Police roundup | Police seek witnesses to Sunday crash



Police seek witnesses to Sunday crash

Conway police are searching for witnesses to a vehicle crash that occurred Sunday on S.C. 544, according to a news release.

The crash happened about 12:05 p.m. Sunday on S.C. 544 at Jackson Bluff Road and involved two Toyota vehicles, said Catina Hipp, Conway police spokeswoman. The crash resulted in four people being taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for nonlife-threatening injuries.

Officers want to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the crash or have any details about it can call the Conway Police Department at 248-1790.


Teen accused of abandoning children

A 17-year-old Little River woman remains jailed on $5,000 bail after she was reported missing and had left her 9-month-old daughter in another woman’s care for several days, according to an Horry County police report.

Katelyn Anne Stetler, 17, of Little River is charged with abandonment of children.

The charge stemmed from Stetler being reported missing on Thursday by a 42-year-old woman, who was watching Stetler’s 9-month-old baby, according to the report. The woman said Stetler left saying she would be back later, but she did not return and had not made arrangements for the baby. The woman told police that Stetler had drug issues.

The report did not list any details about Stetler’s arrest.


Police detain juveniles in armed robbery

Two juveniles were detailed and taken to the state Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia after an armed robbery of two men as they walked at Broadway at the Beach, according to a police report.

The victims, ages 25 and 48, told officers they were walking across a wooden bridge between Ripley’s Aquarium and Dragon’s Lair Fantasy Golf about 8:15 p.m. Sunday, when the suspects approached them, police said.

The victims said one of the suspects put a gun to the older man’s head and demanded money, according to the report. The victims gave the suspects the money from their wallets and the suspects fled.

While police were talking to the victims about the incident, a security guard at Broadway at the Beach told officers he had seen two men in the area of Capriz Italian Feast, who fit the description given by the victims, according to the report. Officers responded to that area and detained the suspects.

The victims were taken to the location and they identified the suspects.

Police learned the suspects were juveniles and found a Daisy air compressed BB gun in the waistband of one of the juveniles, according to the report. Police signed warrants for the juveniles on charges of robbery and attempted armed robbery while armed with a weapon.


Man charged with exposing himself

A Conway man charged last week with exposing himself to a woman inside a laundry remained jailed Monday, according to a police report.

James Lamont Lesane, 36, of Conway, is being held on $2,737 bond at J. Reuben Long Detention Center after he was charged with indecent exposure and public disorderly/public intoxication, according to jail records.

A 44-year-old woman told police she was washing her clothing inside Jamestown Laundry when she noticed a man, who exposed himself and masturbated in front of her, according to a Conway police report. The victim said the man left the business when he was finished and the woman called police.

Officers found the man, who was identified as Lesane, near Conway Freewill Baptist Church, took him into custody and charged him. The victim identified the Lesane as being the person she saw inside the laundry.


80-year-old man choked by trespasser

An 80-year-old man told police he was choked after he confronted a man who was on property the victim owns in Myrtle Beach, according to a police report.

Officers found the victim on his back porch breathing heavily and unable to speak clearly about 6 p.m. Sunday in the 800 block of Fifth Avenue North, police said.

The victim declined to be taken to a hospital and told officers he just needed rest, according to the report. The victim said earlier in the day he had noticed a vehicle parked near a his home on property that he owns.

The victim said later he saw lights on inside the vehicle and questioned the driver about being on his property, according to the report. The victim said the driver got belligerent and someone grabbed the victim from behind and choked him.

The victim said he never saw the second person and the suspect was gone from the scene when police arrivedLocal


Local schools win big in Mock Trial

Myrtle Beach teams took the top two spots in the 2012 State Middle School Mock Trial Competition, which took place last weekend at the Mark H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center and the Lexington Summary Courthouse.

Forestbrook Middle School won its third state mock trial competition, and Ocean Bay Middle School was first runner-up. They were two of the 12 teams out of 37 teams that advanced from the regional competitions held Dec. 7-8 that represented all corners of the state. North Myrtle Beach Middle School and Myrtle Beach Middle School also were among the top 12 teams, coming in at numbers six and nine respectively.

From staff reports