ATM thefts in state include Pawleys
Authorities say thieves who stole an ATM from outside a Lexington bank may be responsible for as many as four other ATM thefts around the state, including one in Georgetown County.
Police say the thieves stole a forklift from a nearby construction site and used it to spear the Lexington ATM early Sunday morning, loading it into the back of a stolen pickup truck. Investigators say it took the thieves less than a minute.
Georgetown County deputies talked to Lexington police about an ATM theft in Pawleys Island that used stolen construction equipment and a stolen pickup. Similar thefts have been reported in Anderson, Greenville and Clemson.
Police seek assailant on battery charge
An arrest warrant has been issued for a 40-year-old Myrtle Beach man in connection with an assault that occurred last month in Conway, according to Catina Hipp, Conway Police spokeswoman.
Billy Leon Alford is wanted on a second-degree assault and battery charge.
The incident occurred March 29 along the Riverwalk in Conway, where the victim reported that a man contacted her and asked her to meet him at 9 p.m. at the Riverwalk to discuss their relationship, to which the victim reluctantly agreed, Hipp said.
According to the victim, the attacker became irate after learning the relationship was ending and hit her multiple times in the face. The victim - who told police that she had been introduced to the assailant by a mutual friend and agreed to go out with him after reviewing his profile on a dating website - received treatment for minor injuries, Hipp said.
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C.
Deputies arrest 2 men on drug charges
Two North Carolina men were arrested Monday on drug-related charges, according to Sgt. April Stanley, spokeswoman with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.
William Matthew Bowers, 19, and Paul Robert Ruiz, Jr., 24, both of Supply, N.C., have been charged with one count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana. Bowers has also been charged with one count of maintaining vehicle, dwelling, and place for controlled substance.
Ruiz has also been charged with one count of possessing drug paraphernalia.
Bowers' bail was set at $5,000, and Ruiz's bail was set at $10,000. Both men have been released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility.
Rep. Tim Scott setting up mobile office
U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., is setting up a "mobile office" in Georgetown County.
Scott will be holding monthly constituent outreach meetings in Georgetown County, with the first on April 13.
The April meeting will be held at the Waccamaw Neck Regional Council of Governments office, at 1230 High Market Street. A congressional staffer will be available from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Dates for the remainder of the year have not yet been set. No advance appointments are necessary.
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH
Vendor registration for Mayfest extended
The deadline for vendor registration for the sixth annual Mayfest on Main Festival in North Myrtle Beach has been extended to April 15, according to a news release from city spokesman Pat Dowling.
All food vendor spaces have been filled, but applications are being accepted for handmade arts & crafts, professional business or resale items, and nonprofit organizations.
Applications are available at the J. Bryan Floyd Community Center, 1030 Possum Trot Road, North Myrtle Beach, or online at parks.nmb.us.
Completed applications, including appropriate fees made payable to the city of North Myrtle Beach, should be addressed to Mayfest on Main, North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation Department, 1018 Second Ave. S., North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582.
Applications may also be dropped off at the J. Bryan Floyd Community Center.
As a prelude to Mayfest on Main, free outdoor concerts will be held on Main Street from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 5 and May 6. The May 5 concert offers funk music by Project 7ven and the May 6 concert offers rhythm and blues/beach music by the Mighty Mighty Tams.
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C.
Police cars get new radio systems
Equipment for a new public safety radio system is being installed in the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicles, according to spokeswoman Sgt. April Stanley.
The county was approved in January for the new VIPER system, Stanley said in the press release.
Console installments will take several weeks to be properly installed into all of the vehicles.
"The goal is for the Sheriff's Office to be running on the new VIPER system by Memorial Day weekend," Stanley said.
"The Sheriff's Office looks forward to working on the new state-run communications system and providing the county's citizens with the best professional and proficient services available."