Shake It Off
Crime scenes around Horry County usually involve convenience stores, nightclubs and sometimes a family home.
A recent arrest in Little River shows that crime is not limited to certain locations, or the up-to-no-good suspect.
On Jan. 9, police arrested a custodian at Waterway Elementary School in Little River after he was accused of indecent exposure.
Darrell Lee Rice, 57, was apparently seen by some first-grade students, and also captured on a school surveillance camera.
An incident report said Rice was in full view of two full classrooms when he exposed himself.
He was reportedly standing near a garbage can when the incident happened.
A six-year-old girl was the first to tell her mother that Rice had exposed himself at school, police said.
Officials reviewed the school surveillance tape and saw at 1:46 p.m., where Rice was standing near the garbage can with his junk exposed.
Rice reportedly had his member outside his pants and was “shaking it,” according to police.
At press time, Rice remained jailed at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on two counts of indecent exposure.
Chicken Fried Robbery
It had to happen sooner or later.
In the recent spate of local fast food robberies, the restaurants have included hamburger joints, Chinese take out, sub sandwiches and pizza.
Now, a robber has gotten really bold and moved on to a local fried chicken restaurant in Georgetown.
To be even more brazen, the criminals hit the popular location that is right beside the Georgetown Police Department.
It is not the first time crime has happened near the police department.
Several years ago, a patch of marijuana was found growing several blocks away.
In this case, Georgetown Police said the robbery happened around 10:30 p.m. Monday, at the Highmarket Street business.
A man armed with a handgun took an unspecified amount of money from the restaurant, then left on foot.
He did not take any food from the restaurant, like a chicken pot pie, chicken strips or that really fabulous gallon of sweet tea.
Anyone with any information about the robbery is asked to call the Georgetown Police Department at 543-4300.
A memorial service for a fallen, four-legged member of the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office was held Tuesday morning.
Blue, the one-year-old tracking dog who was burned in a kennel fire, was laid to rest during a ceremony held at 10 a.m. at the Sheriff's Office.
Funerals are sad events, and dog funerals rank right up there with getting all four wisdom teeth removed, at the same time, and wrecking your new car.
The handsome, flop-eared tracking dog was fatally injured after the newly-renovated kennels caught fire on Jan. 10.
Some dogs were able to escape, but Blue was seriously injured and had to be euthanized, according to Carrie Cuthbertson, spokeswoman for the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office.
Cuthbertson said Blue's injuries were so serious, he could not recover.
A decision was made to have him euthanized, after he received emergency treatment in Mount Pleasant, she said.
It is believed the fire was an accident, caused by chewed wires in the kennel.
Many expressions of sympathy and condolence were posted underneath the information about Blue's memorial service, which was posted last week on Facebook.
Blue was a fairly new member of the law enforcement team, but has left his paw prints in the memories of some residents.
Dog-lovers, and law enforcement, wished Blue well, and thanked him for his service in Georgetown County.
Happy trails, Blue.
Finding the Doe
A case that has baffled real, trained investigators for quite a while, while inspiring numerous Internet detectives, might have ties to Myrtle Beach.
A local investigation, led by actual police officers, could finally lead to the identification of a very faithful Grateful Dead fan.
The slim youth, who was found deceased with two Grateful Dead concert tickets in his pants pocket, has remained unidentified since June 27, 1995.
He was wearing a colorful Grateful Dead T-shirt at the time of his death, after a car crash in Virginia.
No one identified the solitary concert-goer, and his real name has never been known.
He became known on social media, however, as "Grateful Doe," a young music-lover who never made it to the final show.
A Facebook page dedicated to Grateful Doe might have helped crack the case. Facebook detectives can be surprisingly good.
A picture of Doe recently began circling social media, asking if he could be from Myrtle Beach. The name on the photo was "Jason," and asked if the teen could have traveled from Horry County.
Myrtle Beach Police, who apparently don't read their Facebook posts, (or listen to the Grateful Dead) finally opened an investigation last week into whether the wide-spread social media information about Grateful Doe was actually true.
A Myrtle Beach woman has now filed a missing persons report for her son Jason Callahan, who hasn't been seen since 1995, when he was on his way to a Grateful Dead concert.
The picture being circulated on Facebook is her son, Jason Callahan, according to his mother.
DNA tests are now being done to determine whether Grateful Doe is Jason Callahan
Grateful Doe might make it home from the concert, after all.