Area deaths

■ Linda Rolan, a 64-year-old woman from Maxton, N.C., died in the Conway Medical Center Emergency Room Sunday at about 6 a.m.

The vehicle crash happened at the intersection of Singleton Ridge Road and S.C. 544 at 12:10 a.m.

The S.C. Highway Patrol is also investigating this incident.

■ A victim was pulled from the ocean near 84th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. The victim was recovered at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday by the Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue and the Myrtle Beach Police Department. The Horry County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim as Michelle Lee Barcanovich, 50, from the Myrtle Beach area. An autopsy confirmed that Barcanovich drowned and her death was determined to be accidental. Myrtle Beach Police are also investigating this incident.

■ A Rockingham, N.C., resident died yesterday at about 9:10 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 501 and Enoch Road when his three-wheel motorcycle hit a car that had pulled out in front of him.

Bruce Allen Jr. died at the scene. The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating this incident.

Teens charged with grand larceny

Two Conway teens were charged after three males took a joyride in a $13,000 Kubota that was parked in front of the Conway Recreation Center Friday at about 2 p.m., according to a Conway police report.

The driver of the cart told police he left the keys in the cart and went inside where he heard it start, but he could give only an estimated time.

He saw that it was missing at about 3:30 p.m. when he went outside to unload equipment.

Two policemen said they saw an orange Kubota that matched the description of the missing vehicle with three young males inside in the area of 16th Avenue and Dewitt Street. One of the policemen got behind the trio on Suggs Street and tried to make a traffic stop. The vehicle then went into yards where the occupants jumped off and ran, but police didn’t follow because they were on private property.

One policeman saw that no one was in the vehicle when it stopped and then saw a teen wearing all red running near him. He chased him through several yards on U.S. 378, all the while calling to him to put his hands up and get on the ground. When he lost sight of him he went back to the vehicle where the other policeman told him he had caught one of the teens.

They searched the teen and found a plastic bag holding a green leafy substance that they believed was marijuana. A policeman then saw one dirty teen with grass stains and mud on his clothes sitting on a porch. He recognized him as the person he had been chasing.

A 17-year-old was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle. He was released to an older sister. The 14-year-old was charged with disobeying a police officer, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of marijuana. He was released to his parents.

A witness then called police to tell them he had video surveillance of the incident that was caught on his home video system. He also said he had seen two teens walking around the Recreation Center behaving suspiciously and when he walked to his mailbox he got a good look at one of them.

He won’t pursue a warrant

A Conway man told police that when he was at a Conway residence someone told him to leave several times before pulling a handgun and pointing it at him, according to a Conway police report.

The man said some bystanders grabbed the gun from the suspect, who then went to the unwelcome guest and punched him in the left eye.

The report says the victim had a small laceration above his left eye, but he refused to go to the hospital. The report says the victim was unable to provide a written statement because he was intoxicated.

The victim came to the Conway Police Department the next morning where he wanted to make sure that a warrant was not going to be sought. The police report says he refused to cooperate.

At the same residence Tuesday, a young Myrtle Beach man, listed as a victim of a domestic disturbance on the Conway police report, was found sitting in front of the building covered in blood, according to a Conway police report.

The man told police he had a hole in the back of his head. He also told police that he was hit in the back of his head with a hammer. Police called emergency medical technicians before they entered the residence, took pictures and found a hammer lying on an orange couch in the living room.

Drug/alcohol incidents

■ A Conway man was charged with driving under the influence after a Conway policeman says he saw him driving recklessly before hitting a sidewalk, according to a Conway police report.

The report says he had bloodshot eyes, was slurring his speech and smelled of alcohol.

The policeman says he performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was taken in for a breath test, which he refused.

In a search of the vehicle, police found an Altoids can holding 9.5 yellow pills and four orange slips packaged in a Suboxone package. One-half of a pill was found in the suspect’s pocket.

A metal business card holder was found in the visor area of the vehicle and it was holding two more pills and one more Suboxone slip. The pills were identified as Alprazolam 2MG. Also found was an open container of Wild Turkey on the floorboard. He was taken to jail and charged with DUI and open container. Warrants were also issued for possession with intent to distribute Alprazolam (Xanax) Schedule IV narcotics and possession of Schedule III (Suboxone).

■ Two Conwayites landed in jail after two cars hit head-on in front of the Walmart at about 2:30 a.m. on a recent morning, according to a Conway police report.

The victim in the vehicle collision told police that the man driving the vehicle that hit hers had walked away headed toward Burke’s parking lot. The policeman found the man lying in a wooded area on his back and unconscious. When he awakened the man, the policeman says he became combative and tried to assault the officers as he tried to flee. Despite the policemen’s instructions to calm down, he continued to be combative and refused to follow police commands as they searched him.

The report says the man was highly intoxicated and had some injuries as a result of the collision.

When emergency medical workers arrived, the man was put on a stretcher for transport to a hospital; however, at the hospital he refused treatment. Because of the victim’s possible injuries and combativeness, the policeman didn’t try to give him field sobriety tests. Instead he got the proper paperwork to have the man’s blood drawn at the hospital. He was charged with driving under the influence, results pending, and resisting arrest and was taken to jail. Hit and run of an attended vehicle was added to his charges later after a city judge agreed there was probable cause for the charge.

In the meantime, police learned that a woman inside the car during the collision had walked away toward the grocery entrance to Walmart. Police say she smelled of alcohol was slurring her speech and was unstable on her feet.

A policeman says the woman avoided questions and told him she wanted to walk to her residence.

The police report says police took her back to the collision site where she became loud and boisterous. She was charged with public drunkenness. They noted that she had a small laceration on her right nostril and a small bruise on her forehead, but she turned down offers for medical attention.

Jail officials refused to take her because she had been in an accident where air bags were deployed. The policeman then took the woman to Conway Medical Center for clearance for jail. The woman reportedly refused treatment and the emergency room staff got a waiver from her. Police then took her back to jail.

■ Two young Sumter men were nabbed by a combination of Conway and Horry County police after employees of a Coastal Grand Mall jewelry store called police saying two men had just taken some gold chains from the store and fled toward Conway, according to a Conway police report.

Store officials were following their car. A Conway policeman positioned himself at the intersection of U.S. 378 and U.S. 501 where he waited until the car arrived. He noted then that the car had an improper tag light, so he made a traffic stop.

After receiving permission to search the car, police saw cans of beer on the back floorboard behind the driver’s seat, the report says.

The folks from the jewelry store met police on the scene at Sam’s Carwash where they told police that the men had snatched a “series of gold chains” from one of the clerks. They followed the men through the mall before seeing them get into a vehicle and leave.

During a search of the vehicle, police found a cup filled with beer and a set of gold chains on a red velvet board common to jewelry stores, according to the report.

Police took pictures of the chains and returned them to the owners.

Both of the men were charged with receiving stolen goods, $2,000-$10,000.

Open container and receiving stolen goods, $2,000-$10,000 were also added to one man’s charge.

They were taken to jail.

Cameras did the job

A Main Street business owner told police that he put up surveillance cameras at his business because he thought someone was taking things that were left outside the building.

On a recent day the cameras showed a man taking a three-ton and a four-ton heat pump.

The Conway police report says the heat pumps are valued at $2,000. The business owner was able to identify the suspect because he told police he knows him.

Police later found the Conway suspect at a U.S. 501 business. The Conway police report says the suspect told police he was the person in the photos who had taken the heat pumps. He was charged with grand larceny, $2,000-$10,000.

Just a bump?

A Myrtle Beach teen went with her mother to the Conway Police Department on a recent evening to explain how she happened to leave the area after hitting a car in front of her on Cultra Road, according to a Conway police report.

The girl said she was stopped at the light when she let her foot off the brake and her vehicle moved forward.

She says the young Conway woman driving the car got out and asked if she had hit her car. When she answered “no” the victim got back into her car and left. The teen says she thought everything was okay, so she left.

The woman driving the car that was hit told police she was stopped when she felt her car jump forward. She says she pulled over to see if there was any damage and that’s when the young girl left with her following, trying to get a picture and plate number.

She says when the teen stopped she and a passenger got out and began threatening to fight. The police report says there was minor damage, estimated at about $1,200, on the woman’s bumper.

The teen was issued a juvenile summons for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident. She was released to her mother.

Vehicle incidents

■ A Conway teen was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a stolen vehicle Saturday at about 10:30 p.m. after a Conway policeman says he saw the vehicle that had been reported stolen parked at Crane Creek Apartments, according to a Conway police report.

The policeman says he began to follow the Jeep Cherokee trying to make a stop, but the driver turned several times and sped around the area. The policeman, realizing that the teen had turned onto a dead-end street, called for backup to go to the old bus entrance at the former Whittemore Elementary School.

The two people in the vehicle jumped out and ran while the policeman shared their descriptions with other officers.

The police report says the vehicle keep going and ran into a large tree on Brown Street.

Police didn’t find the driver, but caught a 16-year-old passenger behind the school district’s old bus office.

He complained of an ankle injury and was taken to the Conway Medical Center Emergency Room.

Police found 18 grams of what they believed was marijuana in the vehicle.

■ A Conway man called police when he saw that someone was driving his company’s $45,000 Ford F-250 truck away from the basketball court at Collins Park Sunday at about 2 p.m.

According to the Conway police report the victim said he left the vehicle unlocked with the keys inside. Police put out a be-on-the-lookout for the truck. The police report says there was a white water tank in the bed of the truck and numerous cellphones and passports inside.

The truck was listed on a national crime computer.

■ Conway police took two reports for automobile break-ins on two recent days.

On Boundary Street, a young woman said when she came out on a recent morning she saw that her glove compartment was open and had been gone trough. A Kurio Xtreme Next Tablet, valued at $80, was missing.

The next day, a Conway man said he pulled over and left his car in the parking lot of M&M Tax Service on Church Street after it began to malfunction.

The police report says the vehicle door had what appeared to be pry marks and a back window was broken out. About $1,280 of his things were missing, but the report doesn’t say what they were.

■ Two Loris men were charged after police found the car they were in at about 9:30 p.m. on a recent night stopped in the road at Fourth Avenue and U.S. 378 with the men standing in the road, according to a Conway police report.

One of the suspects smelled of alcohol, was slurring his words and was unsteady on his feet, the police report says.

Police checked and learned that the driver of the vehicle had two previous convictions for driving under suspension. The driver told police that his vehicle had stalled and his passenger was trying to push it out of the road, but it wouldn’t move.

The policeman then charged the driver with driving under suspension, third offense. He says when he looked in the car he saw multiple open cans of beer. Open container was then added to his charges.

The car was towed and the two men were taken to jail.

The passenger was charged with public drunkenness, open container and pedestrian in the road.

■ When a Conway policeman stopped a Galivants Ferry woman for what he thought was an improper window tint he learned that she had an active nationwide warrant, according to the Conway police report.

The policeman said the windshield appeared to have window tint extended farther than allowed by state law and the side windows were excessively dark.

After he stopped the car, the policeman says he verified that the tint wasn’t in sync with South Carolina law. The woman told police that she didn’t have her personal information with her, but said she could get it. The policeman tried unsuccessfully to verify her information.

He then used the department’s fingerprint scanner to access SLED records to learn her true identity and to learn that she was wanted.

She was charged with giving false information to police.

She was issued citations for improper window tint and having expired license tags. She was taken to jail where a hold was placed on her for North Carolina, but it doesn’t say what her North Carolina charges are. The police report says the woman didn’t meet the standard for being a fugitive from justice.


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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