Police roundup | Horry County officials urge candle safety after fire



Fire officials urge candle safety after fire

With the holiday season approaching and one house fire this week attributed to candle use, Horry County fire officials want area residents to use caution when burning candles.

A family was displaced from their home after an unattended candle started a fire in the home on Wednesday, said Leslie Yancey, public information officer. Fire crews found heavy smoke when they arrived at the home, but quickly extinguished the fire.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are 42 house fires started by candles reported daily and 20 percent of those occur when candles are left unattended or abandoned.

December also is the peak time of year for home candle fires with 13 percent of those fires starting from decorations compared to 4 percent at other times.

Residents should avoid using lighted candles and consider using battery-operated flameless candles, Yancey said in the release. If candles are used, they should be in sturdy metal, glass or ceramic holders and placed away from items that could burn and out of the reach of children and pets.

For other information about candle and fire safety , go to www.horrycountyfirerescue.com or call 915-5190.


Man accused of failing to pay for taxi ride

Myrtle Beach police charged a 43-year-old man with failing to pay for his taxi cab ride, giving police a false name and receiving stolen goods, according to police records.

Christopher J. White, 43, of Myrtle Beach was charged after officers were called at 6 a.m. Thursday by an Anchor Taxi driver to 2101 N. Oak St., for a person who had not paid for their ride, police said.

The driver, a 46-year-old man, told police that he took White to the location and told him the charge was $18, according to the report. White told the driver he didn’t have the money on him and would go inside and get it from his girlfriend in the hotel.

After waiting for 20 minutes, the driver called police when White did not return, according to the report. While talking with the cab driver, officers reported that White came out of the hotel and they stopped him and asked him to pay the driver.

Police said that after numerous opportunities to pay the cab driver, White was arrested, according to the report. White gave police false information about his identity and officers cited him for that.

The report did not list information about the receiving stolen goods charge that also was filed against White.


Apartment fire displaces three families

A fire in an apartment complex on Burcale Road was quickly controlled by Horry County Fire Rescue crews, said Scott Thompson, assistant fire chief.

Firefighters responded to the Courtyard Apartments just after 4 p.m. Friday, and had the fire controlled by about 4:45 p.m.

Thompson said three units in the apartment complex were affected by the fire and the American Red Cross was called to assistance residents from those units. There were no injuries.


Repeat burglar gets life, without parole

A suspect in a November 2011 burglary was convicted and sentenced by an Horry County jury Thursday, according to Martin Spratlin, assistant solicitor with the 15th Judicial Circuit.

Anthony Jerome Jackson, 46, of Conway was convicted of first degree burglary and sentenced by Judge Edward Cottingham to life imprisonment without parole under the state’s two-strike/three-strike law.

Jackson has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1986 with prior convictions for first, second and third degree burglary, Spratlin said.

The charge stemmed from a burglary that occurred on Nov. 14, 2011 where authorities said Jackson entered a hotel room in Myrtle Beach about 1 a.m. while two vacationing golfers slept. When the men woke up, Jackson pretended to be a security guard and stole a wallet.

He was arrested by Myrtle Beach police later that day when he used a stolen credit card at a pancake house.


Conway robber sentenced to 25 years

A 49-year-old Dillon man was convicted of robbing a Conway gas station last year.

Ricky Mazique was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment by Judge Edward Cottingham Friday, according to Joshua Holford, assistant solicitor with the 15th Judicial Circuit.

Mazique was found guilty by an Horry County jury of a robbery at a Kangaroo in Conway that occurred on Sept. 29, 2011, when he entered the store with a loaded semi-automatic pistol and demanded cartons of cigarettes. He fled the scene with 40 to 60 cartons before he was caught by authorities on unrelated charges and confessed to the Kangaroo robbery.

Holford said Mazique had a criminal record dating back to 1984 with prior convictions for robbery, theft, multiple batteries and federal conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute crack cocaine.


Midway Fire Rescue turns 50

Midway Fire Rescue is celebrating 50 years of service to Georgetown County and the Waccamaw Neck.

A ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the station at 67 St. Paul’s Place in Litchfield Beach. The fire department that started in 1962.

Past members of Midway Fire Rescue planning to attend should respond by calling 545-3620 by Nov. 29.

From staff reports