Brain injury victim’s boyfriend charged
A 46-year-old woman was treated for bleeding from her brain at a Charleston area hospital and a Myrtle Beach man was charged with beating her, according to a police report.
Thomas Edward Cooper, 38, is charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and is being held at the Myrtle Beach Jail pending a bond hearing, according to jail records.
Cooper was arrested at 4 p.m. Monday in the 200 block of 26th Avenue South, according to an arrest report.
The charge stemmed from officers being called at 5:30 a.m. Sunday to Waccamaw Community Hospital where the victim sought treatment, police said. The victim told officers that about 7:30 p.m. Saturday she went to Cooper’s apartment and he accused her of cheating on him.
The victim said Cooper, her boyfriend, pushed her, punched her in the face, repeatedly choked her on the bed and held her in the apartment, according to the report.
The victim said a 62-year-old woman, who also was inside the apartment, provoked Cooper during the incident and pushed the victim down multiple times to keep her from leaving the apartment, according to the report. After about 30 minutes of being beaten, the victim told police she escaped when Cooper went to the bathroom.
The victim was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina the next day.
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH
Teens caught streaking on beach
Four teenagers were arrested for streaking on the beach Monday, according to police.
Police were called about four naked males on the beach near 17th Avenue North around 9:30 p.m. according to a report.
Dionys Tristan Beck and Elijah Tyler Betz, 18, of Blacksburg, Va.; Byron Shane Sullivin, 18, of Christiansburg, Va.; and Dominique Timothy Thompson-Pastrana, 18, of Dublin, Va. were charged with public nudity.
Two wanted for mistreatment of animals
Two people are wanted by Horry County police on five charges of animal cruelty following a raid of the Before 20 Head Shop in Carolina Forest.
Warrants have been issued for Lloyd Allen Michels, 25, and Sep Snyder on two felony and three misdemeanor charges of mistreatment of animals, according to a Horry County police report.
Two snakes were found dead during a raid of the head shop in a unit next to the Carolina Forest Flea Market at 4761 U.S. 501 on June 11 when agents with the 15th Judicial Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit executed search warrants at the business.
Police investigate deadly shooting
Conway police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred overnight on Leonard Avenue, according to authorities
A man was killed in the shooting that occurred just after midnight, said Sgt. Selena Small with Conway Police Department. Douglas Floyd, 34, of Conway, was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident between 12:30 and 1 a.m., said Horry County Deputy Coroner Duane Brown.
An autopsy Tuesday afternoon revealed Floyd died from a gunshot wound.
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH
Elementary school recycles for charity
North Myrtle Beach Elementary School spent the year collecting drink tabs or pop tops for the Ronald McDonald House.
The school collected 115.25 gallons of drink tabs and dropped them off at the Ronald McDonald House in Charleston for recycling pickup. The money from the recycled tabs helps buy supplies and groceries or pays for utilities at the facility, said Renee Long with North Myrtle Beach Elementary.
This is the ninth year the school has participated in the project. The home in Charleston helps house families with a critically ill child at the Medical University of South Carolina.
New budget approved in Surfside Beach
Leaders in Surfside Beach adopted next year’s budget Tuesday night. Mayor Doug Samples said the town will spend less than it makes for the first time in five years under the new budget, which has been chopped over the past two and a half months.
Surfside Beach will make about $100,000 more than it spends in the $8.7 million budget which also maintains the current tax rate, with no increases.
House overrides veto on dredging
The state House Tuesday overrode on a 82-24 vote the governor’s veto of a bill that allows North Myrtle Beach to impose a special tax district to dredge the Cherry Grove canals, and also allows Georgetown County to add port dredging to a capital projects sales tax proposal.
The Senate will take up the veto Wednesday afternoon. Unless both override, the veto stands. Georgetown’s capital projects sales tax committee was to meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to finalize the tax proposal.
Gov. Nikki Haley objected to expanding powers of city tax districts, but did not mention the port dredging provision.
From staff reports