Police roundup | Myrtle Beach police look into shooting

August 10, 2012 

Police

MYRTLE BEACH

Myrtle Beach police look into shooting

Myrtle Beach police are investigating a report that a man was assaulted after he asked three men for a cigarette along Ocean Boulevard, Capt. David Knipes said.

Officers were called about 4 a.m. Friday to Ninth Avenue North and Kings Highway for a shooting and learned the incident happened along Ocean Boulevard near Ripley’s, Knipes said.

The victim had a cut to his neck and officers did not find any evidence of a shooting. The victim told police he parked his bicycle and walked up to three men and asked for a cigarette, Knipes said. An argument occurred and the victim said one of the men pulled out a gun, so he turned to walked away back to his bicycle. The victim said he heard gunshots and left the area. The man was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of the cut to his neck.

Detectives are investigating the incident. Additional details were not immediately available.

MYRTLE BEACH

Man sentenced for shooting girlfriend

A Myrtle Beach man was ordered to serve three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to assaulting his former girlfriend and failing to register as a sex offender, according to court records.

Jonas Demetric Carraway, 31, of Myrtle Beach, pleaded guilty Thursday to the unrelated charges of second-degree assault and battery and second-offense sex offender registration violation, according to court records.

Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Culbertson sentenced Carraway to three years in prison on the assault charge and 366 days on the sex offender charge, according to records. The charges will run concurrently.

MYRTLE BEACH

Broadway at the Beach attack report fake

An 18-year-old man told Myrtle Beach police he was attacked by four men while he walked in a parking lot at Broadway at the Beach, but police later learned the story had been made up.

Capt. David Knipes, with Myrtle Beach police, said an officer called the victim later to talk about concerns with the case telling the teen that if the incident didn’t happen the way he first reported it, now was the time to set it straight. That’s when he said it never happened.

The victim originally told police he was walking alone at 11:30 p.m. Thursday at 1321 Celebrity Circle near Wonderworks when someone yelled and he turned around, police said. The victim said a man punched him in the forehead when he turned around and two other men pulled him to the ground.

The victim said the men punched and kicked him in the head before they left and the victim was able to call his sister and cousin, according to the report. The victim was unable to provide police with any other details about the attack.

The victim was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for treatment.

On Friday, he told police he saw someone running in the parking lot and thought he was being chased so he started to run. That’s when he tripped and hit his head which caused the injuries police saw on scene.

MYRTLE BEACH

Man stabbed, robbed on walk from store

A 28-year-old man told Myrtle Beach police he was stabbed and robbed by three men as he walked from a local grocery store, according to a police report.

The victim told officers that about 8:30 p.m. Thursday he had left Piggly Wiggly and was walking home when a man came up behind him asking about money, according to the report. The victim said he was in the area of 18th Avenue North and Withers Drive when the man attacked him.

The victim said he fought with the suspect, but soon two other men ran to help the suspect, according to the report. The victim said he was able to get away and ran toward 21st Avenue North.

Once he slowed down, the victim said he realized his wallet was missing and that he had been stabbed with something, according to the report. He was taken to a Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The victim had a stab wound to the left side of his ribs and detectives are investigating the incident.

Local

CONWAY

Economic diversification summit planned

Coastal Carolina University will hold its 15th annual Economic Growth Summit Monday .

The seminar will be from 9 a.m. to noon Monday at the James J. Johnson Auditorium in the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration.

The event - whose theme is “Economic Diversification: What You Can Do To Transform Our Local Economy” - is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

The seminar will focus on ways the community, business and local leaders can help transform the local economy to attract different types of industries to Horry County and the Grand Strand area and accommodate the area’s growing and diverse population.

Robert Salvino, CCU’s research economist, also will provide an economic outlook for the Grand Strand area.

There will be a panel, including Jeff McKay, executive director of the North Eastern Strategic Alliance; Mark Williams, president of the Strategic Development Group Inc.; and Maceo Nance, director of small business and rural development for the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

The summit is sponsored each year by the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration.

To reserve a spot, please email growthsummit@coastal.edu or call Wendi Lee at 349-2284.

From staff reports

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