Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Charges of Manufacturing Meth

Mark Evan Medlin

Mark Evan Medlin

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man over the 4th of July weekend on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.

29 year old Mark Evan Medlin of Little Country Lane was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:28am Sunday. As of Noon today, Medlin remains in custody at the Detention Center on a $25,000 surety bond.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division on routine patrol observed a vehicle facing the wrong direction of travel late Saturday night on Newry Road. As the deputy approached the vehicle, the deputy observed some suspicious movement inside the vehicle.

Medlin, who was the driver, exited the vehicle and spoke to the deputy. Medlin told the deputy that there were some items inside the vehicle that belonged to a friend after the deputy told Medlin that there was probable cause to search the vehicle based on Medlin saying there might be some narcotics in the vehicle.

The deputy began a search and noticed a strong chemical odor emanating from the vehicle. The deputy discovered a plastic bottle that appeared to contain a shake and bake meth lab. A bag was discovered that contained items that could be used to make methamphetamine.

A Narcotics Agent was notified and was dispatched to the scene and arrangements were made to recover and remove the chemicals.

Medlin was placed under arrest on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants could be obtained.

“The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind our citizens that these shake and bake meth labs are very dangerous,” according to Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “We have seen instances in which these bottles used to make meth have been discarded in the areas beside our roadways in Oconee County. We have issued press releases in regards to these meth labs and we would like to remind everyone that if you discover a bottle that has a white milky substance inside or appears to be suspicious, please contact the Sheriff’s Office or your local law enforcement agency so the bottles can be properly disposed of. Also, do not open the bottles due to potential risk of explosion if there is moisture in the air or breathe in the contents as this is a health risk that can cause serious injury due to the chemicals that are used.

Person Of Interest in Monday Afternoon Westminster Area Shooting Now in Custody

William Roger Daniel "Danny" McGuffin

William Roger Daniel “Danny” McGuffin

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————William Roger Daniel “Danny” McGuffin of Fair Play, who the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office was seeking as a person of interest in relation to the Monday afternoon shooting on Doctor John’s Road near Westminster, was arrested earlier today by the Westminster Police Department. McGuffin was charged in a warrant with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in relation to the shooting.

The Sheriff’s Office is no longer seeking Mr. McGuffin. The Sheriff’s Office is grateful to our citizens and the Westminster Police Department and all of our law enforcement partners for their help.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Issues Alert on Officer Scam

Sheriff's Badge

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is issuing an alert today on an officer scam that some citizens in Oconee County have been affected by.

A deputy with the Sheriff’s Office spoke with a victim by phone on Monday of this week in regards to the victim receiving a phone call from a man claiming to be Deputy Mark Richardson. The man purported to be a deputy and told the victim that due to the victim missing jury duty that he would have pay money to stay out of jail.

The victim was instructed to go purchase four green dot cards and place various amounts on each card and then to call the purported deputy at a number when the victim got the cards. After purchasing the cards and placing money on the cards, the victim called the number given and provided the purported deputy the card numbers.

The purported deputy told the victim to stay on the line while the victim drove to the Sheriff’s Office in Walhalla where the two would meet but the purported deputy never met the man in the parking lot.

The victim is out around $2,013.80 and the case was turned over the Criminal Investigations Division.

Earlier today, deputies were informed by two separate individuals that they had received calls from an individual claiming to be Deputy Mark Richardson. The first victim said that Deputy Richardson informed the victim that due to the victim missing Federal Court that the victim would have to pay $1,000 or be arrested. The phone number that the purported deputy called from was different from the phone number than the number used to call the victim who was scammed earlier this week.

The second victim stated that the purported deputy said the victim had missed a court date.

In both cases, no money was lost and both individuals hung up on the deputy.

“Any fines pertaining to traffic tickets, court fines or any type of warrants will not be handled by a law enforcement officer,” said Captain Greg Reed of the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office. “All those fines are to be paid in court. Also, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has no employee by the name of Mark Richardson.”

“In the nearly one dozen earlier press releases we have issued on scams, we have informed our citizens that any legitimate business, organization or agency will not accept payment by prepaid card,” said Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Jimmy Watt. “Once the numbers on the cards are given to a scammer, money is lost and prosecution and recovery of assets can be difficult if not impossible. If someone calls and demands payment on a prepaid card, more than likely, it is a scam and we recommend hanging up on that person and not providing any financial or personal information.”

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Still Seeking to Speak with One Person of Interest in Relation to Monday Afternoon Shooting

William Roger Daniel "Danny" McGuffin

William Roger Daniel “Danny” McGuffin

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is still seeking to speak with one person of interest in relation to a shooting that occurred Monday afternoon.

The Sheriff’s Office has been trying to locate and speak with 37 year old William Roger Daniel “Danny” McGuffin since the shooting occurred late Monday afternoon but have been unable to do so.

The Sheriff’s Office has spoken with the other person of interest it was seeking to talk to, 43 year old Billy Lloyd Butts of Westminster, yesterday. Butts was later booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 12:24pm on three outstanding Magistrate Bench Warrants. He remains in custody at this time.

The Sheriff’s Office began investigating the shooting that was reported late Monday afternoon near Westminster. The shooting happened at a location on Doctor John’s Road, not Blackjack Road as previously reported.

E-911/Communications received a call for service Monday around 4:48pm from the Hasty Mart convenience store at 3109 West-Oak Highway in regards to a male who stated he had been shot.

Deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division, the Criminal Investigations Division along with paramedics and fire fighters responded to the scene.

Officers discovered a male that had been shot in the mid-section. The victim was flown by helicopter to the hospital. The victim had driven from the location of the shooting to the convenience store.
As a result of the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office has obtained an arrest warrants against McGuffin charging him with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in relation to the Monday incident. The arrest warrants on McGuffin lists his address on Tammi Lane in Fair Play.

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

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Danny McGuffin is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or 864-638-STOP. You don’t have to give your name when you call Crime Stoppers and all information given is confidential. If your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man and Woman on Unlawful Neglect of a Child Charges

Brandi Leandra Logan

Brandi Leandra Logan

Dylan Chase Brock

Dylan Chase Brock

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man and woman yesterday on charges of Unlawful Neglect of a Child.

25 year old Dylan Chase Brock and 25 year old Brandi Leandra Logan were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 2:30pm and 3:07pm respectively. Arrests warrants show Brock’s address as Brock Road while Logan’s address is listed as Viking Drive.

On June 8th, agents with the Narcotics Division of the Sheriff’s Office were contacted by the Department of Social Services regarding a child that had tested positive for narcotics. The agents opened up an investigation into the case.

As the investigation continued, it was determined that a child, a 23 month old female, had tested positive on May 18th for amphetamine, methamphetamine and THC. Drug screens conducted on Brock on the same date showed him testing positive for amphetamine, methamphetamine and THC while drug screens on conducted on Logan, also on May 18th, showed that she tested positive for amphetamine and methamphetamine.

The incident is said to have occurred at an address on Worley Road in Westminster, according to agents.

The child was placed in a safe environment, according to agents.

As of 9am this morning, Brock and Logan remain in custody at the Detention Center on $7,500 surety bonds each.

Murder Suspect from March 2015 Homicide Back in Oconee County

Dw'ntraquis Rashaad Campbell

Dw’ntraquis Rashaad Campbell

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is announcing today that the individual charged in the March 2015 shooting and murder at the former Sonny’s Bar and Grill is back in Oconee County.

31 year old Dw’Ntraquis Rashaad Campbell of Oak Hill Street in Greenwood, SC was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 5:59pm yesterday by a deputy from the Warrants Division.

Campbell has been in jail in Mecklenburg County, NC since the Sheriff’s Office received word from the U.S. Marshals Service on February 5th of this year that Campbell had been arrested in Charlotte, NC.

Campbell had fought extradition to Oconee County since his arrest in February.

Campbell was charged in arrest warrants obtained by the Sheriff’s Office on March 9th, 2015 with one count of Murder in the shooting death of Anthony Letron Holden of Seneca, plus, three counts of Attempted Murder and one count of Possession of a Weapon During Commission of a Violent Crime in the incident that occurred during the early morning of March 8th, 2015 on Shiloh Road at Wells Highway.

Campbell was denied bond on all charges during a bond hearing.

A hold has been placed on Campbell as well by the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office in Columbus, GA on two charges there.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Offers Safety Tips for the 4th of July Weekend

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–With the Fourth of July Weekend just around the corner, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office wants all of our citizens and visitors to enjoy this weekend by offering these safety tips.

“The Sheriff’s Office will have our dispatch fully staffed and ready to accept calls for service as we do every day of the year,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “If someone needs our deputies to respond to their location to report an incident or crime, our normal and routine law enforcement operations will go on as usual.”

“We will also have additional officers, in our efforts to be proactive and to keep our citizens and visitors safe, at our lake and river access points across Oconee County,” continues Sheriff Crenshaw. “Our deputies will have a visible presence and will be vigilant in keeping an eye on alcohol violations and making sure that emergency vehicles can navigate into these access points.”

“We are asking our citizens and visitors to come out and enjoy the lakes and the beauty of Oconee County,” says Sheriff Crenshaw. “However, if the parking lots at these access points become too overcrowded and emergency vehicle cannot make their way into these areas, then additional visitors may be turned away so we advise everyone to arrive early in the day.”

Besides the deputies patrolling these areas, the Sheriff’s Office Marine Units will also have a presence on the waters and lakes around the Oconee County.

The Sheriff’s Office is also providing these safety tips for those who are traveling and participating in activities surrounding Independence Day this weekend:

• Never consume alcohol and operate any type of motorized vehicle or watercraft. Always have a designated driver and make sure to always buckle up.
• Expect an increased law enforcement presence and prepare for traffic safety checkpoints.
• Always have an adult supervise any fireworks activities and never allow children to play with fireworks.
• Always allow a safe distance when igniting fireworks and with the recent hot and dry weather we have had, always have a water source close by.
• Always use barbeque grills outdoors and in well ventilated areas and use long handed utensils when cooking on a grill. Always stay around a grill when in operation.
• Always make sure that everyone on a boat has a personal flotation device that is wearable and of the proper size for everyone that is on a boat.
• Make sure your boat navigation lights are working properly and that you have a horn or sound making device.
• When traveling by vehicle or boat, always be courteous to others on the road and the water. Have a travel plan and make sure other family and friends know where you are going and your estimated time of arrival.
• Make sure to have a cell phone that is fully charged.
• Wear plenty of sunscreen when you are outside and always drink plenty or water and/or sports drinks before, during and after you have been outside to stay hydrated.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeking to Speak with Two Persons of Interest in Relation to Monday Afternoon Shooting

Billy Lloyd Butts

Billy Lloyd Butts

William Roger Daniel "Danny" McGuffin

William Roger Daniel “Danny” McGuffin

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking to speak with two persons of interests in relation to a shooting that occurred Monday afternoon.

The Sheriff’s Office has been trying to locate and speak with 43 year old Billy Lloyd Butts and 37 year old William Roger Daniel “Danny” McGuffin, both of Westminster, since the shooting occurred late Monday afternoon but have been unable to do so.

The Sheriff’s Office began investigating the shooting that was reported late Monday afternoon near Westminster. The shooting happened at a location on Blackjack Road.

E-911/Communications received a call for service Monday around 4:48pm from the Hasty Mart convenience store at 3109 West-Oak Highway in regards to a male who stated he had been shot.

Deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division, the Criminal Investigations Division along with paramedics and fire fighters responded to the scene.

Officers discovered a male that had been shot in the mid-section. The victim was flown by helicopter to the hospital. The victim had driven from the location of the shooting to the convenience store.

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

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Mr. Butts and/or Mr. McGuffin is asked to call the non-emergency line of the Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4111. Those calling dispatch should ask to have their information forwarded to the investigators in the case.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Anderson County Man on Outstanding Receiving Stolen Goods Warrant

Patrick Todd Smith

Patrick Todd Smith

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Anderson County man yesterday on an outstanding warrant on charges of Receiving Stolen Goods.

36 year old Patrick Todd Smith of Lakeside Drive in Anderson was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:18pm after being transported by an officer from the Warrants Division from the Walden/Stevenson Correctional Institution in Columbia to Oconee County.

An investigator from the Criminal Investigations Division received a call on September 3rd of 2015 from a complainant on Stone Farm Road in Westminster who had recently bought a golf cart from Smith previously. The complainant had suspicions about the golf cart after being given a description of one that was reported stolen from the Pendleton area in Anderson County.

Working with our law enforcement partners in Anderson County, the investigator obtained a picture of the stolen golf cart and responded to the address on Stone Farm Road. The investigator took pictures of the golf cart there and sent those pictures to an investigator in Anderson.

The investigator in Anderson County met with the victim in the Pendleton area, whereupon it was confirmed that the golf cart belonged to the victim there. The golf cart was recovered and arrangements were made to return to cart back to the victim in Anderson County.

As the investigation continued, warrants were obtained against Smith charging him with possessing the golf cart knowing that it was stolen.

Smith was given a $5,000 surety bond on the charges. A hold has been placed on him by the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Issues Call for Rabies Inoculation and Checks in West Union

Oconee County Animal Shelter

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents in a section of West Union to make sure their pet’s rabies inoculation and checks are up to date.

Recently, Animal Control officers with the Sheriff’s Office discovered a rabid cat in the area of Main Street and Torrington Road in West Union. The infected cat was captured and has been euthanized.

If you live in this part of West Union, Animal Control officers are asking residents to make sure their pet’s inoculations are up to date and if they are not, for those pets to receive rabies check and proper inoculation and treatment.