Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Makes Additional Arrest in November Stolen Vehicle Case

John Paul Simmons

John Paul Simmons

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has made a second arrest in a stolen vehicle case from the month of November.

37 year old John Paul Simmons of 106 Fernwood Drive in West Union was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 8:15am Monday morning after agreeing to turn himself in and being picked up the Warrants Division at the Fernwood Drive address.

Simmons, along with 33 year old Joshua Wayne Griffin of 372 Cedar Wood Ranch Road in Westminster, are accused in warrants of stealing a 1991 Jeep Comanche, valued at $6,000, as well as aluminum and vehicle parts in an incident that occurred on November 24th at Clemson 4 Wheel Center on the Highway 123 by-pass.

Griffin was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center on November 25th after the Jeep was discovered at an address on Mize Drive. Griffin was found at the house and stated to deputies that he had been working on the stolen vehicle in question.

After running the vehicle information and verifying that the vehicle was stolen, Griffin was arrested. Griffin was also charged with Malicious Injury to Personal Property and Possession of Tools commonly used in commission of crimes in relation to the stolen vehicle as well as drug charges subsequent to arrest.

As the investigation continued, warrants obtained by investigators on December 5th charge Simmons with one count of Petit Larceny and one count of Grand Larceny in regards to the stolen vehicle case.

Simmons also had an outstanding arrest warrant charging him with Criminal Domestic Violence – First Offense for an incident that occurred back on November 5th in which Simmons is accused of assaulting his wife by slapping her in the face and grabbing her head.

Simmons is still being held at the Oconee County Detention Center on a combined $17,372 surety bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Charges Seneca Man with Multiple Charges, including six Grand Larceny Charges

Carey Joe Tollison

Carey Joe Tollison

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Seneca man already behind bars at the Oconee County Detention Center with multiple charges, including six Grand Larceny charges.

38 year old Carey Joe Tollison of 830 Green Acres Road was originally arrested and booked into the Detention Center on November 5th on multiple unrelated charges. He was served with six Grand Larceny warrants and one Breach of Trust warrant earlier today at the jail.

According to arrest warrants, Tollison is charged with stealing a Pace covered utility trailer, valued at $5,500, from Clearmont Baptist Church on Clearmont Road in Westminster back on September 14th.

Other arrest warrants charge Tollison with stealing a 2006 Yamaha recreational vehicle from an address on Tokeena Road sometime between September 4th and September 7th, a utility trailer, two Honda motorcycles and other tools from an address on Singing Pines Road sometime between October 5th and October 6th, a 22 foot Hooper Trailer, a Kodiak rotary cutter and an implement from an address on Wells Highway on October 16th, a black dump utility trailer from an address on Granite Drive on October 24th, and a EZ Go golf cart, valued at around $5,500 from an address on Swaney’s Landing Road sometime between October 31st and November 8th. All of these crimes occurred in the Seneca area.

Tollison is also accused in warrants of receiving a blue 5 x 8 utility trailer in trust with the fraudulent intent to deprive the owner in an incident that occurred on September 25th at an address on Stribling Shoals Road in Walhalla.

In regards to the theft of the black dump utility trailer from Granite Drive on October 24th, 33 year old Mark Eldon Staton was arrested on charges of Grand Larceny on October 24th in that case.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Pickens County Man on Multiple Charges

Andrew Glenn Holcombe

Andrew Glenn Holcombe

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Pickens County man Friday morning on multiple charges stemming from two vehicle break-ins.

30 year old Andrew Glenn Holcombe of 527 Red Hill Road in Pickens was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:13am after being picked up at the Stephens County jail by a deputy from the Warrants Division.

A total of eight warrants were served on Holcombe, four of which were warrants issued by the Sheriff’s Office in relation to two separate vehicle break-ins that occurred on November 25th at two separate locations on Sandifer Boulevard in Seneca.

During one of the break-ins, a laptop computer, an old I-phone and various other items were taken. A set of car keys, a bank card and other identification cards were taken in the other vehicle break-in.

An investigator from the Criminal Investigations Division obtained warrants against Holcombe on December 4th charging him with two counts of petit larceny and two counts of breaking into a motor vehicle.

None of the items taken has been recovered, according to investigators.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Anderson County Man on Multiple Charges

James Eric Powell

James Eric Powell

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Anderson County man Friday afternoon on three outstanding warrants from earlier this year.

46 year old James Eric Powell, whose address on warrants is listed as 4906 Highway 81 south in Starr was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:22pm by a deputy of the Warrants Division of the Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy responded to an address on Swaney’s Landing Road in Seneca during the early afternoon hours of December 26th, 2013 in regards to two separate complaints regarding stolen golf carts from two separate individuals. In one of the thefts, a golf cart, a 2003 EZ Go valued at $2,500, was taken from the deck of a camper of the first complainant by the cutting a metal cable. The other golf cart, a 1997 EZ GO valued at $5,000, was reportedly taken from a porch of the second complainant.

During the course of the investigation conducted by the Criminal Investigations Division, it was determined that Powell stole both golf carts and cut the metal cable in order to take the golf cart from the first complainant.

Warrants were obtained on January 9th of this year charging Powell with two counts of Grand Larceny and one count of Malicious Injury to Personal Property.

Neither golf cart has been recovered, according to investigators.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Criminal Domestic Violence Charges

James Bradley Rogers

James Bradley Rogers

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man yesterday morning on charges of Criminal Domestic Violence.

44 year old James Bradley Rogers of 132 Old Well Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:53am after being arrested by a deputy with the Warrants Division at the Old Well Road address.

According to warrants, Rogers has been charged with Criminal Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature after a November 22nd incident in which Rogers produced a pistol and shot at a female as she was driving away from the Old Well Road address.

The woman arrived at the residence to check on a five year old child that she and Rogers have in common. Rogers reportedly told the woman to leave the residence and as she was leaving, came out of the residence with a firearm and fired at her car. The shooting of the firearm was corroborated by witnesses.

A deputy met with the woman at a location in Westminster to speak with her regarding the incident and begin the investigation, which was then turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office.

The child in question has been removed from the home, according to deputies.

Rogers was released from the Detention Center yesterday on a $10,000 surety bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Multiple Drug Charges

Steve Michael Ramey

Steve Michael Ramey

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man today on multiple drug charges.

38 year old Steve Michael Ramey of 311 Bruce Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 12:13pm.

According to warrants, an undercover operative working at the direction of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office made a purchase of a quantity of methamphetamine from Ramey at the Bruce Road address on November 21st and November 24th.

Earlier today around 10:30am, agents and deputies from the Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the Bruce Road address along with serving the arrest warrants on Ramey.

During the execution of the search warrant, deputies discovered a quantity of methamphetamine as well as a quantity of a controlled substance, believed to be Xanax.

Ramey was transported to the Oconee County on the two arrest warrants as well as a Temporary Custody Order for pending warrants on charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Meth and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Couple of Unlawful Neglect of a Child Charges

Rhonda Faye Lecroy

Rhonda Faye Lecroy

Robert Alan Lecroy

Robert Alan Lecroy

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Office

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca couple yesterday on charges of Unlawful Neglect of a Child.

24 year old Rhonda Faye Lecroy and 26 year old Robert Alan Lecroy of 531 Wetoda Road were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 11:08am and 11:14 am respectively after being arrested by a deputy from the Warrants Division at the Wetoda Road address.

Both parents have been charged with two separate counts of Unlawful Neglect for exposing their two children, ages 13 and 5, to marijuana. According to Narcotics Agents from the Sheriff’s Office, the parents were drug tested by the Department of Social Services on October 27th.

After the positive tests on both parents, the children were tested on November 18th and test results later determined that both children also tested positive for marijuana. Agents from the Sheriff’s Office were then notified by DSS on November 27th and warrants were obtained against the Lecroy’s on December 2nd.

The children were placed with a family member, according to deputies.

The incident, according to warrants, is said to have occurred at the Wetoda Road address.

Both parents were each released from the Oconee County Detention Center yesterday on $20,000 personal recognizance bonds each.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man on Multiple Drug Charges

Jerry Scott Gibson

Jerry Scott Gibson

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man yesterday evening on multiple drug charges.

45 year old Jerry Scott Gibson of 723 Argo Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 6:30pm on three separate counts of Drug Conspiracy charges and on a Temporary Custody Order on charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine.

On November 17th, Narcotics Agents with the Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into attempted purchases of Pseudoephedrine beyond the legal limit by Gibson in the month of October from multiple pharmacies. Pseudoephedrine is a drug that is commonly used in the making of meth and individuals can purchase nine grams in a 30 day period, according to the law.

During the investigation, it was determined that Gibson attempted to purchase a total of around 11 grams of Pseudoephedrine during the month of October that was blocked by the pharmacies. Scott did make legal purchases during the month of around 7.6 grams of Pseudoephedrine, according to agents.

According to warrants, Gibson attempted to purchase Pseudoephedrine from a pharmacy on Blue Ridge Boulevard in Seneca on October 4th and from a pharmacy on Sandifer Boulevard in Seneca twice, on October 16th and October 17th.

Yesterday, Narcotics Agents from the Sheriff’s Office went to the Argo Road address to serve the warrants. Upon knocking on the front door and identifying themselves as law enforcement officers, two females came out of the basement area of the home. Upon entering the basement area to search for officer safety purposes, agents saw meth making materials.

After locating the suspect, Gibson gave officers consent to search. Upon their search, agents found meth making materials and equipment in a room under the house.

A state cleanup crew arrived to remove the meth making materials and equipment.

A warrant obtained today by Narcotics Agents charges Gibson with Manufacturing Meth.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation.

Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. and BASF Offering Reward Money for Thefts at Plant

BASF Flyer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. and BASF are offering reward money for information regarding losses of precious metals from the plant.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $2,000 and BASF is offering up to an additional $10,000 for information leading to recovery of precious metals and materials from the plant as well as potential arrests in any cases.

In October of this year, loss of metal at the facility led to an investigation in which $12,000 of Palladium was recovered and a Walhalla man was arrested on Breach of Trust charges.

If you have any information on thefts of precious metals and materials and/or individuals who may have been involved, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 864-638-STOP, 1-888-CRIME-SC or text in your tip to 274637. You don’t have to give your name and if your tip leads to recovery of materials or an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward. All tips are anonymous.

“Photos with Santa” Event to be Held this Weekend at Oconee County Animal Shelter

Photos with santa 2014

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Partners For Animal Shelter Adoptions will be holding their “Photos With Santa” fundraising event this Saturday.

The event, with proceeds going to help animals housed at the Oconee County Animal Shelter, will be held at the Animal Shelter location at 1925 Sandifer Boulevard in Seneca on December 6th from 10am until 1pm.

The charge for all photos is a $10 minimum donation and children and all well-mannered leashed pets are welcome.