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Judge grants bond to Little River man accused of storing girlfriend’s dead body in closet

Leon Edward Collier III was granted a $250,000 bond at a hearing Tuesday morning in Conway at the Horry County Courthouse. Collier is charged with murder in the strangulation death of his girlfriend, 29-year-old Christian Hope Phipps. He allegedly kept her body in a Little River area apartment bedroom closet days after her murder. Her two children, ages 6 and 10, were also in the home, and he is charged with two counts of unlawful neglect as well.

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Mugshots, Aug. 30

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Witnesses identify assault suspect through Facebook profile

A Facebook profile helped police confirm the identity of a second suspect accused of beating a man outside a home on 63rd Avenue North early Sunday morning. Thirty-four-year-old Brian Marvin Estevez was arrested and charged with second-degree assault and battery, damage to property and public intoxication after witnesses identified him as one of two men who beat a resident at the Myrtle Beach home. Witnesses told police they looked Estevez up on Facebook and found the profile of the second offender who was with him Sunday.

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North Myrtle Beach man, Surfside Beach woman accused of trafficking cocaine

A North Myrtle Beach man and a Surfside Beach woman remained in custody Monday after they were accused of drug trafficking last week. Twenty-eight-year-old Donavon Lamar Chestnut of North Myrtle Beach and 20-year-old Jordyn Marie Bargerstock of Surfside Beach were each charged with two counts of trafficking cocaine and possession with the intent to deliver marijuana. The charges accuse each of the two of possessing more than 428 grams of cocaine.

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Mugshots, Aug. 29

See who spent time behind bars at J. Reuben Long Detention Center and the North Myrtle Beach Jail. These mug shots are provided by law enforcement agencies and are public information. If charges are expunged or dismissed, The Sun News will remove the mug shot for free. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

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Surveillance cameras capture golf cart thieves in Surfside Beach

Investigators with the Surfside Beach Police Department are seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating a vehicle and suspects captured on camera when a golf cart was stolen from a home on Oak Drive on Friday. Still photos from a surveillance camera show a white Ford F-250 or F-350 pickup truck pulling a utility trailer approach the residence at approximately 2 p.m., according to a release from SBPD. Police say the footage shows two white male suspects remove the golf cart from underneath the Oak Drive home, load it on the trailer and flee the area.

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Liquor store thief fled with cash, but left something behind

Myrtle Beach police were called to Giff’s Liquor at 1490 S. Kings Hwy. at 2:40 a.m. Saturday in response to an alarm activation at the business. The store’s owner, who met police at the scene, said it looked like the thief gained access to the locked business through a roof fan. The store’s cash drawer was missing and the back door to the business was open when officers arrived, according to an incident report. The owner told police the drawer contained $150.

Mugshots

Mugshots, Aug. 28

See who spent time behind bars at J. Reuben Long Detention Center and the North Myrtle Beach Jail. These mug shots are provided by law enforcement agencies and are public information. If charges are expunged or dismissed, The Sun News will remove the photo for free. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

Mugshots

Mugshots, Aug. 27

See who spent time behind bars at J. Reuben Long Detention Center, the North Myrtle Beach Jail, and the Georgetown County Detention Center. These mug shots are provided by law enforcement agencies and are public information. If charges are expunged or dismissed, The Sun News will remove the mug shot for free. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Mugshots

Mugshots, Aug. 26

See who spent time behind bars at J. Reuben Long Detention Center, the North Myrtle Beach Jail, and the Georgetown County Detention Center. These mug shots are provided by law enforcement agencies and are public information. If charges are expunged or dismissed, The Sun News will remove the mug shot for free. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Crime

Drugs, fake money led to teen shooting at Wal-Mart

An 18-year-old Conway man was shoot while allegedly using two fake $100 bills while trying to buy an unknown amount of marijuana, according to an Horry County police arrest warrant. A 17-year-old Conway male was charged with attempted murder in connection with the shooting.

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Child Neglect Suspects Request to Go to Daughters Funeral

Jennifer Wood, 31, and Andrew Wade Johnson, 28, of Aynor each told the judge that they wished to be present for the funeral of their child during a bond hearing on charges of Unlawful Neglect of a Child in Conway on Saturday.
jlee@thesunnews.com
Child Neglect Suspects Request to Go to Daughters Funeral 0:45

Child Neglect Suspects Request to Go to Daughters Funeral

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Austin police arrest black teacher, tell her African-Americans have 'violent tendencies'

Jameisha Katara Alexander is charged with murder 0:29

Jameisha Katara Alexander is charged with murder

A Conway couple is on trial after being charged with murder 1:31

A Conway couple is on trial after being charged with murder