Police roundup | Woman injured in fire; arrests made in Conway man’s death



Woman flown to burn center after fire

A fire that damaged a Little River home Friday morning and sent one man to the hospital is still under investigation.

Horry County Fire Rescue was dispatched to 160 Retreat Lane at reported 9:47 a.m. Friday, said Lisa Bourcier, spokeswoman for Horry County. When crews arrived two minutes later, smoke was coming from the garage of the single-family home and bystanders said there was likely a woman inside.

Visibility was minimal, almost nonexistent, inside the home, Bourcier said, citing extreme smoke conditions and temperatures.

Rescuers found a woman in full cardiac arrest and pulled her out of the home. She was resuscitated at McLeod Sea Coast hospital, Bourcier said, and has been flown to the burn center in Augusta, Ga.

The fire was controlled at 10:28 a.m., Bourcier said, and the cause is still not known.

In total, 22 Horry County Fire Rescue personnel were on scene and were aided by a ladder truck and seven people from the Calabash, N.C. Fire Department.

Horry County had three engines, a ladder truck, three medic units, an emergency medical services officer, two chief officers and three fire investigators on scene.


Two arrested in slaying

Authorities have arrested two men in the shooting death of a Conway man whose body was found in the Francis Marion National Forest earlier this month.

Berkeley County sheriff’s spokesman Dan Moon says 18-year-old Joshua Micheal Pruitt of Huger was arrested Thursday and is charged with murder.

Moon says the second suspect, 22-year-old Patrick Dwayne Kinlock of Huger, was arrested in Middleburg, Fla., on Friday morning.

Thirty-one-year-old Robert Moultrie was found dead in his vehicle in a rural area near Huger on Sept. 11.

Moon would not talk about a possible motive or what evidence led to the arrests of the suspects.


Man accused in sexual assault

A Myrtle Beach man was arrested Thursday afternoon for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman when she was asleep, and while his wife was sleeping in another room.

Eugene Baynard, 54, was charged with one count of criminal sexual conduct.

According to the incident report, the victim met a friend Wednesday night and the two went to Baynard’s home. She reportedly drank two Loco alcoholic drinks and became intoxicated. Baynard and the other man got into an argument and he eventually left the suspect’s home, the report stated. Baynard told the victim she could sleep in the back bedroom.

The victim told police she went to sleep and woke up around 2 a.m. Thursday to find Baynard sexually assaulting her, according to the report. She told him no and kept getting louder. The victim said he stopped because he was afraid his wife would wake up, the report stated.



Medicine drop-off planned

The North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety will be collecting unused or expired medicines on Sept. 29.

Officers will collect the drugs between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the North Myrtle Beach Walmart.

Anyone who wants to check the installation of their child car seats can also drop by to receive help from an officer.

North Myrtle Beach DPS has collected and disposed of nearly 77,000 dosages of various drugs from controlled prescription medicines to over-the-counter drugs. The goal is to collect unwanted or expired medicine to keep it away from curious children, teens or adults trying to experiment.


BBB warns of election-related scams

There’s still a month before the November election, but the Better Business Bureau of Coastal Carolina is already warning about election-related scams.

Kathy Graham, president and CEO of the Coastal Carolina BBB, advised residents to watch out for any voting survey that offers a “free cruise.” At the end of the telephone survey, Graham said customers will be asked for a debit or credit card number to cover port fees and taxes.

Consumers have been contacted through fliers, social media websites, text messages and even door-to-door campaigns with claims that President Obama is providing credit carts or applying payments to utility bills.

The scammers claim they need the consumer’s social security number and bank routing number to arrange payments. Graham said it’s all phony, leaving customers without the promised money and thinking they paid their bills when, in fact, they didn’t. Additionally, the scammer has everything needed to take the person’s identity.

Calls asking for political donations may be real. Some are from organizations that sound legitimate but may not put the money towards either of the presidential candidates. If you’re unsure, don’t contribute over the phone, Graham said. Instead go to official candidate websites to learn how to donate.

Eligibility to vote should not be checked. Voter registration information is held by the state and there should be no calls or emails asking to verify eligibility. Graham said scammers ask for a credit card or social security number to check and that’s an immediate red flag.

For more information, visit www.bbb.org.

From staff reports