Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Salem Man on Burglary and Malicious Injury to Personal Property Charges

Daniel Bradley Ryan, Jr.

Daniel Bradley Ryan, Jr.

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s arrested a Salem man late Friday evening on charges of Burglary – 2nd Degree and Malicious Injury to Personal Property.

49 year old Daniel Bradley Ryan, Jr. of N. Ranch Way was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 11:28pm. As of 10:15am this morning, Ryan Jr. remains in custody at the Detention Center on a combined $15,000 surety bond.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to reports of an alarm at an address on Bridgeview Drive last Friday evening. After arriving on the scene, the deputy discovered a broken window at the residence, asked for an additional unit to respond and made contact with the homeowner before making entry into the residence.

As the deputies began to clear the residence, they observed damage in various portions of the residence and then discovered a male, later identified as Ryan, Jr., lying in a bed inside of the residence.

After repeatedly ignoring officer attempts to get out of the bed, deputies were able to place Ryan, Jr. under arrest as additional deputies, including an investigator form the Criminal Investigations Division arrived. Ryan Jr. appeared to be intoxicated, according to deputies, and the damage to the residence was estimated to be around $5,000.

Ryan, Jr. was transported to the Detention Center as deputies continued their investigation and gathered evidence.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Announces Additional Arrests in Fifteenth “Operation Infinity” Drug Round-Up

Mary Catherine Salisbury

Mary Catherine Salisbury

Robert Clifton Rigdon

Robert Clifton Rigdon

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is announcing additional arrests today in the fifteenth “Operation Infinity” drug sweep round-up that began on November 3rd.

The Sheriff’s Office began the operation with a meeting and briefing at 8:30am that morning. The Sheriff’s Office teamed up with our law enforcement partners from the Seneca, Walhalla, Westminster and West Union Police Departments.

In all, 27 individuals are being sought on a variety of drug charges involving methamphetamine, prescription drugs, cocaine and marijuana. Some individuals in this drug sweep are being sought on charges of Unlawful Neglect of a Child as well as charges for attempts to purchase pseudoephedrine above the legal limits allowed.

As of November 8th, 14 individuals had been arrested so far and/or were already in jail and will or have been served their warrants. The additional arrests bring to 16 the total number of individuals arrested so far as of 4:00pm today. Here are the names of the additional individuals arrested and their charges according to warrants:

1) Robert Clifton Rigdon
Anderson, SC
42 years old
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around on November 17th around 4:26pm
Rigdon was also charged with Possession of Methamphetamine as a result of his arrest on Ames Street on the Utica Mill Hill yesterday.

2) Mary Catherine Salisbury
Seneca, SC
38 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child – 1 count
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:46am on November 18th
Salisbury was released from the Detention Center earlier today on a $25,000 personal recognizance bond.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation and due to that fact, the names of the other individuals being sought will not be released at this time.

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

Corey West Quinn

Corey West Quinn

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Salem man late yesterday evening on Breach of Trust charges.

20 year old Corey West Quinn of Jocassee Lake Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 11:45pm. Quinn was apprehended by an officer from the Pickens City Police Department yesterday evening and arrangements were made for Oconee County deputies to pick Quinn up and transport him to the Detention Center.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to the Jocassee Lake Road location on October 10th to speak with the victims who allowed Quinn to take their vehicle with the understanding the vehicle needed to be returned by a certain time and date. However, the vehicle was not returned at the time and date specified by the victims.

The investigation was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division and the vehicle was discovered on October 12th in Pickens County and was returned to the victims.

Based on the result of the investigation, investigators obtained an arrest warrant against Quinn on the Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent charges.

Quinn was released earlier today from the Detention Center on a $15,000 personal recognizance bond.

The Blood Connection To Host Blood Drive at Oconee County Law Enforcement Center in December

Sheriff's Badge

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Blood Collection’s Blood Mobile will be hosting a blood drive at the Oconee County Law Enforcement Center in Walhalla at 300 South Church Street on Thursday, December 15th.
The blood drive will be held from 12pm until 5pm. The Blood Connection will be giving away a free Clemson or South Carolina sweatshirt to those on donate on that date.
Previous to that, the Blood Mobile will at the School District of Oconee County offices in Walhalla on Pine Street from 11am until 4pm on Tuesday, December 13th.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on a Grand Larceny Charge

Ashley Gail Settlemyre

Ashley Gail Settlemyre

Michael Joseph Marcello, Jr.

Michael Joseph Marcello, Jr.

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man yesterday evening on a Grand Larceny charge.

The Sheriff’s Office is also seeking a second individual on the same charge in the same case.

27 year old Michael Joseph Marcello, Jr. of Malibu Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 6:38pm. As of Noon today, Marcello, Jr. remains in custody at the Detention Center on a $25,000 surety bond.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division received a call on November 14th from a complainant who resides at an address on Lisa Lane in Mountain Rest in regards to a vehicle and other items that was taken from the residence. The vehicle, a green 1993 Chevrolet Suburban, was entered into the National Crimes Information Center database and a BOLO was also issued for the vehicle to surrounding law enforcement agencies as well. The case was then turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division.

As the investigation continued, the vehicle that was stolen was located at an address on Sims Circle in the Walhalla area. The vehicle was turned over to the victim after being processed for evidence by deputies. After checking the vehicle upon its return, the victim reported that items were taken from the vehicle, including the vehicle tag.

The total amount taken is around $4,500 to $4,600 dollars, according to deputies.

As a result of the investigation and the evidence gathered, investigators obtained arrest warrants on Grand Larceny charges against Marcello, Jr. and 29 year old Ashley Gail Settlemyre of Poultry Lane in Westminster.

Investigators are asking assistance from the public in regards to locating Settlemyre. Anyone with information is 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.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Greenville Man on Burglary Charges

Ryan Curtis Tolbert

Ryan Curtis Tolbert

Richard Clayton Bagwell II

Richard Clayton Bagwell II

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Greenville man on 2nd Degree Burglary charges over the weekend in regards to a late October investigation of an incident that occurred on Jocassee Lake Road.

The arrest of Tolbert came as a result of the investigation that also produced the arrest of Thomasville, NC man in the same case after a vehicle pursuit that occurred during the last weekend in October.

27 year old Ryan Curtis Tolbert of Buff Street in Greenville was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:37pm Saturday after being transported to Oconee County from the Greenville County Detention Center.

25 year old Richard Clayton Bagwell II of E. Guilford Street in Thomasville was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 4:37pm Saturday, October 29th after his arrest.

On October 29th, deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division were responding to a call of a reported burglary at an address on Jocassee Lake Road. As they were responding to the scene, dispatch gave a description of a vehicle that left the scene of the burglary with a black male inside.

Deputies observed a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle on North Highway 11. A deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle but the vehicle did not pull over and passed vehicles on a double yellow line while also speeding. The vehicle in question, a red in color box style car, headed toward the city of Walhalla with the pursuit eventually ending on Razorback Lane as the fleeing vehicle wrecked.

Two individual exited the vehicle and a foot pursuit began, whereupon, the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Bagwell II, was apprehended. The passenger in the vehicle was not found, however, that individual was wearing a red shirt and a white hat.

After confirming the victim’s name, deputies determined that Bagwell II did not have a South Carolina’s driver’s license, while also determining that Bagwell II had a suspended license out of North Carolina.

Deputies began the process of processing the scene of the pursuit while also processing the burglary scene on Jocassee Lake Road. Earlier at the incident scene on Jocassee Lake Road, the victim observed a black male inside of the residence. The suspect had made entry into the residence by kicking out a window.

Based upon the result of the investigation, Bagwell was initially charged by the Sheriff’s Office with one count of Second Degree Burglary related to the Jocassee Lake Road case. Bagwell II also was issued traffic tickets for Failure to stop for a Blue Light, No South Carolina’s Driver’s License and Improper Display of a Tag as a result of the pursuit. The South Carolina Highway Patrol also charged Bagwell II due to their investigation of the accident.

Meanwhile as a result of their investigation, deputies also filed additional charges on Bagwell on November 1st in relation to a separate incident. Bagwell was charged a second 2nd Degree Burglary charge for entering a residence on Pickett Post Road also on October 29th as well as one count of Petit Larceny due to the fact that items that were taken from the Pickett Post Road burglary were found in the vehicle that deputies pursued that eventually wrecked on Razorback Lane October 29th.

With the additional charges, Bagwell remains at the Oconee County Detention Center as of 10am this morning on a combined $55,000 surety bond. Also, GPS Monitoring will be a requirement upon release as a condition of a bond.

Tolbert remains in custody also as of 10am this morning at the Detention Center on a $10,000 surety bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Offering Free Calendar’s While Supplies Last

NCPC 2016-17 Calendar

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is offering free calendar’s while supplies last at the Law Enforcement Center in Walhalla.

The calendar’s, published by the National Crime Prevention Council, runs from the calendar months of November 2016 to December 2017 and features information and tips each month to avoid being scammed and being the victim of counterfeit items.

“With the increase in the selling of merchandise and products, especially over the internet and especially as we approach Christmas, the potential for criminals to sell counterfeit items increases,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “This could lead to consumers not getting what they paid for, to economic fraud and the potential that these products could be flawed and hazardous if used. The purchasing of counterfeit merchandise could also help to finance criminal activity. It is our hope that these calendars will provide good information to our citizens and we encourage them to pick one up and to read the material contained therein.

The calendars are available once again, while supplies last, during normal business hours at the Law Enforcement Center at 300 South Church Street in Walhalla from 8:30am until 4:30pm Monday – Friday, excluding county holidays. Just come to the first floor and the desk sergeant’s window to pick your free calendar up.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks the Public’s Help in Solving Westminster Area Larceny

This is not the actual ATV that was taken but represents something similar to what was stolen.

This is not the actual ATV that was taken but represents something similar to what was stolen.

This is not the sprayer that was stolen but represents something similar to what was taken.

This is not the sprayer that was stolen but represents something similar to what was taken.

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in its investigation into a larceny that occurred last week in the Westminster area.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to an address on Boat Ramp Road in the late morning hours of November 3rd in regards to a reported larceny. The victim told the deputy that two items, a 2014 Can Am Commander XT1000 side by side ATV and a sprayer, had been taken from the property.

The ATV was described as being yellow in color with a black roof. The ATV is reportedly registered in Pennsylvania and could still have a tag on the back.

The ATV is valued at around $12,000 and the sprayer is valued at $120.

The victim did not know who could have taken the items, according to the deputy. The victim, however, did tell the deputy about a small black in color car, unknown type, with faded paint that drove up and down the road several times and around the victim’s residence. The vehicle appeared to be occupied by two white males that looked to be in their early ‘20’s.

If you have any information on this November 3rd larceny case in the Westminster area, 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.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Participates in the 22 Push Up Challenge

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–Yesterday in the parking area near the Oconee County Detention Center, deputies from the Oconee County Sheriff’s Officer participated in the 22 Push Up Challenge.

The challenge helps to bring awareness to the issue of suicide among the military veterans of the Armed Services of the United States, according to Captain Jeff Underwood of the Uniformed Patrol Division.

“On average, 22 military veterans a day commit suicide,” according to Captain Underwood, who served in the United States Marine Corps from 1998-2002. “With Veteran’s Day this Friday, this was a perfect time to participate in the challenge and I am thankful to the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office who participated and those who came out to cheer us on.”

A video of the Sheriff’s Office deputies who participated in the challenge was uploaded to the Sheriff’s Office You Tube page and linked to following Sheriff’s Office social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus). For those who would like to see the video, they may click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLAt9T8VnRI

“On behalf of the men and women of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, some of whom served in the Armed Forces of the United States, I am challenging the other forty-five Sheriff’s Offices in the state of South Carolina, as well as the other law enforcement agencies in the state, to join us in this challenge as a way to honor our veterans and their families and continue to raise awareness of this important issue,” says Captain Underwood.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Announces Additional Arrest in Fifteenth “Operation Infinity” Drug Round-Up

Jessica Paige Clingerman

Jessica Paige Clingerman

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is announcing an additional arrest today in the fifteenth “Operation Infinity” drug sweep round-up that began last Thursday morning.

The Sheriff’s Office began the operation with a meeting and briefing at 8:30am last Thursday. The Sheriff’s Office teamed up with our law enforcement partners from the Seneca, Walhalla, Westminster and West Union Police Departments.

In all, 27 individuals are being sought on a variety of drug charges involving methamphetamine, prescription drugs, cocaine and marijuana. Some individuals in this drug sweep are being sought on charges of Unlawful Neglect of a Child as well as charges for attempts to purchase pseudoephedrine above the legal limits allowed.

As of 9:30am yesterday, 13 individuals had been arrested so far and/or were already in jail and will or have been served their warrants. The additional arrests bring to 14 the total number of individuals arrested so far as of 9:00am today. Here is the name of the additional individual arrested and their charge according to warrants:

1) Jessica Paige Clingerman
Mountain Rest, SC
23 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child – 1 count
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:22am on November 7th
Clingerman was given a $10,000 surety bond. Clingerman was released from the Detention Center on Tuesday, November 8th.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation and due to that fact, the names of the other individuals being sought will not be released at this time.