried the locked box open and took the phones and left the store.

Based upon evidence that was gathered, deputies had probable cause to obtain an arrest warrant against Waymyers.

The Sheriff’s Office also obtained a Fugitive from Justice Warrant against Waymyers and a hold has been placed on Waymyers by the Greene County, GA Sheriff’s Office.

Waymyers was denied bond on the Fugitive from Justice Warrant and was given a $10,000 surety bond on the Shoplifting charge.

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

Sheriff’s Office Requests Help from Law Enforcement Partners Regarding Data Breach

Sheriff's Badge

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————-Earlier today, Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw was informed by Oconee County Administrator Scott Moulder of a data breach involving the payroll service used to pay county employees.

Sheriff Crenshaw made contact with our law enforcement partners with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to handle the inquiry into this matter.

“At this time we do not have an exact dollar amount but we have determined that some county employee payrolls were not deposited directly into their accounts,” says Sheriff Crenshaw. “This type of data breach is extremely important and potentially involves Federal Law therefore I requested SLED as well as the FBI to investigate this crime. The Sheriff’s Office is currently working with the company providing payroll services to the county to determine the source of the data breach. These cases often involve jurisdictions outside of the state of South Carolina and the United States as well.”

“At this point in the investigation it appears as though the data breach is isolated only to the payroll system, therefore we feel that there is no danger to other bank accounts that the County operates and we have appropriately notified the financial institutions that the county does business with to make them aware of the situation,” says Oconee County Administrator Scott Moulder.

Foothills Alliance Festival of Trees Scheduled for November

Foothills Alliance

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Foothills Alliance will be hosting their annual “Festival of Trees” in November, with proceeds to benefit the organization, which provides services for sexually abused children and adults in Anderson and Oconee Counties.
There will be a preview brunch on Wednesday, November 16th, with doors opening at 9:30am and the program from 10:30am until Noon. Tickets for the preview brunch are $30 each.
There will be free public viewings as well from November 16th thru November 19th. Finally, there will be an auction on Friday, November 19th beginning at 6pm. Tickets for the auction are $45 each.
All events will be located at the Civic Center of Anderson.
Also, there will be children’s crafts, a Christmas store, Christmas tree packages, holiday décor and pictures will Santa, plus, much more.
For more information, contact Foothills Alliance at 864-231-7273.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man and Woman on Drug Charges

Baileys Mountain Road Seizure

Baileys Mountain Road Seizure

Joshua Richard Dills

Joshua Richard Dills

Shera Lynn Dills

Shera Lynn Dills

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man and woman, who are married, yesterday on drug charges.

33 year old Joshua Richard Dills and 29 year old Shera Lynn Dills of Baileys Mountain Drive were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:53pm and 9:48pm respectively.

During drug eradication efforts during the early afternoon hours yesterday, narcotics agents and deputies spotted some marijuana plants from Ranger One, the Sheriff’s Office helicopter. Narcotics agents on the ground went to the residence and were joined by deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division.

Joshua Dills, who was at the residence at that time, initially refused to come out of the residence but later obeyed officer commands and was taken into custody. Meanwhile, agents obtained a search warrant for the residence and property, upon which agents discovered a quantity of marijuana plants and quantities of marijuana inside, including some ready for distribution, plus, firearms and drug paraphernalia.

Deputies obtained arrest warrants for Shera Dills, who was not at the residence at the time of the execution of the search warrant. She was picked up by Sheriff’s Office deputies later and charged with one count each of Manufacturing Marijuana – 1st Offense and Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana – 1st offense.

Joshua Dills was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants were obtained today charging him with one count each of Manufacturing Marijuana – 1st Offense and Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana – 1st offense.

Both Shera and Joshua Dills remain in custody at the Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

The charge of Manufacturing Marijuana – 1st Offense and Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana – 1st offense are both felonies that carries a penalty of not more than 5 years in prison and/or a fine of not more than $5,000 per charge.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Georgia Woman and Man on Charges Related to Traffic Stop

Joseph Daniel Jackson

Joseph Daniel Jackson

Stacey Elizabeth McDougald

Stacey Elizabeth McDougald

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Georgia woman and man earlier this morning on charges related to a traffic stop.

38 year old Stacey Elizabeth McDougald of Galilee Church Road in Jefferson, GA and 37 year old Joseph Daniel Jackson of Panther Court in Hoschton, GA were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 4:39am and 4:48am respectively.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division on routine patrol observed a vehicle, a green GMC pickup with a Georgia tag, disregard a stop sign at Whitfield Road at Highway 243 in the Fair Play area.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at Grubbs Road at Highway 243 but the vehicle refused to pull over and crossed over the county line into Anderson County, where the vehicle eventually pulled over.

McDougald, who was the driver, exited the vehicle and began to flee, but after going a short distance, stopped and obeyed the officer’s commands. Jackson, the passenger, was attempting to get out but obeyed the officer’s commands and did not flee.

After receiving consent to search the vehicle, the deputy located a green leafy substance in the vehicle which the deputy believed to be marijuana that McDougald claimed possession of. McDougald was placed under arrest and issued citations for Disregarding a Stop Sign, Simple Possession of Marijuana and Failure to stop for a Blue Light. McDougald was given a combined $5,847.50 personal recognizance bond on the charges.

Deputies also determined that McDougald had outstanding warrants from the state of Georgia and a hold has been placed on McDougald by Jackson County, GA, according to the Detention Center.

Deputies were also able to determine that the initial information that Jackson provided to deputies was inconsistent and after receiving the correct information, deputies determined that Jackson had outstanding warrants from Georgia as well. Jackson was charged in a citation with Giving False Information. A hold has been placed on Jackson by Georgia Parole, according to the Detention Center. Jackson was given a $465.00 personal recognizance bond on his charge.

The Sheriff’s Office also obtained Fugitive from Justice Warrants today against McDougald and Jackson

As of 5pm today, both McDougald and Jackson remain in custody at the Detention Center.

The Sheriff’s Office also received assistance from our law enforcement partners with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Oconee County Men on Multiple Charges Related to Armed Robbery

Jon Conner Wacaster

Jon Conner Wacaster

Robert Alan Pelfrey

Robert Alan Pelfrey

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Oconee County men yesterday on charges related to a recent armed robbery.

26 year old Robert Alan Pelfrey of Eades Drive in Westminster and 21 year old Jon Conner Wacaster of Chappell Drive in Salem were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 4:30pm and 10:30pm respectively.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to the Low Water Bridge campsite near Mountain Rest the evening of September 9th to speak to two individuals in reference to an armed robbery. The deputy was told by the victim that as he was setting up a campsite, two subjects approached him armed and demanded the keys to a silver Chevrolet Pick-up Truck, upon which after giving them the keys, the two subject got into the truck and left. The two subjects also took the victim’s cell phone.

The victim had the second individual he was camping with to drive to a location in order to contact law enforcement.

The case was turned over the Criminal Investigations Division and based upon the evidence that was gathered in the case, investigators were able to identify both Pelfrey and Wacaster as the individuals who committed the armed robbery. The truck was entered in the National Crime’s Information Center database as stolen and a Be on the Lookout for (BOLO) was issued to surrounding agencies.

Based upon the evidence that was gathered, investigators were able to obtain warrants against both Pelfrey and Wacaster on one count each of Grand Larceny over $10,000, Possession of a Weapon during Commission of a Violent Crime and Armed Robbery Armed with a Deadly Weapon.

As of 8:30am this morning, both individuals remain in custody at the Detention Center. Pelfrey total combined surety bond amount is $90,000 while Wacaster’s total surety bond amount is $120,000.

A hold has also been placed on Wacaster by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardons.

The charge of Armed Robbery While Armed with a Deadly Weapon is a felony that carries a penalty of 10 to 30 years in prison.

The charge of Grand Larceny, value $10,000 or more, is a felony that carries a penalty of not more than 10 years in prison or a fine with the amount determined at the discretion of the court.

The charge of Possession of a Weapon during Commission of a Violent Crime is a felony that carries a penalty of 5 years in prison.

According to investigators, neither the truck nor the cellphone have been located.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Multiple Charges

Jesse Logan Waters

Jesse Logan Waters

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man on multiple charges last Friday afternoon, including a Breach of Trust charge.

40 year old Jesse Logan Waters of School House Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 2:41pm by a deputy from the Warrants Division. Besides the Breach of Trust charge, Waters was also charged with Operating a Vehicle with a Missing or Incorrectly Displayed License Plate and Operating an Uninsured Vehicle.

A deputy on routine patrol during the morning hours of September 8th observed a suspicious vehicle, a 2010 BMW 328, pass him and pull into the property of a residence near W. Pine Grove Road and East Fairplay Boulevard. The deputy ran the tag, which came back to a Nissan with the tag being suspended.

The deputy was able to positively identify Waters as being the driver, but Waters fled from the scene. The deputy made arrangements to have the vehicle towed and conducted an inventory of the vehicle. During the inventory, the deputy discovered the correct owner of the vehicle.

The deputy contacted the owner, who told the deputy that Waters did not have permission to drive the vehicle the day of the incident and that the vehicle had no insurance.

Based upon the evidence gathered, the deputy had probable cause to obtain warrants against Waters.

The value of the 2010 BMW 328 is around $8,000, according to the warrants.

Waters was released from the Detention Center on September 9th on a combined $10,672.50 personal recognizance bond

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks the Public’s Help in Solving a Westminster Area Grand Larceny Involving a Vehicle

1997 White Ford Ranger Extended Cab (this is not the victim's vehicle)

1997 White Ford Ranger Extended Cab (this is not the victim’s vehicle)

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in an investigation of a stolen vehicle from the Westminster area.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division received a call from the victim during the late morning hours of August 29th in regards to a white 1997 Ford Ranger Extended Cab pickup truck being taken from the victim’s residence on Suinual Drive, along with some other miscellaneous items.

Deputies believe that the vehicle was taken sometime during late night hours of Sunday, August 28th or the early morning hours of Monday, August 29th.

Deputies were able to obtain the South Carolina tag number for the truck, JBQ 388. The victim also informed investigators that the truck had a dent on the right side and a brand new tail light assembly. Also, the truck had silver in color diamond plate tool box in the bed, according to the victim.

Information about the truck has been entered into the National Crimes Information Database and the case has been turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office.

If you have any information on the theft of a white 1999 Ford Ranger from an address on Suinual Drive in Westminster during the late night hours of August 28th or the early morning hours of August 29th, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or 864-638-STOP. You don’t have to give your name when you contact Crimestoppers and all information given is confidential. If your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.