January 18, 2013

Police roundup | Man drives into ocean, charged with DUI

A Garden City man wound up behind bars early Friday morning after his car wound up in the ocean.



Man drives into ocean, charged with DUI

A Garden City man wound up behind bars early Friday morning after his car wound up in the ocean.

Charles Evitt, 37, was charged with driving under the influence, driving under suspension and operating an uninsured vehicle, according to information from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. He remained jailed Friday.

Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins, with the S.C. Highway Patrol, said the incident occurred at 1:10 a.m. Friday at the intersection of North Waccamaw and Woodland drives in Garden City.

Evitt was reportedly traveling on Woodland Drive when he ran the stop sign at the intersection, which parallels the coast, Collins said. His vehicle struck a fence and then went into the ocean.

“It’s not every day a car ends up in the pond,” Collins said.

Evitt was not taken to the hospital and no injuries were reported. A wrecker was on scene to remove the car from the water. It didn’t wind up in too deep of water.


28 gaming machines seized

On the same day computers were seized in Myrtle Beach by police and the State Law Enforcement Division, agents also investigated six stores in Georgetown, according to Georgetown police.

Officers conducted unannounced checks of 12 different businesses in the city Thursday checking for alcohol violations and the possession of gaming devices. Nearly 30 machines were seized from six stores, police said.

Five games were seized at Buzz’s Roost, 715 Front Street, two at Beef O’ Brady’s on Fraser Street, one at Castaway’s Bar and Grill on Front Street, four at Katz Bar on Fraser Street, one at Money Saver on Highmarket Street and one at Fish Tails Bar and Grill on Church Street.

Administrative violations were written against each business owner’s alcohol license.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.

In Myrtle Beach Thursday, 21 computers were seized from the 5 Star Internet Café Sweepstakes at 706 North Ocean Boulevard.


Two charged in New Years Day beating

A Brunswick County man and a juvenile were arrested Thursday night and charged in connection with a New Years Day beating that led to a man’s death a few days later.

Nickolas Wayne Smith, 21, of Leland, and the 16-year-old teen were both charged with second-degree murder, according to a press release.

The two are accused in the death of Hartford Talmage Sellers III.

William Joseph Connolly, 52, was previously charged with assault with a deadly weapon in the incident.



“Amazing Race” style challenge planned

This March, the Myrtle Beach State Park will hold an “Amazing Race” challenge.

The contest covers six miles in the state park for a friendly competition using wits, athleticism and problem-solving skills to answer questions about nature, complete challenges and solve puzzles.

The event runs on March 2 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is restricted to people age 12 and older.

Registration costs $30 per team and includes a T-shirt, bag and water bottle. Call the Nature Center at 238-0874 by Feb. 15 to register. Space is limited to 20 teams.

From staff reports

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