Alcohol/drug incidents

■ Conway police were called to Walmart at about 1:30 p.m. on a recent day to check on a possibly intoxicated person, according to a Conway police report. They reported that the man was slurring his speech, was unsteady on his feet and smelled of alcohol. He was charged with public drunkenness and taken to jail.

■ Conway police found a man passed out behind the wheel of a freezer truck in the Belk parking lot at about 1 p.m. on a recent day, according to a Conway police report.

The report says the man smelled of alcohol, was slurring his speech, had his shirt on backward and his pants were unbuttoned. The policeman reported seeing several open containers inside the vehicle.

The man performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was taken in for a breath test, which he refused. He was charged with driving under the influence and open container and was taken to jail.

■ Horry County police found a man on the kitchen floor of a Conway area home after being called to check on a possible overdose, according to an Horry County police report.

The report is heavily-redacted, saying only that the man was put on a backboard and taken to the hospital. Police called the hospital later and learned that the man was doing better and was staying for observation for at least 24 hours.

■ A Hemingway man drew the attention of a Conway policeman at about 1:30 a.m. Friday morning as he drove on Ninth Avenue near Pittman Street because he was having trouble maintaining his lane and was crossing the center line. The Conway police report says the driver was also speeding up and slowing down for no apparent reason.

When the policeman asked if he had been drinking, he told him he had drunk a Bud Light.

The man told the policeman that he was driving someone else’s car and he doesn’t have a license.

He had a S.C. identification card, but no registration or proof of insurance.

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

The policeman checked with the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles and learned that the driver had a previous charge of driving under the influence. He was charged with DUI, second offense, operating an unregistered vehicle, operating an uninsured vehicle and driving under suspension, second offense and was taken to jail.

Vehicle crimes

■ A young Conway woman told police she left her Dodge Ram truck on Leatherman Road at 7:30 a.m. and returned at 9 a.m. when she noticed that someone had been inside of it. Missing items included a checkbook and credit card, along with her Amazon Kindle. Police say there were no signs of forced entry.

■ A Myrtle Beach woman told Horry County police that someone stole her motorcycle while it was parked overnight in the yard of a Fifth Avenue residence. It was valued at $4,500.

■ A Conway woman told Conway police that while she was at her nephew’s birthday party on Second Avenue from about 5:30 p.m. through about 9:30 p.m. Friday, someone went into her Honda Accord and took her Canik 55 – TP Series pistol. It was valued at about $350.

The gun was listed in a national crime computer.

■ A Conway man told police that while he was inside the Speedway on U.S. 378 at about 7 a.m. on a recent morning someone took his 914 Galaxy 59+ phone. The Conway police report says there were no signs of forced entry.

Ready to fight

A young Conway man was taken into custody after an Horry County police report says police were called to a Conway area residence to check on a young man who appeared to be trying to fight.

The police report says a complainant told them the young man came home behaving curiously. The caller told police the young man became physical with everyone and would not listen.

When a woman there tried to calm him he headbutted her in the mouth, leaving a laceration on the inside of her top lip. The woman didn’t want medical attention and didn’t want to pursue charges.

Hoping to protect the other people in the house, the policeman charged the young man with breach of peace and took him to jail.

Bullet through the ceiling

Horry County police say at about 8:45 p.m. on a recent night, a resident of S.C. 544 Overpass Apartments said she heard a gunshot and found that a round had entered her apartment through the ceiling and hit the floor, and one of her speakers blew up.

Police took pictures of the scene, but didn’t find a spent round or a shell casing.

Business entered

Horry County police were called to Palmetto Corporation of Conway on U.S. 701 North in the Conway area where they found that someone had entered the building at about midnight on a recent night, according to an Horry County police report.

The policeman said several cabinet doors and dresser drawers were open. A business official was called, but he told police he was out of town and wouldn’t be able to determine what was missing until he got home.

Before they left, police said they heard a noise coming from an 18-wheeler in the parking lot about 80 yards from the building. The policeman found the noise had come from a generator attached to the truck. Police then discovered that the truck’s windshield and a rear passenger’s side window were damaged and completely missing and an outside compartment near the window had been pried off of its left edge. There was also glass scattered across the top of a white object and a passenger side door was unlocked, but the driver’s door was not. A policeman got into the vehicle and saw glass shattered throughout the inside.

Guns stolen

A Conway resident told police that he left his home for about three hours on a recent night, but didn’t lock it because he doesn’t have a key. When he returned he found his clothes and other personal items lying in the hallway, and his roommate’s room had been ransacked, according to a Conway police report.

When police met with the roommate he told them that someone had taken seven guns from his bedroom. He said he left them out of their safe because he planned to clean them. The guns, valued at $4,412, included two shotguns, a rifle, two pistols and two handguns.

You’ll be sorry!

A 17-year-ld Conway High School student was issued a juvenile summons after he slapped a school official’s hand off of his arm while he and a second student were arguing at a lunch table, according to a Conway police report.

A Conway policeman put his arm around the teen and asked him to come with him. The teen started walking with the policeman, but then tried to return to the other student, the police report says.

Then he pushed off of the policeman and turned toward him with his fists up. The policeman says at that point he pushed the teen against the wall and told him he was under arrest and instructed him to put his hands behind his back.

Although the teen refused to cooperate when the cop told him to put his hands behind his back for handcuffs, the policeman was able to put the handcuffs on him and take him to the school office. However, the policeman says the teen was yelling and swearing as they headed there.

The police report says the teen told him if he didn’t let him go he would have his job because someone in his family works for the Horry County Sheriff’s Office and the Conway policeman would be sorry.

The policeman called the teen’s mom to come get him, but she couldn’t come so she sent her daughter.

The policeman planned to visit the teen’s home the next day to issue a juvenile summons for assault.

Armed robbery

When Conway police went to Coastal Club Apartments on a recent evening they found that a young man had been injured and there was evidence that a gun had been fired, according to a Conway police report.

While the policeman was at the apartment he reviewed paperwork for a Glock G43. Police listed the gun on a national crime computer.

Not ‘generating’ a license

Police were called Sunday at about 10 a.m. to check on a suspicious vehicle on Long Avenue with a person inside who was trying to sell generators to residents, according to a Conway police report.

The policeman found the truck with several generators in the bed in a driveway on Long Avenue.

The policeman told the driver why he stopped him and asked about his employer. He then verified that the Dallas, Texas, man was working for a Greenville company. He also checked and determined that none of the generators were stolen.

He gave the driver a ticket for operating without a business license.

Gun, heroin draw 10 years

A Little River man pleaded guilty to gun and drug charges involving heroin and was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison.

Edwin Earl Gause, 37, of Longs pleaded guilty to unlawful carrying of a pistol and second-offense possession with intent to distribute heroin before Circuit Judge D. Craig Brown, said David P. Caraker Jr., the senior assistant solicitor who prosecuted the case for the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Brown ordered Gause to serve a year in prison for the gun charge and 10 years in prison for the heroin charge. The sentences will run concurrently.

Traffic fatality

Joseph Gaskins, 51, from Green Sea died from injuries he sustained in a single vehicle crash that occurred late Tuesday night on Cox Road in Loris, according to information provided by the Horry County Coroner’s Office.

The S.C. Highway Patrol is the investigating agency.


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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