Police roundup | Murder suspect found 12 years later



Murder suspect found 12 years later

A suspect in an Horry County murder that happened more than a decade ago was arrested in Arkansas Thursday, said Sgt. Robert Kegler with Horry County police.

Jose Tostado, 36, of Bald Knob, Arkansas is charged with murder and assault and battery with intent to kill. Tostado is being held at the White County Detention Center in Arkansas pending extradition to Horry County.

The charges stem from Sept. 16, 2000 when there was a shooting at Sambo’s Club on Green Sea Road about 1 a.m. Horry County police found two men suffering from gunshot wounds. Both were transported to a local hospital, where one named Alfonso Fuentes died, Kegler said. Fuentes, of Tabor City, N.C. was 26.

Detectives with the Violent Crimes Section learned a vehicle had driven by the club firing shots at the building when the two men were hit. Tostado and another suspect were identified and warrants were issued, but the suspects had fled and police could not make any arrests.

Until Thursday, when officers from the Bald Knob police department responded to a domestic dispute involving Tostado, Kegler said. Police later learned Tostado was wanted in Horry County.


Shooting, stabbing occur near church

Two men were treated at an area hospital Friday while Horry County police investigated a shooting and stabbing that occurred near a Galivants Ferry area church, said Sgt. Robert Kegler.

The incident started near Happy Home Baptist Church at 2866 Nichols Highway in Galivants Ferry where two men argued over property, Kegler said. One was shot and one was stabbed, but both are in good condition, Kegler said.

Police were first called for the shooting victim at the church at 12:40 p.m. About 20 minutes later, police then went to the area of Enoch Road where the stabbing victim was found.

No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed, Kelger said. The incident remains under investigation by the Violent Crimes Division.

The reason for the fight was not clear, Kegler said.


Woman offers sex act for $50

Myrtle Beach police charged a Surfside Beach woman with prostitution after an undercover officer reported she agreed to perform a sexual act for $50, according to a police report.

Savannah Ann Hylton, 25, was charged with first-offense prostitution about 8:15 p.m. Thursday in the area of 1500 South Ocean Boulevard, according to an arrest report.

The officer wrote in the report that Hylton agreed to perform a sexual act for $50. Hylton is being held at the Myrtle Beach Jail on $781 bond.


Idaho fugitive found in Myrtle Beach

The Horry County U.S Marshal’s Task Force took a Myrtle Beach man into custody on Thursday in connection with lewd act on a minor charge stemming from Idaho, according to a news release from the Horry County Sheriff’s Office.

Charles Wayne Van Dyke, 43, of Myrtle Beach was taken into custody about 10:30 a.m. Thursday while he worked in Myrtle Beach, according to the release. Van Dyke was wanted on a charge of committing a lewd act on a child by authorities in Idaho.

Officials with the Garden City Police Department in Garden City, Idaho, said that the incident was reported to them in February and involved a girl under the age of 16. Additional details about the incident in Idaho that the charge stemmed from were not immediately available Friday.

Van Dyke is being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center pending extradition to Idaho.

The Horry County U.S Marshal’s Task force includes officers from the Horry County Sheriff’s Office, Horry County Police Department, Myrtle Beach Police Department, and the Surfside Beach Police Department.



American Idol, CCU alumna performing

Coastal Carolina University alumna Elise Testone is coming back to Conway.

The singer, who finished sixth in Season 11 of “American Idol” will be performing at Coastal Carolina University’s Wheelwright Auditorium on Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are now open to the public and cost $15. Tickets for students cost $5, and are $10 for alumni, faculty and staff.

Testone graduated in 2005. The concert will be a mixture of pop, soul, jazz and rock and Testone will perform with a small acoustic backup band.

A meet and greet will be held after the show in the Wheelwright lobby.

For more information on tickets, call the Wheelwright Box Office at 843-349-2787 (ARTS).


Memorial service for Baby Boy Horry

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

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

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

From staff reports