NORTH MYRTLE BEACH
Teen charged as adult in sexual misconduct case
A North Myrtle Beach teenager was arrested Tuesday for alleged criminal sexual misconduct against a 7-year-old girl.
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Shawn Michael Henderson, 16, is being charged as an adult, said city spokesman Pat Dowling. He remains at J. Reuben Long Detention Center under a $30,000 bond.
Police were notified after the victim was taken to the doctor’s office Tuesday and talked about the incident, which occurred on Dec. 31, according to the report.
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH
Man who fled to Thailand gets 20 years
A North Myrtle Beach man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday for manufacturing marijuana, said U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.
Christopher Harris pleaded guilty in federal court in Charleston to manufacturing and possessing with the intent to distribute 100 or more marijuana plants in 2011.
Following his arrest, Harris removed his court-ordered electronic monitor and fled to Buriram, Thailand on Dec. 29, 2011, Nettle said. He was arrested by the Royal Thai Police Immigration Bureau on June 1, 2012 and was extradited back the United States.
Senior U.S. District Judge C. Weston Houck sentenced Harris to 240 months followed by eight years of supervised release.
Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit, the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, the Summerville Police Department, and the United States Marshal Service investigated the case.
CCU warns about bogus solicitation
Coastal Carolina University is investigating an unauthorized solicitation involving the sale of ads for a university athletics promotion, said CCU spokesman Doug Bell.
An area business reported being visited by individuals claiming to be selling ads for a poster promoting the baseball team. Bell said no authorization has been given for any promotion, and urges businesses and individuals not give cash or checks to solicitors if there’s doubt about the validity.
Anyone with information or questions can call the CCU Department of Public Safety at 349-2177.
County Council chair hopefuls to debate
Sav-R-Cats is hosting a public luncheon and debate for the five Republican candidates in the race for the Horry County Council Chair seat recently vacated by Rep. Tom Rice.
The luncheon, on March 8, includes a three-course meal and beverage at the Omega Pancake & Omelette House at 2800 North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. Cost is $8 per person.
Reservations are requested and can be made by calling Sharon Dumay at 997-8701, Barbara Cook at 651-9505 or Ted Sedje at 381-9280.
The lunch begins at 12:30 p.m.
Candidates Al Allen, Liz Gilland, Debbie Harwell, Mark Lazarus and Fonzie Lewis have been invited and are expected to attend. The candidates will be given three minutes to introduce themselves and discuss their qualifications for the seat. The introductions will be followed by a question and answer period with the public.
CCU offers free tax preparation assistance
Coastal Carolina University will offer free tax preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) starting Feb. 19 and ending April 10.
CCU accounting students will prepare and electronically file basic tax returns for taxpayers with earnings less than $50,000.
The help will be available in room 203 of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business and Administration building on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 7 p.m. excluding spring break March 11 to 15.
Those seeking assistance are asked to bring a photo ID, social security cards for the filer and any dependents, tax forms including a W2, 1099 or tuition statements and a copy of last year’s tax return.
For a direct deposit refund, bring a voided check. If married and filing jointly, both spouses need to be present to sign a consent form. Students seeking help need to know if they are filed as a dependent by your parents.
If you plan to itemize deductions, bring an organized and summarized list of medical expenses including health insurance and charitable contributions.
For 2012, itemized deductions need to exceed $6,000 if single or $12,000 if married and filing jointly, otherwise the standard deduction will result in less tax.
Returns will be prepared on a first-come, first served basis and no tax returns will be started within one hour of closing time.
For more information, contact Carol Cissell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 349-2864.
From staff reports