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

William Kyle Craig

William Kyle Craig

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man yesterday on charges of Second Degree Burglary and Grand Larceny relating to an incident that occurred in May.

21 year old William Kyle Craig of 171 Harbin Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:55am after deputies arrested him at his residence after receiving a tip that Craig was in his front yard and deputies found him there.

According to investigators, Craig is accused in warrants obtained on June 3rd of breaking into a building belonging to a business at an address on Dr. Johns Road sometime between 5:30pm on May 26th and 8:30am on May 27th and making off with several tools, a dirt bike, and a generator.

Deputies were first notified of the burglary on May 27th as they were dispatched to the scene around 8:33am that morning.

The value of the items taken is less than $10,000.

As of 10am this morning, Craig was being held at the Detention Center on a $15,000 surety bond.

The South Carolina Foothills Heritage Fair Set To Begin September 30th

Heritage Fair

(Walhalla, SC)—————————————-The South Carolina Foothills Heritage Fair is coming up soon in Oconee County.
The Fair is scheduled to run from September 30th thru October 5th on Highway 123 between Seneca and Westminster on property right across from the offices of the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative.
The hours of operation for the South Carolina Foothills Heritage Fair are as follows:
• Tuesday, September 30th: 4pm until 9pm
• Wednesday, October 1st: 4pm until 9pm
• Thursday, October 2nd: 4pm until 9pm
• Friday, October 3rd: 4pm until 10pm
• Saturday, October 4th: 10am until 10pm
• Sunday, October 5th: 1pm until 8pm

Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. and Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Announce Winners of 10th Annual Apple Festival Car Show

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Crimestoppers Logo

Sheriff's Badge

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. announces the winners of the recent 10th annual Crime Stoppers Car Show, which was held September 6th in Westminster during the 2014 Apple Festival.

A total of 35 vehicles registered for the car show. A total of $540 was collected.

The award for the top 4×4 went to Carl Hall for his 1970 Landcruiser

The Billy Owens award by the Family for Top Showmanship went to Harold Holmes for his 1955 Chevrolet 2 door post.

The following cars/trucks finished in the top ten:

Richard Metz – 1931 Ford
Al Bucker – 1972 Chevrolet
William Terrell – 1929 Ford
David Holbrooks – 1950 Ford
Charles Gillespie – 1937 Chevrolet
Tom Payne – 1930 Ford
Alec Krupnilla – 2004 Infiniti
Jerry Steinman – 1970 Chevrolet
Harold Holmes – 1955 Chevrolet

The Sheriff’s Office also would like to thank the following businesses, organizations, and individuals as they and many others contributed door prizes and support for the car show.

• Auto Zone of Seneca
• Advance Auto Parts of West Union
• Anderson Auto Parts of Westminster
• Oconee Auto Parts of Walhalla
• Express Lube of Walhalla
• Xpress Lube of Seneca
• The City of Westminster
• Youth Group – First Baptist Church in Westminster – sold Hot Dogs and Hamburgers
• Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative
• John Kelley

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Issues Release to Clear Confusion Regarding Stopped School Bus Laws

(Image Courtesy of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety)

(Image Courtesy of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety)

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-With the 2014-15 school year well underway, there may be questions regarding school buses that stop to pick up children and students at bus stops around the county.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office wants to clear up any confusion regarding whether motorists have to stop for a school bus that is either picking up or dropping off children.

According to South Carolina State Law, motorists traveling on two lane roads in both directions must stop for a school bus with flashing amber/ red lights.

However, motorists approaching a stopped bus from the opposite direction traveling on roads with four or more lanes do not have to stop for a stopped school bus.

The penalties are severe for motorists that go around a stopped school bus. The minimum penalty for this first offense misdemeanor is a fine of $500 plus court costs or 30 days in jail in addition to six points off your driver’s license. For a second offense, the fine increases to a minimum of $2,000 up to a maximum of $5,000 plus court costs or 60 days in jail plus six additional points off your license.

The Sheriff’s Office reminds motorists to be careful and use caution around bus stops and school zones and be aware the students and children may not see you so you should look out for them. Also, there will be an increased law enforcement presence in those areas during the morning and afternoon drop-off and pick-up times. Plus, many school buses around the state now carry cameras to record anyone who may break the law.

Upcoming Golf Tournament to Benefit Oconee County Veteran’s Relief Fund

Veterans Salute Golf Tournament\

(Walhalla, SC)———————————An upcoming Par 3 golf tournament in November will go to benefit veterans in Oconee County.

The tournament will be held at Blue Ridge Golf Club on Highway 28 on November 5th and proceeds raised will go to benefit the Oconee County Veteran’s Relief Fund. The tournament will begin at 1pm.

The tournament will consist of 4 man Captain’s Choice teams. A $50 dollar hole sponsorship allows those who contribute to honor up to 5 veterans for Veterans Day on November 11th.

For more information, contact the Oconee County Veterans Affairs Office at 864-638-4231.

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

David Edwin Ramage

David Edwin Ramage

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a West Union man late last night on multiple drug charges.

25 year old David Edwin Ramage, whose address on warrants is listed as 451 Eastcliff Drive, was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around midnight.

Deputies responded late yesterday evening to an address on Dutch Fork Road in West Union regarding reports of a suspicious person. Deputies found Ramage on the property and according to deputies, he appeared to be intoxicated and confused.

Ramage told the deputies that he was looking for his boss as he was supposed to cut crass at that location. The homeowner told deputies that they did not know Ramage.

As the course of the investigation continued, Ramage told deputies that he had smoked some marijuana and after being asked by deputies, Ramage said he had some marijuana in his pocket.

After a bag was found in his pocket, Ramage was placed under arrest. A further search of his person revealed another bag in his other pocket plus a white bottle that contained prescription medication. Around 18 grams of marijuana was found on the person of Ramage, plus 3 Tramadol pills, 10 Amphetamine capsules, and one Hydrocodone pill, according to deputies. Also, $102 in cash was recovered as well as drug paraphernalia.

Warrants obtained by the Sheriff’s Office charge Ramage with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, plus, Possession of a Quantity of Tramadol, Amphetamine, and Hydrocodone. He was also issued a uniform traffic ticket for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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

Phil Kerry Hamby

Phil Kerry Hamby

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man last Friday morning on charges of Grand Larceny.

47 year old Phil Kerry Hamby of 195 RC Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:55am.

A deputy spoke with a complainant at the Law Enforcement Center on August 18th in regards to a larceny which the complainant stated had happened about two weeks earlier. The complainant stated that he had purchased ten steel culvert pipes which were valued at around $250 apiece. The complainant had information that Hamby had taken the pipes from property located at a separate address on RC Drive.

As the investigation continued, warrants were obtained against Hamby charging him with stealing the pipes from the complainant. The value of the pipes taken was around $2,500.

Hamby was released from the Detention Center last Friday on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Woman on Drug Charges

Lisa Renee Reynolds

Lisa Renee Reynolds

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca woman yesterday on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.

41 year old Lisa Renee Reynolds of 14 Padgett Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:46pm.

Deputies responded to the Padgett Street address on the Utica Mill Hill Thursday afternoon due to accusations from Reynolds that her husband had stolen prescription medication from her. Reynolds also accused her husband of having a bottle with meth making substances in it which she said she dumped the contents of out in the yard of the residence. According to deputies, the husband was not home at the time of the call.

After being questioned concerning the meth lab, Reynolds took deputies to an outbuilding where deputies observed several items used in the manufacturing of meth. Narcotics agents were notified and arrived on the scene and a consent to search form was signed by Reynolds for deputies to search the property and residence.

Deputies then discovered a shake and bake meth lab inside a suitcase in the residence, along with several items that are used in the manufacturing of meth in the residence and the outbuilding. Reynolds told deputies that she had not poured out the contents of the meth lab but put the shake and bake lab in the suitcase.

Deputies arrested Reynolds on charges of manufacturing meth and placed her on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants could be obtained, which they were this afternoon.

A minor child was found sleeping inside the residence and was turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice on an outstanding pickup order.

United Way of Oconee County 1st Annual Poker Run Rescheduled

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(Walhalla, SC)———————————The United Way of Oconee County 1st Annual “Ride United Poker Run” has been rescheduled to next Saturday, September 20th due to the threat of inclement weather.

Registration will last from 10am until Noon at the United Way Office at 409 East North 1st Street in Seneca and all vehicles are welcome to participate.

Cost to enter is $25 per hand and the entry fee includes a t-shirt and a water bottle.

$500 will go to the best hand but all hands must be turned in by 4pm to be considered for the best hand prize.

All proceeds will benefit the United Way of Oconee County.

For more information or to pre-register, visit the United Way of Oconee website at www.oconeeunitedway.org.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests One in Burglary Case; Second Suspect Arrested in the Midlands

Brandon James Hunter

Brandon James Hunter

Alexander O'Neil Hunter

Alexander O’Neil Hunter

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man on two charges yesterday in relation to an incident that occurred back on September 2nd near Seneca.

The Sheriff’s Office was also informed this afternoon that a second suspect in the case was arrested in Richland County today.

22 year old Brandon James Hunter of 1143 Kilpatrick Road in Seneca was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 12:13pm.

Hunter has been charged with First Degree Burglary and Malicious Injury to Property stemming from an incident that occurred back on September 2nd at a residence on Timber Ridge Lane in Seneca where the resident heard the door kicked open to the residence. The resident was unsure who was responsible.

As the investigation continued, warrants charging Brandon Hunter were obtained.

Earlier today, agents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division arrested the second suspect in the case, 25 year old Alexander O’Neil Hunter, who goes by the name “Metro,” in the Columbia area.

Alexander Hunter, who is the first cousin of Brandon Hunter, was also charged with First Degree Burglary and Malicious Injury to Property in the same Timber Ridge Lane incident. He was also wanted on outstanding warrants charging him with First Degree Burglary and Petit Larceny in a separate incident that occurred at an address on Ames Street on the Utica Mill Hill on July 2nd.

According to Thom Berry, spokesperson for SLED, warrants will be obtained by that agency against Alexander Hunter stemming from today’s arrest in Richland County.

Hunter was booked into the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Richland County, according to Berry.