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August 27, 2014

Myrtle Beach’s kookiest crimes

Blue Light Special for Aug. 28, 2014

Monday night lights

A court case involving the fireworks shot weekly over Murrells Inlet was delayed until September.

The case, which was expected to be heard last week in local magistrate's court, involves some members of the community coming out against the Monday night lights.

The lights reportedly entertain hundreds of tourists and provide a good experience for locals strolling the MarshWalk in the historic Georgetown County fishing village.

This, of course, has turned out to be a big problem.

Some of the same residents, and Murrells Inlet 2020, have also opposed casino boats, bikers, vendors, loud music coming from nearby bars and restaurants, film crews and some new businesses who attempt to locate in the Inlet.

The residents and board members say they don't want the fireworks any night of the week.

They do allow that the sparklers can be shot off on July 4th, but only if the judge allows it.

The Inlet, however, is advertised as having a friendly, laid-back reputation.

Remember, if you visit the Inlet, go to bed early, don't gamble, don’t sing karaoke after 9 p.m. and please, no fireworks.

No information on whether Santa will be required to have a business license before landing in the Inlet at Christmas.

Gas attack

A Myrtle Beach woman was charged with assault after she reportedly struck an intoxicated man who expelled gas in her face.

The smelly incident happened on Aug. 18 in the 900 block of Third Avenue N., after police received a call about an injured person.

The assault suspect, who is also sort of a victim, said a man sleeping on her porch came in the house and passed gas in her face.

She was asleep on the couch, so the man had a good opportunity to do a sneak attack.

The man was also drunk, which made the gas attack that much more obnoxious.

The two argued in the back yard, and she struck the man several times with her closed fist.

Rolled up newspapers, used to scare rude people, just don’t work in that kind of situation.

The drunken man was taken to Grand Strand Regional Hospital with a swollen right eye.

Perhaps he should also be given some Beano and told to lay off the fried food before bedtime.

Shot, or not

Conway police were looking for someone who beat a man in a fist fight, or maybe shot him in the face.

His roommate just wasn’t sure, according to police.

The confusing crime happened on Oak Street around 1:30 a.m. Aug. 21.

When police arrived, they found the man had been beaten, but shots had also been fired in the neighborhood.

The man had a broken cheekbone, scrapes on his face and other injuries to the knuckles of his left hand.

He did get the better part of the fight, as police said he was not shot in the face.

He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

His attacker has not been found.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Conway Police Department at 248-1790.

Teens on camera

Three teenagers who appeared too young to drive at night were arrested Monday for randomly shooting and robbing a clerk at the Carolina Petro on S.C. 544 on Saturday morning.

The teens, who were caught on a store surveillance camera, shot the clerk even as he was trying to comply, according to Horry County Police.

The robbers, who were all identified as juveniles, were all wearing grey hoodies, jeans and tennis shoes, according to photos released by Horry County Police.

Police first thought they were looking for three adult robbers.

Anyone who is considered a juvenile is younger than 16 years old.

The names of the teens were not released by press time.

The store clerk was taken to a nearby hospital for surgery.

No information on whether the boys left in a car…or just rode their tricycles away from the scene.

Truck nabbing

Brunswick County, N.C. investigators said a missing truck was found burned in the woods off Lewis Swamp Road in Leland earlier this week.

The truck, a four-door, Ford F-150 with tool boxes on the side, went missing between Aug. 19 and 20.

The owner of the truck offered a reward for the vehicle’s return.

That is well understood, since a four-door, Ford F-150 with tool boxes on the side is a really cool vehicle.

The stolen truck was found burned Sunday afternoon.

No word on why the truck nappers would burn such a great ride.

Conway’s most wanted

Conway Police released its list of the area’s most wanted, which includes those who have fled from crimes ranging from criminal domestic violence to assault and battery with intent to kill.

Police are looking for Bertha Mae Sims, Curtis Johnson, Richard Jerome Donley, Roger Henry Biddle, Michael Joseph Kubacki and Jacquetta Umeko Wilson.

Residents should check under their beds, in their closets, in the attic and possible other places where people fleeing the law have been known to hide.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Conway Police at 248-1790.

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