Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Stands Ready During Winter Storms

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————With the current winter storm and snow tapering off later on today and another potential heavier winter storm on the way, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office stands ready to assist the citizens we serve.

“The biggest issues we have seen this morning has been some traffic accidents, including some involving overturned vehicles,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “Even though vehicles are able to get some traction in the snow, the Sheriff’s Office is advising motorists that if they don’t have to travel, please stay home, but if they do, please use extreme caution.”

“If anyone is in need of law enforcement assistance in the county, please contact the Sheriff’s Office and we will respond to those calls,” says the Sheriff. “The Sheriff’s Office has our deputies and dispatchers working their normal shifts and we are ready to respond and assist our citizens. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 and assistance will be there.”

With the current Winter Weather Advisory expiring at noon and a Winter Storm Watch going into effect at 6pm tomorrow evening, the Sheriff’s Office has been and will be making preparations for normal law enforcement operations during these winter events.

“The Sheriff’s Office has been and will be making the necessary preparations to deal with the possibility of some significant snow that is being forecasted right now,” continues the Sheriff. “That will include putting snow tires and/or chains on our patrol vehicles, utilizing our four-wheel drive vehicles that we have, and making sure that essential personnel make it to work. Regardless, our routine law enforcement operations will go on as normal.”

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

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer
Crime Stoppers Coordinator
Oconee County Sheriff’s Office

(Walhalla, SC)————————————Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. and BASF are still 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 September of last 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.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Anderson County Man in Wal-Mart Shoplifting Case

Jemal David Carson

Jemal David Carson

Wal-Mart Shoplifting Suspect from November 20th

Wal-Mart Shoplifting Suspect from November 20th

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Anderson County man late Saturday evening who was wanted on an outstanding warrant on a charge of shoplifting from the Seneca Wal-Mart.

46 year old Jemal David Carson was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 10:34pm. According to the arrest warrant, Carson resides at an address on West Franklin Street in Anderson while jail records state that Carson resides at an address on Refuge Road in Pendleton.

The Sheriff’s Office issued a press release on December 10th, 2014 seeking the public’s help regarding a lunchtime shoplifting that occurred on November 20th, 2014 in which a suspect stole a 32 inch Vizio TV and got into a white in color Chevy Trailblazer. The press release stated that the black male suspect may have gone by the name “Jamal” and may have resided in the Pendleton area.

Based on information the Sheriff’s Office received from the public, warrants were obtained on December 12th, 2014 charging Carson with taking the television, which was valued at around $230.00.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Walhalla Man for Exposing Person to HIV Virus

Tyler Mackenzie Orr

Tyler Mackenzie Orr

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Walhalla man yesterday on two counts of exposing a person he had sexual relations with to the HIV virus.

24 year old Tyler McKenzie Orr, who resides at an address on Fairfield Road, was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 6:34pm yesterday.

The Sheriff’s Office began its investigation after an officer spoke with the victim on February 5th. The victim revealed to the officer that he had unprotected sex with Orr on two occasions, December 11th and December 15th of 2014, at the Fairfield Road address.

The victim told deputies that he later learned that Orr was HIV positive. Investigators determined that Orr was HIV positive prior to having sex with the victim but did not notify him of such.

The warrants, which were obtained on February 19th, charging Orr with two counts of exposing another to the HIV virus, involve only one victim.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation and asks if anyone else who may have been exposed to the HIV virus by Tyler Orr to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4111.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Walhalla Teen on Multiple Charge Related to Burglary

Jordan Scott Tilson

Jordan Scott Tilson

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Walhalla teen yesterday evening on multiple charges related to a Seneca burglary that occurred at a business owned by the teen’s family.

17 year old Jordan Scott Tilson, who resides at an address on Agar Lane, was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 6:51pm after being arrested at his residence.

A deputy responded to the business location on Davis Creek Road just before 9am this past Wednesday and spoke with the complainant, who stated that he left the business around 3pm Tuesday afternoon and returned around 8:30am Wednesday. The complainant entered the business and observed damage to office furniture and some tools.

The complainant also observed a Dewalt Hammer Drill and bits to the hammer drill had been taken. The complainant also observed that a door to the business had been taken off the hinges. The case was turned over the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office.

As the investigation continued, it was determined that Tilson had caused the damage as well as entering the building and taking the hammer drill, which was discovered on the property of the Agar Lane Address. Tilson was taken into custody and booked into the Detention Center on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants could be obtained today.

The warrants obtained by deputies charge Tilson with Second Degree Burglary for entering the building at night, for Malicious Injury for tearing down the door to the business, for Malicious Injury for damage to a cabinet and desk drawers, and for Petit Larceny for taking the Dewalt Hammer Drill, valued at around $1,200.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help Regarding Recent Seneca Larceny

Picture of Female The Sheriff's Office Would Like to Interview

Picture of Female The Sheriff’s Office Would Like to Interview

Picture of Vehicle Involved in the Larceny

Picture of Vehicle Involved in the Larceny

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in solving a larceny that occurred in the parking lot of the Seneca BI-LO on February 11th.

A deputy responded to the scene that afternoon to speak with the complainant, who told the deputy that she was loading her groceries in a vehicle in which she was a passenger which was parked in a parking space in front of the store. As the vehicle left the scene, the complainant realized that she had left her purse in the buggy and upon returning; the complainant could not locate the purse and then proceeded to call law enforcement.

Upon further investigation and upon reviewing the surveillance video provided by the store, the deputy observed the suspect in the case, a white male driving a late 2000’s model gold Saturn Ion with what appeared to be South Carolina plates.

The suspect arrived at the store with a white female subject who the Sheriff’s Office would like to question about the incident even though she was not present during the incident as she was inside the store.

The deputy observed the gold Saturn park behind the victim’s vehicle and once the victim’s vehicle left, the suspect took the purse, got back into the gold Saturn and left going to Staples.

The deputy is not sure if the female who entered the store was picked up by the suspect or not.

The total amount of items taken from the purse is around $550.00

If you have any information on the larceny of a purse from the Seneca BI-LO around 2:28pm on Wednesday, February 11th or the vehicle or the person of interest in question, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, 864-638-STOP or text in your tip to 274637. All information relayed to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and confidential and if you tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

2015 Crime Stoppers of Oconee County Golf Tournament Just Around the Corner

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Crime Stoppers of Oconee County Golf Tournament is a little more than two months away and there is still time for you to get involved in this important fund raiser.

The tournament will be held on Thursday, April 30th at Oconee Country Club in Seneca. Registration on that day will begin at 10:30am with a 12 noon shotgun start. The format will be 4 man Captain’s Choice teams. The cost per player is $60.00. There will also be door prizes, a hole-in-one contest, and gift bags for each player. Also, mulligans will be sold the day of the tournament. A dinner will be served at the conclusion of the tournament.

Also, hole sponsorships are available at $100 each.

Since its inception in 1996 thru June of 2014, Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. has helped to clear 155 cases in Oconee County and has paid out more than $31,000 in tips. That is real results and those cases may not have been cleared if it was not for Crime Stoppers with the help of our many partners over the years.

For more information on how to register your team or become a hole sponsor, contact Jimmy Watt, Public Information Officer with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, at 864-638-4199 or e-mail Jimmy at jwatt@oconeelaw.com.

Oconee County Shelter Information

(Walhalla, SC)———————————-According to Oconee County Emergency Management Director Scott Krein, Oconee County will be opening a warming shelter at the Walhalla Rescue Squad, which is located at 314 S Church St in Walhalla.

This shelter will be open until 7PM and if needed, an overnight Shelter will be established to provide overnight accommodations for those that still do not have power.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor Charges

Michael Edward Burdette

Michael Edward Burdette

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man earlier today on two charges of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – First Degree.

63 year old Michael Edward Burdette, who lives at an address on Dr. John’s Road in Westminster, was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 11:35am this morning.

A deputy from the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a sexual assault on February 12th. The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office.

As the investigation continued, an investigator determined that Burdette has sexually assaulted a female minor, who was nine years old at the time, during the time period of June 1st, 2010 and January 1st, 2011. The incidents only involved one female victim.

The incidents occurred at the home address of Burdette on Dr. Johns Road.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Townville House Fire

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)—————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, along with Oconee County Fire and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, is investigating a Tuesday morning fire in the Townville area.

Dispatch received a call around 11:09am due to a fire at 12945 West-Oak Highway, which was discovered by an Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy on routine patrol.

Fire Department units arrived on the scene and once the fire was put out, a body was discovered in a bedroom of the home.

The body discovered is presumed to be a male and was the lone occupant of the home.

Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis is expected to release the name of the deceased at the earliest possible time and an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.