Woman reports assault by car, knife
An 18-year-old Myrtle Beach man was charged after a 20-year-old woman told police she was pushed with a vehicle while standing in front of it, had a knife held to her throat and punched, according to a police report.
Quayshawn Rakeem Graham, 18, was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature after officers went to an apartment at 4705 Wild Iris Drive, police said. The woman called 911 and hung up at 11 a.m. Monday.
Officers learned the couple began arguing when Graham showed up at the home and became annoyed the victim was not ready to leave at that time, according to the report. The victim told police that they continued to argue outside and while she stood in front of Graham’s vehicle he allowed it to move forward and bump her.
The victim and Graham left in separate vehicles and when they returned to the apartment they continued to argue, according to the report. The victim said the argument escalated when Graham took a knife, grabbed her and held it to her throat while threatening to cut her.
The victim said Graham threw the knife down and they fought. The victim’s 9-month-old child was nearby in the apartment during the incident. The woman had marks on her neck from the knife, scratches on her shoulders, chest, arm and hand.
Karate master reportedly assaults woman
A Loris man was charged with assaulting his fiancé after she told officers the man, who is a seventh-degree black belt in karate, kicked her in the stomach several times, according to an Horry County police report.
Randall Lee Smith, 53, was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 9:12 a.m. Monday, according to jail records. He was released at 4:07 p.m. that day on $2,000 bail.
Police charged Smith after a 40-year-old Loris woman told police that between 6 and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28, they argued over her not wanting to leave the home, which they shared, with him that night. The victim said Smith got mad and “front kicked” her in the stomach four times and punched her in the eye.
The victim said Smith then left and went to North Carolina where he owns a dojo, according to the report. The victim said Smith called and texted her after he left asking how he could make up to her what had happened.
The victim was taken by EMS to Loris Community Hospital for treatment to her eye and possible broken ribs, according to the report.
F-16 makes emergency landing at airport
An F-16 had electrical problems Tuesday about 1 p.m. forcing the aircraft to make an emergency landing at Myrtle Beach International Airport, said Kirk Lovell, the airport’s marketing director.
The plane landed safely and the pilot is not injured, Lovell said.
Woman mails in $100,000 lottery winner
A Surfside Beach woman won $100,000 from a Carolina Panthers ticket she bought during a lunch hour, according to a press release.
Driving 150 miles to Columbia to cash in the ticket was too much for the woman, who a few weeks ago entrusted the United States Postal Service with her $100,000 winning ticket.
“I’m a local driver,” she confessed when lottery officials called to ask why she mailed the ticket. “I took a chance.”
School board OKs land purchase
The Horry County school board on Monday approved the purchase of 3.72 acres of property adjacent to Conway High School for $26,500.
Board member Neil James said the property is behind the former maintenance shed, which is on the south side of the school. He said the purchase squares off the property, providing a buffer around the school, and makes the land available for any of the school’s future needs.
Bank to open first branches in city
A Mullins-based bank plans to build its first two branches in Myrtle Beach in the next two years.
Anderson Brothers Bank, which has seven branches in Horry County, has bought land in Myrtle Beach for two full-service branches.
The first branch will be off Farrow Parkway near The Market Common, across from Grand Park. Design of that building is under way with construction expected to start in the summer or next fall, said Bryan Lenertz, Anderson Brothers Bank’s Horry County executive. The branch should be open by the end of 2013.
The other branch is expected to open in 2014 off Robert Grissom Parkway, across from First Presbyterian Church near 38th Avenue North in an area that has become a banking hub in Myrtle Beach. BNC Bank, First Federal and CresCom Bank have offices at that intersection, with TD Bank and South Atlantic Bank also having branches nearby.
The time is finally right for Anderson Brothers Bank to move into Myrtle Beach, with branches in Conway, Little River, Longs, Aynor and others already dotted along Horry County, Lenertz said.
“It sort of fills in their blanks,” he said. “The bank is looking to grow...They just wanted to be cautious. Just being slow and steady.”
From staff reports