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Man accused of molesting minor

A North Myrtle Beach man was arrested after a father reported that his daughter had been molested multiple times over a five-year period, according to a North Myrtle Beach police report.

Robert Earl Abercrombie Jr., 54, is charged with second degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor between 11 and 14 years old. He was arrested by North Myrtle Beach police Tuesday and released on $50,000 bail about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Abercrombie is accused of molesting the girl between 2005 and 2010, but police said the crime wasn’t reported until Nov. 21. The girl told her father she had been too afraid.

The reported incidents happened while the girl was at the home of one of Abercrombie’s friend, according to police.


Man indicted on child porn charges

A Myrtle Beach grandfather was indicted on child pornography charges Wednesday, said U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

Webster Douglas Williams III, 54, is charged in a four-count indictment with production and possession of child pornography and transporting a minor across state lines for the purposes of engaging sexual acts by a federal grand jury in Greenville.

The case was investigated by agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and additional details about Williams’ arrest were not provided.

Nettles said the maximum penalty is 70 years imprisonment if Williams is found guilty.


Sketch released of sexual assault suspect

Myrtle Beach police released a sketch of a suspect in a sexual assault Wednesday.

Police responded to Somerset Drive on Dec. 16 about 7:45 p.m. where a woman said a man sexually assaulted her in a parking lot behind her home.

He is described as a 5’09” man weighing about 200 pounds with a medium build and “scruffy” blond hair, possibly in his 30s.

The woman said she had seen the man walking near Somerset Drive multiple times before the incident. Anyone with information about a man matching the description can call Myrtle Beach police at 918-1382.



Election for top council seat to be in April

Tom Rice’s Dec. 31 resignation as chairman of Horry County Council has set the timeline for when a special election will take place to fill his seat.

Sandy Martin, director of Horry County Voter Registration, said the filing deadline will run from Jan. 18 to Jan. 28.

After, a primary election will be held March 12, followed by the general election on April 30.

Rice, who was elected as the U.S. representative for the new 7th Congressional District, announced his resignation at the end of Tuesday’s County Council meeting.

So far, three people have publicly announced their intentions to seek the office. They are: Horry County Councilman Al Allen; former council chairwoman Liz Gilland and local businessman Mark Lazarus.

Rice was elected as County Council chairman in 2010. The person elected will fill a term that expires in 2014.


Animal care center offers vaccinations

The Horry County Animal Care Center is holding a vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the animal shelter located at 1923 Industrial Park Road in Conway.

The clinic will offer $10 rabies shots and $15 microchipping, as well as other services. For more information, contact the animal center at 915-5172.


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.

From staff reports