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MB man charged in hotel robberies

A Myrtle Beach man was indicted on charges he robbed two area hotels earlier this year, according to court records.

Kwaje Alajawon Bethea, 19, was indicted on two charges of attempted armed robbery that occurred on Jan. 13, according to indictments released this week.

A clerk at the Country Inn and Suites at 3516 Waccamaw Boulevard, called police at 9 p.m. Jan. 13 to report he had been robbed by a man who came into the hotel and demanded money, police said.

The clerk told police he ran from behind the desk to safety.

The man took $150 and drove from the area, but police found the vehicle on Carolina Forest Boulevard and arrested Bethea, police said.

Bethea also was charged with trying to rob the Super 8 Motel about 8:45 p.m. that night.

Conway

Conway man charged in 2009 robbery

A Conway man was indicted by an Horry County grand jury on charges that stemmed from an April 2009 robbery, according to court records.

Alex Antwan Graham, 21, was indicted on charges of kidnapping and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to indictments released this week.

The charges stemmed from April 26 when a 21-year-old Conway woman told police she and her 23-year-old brother were robbed at gunpoint by three men at a home on Blount Street, according to police.

The woman said the men came into the house with her brother and demanded to know where another man was located.

The robbers held the man and woman at gunpoint while they searched the house, which included kicking open a locked bedroom door, according to authorities. The robbers took the man's wallet and cell phone before they fled the home.

Myrtle Beach

Man flown to New Hanover after crash

A Myrtle Beach man was flown to New Hanover Memorial Hospital in critical condition after a vehicle crash Saturday, according to Myrtle Beach police.

An SUV struck a pickup at the intersection of Kings Highway and Grand Dunes Boulevard at about 5 p.m., said Corporal Shannon Toole of the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

The SUV T-boned the truck as the driver attempted to cross the highway, Toole said, and the SUV had the right of way.

The wreck left the driver of the truck in critical condition and closed down roads from about 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. as space was cleared for a medical helicopter to land, Toole said.

The three occupants of the SUV did not sustain serious injuries, he said.

MYRTLE BEACH

Sponsors sought for Haiti shelters

Area media representatives will work together this week to help build shelters for residents of Haiti.

Participants in the Shelter Haiti Media Build Day, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Myrtle Beach Convention Center parking lot, will work to complete 130 shelters that will be shipped to Haiti. The public is welcome to sign up to assist.

The homes being built will provide shelter for up to 12 people each in Haiti, where the rainy season is beginning, even while many families are living in makeshift camps and tents. The group's goal is to build a total of 1,001 of the shelters.

Organizers of the effort are asking the community to help by sponsoring a home for $500, which includes the cost of shipping to Haiti. To donate, visit www.shelterhaiti.com. Any donations made to Haiti prior to April 15 count as tax deductible donations on 2009 tax returns.

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