Police roundup | Fired church drummer wanted for assault



Fired drummer wanted for assault

Myrtle Beach police have issued an arrest warrant for a 24-year-old man wanted in connection with an assault that occurred after he was told his services as a drummer no longer were needed at a local church , according to a police report.

A warrant was issued and Oscar Alfredo Alston, 24, was listed as wanted in the National Crime Information Center in connection with the incident that occurred about 7 p.m. Wednesday at 1008 Carver St., police said.

A 24-year-old man told Myrtle Beach police that he and two other people invited Alston to the location for a meeting to tell him they no longer needed his services at church as a drummer, according to the report. The victim said Alston argued with them and they asked him to leave.

The victim said Alston continued to argue, pushed him and in self-defense he pushed Alston back, according to the report. The men fell into a wall, which caused some damage to it.

The victim had a small bruise on his forehead and the witnesses corroborated the victim’s statement of events, according to the report. Alston had left the scene when police arrived.

The report did not list the church the men attended or any other details about the incident.


Increased saturation patrols planned

Increased enforcement with public safety checkpoints and saturation patrols can be expected in Horry County Dec. 29.

Law enforcement and the Horry County Community Action for a Safer Tomorrow (CAST) said the checkpoints are aimed at reducing the high rate of alcohol related vehicle crashes in the county.


Firefighters control garage fire

Horry County Firefighters are battled a garage fire on Pleasant Grove Road, according to the department’s Twitter page.

Heavy flames were showing when crews arrived after being dispatched at 7:10 p.m.

The fire was controlled by 7:30 p.m.

Pleasant Grove Road is in the Loris area off McNeil Chapel Road.



Candlelight vigil for the homeless

Swash Park Ministries announced the date for the fourth annual candlelight vigil for the homeless in Myrtle Beach.

The service will be Dec. 27 at 3 p.m. at the Community Kitchen at 1411 Mr. Joe White Avenue.

The service honors members of the homeless community who have died in the last year.

In 2011, 23 homeless people died. It was the highest for the three years the vigil was held, with 13 deaths in 2010 and 18 in 2009.

From staff reports