Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Reminds Oconee Residents to Register with Alert Oconee

Alert Oconee Logo

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind residents of Oconee County of a service they can register for to help keep them alert of emergency situations or disasters that may occur.

“Alert Oconee” is a regional notification system that is able to send telephone notifications to citizens of Oconee County to alert them to emergencies and disasters that could impact them, whether they are residents or work in a business in the county. Registration is available by logging onto www.alertoconee.com or by visiting the websites of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office (www.oconeelaw.com) or Oconee County Emergency Services (www.oconeecountyemergencyservices.com).

Registration only take a few minutes and requires answering just a few questions and includes providing your cell phone or landline number and e-mail address and deciding what alerts an individual wants to sign up for. Once entered, alerts will be sent to an individual on their cell phone, which includes text messages, their landline phone, their Voice over IP phone or via the e-mail address that a person provides. “Alert Oconee” also asks for address information so alerts pertaining to those areas can be sent to those who sign up and multiple addresses can be entered when someone registers. “Alert Oconee” acts as a reverse 911 system in Oconee County for those who have only a cell phone and/or a Voice over IP phone and not a landline phone. Registration is free and “Alert Oconee” is also accessible for those who may be hearing or visually impaired.

The funding for “Alert Oconee” is split between Emergency Services and E-911 Communications.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Pendleton Woman on Breach of Trust Charges

Lisa Amanda Greer

Lisa Amanda Greer

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Pendleton woman yesterday morning on Breach of Trust charges after she allegedly converted funds from her employer for her own personal use.

43 year old Lisa Amanda Greer of 224 Micasa Drive in Pendleton was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:52am yesterday morning on Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent charges.

Investigators with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office were notified Monday by Spencer and Stutsman, CPA, of inconsistencies in one of their accounts during a quarterly audit. After meeting with investigators, the company believed that one of their employees was taking money from one of their clients.

As the investigation continued by the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office, it was determined, according to warrants, that Greer converted funds in the amount of $10,816.37 from her employer to her own use.

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

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

Timothy Howard Elrod

Timothy Howard Elrod

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man on multiple charges yesterday evening, which includes burglary, larceny, and weapons charges.

37 year old Timothy Howard Elrod, whose address on warrants is listed as 360 Old Clemson Highway in Seneca, was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 8:22pm on charges of First Degree Burglary, Grand Larceny, and Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition by a Person Convicted of a Violent Felony. Investigators report that Elrod was arrested at Fair Oaks Village Apartments in Seneca with the assistance of the Seneca Police Department.

An Oconee County Sheriff’s Office deputy spoke to an individual by phone on Friday, May 9th in regards to a burglary which the caller said occurred on May 8th in which someone broke into his residence at an address on South Alexander Road in Seneca and had stolen jewelry and a firearm. According to the incident report, the value of the items taken was around $3,250. Elrod reportedly entered the residence through an unsecure door.

As the investigation continued, arrest warrants were issued for Elrod. According to those warrants, Elrod has been charged with entering the residence and taking the jewelry and the firearm. Warrants also state that Elrod had been previously convicted of Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature, a violent felony, and is prohibited from possessing a firearm as Elrod possessed the firearm taken from the residence.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help in Locating Shoplifting Suspect

Shoplifting Subject

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in regards to a shoplifting incident that occurred Tuesday in Seneca.

A deputy, according to an incident report, responded to the Wal-Mart location on Sandifer Boulevard around 2:38pm Tuesday in reference to a reported shoplifting. An employee told the deputy that the suspect left the store with items in a shopping cart and was headed towards Papa John’s Pizza. When pursued by the employee, the suspect left the shopping cart near Papa John’s and fled from the scene. Deputies were unable to locate the suspect.

The deputy took pictures of the suspect from the security cameras. Wal-Mart was able to recover the items that the suspect left the store with. According to deputies, the amount of items that the store recovered is around $400.

If you have any information on this case or recognize the suspect, 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 you tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

United Way of Oconee County Announces Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Progam

United Way - Seniors

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————–The United Way of Oconee County, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will be offering coupons through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program in June.

Seniors’ can apply at the United Way Center in downtown Seneca from 9am until 3pm on Tuesday, June 10th, Wednesday, June 11th, and Thursday, June 12th. With these coupons, seniors’ who qualify will be able to buy fresh fruits and vegetables form authorized farmers this summer.

In order to qualify, seniors’ must be 60 years of age or older with a low income, plus, seniors’ must provide proof of identity with a driver’s license or an i.d. card as well as providing proof that they are a resident of Oconee County. Seniors’ also must apply in person.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man on Drug, Shoplifting Charges

David Russell Sosebee

David Russell Sosebee

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man last Friday afternoon on multiple charges, including two charges involving drugs.

55 year old David Russell Sosebee of 1200 Fairoaks Circle, Apt. 101 was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:47pm on May 9th.

According to the incident report, a deputy responded early Friday afternoon to the Dollar General on Shiloh Road in Seneca in regards to a shoplifting complaint. When the deputy arrived, an employee of the store notified the deputy that Sosebee shoplifted a pair of reading glasses which were valued at around $6. Sosebee was stopped as he was heading to his vehicle and brought back to the store to wait for the arriving deputy.

Sosebee admitted to the deputy that he took the glasses and he was placed under arrest for shoplifting. A search incident to arrest was conducted, in which the deputy found a blue pill bottle in one of Sosebee’s front pants pockets which contained seven yellow oblong pills and 18 orange oval pills. Also, the deputy discovered in Sosebee’s other front pants pocket a plastic bag which contained 56 of the same yellow oblong pills as well as $100 in cash in the same plastic bag.

According to warrants, Sosebee has been charged with possession of a controlled substance (hydrocodone) with intent to distribute and possession of another controlled substance (alprazolam) as well as the shoplifting charges.

Sosebee was released from the Oconee County Detention Center on May 10th. His total personal recognizance bond amount on all charges is $17,130.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Walhalla Man on Criminal Domestic Violence Charges

Brandon Leon Payne

Brandon Leon Payne

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested and has charged a Walhalla man with Criminal Domestic Violence after an incident that occurred last Friday morning.

34 year old Brandon Leon Payne, whose address according to a warrant is 312 Torrington Road in Walhalla, was booked in the Oconee County Detention Center around 2:17am on May 9th.

An Oconee County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to an address on Pickett Post Road around 1:44am last Friday in regards to a call from a complainant that stated that Payne had come home and was assaulting his girlfriend. The deputy arrived and noticed the front door was open. The deputy announced his presence and made his way in, where he called for Payne, upon which Payne came out.

The deputy made his way to a bedroom in the back, where he talked with the victim, who stated that Payne had hit her. The deputy noticed visible injuries on her head. Payne was arrested and transported to the Oconee County Detention Center.

According to the arrest warrant, the victim is a member of the household with Payne. Payne is accused of hitting the victim several times with his hand, throwing the victim across the kitchen, dragging her back into the bedroom, and hitting her several times on her head with a cell phone.

According to the incident report, Payne has had two prior Criminal Domestic Violence charges in the past ten years. Due to that fact, Payne has been charged with Criminal Domestic Violence – 3rd offense.

Payne is still being held at the Oconee County Detention Center on a $50,000 surety bond.

Oconee County Mother Arrested on Charges of Removing Ankle Monitor

Laverne Marie Bennett

Laverne Marie Bennett

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————–An Oconee County mother who was charged with four counts of custodial interference last year was arrested Friday night on charges of removing her ankle monitor.

45 year old Laverne Marie Bennett of 435 Canupp Circle in Westminster was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 11:46pm on May 9th.

According to the incident report, deputies responded to the Canupp Road address around 9:40pm last Friday in regards to an ankle monitor that had set a tamper alarm. When deputies arrived, they found no one at the residence. The officers were then advised by dispatch that the suspect, Bennett, had walked to Doyle Street and Simpson Street and she was walking into some woods and her son was trying to keep her on the roadside.

Deputies spoke with the son, who advised deputies where Bennett entered the woods at. One of the deputies found Bennett, who was not wearing her ankle monitor. When asked by officers why she was not, Bennett told the deputies that she had cut it off with a kitchen knife in the backyard.

“Deputies located Bennett within about 15 minutes of the monitor being cut off,” according to Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “We were notified immediately by the ankle monitoring company, DCT Detection and Dale Colegrove. Judge Cordell Maddox and Magistrate Todd Simmons were notified by Mr. Colegrove and she was brought back to jail where she will go back before Judge Maddox.”

According to the incident report, Mr. Colegrove was notified by legal authorities that Bennett’s bond would be revoked. Deputies then transported Bennett to the Oconee County Detention Center where she was booked on a temporary custody order. Deputies retrieved the ankle monitor from the residence and the equipment was returned to DCT Detection.

“The first few minutes in a case like this are so important,” says Sheriff Crenshaw. “Everyone worked together. The monitoring company did their job which allowed our officers to arrive on scene in minutes and locate this individual. I also want to thank the Westminster Police Department for their assistance in the search for Laverne Bennett.”

Bennett picked up her four daughters from their father’s residence over the 4th of July weekend last year and did not return them to their father on July 7th as she was scheduled to. Bennett was later found by Idaho State Police on July 13th of last year in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho near the Washington state line at a picnic table at a rest area off the interstate and was taken into custody. Bennett remained in jail in Idaho during extradition proceedings.

Bennett was then booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 11:02am on October 1st of last year after being extradited from Idaho and had a bond hearing at that time. U.S. Marshals brought Bennett to Anderson and an Oconee County Sheriff’s Deputy transported her to the Detention Center at that time.

At this time, Bennett remains at the Oconee County Detention Center.

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

Susan Velnita Orr

Susan Velnita Orr

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca woman earlier this morning on drug charges during routine road patrol operations.

55 year old Susan Velnita Orr of 601 East Main Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 12:47am.

According to the incident report, an officer on routine patrol on Coneross Creek Road around 11:28pm yesterday evening observed a silver Honda Civic cross the double yellow line driving over the speed limit. The deputy pulled the vehicle over at the intersection of Coneross Creek Road at Whitfield Lane.

The deputy notified the driver, Orr, of the reason for the stop and asked if she had any illegal drugs in the car. After handing Orr back her license and information, the deputy upon asking received permission from Orr to search the vehicle. The deputy also received consent from Orr to search her purse in the front passenger seat.

According to the deputy, Orr appeared to be nervous and took a deep breath while searching through her purse, upon which the deputy asked if she had anything illegal. Orr told the deputy that she had some Hydrocodone pills in a pill bottle. The deputy found the pill bottle with the prescription scratched off. Orr told the deputy that she had a prescription for the pills and she had removed the label. She later told the deputy that she lied and that she did not have a prescription for the pills.

According to the incident report, the deputy found inside the pill bottle 25 yellow rectangular pills identified as Hydrocodone, along with Acetaminophen and Promethazine, which is not a controlled substance. Orr was placed under arrest and transported to the Oconee County Detention Center while her vehicle was picked up by a wrecker.

According to the arrest warrant, Orr has been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Hydrocodone).

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

William Jarred Richardson

William Jarred Richardson

Car In Lake

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man Tuesday morning on multiple charges after deputies were dispatched to reports of a stolen vehicle.

36 year old William Jarred Richardson of 221 Hemlock Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 11:54am.

According to the incident report, a deputy responded to the Seneca Wal-Mart on Sandifer Boulevard around 9:02am in regards to reports of a stolen vehicle. The complainant, a Wal-Mart employee, told the deputy that she came to work around 7:15am and when she came out around 9:30am to go on break, she discovered that her red 2008 Chevrolet Aveo was missing from the parking lot. Dispatch issued a radio call for officers to be on the lookout for the vehicle.

Upon further investigation and the viewing of the video from security camera’s the deputy identified a man wearing an orange color shirt walk through the parking lot and then get into the vehicle and drive away.

A short time later, according to the incident report, a female subject notified the deputy that she heard about the stolen vehicle on the scanner and knew where the vehicle was. The female told the deputy that the man, who she identified as Richardson, was now wearing a gray shirt, that he had left her residence in the car and was heading to a boat ramp to leave the car and had left paperwork for the stolen vehicle at her residence.

Deputies then responded to where the vehicle was last seen, which was the residence of the female witness at an address on Hemlock Road. According to the incident report, Richardson was seen walking from the residence to an outbuilding with a set of car keys in his hand. After being asked a few questions, Richardson was placed in investigative detention.

At the residence, deputies interviewed two witnesses. The female witness told deputies that she left her residence and when she returned, she observed that Richardson had pulled a red in color car over at a ditch in front of her residence. She said that Richardson told her that he had gotten the vehicle at Wal-Mart and that he wanted another shirt to put on. She also told deputies that Richardson had been living in an outbuilding on her property at the Hemlock Road location.

According to the incident report, a male friend of the female witness pulled up to the residence, where Richardson reportedly told the man to follow him to the boat ramp or that he would assault him. The female witness told the deputies that she heard about the stolen vehicle on the scanner and then called to report it. The man told deputies that he was scared and followed Richardson to the lake, where he observed Richardson drive the car into the lake.

According to the incident report, the deputy from Oconee County responded to the boat ramp in Anderson County. One of the deputies made contact with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office concerning recovery of the vehicle that was in the lake. The vehicle was removed from the lake and was towed away. The car keys and other paperwork for the vehicle were returned to the owner.

According to warrants, Richardson has been charged with Grand Larceny in the stealing of the vehicle from Wal-Mart, with the vehicle being valued, according to warrants, at around $14,000. Warrants also charge Richardson with Assault and Battery – 3rd Degree due to threats made against the male at the Hemlock Road location. A third warrant charges Richardson with Driver Under Suspension – 3rd offense since Richardson had two prior convictions for driving under suspension. A hold has been placed on Richardson due to unrelated charges in Stephens County, Georgia.