Wives on Duty Prayer Event Scheduled for Wednesday

(Walhalla, SC)——————————————-The Oconee Chapter of Wives on Duty, which is a ministry for wives whose husbands are in law enforcement, will be sponsoring a time of prayer this Wednesday.
The event will be held at the flagpole at the Oconee County Courthouse starting at Noon and is scheduled to last about 20 minutes.
The public is invited to attend as prayers will be offered up for all those in law enforcement.

2014 Oktoberfest Golf Tournament Coming Up in October

Rotary Club Logo

(Walhalla, SC)———————————-There is still time to register your team to participate in the upcoming 2014 Oktoberfest Golf Tournament which is sponsored by the Walhalla Rotary Club.
The tournament will be held at Falcons Lair Golf Course on Friday, October 10th with proceeds going to benefit the scholarship fund. Registration will begin at 11am with a shot gun start at Noon.
The field will consist of 4 man Captain’s Choice teams and will be limited to 120 players. There will be three flights. There will be a closest to the pin, hole-in-one and longest drive contests. Gift packs, door prizes and a German meal will be offered after the tournament.
The cost per player is $60.00, which is $240 for a team. Also, hole sponsorship are also being sold for $100 each.
To participate or to sponsor a hole, make all checks payable to the Walhalla Rotary Club. For more information, contact Jim McCoy at the following address or by phone at the following phone number:
335 Holloway Street
Walhalla, SC 29691
(864) 638-5370

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man on Breach of Trust Charges

Adam Joseph Livingston

Adam Joseph Livingston

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man early Friday afternoon on Breach of Trust charges after taking money from his employer.

26 year old Adam Joseph Livingston of 513 Peaceful Lane was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 12:47pm.

A deputy responded to Tri-Star Imports on Wells Highway in Seneca around 8am Friday morning due to the complainant wanting to file a report. The complainant told the deputy that between July 1st and September 19th the money count had been off each day by different amounts. The total amount taken, according to the complainant, was around $8,000.

The complainant told the deputy that on September 18th they observed Livingston taking money out of a cash register tray. Livingston keys were then taken by store personnel and he was later terminated.

Warrants were obtained by deputies and Livingston was arrested by a deputy of the Warrants division at his home address.

Livingston was released Friday from the Oconee County Detention Center on a $25,000 personal recognizance bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Three Friday During Execution of Search Warrant

Jason Matthew Albertson

Jason Matthew Albertson

Nathan Fred McCall

Nathan Fred McCall

Sherrie Louise Cornett

Sherrie Louise Cornett

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested three individual, two males and one female, on multiple charges during the execution of a search warrant on Friday.

35 year old Jason Matthew Albertson of 650 Countryside Drive in West Union and 39 year old Nathan Fred McCall and 46 year old Sherrie Louise Cornett, both of 287 Little River Lane in Walhalla, were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:04pm, 3:23pm, and 3:26pm respectively.

Investigators from the Criminal Investigations Division, acting on a tip, executed the search warrant late Friday morning at the Little River Lane address in the search of stolen items from reported burglaries and larcenies. Once on scene, investigators discovered several items that were stolen, including two firearms, one reported stolen from Madison County, NC and the other from Oconee County.

Deputies have charged McCall and Albertson with two counts of First Degree Burglary and two counts of Grand Larceny in regards to two separate break-ins that occurred at a residence at an address on Singing Pines Road in Seneca. McCall and Albertson are accused by investigators of taking clothing, Honda Motorcycles, Disney Collectibles and a utility trailer. One of the burglaries occurred between September 13th and 14th while McCall and Albertson were armed with a firearm. The second occurred between September 15th and September 16th during nighttime hours.

Further investigation also determined that Albertson broke into the same residence at the same address on Singing Pines Road sometime between September 12th and September 13th and stole valium during that break-in. For that break-in, Albertson was charged with Second Degree Burglary and Theft of a Controlled Substance.

Albertson also had an outstanding warrant on charges from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

During the course of the investigation, drugs were also discovered in the bedroom of McCall and Cornett. A separate search warrant was also obtained by agents from the Narcotics Division of the Sheriff’s Office. Around 19 grams of methamphetamine, with a street value of around $1,900, was discovered as well as a quantity of marijuana.

McCall and Cornett have been charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine as well as Simple Possession of Marijuana.

Bond was denied for both McCall and Albertson, while Cornett received a surety bond of $50,000 on the trafficking charge and a $620.00 surety bond on the simple possession charge.

All three remain in jail at the Oconee County Detention Center.

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

First Cops and Calabash Scheduled for September 25th

Cops and Calabash Flyer

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office will be among several law enforcement agencies that will participate in the first ever Cops and Calabash event on September 25th.

The other law enforcement agencies participating at this event at Fatz on the Highway 123 by-pass in Seneca will be the Salem, Seneca, Walhalla, Westminster, and West Union Police Departments, along with officers from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The event will last from 11am until 9pm with all the proceeds benefitting Special Olympics of South Carolina.

For more information on South Carolina Special Olympics, visit their website at www.so-sc.org.

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

Christopher Damien Scroggs

Christopher Damien Scroggs

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Walhalla man earlier this morning on multiple charges after he led deputies on a chase.

23 year old Christopher Damien Scroggs of 131 Dusty Lane was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 2:14am.

A deputy on routine patrol near Tamassee noticed a gold in color Chevy Malibu sitting at a stop sign at the intersection of Little River Road at Highway 11 for 10-15 seconds. The vehicle then pulled onto North Little River Road at a high rate of speed and then made a quick turn onto Whitmire Church Road.

The deputy then observed the vehicle cross the center line on Whitmire Church Road at a high rate of speed. The deputy then initiated his blue lights and attempted to make traffic stop but the vehicle did not pull over. The vehicle continued through the Cheohee Valley area on Whitmire Church Road to Cheohee Valley Road as it continued to drive across the center line multiple times and into the opposite lane of travel.

The vehicle turned onto Highway 11 going south as another deputy joined the pursuit and stop sticks were deployed by another deputy near the Pickett Post Fire Department. The vehicle struck the stop sticks which caused the tires on the left side to deflate. The vehicle turned onto Dusty Lane where it pulled into the residence at 131 Dusty Lane. The suspect and driver, Scroggs, was placed into custody.

The deputy’s reported smelling the presence of alcohol coming from Scroggs as well as observing in plain view an open beer container in the cup holder. Deputies also discovered during the investigation that Scroggs’ license was suspended. A search incident to arrest revealed a silver vial in one of Scroggs’ pockets which contained eight blue round pills identified as Diazepam. A search of the vehicle also turned up around 2.3 grams of marijuana inside the center console.

Scroggs was charged on uniform traffic tickers with DUI – 2nd Offense, Driving under Suspension – 1st Offense, Failure to Stop for a Blue Light, an Open Container in a vehicle and for Simple Possession of Marijuana. Scroggs was also charged in a warrant with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Diazepam).

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

Crimestoppers Logo

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.