Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Anderson Man on Violation of a Court Order of Protection

Billy Darrel Prescott

Billy Darrel Prescott

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Anderson man last Friday on charges of a Violation of a Court Order of Protection.

52 year old Billy Darrel Prescott of M Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:58am. Prescott was also charged with Domestic Violence – High and Aggravated over the weekend.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to an address on Airport Road on January 20th near Seneca in regards to a domestic disturbance. While the deputy was heading to the incident location, he was informed that an Order of Protection was in place on Prescott for an Order of Protection out of Anderson County.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they were advised by the victim, who is a member of Prescott’s household that Prescott was in a room of the house, upon which Prescott was located and secure without incident.

The Sheriff’s Office also had a separate incident that occurred on January 18th at the same Airport Road residence under investigation that produced the Domestic Violence warrant. During that incident, Prescott is accused of taking the victim’s cell phone to prevent her from calling law enforcement, assaulted her, made threats against her with a weapon and all of this occurring while an order or protection was in place. When deputies arrived on the scene to investigate this incident, Prescott had already left the scene.

The Order of Protection charge states that Prescott made contact with the victim, forced his way into her home and made threats against her.

As of 2pm today, Prescott remains in custody at the Detention Center on a combined $26,087.50 surety bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Three Thursday after Execution of Search Warrant

Crystal Annette Rogers

Crystal Annette Rogers

David Wayne Howard

David Wayne Howard

Tony Alfred Swafford

Tony Alfred Swafford

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested three individuals yesterday after the execution of a search warrant at an address in the Cheohee Valley area of Oconee County.

An undercover operative working at the direction of the Sheriff’s Office on January 10th made a purchase of methamphetamine from a residence on Tamassee Lane from 39 year old Crystal Annette Rogers, who resided at the same address.

Based upon the purchase of methamphetamine from the residence, Narcotics Agents from the Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant. The search warrant was executed yesterday afternoon by the Narcotics Agents as well as the Sheriff’s Office SWAT team.

Besides the arrest of Rogers yesterday on an arrest warrant charging her with Distribution of Methamphetamine, 35 year old David Wayne Howard of Crestwood Drive in Seneca was arrested on three outstanding arrests warrants on Forgery charges from the Seneca Police Department.

Also arrested yesterday was 59 year old Tony Alfred Swafford of the Tamassee Lane address after a quantity of meth was found on his person.

Howard was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:50pm, Rogers around 3:59pm and Swafford around 4:23pm yesterday.

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

Rogers remains in custody at the Detention Center as of 2:00pm this afternoon on a $20,000 surety bond.

Swafford remains in custody as of 2:00pm this afternoon awaiting a bond hearing. Swafford has been charged with one count of Possession of less than One Gram of Methamphetamine.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Makes Arrests in Recently Publicized Shoplifting Cases

Feather Lace Crowe Key

Feather Lace Crowe Key

Joel Andrew Givens

Joel Andrew Givens

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has made two arrests in recently publicized Seneca Walmart shoplifting cases.

Back on December 22nd, the Sheriff’s Office issued a press release seeking the public’s help in solving a December 10th shoplifting in which a Garmin GPS, valued at $168.54, was taken from the store. An employee told the deputy that a white female was inside the store and left all points of sale without paying for the GPS that was opened in another section of the store. The store employee stated that the female concealed the item and then left the store. The female originally had a shopping cart with items inside that was left in the store.

The Sheriff’s Office sought the help from the public in this case. Based upon information that the investigating deputy received, an arrest warrant was obtained on December 24th against 18 year old Feather Lace Crowe Key of Spotted Ridge Road in Walhalla.

Key was arrested on January 13th during a traffic stop by the Westminster Police Department on North Avenue at W. Windsor Street and was turned over to a deputy from the Warrants Division of the Sheriff’s Office.

Key was released from the Detention Center on a $2,125.00 surety bond on January 15th.

The Sheriff’s Office also made an arrest in a shoplifting case from the Seneca Walmart that occurred on October 16th, 2016 in which a male was observed loading a mini motorcycle bike into a vehicle at one of the exits of the store. The bike was not paid for and had a retail value of around $528.94.

After seeking the public’s help in this case via an October 20th, 2016 press release and based upon information the investigating deputy received, a warrant was obtained on October 25th of last year charging 40 year old Joel Andrew Givens of Calhoun Street in Williamston with shoplifting charges.

Givens was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 6:58pm on January 10th after being transported from the Anderson County Detention Center.

Givens was released from the Detention Center on January 11th on a $1,500.00 personal recognizance bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Walhalla Man on Stolen Vehicle Charges

Randy Lee Cantrell

Randy Lee Cantrell

Shane Patrick Sullivan

Shane Patrick Sullivan

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Knoxville, TN man on charges of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.

A second man from Tamassee was arrested as a result of the initial investigation on drug charges and outstanding warrants.

31 year old Shane Patrick Sullivan of Kenneth Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:35pm on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants were obtained earlier today.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division was dispatched yesterday in regards to a report of theft of utilities in the Cheohee Valley area of Oconee County. The deputy met with an employee of Blue Ridge Electric who stated that a meter at an address on Tamassee Knob Road had been tampered with and that a line traveling from that address was found at a location on Tamassee Lane. The residences are both located on the same property but have separate addresses.

The deputy then went to that address and discovered a black Toyota Camry on the property located at a camper in the back of the residence with Sullivan sitting in the driver’s seat. The deputy proceeded to run the tag on the Camry and was later informed that vehicle was stolen out of Anderson County. Sullivan was then placed under arrest and the vehicle was towed from the scene.

A family member then arrived on the scene and asked the deputy to do a walk thru of the residence on Tamassee Lane. The family member had a key to a door of the residence and after letting the deputy in; 37 year old Randy Lee Cantrell of Tamassee Lane in Tamassee was discovered hiding inside the residence.

The deputy discovered that Cantrell had outstanding warrants, whereupon he was placed under arrest. A search of Cantrell produced a quantity of narcotics on his person.

Cantrell was booked into the Detention Center around 4:21pm on two Magistrate’s Bench Warrants and a warrant from the Seneca Police Department on Forgery charges. A hold was placed on Cantrell by the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardons. Cantrell was charged by the Sheriff’s Office with Possession of Methamphetamine.

Residents Should Prepare for Winter Weather

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Release Courtesy of Derrec Becker
Public Information Officer
South Carolina Emergency Management Division

Columbia, S.C. (Thursday, January 5, 2017) – The South Carolina Emergency Management Division asks residents to prepare themselves and their homes for possible winter weather. Forecasters with the National Weather Service expect a wintry mix of snow, ice and rain for much of the state beginning Friday evening and lasting through Saturday.

State and local agencies are reviewing emergency plans for winter weather and are urging everyone in South Carolina to consider preparations to keep your home, community, family, vehicles and pets safe:

Before a Winter Storm

• Add winter supplies like rock salt and shovels to your disaster supply kit.
• Wrap exposed pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing.
• Learn how to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts.
• Have your vehicle serviced to ensure it is prepared for the winter season.
• Place a winter emergency kit in every vehicle. The kit should include: a shovel, a windshield scraper and a small broom, a flashlight, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, a mobile device charger, water, snack food, matches, extra hats, socks and mittens, a first aid kit with a pocket knife, necessary medications, blankets, a tow chain or a rope, road salt and sand, booster cables, emergency flares, and a fluorescent distress flag.
• Prepare a warm place indoors for pets.
• Limit travel should conditions become hazardous on the roadways. If you must drive, go slowly and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination safely.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Stand Ready If Winter Weather Arrives

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Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-With the first major winter storm of the season predicted to hit the Upstate of South Carolina and the Golden Corner this weekend, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is making preparations for the potential of snow.

“The latest forecasts indicate the possibility of as much as 3 to 5 inches of snow here in Oconee County,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “With that in mind, I would like to remind our citizens that regardless of the weather, the Sheriff’s Office stands ready to answer calls for service and will continue our normal and routine law enforcement operations during and after the storm.”

“As always, our dispatch will be fully staffed and ready for all calls for service,” continues Sheriff Crenshaw. “We have patrol vehicles equipped as well as some four wheel drive vehicles in our fleet that are ready to go if needed. Call our dispatch center at 638-4111 for non-emergency calls such as a welfare check on your loved one if you cannot reach them by telephone during the potential storm.”

Sheriff Crenshaw reminds citizens that once the full effects of the potential winter storm arrives that travel will become hazardous and with temperatures expected to be well below freezing during the nights over the weekend, any thawing that does occur after the storm is over will refreeze on roads overnight. The Sheriff’s Office recommends that you travel only in emergency situations as the road conditions could be hazardous.

“Now is the time to stock up on food, medication and essentials that you need,” says Sheriff Crenshaw. The Sheriff’s Office recommends that you make sure that your heating system is working properly and check up on your neighbors, especially seniors who live close to you. Never use generators indoors in case of a power outage and always place portable heaters well away from walls to allow for proper ventilation. If you use space or kerosene heaters, make sure to keep an eye on them at all times. If you heat with a fireplace, make sure that chimneys are clean and that nothing is blocking the opening to your chimney. Take your pets inside and out of the weather.”

Duke Energy and County Officials to test sirens around Oconee Nuclear Station Next Wednesday, January 11th

Oconee Nuclear Station

Oconee Nuclear Station

 Three-minute test scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at approximately 11:50 a.m.
 No public action required.

Release Courtesy of Chris Rimel
South Carolina Nuclear Communications Manager

SENECA, S.C. – The public alert notification sirens around the Oconee Nuclear Station will be tested on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at approximately 11:50 a.m.

The 65 sirens within 10 miles of the Oconee Nuclear Station will be tested for three-minutes to assure each siren works properly. This full-cycle siren test is performed once each quarter in cooperation with emergency officials in Oconee and Pickens counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.

Hearing a siren does not mean to evacuate. In an emergency, sirens are sounded as a signal for residents to tune to a local radio or TV station that would carry an emergency alerting message. County officials use these stations to provide information to the public. If sirens are heard and residents are unsure if it is a test or an emergency, they should tune to their local radio or TV station.

For more information about the public alert notification sirens, residents can refer to information available on www.duke-energy.com.

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Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeking the Public’s Help in Locating Missing Seneca Area Teenager

Caroline Sally Hand

Caroline Sally Hand

Caroline Sally Hand

Caroline Sally Hand

Gray 2007 Honda Accord (This is not the vehicle the Sheriff's Office is seeking - only a representation).

Gray 2007 Honda Accord (This is not the vehicle the Sheriff’s Office is seeking – only a representation).

Sally Geiger Brainerd

Sally Geiger Brainerd

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing Seneca area teenager who was staying with her maternal grandmother in Anderson County for visitation and cannot be located.

The teenager, 15 year old Caroline Sally Hand, lives with her father in the Seneca area. She was visiting with her grandmother and was supposed to be returned to her father yesterday at 5pm; however, Caroline was not returned at that time.

Sgt. Tim Rice, the Child/Elder abuse investigator for the Sheriff’s Office, was notified earlier this morning by deputies after they visited with the father. At the request of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, deputies with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office went to the grandmother’s home at an address on Winding River Drive in Anderson County, but the grandmother, 67 year old Sally Geiger Brainerd, and Caroline were not at the residence. Deputies continued to follow up on any possible leads and information but so far, Caroline and her grandmother have not been located.

Deputies are concerned due to the fact that Caroline does have health problems and only had enough medication to last thru the late afternoon hours yesterday.

Caroline’s information and physical description have been entered into the National Crimes Information Center database.

Caroline is a white female, 5’4” tall, 122 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. She does have a scar above one of her eyes that is a half-moon shape. According to Sgt. Rice in the conversations with the father, Caroline shies away from contact with people that she does not know.

The grandmother’s car description is a 2007 gray Honda Accord with a South Carolina Tag BWL 868.

If you any information on the whereabouts of 15 year old Caroline Sally Hand, her grandmother Sally Geiger Brainerd or see the vehicle that belongs to her grandmother, you are asked to call 911 or your local law enforcement agency immediately.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Salem Man on Sex Offender Registry Violation Charge

Richard Claude Dills

Richard Claude Dills

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Salem man during the early morning hours of New Year’s Eve on a Sex Offender Registry Violation – 2nd Offense charge and a General Sessions Bench Warrant.

57 year old Richard Claude Dills of Dills Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 12:23am after deputies responded to an address on Market Street in Seneca in regards to reports of a suspicious person. Deputies then transported Dills to the Detention Center.

Dills was convicted of a Lewd Act upon a Child in 1993 and as part of his conviction, Dills is required to register as a Sex Offender in the county in which he resides. Dills did not register in the month of October 2016 with Sgt. Kelly Winchester, Sex Offender Registrar of the Sheriff’s Office, as required.

Records show that Dill last registered with Sgt. Winchester in September of 2016 and at that time, signed a form indicating that Dills understood that he was to re-register during the month of October 2016; however, Sgt. Winchester had not heard anything from him.

Based upon this information and evidence, Sgt. Winchester obtained an arrest warrant against Dills on the Sex Offender Registry Violation charges.

Dills was also convicted of a Sex Offender Registry Violation – 1st Offense, in September of 2005.

As of Noon today, Dills remains in custody at the Detention Center. His surety bond amount on the Sex Offender Registry Violation charge is $5,000.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Fair Play Man on Drug and Weapons Charges

Macarius Shantee Whitfield

Macarius Shantee Whitfield

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Fair Play man late last week on drug and weapons charges.

22 year old Macarius Shantee Whitfield of Calhoun Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:49am last Friday.

Deputies who were working a traffic safety checkpoint on Coneross Creek Road in the early morning hours last Friday observed a white Ford Mustang with a cracked windshield. The driver, identified as Whitfield, was asked by the officer to pull over.

The deputy, while issuing a traffic ticket for the cracked windshield, was advised by dispatch that Whitfield had an outstanding bench warrant. Whitfield was searched by the deputy after being placed under arrest.

The search of Whitfield’s person produced a quantity of what appeared to be Crack Cocaine and a quantity of what appeared to be Marijuana. An inventory of the vehicle that Whitfield was driving by the officer also produced a firearm and ammunition.

The vehicle was towed and Whitfield was transported to the Oconee County Detention Center and booked in on a Temporary Custody Order while also being issued a ticket for Simple Possession of Marijuana and being served with the Bench Warrant.

The deputy also obtained arrest warrants against Whitfield on charges of Trafficking Crack Cocaine and Possession of a Weapon during Commission of a Violent Crime.

Whitfield was released after posting bond on New Year’s Day. His total combined surety bond was $25,615.00.