Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks the Public’s Help Regarding Early Monday Morning Convenience Store Burglary

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help regarding their investigation into an early Monday morning burglary at a convenience store.

Deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division were dispatched to South Highway 11 at the intersection of Rock Hill Road and Isbell Road around 5am in regards to a reported burglary. An employee observed a hole in a wall in the building and that the power to the business was not working.

A protective safety sweep was conducted by the deputies and the investigation began. Deputies discovered that an undisclosed amount of money and cigarettes had been taken. The crime scene was turned over to an investigator from the Criminal Investigations Division.

If you have any information on this early Monday morning burglary, 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 Announces Additional Arrests in Eleventh “Operation Infinity” Drug Round-Up: Titled “Operation Ice Chizel”

Laura Dawn Payne

Laura Dawn Payne

Rondal David Payne

Rondal David Payne

Alexandria Mercedes Burdette

Alexandria Mercedes Burdette

Anita Dusseau

Anita Dusseau

Kevin Brandon Bonner

Kevin Brandon Bonner

Kristin Hope Carter

Kristin Hope Carter

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is announcing six additional arrests today in the eleventh “Operation Infinity” drug sweep round-up that officially began Friday morning, with this particular phase entitled “Operation Ice Chizel.” This brings to 14 the total number of people arrested so far in the operation.

“This drug round-up is focused on our continued efforts to further disrupt the distribution and trafficking of methamphetamine in Oconee County,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “Our enforcement efforts are on a group of individuals that peddle these dangerous substances in the county. Along with our treatment and education programs and the drug court in Oconee County for user of narcotics only, we continue to work to make Oconee County a safer place for those we serve.”

“In February 2015, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and the Seneca Police Department
narcotics agents began investigating this group of individuals for selling and trafficking large
quantities of methamphetamine in Oconee County,” according to Captain Ken Washington of the Special Operations Division of the Sheriff’s Office. “During the investigation, agents were able to purchase methamphetamine from these individuals that resulted in several charges from distribution to trafficking of methamphetamine.”

“This investigation highlights how criminal enterprises operate and how actors within a
criminal enterprise conspire with one another to distribute, transport and traffic illegal drugs,” continues Captain Washington. “This operation is named “Operation Ice Chizel” and is part of the Sheriff’s “Operation Infinity” drug sweeps that have been conducted. The reason the operation was named “Operation Ice Chizel” is because one of the street names for methamphetamine is “Chizel.” Law enforcement understands the challenges associated with fighting the methamphetamine epidemic and knows that the process is like chiseling away at an iceberg.”

In all, 21 individuals were being sought on drug charges, which included three individuals already incarcerated elsewhere. The Sheriff’s Office announced eight total arrests as of 2pm Friday, including one individual not originally sought as part of the drug round-up who was arrested as part of the execution of a search warrant Thursday evening on East South Second Street in Seneca.

The six additional arrests the Sheriff’s Office is announcing today includes four individuals who were sought as part of the round-up, plus two individuals who were not originally being sought who were arrested as part of the execution of a search warrant on a residence on Snead Road in Walhalla.

The execution of the search warrant on Snead Road resulted in the Sheriff’s Office seizing property, which included weapons, drugs and cash, with an estimated value of around $15,000.

Here are the names of the six additional individuals arrested as part “Operation Ice Chizel” and their charges according to warrants:

1) Kristin Hope Carter
Walhalla, SC
21 years old
Trafficking in Methamphetamine, 1st Offense – 2 Counts
Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the Presence of a Minor Child – 1 count
Possession of a Weapon During Commission of a Violent Crime – 1 count
Currently in Jail at the Oconee County Detention Center
Booking Date and Time: November 13th, 2015 – 2:25pm
No Bond – Bond to be set later by a Circuit Court Judge
A Search Warrant was also obtained on the residence on Snead Road in Walhalla, which is listed the home address of Carter

2) Kevin Brandon Bonner
Walhalla, SC
28 years old
Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, 1st – 1 Count
Possession with Intent to Distribute MDMA, 1st – 1 Count
Released from the Oconee County Detention Center today, November 16th
Booking Date and Time – November 13th, 2015 – 2:31pm
Arrested as a result of a Search Warrant Executed Friday on Snead Road in Walhalla, which is listed as Bonner’s home address
Total Surety Bond Amount: $40,000
Bonner was not among those originally sought by the Sheriff’s Office as part of this round-up

3) Alexandria Mercedes Burdette
Westminster, SC
22 years old
Trafficking in Methamphetamine, 1st Offense – 1 Count
Possession of a Weapon During Commission of a Violent Crime – 1 Count
Currently in Jail at the Oconee County Detention Center
Booking Date and Time – November 13th, 2015 – 3:11pm
Arrested as a result of a Search Warrant Executed Friday on Snead Road in Walhalla
Total Surety Bond Amount: $75,000
Burdette was not among those originally sought by the Sheriff’s Office as part of this round-up

4) Rondal David Payne
Seneca, SC
35 years old
Distribution of Methamphetamine, 2nd – 1 Count
One Magistrate’s Bench Warrant
Currently in Jail at the Oconee County Detention Center
Booking Date and Time – November 13th, 2015 – 4pm
Surety Bond Amount – $40,000

5) Laura Dawn Payne
Seneca, SC
33 years old
Trafficking in Methamphetamine, 1st Offense – 1 Count
Booking Date and Time – November 13th, 2015 – 4:04pm
Released from the Oconee County Detention Center on Sunday, November 15th
Surety Bond Amount – $50,000

6) Anita Dusseau
Seneca, SC
46 years old
Distribution of Methamphetamine, 3rd or Subsequent – 4 Counts
3 Counts from the Sheriff’s Office and One Count from Seneca PD
Currently In Jail at the Oconee County Detention Center
Booking Date and Time – November 15th, 2015 – 3:41am
Total Surety Bond Amount: $200,000

The Sheriff’s Office is still seeking 10 others as part of this “Operation Ice Chizel” drug sweep. Due to the fact that the investigation and drug sweep is continuing and ongoing, the Sheriff’s Office will not be releasing their names at this time.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Announces Eleventh “Operation Infinity” Drug Round-Up: Titled “Operation Ice Chizel”

Lindsay Rebecca Eades

Lindsay Rebecca Eades

Amy Ilona Heinselman

Amy Ilona Heinselman

Donald Steven Syfrett

Donald Steven Syfrett

Harold Eugene Spurlock, Jr.

Harold Eugene Spurlock, Jr.

Jonathan Mac Phillips

Jonathan Mac Phillips

Kevin Wayne Maler

Kevin Wayne Maler

Robert Paul McDowell

Robert Paul McDowell

Tonya Yvonne Bowen

Tonya Yvonne Bowen

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office announces that the eleventh “Operation Infinity” drug sweep round-up began this morning, with this particular phase entitled “Operation Ice Chizel.”

The Sheriff’s Office officially began the operation with a meeting and briefing this morning at 8:30am. The Seneca Police Department joined with the Sheriff’s Office in this operation. As part of “Operation Ice Chizel,” both agencies executed a search warrant on East South Second Street in Seneca yesterday evening that netted three arrests, including one on an individual not originally wanted as part of the operation.

“In February 2015, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and the Seneca Police Department
narcotics agents began investigating this group of individuals for selling and trafficking large
quantities of methamphetamine in Oconee County,” according to Captain Ken Washington of the Special Operations Division of the Sheriff’s Office. “During the investigation, agents were able to purchase methamphetamine from these individuals that resulted in several charges from distribution to trafficking of methamphetamine.”

“This investigation highlights how criminal enterprises operate and how actors within a
a criminal enterprise conspire with one another to distribute, transport and traffic illegal drugs,” continues Captain Washington. “This operation is named “Operation Ice Chizel” and is part of the Sheriff’s “Operation Infinity” drug sweeps that have been conducted. The reason the operation was named “Operation Ice Chizel” is because one of the street names for methamphetamine is “Chizel.” Law enforcement understands the challenges associated with fighting the methamphetamine epidemic and knows that the process is like chiseling away at an iceberg.”

In all, 21 individuals were being sought on drug charges. As of 2pm, eight individuals had been arrested, including three who are currently incarcerated elsewhere.

Here are the names of the individuals arrested as part “Operation Ice Chizel” and their charges according to warrants:

1) Amy Ilona Heinselman
Seneca, SC
52 years old
Trafficking in Methamphetamine, 1st Offense – 1 Count
Currently in Jail at the Oconee County Detention Center
Booking Date and Time: November 12th, 2015 – 11:10pm
Arrested as a result of a Search Warrant Executed Last Night on East South Second Street in Seneca
Surety Bond Amount: $50,000

2) Robert Paul McDowell
Seneca, SC
52 years old
Distribution of Methamphetamine, 3rd or Subsequent Offense – 1 Count
Currently in Jail at the Oconee County Detention Center
Booking Date and Time – November 12th, 2015 – 8:15pm
Arrested as a result of a Search Warrant Executed Last Night on East South Second Street in Seneca
Surety Bond Amount: $50,000

3) Jonathan Mac Phillips
Westminster, SC
30 years old
Temporary Custody Order – Simple Possession of Marijuana
Currently in Jail at the Oconee County Detention Center
Booking Date and Time – November 12th, 2015 – 7:22pm
Arrested as a result of a Search Warrant Executed Last Night on East South Second Street in Seneca

4) Tonya Yvonne Bowen
Athens, GA
40 years old
Trafficking in Methamphetamine, 3rd or subsequent offense – 1 Count
Currently incarcerated in the state of Georgia

5) Donald Steven Syfrett
Hull, GA
39 years old
Trafficking in Methamphetamine, 1st Offense – 1 Count
Currently Incarcerated in the state of Georgia

6) Kevin Wayne Maler
Walhalla, SC
49 years old
Distribution of Methamphetamine, 2nd – 1 Count
Currently Incarcerated in a South Carolina Department of Corrections Facility

7) Lindsay Rebecca Eades
Walhalla, SC
23 years old
Distribution of Methamphetamine, 2nd – 1 count
Currently in Jail at the Oconee County Detention Center
Booking Date and Time – November 13th, 2015 – 10:40am
Surety Bond Amount: $50,000

8) Harold Eugene Spurlock, Jr.
Long Creek, SC
31 years old
Distribution of Methamphetamine, 2nd – 2 counts
Currently in Jail at the Oconee County Detention Center
Booking Date and Time – November 13th, 2015 – 1:38pm

The Sheriff’s Office is still seeking 14 others as part of this “Operation Ice Chizel” drug sweep. Due to the fact that the investigation and drug sweep is continuing and ongoing, the Sheriff’s Office will not be releasing their names at this time.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeking the Public’s Help Regarding Utica Mill Hill Assault

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help regarding a reported assault that occurred last Friday night or early Saturday morning on the Utica Mill Hill in Seneca.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division received word from dispatch regarding a 911 call from a victim who reportedly had been assaulted by a black male around 5’8” to 5’10” tall, around 175 to 185 pounds, wearing a black first down jacket, a red beanie hat and a chinstrap beard. The suspect reportedly walked up to the victim’s vehicle at the first four way stop on Lonsdale Street while the vehicle was stopped.

The suspect asked the victim for directions and when the vehicles driver’s side window was rolled down; the suspect punched the victim in the face and asked for the victim’s wallet. After the victim told the suspect that the victim had no money, the suspect struck the victim again and stated that he would take the bags inside of the vehicle.

The victim was able to drive away and was met later by a deputy at the hospital where a statement and the victim’s injuries were noted in photographs. A BOLO was issued for the suspect but the individual in question was not located by officers.

The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division and an investigator met with the victim, who told the investigator that the suspect spoke with an accent.

If you have any information on this weekend assault on the Utica Mill Hill, 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.

Greenville Man Wanted by Sheriff’s Office for Disturbing Schools Arrested on Tuesday

Quorius Bekiyus Nicolson

Quorius Bekiyus Nicolson

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–A Greenville man wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on charges of Disturbing Schools regarding an incident last week was arrested on Tuesday.

25 year old Quorius Bekiyus Nicholson of Rutherford Road in Greenville was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 8:17am.

Last Thursday, November 5th, during the lunch hour, Oconee County E/911 dispatchers received a call from Ravenel Elementary School regarding a suspicious incident.

According to information that dispatchers received, a gray Dodge Neon driven by a black male came down the driveway of the school. The vehicle reportedly was locked down and the driver exited the vehicle and ran. The individual appeared to be in his early 20’s and was wearing gray sweatpants and a sweatshirt.

Deputies, including two K-9 officers, responded to the scene and members of the command staff of the Sheriff’s Office were notified. Deputies conducted a sweep of the school for the safety of students, teachers and administrators there. Deputies also conducted a search of the area for the safety of residents and also to locate the individual in question.

The school was initially put on a code red but that was later reduced to a code yellow.

According to Corporal Bill Rhyne from the South Carolina Highway Patrol, troopers had attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding. When troopers had caught up with the vehicle, the individual had already had fled from the vehicle.

Officers continued their investigation and based on information that deputies received from the vehicle’s owner, an arrest warrant was issued against Nicholson for disturbing “the students and teachers of Ravenel Elementary School…..causing a lockdown and interruption of normal school activities.”

Nicholson was released from the Detention Center on Tuesday. His total personal recognizance bond amount on the charges from the Sheriff’s Office plus charges from the South Carolina Highway Patrol was $3,097.50

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Issues Arrest Warrant Against Greenville Man for Disturbing Schools

Quorius Bekiyus Nicholson

Quorius Bekiyus Nicholson

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has issued an arrest warrant against a Greenville man on charges of Disturbing Schools.

Last Thursday, November 5th, during the lunch hour, Oconee County E/911 dispatchers received a call from Ravenel Elementary School regarding a suspicious incident.

According to information that dispatchers received, a gray Dodge Neon driven by a black male came down the driveway of the school. The vehicle reportedly was locked down and the driver exited the vehicle and ran. The individual appeared to be in his early 20’s and was wearing gray sweatpants and a sweatshirt.

Deputies, including two K-9 officers, responded to the scene and members of the command staff of the Sheriff’s Office were notified. Deputies conducted a sweep of the school for the safety of students, teachers and administrators there. Deputies also conducted a search of the area for the safety of residents and also to locate the individual in question.

The school was initially put on a code red but that was later reduced to a code yellow.

According to Corporal Bill Rhyne from the South Carolina Highway Patrol, troopers had attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding. When troopers had caught up with the vehicle, the individual had already had fled from the vehicle.

Officers continued their investigation and based on information that deputies received from the vehicle’s owner, an arrest warrant was issued against 25 year old Quorius Bekiyus Nicholson of Rutherford Road in Greenville for disturbing “the students and teachers of Ravenel Elementary School…..causing a lockdown and interruption of normal school activities.”

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Responds Earlier Today to Suspicious Incident at Ravenel Elementary School

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–Earlier today during the lunch hour, Oconee County E/911 dispatchers received a call from Ravenel Elementary School regarding a suspicious incident.

According to information that dispatchers received, a gray Dodge Neon driven by a black male came down the driveway of the school. The vehicle reportedly was locked down and the driver exited the vehicle and ran. The individual appeared to be in his early 20’s and was wearing gray sweatpants and a sweatshirt.

Deputies, including two K-9 officers, responded to the scene and members of the command staff of the Sheriff’s Office were notified. Deputies conducted a sweep of the school for the safety of students, teachers and administrators there. Deputies also conducted a search of the area for the safety of residents and also to locate the individual in question. No public action is required.

The school was initially put on a code red but that was later reduced to a code yellow.

According to Corporal Bill Rhyne from the South Carolina Highway Patrol, troopers had attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding. When troopers had caught up with the vehicle, the individual had already had fled from the vehicle.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests One, Another in Custody in Greenville County, in Multiple Shoplifting Cases from Seneca Wal-Mart

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Shellie Renee Putnam

Shellie Renee Putnam

Roger Vernon Vaughn, Jr.

Roger Vernon Vaughn, Jr.

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Anderson woman yesterday on four outstanding shoplifting warrants from incidents that occurred at the Seneca Wal-Mart this summer.
The Sheriff’s Office also learned today that a Belton man who has warrants in three of those cases as well is in jail in Greenville County.
40 year old Shellie Renee Putnam of Hiott Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:45pm after being picked up at the Greenville County Law Enforcement Center by a deputy from the Warrants division.
The Sheriff’s Office issued a press release on July 27th seeking the public’s help in solving three Seneca Wal-Mart shoplifting cases and identifying two individuals, one male and one female, in relation to the incidents.
A deputy responded to the store location on Sandifer Boulevard on May 31st, June 27th and June 28th regarding three separate shoplifting cases that occurred the previous evening. In each case, those who were responsible came in during the nighttime hours each time and entered the store in the same place each time. In two of the incidents, deputies believed the subjects were in a white four door Honda with no window tint or possibly in a red Ford Ranger extended cab with side steps.
Based upon information that the deputies received, arrest warrants were issued against Putnam on July 30th in those three cases. While the investigation continued, a fourth warrant was issued against Putnam for in a separate July 20th shoplifting incident at the same Wal-Mart location.
The combined total amount of merchandise taken in the four shopliftings that Putnam is charged with is around $5,214.14.
The man with the arrest warrants is 39 year old Roger Vernon Vaughn, Jr. of O’Neil Street in Belton. The shoplifting warrants for Vaughn, Jr. relate to the cases in May and June. Vaughn, Jr. also has an outstanding General Session Bench Warrant that was issued on June 19th.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeking the Public’s Help Regarding Oconee Station Road Vehicle Break-Ins

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in an investigation into several vehicle break-ins during the month of October on Oconee Station Road near Tamassee.

Deputies are also seeking to identify an individual caught on camera in relation to the reported incidents. The individual is believed by investigators to be driving a silver 4-door Toyota sedan.

Deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division were dispatched during the afternoon hours of October 7th, October 16th, October 23rd, and twice on October 30th to vehicles that were broken into. In four of the cases, women’s purses were taken. In the purses were various items, such as identification cards, debit cards and credit cards and checkbooks, which were taken. In one of the thefts, a jacket was taken. In four of the cases, the vehicles suffered some type of damage.

The cases were turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division and the investigation into the incidents is continuing.

If you have any information on the vehicle break-ins on Oconee Station Road in the month of October or the identity of the individual in relation to the incidents, 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 Arrests Walhalla Man on Drug Charges after Overnight Traffic Stop

Victor James Dunaway

Victor James Dunaway

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Walhalla man overnight on drug charges after a traffic stop.

55 year old Victor James Dunaway of Fairfield Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:03am.

Tuesday evening, a deputy with the Uniform Patrol Division responded to a call regarding a suspicious vehicle, a dark in color SUV, in the area of Mike Trail near Seneca driving around with its lights off. The deputy observed a vehicle matching that description on Singing Pines Road and after turning around, observed the vehicle cross over the double yellow line multiple times.

A traffic stop was initiated upon which the deputy smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the person of the driver, who was Dunaway. A second deputy arrived who performed a standardized field sobriety test on Dunaway. The deputy also observed a strong odor of what appeared to be marijuana coming from the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle was conducted by deputies, which produced the discovery of marijuana inside of the vehicle, some of which was located wrapped in a plastic container in the floor board area of the vehicle along with some marijuana in the floor board area near a container that appeared to be opened. Deputies also discovered a bottle of alcohol almost empty with the seal broken.

Dunaway was placed under arrest by deputies and issued traffic tickets on charges of Driving under the Influence and Transporting Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle with the Seal Broken. Dunaway was also placed on a Temporary Custody Order until a warrant was obtained today on a Possession with Intent to Distribute charge.
The total amount of Marijuana collected was around 73 grams.