James Weldon Faulk

James Weldon Faulk

Charged with attempting to evade sales tax due

Former vape shop owner charged

S.C. Department of Revenue (SCDOR) agents recently charged the former owner of Vapor Plus in Loris on tax-related charges.

James Weldon Faulk, 69, of Tabor City, N.C., is charged with attempting to evade sales tax due, according to warrants.

Over the course of four years, according to affidavits by an SCDOR agent, the defendant underreported sales for Vapor Plus by almost $900,000, evading more than $66,000 in sales tax.

From 2015-2018, Faulk reported sales of $120,915 when actual sales totaled $1,002,513.

As a result, Faulk evaded paying a total of $66,001 in sales tax due in South Carolina.

The defendant is charged with four counts of the willful attempt to evade taxes and was released from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway Monday.

If convicted, Faulk faces fines up to $10,000 and/or up to five years in prison per charge.

To learn more about sales tax and business filings and payment obligations, visit the SCDOR's website at dor.sc.gov/tax/sales. Connect with the SCDOR on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date news and announcements.

Motorcycle fatalities

■ A single motorcycle collision resulted in the death of a 31-year-old male just before midnight Friday night on Hwy 707 at Holmestown Rd near Surfside Beach.

The victim in Friday Night’s motorcycle fatality is Robert Thomas Shubert. He was 31-years-old and lived in the Myrtle Beach area. He was a firefighter with the Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire Department and a former Marine that served a tour in Iraq.

■ Matthew Turbeville, 30, from Chadbourn, N.C., died from injuries he sustained in a single motorcycle collision late Saturday Night. He was traveling on S.C. 9 when he lost control of his motorcycle.

A passerby discovered the accident early Sunday morning, but it had occurred late Saturday night, according to the Horry County Coroner’s Office.

■ A single motorcycle collision Sunday night on S.C. 544 resulted in the death of 47-year-old Christopher Chavis. He was originally from Laurinburg, N.C., but had been living in the Myrtle Beach area.

Vehicle crimes

■ A young Conway man says he went into an apartment on Racepath Avenue while he visited an old roommate, according to a Conway police report.

When he came back out he noticed that his firearm, a Glock 23 .40-caliber firearm was gone. Its case was left behind. He wasn’t sure exactly what time he was inside, but thinks it was about 11 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

■ A resident of Morningdale Street in Conway told police that his mom’s vehicle was taken from his apartment sometime between 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a Conway police report.

He said when he got home the keys to the vehicle were not inside his house and the $3,000 Nissan Maxima was gone.

It was listed in a national crime computer.

Dead man found at Gary Lake

Conway police were called at about 1 p.m. Friday to check on a report of shots fired. When police arrived to the area of Gary Lake Boulevard, they found a teen with what appeared to be a gunshot wound.

Police say they found the young man sitting on a park bench overlooking the wildlife refuge. Deputy coroner Patty Bellamy scheduled an autopsy for the teen and it was concluded that he suffered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A single bullet fragment was recovered from the teen during the autopsy.

Shingles moved

An employee of Mid Atlantic Roofing Supply on East Cox Ferry Road told Conway police that when one of his employees got to work on a recent morning, he found some roofing shingle packs on the other side of a chain link fence that appeared to have been cut, according to a Conway police report. There were three packs of shingles on the other side.

The man told police he planned to call back if there was anything missing.

Drug/alcohol incidents

■ A Conway man and two Myrtle Beach women were charged after someone called police to report a vehicle at the dog park that might have people inside using drugs, according to a Conway police report.

Police reported finding the vehicle and watched as the male driver failed to use a turn signal to merge onto southbound traffic on U.S. 501.

The Conway police report says the policeman saw signs of drug use on one of the women who had fresh “track marks” on her right arm that were bleeding.

Conway’s drug dog alerted on the vehicle. Police then found a bag holding a cloudy white rock-like substance that he believed to be methamphetamine.

He also found other items between the driver’s seat and the center console that he confiscated. One was a bag holding a brown powdery substance believed to be heroin. The second was a small black digital scale with a white powdery residue.

The policeman issued citations to the two women for drug paraphernalia and released them.

The driver was taken to jail where jail personnel found a plunger for a syringe consistent with heroin use. The policeman then checked and learned that the man’s license is suspended and he was recently convicted of driving under suspension. He was given a citation for DUS, second offense, not for DUI. He also received a citation for improper lane change, and holds were placed on him for narcotics charges.

The heroin weighed about .3 grams and the rock-like substance weighed about 3.2 grams.

The suspect told police that the substance the policeman thought was meth was actually a fake that he hoped to sell to someone who might think it was meth.

He was charged with DUS, not from DUI; manufacture, distribution or possession of a Schedule substance; and manufacture, distribution or possession of methamphetamine.

Bond was set at $11,270. He was still in jail Tuesday.

He was released from jail April 5 on a $20,000 bond for a charge of armed robbery.

■ A young an was charged with driving under the influence after he was found sleeping behind the wheel of his vehicle at the McDonalds drive thru, according to a Conway police report.

The policeman says he awakened the man and got him out of his vehicle. He had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol, according to a Conway police report.

The suspect told police he drank seven beers and two shots of liquor at an Aynor bar before heading to McDonalds. The policeman says the man performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was taken in for a breath test, which he refused.

He was taken to jail on a charge of first-offense DUI, refusal.

Armed robbery

Conway police say they were called to a S.C. 544 apartment complex (Coastal Club Apartments) on a report of an armed robbery. The Conway police report includes no other information except that an armed robbery was committed.

Two Murrells Inlet teens are listed as the victims.

Inmate killed

The S.C. Department of Corrections Police Services and S.C. Law Enforcement Division are investigating the death of Carl Andrew Pollen Jr., a 45-year-old inmate at Perry Correctional Institution.

Pollen was injured during a fight in his cell with a fellow inmate Monday at about 2 a.m. He died about an hour later.

The case remains under investigation.

Horry County jail records show Pollen as a resident of Sparta, N.C., but he was apparently living or visiting Myrtle Beach when he ran afoul of the law.

Horry County jail records show that Pollen pleaded guilty in January of 2002 to armed robbery, first-degree burglary, safecracking and grand larceny over $1,000. He was sentenced to two concurrent terms of 30 years in jail, one for 10 and another for five.

On March 3, 2002 he pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

During his time with the Department of Corrections he was cited many times for possession of contraband, possession of a negotiable instrument and possession of escape tools and several times each for attempting to possess a cell phone and possessing or using narcotics.

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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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