Police charge man in wallet theft, fraud
A Cades man was charged early Monday in connection with a woman’s wallet being stolen from her hotel room while she slept, according to a police report.
Derrick Darrell Adams, 27, of Cades was charged with first-degree burglary, resisting arrest and three counts of financial transaction card fraud with a value of $500 or less, Myrtle Beach police said.
Adams was taken into custody after police received a report that a man was trying to use the victim’s credit cards at the Scotchman Exxon station at 1700 S. Kings Highway early Monday, according to a police report.
Police search for three armed robbers
Myrtle Beach police are investigating an early morning robbery at a convenience store in the city, according to a police report.
Three men, who wore dark hooded shirts and bandannas, went into the Scotchman at 6201 N. Kings Highway about 1:20 a.m. Monday, police said. The suspects pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money from the cash register.
The clerk told police the suspects didn’t get any money from the register, but did take a jar of change from the counter and several cartons of cigarettes and tobacco products, according to the report.
Myrtle Beach police used a K-9 to track the suspects, but no arrests had been made, according to the report. Detectives are investigating the robbery.
Georgetown man dies in morning crash
A 47-year-old Georgetown man was killed in a single-vehicle crash early Monday, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.
The crash occurred about 2:45 a.m. Monday on Secondary Highway 42, also known as Pennyroyal Road in Georgetown County, said Cpl. Bob Beres with the highway patrol.
Winston Jeffrey Ladson, 47, of Georgetown, was pronounced dead on the scene from multiple trauma he suffered in the crash, Georgetown County Coroner Kenny Johnson said.
Banker named as next chamber chairman
A longtime Grand Strand banker will serve as the next chairman of the board of directors for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, the chamber said Monday.
Tommy Bouchette, president of BNC Bank and current treasurer for the chamber, will take over as chairman Jan. 1 for a one-year term.
An Andrews native, Bouchette has worked in banks along the Grand Strand for more than 25 years, including as CEO and co-founder of SunBank in Murrells Inlet that merged into S.C. Bank and Trust in 2005. He joined BNC Bank as president in May 2010.
The chamber has about 2,600 members and is the main tourism promotion agency along the Grand Strand. It gets revenue from a 1-cent sales tax in Myrtle Beach for out-of-market tourism promotion.
Bouchette serves on the board of the S.C. Bankers Association and Horry-Georgetown Technical College’s Foundation Board. He’s also served as chairman of the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
The Myrtle Beach chamber board elects a new chairman every year. Current Chairman Richard Singleton, a local Realtor, is serving an 18-month term as the chamber shifts the chairman’s tenure to the calendar year instead of a July-June term.
Bible college gets new main campus
Cathedral Bible College of Myrtle Beach is expanding with an additional campus in Marion that will become the school’s main campus, according to an announcement Monday.
Officials from the Bible College said a $644,000 grant from the Marion County Health Foundation helped finance the purchase of the new campus.
The campus, formerly known as the Old Marion Hospital and its surrounding buildings, is at 1108 North Main St. in Marion.
Cathedral Bible College expects to move to the new buildings during the Christmas break and open by January. Classes in Myrtle Beach will continue.
Democrats to hold meetings this week
The Democratic Women’s Council of Horry County will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Martins Restaurant, 7200 N. Ocean Blvd in Myrtle Beach.
The speaker will be Lauren Hinnant, a digital journalist from WBTW/News 13.
For more information, contact Pam Heller 843-497-5020 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.dwchc.com.
Also, The Horry Grand Strand Dems will meet at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Friendlys Restaurant at the intersection of 47th Avenue North and U.S. 17.
For information contact Bea Catalano at email@example.com.
Republicans to hold stump event
The Georgetown County Republican Party will hold its annual “Stump” for the Republican candidates of Georgetown County and the new 7th Congressional District candidate Tom Rice at 6 p.m. Monday at the National Guard Armory in Andrews. For information call 240-9456.
From staff reports