Two cyclists die

The victims of Saturday night’s motorcycle fatality that occurred on U.S. 378 at Kourtni Lane are 48-year-old Amy McLain and 47-year-old Scott Williams.

The motorcycle crashed with a vehicle Saturday Night at bout 11:30 p.m. in Horry County. The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.

Two die in head-on collision

Nathaniel Long, 16, of Loris and Tyrell Gayle, 19, of Loris died Wednesday night of this past week from injuries sustained in a head-on dirt bike collision.

Cpl. Judd Jones with the S.C. Highway Patrol said the wreck happened on Southern Crest Drive around 11:15 p.m. A northbound dirt bike collided with another dirt bike traveling south. Both teens were from Loris and were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

The S.C. Highway Patrol is the investigating agency.

Boat collision injures four

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has charged one person with negligent operation of a boat in connection with a boat collision on the Intracoastal Waterway around 8:30 Sunday night, according to information provided by DNR.

Ralph Gonyea, a 63-year-old Myrtle Beach man, was charged based upon his failure to maintain a proper lookout.

SCDNR responded to the Intracoastal Waterway after a boat operated by Gonyea drove up and over another boat near Smith Boulevard.

Four people were sent to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries and have since been released. Eight others were treated on the scene.

SCDNR was able to recover the other boat from the Intracoastal Waterway after it sank.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with additional photos, videos or information is asked to contact SCDNR’s Law Enforcement Division at (843) 953-9307.

Keeping Conway's roads safe

Officers with the Conway Police Department will be conducting public safety checkpoints in July.

These checkpoints are put in place to deter driving under the influence and aggressive driving. They also help officers make sure drivers have valid licenses and liability insurance.

The safety checkpoints will be conducted on different dates, times and locations throughout the month of July.

Attempted murder charges

A Loris teen has been charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and violation of parole after a Conway man was shot at about 6 p.m. one day this past week, according to an Horry County police report.

Dalton Tanner Hardee, 19, was still in jail yesterday without a bond having been set. Jail records show Hardee’s address as Goretown. The teen also has pending charges of driving under suspension, due to DUI, second offense dating back to April when he was released on a $2,000 bond.

Ashley Brooke Allen, 20, of Loris was charged with accessory before the fact of a felony and was released to home detention on a $15,000 bond, according to jail records.

The police report says the shooting that sent a 25-year-old Conway man to Loris Hospital before being transported to Grand Strand Medical Center for treatment, happened at the intersection of Dennis Road and Valley Forge Road in the Aynor section.

Police say three witnesses told them the suspects were sitting on Bay Gulley Road, off of Valley Forge Road, near Dennis Road, in a Jeep Cherokee when the female suspect handed a .380 handgun to the male suspect.

The report says there was an argument, but police didn’t know the cause at the time the report was written. The report says the male suspect fired four rounds toward the victim.

The victim was standing near the passenger-side front door of a car. Two witnesses told police that one bullet struck the car they were riding in.

Automobile crimes

■ Conway police recently had four automobile break-ins reported over a three-day period, according to Conway police reports.

The break-ins were on Paul Street, Jasmine Drive, Fourth Avenue and Pine Street. Missing items included an Apple Ipad, Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm, a backpack, an EPI pen, three t-shirts, Ipad accessories, $200 cash, a prescription for medicine, a wallet and several bags of clothing.

■ A Conway woman said a male witness told her he saw a Conway man twice run into her parked car and drive away with no lights on. The witness said he is familiar with the suspect because he is one of his neighbors.

Alcohol/drug incidents

■ Conway police were called Monday at about 9:30 p.m. to check on a disruptive Conway man at the Murphy’s mini mart on Church Street. On the way to the site, they received more information that the suspect had walked away and was in the Walmart parking lot.

They found the suspect there talking with a person who was seated inside of a car. The policeman approached the suspect and asked what was going on. He answered that he was headed to Walmart to get some things. The policeman says the man was staggering, smelled of alcohol and was struggling to make reasonable conversation, according to the Conway police report.

Police decided to take the suspect into custody. Two officers each held one of his wrists and directed him to put his hands behind his back. However, he took an aggressive posture instead and resisted the policemen who were trying to cuff him, the police report says.

The policemen then pinned the suspect against their cruiser to get him to comply. At that point they were able to safely place handcuffs on him, the police report says.

The policemen say the man became belligerent and boisterous again. In a search they found a pint of Canadian Club whiskey more than half empty. The suspect was buckled inside the police car where he unbuckled himself while yelling at the policemen. They buckled him back up and took him to jail where he was charged with public drunkenness.

■ A Conway policeman says when he stopped a vehicle that was swerving on U.S. 378 he smelled alcohol, according to a Conway police report. He says the driver’s speech was slurred and he had watery eyes.

The Conway police report says the Britton’s Neck man told him that he had been drinking.

He performed poorly on field sobriety tests before refusing a breath test.

He was charged with driving under the influence and open container and taken to jail.

■ When a policeman stopped a Conway man on Fourth Avenue for having a defective headlight Monday shortly before 1 a.m. he says he smelled alcohol, according to a Conway police report.

A man and woman inside the vehicle told police they had both been drinking.

The man performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was taken in for a breath test.

In the BA room, the driver told police that he had been drinking earlier and had also drunk alcohol that his female passenger had with her when he picked her up.

He registered .13 on a breath test and was charged with driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration, over .10, but less than .16, and was taken to jail. He was issued a warning for having defective vehicle equipment.

■ A Conway woman drew the attention of a Conway policeman when he clocked her driving 61mph in a 45mph zone on Church Street, according to a Conway police report.

The report says the woman also changed lanes twice without giving a signal.

The policeman reported smelling alcohol and seeing an open bottle of Hennessey alcohol in the passenger side seat.

She was charged with reckless driving, open container and possession of crack with intent to distribute due to a white rock substance, believed to be crack, found in a small plastic bag inside the woman’s wallet.

■ An employee of the Scotchman on U.S. 501 called police after he says a Conway man was behaving disorderly while he stood in line to pay, according to a Conway police report.

The employee said when he told the man to just pay and leave he became more disorderly, so he asked him to leave.

He began to leave with a Pepsi and banana, but then he purposely knocked over a case of water, spilling several individual bottles onto the floor.

The Conway police report says the man was intoxicated, boisterous and unsteady on his feet with glassy eyes, slurred speech and the smell of alcohol.

The policeman says when he searched the man he found an open container of alcohol. He was taken to jail on charges of public drunkenness, open container, trespassing and shoplifting.

Illegal gun

A Conway policeman stopped a Conway teen after he says he made an unlawful turn off of Dunn Shortcut Road into the outside lane instead of the lane closest to him, according to a Conway police report.

The policeman says when he looked into the car he saw a handgun in clear view. When he asked the driver to step out of the car he refused.

After a second policeman arrived, the duo removed the teen from the car.

He was charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol, disobeying a police officer and making an improper turn.


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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