In the spirit of good community policing, or maybe not so much, the Horry County Police diverted riders on horseback this past weekend who were raising money for the American Heart Association.
The horses, who raised their tails high for a good cause, were stopped at the border of Garden City Beach after police told their riders they could not travel through that area.
The happy trail was supposed to continue down to Garden City Beach this year, since a dredging project stopped them from heading north out of Surfside Beach, according to reports.
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The horses and riders were in town for their usual trek to raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association.
The plops hit the fan, however, when the riders were told they could not ride through Garden City Beach without an event permit.
They were told to either turn around, or hit the highway, to reach their destination.
Most of the riders said they took to the highway to reach the Garden City Pier.
They wanted to continue logging in miles, in order to reach their financial goal.
Judging from the organic matter left behind by the horses, however, they were probably expressing exactly what they thought about the police action.
Cabaret Clean Out
Life in Horry County might resemble a cabaret, but the judge apparently didn’t see it that way when he decreed that a local gentleman’s club must close.
Tiffany’s Cabaret was the latest adult entertainment business to go down after 15thCircuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson filed a complaint against it.
The complaint cited fights, noise and possible illegal hanky-panky happening at that location, and other adult-themed businesses.
And you might say, well, yeah, what’s your point?
So far, some other businesses that have closed include: the former Gold Club and the Airport Express adult video store. Other clubs that also bit the big one include: Teezers; The Bunny Ranch; and Bottoms Up club, according to recent reports.
Those clubs closed voluntarily, according to Richardson.
Guess next year, the “Stripper Convention,” that attracted Magic Mike filming last week will need to move somewhere else.
Not sure what a stripper convention is. Perhaps it's a place for vendors in little booths to show the latest in G-strings and leather chaps.
Anyway, times are tough for local exotic dancers.
Getting naked in Horry County, even for four very buff guys, might not be as easy as it used to be.
Blow-up on Aisle Four
A North Myrtle Beach man must have been really angry at the North Myrtle Beach Wal-Mart, after he reportedly threatened to blow it up last week.
Justin Matthew McCoy, 23, of Little River, was arrested and charged with first attempt at making a bomb threat, according to reports.
The threat was made on Nov. 3, police said.
The store was emptied as North Myrtle Beach police searched for a possible bomb.
Nothing was found, and shoppers probably went back to safely stealing fried chicken, car accessories and computer equipment.
Nice to know that things returned so quickly to normal at the North-end Wal-Mart.
At press time, McCoy remained in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center under a $10,000 bond.
Teen Wolf of Wall Street
An enterprising teen from Oak Island, (N.C.) managed to convince investors to hand over their cash, but got caught after his scheme was revealed.
Since there are not that many 19-year-old securities traders from Oak Island, it's unclear how he managed to be so convincing.
David Alan Topping, 19, was charged with misdemeanor solicitation to obtain property by false pretense and felony obtaining property by false pretense for items valued over $100,000, and felony securities fraud.
Most teens are really good at wheedling cash out of adults, but Topping took it to a whole new level, according to officials with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office and the N.C. Secretary of State.
"Between June 1, 2014 and Nov. 4, 2014, Topping solicited approximately twenty individuals to invest in Stark Innovations, LLC," police said. "Over $130,000 in fraudulent investments were obtained by Topping."
It wasn't clear what Topping was selling, but it went over really well. And he must be an Iron Man fan, as his bogus corporation shares the same name as the Marvel superhero’s multinational conglomerate, also known as Stark Industries and Stark International.
His parents should probably lock up their car keys in a secure location.
Officials went on to say that residents should always check out their offers very carefully before investing.
A check with the N.C. Securities Division would have shown that Topping was not licensed to sell securities, police said.
A realization that Topping was barely out of high school should have also been a good clue.
At press time, Topping was being held in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $250,000 bond.
His parents probably should consider grounding him for a while after he is released.