Christopher Greenwell

Christopher Greenwell

Charged with tax evasion

Traffic deaths

■ Kavier Bellamy, 20, from the Loris area, died at the scene of a traffic accident this past Thursday at about 5 a.m.

The incident happened near the intersection of Highway 45 and Live Oak Road in the Loris area. The victim died from multiple internal trauma, according to the Horry County Coroner’s Office. The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

■ Two people died in a fatal collision on S.C. 22 early Saturday morning.

The Horry County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as Tonda Cross, a 61-year-old female from Ellettsville, Ind., and Charles "Cody" Wade III, 25, from the Conway/Myrtle Beach area.

According to information provided by the S.C. Highway Patrol, the collision, which happened at about 3 a.m. at the 16-mile marker, involved a 2014 Jeep that was traveling east in the westbound lane. The Jeep hit head-on a Dodge pickup that was traveling correctly in the westbound lane. The driver of the Jeep and a passenger in the truck were killed.

The SCHP reported Tuesday that it was still trying to determine why the Jeep was in the wrong lane.

■ Teresa McCord is the motorcyclist who died Saturday in a collision on U.S. 501 near the S.C. 544 intersection Friday afternoon. Ms. McCord was 54-years-old and from Chesapeake, Va.

Information provided by the S.C. Highway Patrol says three vehicles were involved in the accident that occurred when the driver of a Harley motorcycle tried to turn left off of U.S. 501 in front of a Honda Accord. The Harley was then thrown in front of a Fed-Ex truck. The SCHP says no charges will be filed because the driver of the motorcycle was at fault.

The S.C. Highway Patrol reports that as of Sunday, Horry County had recorded 26 traffic deaths so far in 2019, the same number as in 2018 and 2017.

Free ride from the beach

A taxi driver called police when a passenger failed to pay a $65 bill for a ride from the Grande Dunes Marriott to a Conway residence, according to a Conway police report.

The driver said the man walked into the residence saying he would be back with his money, but he didn’t come back out. A Conway policeman knocked at the residence asking the driver to identify the suspect when he came to the door, but he was unable to identify his passenger. The driver didn’t know the passenger’s name or have any information about him.

He did have his telephone number. He said the man was intoxicated, and he was hoping the passenger would sober up and call him back.

Police were still investigating the incident when this report is written.

Attempted murder

Several Horry County policemen went to Log Cabin Road in the Loris section at about 2:15 p.m. on a recent afternoon to check on a report of a shooting, according to an Horry County police report.

Emergency medical workers were already there treating a man who was bleeding from a gunshot wound in his buttocks.

The victim gave police the name of the suspect and pointed toward the location of the incident. He was transported for medical attention.

House sprayed with gunfire

Horry County police responded to Sandhill Lane in the Longs area to check on a report of shots fired at about 2:35 a.m. on a recent morning, according to a Conway police report.

A resident told police that she and her family were sleeping inside the house when they heard multiple gunshots and a car speeding away from the area.

Police reported finding 12 to 15 holes in the front of the house and multiple holes inside of the house consistent with bullet holes.

Police collected 26 spent shell casings from the road in front of the home and one spent round from inside a small deep freezer inside the home. No one was injured.

The Horry County police report says there was not enough evidence to create a suspect profile.

Myrtle Beach man charged with tax evasion

S.C. Department of Revenue (SCDOR) agents has arrested a Myrtle Beach man for tax evasion after they say he failed to file income tax returns.

Christopher Joseph Greenwell, 35, is charged with two counts of attempting to evade a tax.

In 2014 and 2015, according to the arrest warrants, Greenwell received nearly $900,000 in gross income, but failed to voluntarily and timely file individual income tax returns. In doing so, Greenwell evaded the assessment of more than $17,000 in South Carolina tax. During the investigation, Greenwell made misleading and false statements to agents, according to the warrants.

The defendant was being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway Tuesday pending a bond hearing. If convicted, the defendant faces up to five years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines per charge, plus the cost of prosecution.

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 SCDOR.

Trying to serve a warrant

A Conway policeman says he went to a Conway residence to serve a warrant on a Conway man, but the man didn’t want to come out of the house, according to a Conway police report.

When the policeman tried to cuff the man, he began resisting and attempted to run inside the residence, according to a Conway police report.

When the policeman tried to secure the suspect, they both fell to the floor. On the ground, the suspect continued to resist and not allow the policeman to place him in handcuffs. The policeman spoke with the suspect and was able to calm him and walk him out of the house, according to the Conway police report.

Two officers then escorted the suspect to the front of a patrol vehicle, but when they tried to search him he tried to push them away. The officers then pinned him to the hood of the car where he was searched. The officers took the man to a vehicle where he started resisting again.

After he was seated inside the car, he continued to fight the two officers, according to a police report.

When the officers tried to secure him in a seatbelt, the suspect bit one of the officers on his right forearm twice and then tried to bite the other officer.

The officers secured his head against the seat to prevent him from biting anymore. At that point, he tried to knee one of the officers in the head. The other officer then delivered two stun strikes to the suspect’s left leg and one to his left upper body. They were able to pin him against the seat and secure the seatbelt.

He was taken to Conway Medical Center to be cleared for jail. He was taken to jail where he was charged with assault on a police officer while resisting, and a warrant for domestic violence was served on him.

Drug/alcohol incidents

■ A Conway policeman went to Slade Drive to check on a suspicious person yelling and stumbling in the road at about 7 a.m. Friday, according to a Conway police report.

The policeman said the Conway man was very unsteady on his feet.

The police report says the man gave them an incorrect name, but was later identified as being involved in an incident earlier that night.

The report says the man had multiple scratches on his arms and legs from being in the woods. After emergency medical workers were called, the officer took the man to Conway Medical Center. At the medical center, police say the man admitted to taking Klonopin. He was cleared for jail and was charged with giving false information to law enforcement and being under the influence of narcotics.

■ A Conway woman and a Conway man were charged with several drug offenses after a Conway policeman stopped them because one of the headlights in the vehicle they were in was defective, according to a Conway police report.

The policeman says he smelled marijuana wafting from the vehicle before he reached the driver’s window. The driver told the policeman that she had smoked marijuana earlier in the day. A second policeman says he saw the passenger throw a bag into a nearby storm drain.

The policeman says he searched the vehicle and found marijuana “shake”, a digitZ scale with marijuana “shake” and a wooden grinder with a small amount of marijuana inside.

A police officer reported seeing an off-white, rock-like substance, believed to be crack, on the ground in multiple locations in the immediate area where the male passenger had been standing.

That substance weighed 12.69 grams, the powdery substance weighed 5.04 grams and the passenger had $623 in cash in his pocket. Three pills were determined to be Ecstasy.

■ A Loris man was stopped at about 2 a.m. Sunday on Main Street in Conway after a policeman says he saw him drive through a red light, according to a Conway police report.

The policeman says the young man’s eyes were bloodshot and he appeared very lethargic. He says he could smell alcohol, along with a minty smell.

The policeman says the man told him he had drunk two or three beers, then he refused to get out of his vehicle.

The driver told the policeman he knew his rights and refused to try sobriety tests.

After the policeman charged him with driving under the influence, the suspect refused to speak with him. The driver was taken in for a breath test, which he refused. He was taken to jail.

■ A Conway policeman stopped a Conway teen due to a tag light violation, according to a Conway police report.

The policeman says he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle.

The driver told the policeman he did not have any marijuana inside the vehicle. The policeman searched the car and found a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun underneath the driver’s seat. The gun had a full magazine with a round chambered and the safety off.

The policeman says he found a clear plastic bag holding a green leafy substance in a small handbag on the passenger’s side floor. The substance, that he believed was marijuana, weighted 55.53 grams. The policeman confirmed that the man is not allowed to possess a firearm.

He was taken to jail.

■ A North Carolina woman got the attention of Conway police when they were called to investigate a single-car motor vehicle accident at about 1 a.m. one morning this past week, according to a Conway police report.

Police say they found the woman’s vehicle in the rear parking lot of the Main Street Jamaican Restaurant where it appeared that she had driven over a curb in the parking lot and off of a small ledge.

A Conway policeman said as soon as he approached the driver he smelled the overwhelming odor of alcohol. The woman told police she made a wrong turn and was trying to get turned around when she drove off the ledge.

After the woman put her foot down during one of the field sobriety tests, she reportedly told the policeman, ”Just take me to jail.”

She was charged with driving under the influence. The woman said she wanted her purse and wallet to take along to the detention center, but the policeman says he was unable to locate the wallet or her cellphone.

She then decided she must have left her purse at a client’s house. The policeman says during inventory of the car for towing, he found an open container of alcohol behind the driver’s seat.

The driver refused to give a breath sample. In what the policeman calls a spontaneous statement, he quotes the woman as saying that she had a few drinks after a bad day at work.

She was taken to jail.

■ A Conway man was charged with unlawful possession of a gun, unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of marijuana after police stopped the car he was in due to an illegal window tint, according to a Conway police report.

The policeman says when he spoke with the young Myrtle Beach driver he smelled an odor similar to marijuana.

A passenger and a child were also in the vehicle. The driver told the policeman that he had a loaded gun in the car and didn’t have a concealed weapons permit, according to the Conway police report.

The policeman recovered 8.2 grams of a green leafy substance from the driver’s groin area.

The child was turned over to its mother, along with the vehicle because she is the registered owner.

The policeman confirmed that the gun was reported stolen out of the City of Conway.

The firearm’s serial numbers had been tampered with.

■ Three employees of Conway businesses were cited this past week for selling alcohol to minors.

At the first business, a juvenile informant told police that she successfully bought an 8-ounce Watermelon Mimosa flavored Smirnoff Ice. She said the clerk scanned her identification and it made a noise that she thought alerted the clerk to her young age.

The clerk reportedly told the juvenile that she was sure she was old enough to buy the alcohol, but the identification just wouldn’t go through and that’s why she thought it made the noise.

A policeman went in and spoke with the cashier, asking her to run the card through again. When she did it made the noise again.

When he asked her what that meant, she said it meant that the person was not old enough to purchase the alcohol.

The policeman explained to her that she needed to make sure she didn’t sell alcohol to minors. She was charged with sale of beer or wine to a minor.

A second clerk was charged after she admitted that she didn’t check the customer’s identification and sold her a Blue Raspberry-flavored MD 20/20.

In the third case where a clerk was charged, the juvenile bought a Strawberry Banana flavored Barnett’s Vodka without having her identification checked.

The clerk admitted to police that he was talking with his friend and listening to a baseball game on the radio, according to the Conway police report. After the clerk turned the radio off, the policeman cautioned him about selling to minors.

Help! She’s pregnant, maybe!

A teen was charged with unlawful use of 911 after she called saying she needed to speak to someone because she is pregnant and didn’t not know how to tell her parents, according to a Conway police report.

The girl said she was wearing a pink dress and white shoes with black leggings and was in a school library.

Police responded to the area, but didn’t find anyone that matched that description. AP testing was being held in the library. The dispatcher said it might have been Carolina Forest High School.

The next day, dispatchers got a call from a girl who said she was in the bathroom in C building at Conway High School.

She told the dispatcher that she was beside another student who had cut her wrists in an attempt to kill herself, according to the Conway police report.

Police determined that both of these calls were fakes. Police determined that the calls were made by one 16-year-old and one 17-year-old girl.

Police charged them both with misuse of 911. The older girl was taken to the Conway court for a bond hearing before being released to her guardian. The younger girl was issued a summons.

Vehicle crimes

■ Two Conwayites told police that someone had gone through their cars on a recent night. A black Streamlight rechargeable flashlight and $18 were missing from the vehicles.

The duo said they didn’t plan to report the incident until someone told them that police had recovered a stolen vehicle with a flashlight inside.

■ Two trailers were reported stolen to Conway police over recent days.

One was taken from Country Club Drive. Valued at $2,500, it was 8-feet long with a rear folding gate, wooden floors and a broken tail light.

Sunday at about 1:30 p.m. someone reported seeing a trailer being stolen from the Lowe’s parking lot, according to a Conway police report.

A witness told police he was inside Lowe’s checking out when a cashier said someone stole a trailer and wrecked it into a gray truck.

The trailer was a black Leonard 6-foot x 12-foot vehicle with two-foot rails, a gate on the rear and a spare tire. The trailer’s value was estimated at $2,300.

Video of the incident showed a white van enter the parking lot from U.S. 501 and pull up next to the trailer. Someone attached the trailer to the van and the vehicle left the parking lot through the same entrance.

A witness told police that he heard a loud crash and ran to the area to see what was going on. He said he saw a white van pulling a black trailer speeding out of the parking lot. He said there were at least two people inside the vehicle.

Duo injured

A Conway man was charged with first-degree domestic violence, first-degree assault and battery and first-degree burglary after a Conway police report says he forced his way into the house where his estranged wife lives, hit her and a man who was inside the house.

The Conway police report says the man knocked on the woman’s door and when she answered, asked to see the man who was there “for the purposes of a physical altercation.”

The report says the woman told the suspect no and tried to close the door, but he kept pushing the door open and pushed the woman back. She tried to push the suspect back out the front door and that’s when he hit her in the left jaw area with a large flashlight causing an injury, possibly a broken jaw.

The woman’s face was already swollen when police arrived and she was having difficulty closing her mouth without pain.

After the suspect hit the woman she fell back over a couch and a coffee table before hitting the floor.

The suspect then went into the master bedroom where the male victim was hiding. The suspect started hitting the man with his fist, and he threatened to cut him with an “edged” weapon.

The woman then got between the two men. The two victims, working together, were able to push the suspect out of the front door and lock it behind him. The man then picked up a flowerpot from the front porch and threw it at the front door, breaking the pot. The suspect left when he saw the woman dialing 911.

The male victim had a minor abrasion on his face, along with swelling to his face and a possible broken nose.

Horry County police found the man on his way home and took him to the Conway Police Department. A Conway officer took him to jail.

At the jail, the suspect admitted that he went to the woman’s house, pushed his way in and got into a physical altercation with the two victims.

The man said they were hitting him, too. He denied ever striking the woman with the flashlight or brandishing a weapon.

When the policeman showed him a picture of the man with his possible broken nose, his response was, “I’m so sorry.”

He was released from jail Monday on a $10,000 bond.

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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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