January 15, 2013

Police roundup | Columbia man suspected in shopliftings in Myrtle Beach area

Horry County police are looking for a man suspected in several area shoplifting incidents, said Horry County police spokesman Sgt. Robert Kegler.



Columbia man suspected in shopliftings

Horry County police are looking for a man suspected in several area shoplifting incidents, said Horry County police spokesman Sgt. Robert Kegler.

Police have issued an arrest warrant for Michael Steven Knarr, 41, of Columbia, for shoplifting, third offense or greater. Additional charges are likely, Kegler said, and another suspect may be involved.

Police began the investigation after learning one man was suspected in several shopliftings from various Walmarts in the county jurisdiction, Kegler said.

Knarr is accused of wearing wigs, fake facial hair and large hats while shoplifting.

Anyone with information about his location, or the possible second suspect, can call 915-5350. Anonymous tips can be made by calling 915-TIPS.


Thousands of dead fish wash ashore

Pawleys Island police have contacted the S.C. Department of Natural Resources after a large amount of fish washed on shore on the island’s south end, said Police Chief Mike Fanning.

Fanning said the fish are Menhaden fish, and there likely were thousands on the coast.

Earlier Tuesday, he said a marine biologist at Hobcaw Barony called because a large amount of fish had washed up on DeBordieu and wanted to know if Pawleys Island had a similar situation.

At the time, the answer was no. But, a few hours later there were thousands of fish on the shore, Fanning said.

“While I was patrolling down there, the tide went out and deposited all these fish,” Fanning said.

He said DNR has been called for both locations, and the marine biologist suspected low oxygen levels in the waters just offshore.

Fanning expects the fish should be cleared by the water by Wednesday.



Lane closures planned for swing bridge

Touch up warranty work will begin on the Barefoot Swing Bridge next week.

The work is expected to last two weeks starting on Monday and will remain open to traffic, though single lane closures likely will occur.

For more information contact the city of North Myrtle Beach at 280-5555.


Vaccination clinic held Thursday

The Horry County Animal Care Center is holding a vaccination clinic on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to a press release.

The clinic will be held at the animal care center, located at 1923 Industrial Park Road in Conway.

Rabies and other vaccines will be available for $10. Pet microchipping will also be available for $15.

For more information, contact the animal center at 915-5172.


Campus shooters to be a conference focus

The 14th annual Campus Safety Conference is scheduled for Feb. 18-21 at the Myrtle Beach Marriott.

The conference – started in 1999 by Grand Strand residents Dalton and Linda Floyd – will focus on being prepared for sexual assault and campus shooter issues.

A slate of national speakers with experience in campus safety have been scheduled for the conference.

Those interested in attending may register online at www.sccampussafety.com, and those who do so by Friday will get a $100 discount.


Event to commemorate killed in crash

LightHouse of Jesus Christ, a church in Georgetown, is planning a major musical production to commemorate three church members killed in a crash last year.

The five-vehicle crash on Nov. 14, 2012 killed four people in on U.S. 17 A near the Jamestown city limits, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Edith Jackson, 55, and Angie Arthur, 45, both of Georgetown, and Melvira Johnson, 51, of Loris were killed while riding in a van from the church. Steven Morse, 36, of Jamestown was driving another vehicle involved and also died.

The church plans to announce more details about the musical production on Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. at the church located at 159 Johnson Road in Georgetown.

John Arthur, Angie’s husband, will also be honored. Marilyn Hemingway, with the church, said John Arthur was in the car and is still recovering from critical injuries sustained in the crash.

The loss of the women meant the loss of family breadwinners, Hemingway said, and the church intends the announce plans allowing the community to donate funds to help the families financially.

For more information, contact Hemingway at 240-0432 or visit www.lighthouseofjesuschrist.net.


Free identity protection webinars offered

The S.C. Department of Revenue is offering free identity protection webinars this week with the S.C. State Library and the S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs.

The goal is to give any taxpayer information on minimizing the possibility of identity theft, said Samantha Cheek with the S.C. DOR.

To register, visit the South Carolina State Library’s calendar of events. The webinars are on Wednesday from 2-3:30 p.m., Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. or Friday from 10-11:30 a.m.

From staff reports

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