Police roundup | Baby dolphin washes on shore

August 21, 2012 



Baby dolphin washes on shore

A baby dolphin was found stranded on the shore in Surfside Beach Monday.

The dolphin was found at 11:53 a.m. near the dune line at 16th Avenue South, said Lt. Rodney Keziah with Surfside Beach police.

Keziah said the dolphin was turned over to the Charleston branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association after calling the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

Wayne McFee with NOAA said the cause of the dolphin’s death was not obvious. It was a newborn bottlenose dolphin that was 101 centimeters long, which is a little more than 3 feet, McFee said.

In South Carolina about 50 dolphins are found stranded on the shore annually, he said. Various samples were collected for testing during a necropsy performed in Surfside Beach.

McFee said the death was not likely related to hypoxia, a lack of oxygen in the water, but the cause is not known right now.

“We want to know why neonates die,” he said. “Is it something wrong with the mom or was the animal abandoned for some reason or was it prematurely born? We want to know why.”


Three arrested in weekend shooting

Georgetown police have arrested three men accused of shooting another man near the Georgetown Housing Authority last Friday evening.

The victim, who has not been identified, was beaten up then shot in the shoulder, said Capt. Nelson Brown with Georgetown police.

Drayven Beckmon, 20, of Conway, is charged with attempted murder and assault and battery. He turned himself in to police on Tuesday and a bond hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, Brown said.

Raheem Burgess, 19, of Georgetown, turned himself in on Sunday night around 10 p.m.

He’s been identified as the shooter in the incident, Brown said. Burgess is charged with attempted murder and assault by a mob. He is being held at the Georgetown County Detention Center on $60,000 bond.

Christopher Green, 18, of Georgetown, is charged with accessory after the fact of a felony.

He is accused of driving the get-away car for Beckmon and Burgess, Brown said.


Woman charged for filing false tax return

A Conway woman was arrested Tuesday in connection with filing a false tax return, according to a release from the S.C. Department of Revenue.

Jessica West, 28, of Conway was charged with willfully assisting in the preparation of a false tax return and is being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center pending a bond hearing

Earlier this year, West provided to a tax preparer a fraudulent W2 form that stated she had an income of $16,998 and $764 in state taxes withheld. Although she did not work for the employer listed, West requested a state tax refund in the amount of $764.

If convicted of the felony charge, West faces up to $500 in fines and/or up to five years in prison.



Governor Haley stopping in town

Governor Nikki Haley and Attorney General Alan Wilson will be stopping in Myrtle Beach Wednesday.

The pair is unveiling a package of ethics reform initiatives and will visit four sites across the state including Charleston, Greenville and the S.C. State House in Columbia.

Haley and Wilson are scheduled to be in Myrtle Beach at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Myrtle Beach Aviation at 1250 Airdrome Road, next to Myrtle Beach International Airport.


Probate court to be closed Friday

Because the Horry County Probate Court will close Friday for mandatory training on a new case management system, couples who want to marry during the weekend or early next week must submit their application for a marriage license by Wednesday, according to a news release

Couples planning to marry on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday must have their application for a marriage license and all required documentation submitted to the Horry County Probate Court no later than Wednesday, and must pick up the license no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, according to the release. Normal business hours will resume at 8 a.m. Monday.

From staff reports

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