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Crime briefs: Police say man found with nearly $10K in stolen tires and rims

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SENECA — Police say an early-morning traffic stop led to the discovery of nearly $10,000 in tires and rims taken more than a week ago from a local car dealership.


David Shane Spears, 43, of Royston, Ga., is charged with one count of grand larceny with a value of more than $2,000 but less than $10,000 and open container in a motor vehicle. He was being held on a combined $10,257 surety bond Monday at the Oconee County Detention Center. He will also be required to wear an electronic monitoring device as a condition of bond should he be released, according to Oconee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jimmy Watt.

Seneca Police Chief Casey Bowling said an officer stopped a vehicle near the intersection of West North 1st and Fairplay streets around 2:20 a.m. Monday because of “erratic driving.” The officer found Spears, identified as the driver, had an open container of alcohol in the vehicle, according to Bowling. He said the tag on the vehicle was also registered to another vehicle.

While doing an inventory of the vehicle, Bowling said, officers noticed a blanket covering items in the bed of the truck and recovered four tires and rims that had been reported stolen from Lake Keowee Ford on May 15. He said the four tires were taken off a 2020 Ford F-150 and were valued at $9,600. 


Walhalla man charged with domestic violence

WALHALLA — A Walhalla man faces a domestic violence charge after police allege he held a woman down, threatened her and put a pillow over her head.


Anthony Scott Hunter, 50, of 1776 Hunters Keep Way, is charged with second-degree domestic violence. He was released Sunday on a $25,000 surety bond.

A woman met with a deputy at the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office on Friday morning to report the incident. She said the incident happened Thursday night around 9:30-10 p.m. She was in her bed with the door locked.

She told the deputy Hunter got into the bedroom and “physically restrained her” by “sitting on top of her waist,” according to a sheriff’s office report. The report alleged Hunter was “pulling her hair and holding her arms” and told her “You need to be afraid of me. I’m a dangerous man.” He also put a pillow over her head and “picked her up and threw her back on the bed,” causing back and neck pain, the report said.

He eventually left the bedroom, but she waited until the next morning to file the report.


Westminster man facing drug charges

SENECA — A Westminster man was arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop just after midnight Friday morning.


Bryan Randel Crane, 37, of 406 Butler School Road, was charged with possession of hydrocodone with intent to distribute and possession of heroin. He was released from the Oconee County jail on a combined $10,647 personal recognizance bond Friday.

A Seneca police officer saw a white Nissan Pathfinder cross the center line on South Oak Street early Friday morning, according to an incident report. The officer said in the report the driver appeared to be “concealing something.” There was a clear baggy with a “tan-colored substance” on the driver’s seat and a pill grinder with five pills, the report said. Drugs were also found under the driver’s seat, according to the report.

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