Sirens Around Oconee Nuclear Station to be Tested Wednesday, October 8th

Oconee Nuclear Station

Oconee Nuclear Station

(Walhalla, SC)—————————————–The public alert notification sirens around the Oconee Nuclear Station will be tested one week from tomorrow, on Wednesday, October 8th.
No public action is required.
There are 65 sirens within a 10 mile radius that are tested each quarter for three minutes to make sure they are working properly.
The test will begin at 11:50am.
For more information on the public alert notification sirens, visit www.duke-energy.com.

Hunter Education Class Being Offered This Saturday in Seneca

Hunter Ed Class

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will be offering a hunter education class this Saturday in Seneca and there is still time to register.
The class is being offered on the campus of Foothills Community Church, which is located at 505 Bountyland Road, from 8am until 3pm.
Participants must pre-register at www.dnr.sc.gov and click on the hunter education icon for further details or call 1-800-277-4301. A break will be offered at mid-day to allow participants to go off site for lunch.
There is no cost for the class and each student is asked to be on time and to bring a pencil or pen.
All children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the class.
All residents and non-residents born after June 30th, 1979 are required to have a hunter education endorsement and must successfully complete a hunter education course approved by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources before obtaining a hunting license in the state.

Fred Delcamp, President of Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Passes Away at the Age of 58

Crimestoppers Logo

Crimestoppers Logo

(Walhalla, SC)————————————————–Fred Delcamp, who served as acting President of Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. for the past two years, passed away late last week in Salem.
According to the obituary posting from Brown-Ogelsby Funeral Home in Seneca, Delcamp was born in Honolulu, HI in 1956 and became a park ranger in law enforcement for the National Park Service in 1978. In 1985, he graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Academy and later transferred to the Bureau of Land Management as a law enforcement officer and finished his career there in 2008.
Besides being President of Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc., Fred also served his community as President of the Lion’s Club and Rotary.
A memorial service will be held at 2pm this Thursday, October 2nd at Clemson United Methodist Church which is located at 300 Frontage Road.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the United States Police Canine Association USPCA Foundation at www.uspcak9.com in Fred Delcamp’s name.
Brown-Ogelsby Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Issues Scam Alert

Sheriff's Badge

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office investigated a potential scam earlier today that first involved the Internal Revenue Service and later Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw.

A deputy spoke with a complainant in the West Union area who told the deputy that she received a call from someone who sounded as if they had a foreign accent and claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service.

The individual informed the complainant that after an audit that the IRS was owed $4,500. According to the deputy, the complainant asked more specific questions, during which time the caller became upset and hung up the phone.

A short time later the same caller, a male, called back and claimed to be Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. The caller advised the complainant that an arrest warrant would be issued.

The complainant disconnected and then contacted the Sheriff’s Office.

The caller ID on the complainant’s phone showed that the call came from the Oconee County offices.

If you receive of this nature, do not give out any personal information or purchase items such as a green dot card and place money on that card to send to any callers. Hang up and contact the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Washington State Man on Fugitive from Justice Warrant

Zachary Joseph Hirst

Zachary Joseph Hirst

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Washington state man Saturday evening on a Fugitive from Justice Warrant for a violation of Community Custody.

24 year old Zachary Joseph Hirst of 4202 Quail Drive in Lacey, WA was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 6:09pm. He received a $25,000 surety bond during a bond hearing and is currently being held at the Oconee County Detention Center.

A deputy on routine patrol on Goddard Avenue in the Utica Mill Hill area observed Hirst walk up to a vehicle and make gestures to the driver in an area that is known to be a high crime area. The deputy got out with Hirst and after running his information discovered that he was wanted out of Washington State. A hold was placed on Hirst as officials in Washington State said they would extradite him. Hirst was then taken to the Detention Center after his arrest.

According to Washington State law, “Community custody” means that portion of an offender’s sentence of confinement in lieu of earned release time served in the community subject to controls placed on the offender’s movement and activities by the department.

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

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office announces three additional arrests today in the seventh “Operation Infinity” drug sweep round-up that began last Thursday morning.

The Sheriff’s Office began the operation that day 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.

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

The three additional arrests occurred between 3pm Thursday of last week and midnight last night. In all, 15 have been arrested so far and the Sheriff’s Office is seeking 8 more. Here are the names of the three individuals arrested and their charges according to warrants:

1) Jason Lee Trammell
210 Trammell Drive
Seneca, SC
Unlawful Neglect of a Child (1 count)
Arrested 4:16pm – Thursday, September 25th

2) Gerome Chris Smith
400 Hunter Street
Seneca, SC
Distribution of Crack Cocaine (1 count)
Arrested 2:08pm – Friday, September 26th

3) Jonathan David Crooks
305 S. Poplar Street
Walhalla, SC
Distribution of Methamphetamine (2 counts)
Arrested 8:25am – Sunday, September 28th

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

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

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

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

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

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

8) 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)

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.