Man charged in counterfeit check scheme
Myrtle Beach police arrested a North Charleston man after officers were called about someone using counterfeit checks at chain retail stores around the state, according to a police report.
Quinten Rosheen Bellamy, 35, was charged with resisting arrest, reckless driving and failure to appear on a bench warrant and is being held at the Myrtle Beach Jail, according to records.
Officials from the Marshalls store located at 10816 Kings Road in North Myrtle Beach called police about Bellamy using counterfeit checks at various stores across the state, according to the report. The store officials said Bellamy had left the North Myrtle Beach store and was suspected of being on his way to the Myrtle Beach store.
An employee of the Myrtle Beach TJ Maxx store called police at 6 p.m. Tuesday to report that Bellamy was in the store and used a counterfeit check to pay for $126.41 worth of items that included socks, sheet sets and earrings, according to the report. While on the phone with police the employee said Bellamy ran from the store to his vehicle.
An officer in the area tried to stop the vehicle, but he disregarded the officer and sped away, driving recklessly, according to the report. The officer turned off his lights and siren and followed Bellamy, who continued to drive recklessly by ignoring traffic lights and the speed limit.
The officer noted that while going north on U.S. 17 Bypass at 38th Avenue North, Bellamy’s vehicle struck a bicyclist and was then stopped and taken into police custody, according to the report.
When officers searched Bellamy’s vehicle they found merchandise from TJ Maxx and the Marshalls store in North Myrtle Beach, according to the report.
Detectives plan to charge Bellamy with fraud and counterfeit in connection with the counterfeit checks, according to the report. The failure to appear charge stemmed from a park ordinance violation from November 2007.
Prescription drug drop box installed
A prescription drug drop box is now available in Myrtle Beach.
The Myrtle Beach police department received the box from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, Inc. and will be able to collect unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs at any time seven days a week.
The box is at the police department at 1101 North Oak Street in Myrtle Beach in the customer service area and remains locked.
Gun and 7.74 pounds of marijuana seized
A Calabash, N.C. man was arrested Tuesday when vice narcotics agents in Brunswick County searched his home and found 7.74 pounds of marijuana, authorities said.
Jose Manuel Mondragon, 32, is charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, felony possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Center on $5,000 bail.
The Brunswick County sheriff’s office said a firearm was also seized from the home on Four Seasons Way in the Ash, N.C. area.
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH
Former city leader Doris Williams dies
Doris Williams, a councilwoman for North Myrtle Beach from Nov 2003 to November 2011, died Tuesday night.
A memorial service is planned for June 25 at 11 a.m. at the Lee Funeral Home.
Williams was known for her drive, passion and loyalty, according to a press release from city spokesman Pat Dowling.
From staff reports