Drug/alcohol incidents

■ A young Whiteville, N.C., woman was stopped by a Conway policeman after he says he clocked her traveling 58mph in a 35mph zone on U.S. 378, according to a Conway police report.

The policeman says he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle when he went to speak with the driver. At first, the woman said there was no marijuana inside the car, but later said there was some in her purse. The policeman checked and found 38.43 grams of marijuana and two grinders used for smoking marijuana. The woman was charged with speeding, more than 15mph, but less than 25mph, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and was taken to jail.

■ A Rowland, N.C., man was charged with driving under the influence and open container and was also issued citations for no proof of insurance and driving without a license after a Conway policeman stopped him at Main Street and Long Road Saturday at about 4 p.m., according to a Conway police report.

The driver answered, “yes”, when the policeman asked if he had consumed any drinks that day.

The police report says the man had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, was sluggish and seemed dazed.

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

He was taken to jail.

■ A Lexington, N.C., woman was stopped by a Conway policeman after she passed the policeman going at an “extremely high rate of speed”, almost striking the policeman’s vehicle, according to a Conway police report.

The police report says the vehicle had a strong odor of alcohol and the driver’s speech was slurred. She had trouble finding the documents that the policeman requested and was unsteady on her feet.

She performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was charged with driving under the influence.

She registered .14 on a breath test and was taken to jail.

The woman’s vehicle was released to a passenger.

■ Horry County police were called to a residence in the Loris section at about 8 p.m. on a recent night in response to a threats complaint. Police found a Loris man outside of the residence and reported that he was extremely intoxicated. The policeman says he smelled alcohol and the man’s speech was slurred. When he stood he was unsteady on his feet. The man told police that he was in a fight with his brother who was also intoxicated, according to the Horry County police report. He said he came outside to separate, and he was trying to find a ride.

The police report says the policeman talked with the other people at the residence who told him everything was okay, and they didn’t need police any longer. The suspect asked the policeman to give him a ride home, but the policeman says during the ride the man was extremely loud and boisterous and made many threats toward his family.

A short time later, the policeman responded back to the residence where he suspect was passed out in the front yard, the police report says. The policeman says he found the man in the front yard sitting in a chair, and the caller, who wanted to remain anonymous, said the suspect had been trespassed from the residence in the past and was not supposed to be on the property.

When the policeman put the man in his marked patrol car, he said, he became agitated and extremely loud and boisterous and started making threats again. The policeman charged him with public disorderly conduct/public intoxication and took him to jail.

Fighting at the landing

Two Horry County policemen went to the Red Bluff Landing in the Loris section at about 7 p.m. on a recent night to check on a fight in progress, according to an Horry County police report.

While the officers were headed to the landing, they learned that the three victims had fled the landing in their vehicle and were pulling over at a gas station on U.S. 701 and Adrian Highway. One officer stopped to talk with the victims while the second officer headed on to the landing.

The victims told police that they had been on the river the entire day, but when they heard what they believed to be a single .22-caliber gunshot, they became concerned so they packed up and began to leave. That’s when they were “jumped” and then assaulted by a mob of about six men of varying ethnicities, all appearing to be in their early 20s.

The Horry County police report says two of the victims had minor injuries and a minor child, caught in the middle of the fray, was also injured.

Police took pictures of the injuries and emergency medical workers checked all the victims, who all declined to be transported.

Police took statements and pictures.

The report lists the suspects as unknown.

Dog fight/bite

A Conway woman was taken to Conway Medical Center after she reported being bitten by a dog when she and another woman tried to break up a fight between two dogs inside a car, according to a Conway police report.

Both women reported being bitten, but only one was taken in for treatment.

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control was notified and the two dogs were seized. The owner of the dogs was charged with dogs running at large.

Vehicle crimes

■ A resident of Copperhead Road told Conway police that at 4:45 a.m. Monday he noticed that someone had entered his unlocked vehicle and taken two guns, according to a Conway police report.

The guns were a Taurus .380 and a Kimber Micro 9mm. An Apple iPad was also missing.

He estimated the value of his loss at $2,400. He pinged the iPad and found it in the yard of a residence. Police retrieved it, but his guns had not been found as of yesterday.

■ There were also automobile problems reported in the Walmart parking lot, on Janette Street and two on Pineridge Street.

Missing items included an iPhone 7, $5 in change, a pair of gold earrings, a Parrot Bluetooth headset and a Bluetooth aux port.

A $7,000 trailer was missing from LaGrande’s Enterprise on Earnhardt Street and an locked car left running with the keys inside was taken from the SavWay on Janette Street.

■ An orange and white U-Haul truck that had been reported stolen from Bumper to Bumper on Fourth Avenue was later recovered, but a U-Haul tow dolly vehicle attachment trailer was still missing when the police report was written. The Conway police report says someone appeared to have broken into the key drop box at the back of the business.

Three days later, an employee of the business called police to say he had located the truck on S.C. 905 and taken it back to the business.

The truck was removed from a national crime computer.

Police believed the trailer, valued at $6,000, was taken near the same time that the truck was taken.

Setting up safety points

Officers with the Conway Police Department plan to conduct public safety checkpoints throughout June.

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 June.

Horry County businessman charged with tax evasion

S.C. Department of Revenue agents (SCDOR) arrested an Horry County contractor and charged him with tax evasion Monday.

Nick Angelo Kaltsunis, 50, of Loris was charged with four counts of attempting to evade or defeat a tax.

According to an SCDOR agent's affidavits, Kaltsunis underreported a total of $492,266 in gross income on his tax returns, claiming a total of $6,310 in refunds when in fact his total tax liability for tax years 2014-2017 was $8,487. Kaltsunis is accused of evading an assessment of $14,797 in taxes due.

If convicted, Kaltsunis faces up to five years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000 for each charge, plus the cost of prosecution. Kaltsunis was released from the J. Reuben Long Detention Facility in Conway the same day on a $10,000 bond.

The SCDOR is committed to the fair administration of tax laws. By taking enforcement action against noncompliant taxpayers, the Department seeks to prevent unfairly increasing the tax burden on those who do comply, according to information provided by the agency.

Felony DUI charges

A man has been charged with felony driving under the influence resulting in a death in connection with a fatal wreck that happened Saturday night on S.C. 544, north of the S.C. 31 interchange.

Juan Carlos Garcia-Olivares, 33, has also been charged with not having a driver's license, according to online jail records.

The wreck happened around 11:45 p.m. near Joe Mill Trail when a westbound Lincoln struck a moped also heading west, said Cpl. Judd Jones with the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Jones said Garcia-Olivares, who was driving the Lincoln, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

The driver of the moped was not wearing a helmet and died as a result of the crash. The name of the deceased will be released once next-of-kin is notified.

The S.C. Highway Patrol also investigated the accident.

Vehicle deaths

■ Leigh Ann Kurtz died at a local hospital early Saturday morning as the result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle collision on May 28 near 15th Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach.

She was 51-years-old and from Roanoke, Va.

North Myrtle Beach DPS is the investigating agency.

■ Tuesday morning at approximately 9 a.m. on S.C. 90 in front of the recycling center, Mary Campbell was involved in a collision with a garbage truck.

Mrs. Campbell was taken to Grand Strand Medical Center where she died from multiple traumatic injuries at 9:46 a.m. She was 84-years-old and lived in Little River.

Shots fired

Horry County police found Coastal Carolina University’s Department of Public Safety on the scene when they went to Carolina Road to check on a report of shots fired, according to an Horry County police report.

Some area residents told police that they heard a commotion near a playground area after seeing a man and woman arguing in a parking lot.

They said the woman got into her vehicle and began to drive off when the man started shooting a handgun. The report says it is not known if the man was shooting at the vehicle or into the air.

CCU officers found three .380 shell casings in the parking lot.

Police checked area hospitals, but no one had presented with a gunshot wound.


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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