Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Five Over the Weekend on a Variety of Drug Charges

Brantley Keith Black

Brantley Keith Black

Douglas John Olin Edmond

Douglas John Olin Edmond

Howard Eugene Johnson

Howard Eugene Johnson

Thomas James Christian Dean

Thomas James Christian Dean

Jonathan Mac Phillips

Jonathan Mac Phillips

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested five individuals over the weekend on a variety of drug charges during routine road patrol and enforcement operations.

Officers were able to seize from the five arrests a grand total of around 28.29 grams of Methamphetamine and around 40 prescription pills.

The following individuals were arrested over a time period from the lunch hour on Friday, June 5th thru the early evening hours of Sunday, June 7th.

• 48 year old Howard Eugene Johnson of Sirrine Street in Seneca. Johnson was arrested by deputies after a deputy was asked by a family member to speak with Johnson concerning car keys that needed to be brought to the family member. Johnson was discovered at an address on Lonsdale Street on the Utica Mill Hill. The deputy noticed a syringe tucked behind Johnson’s ear with some liquid inside. After placing Johnson in investigative detention and asking if Johnson had anything illegal on his person, Johnson revealed that he had a pipe in his pocket. A further search revealed two baggies with pills inside of them and a black bag was discovered around his waist containing more narcotics. Johnson was placed under arrest and transported to the Oconee County Detention Center. On two separate occasions, the arresting officer asked Johnson if he had anything on his person before he went to jail. While inside the jail, a small baggy containing a crystal like substance fell out of Johnson’s pocket. Around 14 prescription pills were seized as well as around 1.48 grams of Methamphetamine in the arrest. Johnson has been charged with one count of possession of Methamphetamine, two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance (one for Sulfate and one for Phentermine) and one count of Possession of Contraband in a Detention Facility. Johnson was booked into the Detention Center around 12:29pm Friday afternoon. Johnson is still being held at the Detention Center this morning on a $40,000 surety bond.

• 22 year old Thomas James-Christian Dean of Terrier Lane in Westminster and 29 year old Jonathan Mac Phillips of Elizabeth Road in Westminster were arrested after traffic stop late Saturday evening on West-Oak Highway and Cross Roads Drive due to a vehicle having an obstructed license plate. The deputy observed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and asked Phillips, the driver, for consent to search the vehicle, which was granted. The deputy discovered a bag with a white crystal like substance in the middle of the front seat, which both individuals denied was theirs. After both individuals were placed in investigative detention, drug paraphernalia fell from the mid-section area of Dean. Both Phillips and Dean were arrested and charged in warrants with possession of Methamphetamine and Dean was issued a Uniform Traffic Ticket for a violation of the County Drug Paraphenalia Ordinance. Around 0.2 grams of Methamphetamine was recovered. Phillips was booked into the Detention Center around 11:05pm Saturday while Dean was booked in the same day around 11:17pm. Dean is still being held as of late this morning at the Detention Center on a $5,500 surety bond while Phillips also remains in custody on a $5,000 surety bond.

• 42 year old Brantley Keith Black of Shady Lane in Westminster and 39 year old Douglas John Edmond of Timberlake One Circle in Seneca. A deputy was dispatched late Sunday afternoon to Applewood Shopping Center in Seneca in reference to Black, who had five outstanding arrest warrants, reportedly sitting in a truck in the parking lot. After arriving on the scene with a Seneca Police Officer providing assistance, Black was identified and placed under arrests on the five outstanding warrants. During a search of Black incident to arrest, Black asked the driver of the truck, Edmond, for a cigarette. Edmond handed the cigarettes to the Seneca officer, who opened the box and discovered two capsules with a substance believed to be Methamphetamine inside. A search of the truck revealed a black box on the front seat between the passenger and driver’s side that had drugs inside which Black told the deputy were his. A further search revealed a bottle of prescription medication under the front driver’s seat where Edmond was sitting. Both individuals were placed under arrest and transported to the Oconee County Detention Center and booked in around 6:49pm and 7:31pm respectively. A grand total of around 26.79 grams of Methamphetamine was seized as well as 13 prescription pills. The five outstanding warrants on Black were four from the Sheriff’s Office charging Black with four counts of Distribution of Methamphetamine and were obtained in 2014 as well as a Westminster Municipal Bench Warrant. The three new warrants obtained today charge Black with one count of Trafficking in Methamphetamine and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance (one for Methadone Hydrochloride and one for Alprazolam). Black also has two warrants charging him with Probation Violations. Edmond has been charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. Bond has yet to be set for Black and Edmond.

Spots Still Open for 2nd Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy

Citizens Police Academy Logo

Citizens Police Academy Logo

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-Spots are still available for Oconee County residents who are interested in signing up for the 2nd Citizens Police Academy that will give individuals a chance to experience what a day in the life of a police officer is all about.

Citizens of Oconee County can sign up now for the classes at the website of the Sheriff’s Office at www.oconeelaw.com by clicking on the “Citizens Police Academy” link near the upper right portion of the website. Applications will need to be printed off and mailed to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at 415 South Pine Street, Walhalla, SC 29691.

Those who are selected will have a chance to meet the Command Staff and many of the deputies of the Sheriff’s Office. Some of the topics covered will be patrol operations, equipment and its uses, criminal investigations, E-911 communications, SWAT team operations, plus a judicial overview by one of the local judges, information on detention and narcotics. On a Saturday during the classes, instructees will observe a SWAT team demonstration. At the conclusion of the classes, those who participate will be given a shirt, a certificate and a class photo.

There is a selection process for those who sign up, which includes a background check, according to Sgt. McGowan. Sgt. McGowan is hoping to reach demographics from every walk of life in Oconee County, with the class size limited to 25 due to logistic limitations. The classes will meet for 10 consecutive weeks on Tuesday evenings with one Saturday meeting for the SWAT demonstration.

Participation in all the classes is important, according to Sgt. McGowan, due to the fact of the volume of information that is going to be presented. Missing two of more classes may result in a disqualification from the program.

The dates for the second “Citizens Police Academy” will be each Tuesday from Tuesday, September 1st until Tuesday, November 3rd from 6pm until 9pm each night at the Oconee County Law Enforcement Center at 300 South Church Street in Walhalla. The SWAT demonstration will take place at the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Advance Firearms and Tactical Training Center on Saturday, September 19th from 9am until 12 noon.

All those who are selected with be notified. There is no cost for those who are selected for the “Citizens Police Academy.”

Those who participate and graduate from this year’s class will join the graduates of the 1st Citizens Police Academy in the “Citizens Police Academy Alumni.” These alumni will have an opportunity to support the Sheriff’s Office by encouraging participation in future academies and to promote the Sheriff’s Office through their contact with others outside the Sheriff’s Office.

Last November, 24 Oconee citizens graduated from the 1st Citizens Police Academy.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Offers Thanks to Groups, Agencies and Individuals in Mountain Rest Search This Week

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office would like to say thank you to several agencies, groups and individuals who assisted our deputies in the search for a missing Mountain Rest woman this week:

• Foothills Canine Search and Rescue
• South Carolina Canine Search and Rescue Teams
• Greg Sluder
• Oconee County Emergency Services
• Oconee County Special Rescue Team
• Mountain Rest Rescue Squad

Press Release from Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis Regarding Mountain Rest Death

Press Release Courtesy of Karl Addis
Oconee County Coroner

The body of a female was discovered by Oconee County Sheriff’s Department personnel on Wednesday afternoon (June 3rd) at approximately 3:05 pm.
The sheriff’s department and other agencies with Oconee County have been searching for a missing Mountain Rest woman, Mandy Nichole Brewer. Ms. Brewer, 28, was last seen this past Saturday at her home located on Trillium Drive, Mountain Rest.
The body of a Caucasian female, fitting the description of Ms. Brewer, was found approximately two (2) miles from her home off Ross Mountain Road and approximately 20 yards off of the gravel road in a wooded area.
The preliminary scene investigation suggests Ms. Brewer died from a self- inflicted gunshot wound.
The sheriff’s department continues to investigate.
An autopsy will be ordered; a date and time has not been arranged as yet.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Two Anderson Residents on Drug Charges

Kizzie Lynette Roebuck

Kizzie Lynette Roebuck

Thaddeus Antonio Thompson

Thaddeus Antonio Thompson

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Anderson County residents on drug charges yesterday after a pursuit that began in Oconee County ended in Anderson County.

37 year old Kizzie Lynette Roebuck of Zebulon Drive and 40 year old Thaddeus Antonio Thompson of Valentine Street were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 5:03pm and 7:28pm respectively.

A deputy during routine road patrol operations spotted a gold Ford Taurus traveling northbound I-85 during the lunch hour yesterday make an improper lane change with Roebuck as the driver. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle exited off I-85 onto Highway 243 at exit 4. The vehicle, however, did not stop and proceeded through the stop sign at the top of the exit ramp and turned right onto Old Dobbins Bridge Road.

The pursuit crossed into Anderson County, with the passenger Thompson throwing items out of the vehicle that appeared to be drugs. The pursuit lasted seven to eight miles along Old Dobbins Bridge Road before the vehicle pulled over to the side of the road.

Roebuck and Thompson were taken into custody without incident and a search of the vehicle incident to arrest produced more drugs. A combined total of 7.5 grams of drugs were found in the vehicle and recovered by deputies on the side of the road.

Roebuck and Thompson were booked into the Detention Center on Temporary Custody Orders until warrants were obtained today charging each of them with one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine. Roebuck will be charged as well in Uniform Traffic Tickets with Failure to Stop for a Blue Light and Driving Under Suspension.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office To Participate in United Way Day of Caring

Sheriff's Badge

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a Pill Take Back Day on Friday, June 19th as part of the United Way of Oconee County’s annual Day of Caring event.

Agents will be collecting all types of prescription medication or vitamins in liquid or pill form. The collection will prevent medication from making it into the sewer system which can lead into contamination of land or water resources, plus, it will keep these products from not reaching the hands of children and young people as well, according to Lt. Jeremy Chapman of the Sheriff’s Office.

Agents will be on hand to collect the items and the items will be disposed of properly, according to Lt. Chapman.

The event will be held from 9am until 2pm at Norton-Thompson Park in Seneca. Besides the Sheriff’s Office involvement, resource information will be available at the event.

The Sheriff’s Office last held a Pill Take Back Day back in April at the substation near Oconee Memorial Hospital. Around 93 pounds of pills and liquid medication was collected that day.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks the Public’s Help in Search for Missing Mountain Rest Woman

Mandy Nicole Brewer

Mandy Nicole Brewer

Mandy Nicole Brewer

Mandy Nicole Brewer

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help locating a missing woman who was last seen over the weekend.

A deputy responded to 437 Trillium Drive in Mountain Rest around 4:10pm Sunday afternoon and spoke the missing woman’s boyfriend who told the deputy that his girlfriend, Mandy Nicole Brewer, was last seen around 11:40am on Saturday.

Brewer, who is 29 years old, was last seen on walking on Trillium Drive wearing a camouflage tank top and dark pants. It is believed that Brewer may have been carrying a back pack as well. Brewer’s information has been entered into the National Crime Information Center database.

Deputies have been following up on leads in the case since they were notified on Sunday.

“We are concerned for the well-being of Mandy since she has been missing now three days and are asking anyone with any information on her whereabouts to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or 864-638-STOP,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “Always remember that Crime Stoppers is anonymous and the information provided is confidential. We want to be able to find her and notify her family of her whereabouts and give them piece of mind that she is okay so any information the public can give us would be of a great help.”

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks the Public’s Help in Locating Greenwood Man Wanted in March Seneca Area Homicide

Campbell -Homicide Suspect

Dw'ntraquis Rashaad Campbell

Dw’ntraquis Rashaad Campbell

Dw'ntraquis Rashaad Campbell Facebook Photo

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a Greenwood man wanted on multiple charges, including murder, in regards to March incident near Seneca.

30 year old Dw’Ntraquis Rashaad Campbell of 119 Oak Hill Street was charged by the Sheriff’s Office on March 9th with murder in the shooting death of Anthony Letron Holden of Seneca. Campbell was also charged with three counts of Attempted Murder in the shooting of three other individuals and Possession of a Weapon during Commission of a Violent Crime. Warrants and information on Campbell have been entered into the National Crime Information Center database.

According to investigators, Campbell also goes by the alias’ “Rah-Rah” or Rashaad or
“Shaad.”

The warrants were issued against Campbell as the result of an incident on March 8th at the former Sonny’s Bar and Grill on Wells Highway at Shiloh Road in Seneca.

“Campbell has a history of violent crime and has outstanding warrants in Greenwood, SC and Columbus, GA,” according to Captain Greg Reed of the Sheriff’s Office. “He may also have ties to Anderson, SC as well. We have been following up on leads in the case but those leads obviously have not led to Campbell’s capture. We are asking anyone with any information about Campbell’s whereabouts to please contact us so we can take him into custody.”

“Campbell is considered armed and dangerous and anyone who comes in contact with him should avoid him and contact their local law enforcement agency and report his location to them,” continues Captain Reed. “Our investigation is continuing and as of right now, the Sheriff’s Office will be not be releasing any further information in this case.”

When the initial press release was issued back on March 12th, Sheriff’s Office P.I.O. Jimmy Watt issued the release not only to local media in and around Oconee County but also reached out to media in Greenwood, SC and Columbus, GA to ask for their cooperation in getting Campbell’s picture out to the public as well as posting Campbell’s picture to the Sheriff’s Office website and social media pages.

“We appreciate the media’s cooperation in helping to keep the case in the public’s eye, not only in South Carolina, but in Georgia as well,” says P.I.O. Watt. “We also thank the news team at Fox Carolina in Greenville for their follow up story last week on the case.

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Dw’Ntraquis Rashaad Campbell, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or text in your tip to 274637. All tips received through Crime Stoppers are anonymous and confidential and if your tip to Crime Stoppers leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

You can also relay your information in this case directly to an investigator with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office by calling 864-718-1052.

“For the victims of this crime and their families, justice needs to be served,” according to Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “For those injured, the emotional scars will be there even after the physical scars are healed. For the Holden family, a mother has lost a son and two small children will grow up without their father in their lives. Campbell needs to be arrested and made to be held accountable and responsible for his actions the night of March 8th, 2015.”

Oconee County Law Enforcement Agencies Announce Three Additional Arrests in Ninth “Operation Infinity” Drug Sweep

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————Oconee County law enforcement agencies are announcing three additional arrests this week in the ninth “Operation Infinity” drug sweep that began on April 8th.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office along with all five municipal police departments in the county (Salem, Seneca, Walhalla, Westminster and West Union) as well as the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources participated in the countywide drug roundup.

Officers had warrants on 41 individuals on a variety of drug charges. Warrants from four agencies (Sheriff’s Office, Seneca PD, Walhalla PD and Westminster PD) served as the basis for the operation.

The total now stands of those arrested or served stands now at 36. The three arrests this week are as follows:

1) Tarrell LaShawn Lee Williams
34 years old
Seneca, SC
Distribution of Crack Cocaine – 7 counts
Arrested May 31st, 2015

2) Aubrey Luke Justus
29 years old
West Union, SC
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count
Arrested June 1st, 2015

3) Jessica Danielle Morris
28 years old
West Union, SC
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count
Arrested June 1st, 2015

The following individuals are still being sought by Oconee law enforcement. If you have any information on the whereabouts of these individuals, contact the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4111.

1) Lorenzo Lee Earle
29 years old
Seneca, SC
Distribution of Crack Cocaine – 1 count

2) Sheldon LaShane Williams
40 years old
Westminster, SC
Distribution of Crack Cocaine – 2 counts

3) Shawn Paul Mathis
42 years old
Walhalla, SC
Distribution of Methamphetamine – 1 count

4) Kelley Suzanne Sosby
37 years old
Westminster, SC
Distribution of Methamphetamine – 1 count

5) Johnny Matthew Robinson
25 years old
Possession of Lortab – 1 count
Trafficking Methamphetamine – 1 count
Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana – 1 count

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Townville Man on Outstanding Grand Larceny Warrant

David Allen Simmons, Jr.

David Allen Simmons, Jr.

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Townville man last Friday afternoon on an outstanding warrant charging him with Grand Larceny.

32 year old David Allen Simmons, Jr. was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 12:10pm. Simmons, Jr.’s address, according to the Detention Center, is Shady Lane. Warrants lists Simmons, Jr.’s at Belvidere Avenue in Washington, NJ.

Simmons, Jr. was transported by a deputy from the Warrants Division from the Anderson County Detention Center to Oconee County in regards to the warrant which accuses him of taking a 2007 Dodge Nitro from the Shady Lane address sometime between May 1st and May 2nd. The value of the vehicle is around $15,000.

According to a Sheriff’s Office incident report, the victim reported to the responding officer that State Troopers had notified the complainant that Simmons, Jr. reportedly had wrecked the vehicle on May 4th in Anderson County at the intersection of Highway 24 and Harry Davis Road.

Simmons, Jr. reportedly had been staying at the Shady Lane residence waiting for transportation to take him back to New Jersey.

Simmons, Jr. is being held at the Detention Center on a $10,000 surety bond.