Police roundup | Suspect shoots man, steals his car Saturday night


Myrtle Beach

Suspect shoots man, steals his car Saturday night

A suspect shot a man in the shoulder near Futrell Park in Myrtle Beach on Saturday night before stealing his car, police said.

The man approached the suspect shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday and described his girlfriend, whom he was trying to locate, said Myrtle Beach police spokeswoman Sgt. Janet Hardy. The suspect told the man he saw her in Futrell Park.

As the man headed to Futrell Park, the suspect approached him, pulled a gun and shot him in the shoulder before taking his keys and Cadillac Escalade.

Police found the abandoned Escalade about four blocks away. The keys were not inside.

The victim was transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.


Police charge golf writer for The Sun News with DUI

Golf writer Alan Blondin, who has worked for The Sun News for 19 years, was arrested Saturday morning and charged with driving under the influence and driving under suspension.

Blondin was stopped on Grissom Parkway early Saturday morning, according to a police report. Authorities were directing traffic at the site of a fatal accident at Grissom and U.S. 501 when Blondin’s vehicle went over some traffic cones, the report said.

The arresting officer said Blondin failed a field sobriety test and declined to take a breathalyzer test. He was taken to the Myrtle Beach Police Department jail and booked for DUI.

The license suspension is related to an unresolved citation in North Carolina, following a DUI charge issued in Mecklenburg County in May. That case is pending.

“I made a serious error in judgment to put myself in this position and I am sincerely sorry for that,” Blondin said. “This is a serious matter and I take it seriously, and will make better decisions in the future to ensure I don’t put myself in this position again.”


Myrtle Beach

Celebrate Arbor Day

Myrtle Beach will celebrate Arbor Day on Monday at 3 p.m. at the Pepper Geddings Recreation Center, 3205 N. Oak St. in Myrtle Beach.

Activities will include a tree-planting ceremony with children from the center’s after school program providing entertainment.


County libraries to close for staff meeting

All branches of the Horry County Memorial Library system will close at 1 p.m. on Thursday for a staff meeting.

For more information, call 248-1544.

Myrtle Beach

City hosts health fair

The city of Myrtle Beach will host a health and Fitness Fair on Jan. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pepper Geddings Recreation Center. For details, visit www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/choose.hmtl or call 918-2280.

The fair will feature the kickoff to the city’s Choose Health and Fitness event, where participants select a fitness plan and compete to win prizes and “recreation bucks.” Those interested must register by Dec. 31.


Pee Dee Elementary seeks help to document history

Pee Dee Elementary School needs help from its former students as it tries to build an archive of the school’s history, which goes back about 130 years. The archive will show how the school came to be what it is today, and the school is asking for any items, such as pictures, documents, stories and memories, that can tell the Pee Dee Elementary story. Submitted items will be returned to their owners.

These days, the school is located at 6555 Highway 134 in Conway. For more information or to contribute to the archive project, call Debbie Rabon at 397-2579.


Horry County collecting toys for holidays

Horry County government is taking part in the 2012 U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots and Operation Rudolph programs

There are several places across the county where drop boxes are located.

They are: Horry County Emergency Management, 2560 Main St. in Conway; Fleet Services, 4457 Privetts Drive in Conway; South Strand Auditor’s Building, 9630 Scipio Lane in Myrtle Beach; L.W. Paul Living History Farm, 2279 Harris Shortcut Road in Conway; Olin Blanton Auditor’s Building, 1201 21st Ave. in Myrtle Beach; and the Horry County Government and Justice Center, 1301 Second Ave. in Conway.

In addition, the county is also accepting donations for the Marine Corps Reserve’s Operation Rudolph program, which collects small items such as hygiene products, stationary, writing utensils, greeting cards and hard candy to make care packages to send to military branches overseas. These items may be placed in any one of the drop boxes until Dec. 14.

Horry County will be collecting toys until Dec.19.

From staff reports