Police roundup | Meeting of current, ex-girlfriend leads to man facing criminal domestic violence charge

12/28/2012 9:18 PM

12/28/2012 9:18 PM



Man fleeing police injures self in fall

Myrtle Beach police arrested a man early Friday morning for allegedly beating up a woman at his house, but not before he tried to run away and tripped over a barrel and cinder blocks in a neighbor’s yard.

Sato Jewel Bethea, 22, was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and lodged in the Myrtle Beach Jail.

Officers went to a house in the 1300 block of Dunbar Street in Myrtle Beach and reportedly saw Bethea pushing the victim’s head down to the ground. The woman was also seen spitting blood from her mouth, according to the incident report.

Bethea tried to walk inside the house, but was ordered to stay outside. He began running and tripped over the objects in the neighbor’s yard, the report stated. Officers pointed a Taser at him and ordered him not to move, at which point he was placed under arrest.

The victim told police she was invited over to Bethea’s house, and the two eventually started arguing over his new girlfriend. The argument became physical, and the two reportedly hit one another.

Bethea then allegedly began throwing the woman around the house and slapped her several times.

According to a statement from the new girlfriend, the victim came over to the home uninvited and Bethea invited her inside, leading to her getting mad.

Bethea and the victim started arguing and “that’s when things got hot and they just started goin’ at it,” the new girlfriend told police.


Investigators suspect arson in boat fires

Investigators are working to determine whether three boat fires were intentionally set early Friday morning in Socastee.

Leslie Yancey, spokeswoman for Horry County Fire Rescue, said calls came in at 1 a.m. reporting that boats were ablaze at the Hague Landing and Waterway.

Sgt. Robert Kegler, with Horry County police, said firefighters put out three separate fires on boats that were in a field for dry storage. Police investigators were called because it appeared the fires were set intentionally, Kegler said.

No suspects have been identified.



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.


Dispose of your live Christmas tree

Beginning in January, the city of Myrtle Beach will pick up Christmas trees from the curb and take them to be recycled. In February all of the collected trees will be ground into mulch, which will be available to the public for free.

Residents are asked to place trees at the curb – making sure to remove all decorations and tree stands and not to cover any utility boxes or meters.

Those who don’t want to wait for curbside pickup can drop off trees on Mr. Joe White Avenue at 21 Avenue North Extension, behind Myrtle Waves Water Park.


Get city parking decals

MTP The city will soon offer the two-year parking decals for 2013 and 2014. Letters will be sent to the owners of vehicles that are registered in city limits.

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. Properly registered golf carts also are eligible for parking decals

The parking meter season begins March 1 and runs through Sept. 30.

Additionally, 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

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