Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Easley Teenager on Drug Charges After Early Morning Traffic Stop

Joshua William Wright

Joshua William Wright

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Easley teenager on two drug charges this morning as the result of a traffic stop.

17 year old Joshua William Wright was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 4:28am. His address is listed on Katie Lane, according to warrants.

A deputy with the Uniform Patrol Division during routine road patrol operations around 2:35am observed a burgundy SUV with no tag lights and initiated a traffic stop on North Highway 11 and Flat Shoals Road.

The vehicle was occupied by two males with Wright being the driver. The deputy noticed that both subjects were acting strange by not making eye contact. Wright told the deputy after being asked by the officer that there was nothing illegal in the vehicle nor was there any alcohol. Wright did tell the deputy after being asked that there was a rifle in the vehicle, which the deputy did later take for safe keeping.

After a second deputy arrived to provide assistance, both individuals exited the vehicle, whereupon the deputy noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The passenger said that there was marijuana in his back pack while Wright told the deputy that there were prescription drugs that belonged to a family member in the back seat.

A search of the vehicle revealed a quantity of marijuana plus drug paraphernalia in the back pack. The search also produced a Ziploc bag with prescription pills inside which was located inside the vehicle.

The passenger was issued two citations for simple possession of marijuana and for a violation of the county drug paraphernalia ordinance and released to a family member.

Wright was taken to the Detention Center, where he has been charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance for possessing approximately 324 Oxycodone Pills. Wright has also been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance for possessing a quantity of Lyrica.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Outstanding Breach of Trust Warrant

Larry Eugene Price, Jr.

Larry Eugene Price, Jr.

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man on an outstanding warrant in a Breach of Trust case.

34 year old Larry Eugene Price, Jr. was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 6:35am. He was arrested at an address on Mullins Ford Landing Road, which is the road he resides on according to the warrant.

A warrant obtained by a deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division on June 12th accuses Price, Jr. of receiving around $3,500 in cash from an individual in Seneca who gave Price, Jr. the money for materials to do a roofing job.

The deputy spoke with the victim on June 11th. The victim told the deputy that the money was given to Price, Jr. on March 25th of this year. After repeated calls with no reply and visiting Price, Jr. at the Mullins Ford Landing Road address, Price, Jr. told the victim that he would be over in the next day or two to do the work and even brought over some pieces of metal roofing.

Price, Jr. then told the victim that the rest of the material was at a business but he had not picked it up yet. The victim contacted the business and was told that there was not an order in the victim’s name or Price, Jr’s name.

Price, Jr. was released from the Detention Center yesterday on a $10,000 surety bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man on Outstanding Criminal Domestic Violence Warrant

Javaris Dante Montgomery

Javaris Dante Montgomery

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man yesterday afternoon on an outstanding Criminal Domestic Violence – High and Aggravated warrant.

28 year old Javaris Dante Montgomery was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 12:53pm after being transported from the Franklin County, Georgia Detention Center by a deputy from the Warrants Division.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division met with the victim the evening of April 22nd at an address at BI-LO place in Seneca in regards to the incident in which the victim stated that Montgomery had assaulted her, threatened to kill her and choked her.

Deputies began their investigation and the case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office.

In warrants obtained on April 24th, Montgomery made the threats to a member of his household. Also according to the warrants, Montgomery is accused of holding knives to her throat as well.

Montgomery is being held at the Detention Center on a $50,000 surety bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Receives Donation from 2015 “Mayberry Comes To Westminster” Festival

(From L - R): Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw and "Mayberry Comes To Westminster" Events Coordinator Tom Rusk

(From L – R): Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw and “Mayberry Comes To Westminster” Events Coordinator Tom Rusk

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————–For the second consecutive year, The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has received a donation from the “Mayberry Comes To Westminster” festival to be used in drug education at schools in Oconee County.

The check, in the amount of $500, was officially presented yesterday in front of the Westminster Depot to Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw by Tom Rusk, who is the event coordinator for the festival, which celebrates “The Andy Griffith Show.”

The money was raised during this year festival, which was held May 1st and May 2nd.

With this year’s and last year’s donations, “Mayberry Comes To Westminster” has donated $1,000 for the drug education efforts in schools in Oconee County.

“We had several sponsorships for the Westminster event each year from businesses and civic organizations over and above what our costs are,” says Mr. Rusk. “This is the second year we have done this and we just want to try to help out.”

“We are grateful for the support Tom and “Mayberry Comes To Westminster” has given to the Sheriff’s Office to further our efforts to educate the students of Oconee County about the dangers of drugs and drug abuse,” says Sheriff Crenshaw. “Along with our enforcement and treatment efforts, we continue to work to make Oconee County free from the scourge of drugs and a safe place for our citizens to live, work and play.”

Plans are already underway, according to Mr. Rusk, for the 6th “Mayberry Comes To Westminster” in 2016.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man on Multiple Charges Related to Weekend Auto Break-ins

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Weekend Car Burglaries (2)

Daniel Lloyd Stevens

Daniel Lloyd Stevens

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–A series of auto break-ins over the weekend led the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office to arrest a Seneca man on multiple charges.

27 year old Daniel Lloyd Stevens of Magnolia Way was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 2:28pm Sunday on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants were obtained today.

A total of four vehicles were broken into by Stevens, according to deputies. The first report came in around 9:23am Sunday morning regarding a break-in of a blue Chevy S10 pickup truck at an address on Broadway Street near Seneca. According to deputies, the driver’s side window had been broken and tools, electronic items and sunglasses were reportedly taken. This break-in, according to deputies, occurred sometime between 9pm Saturday evening and the time that the incident was reported.

A second auto break-in was reported around 10:35am Sunday on an address on Newry Road near Seneca in which the complainant woke up to find that someone had entered his black 2014 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck, upon which a firearm, ammunition, electronic items and cash were taken, alone with other miscellaneous items. Deputies believe this break-in occurred sometime between 10pm Saturday evening and the time that the incident was reported.

The third auto break-in report was taken from an address on South Avenue also near Seneca around 1:48pm in which the complainant stated that someone broke into a vehicle, damaged the interior, and took a firearm. According to deputies, this incident is believed to have occurred between noon on Saturday and 11am Sunday.

The fourth and final auto break-in report was reported around 5:42pm from an address on Broadway Street in Seneca in which a complainant told deputies that a stroller and miscellaneous car parts had been taken. Deputies believe that this final incident occurred sometime between 9pm Saturday and 8am on Sunday.

While the investigation into the incidents was ongoing Sunday, deputies received information that Stevens may have been involved in these break-ins. Deputies issued a BOLO for a silver 2007 Nissan Frontier, which was later discovered on Sub Station Road in the county, with Stevens found unconscious inside with many of the stolen items from the car break-ins inside the vehicle. Stevens was arrested and transported to the Detention Center.

In warrants obtained today by the Sheriff’s Office, Stevens has been charged with three counts of Petit Larceny, one count of Grand Larceny and four counts of Breaking Into a Motor Vehicle in regards to the weekend incidents. Stevens was also charged with one count of Driving under Suspension.

The firearms and ammunition that were taken have been recovered, according to deputies.

Stevens also faces an additional count of Petit Larceny related to an incident that occurred on June 10th at an address on Stonehaven Way in Seneca in which Stevens is accused in warrants to “permanently deprive the owner, attempt to take and carry away cash.”

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

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office To Place Automated External Defibrillators (AED) In Patrol Cars

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————-Sheriff Mike Crenshaw is announcing today that eight Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) will be placed in patrol cars to help provide medical assistance for citizens who are in cardiac arrest.

Eight deputies, including all four Uniform Patrol Division Sergeants and one additional Uniform Patrol Deputy per shift will be equipped with the AED’s. Those deputies will receive training on June 24th, after which the AED’s will be in the officers vehicles and ready for use.

“If we (the Sheriff’s Office) arrive dispatched to a cardiac arrest call and arrive prior to paramedics’ arrival, we will have the ability to assess the patient and see if they have a pulse and are conscious,” says Captain Jeff Underwood of the Uniform Patrol Division. “At that time, we can place the pads from the machine onto the patient, which can detect a pulse or lack of a pulse and then deliver, if necessary, a shock to place the heart back into rhythm if the patient has been in cardiac arrest.”

The four additional officers who will have AED’s are deputies who’s primary patrol area is the Walhalla area, where according to Captain Underwood, studies of data on response times indicate that deputies were most often arriving to cardiac calls prior to EMS arrival The decision to place them in the Road Patrol Sergeant’s vehicles, according to Captain Underwood, had more to do with the fact that those deputies not being tied up on a call due to their management duties on the road and being in a better position to respond countywide.

“Officers assigned to specific areas answer the most calls,” says Captain Underwood. “So, if they are tied up on one call, they may not be able to get to the cardiac call. This creates the likelihood of getting a machine to a patient.”

“Any doctor or cardiologist will tell you that the most critical moments in a cardiac arrest is the first few minutes,” continues Captain Underwood. “As the clock ticks, the chances for resuscitation grow slimmer so by doing this we are increasing the chances of saving lives countywide.”

According to Captain Underwood, every officer on the Uniform Patrol will also be receiving CPR training.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Georgia Man on Multiple Outstanding Warrants

James Bentley Cannon

James Bentley Cannon

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Georgia man yesterday on multiple outstanding warrants from incidents that occurred in Oconee County during the spring of 2014 that affected four total victims.

38 year old James Bentley Cannon was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:47am after being brought to Oconee County from the Rabun County Detention Center where he was being held. Warrants list Cannon’s address as Rhonda Drive in Clayton, Georgia while the Detention Center lists his address as Grand Point in Tiger, Georgia.

Warrants obtained April 7th, 2014 by the Sheriff’s Office charge Cannon with three counts of Petit Larceny, three counts of Breaking into a Motor Vehicle and one count of Grand Larceny.

Cannon is accused of breaking into a 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan sometime between April 2nd and 3rd of last year at an address on Bull Sluice Road in Long Creek and taking tools, automotive items, electronics, clothes, musical instruments, books and a vehicle registration card from one victim and a driver’s license, credit card and social security card from a second victim.

Investigators also charged Cannon with breaking into two vehicles, one being a 2001 Nissan Xterra and the other a 2013 KIA Rio, at the same location on Bulls Sluice Road sometime between April 3rd and 4th, 2014 and taking multiple wallets and CD’s, cash, book bags, fishing equipment, an electronic item, keys and a social security card from the Nissan and electronic items, luggage, clothing, a car seat and tools from the KIA Rio.

Cannon is still being held at the Detention Center on a combined $51,390 surety bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Public’s Help in Identifying Two Individuals in Connection With Seneca Area Home Invasion

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Wells Fargo Picture Two

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)—————————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying two individuals in connection with Thursday morning’s home invasion and robbery near Seneca.

Officers were dispatched to an address on Washington Street near West North 1st Street and arrived on the scene around 4:42am this morning regarding two subjects inside of a residence. According to deputies, the complainants woke up to 2 black males inside of their home and after one of the complainants yelled out; the two subjects left the residence. The subjects reportedly had their faces covered.

One of the subjects reportedly had a gun and after officers arrived on the scene, it was discovered that several items were missing from the residence. Deputies also discovered that forced entry was made into the home through a door. Evidence was gathered at the scene and the case was turned over to officers from the Criminal Investigations Division.

Deputies are looking for a newer black Dodge Charger that the subjects left the scene in. No injuries were reported as a result of the burglary and larceny that occurred.

Besides jewelry and electronic items that were taken, bank and credit cards as well as a checkbook were taken from the scene. In surveillance video obtained by the Sheriff’s Office, two black males are seen trying to use a bank or credit card at the Wells Fargo branch on Clemson Boulevard around 5:15am this morning.

If you have any information on the identity of these two individuals, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or 864-638-STOP. You don’t have to give your name and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Public’s Help in Solving Early Thursday Morning Home Invasion

Washington Street Home Invasion Picture

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)—————————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in their investigation of an early Thursday morning home invasion and robbery near Seneca.

Officers were dispatched to an address on Washington Street near West North 1st Street and arrived on the scene around 4:42am this morning regarding two subjects inside of a residence. According to deputies, the complainants woke up to 2 black males inside of their home and after one of the complainants yelled out; the two subjects left the residence. The subjects reportedly had their faces covered.

One of the subjects reportedly had a gun and after officers arrived on the scene, it was discovered that several items were missing from the residence. Deputies also discovered that forced entry was made into the home through a door. Evidence was gathered at the scene and the case was turned over to officers from the Criminal Investigations Division.

Deputies are looking for a black 2010 Dodge Charger that the subjects left the scene in. No injuries were reported as a result of the burglary and larceny that occurred.

If you have any information on the home invasion on Washington Street in Seneca this morning, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or 864-638-STOP. You don’t have to give your name and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Holds First Ever “Leadership Camp”

Chattooga River

Chattooga River

Entrance to Stumphouse Tunnel

Entrance to Stumphouse Tunnel

Pigpen Falls

Pigpen Falls

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————–On an overcast but humid Tuesday morning, a group of deputies from the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office as well as administrators from the School District of Oconee County led a group of 29 young students ages 10 – 13 on a hike along part of the Foothills Trail off Highway 107 near Mountain Rest which is part of the Sumter National Forest.

Later on, the students ate lunch at a picnic area at Stumphouse Tunnel in Walhalla and visited the landmark itself.

All of the activities taking place this week are all part of the 1st ever Oconee County Sheriff’s Office “Leadership Camp” for at risk boys. The activities taking place this week are not only for purposes of showing these young students many of the sites in Oconee County, but are also used to help build leadership skills as well.

“I think it is important because we have interacted with these students throughout the school year,” according to Corporal Charles Mulwee, Elementary School Resource Officer for the Sheriff’s Office. “Now we have them outside of school and they see a different side of us. The camp is here to teach them team skills, leadership skills, and we even pick team leaders from some of the older students and they are really stepping up and leading by example.”

According to Corporal Mulwee, the “Leadership Camp” took months of planning and involved the Sheriff’s Office and the School District working closely together to make it happen. The Camp is part of a larger vision from Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw.

“(The Leadership Camp) is part of the drug mentoring prevention program that the Sheriff started last August,” according to Corporal Charles Mulwee, Elementary School Resource Officer for the Sheriff’s Office. “The Sheriff told me that one of things he wanted to do was have a camp for kids.”

Each morning this week during the “Leadership Camp,” the students and those helping to lead the effort met in the gravel parking lot behind the Law Enforcement Center in Walhalla, eat breakfast and then head off to the activities of the morning. Then after lunch, more activities are planned for the afternoon. Some of the activities held this week included basketball, soccer, a visit to the county Rock Quarry, hiking, fishing, swimming, and zip lining. The most important aspect, according to deputies, is fostering relationships with the students and helping them to make good choices in their lives, as well as formulating discipline and structure in their everyday routine.

The students who participated this week were pre-selected by the School Resource Officers and the teachers and as mentioned, are considered at risk students. Corporal Mulwee feels that an investment in their lives now will pay dividends in the future.

“We figure if we can catch them on this end and keep them on the right path and show them that there is a better way and a better life and stay on the right path and make the right choices they will benefit in the end,” continues Corporal Mulwee. “These kids will remember this camp for the rest of their lives, I can promise you that.”

Besides the Sheriff’s Office and the School District’s participation, many organizations and businesses also got involved in making donations. Among the businesses and organizations were the Army National Guard, who supplied t-shirt’s for the event for the students, plus, Bountyland Quik Stops, Ingle’s, BI-LO, The Bait Shop and Sodexo Food Services.

Along with Corporal Mulwee, other deputies and school district personnel who participated this week in the Leadership Camp this week includes Lieutenant Mark Lyles, School Resource Officers Corporal’s Jay Freeman, Norm Dukes, and John Pearson, Corporals Tony Wheeler and Jason Kilpatrick, Victim Advocates Rhonda Morgan and Vickie Bottoms, Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Jimmy Watt, Superintendent of Education Dr. Michael Thorsland and Assistant Superintendent of Operations Steve Harvey and Director of Student Services, Staff and Security Evie Hughes.

Graduation for those students who participated in the “Leadership Camp” is set for tomorrow afternoon at the Sheriff’s Office.