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Myrtle Beach-area’s kookiest crimes

Ain’t No Sunshine

Listen up people: do not let an older man take your kids to Flordia, OK?

Fiftyfive-year-old Webster Douglas Williams, III pleaded guilty in federal court to producing child pornography, traveling in interstate commerce to engage in sexual acts with a minor, and possession of child pornography, and one of his tricks was to take “children to Florida where he engaged in sexual activities with one of the children,” according to a press release issued by U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles’ office. We don’t care if he’s promising Disney World...

According to the release, evidence showed that Williams produced kiddie porn for more than five years, filming himself with children from ages four to 11-years-old.

Williams’ house was searched in November 2011 and police found more than one million - one million! - child porn images on his computers, video equipment, pictures “and elsewhere” according to the release.

According to the release, “Nettles stated the maximum penalty for producing child pornography is imprisonment for 30 years and/or a fine of $250,000, the maximum penalty for travel in interstate commerce to engage in sexual acts with a minor is also imprisonment for 30 years and/or a fine of $250,000, and the maximum penalty for possession of child pornography is imprisonment for 10 years and/or a fine of $250,000.”

High Society?

He’s from Darlington County community Society Hill, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a menace to society (not sure about hills).

Agents of SLED (the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division) nabbed Jeremy Shad Rowzee, 39, of Society Hill, and arrested him in connection with a case involving missing funds from a library organization. Sure, we’ve probably all had some overdue books we haven’t returned, but stealing money from a library support group?

Agents of SLED, that sounds like it could be a new Marvel flick...but we digress.

Rowzee, who was the treasurer for the Friends of the Society Hill Library, was charged with one count of “Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent, Value $10,000 or more, a felony with a penalty upon conviction of up to 10 years in prison or a fine to be determined by the court,” according to a press release issued June 19 by SLED. An affidavit states that bank records and witness statements show that between Aug. 2012 and May 2014 the erstwhile library group treasurer “took more than $10,000 from FSHL and converted them to his personal use with the intent to deprive the organization of said funds.”

How about making him sit “criss-cross applesauce” in a circle and listen to repeated readings of “Curious George”?

Cotton Patch Gospel

Looks like they’re growing more than the fluffy white stuff on ol’ Cotton Patch Road in Shalotte, N.C., a few miles north of the Myrtle Beach area in Brunswick County.

The Brunswick County Sherriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit, acting on complaints and tips from the community, snagged a motley crew, including a 55-year-old man who resides on Cotton Patch Road in Shallotte who was stashing wacky weed and drug paraphernalia.

Meanwhile, from the we-start’em-young-file, an 18-year-old Shallotte man was busted for possession of cocaine, marijuana, hyrdrocodone, alprazolam, manufacturing marijuana, possession of a stolen handgun and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a press release.

Horry Highways Are Still Die-ways

It looks like Horry County’s status as one of the most deadly places to drive a vehicle in South Carolina won’t be abating anytime soon.

According to the most recent statistics released by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, the Republic of Horry has had the second-most traffic fatalities in the Palmetto State so far in 2014.

From Jan. 1 to June 22, Horry County has seen 25 fatal accidents on its roadways (the total may actually be higher as the department of public safety relies upon local law enforcement agencies to report their accidents), trailing only the much-bigger Greenville County, which has suffered 30 traffic fatalities in the same time period.

According to Weekly Surge’s Jan. 16 cover story, “51 - and possibly more - people died on Horry County roads in 2013, making us third in traffic fatalities only behind the much more urbanized and more populous Greenville and Richland counties.”