Police roundup | Man found dead in Chick-fil-A parking lot

July 25, 2012 



Man found dead in restaurant parking lot

Myrtle Beach police are investigating after a person was found dead in a vehicle at the Chick-fil-A on Mr. Joe White Avenue.

Authorities were called to the restaurant at 2:18 p.m. where the body of a man was found in a silver Chevrolet Avalanche, police said.

Lt. Doug Furlong, with Myrtle Beach police, said the man was reported missing to Horry County police Tuesday.

Foul play is not suspected at this time, but Furlong said police won’t know if the man’s death is suspicious until the cause of death is determined by the Horry County Coroner’s office.

Chick-fil-A remained open to customers both dining in and in the drive-through.

Myrtle Beach police will continue to investigate, Furlong said.


Man charged in sexual assault of minor

A 19-year-old from Galivants Ferry is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.

Jay Thomas Barfield is charged with lewd act on a child under 16. He remains jailed at J. Reuben Long Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

Barfield was invited to the victim’s home, but entered the bedroom of the 15-year-old girl without permission, according to a police report. Barfield is accused of getting in her bed and touching her inappropriately while she slept in the early morning hours of July 20.

The teen said she woke up and ran from the room, but didn’t tell her mother immediately because she was frightened and embarrassed, the report said.

The girl and her mother reported the incident Monday and Barfield was booked at the jail the next day.


Maintenance building catches fire

A maintenance shed in a Burgess community golf course caught fire Wednesday evening.

Crews were called shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6980 Blue Heron Blvd. off Bay Road. Light smoke was showing from the building and the fire appeared to be contained to the maintenance shed.

By 6:30 p.m. firefighters had tamed the fire and smoke was no longer showing.

Two Horry County Fire Rescue trucks along with two ambulances were on scene.

The cause of the fire is not known.


Conway man wanted in shooting

Conway police are looking for a 22-year-old man in connection with a weekend shooting.

Said Vereen, of Conway, is wanted on charges of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, said Catina Hipp, spokeswoman for Conway police.

Hipp said a man was shot on July 21 shortly before 3 p.m. on Leonard Avenue. Police found a man with a gunshot wound to his lower back. The victim told police he heard shots fired and was fleeing to his friend’s apartment when he was hit by a bullet.

The victim was air-lifted to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries, Hipp said.


Woman charged with stabbing ex-beau

A 41-year-old Myrtle Beach woman was charged with stabbing her former boyfriend in the arm while the man sat smoking a cigarette outside his current girlfriend’s apartment, according to a police report.

Jennifer L. Gero, 41, was charged with second-degree assault and battery after officers were called about 9 p.m. Tuesday to 414 28th Ave. N., police said.

The 36-year-old man told police that he was sitting on a bench outside his girlfriend’s apartment smoking a cigarette when Gero came around the corner armed with a steak knife and stabbed him in the arm, according to the report. The victim said he ran away, but Gero chased after him for about 20 feet.

The victim declined to go to the hospital, but was treated by EMS at the scene, according to the report.


Woman identified in diving accident

The death of a 43-year-old Massachusetts scuba diver remains under investigation Wednesday.

Karen Murphy was found about six miles off the coast of Little River at the General Sherman Wreck site Tuesday, said Tamara Willard, Horry County Deputy Coroner.

A toxicology screening and other tests will be done in an effort to determine what happened to Murphy. There are several possibilities involved with a scuba diving accident and Willard said she couldn’t pinpoint one cause without further testing.

The autopsy report may take more than the normal 12 weeks to complete, she said.

Murphy was with a group on a chartered dive boat, but no information about the group or the boat was immediately available.



Swimming advisory issued

A portion of the ocean in Garden City is under a swimming advisory, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The advisory affects 200 feet on either side of Azalea Avenue, said Sean Torrens with DHEC.

High bacteria levels prompted the advisory, which does not close the beach.

From staff reports

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