Police roundup | Bank robber arrested in North Carolina

October 25, 2012 



Bank robber arrested in North Carolina

A man arrested for a North Carolina bank robbery also is wanted by police in Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach police said Brian Garland Lancaster was arrested and charged with bank robbery in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. on Oct. 16. During an interview with detectives there, he told officers he was involved in the robbery in Myrtle Beach four days earlier, according to police.

Myrtle Beach police said a man entered the First Citizens Bank at 7500 North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach on Oct. 12, presented a handgun and demanded money. Police said the man fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Myrtle Beach police have sought warrants related to the robbery, but no formal charges have been filed.


Three guilty pleas on counterfeit money

Three people from Andrews pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday on charges relating to the making of counterfeit money, according to U.S. Attorney for South Carolina Bill Nettles.

Terrez Montrel Morris, 35, Krystal Marie Harris, 24, and Ansel Tirrell Commander, 35 pled guilty to conspiracy to manufacture, possess and pass counterfeit federal reserve notes, possess and pass counterfeit securities and create false identification documents, Nettles said.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing showed Morris manufactured counterfeit money and provided it to Commander and Harris to be passed as genuine currency.

Morris also manufactured a false identification document and provided it to Harris in an effort to assist her with cashing a forged $6,000.00 check, according to Nettles.


Mexican pleads guilty to illegal reentry

A Mexican man who was living in Horry County, plead guilty in federal court in Florence Thursday to illegally reentering the country.

Jose Santos Miramontes-Sanchez, 43, pleaded gulty to illegal reentry after being deported for an aggravated felony, according to Bill Nettles, United States Attorney for South Carolina.

Miramontes-Sanchez was convicted of trafficking marijuana in North Carolina on Sept. 6, 1996 and was deported in May 2011 after serving his sentence in prision.

He was found living in Horry County in May 2012 and was arrested.

The maximum penalty is a $250,000 fine and/or 20 years imprisonment, plus a special assessment of $100, Nettles said.

The case was investigated by agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) agents. Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II of the Florence office handled the case.


Fire reported at Aynor home

Horry County Fire Rescue crews responded to a structure fire around 1:35 a.m. on Old Tram Road in Aynor, according to a department Facebook announcement.

When firefighters arrived, flames were showing from a single-family structure, but no one was at home.


Pedestrian hit by vehicle on S.C. 707

A crash involving a pedestrian on S.C. 707 is still under investigation by the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Emergency crews were called to S.C. 707 at Vestry Road for a wreck with injuries at 4:48 p.m.

Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins said a person was walking on the shoulder of the road when a vehicle lost control and hit the pedestrian who was taken to the hospital.

The condition of the pedestrian and the driver is not known.

The Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team is investigating, Collins said. It is not known if charges are pending, and Collins said that won’t be determined until the MAIT team finishes the investigation.



Grant to help with feral cat population

The Horry County Animal Care Center has received a $51,060 grant to help control the feral cat population in Conway, according to a press release.

The grant comes from PetSmart Charities and will be used to trap, neuter and return 1,000 free-roaming cats in the 29526 zip code, which is in the Conway area.

This zip code has been identified as the location where the most feral and free-roaming cats are found.

Horry County will begin the program on Dec. 1, the release stated.


Pets to stroll Broadway for benefit

The Grand Strand Humane Society’s annual fundraiser Walk for the Animals will be Saturday at Broadway at the Beach.

For a $5 donation, people and their pets can participate in a 20-minute walk through the shopping location. Registration is at 10 a.m. and the walk begins at 11 a.m.

Pets are encouraged to wear costumes, as prizes will be awarded for those who enter the contest for $25.

An adoption event will also be part of the festivities, and vendor spaces are available for $25.

For more information, call 918-4913, or email AmyDupre@sc.rr.com.

From staff reports

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