Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks the Public’s Help Regarding August 18th Walmart Shoplifting

Walmart Shoplifting Suspect - August 18th, 2016

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in regards to identifying an individual in relation to an August 18th lunch hour shoplifting that occurred at the Seneca Walmart.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol division responded to the Sandifer Boulevard location on the day of the incident and spoke to an employee of the store. According to information the deputy obtained as a result of the investigation, an African-American female wearing a black tank top stole items from the store, which included golf balls, clothing and glasses.

The employee was able to retrieve the items but the individual fled the scene on foot and the officer was not able to locate the individual in question.

If you have any information regarding this August 18th lunch hour shoplifting at the Seneca Walmart and can identify the individual in relation to this incident, 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 provided is confidential. If your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Alabama Man on Outstanding Burglary and Larceny Warrants

Jason Spencer Blythe

Jason Spencer Blythe

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Montgomery, AL man earlier this morning on two outstanding warrants related to a 2012 break-in at the Verizon Wireless store in Seneca.

33 year old Jason Spencer Blythe of Taylor Oak Circle was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 2:31am by a deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division after being picked up at the Greenville County Detention Center and transported to Oconee County.

Deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to the Verizon Wireless location on Sandifer Boulevard in Seneca the morning of October 13th, 2012 in reference to a possible burglary. When deputies arrived on the scene, they discovered that entry had been made into the business via a large rock that was used to break the glass to a door of the business.

The scene was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office and an investigation began and evidence was gathered. An inventory conducted by management revealed that several electronic items, which included smart phones, tablets and accessories, were taken from the store.

The value of the items taken, according to store management at that time, was around $8,000.

Warrants were obtained against Blythe soon thereafter charging him with Second Degree Burglary and Grand Larceny.

Blythe remains in custody at the Detention Center this morning awaiting a bond hearing.

Walhalla Rotary Club to Host BBQ Fundraiser on Monday, September 12th

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(Walhalla, SC)—————————The Walhalla Rotary Club will be hosting a BBQ fundraiser on Monday, September 12th to benefit the Walhalla Rotary Club charities, which includes the “Law Enforcement Appreciation Project.”
The LEAP Project will recognize a Sheriff’s Deputy and police officer from the Walhalla Police Department each quarter for going above and beyond the duties of law enforcement and each officer will be presented an award by Rotary International.
The BBQ will delivered to your business at an agreed upon time between 11:30am and 1:30pm on September 12th.
The meal will include BBQ, bun, baked beans, cole slaw, homemade brownies and a canned soda for $10, which includes tax.
For more information or questions, contact Brian at 864-723-8062 or Jordanie at 864-280-4611.

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

Bobby Hughdean Wood, Jr.

Bobby Hughdean Wood, Jr.

Carrie Leigh Tyner

Carrie Leigh Tyner

Cecil Mark Fowler

Cecil Mark Fowler

Daniel Glenn Carpenter

Daniel Glenn Carpenter

Douglas John Olin Edmond

Douglas John Olin Edmond

Henry Eric Sanders

Henry Eric Sanders

Joseph Eugene Willoughby

Joseph Eugene Willoughby

Lee Roy Witt

Lee Roy Witt

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

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

The Sheriff’s Office began the operation with a meeting and briefing at 8:30am. The Sheriff’s Office teamed up with our partners from the Seneca and Walhalla Police Departments.

“Our “Operation Infinity” drug sweeps are a very important and fundamental part of our overall drug enforcement and eradication operations,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “The Sheriff’s Office and our law enforcement partners want to continue to put pressure and make it as difficult as possible for narcotics dealers to operate in the county but since narcotics can have an effect on others crimes, such as burglaries and larcenies, our drug interdiction efforts can be used to combat those crimes as well.”

In all, 25 individuals are being sought on a variety of drug charges involving methamphetamine, prescription drugs, and marijuana. Some individuals in this drug sweep are being sought on charges of Unlawful Neglect of a Child.

As of 3:00pm this afternoon, 8 individuals had been arrested so far and/or were already are in jail and will or have been served their warrants. Here are the names of the individuals that have been arrested so far and their charges according to warrants. All individuals, except for Carrie Tyner, who is being housed in another facility, remain in custody at the Detention Center as of 4:30pm this afternoon:

1) Douglas John Olin Edmond
Seneca, SC
41 years old
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 Count
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 10:48am on August 25th
$5,000 surety bond on charge

2) Daniel Glenn Carpenter
Seneca, SC
50 years old
Distribution of Marijuana – 1 Count
Already in Jail at the Oconee County Detention Center
$5,000 surety bond on charge

3) Joseph Eugene Willoughby
Seneca, SC
30 years old
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count
Already in Jail at the Oconee County Detention Center
$10,000 surety bond on charge

4) Carrie Leigh Tyner
Westminster, SC
32 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child – 1 count
Currently being housed in a South Carolina Department of Corrections Facility

5) Lee Roy Witt
Westminster, SC
41 years old
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center on August 25th around 12:05pm
$5,000 surety bond on charge

6) Bobby Hughdean Wood, Jr.
West Union, SC
38 years old
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count
Already in Jail at the Oconee County Detention Center
$10,000 surety bond on charge

7) Henry Eric Sanders
Seneca, SC
27 years old
Distribution of Marijuana – 2 counts
Booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:53pm on August 25th
No bond information as of 4:30pm

8) Cecil Mark Fowler
Seneca, SC
Distribution of Crank (Methamphetamine)) – 1 count
Already in Jail at the Oconee County Detention Center
$25,000 surety bond on charge

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 Seneca Man on Receiving Stolen Goods Charges

Adam Eric Sass

Adam Eric Sass

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man earlier this morning on charges of Receiving Stolen Goods in reference to a stolen firearm.

37 year old Adam Eric Sass of Maple Grove Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:28am on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants were obtained today.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division earlier this morning on routine patrol observed a green in color Toyota Camry roll through a stop sign near the intersection of W. Pine Grove Road at Pine Grove Road near Seneca. The deputy initiated a traffic stop based upon the traffic violation.

The individual pulled over by the deputy, Sass, told the deputy that he was out of prison on parole and that there was a firearm located in the vehicle. The deputy retrieved the firearm and after further investigation, discovered the firearm was reported stolen out of Anderson County.

Sass was arrested and transported to the Oconee County Detention Center, where he awaits a bond hearing.

The charge of Receiving Stolen Goods against Sass is a misdemeanor and carries a penalty of not more than 30 days in prison or a fine of not more than $1,000.

Celebrate Christmas with a Hero Golf Tournament Set for September 30th

Celebrate Christmas Flyer

(Walhalla, SC)————————The annual Celebrate Christmas with a Hero, Inc. golf tournament is set for Friday, September 30th at the Trails at Chickasaw Point golf course.
Registration will take place the morning of the tournament between 8am and 8:45am with a shotgun start taking place at 9am. Breakfast and coffee will be offered starting at 8am and lunch will be served after the tournament starting at 1:30pm.
Door prizes and goodie bags will be available. Trophies will be awarded for first and second place and a vehicle can be won for a hole-in-one.
The teams will be made up of 4-man Captain’s Choice teams and the cost per player is $60.00 per person with hole sponsorships available at $100 each.
The tournament benefits needy children in Oconee County primarily at Christmas but also throughout the year as well.
For more information, contact Lt. Lisa Williams at 864-885-2730, Deputy Vickie Bottoms at 864-638-4247 or Sgt. Tim Rice at 864-638-4121.

Duke Energy to host National Hunting and Fishing Day at the World of Energy in September

National Hunting and Fishing flyer

(Walhalla, SC)————————Duke Energy will be hosting a National Hunting and Fishing Day event at the World of Energy on Saturday, September 24h from 9am until 3pm.
The event is free and open to the public and will feature kayaking, lake fishing, archery, air rifle shooting, fly tying/casting, wildlife artifacts, a rock climbing wall and much more.
For more information, call 1-800-777-1004 or go online to www.duke-energy.com/worldofenergy.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Walhalla Man on Weapons Charges

Christopher Edward Burrell

Christopher Edward Burrell

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Walhalla man late yesterday on charges of being in possession of a firearm and not being authorized to do so.

23 year old Christopher Edward Burrell of Amsterdam Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:47pm on a Temporary Custody Order and on a charge of Breach of Peace in relation to the incident.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division was dispatched to a call for service on Nectarine Circle in the Walhalla area in reference to a subject causing an altercation.

When the deputy arrived on scene, he spoke to the victim. The victim told the deputy that the subject in question, Burrell, was at the residence making threats to those who were there. The deputy was advised that Burrell had a firearm and had gone to another residence.

The deputy went to that residence and made contact with Burrell. The deputy observed the firearm in Burrell’s hands, upon which the deputy gave commands for Burrell to drop the weapon. Burrell did drop the weapon at the deputy’s commands.

A check of Burrell’s name revealed that he could not possess a firearm due to the fact of a previous arrest.

Burrell was placed under arrest and transported to the Detention Center. As of 12:15pm today, Burrell remains at the Detention Center on a combined $6087.50 surety bond.

The weapons charge against Burrell is a misdemeanor with carries a penalty of 30 to 90 days in prison or a fine of $200 to $500.

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

Andy Charles Walker, Jr.

Andy Charles Walker, Jr.

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Greenville County man on weapons charges related to an incident that occurred in July.

46 year old Andy Charles Walker, Jr. of Beckenham Lane was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:03pm by a deputy from the Warrants Division. Walker, Jr. was being held in jail in Gwinnett County, GA.

Deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to an address on Hillside Drive in Mountain Rest on July 1st in regards to a reported shooting incident. The victim was cutting grass when Walker, Jr. approached the victim and reportedly pointed a firearm. Walker, Jr. was reportedly using profanity and accusing the victim’s dog of killing his chickens.

The victim offered to make restitution for the loss but as the victim was heading into the residence, Walker, Jr. reportedly discharged the firearm on the property of the victim. Deputies collected evidence and obtained statements from the parties involved while also confiscating the firearm reportedly used in the incident.

Based upon the evidence gathered, deputies had enough probable cause to obtain warrants against Walker, Jr. charging him with Pointing and Presenting Firearms at a Person and Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol.

Walker, Jr. was released from the Detention Center yesterday on combined $20,000 personal recognizance bond.

12th Annual S.C. Apple Festival Car Show Less Than One Month Away

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Crimestoppers Logo

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. and the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that the 12th Annual S.C. Apple Festival Car Show, to benefit Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc., is now less than a month. The car show will be held on Saturday, September 10th.

The Car Show will be located on East Main Street in Westminster besides Hardee’s, with registration from 9am until Noon. Judging will be held starting at Noon and prizes will be awarded starting at 2pm. Door prizes will also be available as well.

The registration fee is $20, with vendor spaces also available at $20 as well.

The Car Show will include motorcycles and 4 x 4 Wheel Drive vehicles.

For more information, contact Larry Dellinger at 864-647-5487.