About 1,500 pounds of fish seized

Officers with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) seized more than 1,000 pounds of fish from a vessel operating without proper licenses and permits at docks in Little River near Water Front Avenue, according to information provided by SCDNR.

Officers asked both men on board, neither of whom were the owner of the boat, to produce a federal snapper/grouper permit, coastal migratory pelagics permit and others, but they were unable to do so.

One man told officers that he believed there was an estimated 1,800 to 2,000 pounds of fish on board.

Officers determined approximately 25 percent of the fish had already been unloaded and iced for sale and about 240 pounds had been delivered to a local restaurant where staff took possession of the illegal catch unknowingly, according to SCDNR.

Once officers seized the fish, they advised the men that because the amount seized was so large, they would attempt to sell them to a wholesale buyer instead of holding them until after the trial, a common practice in cases involving amounts of fish this large, according to SCDNR.

After several failed attempts to sell the seized fish at fair market value to other wholesalers, the fish were eventually sold to the owner of the vessel, who possessed a wholesale dealers license and Horry County business license.

The owner of the restaurant was also able to buy the fish that were delivered to it from the SCDNR at fair market value instead of seizing it. The money paid to the SCDNR will be held until after the trial and be forfeited to the agency if the men are found guilty, according to information provided by SCDNR.

While officers were doing a follow-up inspection aboard the vessel, they discovered out-of-season cobia that was hidden with intent, as well as yellow snapper.

It was determined there was approximately 1,500 pounds of fish seized, including the fish delivered to the restaurant.

One man was issued two citations and the other man was issued three citations and one warning. The combined fines totaled $3,000.

Conwayite killed in single-vehicle accident

One person was killed and a second was injured due to a one-vehicle wreck that happened in Horry County early Sunday morning, according to Cpl. Sonny Collins with S.C. Highway Patrol.

Around 4:45 a.m., a 2011 Ford van heading west on S.C. 410 veered off the side of the road and overturned.

The driver of the van was killed as a result of the wreck, Collins said. The injured passenger was transported to a hospital.

Reginald Brown, 21, died from multiple trauma at the scene, according to information provided by the Horry Count Coroner’s Office. Neither the driver nor the passenger was wearing a seatbelt.

The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating this incident.

Two men charged for shining wildlife

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) officers arrested and charged two men in the Green Sea area with shining wildlife at approximately 10:30 p.m. on a recent night.

Officers reported seeing 34-year-old Jeremy Randell Elliot of Nichols and 44-year-old Michael Eldon Wallace of Green Sea drive into a field and shine deer, according to information provided by the SCDNR.

Neither man could provide proof of permission to be on the property, and Elliot admitted to officers he wanted to count the points on a buck and see how close they could get to the animal, the department’s information said.

Officers also found eight grams of cocaine in the vehicle, which was turned over to the Horry County Police Department, according to information provided by DNR.

Both men were released from the Horry County Detention Center about five hours after being charged with possession of open container; using an artificial light to observe or harass wildlife after 11 p.m.; and possession of cocaine, first offense, according to Horry County jail records.

The investigation is continuing.

Alcohol/drug incidents

■ A Conway man was charged with selling alcohol to a minor after Conway and Coastal Carolina University police conducted alcohol compliance checks in the city and surrounding areas, according to a Conway police report.

A 17-year-od juvenile was sent into a Conway business where she selected a 750ml glass bottle of Burnett’s Fruit Punch vodka and bought it for $9.35 without being asked for any identification, the police report said.

The informant went out to police and told them the clerk asked for her birthdate, but didn’t ask for her identification.

She said the employee did ask for identification from an older man who was in line ahead of her, the police report says.

When the officer mentioned to the employee that he had asked for identification from the older male, he corrected him saying the older man offered his identification.

The policeman told the employee it would be a good practice to get the identification of every person he sells alcohol to instead of asking for a birthdate.

■ A Conway woman was charged with driving under the influence after the vehicle she was driving approached a traffic safety checkpoint at Racepath Avenue and U.S. 501 at about 9 p.m. on a recent night, according to a Conway police report.

The policeman says as the vehicle approached, it moved into the opposite lane of travel, but kept coming. The driver then got out of the vehicle and tried to walk into a residence, the police report says.

A woman already at the residence told police she didn’t know the woman and said she didn’t live there.

Police said the woman was slurring her speech, had bloodshot eyes, trouble walking and trouble standing.

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

■ Conway police went to investigate after receiving a call about a vehicle that was parked on the side of Church Street with its motor running, and its driver passed out and pressing the gas, according to a Conway police report.

The policeman opened the door, shut off the car’s engine and awakened the driver. Emergency medical workers proclaimed the man in good health.

He had bloodshot and glazed eyes and was slurring his speech, the police report says.

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

According to the report, he told the policeman that he had drunk multiple 40-ounce bottles of malt liquor and would have failed the test either way, the report says.

He was charged with driving under the influence, second offense.

Motorcycle accident

Conway police were called on Halloween night to the area of Fourth Avenue and Janette Street in regard to a motorcycle accident, according to a Conway police report.

When police arrived, they found the person who called about the motorcycle standing beside the road. He told police he saw a motorcycle hit the concrete median and wreck in the roadway. The driver then pushed the motorcycle into the woods and left in an SUV that had been following behind him, according to the police report.

The policeman found a camouflage Kawasaki Ninja off of the road at Fourth Avenue and Creel Street.

The policeman checked the vehicle number and found that it was clear.

The owner of the vehicle called the responding officer telling him that someone told her that Horry County police were looking for her at her former address regarding her motorcycle.

The woman said she does own the motorcycle, but her son uses it.

She told police that she would get in touch with her son and tell him to call the Conway Police Department.

Money taken

A resident of New Road told police that when he returned home on a recent evening he saw that a board was missing from his front window.

He said he checked the residence and found that $3,100 was missing from an attic space in a back bedroom and a bottle of medication found in his cushion was empty, according to a Conway police report.

The resident told police he thinks the money was taken from a drawer and not the attic.

He said at about midnight, a man he didn’t know knocked on his door and asked if he wanted to buy drugs.

He said he followed the man around outside trying to get his tag number.

The caller told police it was the same man who may have stolen some things from him this past year.

But he said this is the first time that he’s seen him in more than a year.

Halloween burglary

A 16th Avenue resident told Conway police that when he left his home at about 5:30 p.m. on a recent evening it was completely secure, according to a Conway police report. He said when he returned the next day, which was Halloween, at about 3:30 p.m. he found that his right front side window was broken and that a number of things were missing including an Iphone, Ipad, Hitachi top saw, an Hitachi handsaw, an Hitachi skill saw and two Hitachi nail guns.

Kicked out and run over

Conway police went to the area of Sixth Avenue and Hill Street to check on a report of a woman who was kicked out of a vehicle and then run over by the vehicle, according to a Conway police report.

The woman told police that her friend got upset with her because she wouldn’t do favors for him.

She said the man told her to get out of the vehicle as it was moving along Sixth Avenue, but she tried to keep herself inside the car while he was shoving her in the back trying to push her out. She said she rolled out and onto the ground and, in the process, her friend ran over her leg, according to the police report.

The police report says she complained of pain to her left leg and she had a small laceration on the inside of her left ankle.

She was taken to Conway Medical Center for an evaluation.

Police found the suspect, who had a seatbelt hanging out of his door and dirt rubbed off of the vehicle where the woman had been hanging on.

The man was charged with second-degree assault and battery and was taken to jail.

Shots fired

A resident of Lee’s Landing Circle told Horry County police that at about 2:30 a.m. on a recent morning, he heard about eights shots coming from the intersection of Lee’s Landing Circle and Hazel Drive, according to an Horry County police report.

He told police he went out and heard bullets passing through the woods near his house, but he didn’t see anyone.

The man found a shell casing and gave it to police who turned it in to Horry County evidence to have it processed for fingerprints.

The man told police he has had issues with his neighbor shooting at him while he walks his dog, but he never reported it.

Reports of sexual assault

A Conway area resident told Horry County police that her 2-year-old daughter had indicated to her that she had been touched improperly, according to an Horry County police report.

The policeman tried to talk with the child, but she didn’t want to talk or she was shy, the report says. When police asked if there had been any change in the child’s behavior, her mother said she had been clingier than usual.

The woman told police that the man used to live in their neighborhood when she fed him and he played with the children in the home.

She said he spent the night several times, but she had told him several times to leave.

A fight among friends

Two Conway women, who have been friends for 25 years and who have been living together for almost one year, got into an argument over a man that they were both interested in, according to a Conway police report.

The report says one of the women went into the other woman’s bedroom to talk to her about the man, but her friend didn’t want to talk with her and asked her to leave her bedroom or she would “make” her leave. When she didn’t leave, the two women began pushing and shoving and eventually began fighting.

During the altercation, a large stand-up mirror was knocked over, shattering it on the floor.

One of the women stepped on the broken glass and cut her foot.

The fight ended when children of both women came into the hallway and asked them to stop, according to the report.

One of the women said she wanted to press charges, but by the end of the call, the woman had decided that she wouldn’t like to prosecute criminally.

About an hour later when the policeman was about to leave, the two women had calmed down and were making jokes and laughing with each other.

The police report says both women had scratches on their faces and necks. Both women were charged with assault and battery, third degree, but they told the policeman they didn’t want to pursue charges.

When the policeman suggested that one of them find somewhere else to spend the night, they both agreed that they would not have any issues being in the same house together.

Flooded home burgled

Residents of Azalea Drive told Conway police they left a door to their home open so air could circulate while they were out of their home for several days due to flood damage.

Upon their return six days later after they had begun to move things back in, the couple grew suspicious when they realized that their television was in a crooked position. They also noticed fingerprints on the television.

A $1,600 diamond necklace was missing from the woman’s jewelry box. The couple was still looking to see if anything else was taken when the Conway police report was written.

Unconscious at Harvey’s

Conway police were called to Harvey’s on Church Street where they found a woman unresponsive in a bathroom stall, according to a Conway police report.

After police were able to open the door, they found a pill container with water inside. The police report says the woman had fresh needle marks on both arms and appeared to have overdosed from opioids.

Emergency medical workers gave the woman two doses of Narcan, which caused her to become responsive.

Inside of a purse in the bathroom stall with the woman police found the woman’s identification, a used syringe and multiple bags holding an off-white substance that police believe was heroin.

The woman was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia; being under the influence of narcotics; and manufacture, distribution or possession of narcotics. She was taken to jail, according to Horry County jail records.

Car recovered

Conway police recovered a car from Darden Terrace that was reported stolen out of Horry County’s jurisdiction.

Police say they tried to contact the owner, but couldn’t make contact with her.

The license tag was removed from the car and left on the Public Safety building’s first floor.

Fight at Coastal Club

A young man was charged with public disorderly conduct after Conway police were called to a fight at Coastal Club Apartments, according to a Conway police report.

Police say as they approached they could hear a loud argument coming from inside one of the units.

A woman, who opened the door, told police there had been a verbal spat, but neither person appeared to want to file charges.

After police went back outside, a young man walked out into the breezeway where he became loud and boisterous and was cursing, according to the police report.

Several neighbors came out and asked the man to lower his voice, but the police report says his behavior grew even worse.

Police searched him and took him to jail.

Stolen car

A resident of Bellamy Avenue told police that the last time he saw his 2015 Honda Accord was at about 2:30 a.m. that morning, according to a Conway police report.

He said he lost his keys at about 1 a.m. and when he came out of his apartment at 8:15 a.m., his car was gone.

Cameras on the property showed an unknown man approach the vehicle, unlock it with a key, get in and leave the parking lot.

Abandoned car

A Conway policeman went to check on a motor vehicle accident at Wild Wing Boulevard and 100th Street at about 6 a.m. on a recent morning where he found an SUV partially submerged in a pond just south of the intersection by the parking lot for Wild Wing Golf Course, according to a Conway police report.

The policeman says the driver’s side window was down and the passenger area was filled with water up to the windows so rescue personnel could not determine if anyone was inside.

Horry County Fire Rescue notified its dive team that responded and found that there was no one inside the car.

There was damage to the grass bank when the wrecker pulled the vehicle out of the pond.

The damage was estimated to be about $400.

Police found the car’s registered owner and went to talk with her.

She told them the accident happened the night before at about 8:30 p.m. She told police she was driving along 100th Street toward Wind Wing Boulevard. It was dark and she had been that way only two to three times before and was unfamiliar with the roads, according to the police report.

She said when she got into the intersection she was unable to turn because her vehicle’s steering developed a mechanical problem and “locked up”. The vehicle kept going forward, ran up and over the curb and into the pond. She was able to get out of the vehicle through the driver’s side window and get onto the bank.

She called someone who came to pick her up.

A man with her said they didn’t call police because no one else was involved. He told police he had access to a wrecker and they were going to contact Wild Wing Plantation in the morning to remove the vehicle.

The policeman told the man that leaving a flooded vehicle in a pond unoccupied was not a good idea on his part, because of the required response of emergency personnel, according to the police report.

The policeman also told the man about the damage to the grass embankment.

The policeman told the man that he planned to get a warrant for the woman for leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.

The policeman says he spoke to a city judge, who advised him to give the woman a time to meet at the city court when the he would issue and serve a warrant, according to the police report.

It’s his

A Conway man told police that he found his stolen handgun at Dick’s Pawn Shop on Main Street in Conway, according to a Conway police report.

The manager of the business told police that back in June a man brought the gun to the business and sold it for $60.

Police collected the man’s information from the manager and determined that he is the same suspect in another case.

The policeman ran a criminal history on the suspect and learned that he is prohibited from possessing a firearm, the police report says.

The gun was returned to its rightful owner.

Mom and baby test positive

A baby and its mother both tested positive for the presence of illegal drugs when the baby was born in October.

The Conway police report does not say what drugs were involved.

The Department of Social Services came up with a safety plan for the infant. The Myrtle Beach mother turned herself in at the city court where warrants were served. A bond hearing was held and the mom was released on a personal recognizance bond.

Burglary at Conway church

An official of the Open Door of Faith Ministries on Brown Street in Conway told police that when he left the church after services Oct. 28, he secured the building, according to a Conway police report.

When he came back this past Saturday, he noticed that someone had been inside.

He found the back door unsecured and items open throughout the church.

He didn’t think anything was missing at that time.

The next day he called police back to the church and showed them a gray mailbox that was located inside the preacher’s office. The mailbox had been prided open and about $200 was missing. An AMP was also missing, according to the report.

Failure to stop

A Conway policeman says he saw a car traveling 51 mph in a 35 mph zone at the corner of Wright Boulevard and Suggs Street so he began to follow him to make a traffic stop, according to a Conway police report.

The policeman says the man slowed to a proper speed, but kept going. He made several turns and crossed the centerline on Suggs Street several times, but he still kept going.

When the man saw a second policeman stopped on Suggs Street, he went through a stop sign at Dewitt Street and 16th Avenue and around the second officer.

Then he increased his speed to evade the traffic stop, according to the officer who says he ceased his pursuit.

A short time later the vehicle was found at 16th Avenue and Cherokee Street. A second police report says the vehicle struck a street sign where the driver got out and ran. Police set up a perimeter, but the driver was not found.

A cell phone was found on the car’s floorboard and was taken into evidence.

Police later learned that the car was reported stolen out of Horry County’s jurisdiction.


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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