Frank Nesbitt

Frank Nesbitt

Sentenced to jail on drug charges

Drug/alcohol incidents

■ A Conway policeman found a man lying on the ground in front of the closed Conway Ford 2 business Sunday at about 2:30 p.m. after being called to check on a suspicious person, according to a Conway police report.

The policeman says the Conway man smelled of alcohol, had glassy eyes and was slurring his speech. The police report says the man told the policeman that a Styrofoam cup he had with him had beer in it.

The policeman charged the man with open container and public drunkenness and took him to jail.

■ A Loris woman was stopped by a Conway policeman who had been asked to be on the lookout for a possibly impaired driver in the area of U.S. 501 and Four Mile Road at about 3 a.m. Sunday, according to a Conway police report. The policeman said he spotted the vehicle traveling about 10 to 13 mph under the posted speed limit so he stopped her.

The police report says the woman smelled of alcohol, had glassy eyes and was slurring her speech.

She performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was taken in for a breath test. She registered .03 on the breath test before agreeing to give a urine sample at Conway Medical Center.

After giving the sample, the woman was issued a citation for driving under the influence with results pending.

The police report says the woman admitted after being read her rights that she had taken Suboxone, Ativan and Fioricet, which were all prescribed for her.

She also admitted to having taken two shots of Fireball liquor about an hour before the traffic stop.

■ Conway police were called to the Walmart parking lot at about 8 p.m. Friday to check on what appeared to be an unconscious man inside of a car, according to a Conway police report.

The policeman says when he arrived the man was out of the car and standing in front of it.

The policeman says the man was shaking uncontrollably, had pinpoint eyes and what appeared to be a fresh puncture wound on his inner arm that looked like a needle mark.

The man was charged with being under the influence of narcotics within the city limits.

The policeman sent the man to jail before searching his car. He reported finding several needle caps, a blue backpack holding a several needles, a spoon, a small amount of used heroin and a small plastic bag holding a brown powder that he believed was heroin weighing .3 grams. Possession of drug paraphernalia was added to his charges and the policeman planned to seek a warrant for possession of heroin.

■ A Mullins teen, who had given birth only two months earlier, told Horry County police that a man whom she was trying to help get out of a vehicle that was on its side in a ditch, kicked her in the stomach because he was angry about her calling 911, according to an Horry County police report.

The police report says the woman threw up after being kicked and the suspect ran away on Green Sea Road headed toward Tabor City.

The woman refused medical attention. She told police that they were helping the man who had been “to the club” and was drunk. She also said he intended to report the car stolen.

Police searched, but couldn’t find the man.

A shooting range

When Conway police received a call about shots being fired in the area of New Road, they went there and found a man walking his dog. They asked him if he had heard any gunshots, according to a Conway police report, and the man said he had heard shots in the vicinity of several houses.

The policeman went to one house where a man said he had been shooting his rifle behind his residence.

He also told the policeman that his rifle was in a bedroom closet. The man then took the policeman behind his house to see where he had been shooting. The police report says there was a mini-shooting range in the woods away from any houses and businesses. The report also says the man had an appropriate backstop for safety. No person or property was injured in the shooting.

The man was given a citation for discharging a firearm within the city limits.

Myrtle Beach man gets 10-year sentence

A Myrtle Beach man pleaded guilty to a second-offense cocaine base charge and was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison this past week.

Franklin Nesbitt, 63, pleaded guilty to second-offense distribution of cocaine base before Circuit Judge Benjamin Culbertson, who sentenced Nesbitt to 10 years in prison, according to George Henry Martin III, the assistant solicitor who prosecuted the case for the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

“This case is an excellent example of comprehensive and thorough work by law enforcement to get a man dealing drugs in the community off the streets,” Martin said. “We appreciate Myrtle Beach Police Department and its respective officers for bringing this defendant to justice.”

Ringing that bell

A Conway woman says a former friend thinks she is having an affair with her husband so she showed up at her home about two weeks earlier, rang her doorbell and stood out in front of her home for an hour, according to a Conway police report.

The woman has blocked her former friend’s number from her phone, but she can still leave voice messages.

The police report says the woman left two voice messages saying she plans to come to her house to talk. The homeowner told police she had not had any contact with the Myrtle Beach woman for three or four years before the doorbell-ringing incident.

Police contacted the suspect and warned her not to contact the woman again or she would be charged with harassment.

The suspect said she didn’t care and immediately called and left another voicemail. The suspect then told the policeman she called 911 for Horry County police to respond to her residence. Horry County police then took the woman into emergency protective custody.

The police report says the suspect showed signs of harming herself and was taken to a hospital for evaluation. Police planned to get a warrant charging the woman with harassment.

It’s a threat?

Horry County police were called to a Conway area school on a recent day where they learned that a 13-year-old student had threatened a fellow student, according to an Horry Count police report.

The report says during a dispute the boy reportedly said, “I will shoot you.”

A teacher heard the comment and followed school protocol.

The boy was issued a juvenile summons before being released to his dad.

The school also plans to follow up on the incident.

The police report says at the time of this “threat” the student did not have a weapon and didn’t have access to any weapons.

Vehicle crimes

■ Conway police took four reports of automobile break-ins over recent days. One was on Temple Street, one on Ambridge Drive, one on Maple Drive and a fourth on Fourth Avenue that reportedly happened earlier in March.

One victim said his Range Rover was parked at Carolina Truck and Auto Parts when he noticed that a brick had been thrown through the driver and passenger’s side windows. The area around the door and doorframe also appeared to be damaged. He didn’t think anything was taken and wasn’t sure when the incident happened.

The vehicle had been at the shop for about one month.

The Conway police report says there were two small blood spots on the rear seat.

The Temple Street victim said he noticed on a recent day as he headed for work that his gun that had been in a backpack in his car was missing.

A handgun was also missing from the Ambridge Drive vehicle.

In the fourth incident, still another gun was missing, this time along with $1,746. The Conway police report says the vehicle was not locked.

Sexual assault reported

A young Conway woman told Coastal Carolina University police, who then called Conway police, that she was assaulted at about 1 a.m. on a recent morning.

Police are continuing to investigate.

Police vehicle vandalized

A Conway police report says someone spray-painted a swastika on the lift gate of an Horry County police vehicle parked at his Conway home.

Police checked nearby cameras, but couldn’t find any recording of the incident.

Could be jealousy

A Conway teen told police that while he was speaking with a girl at the Taco Bell in Conway, a fellow Conway High School teen shattered the front windshield of his truck using what appeared to be a metal rod.

The victim said the attacker might have been jealous because he had dated the girl previously.

The truck’s owner told police he didn’t do anything to provoke the other teen. Police looked for the teen, but couldn’t find him. They planned to get a juvenile summons and serve it as soon as they found him.

Not the right name

A Longs woman told Conway police that she was driving on Third Avenue when another woman failed to yield the right-of-way on a left turn and hit her SUV, according to a Conway police report.

The police report says there was damage to the front passenger side of the vehicle.

The victim said the other driver got out, gave a name and phone number and left.

She was already gone when police arrived.

The report says police made multiple attempts to contact the woman by phone and at the residence listed on the insurance card, but couldn’t find her.

The name the suspect gave could not be found through the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles or on the Horry County Public Index, the police report says.

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I'm the editor of the Horry Independent, a weekly newspaper in Conway, South Carolina. I cover city hall and courts, among many other subjects. Know of a good story? Call me at 843-488-7241.

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