February 15, 2013

Police roundup | Pot seized; handgun wards off attacker; teens in trouble after smoking unknown substance

Horry County police who stopped a car on U.S. 501 near Pee Dee Highway for speeding later arrested two men on drug charges, said Sgt. Robert Kegler with Horry County police.



50 pounds of marijuana seized

Horry County police who stopped a car on U.S. 501 near Pee Dee Highway for speeding later arrested two men on drug charges, said Sgt. Robert Kegler with Horry County police.

A narcotics dog alerted officers to the presence of illegal drugs during the Feb. 13 stop. Inside the car, police found 50 pounds of marijuana, Kegler said.

Richard Anzel Harrelson, 62, of Conway, is charged with driving too fast for conditions, trafficking marijuana more than 10 pounds, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He was released Thursday on $20,155 bail.

Ricky Lee Harrelson, 37, of Conway, is charged with trafficking marijuana more than 10 pounds and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He was released Thursday on $20,000 bond.

Myrtle Beach

Victim’s handgun convinces

would-be robber to flee

A 46-year-old woman told Myrtle Beach police she fended off a would-be robber early Friday by kicking him and then pointing her gun at him, according to a police report.

The victim told officers that at 2:50 a.m. Friday she arrived for her shift at work at the Bagel Factory at 2012 N. Kings Highway when a man opened the driver’s door, police said.

The victim said she kicked at the robber, who had something covering his face and a hooded sweatshirt over his head and a black hat, and he pushed her into the vehicle in an attempt to get her purse, according to the report. The victim said she continued to kick at the man until she reached into the glove box and retrieved her handgun.

The victim said she pointed the gun at the suspect and he turned and ran south toward 19th Avenue North, according to the report. Officers found a locking blade knife on the floorboard of the vehicle and the victim told police it belonged to the suspect but she didn’t see it during the attack.

Detectives are investigating the incident.


Two charged following Valentine’s Day fight

A Conway man and woman are facing charges following a stabbing on Valentine’s Day.

Police responding to the 2500 block of Oak Street in Conway learned a fight had left one person with a stab wound to the leg, said Capt. Selena Small with Conway police.

Supaya Castro, 44, and Ventura Quinones, 50, are charged with second degree assault by a mob. Quinones was released from J. Reuben Long Detention Center on $5,000 bail. Castro remains in custody.

No details about the victim were iavailable Friday night.


Teens taken to hospital after smoking unknown substance

Two teens were taken to the hospital from Socastee High School after smoking what may have been synthetic marijuana, said Sgt. Robert Kegler with Horry County Police.

Four students experimented with the drug, said Teal Harding, Horry County Schools spokeswoman.

Staff at Socastee High School first noticed something was wrong at 1:20 p.m. Friday when two women noticed a female student appeared to be having a seizure. She was taken to the hospital along with a male student who appeared to be in an altered state, Harding said.

A 17-year-old male student was released to his mother and was not charged. The fourth student, another girl, fled campus on foot.

The drug was sent to State Law Enforcement Division for testing, Kegler said. While police suspect it is synthetic marijuana, Kegler said they won’t know for sure until that test results are returned.

School disciplinary action is pending for all four students, Harding said, no matter what the substance is determined to be. Students who present substances as though they are real drugs are subject to the same disciplinary measures by the schools as those who possess real drugs.


Spartanburg man pleads guilty in fatal crash

A 25-year-old man pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in connection with a fatal vehicle crash in October, according to court records.

Jared McRae Mahler, 25, of Spartanburg pleaded guilty to reckless homicide with death results caused by injury from a vehicle, according to court records. Circuit Court Judge Edward B. Cottingham sentenced Mahler to five years in prison and ordered him to pay court costs.

Mahler received credit for the time he has previously served. He had been held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center on $50,000 bond since his arrest in October.

An Horry County grand jury indicted Mahler on a felony driving under the influence with death results charge in connection with the crash.

Mahler told Myrtle Beach police he was from Ocoee, Fla., at the time of his arrest, but jail records showed Thursday he listed Spartanburg as his hometown.

The charge stemmed from 5:40 p.m. Oct. 22 when Myrtle Beach police were called for a vehicle crash on Kings Highway near 48th Avenue North. Jacob Young, 27, of Palmetto Bay, Fla., was killed in the crash from multiple trauma.

A heavily damaged Chevrolet Camaro was on the median, slammed against a tree.

Two vehicles were traveling at high rates of speed headed south on North Kings Highway when Mahler’s vehicle lost control and crashed, killing Young in the vehicle, Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes said at the time of the crash



Civic Association holds candidate forum

The Feb. 20 meeting of the Carolina Forest Civic Association will be a forum for the five candidates vying for the Horry County Council Chair seat.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Carolina Forest Recreation Center.

The seat was left vacant when Tom Rice was elected to represent the 7th Congressional District.

Running for the seat are Al Allen, Mark Lazarus, Liz Gilland, Debbie Harwell and Fonzie Lewis. Eddie Dyer, executive vice president and chief operation officer at Coastal Carolina University will moderate the forum.

The primary election will be held March 12.

From staff reports

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