Police roundup | Family displaced by fire, candle blamed



Family displaced by fire, candle blamed

A family was displaced from their home following a fire Wednesday morning, according to Horry County Fire Rescue officials.

Fire crews were called about 10:30 a.m. to a mobile home on S.C. 319 in the 3300 block outside of Conway for the blaze, according to authorities. Crews found dark smoke coming from the home when they got there. The blaze was deemed under control within 15 minutes of their arrival.

Firefighters determined the blaze started from a candle that was left unattended, according to authorities.


More than $17,000 in equipment stolen

Myrtle Beach police are searching for information about more than $17,000 worth of lawn care equipment that was stolen from a landscaping business in the city, according to a police report.

A 41-year-old man, who is the owner of M&M Landscaping, told officers he parked his trailer along 35th Avenue North about 1:30 p.m. Monday and it was gone when he returned to get it at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

The man said he last saw the trailer at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.


Woman reports counterfeit money

Myrtle Beach police are investigating a counterfeit $20 bill that a woman said she found while walking to a convenience store, according to a police report.

The 50-year-old woman told officers she was walking between Pipers Point Apartments and a nearby business when she saw the bill on the ground and picked it up, police said.

When the woman went to the Scotchman store at 1101 Third Ave. S., to purchase a drink the clerk determined the bill was fake, according to the report. The woman waited until officers arrived and told them how she acquired the money. Police seized the bill as evidence.


Two-alarm fire started in chimney

Horry County firefighters battled a two-alarm house fire along U.S. 701 South at Pitch Landing Road outside Conway Wednesday afternoon.

The fire was reported at a two-story home and there was smoke coming from the building when fire crews arrived about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to officials. Everyone at the home had gotten out safely.

There were no injuries.


86-year-old died from blunt force trauma

Deputies in Brunswick County are investigating the death of an 86-year-old woman as a homicide Wednesday, said Del Routh, spokesman for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s office.

Linnie Mae Ward, of Longwood N.C., was found dead in a home on Gwynn Road Tuesday, Routh said.

An autopsy performed Wednesday showed she died from a blunt force trauma and other injuries.

No suspects had been identified Wednesday.

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction for those responsible in Ward’s death.

Anyone with information about the incident can call the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office a (910) 253-2777.


Baby Boy Horry still remembered

An annual memorial service is scheduled for a baby found dead on the side of an Horry County road.

The child, found in a bag on the side of S.C. 544 near Meadowbrook Drive four years ago, never was identified. Named “Baby Boy Horry,” Robert Edge, Horry County Coroner, has held memorial services each year since utility workers found the boy.

This year’s service is at 2 p.m. on Dec. 3 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Conway.


Man loses tooth after taking punch

Myrtle Beach Police expect a 43-year-old North Myrtle Beach man to turn himself in at 7 a.m. Thursday.

Craig Paul Roberson is wanted on third degree assault and battery for reportedly punching another man, making one tooth fall out about 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, according to a police report.

Roberson is accused of punching a 43-year-old man who was sitting in his car after saying the victim owed Roberson $75.



Oyster Roast returning

The annual Murrells Inlet 2020 Oyster Roast fundraiser is back for the ninth year on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot at Spud’s Waterfront Dining.

Admission is free, but all-you-can-eat oyster roast tickets cost $30 per person in advance and $35 at the door.

Oyster knives will be available for purchase, but diners can bring their own. Oyster tables close at 2:30 p.m.

Other food items and drinks will be sold separately.

Advance tickets can be purchased at the Murrells Inlet 2020 office at 4124-B U.S. 17 Business, at Spud’s Waterfront Dining, online at murrellsinletsc.com or by phone at 357-2007.

Proceeds benefit Murrells Inlet 2020.

From staff reports