Police roundup | Woman reports armed robbery attempt



Woman reports armed robbery attempt

Early morning shopping turned dangerous for one Myrtle Beach shopper on Friday.

Shelly Ludlum-Cheers said she was robbed of $200 at about 1 a.m. Friday morning as she was headed to Best Buy.

According to a police incident report, a 45-year-old woman said that she was sitting in her parked car in the Men’s Warehouse parking lot across Seaboard Street from Best Buy, getting ready to head into the electronics store.

As she got out of the car, she told police, a gunman walked up behind her ordered her back into her car. He then climbed into the back seat and demanded her cash and cell phone.

The woman said she told the gunman that her children would be returning to the car soon, and he got out and ran off.

Police are investigating.


Man charged with shoplifting tools

A man was charged with shoplifting outside the Sears at Coastal Grand Mall on Friday.

Timothy James Flack, 56, of North Carolina, is accused of stealing two multi-piece tool sets from Sears.

In the back of Flack’s van were two 154-piece Craftsman tool sets which cost $149.99 each, police said.

The tools, which had been covered with clothing, were returned to the store. Police collected surveillance footage showing Flack walk out of the store without purchasing the tools.


Spat lands Myrtle Beach couple in jail

A man and his girlfriend were both arrested Thanksgiving morning when officers saw the couple fighting on South Ocean Boulevard.

Officers reported that they could not ascertain who the primary aggressor was between Randy Achee Barnhill, 51, and Hattie McCrea, also 51, both of Myrtle Beach, both were engaged in mutual combat, according to the report.

Officers took both into custody and charged them with criminal domestic violence.

Barnhill also was charged with assault and battery because he allegedly struck the 18-year-old daughter of McCrea in the face and dragged her outside, the report showed.


Police charge woman with prostitution

Police in Myrtle Beach arrested a Conway woman early on Thanksgiving Day and charged her with prostitution.

Regina Renee King, 30, of Pawley Swamp Road, Conway, was taken into custody by officers around 12:55a.m. Thursday at Sixth Avenue North in Myrtle Beach, according to a police report.

Officers charged her with first offense sex/prostitution.



Mothers Against Violence sets toy drive

The S.C. Mothers Against Violence, based in Myrtle Beach, is holding a Christmas toy drive for children between the ages of 1 and 12. Donations are welcome through Dec. 19.

The toys will go to children from the Wampee are to Georgetown County who have lost parents to violence.

The children will receive the toys during a 6 p.m. event on Dec. 21 at Shield Chapel on Canal Street in Myrtle Beach.

Call Elizabeth Bowens at (843) 685-3212 for drop-off locations.

``I don’t want to come short and not have enough for these children,’’ Bowens said.

The group has also scheduled a luncheon for 11 a.m. on Dec. 1 at Ryan’s restaurant in the Surfside Beach area.


Loris Garden Club to hold tour of homes

The Loris Garden Club Christmas Tour of Homes will be held Dec.1 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The tour will include a live nativity scene at First Presbyterian Church of Loris and refreshments served at the new Loris Public Safety Building.

Tickets are $15 with proceeds benefitting the Garden Club’s beautification efforts of the City of Loris.

For more information or to obtain tickets, call 716-7161.


Seminar for women with cancer

The American Cancer Society is hosting a program for women who currently are undergoing or recently have undergone cancer treatments called Look Good … Feel Better.

The event is free and will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Coastal Cancer Center at 8121 Rourk Street in Myrtle Beach.

Women in treatment, or within six months before or after treatment can register by calling 1-800-227-2345.

The program provides personalized makeovers and gives the women a makeup kit.

The American Cancer Society also provides free wigs, hats and mastectomy bras for cancer patients at the Myrtle Beach office on 48th Avenue North.

Wigs also are available at the Waccamaw Oncology in Murrells Inlet and the Ford Cancer Center in Georgetown.

For more information call 213-0333.

From staff reports