Man expecting Christmas kindness arrested for allegedly not paying cab fare
A Myrtle Beach man hoping for a Christmas break was arrested early Tuesday morning for not paying his cab fare.
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William Howell Mayo, 43, was charged with fraud of a taxicab and booked into the Myrtle Beach Jail shortly after midnight.
A cab driver for Anchor Taxi stopped a Myrtle Beach police officer at the corner of Greens Boulevard and Mr. Joe White Avenue saying Mayo, who was walking away, only paid $2 for $10.95 cab fare, according to the incident report.
The officer stopped Mayo and asked him why he wasn’t paying for the cab ride. The suspect replied “it was Christmas.”
According to the cab driver, his passenger had no real destination and just wanted to drive around for a while before eventually asking the driver to stop, the report stated.
Mayo reportedly smelled of alcohol at the time of his arrest.
Man accused of assaulting his sister’s boyfriend
A Myrtle Beach man was arrested early Tuesday morning on a warrant stemming from an assault that happened in March 2011.
El-asri Ahmed, 24, was is charged with assault and assault and battery, second degree.
According to a Myrtle Beach police incident report, Ahmed and the victim had been out drinking on March 26, 2011, when the talk moved to the victim’s relationship with the suspect’s sister.
Ahmed became very upset at that point, and the two left the bar together and walked to the beach access at Fourth Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. There, the suspect began punching the suspect several times, the report stated.
The victim, at one point, tried to defend himself with a stick but had it knocked away by Ahmed. Eventually, the suspect left and ran back toward the bar.
A warrant was later issued for assault charges.
City hosts health fair
The city of Myrtle Beach will host a health and Fitness Fair on Jan. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pepper Geddings Recreation Center. For details, visit www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/choose.hmtl or call 918-2280.
The fair will feature the kickoff to the city’s Choose Health and Fitness event, where participants select a fitness plan and compete to win prizes and “recreation bucks.” Those interested must register by Dec. 31.
Coastal Animal Rescue hosts “fur”-niture sale
Stop by the fourth annual “Fur”-niture Sale on Jan. 26, for a fundraising event to raise money for Coastal Animal Rescue. The money raised will go toward the nonprofit continue to find forever homes for rescued cats and dogs.
The event, held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Original SBB, and features the sale of gently used furniture, lamps, pictures and paintings. Original SBB is located at 3393 U.S. Business 17 in Murrells Inlet.
Additionally, those who would like to donate their belongings can drop them off at the Original BSS on Jan. 5 or Jan. 19 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information on dropping off items, call 808-0276.
Free furniture pick-up is available for donors located from Pawleys Island to U.S. Route 501 in Myrtle Beach. To arrange a pickup, contact Marianne at 357-8205.
Learn about OLLI at Waccamaw Library
The Friends of the Waccamaw Library will host the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at 7 p.m. Jan. 3 for its monthly first Thursday presentation.
OLLI representatives will talk to prospective lifelong learners about available opportunities at the Waccamaw Higher Education Center.
Light refreshments will be served. Waccamaw Neck Branch library is located at 24 Commerce Lane in Pawleys Island. For information, call 545-3623.
Dispose your live Christmas tree
Beginning in January, the city of Myrtle Beach will pick up Christmas trees and take them to be recycled. In February all of the collected trees will be ground into mulch and be available to the public for free.
Residents should place trees at the curb – removing all decorations and tree stands. Do not cover any utility boxes or meters.
Residents also can drop off trees on Mr. Joe White Avenue at 21 Avenue North Extension, behind Myrtle Waves Water Park.
Get city parking decals
The city will soon offer the two-year parking decals for 2013 and 2014.
The decals allow residents to park their vehicles for free at the city’s parking meters, in the Pavilion Parking Garage and at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
Eligibility for decals is tied to where the vehicle “lives” – it is eligible if it is registered inside city limits and city property taxes have been paid on it.
The parking meter season begins March 1 and runs through Sept. 30.
All vehicles with valid handicapped plates or hand-tags and vehicles with valid Purple Heart, Disabled American Veteran or Medal of Honor license plates already are able to park free.
From staff reports