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A Series of Unfortunate Events

A woman accused of beating another woman outside of a hotel in November was arrested Saturday night and now faces a new charge after police found what they called a drug pipe in the patrol car that carried her to jail, and what we are calling “a series of unfortunate events.”

A warrant was issued for 31-year-old Leslee Estelle Brock earlier this month. Brock was charged with assault and battery after a witness told police Brock attacked a woman who was walking down 15th Avenue South toward Ocean Boulevard on Nov. 28.

After the offender broke it off, the victim sat down at the Summer Sands to gather herself, according to the incident report. But a witness cited in the report said Brock returned, knocked the victim to the ground and hit her several times before walking away.

The victim was transported by EMS to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for minor cuts and bruising, according to the report.

Myrtle Beach police arrested Brock on the earlier warrant when they found Brock “verbally fighting with a white male” at 1610 S. Kings Highway Saturday night. Geez, some night you just need to GO TO BED.

Police say Brock was charged with a drug equipment violation when the arresting officer found a red steel pipe “used for smoking narcotics” in the back of the patrol car after Brock was transported to jail.

Winter is Coming

Myrtle Beach police are investigating an assault with a butcher knife at Carolina Oaks.

Myrtle Beach police are investigating a reported assault Saturday night at Carolina Oaks apartments where a woman told police a suspect threatened to kill her with a butcher knife.

No word yet on whether he was an actual butcher, or if this was just a crime of emphasis.

Police responded to the apartment complex at 200 Cedar St. around 6:25 p.m.

The victim told police two suspects, identified in reports as 22-year-old Laqueta Enaj Harrell and 25-year-old Winter Shavano Harts, followed her in a black Chevy Avalanche truck to Carolina Breeze apartments at 100 Cedar St. Once there, the victim said the suspects pulled up beside her car, tried to box her in and started making verbal threats that they were going to kill her, according to an incident report.

Wow, this really gives that whole “Winter is Coming” a completely new meaning.

The victim told police she was able to back her car out and leave the scene, but the offenders followed her, driving recklessly as if they were “going to ram” the back of her car. At Carolina Oaks, the victim told police that one of the suspects jumped out of the Avalanche (there’s a joke in here somewhere about a guy named “Winter” driving an Avalanche, but I’m too lazy to look for it) and approached her with a butcher knife in hand. The victim stated that the passenger of the Avalanche (not Winter) was waving the knife in her direction and shouting obscenities. The victim stated that she is pregnant and was in fear for her life,” according to the report.

The victim told police she has had prior run-ins with the suspects over the last few months regarding an incident with another man. She said that she was afraid she would have been stabbed to death if she had not rolled her window up, which was a reasonable fear, given the circumstances.

Witnesses at the scene corroborated the encounter in separate reports to police, telling police the suspects left the scene before officers arrived. No arrests had been made in the case by 6 p.m. Sunday.

We all now know at least one person who truly is ready for summer.

Machete Josh strikes again

A 29-year-old man was taken into police custody after threatening two people and responding officers with a machete on Saturday at a Myrtle Beach apartment complex.

Apparently that type of behavior is FROWNED UPON IN THIS ESTABLISHMENT.

Officers received a call about a disturbance at 8 a.m. Saturday morning at Westwind apartments on Pridgen Road, near 13th Avenue South. When police arrived on scene, the man, identified as Joshua Curt Floyd, also threatened them, Lt. Joey Crosby, spokesman with Myrtle Beach police, said.

Typically cops don’t like it when you do that.

Once the officers were threatened, they set up a perimeter and called for backup. Search and arrest warrants were obtained, and multiple agencies, including South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Horry County Fire Rescue, and a SWAT team were called to the scene, and blocked part of Pridgen Road for hours during the investigation, police said.

So just to recap: The SWAT team was called. For one man with a machete. It’s like real life Grand Theft Auto.

“They [officers] felt it was best to retreat for their safety and also to make sure the public was safe as well,” Crosby said.

Police broke down the apartment door, and the 6-foot-6 Floyd was taken into custody without a struggle, Crosby said. Floyd was transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for evaluation in connection with unrelated treatment, and no one was injured during the incident, authorities said.

The authorities were called after an argument regarding drugs being stolen from Floyd, according to a police report. Floyd reportedly chased a man outside with a machete, and proceeded to cut himself on his arms and stomach before police were called. Not sure, but I don’t think that’s how you use a machete.

Westwind resident Patrice Richards said she was taking her two children, ages 3 and 6 to ride bicycles outside when they saw officers on scene with guns out.

“It scared me,” she said.

Her youngest child cried because he was afraid. Richards has only lived at the apartment complex for one month, and said she moved there to get away from violence she encountered while living at Third Avenue South. She didn’t move far enough, apparently.

She doesn’t plan on moving again because she was told another security camera would soon be installed at the complex, so everything’s fine now. She said she would also feel more comfortable if police had a stronger presence patrolling the area.

“I just want it to stop ... especially with my babies seeing this,” she said and added she feared her children would grow up thinking violence is normal.

“That’s [violence] not what we want for the community. We want everyone to be like, you know, uplifting in each other, not all this violence. That’s just sad,” Richards said.

*signs petition for Obama to ban all machetes*

Hazmat crews clean up remains of a mobile meth lab in Conway

Horry County Police were called to Rain Tree Lane in Conway Sunday night about 8:30 for a suspicious bag. Ludicrous was on hand to ask the obvious question, “What in the world is in that BAG, what you got in that BAG?”

That didn’t happen.

When police arrived they discovered what appeared to be a mobile meth lab according to Sergeant Hutchins with Horry County Police.

HAZMAT-certified officers arrived on the scene around midnight to “clean up” the remnants.

No arrests have been made.

For more on this story visit our Grand Strand News Alliance partner WPDE.

Blue Light Special is a roundup of the Myrtle Beach area’s weird and wild crime, written with a saracastic and/or humorous twist. It is meant as a parody. Don’t take it too seriously; we don’t.