Gun found and confiscated at WPMS
A school resource officer at Whittemore Park Middle School discovered a handgun in the belongings of a student yesterday morning, but Principal Quintina Livingston assured parents that all staff and students were safe.
Parents of students at WPMS in Conway received an email from Livingston that said around 10:45 a.m., another student noticed a student with a gun in the bathroom and immediately notified a staff member.
The SRO detained and searched the student and found the handgun. Conway Police Department took it.
"Administrative and law enforcement investigations continue in an effort to determine a number of factors associated with this situation," Livingston said in her letter, which was also posted to the school's public social media page.
She commended the student for immediately alerting staff to the issue.
"It is very important for all students to know that if they see something or hear something, to definitely come forward and share that information with another adult or contact law enforcement," Livingston said.
In a school safety town hall last year, school district officials said that not every single student goes through a metal detector, simply because of the manpower that would take each morning.
"It is an ongoing investigation by both law enforcement and school administration. We have several questions as well and hopefully will get more information as the investigation unfolds," said HCS spokesperson Lisa Bourcier.
An accusation of criminal sexual conduct with a minor led recently to a Longs woman being charged with attempted murder, according to two Horry County police reports.
The police reports say police got a call that a woman was at a Longs residence with a knife because she believed that a young Longs man had sexually assaulted her daughter.
Police say when they got to the residence the woman wasn’t there. The victim in this case told police that the woman came to his home to confront him about her daughter. During the altercation, the woman said the young man nearly hit her with his car when he sped away from her as she chased him with a knife.
An Horry County police report says police talked with the young girl who said she had been assaulted. It quotes her as saying that while she was watching television the young man began to fondle her. When he stopped he picked her up and moved her to another sofa and went into the kitchen. The report says she didn’t report any injuries or any force being used by the suspect.
In a second report, police got a call about a road rage incident that said the same woman had been chasing the young man on S.C. 90 and she was ramming her vehicle into his, trying to run him off the road.
A Conway policeman went to assist Horry County police who were trying to intercept the two vehicles as they came off of S.C. 90 and headed onto U.S. 501 business. The report says they were able to stop the two vehicles without any problems thereby stopping the immediate threat to the young man.
The report says the woman was irate and unable to explain exactly what had taken place that led to the road rage.
The report says the woman was bleeding excessively from her right hand caused by the knife that she used to chase the young man at the residence.
She was taken to Conway Medical Center before being taken to jail.
The young man also told police that as the woman chased him around the residence she yelled that she was going to stab him.
Although being rammed on S.C. 90, at speeds in excess of 90 mph, the young man said he was able to maintain control.
Although the young man was not injured, the report says his vehicle had heavy damage to the driver’s side and one door, which was damaged to the point that it couldn’t be opened.
An Horry County policeman reported that the damage to both vehicles corroborated the story the young man told.
The report also says that one officer’s in-car camera showed the woman ram the young man at least once, and there was multiple body camera footage available, along with in-car camera footage.
The mom was charged with attempted murder and was released from jail the next day on a $5,000 bond.
The young man was charged with sexual assault on a minor, under 16, and was released to home detention on a $35,000 bond.
Myrtle Beach man charged
Russell Ray Johnston IV, 36, of Myrtle Beach was recently jailed on four charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors, according to the S.C. Attorney General’s Office. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Horry County Sheriff's Office made the arrest. Investigators with the Attorney General's Office, also a member of the state's ICAC Task Force, assisted with the investigation.
Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that led them to Johnston. Investigators said Johnston possessed multiple files of child pornography.
Johnston was arrested on Sept. 12. He is charged with four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, third degree, a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment on each count.
These cases will be prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office.
Attorney General Wilson stressed all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.
Drug charges draw jail time
A Georgetown man pleaded guilty to drug charges involving cocaine and heroin and was sentenced to 12 years in prison, according to information provided by the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
Glennie James Sargent, 38, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute heroin, according to Adam C. Harrelson, the assistant solicitor who prosecuted the case for the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Circuit Judge Benjamin Culbertson presided over the hearing and sentenced Sargent to 12 years in prison.
“Thanks goes to the detectives with the Horry County Police narcotics and vice unit for their work to bring this defendant to justice,” Harrelson said.
■ A Mullins man was charged with breaking into a vehicle after a video showed him going into a car in the Walmart parking lot at 2 a.m.
A Conway policeman says when the owner of the vehicle returned to her car, she told police that her center console was open and her driver’s license, registration, discount card, lunchbox and flashlight were missing.
Police found all of the items inside a second car that the video showed the man entering.
He was taken to jail.
■ Conway police listed a 2018 Kawasaki 2125, valued at $4,000, in a national crime computer after a resident of S.C. 905 told them his motorcycle was missing at 7:30 a.m. Friday morning.
■ Conway police were called after someone removed a trailer with tools inside, valued at $25,000, from Mercy Baptist Church, according to a Conway police report.
Horry County police found the tools. A Conway man and a Myrtle Beach man then admitted that they had taken the tools, according to the police report.
The Conway police report does not show any charges for the two men.
On Sunday, a Conway woman told police that her trailer, valued at about $4,250, was taken from Mercy Baptist Church, according to a Conway police report. The police report says the two same men admitted to taking the trailer.
■ A Conway policeman on special assignment at University Suites Friday night says he saw three girls who appeared to be having difficulty finding where they were supposed to be, according to a Conway police report.
The policeman says one of the girls, who is from Virginia, appeared to be intoxicated. When he asked if she had drunk anything she said no. However, she performed poorly on field sobriety tests, was charged with public drunkenness and taken to jail.
■ The behavior of a young Ohio man caused employees of The Coop Bar on S.C. 544 to call Conway police to report that he was intoxicated and refused to leave, according to a Conway police report.
A bar official told police that he thought the young man was too intoxicated to be admitted into the bar after he came from a neighboring bar by way of a water-filled ditch. The police report says he refused to leave.
The policeman says the young man was wet and muddy all over and was missing a shoe. He kept saying he wanted his shoe.
The policeman says he asked him to leave the fence of the bar and to come over to speak with him, but he refused.
At that time, the young man became agitated and was insistent on getting his shoe.
The policeman then asked him to put his hand behind his back. As the policeman swept his hands and arms to his back the young man tensed up as if to resist, according to the Conway police report.
When a second officer arrived the two were able to secure the young man’s hands.
He was taken to the Horry County Detention Center on a charge of public drunkenness.
■ Conway police were called to 1500 Fourth Ave. at about 3 p.m. on Saturday where they found a man who smelled of alcohol, was slurring his speech and was moving slowly and lethargically.
The man admitted to police that he had been consuming alcohol throughout the day, according to a Conway police report.
There was a cup holding an alcoholic beverage that he said was beer and that it belonged to him. He was charged with public drunkenness and open container and taken to jail.
■ At shortly before midnight Saturday, Conway police were called to The Coop on S.C. 544 to check on a disorderly young man that bar officials were holding on the ground, according to a Conway police report.
The young man was reportedly yelling obscenities, smelled strongly of alcohol and was slurring his words.
He was charged with public intoxication and taken to jail. Police also trespassed him from The Coop.
■ Conway police were called to a Bellamy Avenue property where a man was walking around disoriented and possibly being under the influence of narcotics.
Emergency personnel and two witnesses told police that the man had been around the main office. The medical workers took the man to an ambulance for evaluation.
A witness told police that the man was on heroin and PCP and was looking for more drugs.
A second witness said the man was on drugs and he was walking his dog. They took him to the front of the office trying to get him some help.
The man then told police that he was on PCP, heroin and Xanax.
The police report says the man was disoriented and delusional and had said several times that he wanted to die.
At that time the policeman took him into emergency custody, put him into an ambulance and took him to Conway Medical Center where he turned him over to the medical staff.
Conway police were called to Temple Street where they say a young Texas man was walking around a yard being extremely loud, cursing and creating a disturbance. That caused several people in neighboring houses to come outside. He was charged with disorderly conduct and taken to jail.
Stop sticks do the trick
An Aynor man driving on Highway 319 with a defective taillight drew the attention of Horry County police.
An Aynor policeman, who saw the man driving the vehicle, knew that the man’s license had been suspended.
An Horry County policeman tried to stop the man at the intersection of Highway 319 and Salem Road, but he refused to stop. An Horry County officer says he saw the truck “squat down” and he heard a loud rumble from the truck’s exhaust pipe and then saw the vehicle accelerate.
The driver went to Sawyer Street, then Horry Road where he disregarded a stop sign before making a turn headed back toward Highway 319. He disregarded a second stop sign and kept going to Baker’s Chapel Road hitting speeds as high as 110 mph, according to the Horry County police report.
He went to Hughes Gasque Road and then Cooper Collins Road and back to Hughes Gasque Road and immediately back to Baker’s Chapel Road. At that point, the man hit stop sticks that county police had put in the road near Calvary Baptist Church.
The stop sticks hit the left front tire of the vehicle, but the driver continued on Baker’s Chapel Road toward Highway 319 where he headed back to Horry Road and then Sawyer Road and Highway 319. He stopped on Highway 319 where he jumped out and headed toward the residence, but a policeman caught him before he got there.
An Aynor woman inside the car was charged with permitting an unlicensed person to operate her vehicle.
The man was charged with failure to stop for blue lights; driving under suspension, suspended for DUI; and having defective equipment.
Too many wheels
Horry County police were called to Punch Bowl Landing where a complainant said about 28 people on four wheelers were trespassing on private hunting land near the Landing, according to an Horry County police report.
The complainant told police that the riders had been trespassing on his hunting club’s property and that it was an ongoing issue.
The man told police that he followed some of the four wheelers to the Waccamaw Grocery parking lot.
The policeman was also told that the trespassers were returning to their vehicles on Dongola Highway.
A policeman went there where he found a large group of trucks and trailers loaded with four wheelers and more trucks in the front yard.
The policeman says two people told him they had permission to be on Pine Island Hunting Club, with permission having been granted by the president.
The policeman learned later that the permission was given to only one man, his brother and their significant others and was not intended for anyone else.
All of the others said they responded to a group text, but didn’t say who sent it.
The policeman closed the case without making any charges because he did not have specific names or birthdates of anyone who was trespassing, and didn’t find anyone who was able to give that information.
No surveillance cameras
Two young Conway men said when they came back from Charleston where they had evacuated for the hurricane, they found that the front door of their Airport Road residence had been forced open, according to an Horry County police report.
They also noticed when they returned home that the front door had dents, and there was damage to the doorknob.
The policeman says the residents told police that clothes and other things had been scattered on the floor throughout the home. He said his safe and three pairs of shoes had been stolen from his closet, and his PlayStation was taken from behind the television. The two men said there was $8,000 in cash inside the safe.
Neighbors told police that they hadn’t seen any suspicious people, and the policeman said he didn’t see anything that led him to any suspects. There were no surveillance cameras.
An Horry County policeman was called to Lisa Lane in the Green Sea area by a man who said as he drove through the trailer park he heard a gunshot, according to an Horry County police report.
The policeman says the witness stopped his car and saw where the shot came from. As he sat still he says he heard three more shots. The policeman then saw the suspect walk from around the corner of his residence holding a shotgun, according to the police report.
The witness told the policeman that he told the suspect he didn’t think it was safe to shoot there due to children playing outside in the area.
He told the policeman that the suspect was extremely intoxicated and “got nasty” with him, so he called police.
The witness said the suspect had active warrants and probably would not speak with the officer. The officer checked the record and saw that the suspect had a warrant for an assault charge.
The policeman knocked on the suspect’s door. He came out and was charged with being a fugitive of assault and with new charges of breach of peace, aggravated nature, and failure to appear.
The policeman then spoke with the suspect’s wife who told him she didn’t feel safe with the shotgun in their home. She said the shogun is usually in her closet and she asked the officer to take it.
When asked about the shooting, the suspect said he had been shooting only birdshot, but later said he had not been shooting. He also told the policeman that he had been drinking while he watched football.
The Green Sea man was also charged with discharging a firearm.
An Horry County policeman was called to Tigger Loop in the Conway section of the county in reference to a dog attacked by two pit bulls, according to an Horry County police report.
The victim said he and his niece were walking their Rottweiler when the pit bulls jumped out of an open window on Tigger Loop and attacked their dog.
The victims’ dog had injuries to the left side of its neck. The owner of the pit bulls was not home at the time. A family member was able to secure the dogs. The policeman explained to the victims that they could speak with a magistrate about a civil suit.
The policeman reported that he planned to come back to get information about the dogs’ owner.
Teen suspected of carrying a pistol
When police went to Hemingway Street looking for a suspect in a possible home invasion they found a suspect, who was wanted for pointing and presenting a firearm and assault and battery, third degree, under the carport of the house.
There was a short struggle as the policeman tried to handcuff the suspect. The Conway police report says the policeman then found that the teen had a silver .25-caliber handgun in his front right pants pocket.
He was charged with unlawful carry and resisting arrest and taken to jail. Police also found six rounds in a loaded magazine.
A loud bang
A resident of Bellamy Avenue told police that he put his Ipad Pro 10.5 on a coffee table in his living room at about 3:15 a.m. Saturday morning.
Then he went upstairs to use the bathroom. A few minutes later he heard a loud bang and ran down to see his front door had been kicked in. That’s when he noticed that his Ipad was missing and a glass on the table was broken.
He ran outside, but didn’t see anyone. The police report says the victim didn’t know the serial number of the Ipad.
The Conway police report says the policeman took pictures of the damaged door, a shoeprint on the door and the broken glass.