Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Two Westminster Men on Multiple Charges Including Criminal Sexual Conduct

Anthony Brett Shaw

Anthony Brett Shaw

Steven Earl Medlin

Steven Earl Medlin

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————An investigation into the discovery of drug paraphernalia in a child’s bedroom earlier this week had led to multiple charges against two Westminster men in a separate investigation.

Agents from the Narcotics Unit of the Sheriff’s Office responded to an address on Blackjack Road late Monday morning due to the parent of a child finding drug paraphernalia in the child’s room. Once there, the agents were shown a black bag with drug paraphernalia inside.

Deputies discovered that 19 year old Anthony Brett Shaw of 125 Blackwell Road had given the child the bag that contained the drug paraphernalia to keep for him but that Shaw wanted the bag back. Text messages from Shaw also revealed that he would get the child marijuana and that he wanted pills.

Deputies obtained warrants against Shaw charging him with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Shaw was arrested Tuesday afternoon on those charges at an address on Highway 24.

During the course of the investigation, one of the child’s parents showed investigators the child’s electronic device, which revealed explicit sexual texts and talk of drug use. The agents then began a separate investigation, which later revealed that the child’s friends, both juvenile females, had engaged in sex as well as drug use with Shaw and another adult male, 23 year old Steven Earl Medlin of 206 West North Avenue.

The incidents involved two separate females, each age 15, and the activity did not involve the child in whose bedroom the black bag containing drug paraphernalia was found.

Shaw was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 2:54pm yesterday on charges of Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor, Third Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

Medlin was charged with Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and was booked into the Detention Center around 3:07pm.

The case involving two of juveniles will be referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Announces Seventh “Operation Infinity” Drug Round-Up

Artis Oneal Wright

Artis Oneal Wright

Tonya Lee Trammell

Tonya Lee Trammell

Andrew Gibbs

Andrew Gibbs

Bobby Allen Whitfield

Bobby Allen Whitfield

Bobby Jay Eugene Shead

Bobby Jay Eugene Shead

Brandon James Hunter

Brandon James Hunter

Chad Edwards

Chad Edwards

Chadwick Rance Holbrooks

Chadwick Rance Holbrooks

Crystal Nicole Boykin

Crystal Nicole Boykin

Dechane Foster Earler (picture courtesy of the Anderson County Sheriff's Office)

Dechane Foster Earler (picture courtesy of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office)

Gerome Chris Smith

Gerome Chris Smith

Harley Davidson Leroy

Harley Davidson Leroy

James Elwood Shifflet

James Elwood Shifflet

Jason Lee Trammell

Jason Lee Trammell

Jonathan David Crooks

Jonathan David Crooks

Larry Allen Ford

Larry Allen Ford

Lindsay Rebecca Eades

Lindsay Rebecca Eades

Matthew Vinson Leopard

Matthew Vinson Leopard

Phillip John Muller

Phillip John Muller

Randy Lee Dionne

Randy Lee Dionne

Richard Wayne Hendricks

Richard Wayne Hendricks

Thomas Rivera

Thomas Rivera

Artis Oneal Wright

Artis Oneal Wright

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office began the seventh “Operation Infinity” drug sweep round-up this morning.

The Sheriff’s Office began the operation with a meeting at the Law Enforcement Center at 8:30am with a briefing that also included officers from the Seneca, Walhalla and Westminster Police Departments.

“Operation Infinity is a reference to the ongoing commitment of the Sheriff’s Office to combat the drug problem in Oconee County,” according to Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “We will continue to fight this problem through our enforcement and education efforts to protect all of our citizens and those who visit our county.”

In all, 19 individuals were being sought on a variety of drug distribution charges that stretched from methamphetamine to marijuana to crack to prescription drugs. As part of this phase of “Operation Infinity,” four individuals are being sought on warrants on charges of Unlawful Neglect of a Child.

As of 3:00pm this afternoon, 12 have been arrested so far and the Sheriff’s Office is seeking 11 more. Here are the names of the individuals that have been arrested so far and their charges according to warrants:

1) Brandon James Hunter
1143 Kilpatrick Road
Seneca, SC
22 years old
Distribution of Crack Cocaine (1 Count)
Already at the Oconee County Detention Center on unrelated charges

2) Phillip John Muller
214 Sena Drive
West Union, SC
52 years old
Distribution of Methamphetamine (1 Count)

3) Bobby Jay Eugene Shedd
25 Ames Street
Seneca, SC
43 years old
Distribution of Methamphetamine (1 Count)

4) Harley Davidson Leroy
315 B Lawrence Bridge Road
Seneca, SC
27 years old
Distribution of Methamphetamine (2 counts)

5) Artis O’Neal Wright
510 Richland Road
Seneca, SC
24 years old
Distribution of Marijuana (2 counts)
Distribution of Prescription Drug (1 count – Lortab)
Distribution of Cocaine – 1 Count

6) Matthew Vinson Leopard
110 Q Street
Anderson, SC
36 years old
Distribution of Methamphetamine
Already in jail at the Oconee County Detention Center on unrelated charges

7) Thomas Rivera
Apt. #35 Walhalla Gardens Apartments
Walhalla, SC
19 years old
Distribution of Marijuana (1 count)

8) Chad Edwards
11138 Long Creek Highway
Westminster, SC
32 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child Charges (1 count)
Manufacturing Marijuana (1 count) – New charge as a result of today’s round-up

9) Randy Lee Dionne
240 Nebo Church Road
Seneca, SC
40 years old
Distribution of Prescription Drugs (2 counts)

10) Chadwick Rance Holbrooks
526 Blackjack Road
Westminster, SC
39 years old
Distribution of Prescription Drugs (1 count)

11) Andrew Gibbs
420 Tribble Street #1048
Seneca, SC
64 years old
Distribution of Crack Cocaine (2 counts)

12) Carrie Leighanne Underwood
112 Courtenay Smith Drive
Seneca, SC
26 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (1 count)

The following is a list of the individuals still being sought by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office in this “Operation Infinity” drug roundup.

1) Dechane Foster Earle
316 Thompson Street
Pendleton, SC
23 years old
Distribution of Heroin (1 count)

2) Jonathan David Crooks
305 South Poplar Street
Walhalla, SC
30 years old
Distribution of Methamphetamine (2 counts)

3) Lyndsay Rebecca Eades
3063 Safety Harbor Road
West Union, SC
21 years old
Distribution of Methamphetamine (1 count)

4) James Elwood Shifflett
162 Connor Boulevard
Fair Play, SC
49 years old
Distribution of Methamphetamine (2 counts)

5) Crystal Nicole Boykin
210 Rainbows End Drive
Walhalla, SC
26 years old
Distribution of Methamphetamine (1 count)

6) Tonya Lee Trammell
210 Trammell Drive
Seneca, SC
25 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (1 count)

7) Jason Lee Trammell
210 Trammell Drive
Seneca, SC
29 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (1 count)

8) Gerome Chris Smith
400 Hunter Street
Seneca, SC
31 years old
Distribution of Crack Cocaine (1 count)

9) Richard Wayne Hendricks
113 Michelle Lane
Seneca, SC
26 years old
Distribution of Methamphetamine (1 count)

10) Bobby Allen Whitfield
100 Walhalla Gardens Circle, Apt. 35
Walhalla, SC
26 years old
Distribution of Marijuana (1 count)

11) Larry Allen Ford
514 Fernwood Drive
Seneca, SC
29 years old
Trafficking in Cocaine (1 count)
Trafficking in Crack Cocaine (1 count)
Possession of a Controlled Substance (MDMA)
Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana (1 count)

Statement from Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw Regarding Investigation into the Death of Tucker Hipps

“We are continuing with the investigation this morning into the death of Tucker Hipps. Deputies worked late into the night last night following up on witness statements that were made in the wake of Tucker’s death. So far, we have interviewed approximately 50 individuals, including all the runners who were involved with Tucker in the early Monday morning run.”

“As speculation has and does continue into Tucker’s death, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has released all the information that we can into the investigation without compromising the integrity of the investigation and that of the victim and the victim’s family. With that in mind, the Sheriff’s Office will not be releasing any further information regarding our investigation until such a time as we are able to share with Tucker’s family and the public the results of that investigation.”

“Right now, we do not have a timetable as to when that investigation will be completed or when we will be able to release the facts in the case. We hope to do that as soon as possible but as I mentioned, the investigation is ongoing and we are still following up on leads and information in the case.”

“We are still asking that anyone that may have been traveling along Highway 93 and the Seneca River Bridge area between 5:30am and 6am Monday morning to call the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office if they saw anything at that time. You can contact the Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4111 to provide your information. We have had numerous individuals come forward to share information that they have and we appreciate the public’s assistance as we try to determine what caused Tucker’s death on Monday.”

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Charges of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor

Anthony Brett Shaw

Anthony Brett Shaw

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man yesterday on charges of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

19 year old Anthony Brett Shaw of 146 Dewey Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:43pm after being picked up at an address on Highway 24 and taken into custody.

Agents from the Narcotics Unit of the Sheriff’s Office responded to an address on Blackjack Road late Monday morning due to the parent of a child finding drug paraphernalia in the child’s room. Once there, the agents were shown a black bag with drug paraphernalia inside.

Deputies discovered that Shaw had given the child the bag that contained the drug paraphernalia to keep for him but that Shaw wanted the bag back. Text messages from Shaw also revealed that he would get the child marijuana and that he wanted pills.

Warrants were obtained by deputies against Shaw yesterday.

Statement from Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw Regarding Investigation into the Death of Tucker Hipps

“There has been speculation and innuendo, especially on social media, regarding whether hazing played a part in the death of Tucker Hipps.”

“So far, there has been no indication in the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office investigation that hazing played a part in the death of Tucker Hipps. Once again, the investigation is ongoing. Sheriff’s Investigators continue to work with Clemson University, the Clemson University Police Department and the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity to determine the manner of death in this case.”

“We are also asking that anyone that may have been traveling along Highway 93 and the Seneca River Bridge area between 5:30am and 6am yesterday morning to call the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is they saw anything at that time. You can contact the Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4111 to provide your information.”

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Recovers Body near Clemson University

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————Earlier today, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office was notified around 3:34pm by the Clemson University Police Department of a body in the water under the Highway 93 Bridge that runs over the Seneca River near Clemson University.

Officers secured the scene as the first deputies arrived shortly after 4pm and included Road Patrol deputies as well as investigators from the Criminal Investigations Division. Also on scene was Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis as well as officers of the Clemson University Police Department, emergency personnel from Clemson University Fire and EMS and members of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

The body was discovered near the shore in a rocky area under the bridge in about 4 to 5 feet of water. The body was retrieved around 5:15pm and was a male.

At this time, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation and no additional details will be released at this time.

The name and age of the individual discovered will be released by Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis. An autopsy will be scheduled as soon as tomorrow and information on the cause of death will be released by Coroner Addis at that time.

Wives on Duty Prayer Event Scheduled for Wednesday

(Walhalla, SC)——————————————-The Oconee Chapter of Wives on Duty, which is a ministry for wives whose husbands are in law enforcement, will be sponsoring a time of prayer this Wednesday.
The event will be held at the flagpole at the Oconee County Courthouse starting at Noon and is scheduled to last about 20 minutes.
The public is invited to attend as prayers will be offered up for all those in law enforcement.

2014 Oktoberfest Golf Tournament Coming Up in October

Rotary Club Logo

(Walhalla, SC)———————————-There is still time to register your team to participate in the upcoming 2014 Oktoberfest Golf Tournament which is sponsored by the Walhalla Rotary Club.
The tournament will be held at Falcons Lair Golf Course on Friday, October 10th with proceeds going to benefit the scholarship fund. Registration will begin at 11am with a shot gun start at Noon.
The field will consist of 4 man Captain’s Choice teams and will be limited to 120 players. There will be three flights. There will be a closest to the pin, hole-in-one and longest drive contests. Gift packs, door prizes and a German meal will be offered after the tournament.
The cost per player is $60.00, which is $240 for a team. Also, hole sponsorship are also being sold for $100 each.
To participate or to sponsor a hole, make all checks payable to the Walhalla Rotary Club. For more information, contact Jim McCoy at the following address or by phone at the following phone number:
335 Holloway Street
Walhalla, SC 29691
(864) 638-5370

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man on Breach of Trust Charges

Adam Joseph Livingston

Adam Joseph Livingston

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man early Friday afternoon on Breach of Trust charges after taking money from his employer.

26 year old Adam Joseph Livingston of 513 Peaceful Lane was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 12:47pm.

A deputy responded to Tri-Star Imports on Wells Highway in Seneca around 8am Friday morning due to the complainant wanting to file a report. The complainant told the deputy that between July 1st and September 19th the money count had been off each day by different amounts. The total amount taken, according to the complainant, was around $8,000.

The complainant told the deputy that on September 18th they observed Livingston taking money out of a cash register tray. Livingston keys were then taken by store personnel and he was later terminated.

Warrants were obtained by deputies and Livingston was arrested by a deputy of the Warrants division at his home address.

Livingston was released Friday from the Oconee County Detention Center on a $25,000 personal recognizance bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Three Friday During Execution of Search Warrant

Jason Matthew Albertson

Jason Matthew Albertson

Nathan Fred McCall

Nathan Fred McCall

Sherrie Louise Cornett

Sherrie Louise Cornett

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested three individual, two males and one female, on multiple charges during the execution of a search warrant on Friday.

35 year old Jason Matthew Albertson of 650 Countryside Drive in West Union and 39 year old Nathan Fred McCall and 46 year old Sherrie Louise Cornett, both of 287 Little River Lane in Walhalla, were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:04pm, 3:23pm, and 3:26pm respectively.

Investigators from the Criminal Investigations Division, acting on a tip, executed the search warrant late Friday morning at the Little River Lane address in the search of stolen items from reported burglaries and larcenies. Once on scene, investigators discovered several items that were stolen, including two firearms, one reported stolen from Madison County, NC and the other from Oconee County.

Deputies have charged McCall and Albertson with two counts of First Degree Burglary and two counts of Grand Larceny in regards to two separate break-ins that occurred at a residence at an address on Singing Pines Road in Seneca. McCall and Albertson are accused by investigators of taking clothing, Honda Motorcycles, Disney Collectibles and a utility trailer. One of the burglaries occurred between September 13th and 14th while McCall and Albertson were armed with a firearm. The second occurred between September 15th and September 16th during nighttime hours.

Further investigation also determined that Albertson broke into the same residence at the same address on Singing Pines Road sometime between September 12th and September 13th and stole valium during that break-in. For that break-in, Albertson was charged with Second Degree Burglary and Theft of a Controlled Substance.

Albertson also had an outstanding warrant on charges from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

During the course of the investigation, drugs were also discovered in the bedroom of McCall and Cornett. A separate search warrant was also obtained by agents from the Narcotics Division of the Sheriff’s Office. Around 19 grams of methamphetamine, with a street value of around $1,900, was discovered as well as a quantity of marijuana.

McCall and Cornett have been charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine as well as Simple Possession of Marijuana.

Bond was denied for both McCall and Albertson, while Cornett received a surety bond of $50,000 on the trafficking charge and a $620.00 surety bond on the simple possession charge.

All three remain in jail at the Oconee County Detention Center.

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