Man attacked while selling pumpkins
Horry County police charged a Murrells Inlet man with robbery after a man who was selling pumpkins with his son along S.C. 707, reported being attacked, according to a police report.
Jermaine Alston, 29, of Murrells Inlet was charged with strong arm robbery and booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, according to jail records. He is being held on $2,500 bond.
The charge stemmed from 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when the 87-year-old victim told police that he was in the parking lot at 8980 S.C. 707 helping his son sell pumpkins from his truck, according to the report. The victim told police he was sitting inside his vehicle when a man and woman drove up with car trouble.
The victim said his son jump started the vehicle and the couple left the area, according to the report. The suspect returned a short time later and asked him for money.
When the victim said he money the suspect attacked him and demanded money while ripping at his pants to try to get his wallet, according to the report. A witness corroborated the victim’s account of the incident.
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH
Fire station holding open house
The North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department is opening the fire station on Second Avenue to the public.
The open house will be on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
At 11 a.m., firefighters will demonstrate the burning of two rooms, side-by-side, one with sprinklers and the other without. The demonstration will be held behind the fire station.
There also will be a fire extinguisher training simulator, an appearance from Sparky the Fire Dog, free car seat inspections, fire prevention and emergency medical services education, hose target contests for kids. Both fire and police emergency vehicles will be on display and free food and drinks will be served.
Contact Les Williamson, division chief and fire marshal, by calling 280-5614 for more information.
Three wanted in assault, robbery
A 27-year-old told Myrtle Beach police he was beaten and robbed by three men who grabbed him from behind as he walked south on Kings Highway, according to a police report.
The victim told officers that about 1:40 a.m. Thursday he was walking near Fifth Avenue North from Club Traxx when he noticed three men were following him, police said.
The victim said the men grabbed him from behind, one man punched him in the face and the other suspects took his wallet and cell phone, then fled, according to the report.
Armed man escapes bank with cash
Police are investigating a reported bank robbery that occurred just after 2 p.m. Friday, according to Myrtle Beach police.
Police were called to 7500 North Kings Highway about 2:15 p.m. for an armed robbery at the First Citizens Bank, said Capt. David Knipes, spokesman for Myrtle Beach Police.
Knipes said a man standing about 5’8” with a scraggly beard and black hooded sweatshirt escaped with an undetermined amount of cash. The man was carrying a handgun during the robbery, Knipes said.
Anyone with information on the incident can call Myrtle Beach police.
Public invited to review textbooks
The S.C. Department of Education invites the public to review textbooks and instructional materials that have been proposed for use in the state’s public schools.
The materials will be recommended to the State Board of Education for adoption on Dec. 12 by the Instructional Materials Review Panels appointed by the board.
Area residents can view the materials, which cover a variety of subjects, at Coastal Carolina University, Spadoni College of Education, Kearns 205, 101 James P. Blanton Circle, Conway. They will be on display at 25 colleges and universities throughout the state from Monday through Nov. 23, with instructions for submitting comments available at each site.
State Board of Education members will review comments before making a final decision on the materials.
CCU on Best College Buys list again
Coastal Carolina University was named one of “America’s 100 Best College Buys” for the fourth year running.
The list compiled by Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc. surveys more than 1,020 colleges and universities.
To be considered for the award, colleges and universities must be accredited, four-year institutions granting bachelor’s degrees and must offer full residential facilities including dining services, report a high school grade point average and/or SAT or ACT score for entering freshman that is equal to or above the national average and have an out-of-state cost of attendance that does not exceed the national average by more than 10 percent.
CCU was also ranked favorably in the U.S. News and World Report’s annual survey and was included in the “America’s Best Colleges Survey” by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.
From staff reports