Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Woman on Trespassing Charges

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Westminster area woman on trespassing charges after an investigation into a structure fire on the Utica Mill Hill.

19 year old Kimberly Dawn Sorrow, whose address on warrants is listed as 105 Leila Road in Westminster, was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 8:21am Tuesday. Sorrow is being held at this time at the Detention Center on a $470.00 surety bond.

According to investigators, deputies responded to reports of a building fire on February 18th around 10:57am in the woods behind a residence at 130 E Street near Seneca. The building was burned to the ground despite the efforts of the Seneca Fire Department to put the fire out. Deputies spoke with a gentleman who told deputies that he manages and oversees the property for the owner of the property and produced a hand written note signed by both parties which allowed this to be the case.

The gentlemen told deputies that he had boarded up the building and had put no trespassing notices on the front of the building. He also told deputies that he had seen some subjects in the area and inside of the building on multiple occasions, including one individual who stayed in the building about a week before the fire, which led him to post the no trespassing signs and to board up the building. He also told deputies that there were a few boxes and a mattress in the building that were not there in the past.

According to warrants, Sorrow is accused of entering the building on February 18th between the hours of 6:00pm and 6:00am which was private property enclosed by walls and a lock and also had no trespass signs. The warrant goes on to say that a fire was started which inadvertently burned the building down during the course of the trespass.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Fair Play Man on Petit Larceny Charges

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Fair Play man on Petit Larceny charges.

Back on February 14th, the Sheriff’s Office issued a press release seeking the public’s help regarding a larceny report from back on January 5th. According to the incident report, a deputy responded to Countryside Exxon in the Tokeena Crossroad Community around 5:40pm that day regarding a complainant who reportedly dropped a bank envelope that contained $500 on the floor of the business. The complainant told the deputy that once she realized she dropped it, she went back to the business but it was missing.

As a result of the investigation, 46 year old Daniel Neil Alexander of 284 West Pine Grove Road in Fair Play, was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 6:39pm on March 15th. He was released from the Detention Center on a $2,130 surety bond Sunday.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Charges Seneca Man with Multiple Charges after Weekend Arrest

David Andrew Smith

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Amber Rose Rumsey

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man Saturday evening on multiple charges, which include larceny and burglary charges.

38 years old David Andrew Smith of 25 Gammell Street in Seneca was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:14pm on Saturday evening on one charge of Grand Larceny, one count of Petit Larceny, one count of third degree burglary, and one count of possession of a controlled substance. Smith also had two outstanding bench warrants, one from Seneca and another one from magistrate’s court on Trespassing charges.

According to deputies, an officer performing a warrant service Saturday evening around 6:45pm located Smith at a business on Old Clemson Highway. After asking for his identification and confirming that the individual was Smith, he was placed under arrest for outstanding warrants.

Upon searching Smith, the deputy found 10 pills in his pants pockets, which was later identified as diazepam.

According to warrants, Smith is accused of stealing tracks off a track hoe back on January 16th of this year from a location on Durham Road in Fair Play, with the value of what was stolen at around $5,000. Smith is also accused of breaking in and stealing property from a location on Seneca Creek Road in the Seneca area back on January 28th.

One additional individual, 29 year old Amber Rose Rumsey, of 156 Quail Ridge Road in Seneca, is also charged with Grand Larceny in the theft of the tracks off the track hoe that occurred on January 16th at the Durham Road location.

As of this morning, Smith was still at the Oconee County Detention Center. His surety bond amount on the charges is $47,130. Rumsey was released from the Detention Center on Sunday on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Walhalla Woman on Multiple Charges

April Michelle Norton

April Michelle Norton

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Walhalla woman on Sunday afternoon on multiple charges, which include burglary and larceny.

32 year old April Michelle Norton of 318 Rock Crusher Road in Walhalla was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 5:10pm on two counts of Grand Larceny and one count of First Degree Burglary.

According to warrants, Norton is accused of breaking into a residence on Corley Road in the Walhalla area on January 28th and stealing guns and a laptop computer. According to the incident report, the complainant stated that 20 or more guns were stolen.

Norton is also accused according to warrants of stealing a diamond ring, a video camera, a SIM card and a checkbook from a location on Wades Drive in the Walhalla area on March 14th. According to incident reports, the value of the diamond ring taken is around $15,000.

Norton is being held at the Oconee County Detention Center on a $70,000 surety bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Georgia Man on Two Charges

Timothy Ryan Hooks

Timothy Ryan Hooks

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Georgia man over the weekend on two charges, including one involving a vehicle reported stolen from the Atlanta Metro area.

23 year old Timothy Ryan Hooks, whose address according to warrants is listed as 529 Jackson Street in Buford, Georgia, was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:52am Saturday morning on stolen vehicle charges and possession of tools or implements capable of being used in a crime.

According to the incident report, a deputy on routine patrol observed a white vehicle that appeared to be unoccupied in a lane of travel heading towards Toccoa on Highway 123 near Roberts Road Saturday morning around 4:50am. The deputy then stopped and approached the vehicle which had a white male sleeping inside. Two officers from the Westminster Police Department assisted the Sheriff’s Office deputy due to the fact that the man had a blunt object between his legs.

Upon waking up, Hooks followed the orders of the officers and turned the car off and put the keys on top of the roof of the car. Hooks then told the officers that he did not have identification or any paperwork in the car. Hooks then stepped out of the vehicle and spoke to the deputy at the rear of the vehicle.

The vehicle’s identification number was run and dispatch reported back to the officers that the vehicle was stolen out of Gwinnett County, Georgia. Hooks was then placed under arrest for possession of a stolen vehicle. Hooks then told the officers that he worked for the federal government and was watching abducted kids that were not abducted yet. Hooks also said he had left the Atlanta area on Friday.

The reported stolen vehicle was a 2008 white Mercedes Benz and was towed pending the arrival of the vehicle’s owner.

Hooks is still being held at the Oconee County Detention Center at this time on a $35,000 surety bond.

South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association – 2014 New Member Spring Aquisition

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Contact: Chérie L. Avery, SCSA Director of Finance
Phone: (803) 772-1101 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2014
Responding to the increasing number of people wanting to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Sheriff Mike Crenshaw today announced that Oconee County citizens are being invited to become Honorary Members of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association.
Membership appeals will go out the week of March 10th to March 25th, 2014. Individuals choosing to join the voluntary program can do so for as little as $25, while businesses can show their support for a $50 contribution. The funding provides critically important technical resources, training and legislative support on key criminal justice issues.
Contributions are tax deductible.
“With government funding becoming increasingly difficult to secure, the membership drive has taken on greater importance than ever before, said Sheriff Crenshaw. “The funding is vital to helping us carry out our mission of making our communities safer places to live, work and play.”
The South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association provides aggressive advocacy using the strong unified voice of our 46 Sheriffs. The Association is a key player in shaping state policy on public safety and crime prevention, as well as providing critical training to Sheriffs’ teams and education to member citizen/businesses.
Individuals that do not receive a membership appeal and would like more information can do so by contacting the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association at: 112 Westpark Blvd., Columbia, SC 29210. Phone:
803-772-1101. Information is also available online, www.sheriffsc.com.
It is a valuable investment in the future.
(It should be remembered that the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association does not solicit via telemarketing. If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be calling on our behalf, know that it is a fraudulent call and hang up.)

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Warns Parents and Citizens of Potential Dangers of New App

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is warning parents and residents to be aware of a new app that has potential dangers, especially for children and teens.

The app is called YikYak and it can be downloaded onto any operating system. It gives people ability to express themselves but in an anonymous way. It uses GPS technology to track locations and individuals can connect with others in a chat room and say anything they want.

Based on research into this app, YikYak was launched by college students as a way to post about activities on campus, plus share news and voice complaints. The app does not require people to give their names and they can post anonymously. YikYak was introduced initially at college and university campuses in the southeast, but then spread to other colleges and universities around the country and then down to high and middle schools.

There are some concerns that have arisen due to this app, including individuals using YikYak to call in bomb threats in Massachusetts, Georgia, and California. There have also been cases in schools around the country of cyber bulling. That led to some school districts banning the app and even police investigations being initiated.

In Oconee County, the School District has blocked access to this app through the school’s internet servers, but students can still access YikYak through their own data plans. The terms and conditions of using YikYak strictly prohibit the use of names and phone numbers, but school officials say that those conditions are being broken by students. The School District has issued a letter to parents expressing their concerns about YikYak and advising parents of any potential dangers.

“Our main concern with this app is the potential misuse of this technology by someone making libelous statements under the assumption that they can remain anonymous,” according to Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “First, students must understand that nothing is truly anonymous and information can be traced back to the source through the use of GPS technology. Secondly, anyone posting anything libelous against another person can be charged criminally.

An article on a website called techcrunch.com states the founders of the website are reportedly taking the step of blocking younger users from using YikYak while on the campuses of schools by using a technique called geo-fences around high and middle schools using GPS technology. This is another example of an internet based application that serves a legitimate purpose being used unethically and in some cases for illegal purposes.

While social media may have the appearance of privacy, many online accounts can reveal more about someone than they intended according to Sheriff Crenshaw.

The Sheriff’s Office offers the following safety tips for social media:

1. Log into all accounts manually. Don’t log into social media through a link in an email. The email could be a hidden way for someone to take over your account and get your personal information.
2. Lock your privacy settings to prevent others from seeing your personal information.
3. Do not allow or use GPS on your telephone or device. You can turn this off in your settings. A potential stalker could utilize this technology to figure out where you live or even identify your current location.
4. Refrain from posting your current location. By telling everyone you are currently in Atlanta Georgia or any other location lets a potential burglar know you are away from home and they can go burglarize and steal your property.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Charges Two In Ongoing Investigation of Richard Marszalek Homicide

Margaret Frances Morrow

Margaret Frances Morrow

Carrie Leigh Tyner

Carrie Leigh Tyner

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has charged two individuals with Misprision of a Felony charges for not revealing to deputies information concerning the murder of Richard Marszalek when interviewed about the case.

53 year old Margaret Frances Morrow of 410 West Pine Grove Road in Fair Play and 29 year old Carrie Leigh Tyner of 124 Jos Place in Westminster are accused in warrants of having knowledge of the murder of the 61 year old Marszalek and of acting in a “criminally negligent manner” by not revealing the information they had to law enforcement officers when interviewed by deputies.

According to State vs. Carson case from 1980 (274 S.C. 316 S.E.2d918), the Supreme Court defined Misprision of a Felony as the following: “criminal neglect either to prevent a felony from being committed or to bring the offender to justice after its commission, but without such previous concert with, or subsequent assistance of, him as will make the concealer an accessory before or after the fact.

There are two elements to the offense, which are knowledge and concealment, which says that a person knows that someone has committed a felony and the person conceals or keeps the information that they had and when presented with a reasonable opportunity to do so, failed to provide the facts known by that person to the proper authorities.

According to investigators, when someone has knowledge of a crime and are questioned about that crime and they either give false information about the crime or deceive investigators in any way, then law enforcement can charge them with Misprision of a Felony.

Tyner is already in the Oconee County Detention Center on unrelated charges. Morrow was booked into the Detention Center around 5:16pm yesterday.

During the process of serving the warrant yesterday on the above charges at the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and placing her under arrest, Morrow was told to empty her pockets, at which time she began walk around aimlessly as she was upset. She was asked by deputies if she had anything on her and she said no. During a search at the Detention Center upon arrest, a Detention Center officer found a small container with duct tape on top in Morrow’s left sock. Morrow told deputies that they were pain pills for her back and that she had a prescription but could not provide deputies an explanation why they were in a container box stuffed in her socks.

Warrants issued against Morrow charge her with bringing contraband, Percocet and Clonazepam, in the Detention Center.

Tyner has a $10,000 surety bond on the Misprision of a Felony charge. Morrow is yet to have a bond hearing. Both women are still at the Oconee County Detention Center.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Fairfield County Man on Lewd Act with a Minor Charges

Douglas Clifton McFarland

Douglas Clifton McFarland

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man from Fairfield County on Lewd Act with a Minor charges due to an incident that happened around 10 years ago.

78 year old Douglas Clifton McFarland of 837 Kingfisher Drive in Ridgeway, South Carolina was transported to Oconee County yesterday by Sheriff’s Office deputies from Fairfield County where he was being held on charges unrelated to the charges in Oconee County according to investigators. He was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 12:55pm yesterday. McFarland is still being held at the Detention Center on a $25,000 surety bond.

An investigator with the Sheriff’s Office met with an agent from the State Law Enforcement Division at the Sheriff’s Office on September 13th of last year. At that time, the investigator was informed that due to an ongoing investigation in Fairfield County that allegations of sexual abuse was made and one of the incidents occurred in Oconee County. The victim said during a forensic interview that she was sexually abused by the suspect.

Warrants allege that between June 1st, 2003 and September 8th, 2004 that McFarland inappropriately touched the victim, a female juvenile, who at that time was between six and seven years old. The incident occurred at a location in the Seneca area and involved only one victim.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Invites Citizens to Attend B-25 Crash Monument Dedication

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Press Release Courtesy Of Janice Matheson
Assistant Veterans Affairs Director – Oconee County

(Walhalla)—On the night of March 10, 1943, a B-25 Army Air Corps plane with a crew of five (5) was on a training flight from Meridian, Mississippi to the Donaldson Army Air Base in Greenville. A short time before midnight, the plane crashed into a mountain top, 21 miles north of Walhalla and just a mile south of the Fish Hatchery some 200 yards off Highway 107. All five of the service members died instantly in the crash. The crew members were later identified as Flight Officer Richard Brook, the pilot, from Lima, Ohio; 2nd Lt. Earl Monroe, co-pilot from Bolivar, New York; 2nd Lt. Philip Graziano, navigator, from Lawrence, Massachusetts; Staff Sergeant Harvey Capellman, engineer of Blanchard, Idaho, and Sergeant Michael Sekel, radio operator from Buffalo, New York. According to reports, the plane was reported missing the next morning (March 11th) and an air search was begun along the flight path from Mississippi to Greenville. Eleven (11) days later, on March 21st, a young 15 year old boy named Seab Crane was riding his horse along Moody Trail from the Cheohee Community to visit family friends near the Fish Hatchery when his horse suddenly became “spooked” by an unknown foreign object on the riding trail. The object turned out to be one of the plane’s engines and this is what led to the discovery of the downed plane around 1pm that afternoon. Mr. Jack Lombard, a 16 year old at the time, persuaded his mother later that day to let him go to the crash site. Lombard told Oconee County Veterans Affairs Director Jerry Dyar, “When I got to the site after school that afternoon the bodies of the crewman had not been removed. It was a terrible site to me as a 16 year old. I remember it like it was yesterday”, Lombard said. The longtime local historian from Mountain Rest told Dyar that he and Jimmy Rankin along with a number of other local folks had talked for some time about some kind of “memorial” being placed at the crash site. Finally Lombard and Rankin said, “We decided to contact Jerry Dyar and see if he and his office might be able to help us get this done”. Dyar said he had heard, several times over the years about a military plane crashing up in the mountains but had really never entertained any thought about doing anything about it. “When Mr. Lombard and Mr. Rankin asked me about helping them get that crash site memorialized I wasn’t about to tell them no. For anyone who knows Jack Lombard and Jimmy Rankin, when those guys ask you to help them, you don’t say NO”—Dyar chuckled!! Dyar said he presented the plan to the local ex-military organizations that make up the Oconee County Veterans Council and that group was very eager to help. As a result, the Oconee County Veterans Affairs Office, with the help of Senator Thomas Alexander, got permission from the State Highway Department to place a “Memorial Marker” with the names of the service men who lost their lives along with a picture of the B-25 likeness just across the road from where the plane hit the mountain. The marker will bear the inscription—Oconee County Remembers. Dyar said the “Memorial Marker” will be placed in an area known as the “Burrell’s Place Pull-off”. “It’s a rather large area, receptive to a pretty good sized crowd” said the local VA Director. Dyar added, “We thought March 21st, seventy-one (71) years to the day after the wreckage was found, would be a good time to display and dedicate the site”. “ Therefore, Friday afternoon, March 21st at 2pm Oconee County will officially remember the ultimate sacrifice of those airmen during a brief but memorable dedication ceremony”, said Dyar. “It is also hoped that family members of some of the deceased service men will be here for this special event. And of course, we would like for as many of our Oconee County citizens as possible to turn out”. Again, the memorial site is about one mile this side of the entrance to the Fish Hatchery on Highway 107.