Man guilty on charge involving minor
A Conway man pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor and was sentenced to a year in prison, according to court records.
John William Mendez, 24, of Conway, pleaded guilty to the charge before Circuit Court Judge Edward Cottingham, who sentenced him to a year in prison, according to court records. Mendez was ordered not to have any contact with the victim or their family and to pay court costs.
A charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor was dismissed, according to the court records.
Mendez was charged April 2 and had been held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center since then, according to jail records.
Details about the circumstances involving the charges were not immediately available.
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH
School bus involved in wreck
A school bus carrying students from North Myrtle Beach Intermediate School was involved in a crash Friday, said North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling.
The bus was headed west on 16th Avenue South in North Myrtle Beach and clipped the front of a car while making a turn onto Madison Drive, Dowling said.
No injuries were reported.
Firefighter shoots self in leg
A firefighter with Midway Fire Rescue accidentally shot himself Friday, according to Georgetown County Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Carrie Cuthbertson.
Deputies responded to Station 82 at 112 Beaumont Lane in Pawleys Island where a firefighter had accidentally shot himself in the leg while handling his own pistol in the parking lot, Cuthbertson said.
The incident is still under investigation.
Woman sentenced to prison for burglary
A Conway woman was ordered to serve five years in prison after she pleaded guilty to burglary in exchange for several other charges including armed robbery and kidnapping to be dismissed, according to court records.
Tracy Lafaye Cochran, 40, of Conway pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman sentenced her to five years in prison and gave her credit for the time she has served since being arrested on April 29, according to court records.
Other charges of first-degree assault and battery, armed robbery, kidnapping and two counts of first-degree burglary were dismissed, according to court records.
Man reports assault, theft on boardwalk
A 51-year-old man told police a man shoved him against a rail on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and took his wallet from his back pocket, according to a police report.
The victim stopped a passing police officer at 11:51 p.m. Thursday in the 900 block of the Boardwalk, police said.
The victim told the officer about the incident, but then said he did not want to talk to detectives about the incident, according to the report. The victim said he had $12 cash, his driver’s license and debit and credit cards in his wallet.
Late night shooting under investigation
A Myrtle Beach woman reported a bullet came through her wall after gunshots were fired near two apartment complexes, according to a police report.
The woman told officers she heard about five or six gunshots about 11 p.m. Thursday and thought they were fireworks until a bullet came through her bedroom wall, police said. Officers found a hole in her wall and a 9 mm bullet casing on the floor in the hallway.
No one inside the home was hurt.
A man, who was walking on Osceola Street between Monticello Park Apartments and Sandygate Village Apartments told officers he saw a man get out of a red or burgundy Pontiac and argue with another man on the street, according to the report. The victim told officers he kept walking until he heard several gunshots and he ran behind some nearby bushes.
The victim said the gunshots came from where the men were arguing, but he did not see what happened, according to the report. Officers searched the area, but did not find anyone involved in the shooting. The incident is under investigation.
Cops raise money for Special Olympics
Horry County and Myrtle Beach police raised more than $2,000 for Special Olympics South Carolina during an annual Tip A Cop event in Myrtle Beach, according to authorities.
Members of both departments were at Red Robin on Saturday for the event and raise $2,213, according to Horry County police.
Zumbathon to raise money for screenings
A Zumbathon from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Revolutions Night Club at Broadway at the Beach will raise money to help uninsured women who need mammograms.
Registration is $10 in advance or at the door.
For more information, contact Denise Sanders at 504-2141 or Linda Calvanico at 655-0839.
From staff reports