Resolved peacefully

An individual was taken into emergency protective custody Tuesday afternoon after surrendering to authorities in the Conway area, according to Horry County Police Department spokeswoman Mikayla Moskov.

Police responded to a home located in the 1100 block of Pine Loop Road around 2 p.m. for a mental health-related call.

There was reason to believe a person at the home was at risk of self-harm. Patrol officers and specially-trained members of HCPD's SWAT team were called in to assist and the situation was resolved peacefully.

Around 4:20 p.m., the individual was taken into custody to receive medical help. No injuries were reported.

Area residents were asked to shelter in place as police handled the call. Neighbors said they heard a loud bang at one point while police were on the scene.

In late April, police responded to the same home in reference to reports of a person with a gun.

"HCPD responded to the location and located an individual who presented a threat," a news release said. "Shots were fired before one person was ultimately taken into custody." No one was hurt during the shooting. County authorities asked the State Law Enforcement Division to investigate that case, which is the typical practice for officer-involved shootings.

Motorcyclist dies

A motorcyclist died after a two-vehicle crash that happened Tuesday morning in Horry County, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The Horry County Coroner’s Office has identified the cyclist as Anggelos Georgakopoulos, 43, who died at a hospital of injuries sustained in the motorcycle collision at S.C. 707 and Laurel Woods Tuesday. He was originally from the Bronx, N.Y., but was living in the Myrtle Beach area.

Cpl. Judd Jones said the wreck happened around 11:50 a.m.

A 2016 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was heading north on S.C. 707 when a 2019 Jeep attempted to make a left turn onto that highway from Laurel Woods Drive. The two vehicles collided.

The motorcyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to Waccamaw Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

The driver of the Jeep was not hurt in the crash.

The wreck remains under investigation.

Never off duty

A Conway policeman, who was off the clock and taking a jog near Bellamy Coastal Apartments, turned right onto Husted Road where he saw a teenage girl screaming and crying on the side of the road. The Conway police report says she jumped out of a vehicle and slammed the door. At the same time, a slightly older Georgia man jumped out of the passenger side seat and the duo started screaming and yelling at one another.

The policeman stopped and watched as the man drove away at a high rate of speed with the woman in the passenger seat. When he saw that they were headed to Bellamy Coastal Apartments the policeman took off sprinting back to the apartment complex and watched while they parked in front of the apartment where the teenage went in.

The policeman told a Bellamy employee to call 911 because he knew that the Georgia man had been trespassed from the apartments. Then he knocked on the door and announced that he was a Conway policeman. After a few moments, a woman came to the door and told him she didn’t know who had come in because she was in the bathroom.

A couple seconds later, the teenage girl came downstairs and he asked her where the man had gone. She said he never came there, that he jumped out of the car back before she got to the apartments, but the policeman told her he watched both of them pull into the apartment complex, but the girl again said he was not there.

One of the Bellamy workers then told the policeman that he saw the girl jump out of a window on the back of the building. The policeman ran around back and saw the Georgia man running through the back yard of the complex toward Cox Ferry Road.

The policeman says he called to the man to stop several times, but he kept running up to a fence where he turned and looked at the policeman and then jumped the fence into the brush/creek behind the complex. The policeman jumped the fence and headed toward the man, but was not able to find him.

The policeman said he had officially trespassed the man previously. He notes in the report that there is a connection here with the gang known as the Gangster Disciples.

Police also secured a warrant for the Georgia man’s arrest, but it had not been served when the arrest report was written.

The girl was charged with giving false information to police and was taken to jail.

Alcohol/drug incidents

■ After several people called to report a person driving recklessly in the area of Cultra Road Tuesday at about 3 p.m., a Conway officer spotted the vehicle crossing Church Street onto Cultra Road where he had driven through a red light, according to a Conway police report.

The policeman stopped the Conway man and immediately smelled alcohol, according to a Conway police report. He said the driver was sluggish and said several times that he was tired and just trying to get home. He also told the officer that he had a beer at lunch.

He performed poorly on several field sobriety tests before the policeman stopped the tests because he was concerned about the man’s safety. He was taken in for a breath test. He registered .23 and was taken to jail on a charge of driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration.

■ A Conway policeman called to a vehicle collision on Mill Pond Road on a recent morning noticed that the driver was slurring his speech and having a hard time keeping a consistent conversation going, according to a Conway police report.

The man performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was taken in for a breath test. He registered 0.0 on the test, but refused to give a urine sample. He was taken to jail where officials refused to accept him. Medics took him to Conway Medical Center where he was cleared for jail.

He was charged with driving under the influence.

■ Myrtle Beach police went to check on a suspicious car backed into a parking space at Withers Alley and Withers Drive at about 2 a.m. Saturday morning, according to the Myrtle Beach police report.

Police say there were three people inside with a Conway man in the driver’s seat. Police reported that the driver seemed impaired. When the driver stepped out of the vehicle, a blue bag was spotted in the center of his seat. The bag held a white powder. Also located in the cup holder was a metal tray holding what appeared to be the same white powder, which tested positive for methamphetamines. There was also a small clear bag holding a white substance that field-tested positive for cocaine.

The suspect was charged with possession of methamphetamines and possession of cocaine.

The police report says the suspect told them, “Please believe me. I had no clue that was meth. I thought it was coke. I will admit to that, but I am not going to admit to meth,”

He was taken to the Myrtle Beach Police Department jail.

■ A Galivants Ferry teen drew several charges after Conway police were called to the area of Coastal Rapid Transit at about 8:30 p.m. Friday night where the teen had reportedly had a knife and was fighting with another man, according to a Conway police report.

Police learned when they arrived at the site that the teen had walked away toward the Dollar General on Fourth Avenue. They canvassed the area and found him on Gamecock Avenue. The policeman tried to speak with the suspect about the incident at the bus station and he said a man had confronted him about taking alcohol on the bus, the police report says.

As police tried to gather more information the suspect became argumentative and refused to comply. When a policeman tried to pat down the suspect for weapons, the suspect said he was not going to be patted down and ran toward Fourth Avenue. Several policemen caught and searched him and found a black Bersa Thunder handgun in his waistband and a yellow bag holding a green leafy substance that police believed was marijuana.

He was cited for resisting arrest, disobeying a police officer, open container and simple possession of marijuana. A city judge also signed a warrant charging him with unlawful carrying of a pistol.

■ A Conway policeman, who had been asked to be on the lookout for a possible intoxicated driver who had struck a guardrail and was driving into the city on a blown tire, spotted the young Michigan driver on Church Street.

The policeman says he found the young woman in the driver’s seat and smelled marijuana coming from the passenger compartment.

The woman was talking rapidly and her speech was slightly slurred, the police report says.

When the policeman showed her the obvious damage to the rear passenger side of her vehicle, she said her tire was not flat.

The police report says the woman told them she had drunk some alcohol.

She performed poorly on field sobriety tests and admitted to police that there was marijuana in a locked black box inside of the passenger compartment. The woman registered .16 on a breath test and was charged with driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was taken to jail.

■ After a Conway policeman stopped a Conway woman for speeding on Wright Boulevard, he called for the department’s K9 Roko, who sniffed and gave a positive alert, according to a Conway police report.

The policeman searched the car and found a Ruger .380 under the driver’s floorboard just under the front edge of the driver’s seat.

He also found a green leafy substance that he believed was marijuana in the center cup holder.

He also found a clear plastic bag holding a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine base and 76 blue oval pills in a clear plastic bag. The pills were not a scheduled narcotic, but the suspect did not have a prescription for them.

There were also two halves of oxycodone hydrochloride, a scheduled ii narcotic.

The suspect was taken to the Horry County jail were she was charged with possession Schedule II, possession of cocaine and unlawful carry and was given citations for simple possession of marijuana and speeding, 10 to 15 over.

■ A Conway policeman stopped a Conway man on University Boulevard at about 10:15 Saturday night because his license tag was expired, according to a Conway police report.

When the policeman asked the man if he had any alcoholic beverages to drink that night he said he did a bump of cocaine. Police searched the car and found a white powdery substance and four grams of a green leafy substance inside a cigarette pack.

He was charged with expired vehicle license, simple possession of marijuana, defective taillight and manufacture, distribution possession of narcotic drugs in Schedule II. He was taken to jail.

Trying to help

A Churchill Drive resident told police that someone had taken his trailer and lawn mower that he valued at $8,000, according to a Conway police report.

Police reviewed the surveillance video and witnessed a Chevrolet Silverado back into the home’s driveway at about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, attach the trailer to the truck and pull away toward Sixteenth Avenue.

The trailer is a 4x8 with 4-foot metal sides. It also has an orange sign attached.

Also on the back of the trailer is a traffic cone that has been attached.

The lawnmower is a Ferris Zero turn mower, 44 inches with a hitch welded to the front.

The victim went to the Conway Police Department at about 7:45 a.m. where he told police that he had an informant who told him the trailer might be on Tigger Loop. He said he drove there, but didn’t get close enough to the vehicle and trailer to determine if it was his. Horry County police went there and found that it was not the one taken from Churchill Drive.

At about 10:15 a.m., the victim called the police department to tell the desk officer that someone recognized the man on the surveillance video posted on Facebook.

The victim asked that a county policeman check the location where the suspect lives. The victim went to The Old Filling Station where a county policeman met him; however, the investigation did not result in a suspect or an arrest.

It’s gone

A Pennsylvania woman told police that her wallet with $150 in cash inside was missing, according to a Conway police report.

She went to the Rainbow Store hoping they had it, but they were closing and told her to come back another time. She called her bank about her charge cards and found that one had already been used for a $9.28 purchase and “some other” purchases online.

Vehicle crimes

■ Owners of a 16-foot Beaver Trail Heavy Duty trailer, valued at about $4,000, believe it was taken from a construction site on Woodcliffe Drive sometime between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on a recent day.

n The owner of Bumper to Bumper called police on a recent morning when he noticed that the lockbox holding keys to vehicles at his business was damaged and broken and two orange and white U-Haul vehicle were missing. The owner is sure that neither had been rented.

■ An Aynor man, eating at The Shepherd’s Table, drew the attention of police when his car parked in the parking lot matched one listed on a national crime computer as having been stolen from a woman in Mocksville, N.C. Police approached the man, who said he was driving the vehicle and the key was in his pocket.

He was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and taken to jail. The report says that officials in Davis County, N.C., were working to secure a second warrant for the man.

Traveled a long way

Conway police went to Pawn South after receiving notification that a stolen handgun had been pawned there on a recent day, according to a Conway police report.

Police believe the Taurus GRC 45 ACP semi-automatic handgun was pawned by a Georgia man. The report says the gun was reported stolen in Warner Robbins, Ga.

Grocery store assault

An assault started in the Food Lion on Fourth Avenue when a child hit a woman with a child’s shopping cart, according to a Conway police report.

The victim left the children and went on with her shopping. The police report says the store’s video showed two young women approach the female shopper and a verbal altercation began. One of the women, who was with the children, pushed the victim several times and the second woman pushed her once. The duo walked away before they approached the woman again.

During the second altercation, one of the women pushed the victim and hit her with open hands multiple times on the face, arms and body. The other woman then pushed the victim again before walking away. The suspects then approached the victim a third time when one of the women pushed her one more time before leaving the store.

Police charged both of the attacking women with third degree assault. The woman that they determined was the primary aggressor was taken to jail and the other woman was released at the site and was allowed to leave with her children.

Six in six

A young Conway woman believes a teen used her debit card six times in six days to take a total of $300. The woman still had the card and told police that she did not authorize the card’s use.


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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