Winning Teams and Sponsors Announced for Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. presents the 2016 Mayberry Open Golf Tournament

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(Walhalla, SC)———————————Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. and the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office are announcing today the winning teams and thanking all the sponsors that made last week’s Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. present the 2016 Mayberry Open Golf Tournament a great success.
The tournament was held at the par 71 Oconee Country Club in Seneca last Thursday, May 5th and featured 18 teams and 43 hole sponsors. The teams were broken up into two flights and prize money was awarded to the first and second place teams. Third place teams in each flight were awarded a golf package for four to Oconee Country Club. Plus, prizes were awarded for the closest to the pin and longest drive winners. Here are the following winning teams and their team scores:
First Flight:
First Place – Jerry Smith, Derrill Bibb, Jim McCoy, Danny Woodard – 58 (13 under par)
Second Place – David Thomas, Rich Haddad, Mark Drost, Brandon Foster – 61 (10 under par)
Third Place – Ricky Johns, Adam Johns, Scott Fitzgerald – 61 (10 under par)
Second Flight:
First Place – Jack Shadwick, Matt Taylor, James Singleton, Wayne Morgan – 63 (8 under par)
Second Place – Jay Freeman, Robbie Morris, Mike Pearson, Martin Stanley – 65 (6 under par)
Third Place – Seth Chea, Mitzi Worley, Bill Shook, John Cassell – 64 (7 under par)
Closest to the Pin – Par 3 16th Hole – Jerry Smith
Longest Drive – Par 5 8th Hole – Rodney Massey
Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. and the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the following businesses, corporations and individuals whose sponsorship helped to make the golf tournament such a success:
Hole Sponsors Paid
Integrity Builders
Blue Ridge Bank
Blue Ridge Electric
Blue Ridge Security
DCT Detection
Nano Cleaning Solutions, Inc.
Sure Shot Firearms
Nancy Temske
Lorraine Harding Real Estate
Southern Mutual Church Insurance Company
Keowee Fire Department
Oconee Federal Savings and Loan
Sandifer Funeral Home
Ronald R. Moore, D.M.D.
Oconee Machine and Tool
Chickasaw Point
City of Seneca
Bummer’s Contracting
6th Annual Mayberry Comes To Westminster
GHS/Oconee Memorial Hospital
David Chudyk Nationwide Insurance – Seneca
Oconee County Government
Yoder’s Building Supply
Community First Bank
Sunset Management, Inc.
Foxwood Hills P.O.A.
Elect Sandra Jones – District 5 County Council
McDaniel Supply Company
Massey’s Dr. Energy Saver Home Services
Turner’s Jewelers
New South Construction
Elect Rame Campbell for 10th Circuit Solicitor
Edwards Auto Sales
American Security of Greenville, LLC
Trehel Corporation
Zorn Company, Inc.
Dickson Tractor, Inc. – Westminster
FATZ Café – Seneca, SC
Teams Sponsors Paid
Courtesy of Ed Rumsey
City of Seneca
Danny Marcengill Nationwide Insurance Agency
Moon’s Drug Store
Oconee County Government
Sunset Management, Inc.
McDaniel Supply Company
Seth Chea
Elect Mike Crenshaw for Sheriff – Oconee County
Community First Bank
Seneca Auto Sales, Inc.
Door Prizes
Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa – Young Harris, GA
David Chudyk Nationwide Insurance – Seneca
106.9 The Light
Blue Ridge Electronic Cooperative
Duke Energy
Community First Bank
Dixon Golf
TTI Industries of Anderson
Powell Real Estate
Other Sponsors
Diamond T Promotional Gear – Fair Play, SC – Hole Sponsorship Signs
Chick-fil-A – Lunch Before the Tournament
Little Pigs BBQ – Supper After the Tournament
Oconee Country Club – Certificates for Third Place Finishers in Each Flight and Host Course for the Tournament
TTI Industries of Anderson – Prizes for Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive Contests

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Announces Two Additional Arrests in Thirteenth “Operation Infinity” Drug Round-Up

Geroy Eric Tabron

Geroy Eric Tabron

Whitney Elaine Cantrell

Whitney Elaine Cantrell

By: Jimmy Watt
Pubic Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is announcing additional arrests today in the thirteenth “Operation Infinity” drug sweep round-up that began on April 29th.

The Sheriff’s Office began the operation with a meeting and briefing at 8:30am that morning. The Sheriff’s Office teamed up with our partners from the Seneca and Walhalla Police Departments.

In all, 18 individuals were being sought on a variety of drug charges involving methamphetamine, prescription drugs, and marijuana and crack cocaine. Some individuals in this drug sweep are being sought on charges of Unlawful Neglect of a Child.

According to two earlier press releases issued by the Sheriff’s Office, a total of eight individuals have been taken into custody. Today, the Sheriff’s Office is announcing two additional arrests. Here are the names of the two additional individuals that were arrested and their charges according to warrants:

1) Whitney Elaine Cantrell
Walhalla, SC
26 years old
Distribution of Ice (Methamphetamine) – 2 Counts
Booked into the Detention Center on May 9th around 7:55pm – Released On May 10th
Total Combined Surety Bond Amount: $20,000

2) Geroy Eric Tabron
Seneca, SC
55 years old
Distribution of Marijuana – 1 count
Booked into the Detention Center on May 9th around 9:09pm
Still in custody at the Detention Center as of 9am this morning
Surety Bond Amount: $10,000

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation and due to that fact, the names of the other individuals being sought will not be released at this time.

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

Andrew Cory Stone

Andrew Cory Stone

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Liberty man at the end of last week on multiple charges, which included two warrants related to drugs.

29 year old Andrew Cory Stone of Jameson Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 2:07am last Friday.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded last Thursday evening to an address on Lawrence Bridge Road in regards to reports of a disturbance in which the suspect, identified as Stone, had broken a window at the residence.

Deputies located Stone inside of the residence. Dispatchers were able to confirm that the victim did not want Stone at the residence and Stone was placed on a trespass notice while also being arrested for damaging the window to the residence.

A search incident to arrest by deputies produced a prescription bottle on the person of Stone that contained a large quantity of pills inside.

Stone was taken to Oconee Memorial Hospital for treatment of a non-serious injury related to the breaking of the window and was then transported to the Detention Center.

While being booked in at the Detention Center, Detention Officers found a plastic bag on the person of Stone that contained a substance believed to be Marijuana.

Deputies charged Stone with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance (Oxycodone), Simple Possession of Marijuana – 2nd Offense and Introduction of Contraband into a Detention Facility. Stone was also issued a traffic ticket on charges of Malicious Injury to Person Property.

As of 2pm, Stone remains in custody at the Detention Center on a combined $17,000 surety bond on three of the charges. He was also given a $2,000 personal recognizance bond on the Malicious Injury charge.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Announces Additional Arrests in Thirteenth “Operation Infinity” Drug Round-Up

Justin Latron Williams

Justin Latron Williams

Kaitlyn Darlene Hoskins

Kaitlyn Darlene Hoskins

Kendrick Orian Benjamin Stone

Kendrick Orian Benjamin Stone

Lennel Lamar Holden

Lennel Lamar Holden

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is announcing additional arrests today in the thirteenth “Operation Infinity” drug sweep round-up that began on April 29th.

The Sheriff’s Office began the operation with a meeting and briefing at 8:30am that morning. The Sheriff’s Office teamed up with our partners from the Seneca and Walhalla Police Departments.

In all, 18 individuals were being sought on a variety of drug charges involving methamphetamine, prescription drugs, and marijuana and crack cocaine. Some individuals in this drug sweep are being sought on charges of Unlawful Neglect of a Child.

During the initial day of the operation, four individuals were arrested. Since that time, four additional suspects have been taken into custody. Here are the names of the four additional individuals that were arrested and their charges according to warrants:

1) Justin Latron Williams
Seneca, SC
27 years old
Distribution of Marijuana – 1 Count
Booked into the Detention Center on May 5th around 9:22am – Release the same day
Personal Recognizance Bond Amount: $10,000

2) Kendrick Orian Benjamin Stone
Seneca, SC
27 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child – 4 Counts
Booked into the Detention Center on May 5th around 11:37am
Released from the Detention Center on May 6th
Combined Surety Bond Amount: $20,000

3) Kaitlyn Darlene Hoskins
Seneca, SC
23 years old
Unlawful Neglect of a Child – 1 Count
Booked into the Detention Center on May 5th around 12:18pm
Released from the Detention Center on May 6th
Surety Bond Amount: $5,000

4) Lennel Lamar Holden
Seneca, SC
29 years old
Distribution of Marijuana – 1 count
Booked into the Detention Center on May 9th around 9:22am
As of 1:30pm today, still in custody at the Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation and due to that fact, the names of the other individuals being sought will not be released at this time.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests West Union Woman on Armed Robbery Charges

Peggy Sue Smith

Peggy Sue Smith

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a West Union woman last Friday on Armed Robbery charges.

58 year old Peggy Sue Smith of Little Pittsburg Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:55pm.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to an address on Highlands Highway in reference to meeting with a complainant regarding a reported armed robbery that had occurred on Highway 76 near the South Carolina/Georgia line.

The victim told the deputy that contact was made with an individual, later identified as Smith, in regards to a purchase of a Toyota truck. An agreement was made for the victim and Smith to meet near the state line on Highway 76 in a parking area there.

During the meeting, Smith produced a knife, put the knife to the victim’s body and demanded money. The victim gave Smith an undisclosed amount of money and then got into a vehicle, which then left the scene.

The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division. Based upon the investigation and evidence gathered and interviews conducted, warrants were obtained against Smith on April 28th on the Armed Robbery charges.

As of 1pm today, Smith remains in custody at the Detention Center on a $15,000 surety bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Hosting Third Annual Retired Law Enforcement Officers Appreciation Luncheon

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s will be hosting its 3rd annual Retired Law Enforcement Officers Appreciation Luncheon Wednesday afternoon, May 25th from Noon until 2pm.

Any retired local, state, tribal or federal law enforcement officers who currently reside in Oconee County are welcome to attend this luncheon, which will be held on the second floor of the Law Enforcement Center at 300 South Church Street in Walhalla.

This luncheon is for reserved guests only, so for more information or to RSVP, please contact Tonya Massey with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4117.

Annual Schuck Memorial Blood Drive 2016 Now Just Eight Days Away

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The 2016 Schuck Memorial Blood Drive is now just eight days away on Tuesday, May 17th as part of Law Enforcement Officers Appreciation Week.

The Blood Drive will be held from 11am until 7pm next Tuesday. T-Shirts will also be sold during the blood drive, with sizes S-XL being sold for $10 each and 2x and 3x sizes being sold for $12. Also, orders will be taken during the blood drive for “Honor The Fallen” afghans, which are being sold for $38 each.

The Blood Connection will be sending two buses this year to reduce waiting time.

The proceeds from the annual blood drives goes towards the Schuck Memorial Scholarship, which goes toward tuition support for a high school student in the law enforcement program at the Hamilton Career Center who plans to continue their education at a college or university in a degree program that can be used in a law enforcement career.

The Blood Drive is held in honor of Deputy Bill Schuck who passed away in the line of duty in the early morning house of February 7th, 2010 after being pinned between his patrol vehicle and a tree on a dirt road off of Highway 11. Schuck served with the Sheriff’s Office for 2 years and before that with the West Columbia Police Department for 2 years.

National Law Enforcement Officer Appreciation Week is being recognized this year from May 15th thru May 21st.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Walhalla Woman on Indecent Exposure Charges

Aimee Marie James (Shook)

Aimee Marie James (Shook)

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Walhalla woman today on charges of Indecent Exposure related to a recent incident that occurred at the Oconee County Detention Center.

29 year old Aimee Marie James (Shook) of Walhalla Garden Circle was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:12pm.

On April 29th, an investigator from the Criminal Investigations Division received a video from a supervisor at the Detention Center which was made from the Detention Center’s new video visitation room.

During a video visitation between James and another inmate on April 27th, James reportedly exposed one of her breast upon the inmate’s request into the video camera.

During the course of the investigation and the gathering of evidence, the investigator was able to identify the subject, James, and a warrant was issued for her arrest on May 3rd.

James was released from the Detention Center earlier today on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

In the state of South Carolina, the penalty for Indecent Exposure, which is a misdemeanor, is not more than 3 years in prison and/or a fine with the amount determined at the discretion of the court.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Walhalla Woman on Grand Larceny and Burglary Charges

Jennifer Lesley Brake

Jennifer Lesley Brake

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Walhalla woman yesterday afternoon on larceny and burglary charges.

37 year old Jennifer Lesley Brake of Parker Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:03pm.

Lesley was charged in warrants with Third Degree Burglary and Grand Larceny in relation to an incident that was reported to the Sheriff’s Office initially on June 15th, 2015. At that time, the victim told a deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division that a storage unit at an address on Westminster Highway had been broken into and some of the items contained in the unit were reported missing, which included clothing and electronic items.

At that time on June 15th, the victim declined to file a case report and without a case report, an investigation could not begin. On April 19th of this year, the victim made contact with the deputy from the initial call and requested a case report to be completed and for an investigation to begin. The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division.

As the investigation continued and evidence was gathered and interviews conducted, it was determined that Brake entered into the storage unit without consent and took multiple items, which according to warrants, included clothing, electronic, furniture and household items.

As of 11:30am this morning, Brake remains in custody at the Detention Center on a combined $20,000 surety bond.

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Two on Shoplifting Charges in Separate Cases

Kevin Christopher Hoffman

Kevin Christopher Hoffman

Anne Mechelle Crouch

Anne Mechelle Crouch

James Anthony Tucker

James Anthony Tucker

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Greenville County man and an Anderson County woman over the weekend on shoplifting charges in separate cases the Sheriff’s Office profiled seeking the public’s help.

First, 24 year old Kevin Christopher Hoffman of Woodbend Court was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 2:10pm last Friday after being picked up at the Easley Police Department by a deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division and brought back to Oconee County.

Hoffman is accused in warrants of stealing power tools valued at around $727.00 from the Lowe’s location at BI-LO place in Seneca during the morning hours of April 5th.

The Sheriff’s Office issued a press release and pictures April 20th seeking the public’s help in identifying a white male in relation to the shoplifting. Based on information that deputies received, a warrant was obtained on April 22nd charging Hoffman in the case.

Hoffman was released from the Detention Center on last Saturday. His surety bond amount on the charge was $2,130.

The second arrest occurred Saturday morning, as 38 year old Anne Mechelle Crouch of Anderson was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 8:02am.

Crouch was wanted on a shoplifting warrant charging her and another individual, 51 year old James Anthony Tucker of Highway 81 south, with stealing laundry detergent and clothes hampers from the Walmart location in Seneca on Sandifer Boulevard during the morning hours of January 28th.

The Sheriff’s Office issued a press release on February 2nd seeking the public’s help in identifying a black male and a white female in relation to the Walmart case. Based on information deputies received, deputies obtained warrants against Tucker and Crouch on February 4th.

Tucker was arrested and booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 12:12am on April 14th on the shoplifting warrant. Tucker was released from the Detention Center on April 15th. His surety bond amount on the charge was $5,000.

Crouch was released from the Detention Center on April 30th. Her surety bond amount on the shoplifting charge was $5,000. A hold was placed on Crouch by the Simpsonville Police Department and Crouch was turned over to their custody after her release.