Police roundup | Myrtle Beach officer struck with shoe; burglary suspects arrested

01/31/2013 8:12 PM

01/31/2013 8:13 PM



Man accused of hitting police officer with shoe

A Murrells Inlet man arrested late Wednesday night for public intoxication and trespassing wound up facing an assault charge after allegedly striking a Myrtle Beach police officer with a shoe while in the city jail.

Houston Baird Weatherford, 25, was charged with third-degree assault and battery.

According to a Myrtle Beach police incident report, Weatherford was detained by security at Broadway at the Beach for trespassing. When officers tried to get the suspect, who was slurring his speech, to get into a taxi and go home, he reportedly refused.

Rutherford was then placed under arrest and taken to the Myrtle Beach Jail.

While at the jail, he was asked to remove his shoes. As Rutherford started taking one of them off, he kicked his leg back and threw the shoe into an officer who was walking by, the report stated.

He was then charged with assault.


Two charged when resident reports suspicious vehicle

Two men were arrested in Murrells Inlet after a resident called the Georgetown Sheriff’s Office about a suspicious vehicle, said sheriff’s office spokeswoman Carrie Cuthbertson.

Alan Edward Golstein and Michael Walton, both 21 and from Murrells Inlet, are charged with first degree burglary and five counts each of breaking and entering into motor vehicles. The men are being held at the Georgetown County Detention Center pending bond hearings.

Deputies went to Collins Creek Drive in Murrells Inlet about 4 a.m. Wednesday where someone reported a suspicious parked vehicle. The car was unoccupied, but appeared to be full of stolen property, Cuthbertson said.

Two men came out of a wooded area near the car and one was pushing a bicycle toward a gate marked, “No Trespassing,” Cuthbertson said.

Both men refused to answer deputies when asked who the items in the car belonged to, and were arrested.



Economic developers expecting 300 new jobs

Two or three new businesses likely will announce they are establishing operations in Horry County within the next four months, Brad Lofton, president of the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp., said at the business group’s annual meeting Thursday morning.

Lofton said after the meeting that all are new businesses and, together, they will bring about 300 new jobs with them.

“We’re pretty confident,” Lofton said of the likelihood that the businesses will set up shop locally.


Health fair coming to Myrtle Beach on Saturday

Grand Strand Regional Medical Center will sponsor its 32nd annual health fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach, according to a press release.

More than 50 medical and healthcare exhibitors will be available for information and screenings. A blood profile for those 18 and over will be available for $25 and includes thyroid, complete cholesterol, total iron, sodium, glucose, calcium, magnesium, total protein, potassium and more.

Fasting for 12 hours before the screening is required for accurate results. Diabetics should bring a snack to eat immediately after the blood draw.

Free screenings include: vision, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, stress, cholesterol, glucose, heart rate and cartoid artery.

From staff reports

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