Two portable toilets set on fire
Myrtle Beach officials are investigating an arson case involving two portable toilets, according to a police report.
Officers were called about 3 a.m. Wednesday by officials with the Myrtle Beach Fire Department after they extinguished a blaze that consumed two portable toilets at Chapin Park at 400 14th Ave. N., police said.
The officer noted the restrooms, a standard size and a handicap accessible portable toilet, were destroyed by fire, according to the report. Elvis Service Company, which owned the toilets, were contacted and noted they were valued at $2,300.
Both toilets were deemed a total loss and officials are investigating the blaze.
100 toilet paper rolls stolen
Myrtle Beach police are investigating the second burglary in a week at the Grand Strand Senior Center and in the most recent incident the thief took about 100 rolls of toilet paper, according to a police report.
Officers were called at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday to the center at 1268 21st Ave. N., after a 60-year-old man found the storage shed behind the building burglarized, police said.
The complainant told police that between 4 p.m. Jan. 2 and 7:30 a.m. Jan. 3 someone broke into the shed and stole two yard tools valued at $800, according to the report.
The man said he drove around the building to check the shed early Tuesday and saw it had been burglarized again.
The man said the two locks on the door had been pried off and the only thing missing was a box of 100 rolls of toilet paper, valued at $40, according to the report.
The man told police there had been issues with homeless people sleeping behind the building.
Police are investigating both incidents.
Shots fired force elementary lockdown
South Conway Elementary school was briefly locked down about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, said Catina Hipp, police spokeswoman.
Officers were called to Jordan Circle, which is behind the elementary school, at 1:36 p.m. where shots had been fired, she said.
The shots were fired at a vehicle and no injuries were reported.
The school lockdown was precautionary, Hipp said, and students were never endangered.
The lockdown lasted about 10 minutes.
Student arrested for hitting girl at school
A Loris High School student was arrested Monday after he hit another student and stole her purse, according to a Loris police report.
Kinish Levern Simon, 18, is charged with disturbing schools and third degree assault and battery.
Police were called after a 17-year-old girl went to class crying and a third student explained what had happened, the report said.
Police watched Simon on video surveillance hit the girl, 17, in the face and take her purse.
The purse was recovered and the girl’s mother was called.
The mother told police Simon had sent her a text message the night before saying if her daughter came “home with any marks on her, I did it.”
Simon told police he wore sweats to school so he would be comfortable in jail and that he wanted to be arrested for punching her so a judge would give him a restraining order, the report said.
Simon said the girl wouldn’t leave him alone following their breakup a few months ago.
He was released from J. Reuben Long Detention Center on $1,000 bond Tuesday morning, after spending the night in jail.
Bank to move headquarters
A Myrtle Beach-based bank is moving its headquarters from Oak Street to the bustling banking hub along Robert Grissom Parkway.
Coastal Carolina National Bank, which has been based on Oak Street since the bank formed in 2009, is moving into the three-story building at 1012 38th Avenue North that formerly housed Plantation Federal Bank, which failed in 2012.
The building, formerly known as the Plantation Financial Center, will become known as the CCNB Center.
The bank will have a 8,100-square-foot branch on the first floor that will have a 24-hour ATM and drive-through window service. The new branch should be open by Feb. 4.
The bank also will have space on the third floor.
“Our business is growing and the new headquarters location will give us the flexibility to expand as needed,” Laurence Bolchoz Jr., the bank’s president and CEO, said in a news release.
The bank’s location at 2305 Oak St. will stay open until the new office on Grissom Parkway opens.
A number of banks have offices along Grissom Parkway, including BNC Bank and CresCom Bank that are both at the intersection of 38th Avenue North. South Atlantic Bank also has an office on Grissom Parkway near 29th Avenue North.
Coastal Carolina National Bank also is opening its second Grand Strand office this month in Garden City Beach at 2961 U.S. 17 Business in front of Kroger. Crews are renovating the 3,000-square-foot building, which previously housed Bank of America.
From staff reports