Oconee County Sheriff’s Office to host its fourth Coffee with a Cop on May 5th, 2015

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Program offers opportunity to meet local officers, discuss community issues

(Walhalla, SC)—On May 5th, officers from the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members and the public are invited to attend. The event begins at 8am on May 5th at The Gazebo Restaurant in Fair Play just off exit 1, Highway 11 at I-85. Please contact Jimmy Watt with questions: 864-638-4199 or jwatt@oconeelaw.com.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Oconee County neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Hosts Pill Take Back Day This Saturday

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a “Pill Take Back Day” this Saturday.

The event will be held from 10am until 2pm at the substation located between Oconee Memorial Hospital and the Lila Doyle Nursing Care Facility in Seneca.

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.

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

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————Oconee County law enforcement agencies are announcing two additional arrests this morning in the ninth “Operation Infinity” drug sweep.

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 that began last Wednesday.

The operation began with a briefing at the Law Enforcement Center in Walhalla at 8:30am. 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.

As of 11am last Friday, 27 subjects had either been arrested or served with warrants related to the drug roundup.

As of 11am this morning, the total now stands of those arrested or served at 29. The two additional arrests are:

1) Barbara L. Morgan-Tucker
33 years old
Fair Play, SC
Distribution of Methamphetamine – 1 count
Arrested on April 10th, 2015

2) Augie Hayden III
39 years old
Seneca, SC
Distribution of Crack – 2 counts
Possession of Crack Cocaine – 1 count
Arrested on April 12th, 2015

As of 11am this morning, 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) Tarrell LaShawn Lee Williams
34 years old
Seneca, SC
Distribution of Crack Cocaine – 7 counts

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

3) Junior Michael Dickert
27 years old
Westminster, SC
Distribution of Methamphetamine – 2 counts

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

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

6) Marcus Derrel Whitner
28 years old
Westminster, SC
Removing, Destroying, or Circumventing Operation of Electronic Monitoring Device – 1 count
Distribution of Heroin – 1 count
Distribution of Methamphetamine – 1 count

7) Mario Demetric Stowers
35 years old
Salem, SC
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count

8) Aubrey Luke Justus
29 years old
West Union, SC
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count

9) Jessica Danielle Morris
28 years old
West Union, SC
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count

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

11) Charles Kevin Smith
36 years old
Fair Play, SC
Possession with Intent to Distribute Lortab – 1 count

12) 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 Seneca Woman on Burglary and Larceny Charges

Rebecca Reynolds Ratliffe

Rebecca Reynolds Ratliffe

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca woman over the weekend on burglary and larceny charges.

26 year old Rebecca Reynolds Ratliffe of Wolf Stake Church Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 4:15pm Sunday.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to an address on Trillium Drive in Mountain Rest last Tuesday morning in reference to a burglary of a building on the property in which several items were taken.

As the investigation continued, it was discovered that Ratliffe had items that were taken from the Trillium Drive address on her property at the Wolf Stake Church Road address. Those items were discovered in plain view on the property and also discovered after deputies obtained a search warrant.

Warrants were obtained against Ratliffe last Thursday on charges of Third Degree Burglary and Grand Larceny. According to deputies, the amount of items taken was valued at around $2,650.

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

Justin Dimon Alexander

Justin Dimon Alexander

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man yesterday on two outstanding warrants related to a case from November of 2014.

23 year old Justin Dimon Alexander of Jason Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 2:38pm. According to deputies, Alexander turned himself in and was transported from the substation in Seneca.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division was dispatched the afternoon of November 5th, 2014 to an address on Old Clemson Highway in regards to a break in of a residence in which three television sets, a 22 inch, a 62 inch and a 67 inch, were stolen.

The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division.

As the investigation continued, warrants were obtained by investigators on December 9th, 2014 charging Alexander with First Degree Burglary, for breaking into the residence at night, and Grand Larceny for the stolen televisions, with a combined value of around $3,750.

Alexander is being held at the Detention Center on a combined $50,000 surety bond.

The Sheriff’s Office issued a press release on December 9th, 2014 seeking the public’s help in locating Alexander on the above charges.

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

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————Oconee County law enforcement agencies are announcing two additional arrests this morning in the ninth “Operation Infinity” drug sweep.

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 that began Wednesday.

The operation began with a briefing at the Law Enforcement Center in Walhalla at 8:30am. 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.

As of 11am yesterday, 25 subjects had either been arrested or served with warrants related to the drug roundup.

As of 11am this morning, the total now stands of those arrested or served at 27. The two additional arrests are:

1) Phillip Cobb
53 years old
Seneca, SC
Distribution of Marijuana – 2 counts
Arrested on April 10th, 2015

2) Samuel LaShawn Greenlee
29 years old
Seneca, SC
Distribution of Marijuana – 1 count
Arrested on April 9th, 2015

As of 11am, 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) Tarrell LaShawn Lee Williams
34 years old
Seneca, SC
Distribution of Crack Cocaine – 7 counts

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

3) Junior Michael Dickert
27 years old
Westminster, SC
Distribution of Methamphetamine – 2 counts

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

5) Barbara L. Morgan-Tucker
33 years old
Fair Play, SC
Distribution of Methamphetamine – 1 count

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

7) Marcus Derrel Whitner
28 years old
Westminster, SC
Removing, Destroying, or Circumventing Operation of Electronic Monitoring Device – 1 count
Distribution of Heroin – 1 count
Distribution of Methamphetamine – 1 count

8) Mario Demetric Stowers
35 years old
Salem, SC
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count

9) Aubrey Luke Justus
29 years old
West Union, SC
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count

10) Jessica Danielle Morris
28 years old
West Union, SC
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count

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

12) Charles Kevin Smith
36 years old
Fair Play, SC
Possession with Intent to Distribute Lortab – 1 count

13) Augie Hayden III
39 years old
Seneca, SC
Distribution of Crack – 2 counts
Possession of Crack Cocaine – 1 count

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

Sixth Annual “Blessing of the Bikes” Event to Benefit Foothills Alliance Scheduled for May

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(Walhalla, SC)————————–The sixth annual Tri-County “Blessing of the Bikes” event to benefit Foothills Alliance is scheduled for May 16th.
Registration and signup for the event will begin at 9am at New Hope Baptist Church at 740 Old Stone Church Road in Clemson. Kick stands will go up at 9:30am with the last bike out scheduled for 10:30am.
This year’s event will consist of a 100 mile ride that will take bikers through the mountains and through Oconee, Pickens and Anderson counties. The ride will end near Foothills Alliance on Calhoun Street in Anderson.
Donations of $20 are being asked to benefit Foothills Alliance of Anderson, who provides free services and assistance to law enforcement regarding cases of abuse, neglect and sexual assault.
For more information, contact Gerald Sloan at 864-710-0923

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Burglary and Larceny Charges

Lewis Vince Collins

Lewis Vince Collins

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man yesterday on burglary and larceny charges involving the theft of a motorcycle from over the weekend.

39 year old Lewis Vince Collins of Knox Cove Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:35am on charges of First Degree Burglary and Grand Larceny.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded this past Sunday evening to an address on Ken Pat Acres Road in the Westminster area in reference to a stolen motorcycle. The victim told the deputy that the motorcycle was stolen around 6am that morning from the residence.

The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division. As the investigation proceeded, an investigator obtained warrants on April 7th charging Collins in the incident.

According to warrants, the motorcycle was a 2010 Harley Davidson valued at around $5,500.

Collins is still being held at the Detention Center on a combined $30,000 surety bond.

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

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————Oconee County law enforcement agencies are announcing additional arrests this morning in the ninth “Operation Infinity” drug sweep.

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 that began yesterday.

The operation began with a briefing at the Law Enforcement Center in Walhalla at 8:30am. 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.

As of 4pm yesterday, 18 subjects had either been arrested or served with warrants related to the drug roundup.

As of 11am this morning, 7 additional subjects had been arrested, which brings the total of arrested or served to 25. Those additional arrests are:

1) Jamal Cortez McGee
28 years old
Seneca, SC
Distribution of Marijuana – 1 count
Arrested on April 9th, 2015

2) Trevon Larenz Hardy
20 years old
Seneca, SC
Distribution of Marijuana – 1 count
Arrested on April 9th, 2015
3) April Chantey Poole
40 years old
Seneca, SC
Distribution of a Controlled Substance – 1 count
Arrested on April 8th, 2015

4) Dewayne C. Fricks
40 years old
Seneca, SC
Distribution of a Controlled Substance (Morphine) – 1 count
Distribution of a Controlled Substance (Suboxone) – 1 count

5) Matthew Alexander Jones
24 years old
Walhalla, SC
Distribution of Marijuana – 1 count
Arrested on April 9th, 2015

6) Devon Holcombe
20 years old
Seneca, SC
Distribution of Marijuana – 1 count
Arrested on April 9th, 2015

7) Garry Chase Coble
25 years old
Mountain Rest, SC
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count
Arrested on April 9th, 2015

As of 11am, 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) Tarrell LaShawn Lee Williams
34 years old
Seneca, SC
Distribution of Crack Cocaine – 7 counts

2) Phillip Cobb
53 years old
Seneca, SC
Distribution of Marijuana – 2 counts

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

4) Samuel LaShawn Greenlee
29 years old
Seneca, SC
Distribution of Marijuana – 1 count

5) Junior Michael Dickert
27 years old
Westminster, SC
Distribution of Methamphetamine – 2 counts

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

7) Barbara L. Morgan-Tucker
33 years old
Fair Play, SC
Distribution of Methamphetamine – 1 count

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

9) Marcus Derrel Whitner
28 years old
Westminster, SC
Removing, Destroying, or Circumventing Operation of Electronic Monitoring Device – 1 count
Distribution of Heroin – 1 count
Distribution of Methamphetamine – 1 count

10) Mario Demetric Stowers
35 years old
Salem, SC
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count

11) Aubrey Luke Justus
29 years old
West Union, SC
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count

12) Jessica Danielle Morris
28 years old
West Union, SC
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 1 count

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

14) Charles Kevin Smith
36 years old
Fair Play, SC
Possession with Intent to Distribute Lortab – 1 count

15) Augie Hayden III
39 years old
Seneca, SC
Distribution of Crack – 2 counts
Possession of Crack Cocaine – 1 count

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

South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association Seeking New Members

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

(Walhalla, SC)—————— Today, Sheriff Mike Crenshaw announced the 2015 Spring Membership Drive for the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association would soon be underway. Sheriff Crenshaw went on to explain that he is an active member of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association and invited the citizens of Oconee County to join the Association as an Honorary Member.
The South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association provides aggressive advocacy using the strong unified voice of South Carolina’s 46 elected Sheriffs. The Association is a key player in shaping state policy on public safety and crime prevention, as well as providing critical training to Sheriffs’ teams. “With government funding becoming increasingly difficult to secure, the membership drive has taken on greater importance than it ever has before”, said Sheriff Crenshaw. “The funding is vital to help us carry out our mission of making our communities safer places to live, work, and play.”
Membership appeals will be sent out through a direct mail piece over the coming days. Individuals choosing to join the voluntary program can do so for as little as $25, while businesses can show their support for a $50 contribution. The funding provides critically important technical resources, training and legislative support on key criminal justice issues. It is important note that contributions are tax deductible.
“I realize that everyone does not have the ability or desire to become an Honorary Member of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association”, said Sheriff Crenshaw. He went on to say, “Rest assured that your ability to join this reputable organization will not impact the level of service you receive from my office. I would simply ask you to consider joining the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association as an Honorary Member if you have the means and are so inclined.”
Individuals that do not receive a membership appeal and would like more information can contact the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association at by phone at (803) 772-1101 or online at www.sheriffsc.com. They can also be reached by mail at 112 Westpark Blvd., Columbia, SC 29210.
Sheriff Crenshaw would like to remind everyone that the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association does not solicit via telemarketing. If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be calling on behalf of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association, know that it is fraudulent and hang up.
In closing, Sheriff Crenshaw would like to encourage the citizens of Oconee County to partner with the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association to “help fight for safer places to live, work, and play!”