Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Couple on Unlawful Neglect of a Child Charges

Leslie Nicole McCoy

Leslie Nicole McCoy

Teddy Douglas McCoy, Jr.

Teddy Douglas McCoy, Jr.

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster couple yesterday on one count each of Unlawful Neglect of a Child.

34 year old Teddy Douglas McCoy, Jr. and 28 year old Leslie Nicole McCoy, both of Thompson Lane, were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:18am and 9:55am respectively.

On May 31st, an agent from the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division received a call from an employee of the Department of Social Services regarding positive drug screens on the suspects as well as their two children, ages four and three. Copies of the drug screens were sent to the agent and an investigation began.

As the investigation continued and evidence was gathered and interviews conducted, arrest warrants were obtained against both parents. According to arrest warrants, both parents as well as both children tested positive for amphetamine and methamphetamine.

Also according to the arrest warrants, the incident occurred at the Thompson Lane address.

The children have been placed in a safe environment, according to Narcotics Agents.

Both parents were released from the Detention Center yesterday on $10,000 personal recognizance bonds each.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Warning Residents of Reported Summer Promotions Scam

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a reported summer promotions scam after a citizen contacted Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Jimmy Watt.

“The citizen who contacted me said they were contacted by telephone saying a representative was in the area and asked the victim if they could stop by,” says PIO Watt. “According to the victim, what was being offered was a special summer promotion on Hilton Hotel packages. The next day, a representative stopped by and presented the package.”

The victim told PIO Watt that the offer was a two night stay at any Hilton or affiliate hotel for only $59.95 and all that was required was a reservation through them anywhere from 10 to 30 days in advance. Apparently, the victim was told they could be four nights for $99 or six nights for $150. The victim decided on the $150 package. The address on the brochures is in the Myrtle Beach area.

The victim realized the possibility of a scam when the e-mail on the business card she received from the representative bounced back to her. The victim then phoned the number on the brochures and left a voice message but never got a response back. The victim called and left another message but still no response.

The victim called a third time and left a message stating that law enforcement would be contacted. The victim received a call back but was told that it was too late to make a reservation for a holiday week. The victim booked a reservation again for a non-holiday week and was told that an e-mail confirmation would be sent by the end of the week but that never happened.

“The victim believes that this is a scam and does not want others to fall for what appears to be a scam,” continues PIO Watt. “I have recommended to the victim to contact the Sheriff’s Office and to file a case report since it appears that money appears to be lost. We normally recommend that individuals don’t respond in any way or hang on up individuals who appear to be scamming them or are offering deals that sound too good to be true. However, if assets are lost or personal information is compromised, we recommend that they contact their local law enforcement agency and have paperwork placed on file.

“Once again, we remind our citizens that if an offer sounds too good to be true than more often than not it is and to ignore these deals,” says PIO Watt.

12th Annual S.C. Apple Festival Car Show Just Two Months Away

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc. and the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that the 12th Annual S.C. Apple Festival Car Show, to benefit Crime Stoppers of Oconee County, Inc., is now just two months away. The car show will be held on Saturday, September 10th.

The Car Show will be located on East Main Street in Westminster besides Hardee’s, with registration from 9am until Noon. Judging will be held starting at Noon and prizes will be awarded starting at 2pm. Door prizes will also be available as well.

The registration fee is $20, with vendor spaces also available at $20 as well.

The Car Show will include motorcycles and 4 x 4 Wheel Drive vehicles.

For more information, contact Larry Dellinger at 864-647-5487.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Three after Responding to Reports of a Fight; Shots Fired

Clarence Curtis Hendrix, Jr.

Clarence Curtis Hendrix, Jr.

Undre Bias Randolph

Undre Bias Randolph

Vontria Beatrice Walker

Vontria Beatrice Walker

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested three individuals, two males and one female, after responding to reports of a fight and shots fired in an area near Seneca.

25 year old Clarence Curtis Hendrix, Jr., 27 year old Vontria Beatrice Walker and 29 year old Undre Bias Randolph were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center early yesterday evening on Temporary Custody Orders. Hendrix, Jr. was booked in around 6:56pm, while Randolph and Walker were booked in around 7:22pm and 7:45pm respectively. According to warrants, Randolph and Walker reside at one address on David Mill Park Road while Hendrix, Jr. resides at a separate address on Davis Mill Park Road nearby.

E-911/Communications received a call for service around 2:32pm yesterday from an individual who reported subjects fighting and a shot being fired at 105 Davis Mill Park Road which is near Davis Mill Road. Deputies were dispatched to the scene and while en route, dispatchers were also informed by the caller of additional shots being fired. The caller was concerned as there were children reportedly in the area.

Deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division, the Criminal Investigation Division and the P.A.C.E. team responded to the scene. Those officers had received a description of two individuals who were seen in the yard of the residence at that location based on information dispatch received from the caller. When deputies arrived, they made contact with Hendrix, Jr. and Randolph outside of the residence. Walker arrived on the scene shortly after deputies made initial contact with the two males.

For officer safety, deputies detained all three subjects. However, additional units from the Sheriff’s Office as well as the Seneca Police Department and the Highway Patrol were requested as the subjects failed to follow officer commands. Eventually, the units from the Seneca Police Department and the Highway Patrol were cancelled by the Sheriff’s Office.

As the investigation continued, deputies learned that there was no fight and that the subjects told them they were playing with fireworks. However, deputies did discover bullet casings in the yard of the residence and according to deputies; no fireworks were located at the residence. Deputies also discovered no injuries and that no one had been shot.

Also for officer safety, deputies conducted a safety sweep of the residence. Due to evidence found on the scene in plain sight, Narcotics Agents obtained and executed a search warrant. Upon its execution, deputies discovered multiple firearm inside as well as narcotics and cash also inside.

Two small children were also discovered at the residence and the Department of Social Services was contacted in reference to the children. The children were placed in a safe environment.

In warrants that were obtained today, Hendrix, Jr. was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a person convicted of a Violent Felony due to a firearm being located in his proximity in the yard. Walker and Randolph were also charged with one count each of Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine and Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Offering Boater Education Class Next Tuesday in Clemson


(Walhalla, SC)——————————————–The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is offering an upcoming boater education class next Tuesday, July 12, from 9am-3pm at the Clemson DNR Office located at 311 Natural Resources Drive, Clemson.

All resident and non-resident boaters under 16 years of age must successfully complete a boater education course that is approved by the SC Department of Natural Resources before operating without supervision a personal watercraft (jet ski) or a boat powered by 15 hp motor or more.

Participants must pre-register at www.dnr.sc.gov and clicking on the boater education icon or by calling 1.800.2774301 or 803.734.4491.

It’s first come, first served and is a free event.

All children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The minimum age to take the exam and be certified is 10.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy Less Than Two Months Away, Applications Still Being Accepted

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office 3rd Citizens Police Academy is now less than two months away and applications are still being accepted for the program that will give Oconee County citizens a chance to experience what a day in the life of a police officer is all about.

So far as of today, July 7th, Sgt. Mike McGowan, who is the Sheriff’s Office coordinator for the Citizens Police Academy, has received 21 applications but more applications are needed and welcomed.

Citizens of Oconee County can sign up now for the classes at the website of the Sheriff’s Office at www.oconeelaw.com by clicking on the “Citizens Police Academy” link near the upper right portion of the website. Applications will need to be printed off and mailed to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at 415 South Pine Street, Walhalla, SC 29691.

Those who are selected will have a chance to meet the Command Staff and many of the deputies of the Sheriff’s Office. Some of the topics covered will be patrol operations, equipment and its uses, criminal investigations, E-911 communications, SWAT team operations, plus a judicial overview by one of the local judges, information on detention and narcotics. On a Saturday during the classes, instructees will observe a SWAT team demonstration. At the conclusion of the classes, those who participate will be given a shirt, a certificate and a class photo.

There is a selection process for those who sign up, which includes a background check, according to Sgt. McGowan, Sheriff’s Office Coordinator of the Citizens Police Academy. Sgt. McGowan is hoping to reach demographics from every walk of life in Oconee County, with the class size limited to 25 due to logistic limitations. The classes will meet for 10 consecutive weeks on Tuesday evenings with one Saturday meeting for the SWAT demonstration.

Participation in all the classes is important, according to Sgt. McGowan, due to the fact of the volume of information that is going to be presented. Missing two of more classes may result in a disqualification from the program.

The dates for the third “Citizens Police Academy” will be each Tuesday from Tuesday, August 30th until Tuesday, November 1st from 6pm until 9pm each night. The SWAT demonstration will take place at the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Advance Firearms and Tactical Training Center on Saturday, September 24th from 9am until 12 noon. All those who are selected with be notified. There is no cost for those who are selected for the “Citizens Police Academy.”

Those who participate and graduate from this year’s class will join the graduates of the first two Citizens Police Academy classes in the “Citizens Police Academy Alumni.” These alumni will have an opportunity to support the Sheriff’s Office by encouraging participation in future academies and to promote the Sheriff’s Office through their contact with others outside the Sheriff’s Office.

Last November, 21 Oconee citizens graduated from the 2nd Citizens Police Academy.

Duke Energy and County Officials to Test Sirens Around Oconee Nuclear Station One Week From Today

 Three-minute test scheduled for Wednesday, July 13, at approximately 11:50 a.m.
 No public action required.

Oconee Nuclear Station

Oconee Nuclear Station

Release Courtesy of Chris Rimel
SC Nuclear Communications Manager

SENECA, S.C. – The public alert notification sirens around the Oconee Nuclear Station will be tested on Wednesday, July. 13, at approximately 11:50 a.m.

The 65 sirens within 10 miles of the Oconee Nuclear Station will be tested for three-minutes to assure each siren works properly. This full-cycle siren test is performed once each quarter in cooperation with emergency officials in Oconee and Pickens counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.

Hearing a siren does not mean to evacuate. In an emergency, sirens are sounded as a signal for residents to tune to a local radio or TV station that would carry an emergency alerting message. County officials use these stations to provide information to the public. If sirens are heard and residents are unsure if it is a test or an emergency, they should tune to their local radio or TV station.

For more information about the public alert notification sirens, residents can refer to information available on www.duke-energy.com.

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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

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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.”