Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Information from Public on Salem area larceny

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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 regards to a larceny that occurred at a Salem area business this past weekend.

A deputy was sent to 1229 Stamp Creek Road Monday morning in regards to a larceny that occurred at a business called For The Birds. The deputy spoke with the complainant who said that sometime over the first weekend in March someone reportedly stole several bird houses and bird feeders that had been on display. The last time the complainant had seen the items that were taken was on Saturday, March 1st.

The estimated value of the items taken was over $600.00

Anyone with any information on this larceny is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 864-638-STOP, 1-888-CRIME-SC, or text in your tip to 274637. You don’t have to give your name when you call Crime Stoppers and if your tip leads directly to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Charges Westminster Woman with Unlawful Neglect of a Child

Shirley Amanda Moore

Shirley Amanda Moore

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Westminster woman with unlawful neglect of a child charges relating to an ongoing Criminal Sexual Conduct case.

44 year old Shirley Amanda Moore of 107 John Smith Road in Westminster was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:44am yesterday morning. She was released yesterday from the Detention Center on a $5,000 surety bond.

According to the arrest warrant, Moore admitted to allowing her 14 year old daughter “unsupervised contact” with 35 year old Casey D. Gaines of the John Smith Road address in Westminster, where “he continually sexually assaulted the child.” Gaines has been charged with 6 counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor and two counts of incest involving two separate victims, both of whom are his step-daughters.

The warrant goes on to say that Moore had “custody and/or charge of the minor child and is the child’s parent or guardian.”

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Youth on Charges Involving Area Church

Reggie Malik Lewis

Reggie Malik Lewis

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested and charged a Westminster youth with Burglary and Larceny charges in an incident involving a Westminster area church.

17 year old Reggie Malik Lewis of 126 Davis Bridge Road in Westminster was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:09am yesterday morning on charges of Third Degree Burglary and Petit Larceny.

According to warrants, Lewis is accused of breaking into a building belonging to Corinth Baptist Church at 1607 Toccoa Highway in Westminster and is accused of stealing a PlayStation 4 video game system and three games belonging to the church, with a total value of around $580.00.

According to incident report, Lewis was reportedly at the church the day before playing video games with some other youths and the youth pastor of the church.

Lewis was released yesterday from the Oconee County Detention Center on a $16,000 personal recognizance bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Charges Westminster Man with Additional Charges Related to Criminal Sexual Conduct Case

Casey D. Gaines

Casey D. Gaines

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Westminster man with additional charges in relation to a Criminal Sexual Conduct case involving two separate victims.

Earlier today, 35 year old Casey D. Gaines of 107 John Smith Road in Westminster was charged with two counts of incest. According to warrants, Gaines engaged in sexual activity between September 2010 and December 2013 with the daughter of his wife. These charges stem from the first victim, who Gaines is charged with having sex with in three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor charges that were brought back on February 8th, with one of those counts being Criminal Sexual Conduct with a minor between the ages of 11 and 14 and two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor with the victim being under 16 year old.

The second count of incest involves victim number two, where warrants allege that Gaines had sexual activity with between January 2004 and December 2013 and who was the daughter of his wife. Gaines was charged last Friday with having sexual relations with victim number two, a then ten year old female, between January 1st and July 31st, 2004, with those charges stemming from the investigation involving victim one.

The Sheriff’s Office also served two additional Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor warrants on Gaines this afternoon involving victim two. Gaines is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with a then 11 year old female child on January 24th, 2005 and from the time period of January 24th through June 31st, 2009 of engaging in sexual intercourse with a then 15 year old female.

All of the incidents involving both victims occurred in Oconee County in the Westminster area. Gaines remains in jail at the Oconee County Detention Center.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Partners With U.S. Marshals Service to Serve Warrants in Oconee County

Kevin Michael Partin

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Marsha Kelly (Henry)

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Selena Sarabeth Cannon

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Randal Joseph Emery

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Jonathan Byrd

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Sean Edward Bishop

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Christopher Edward Burrell

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Gerald Thomas Moore

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Amanda Jo Lione

Amanda Jo Lione

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)—————————Last Wednesday and Thursday, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the U.S. Marshals Service to serve outstanding warrants in Oconee County.

Last Monday and Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office and Marshals Service partnered in “Operation Oconee Compliance” to verify the addresses of the 156 registered sex offenders in Oconee County. When that operation concluded Tuesday, 137 addresses were able to be verified.

With the success and speed of the operation Monday and Tuesday and the fact the Marshals were going to be in the Golden Corner thru Thursday, it allowed both agencies to work together to serve outstanding warrants. In all, 9 arrests were made and 10 warrants were served. The following individuals were arrested during those two days:

1) 26 year old Sean Edward Bishop
293 W. Halfway Branch Road
Walhalla, SC
Criminal Domestic Violence – 1st Offense

2) 20 year old Christopher Edward Burrell
403 Dodge City Drive
Walhalla, SC
Possession of Less Than One Gram of Methamphetamine – 1st

3) 53 year old Gerald Thomas Moore
525 Callies Drive
Mountain Rest, SC
Criminal Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature

4) 27 year old Amanda Jo C. Lione
439 Dodd Hill Road
West Union, SC
Family Court Bench Warrant

5) 55 year old Marsha Kelly (Marsha Jean Henry)
165 Cassidy Bridge Road
Mountain Rest, SC
Family Court Bench Warrant

6) 21 year old Selena Cannon
780 Cannon Road
Salem, SC
Family Court Bench Warrant

7) 28 year old Randal Joseph Emery
110 Pressley Place
Seneca, SC
Bench Warrant – Sex Offender Registry Violation – 1st offense

8) 29 year old Jonathan Byrd
100 Walhalla Garden – Apt. #59
Walhalla, SC
Third Degree Burglary and Petit Larceny

9) 27 year old Kevin Michael Partin
102 Cedar Ridge Drive
Seneca, SC
Bench Warrant – Public Disorderly Conduct

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Partners with U.S. Marshal Service to Conduct Operation Oconee Compliance of Registered Sex Offenders

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Cynthia Renee Brooks

Cynthia Renee Brooks

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)—————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the U.S. Marshals Service to verify the addresses of those on the sex offender registry Monday and Tuesday of this week.

On Monday morning, Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw welcomed the Marshals, who came to Oconee from different parts of the Palmetto State. The group assembled for a briefing at the Gignilliat Community Center in Seneca. After the meeting, the deputies paired with a Marshal to begin work to verify the addresses of 156 registered sex offender who live in Oconee County. It was during this time that one of those offenders, 43 year old Cynthia Renee Brooks of 249 Mormon Church Road in Seneca, was arrested for a sex offender registry violation for a third offense for failing to register. The Seneca Police Department is credited with the arrest of Brooks.

Through the efforts of the Sheriff’s Office and the Marshals Service, 137 of the 156 sex offenders addresses were able to be verified Monday and Tuesday. Sheriff’s Deputies will continue the operation until all of the remaining offenders are verified.

“The Marshals are not a registering agency, but they can assist local agencies in verifying registered sex offender addresses,” according to Deputy Kelly Winchester, sex offender registrar with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. “The Marshals who we partnered with specialize in locating absconded sex offenders.”

The U.S. Marshals Service serves as the lead federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating sex offenders registration violation under what is known as the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.
The Marshals Service also assists federal, state, local and foreign law enforcement agencies in locating and apprehending fugitive sex offenders, plus, the Marshals Service works closely with other organizations, such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Department of Justice Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking Office.

On July 27th, 2006, a federal law was passed which established strict new criminal penalties for sex offenders who fail to comply with the requirements of their sex offender registration. Due to the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, those individuals who have been convicted of sex offenses are required by law to register as a sex offender in the jurisdiction(s) where they live, work, and go to school, and in many cases, in the jurisdiction(s) where they were convicted. Sex offenders who fail to register or even keep their registrations current, may be subject to up to 10 years imprisonment, and up to 30 years imprisonment if they commit a crime of violence while non-compliant which does not include charges that may be issued according to state, local, tribal or territorial law.

Under the provisions of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, the Attorney General can use federal law enforcement resources, including the U.S. Marshals Service, to assist jurisdictions to locate and apprehend those who violate their offender registration requirement. The Marshals Service can assist local, state, tribal and territorial authorities in the location and apprehension of non-compliant sex offenders, investigate violations and related offenses, and assist in the identification and location of sex offenders relocated as a result of a major disaster.

Sheriff Crenshaw requested the assistance through United States Marshal Kelvin Washington, District of South Carolina. “Marshal Washington and I began discussing this operation last year. I am thankful for The Marshal’s assistance as we worked through planning this operation. We intended for this to be a surprise visit and we are pleased with the verification rate of the offenders living in our county. We will continue to be vigilant in making sure sex offenders in Oconee County are following the letter of the law.”

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Charges Westminster Man with Additional Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor Charges

Casey D. Gaines

Casey D. Gaines

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Westminster man with an additional Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor charge that came about during an earlier criminal sexual conduct with a minor investigation this month that involved a different female.

Yesterday, 35 year old Casey D. Gaines of 107 John Smith Road in Westminster was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center at 12:32pm after Gaines was turned over earlier in the day to Oconee County deputies from Newberry County, where he was being held on unrelated charges. Gaines had bond denied during a bond hearing at the Detention Center on the new charge.

The new charge involves a different victim from one mentioned in the previous warrants and only involves one female. According to warrants, Gaines is accused of having sexual relations with a then ten year old female between January 1st and July 31st, 2004. The incidents occurred at a location in Westminster.

Back on February 8th, Gaines was charged with one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor with the victim being 11 to 14 years of age and two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor with the victim being under 16 years old. These charges evolved from the original investigation and once again, involves a different female from the one mentioned in the new charge.

Investigators back on February 7th say that they first received word that day of allegations involving Mr. Gaines. Through the course of the investigation from following leads and interviewing witnesses and individuals, arrest warrants against Mr. Gaines were signed on February 8th.

According to investigators, Gaines was accused in the first investigation of having sexual intercourse with a then 12 year old female on or about September 2010 through November 2010. Gaines was also accused according to warrants of engaging in sex with a then 14 year old on or about May of 2012. Finally, investigators charged Gaines with engaging in sex with a 15 year old minor on or about August of 2013. The final two allegations involved a girl who Gaines was in a “familial, custodial, and/or authority position to coerce the victim.” Those incidents occurred in Westminster.

Gaines also had an outstanding bench warrant at that time from August of 2011 for Driving under Suspension.

Gaines was taken to the Oconee County Detention Center back on February 9th and his total surety bond amount on the original three Criminal Sexual Conduct charges was $60,000. Gaines was bonded out of the Detention Center on February 22nd and then was turned over to officials from Newberry County for unrelated charges. He was then transported back to Oconee County from there yesterday.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Mountain Rest Man on Criminal Domestic Violence Charges

Gerald Thomas Moore

Gerald Thomas Moore

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Mountain Rest man yesterday morning on Criminal Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature Charges from an incident that occurred earlier in February.

53 year old Gerald Thomas Moore of 525 Callie Drive in Mountain Rest was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 10:56am yesterday morning.

According to deputies, two officers responded to an address on Grandpa Mountain Drive in Mountain Rest on February 5th in which a complainant told the deputies that she had gone over to Moore’s house on Callie Drive. Moore is the complainant’s ex-husband. The complainant said she went there to discuss issues pertaining to their son.

After making statements to Moore, the complainant stated that Moore became angry and outraged, slapped her across the left side of her face and neck, upon which she was knocked off the porch of the residence, and then pointed a gun at her and then threatened to, according to the incident report, kill her if she did not leave. The complainant then made her way back to her vehicle, made her way back home and contacted law enforcement. The case was then investigated by the Sheriff’s Office.

As the investigation continued, an arrest warrant for Moore was issued on February 10th.

At this time, Moore is still in jail at the Detention Center. His surety bond amount on the charges is $25,000.

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)———————————-An Oconee County man wanted on three outstanding warrants was arrested by an Oconee County deputy yesterday evening during a traffic stop that took place during routine road patrol operations.

37 year old Jesse Logan Waters of 180 School House Road in Westminster was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around midnight. The three outstanding warrants were for charges of unlawful neglect of a child. Waters was also charged with traffic violations and drug charges as a result of the stop.

According to deputies, an officer on Highway 24 observed a white in color Ford Taurus with no license plate around 10:42pm Tuesday evening. The officer pulled the vehicle over on a traffic stop at the intersection of Highway 24 at Cedar Lane Road. The officer asked the driver, Waters, where his license plate was and Waters responded that the vehicle was just recently purchased and gave the deputy the title to the vehicle and his license. The title, according to the incident report, did not have any dates on it and the deputy noticed that Waters acted nervously and moving around in his vehicle.

Dispatchers ran the vehicle and license information and told the deputy that the vehicle was not stolen but Waters had three outstanding warrants. The deputy asked Waters to get out of the vehicle, where he was placed under arrest because of the active warrants. The deputy then began an inventory of the vehicle incident to the arrest.

Upon his search, the officer found several white oval small pills in the passenger side floor board, along with an empty pill bottle. Plus, according to the incident report, over 50 yellow rectangular pills were found between the center console and the passenger seat, as well as 9 round yellow pills in a plastic baggie. Plus, several plastic baggies which are used in the distribution of narcotics were found as well as two baggies of what appeared to be marijuana under the passenger seat.

The vehicle was towed and Waters was transported to the Oconee County Detention Center.

According to arrest warrants that were issued on February 6th, Waters is accused of exposing a 5 year old female, and a 10 and 14 year old male to methamphetamine. All three children tested positive for meth. Waters was also arrested for selling meth, according to the warrants. Waters’ wife, 31 year old Anita Crystal Waters, was arrested on three warrants for unlawful neglect of a child back on February 7th for the same three children.

In regards to the traffic stop, Waters was ticketed for no vehicle license, no proof of insurance and for simple possession of marijuana for around 3.5 grams of marijuana that was recovered. A warrant against Waters charges him with possession of two controlled substances, hydromorphine and clonazepam. The over 50 yellow rectangular pills are not a controlled substance and will be destroyed.

Local Emergency Planning Committee of Oconee County Hosting Community Awareness Event

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Local Emergency Planning Committee of Oconee County will be hosting a Community Awareness Day this Saturday, March 1st in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart in Seneca.

The event will be held from 10am until 4pm and will feature vehicles and information from many of the emergency agencies from around Oconee County in an effort to promote safety awareness and what these agencies do to promote the safety of the citizens of Oconee County.

Emergency agencies that are scheduled to participate include Oconee County Emergency Services, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Various Fire Departments and Rescue Squads around Oconee County, EMS, Hazmat, and CERT among others.

The Local Emergency Planning Commission 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.