Myrtle Beach Bike Rallies

Weekend sights and sounds from Ocean Boulevard during Bikefest

From Maya T. Prabhu

1:40 a.m. Monday, Ocean Boulevard and Fourth Avenue North:

Crowds in town for Memorial Day weekend had thinned out Sunday, with much of the sidewalk along Ocean Boulevard being completely empty for stretches at a time although cars on Ocean Boulevard were at a constant crawl for almost the entire day.

Tourists still in town on Sunday said they planned to head home as early as possible to beat the holiday traffic, though they said they were prepared to sit if need be.

However, enough visitors had left town by Sunday night that Myrtle Beach police decided to conclude the nightly traffic loop at midnight instead of 2 a.m. Monday.

The emergency lane still was in place, as well as one-way southbound traffic, and cars and motorcycles continued to crawl slowly down Ocean Boulevard at 1:40 a.m. Monday.

All traffic patterns are expected to return to normal early Monday.

From Claire Byun

1:15 a.m. Sunday, Myrtle Beach Mall:

Hundreds of bikers gathered in front of Myrtle Beach Mall to show off their rides and rest their legs for a bit before heading back on the road. Police stopped a small burnout pit after two rounds of tire burning, but nobody was put in handcuffs.

Eugene Rehahman, from Chicago, said he’s been coming to bike week every year since 2002. The event isn’t what it used to be, he said.

“I used to count down the days until Myrtle Beach, but not anymore,” Rehahman said. “Everything is moving to the north end.”

He said the increasing hotel prices and unfriendliness of some Myrtle Beach police officers contributed to him leaving the city. He prefers to ride in North Myrtle Beach, which isn’t involved in the traffic loop.

“There’s a lot of money in this event, and Myrtle Beach is losing out,” he said.

Jerry Williams, of Louisville, K.Y., agreed.

“The loop doesn’t let you turn off anywhere, and it’s hurting the businesses,” he said. “I would normally be down in Myrtle Beach, but not now.”

Instead, Williams joined several hundred others in front of Hooters near Myrtle Beach Mall, waiting for his group to back toward Atlantic Beach. He said he spent most of the night avoiding the traffic loop.

“Once I knew the loop was starting, I haven’t been back down there,” Williams said.

From Maya T. Prabhu

12:10 a.m. Sunday, Ocean Boulevard between Ninth Avenue North and Mr. Joe White Avenue:

About a dozen police cars sped down Ocean Boulevard to respond to what onlookers said was a reported assault. The placed a man in custody, later identified as 23-year-old Cyrano Marques Devonta Knight, handcuffed in the backseat of a police cruiser when the man began thrashing around in the car.

Police removed the man from the car, and had him sit on the ground. His head lolled to one side and he appeared high.

Medics responded and police eventually removed the Knight’s handcuffs when he appeared the lose consciousness.

“Is he dead”" an onlooker whispered as she recorded the incident on her phone.

Medics were seen pushing the man's chest and then lifting his arm up and letting it fall to the ground when he jumped up and tried to run.

The man only took about two steps before being restrained again and officers put him in the back of a police van.

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A man is arrested in front of Family Fun Center Fun Plaza on Ocean Boulevard on Saturday, May 23, 2015, during Atlantic Beach Bikefest in Myrtle Beach. The man was placed in handcuffs, put in the back of a patrol car, then removed from the car, placed on the street, unhandcuffed and checked out by emergency personell. Seconds after his arm was lifted and dropped on its own weight, he jumped up only to be subdued by a team of law enforcement officers. He fought was he was placed in the back of a van. By Janet Blackmon Morgan jblackmon@thesunnews.com

He was charged with third-degree assault and battery, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

From Maya T. Prabhu

10:30 p.m. Saturday, Ocean Boulevard between Eighth and Ninth Avenues North:

John Shows sat on the sidewalk Saturday night along the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion property on Ocean Boulevard strumming his ukulele as tourists in town participate in the Atlantic Beach Bikefest whisk by him.

A man tries to give Snows a dollar that is swept up by a breeze on the windy night in downtown Myrtle Beach.

"I've had to chase so many dollars," he said. "I'm just trying to make some money.

His Styrofoam bowl and plate asking for tips had to replace what he called his "magic hat" was stolen during an armed robbery when he was in town during spring break.

"I told them, you can take all the money, just let me keep my hat," Shows said.

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John Shows plays his ukulele with his kitten Showtime as people pass by on Ocean Boulevard on Saturday, May 23, 2015, during Atlantic Beach Bikefest in Myrtle Beach. Shows strums for money he plans to use to head north. Showtime has been with Shows for 10 months after they found each other in Panama City Beach, Fla. By Janet Blackmon Morgan jblackmon@thesunnews.com

Originally from Selma, Ala., Shows – who said he's broken both feet 'hopping trains' – lives on the streets and bounces from state to state with his cat Showtime that has been attached to him for the past 10 months when he found her in Panama City, Fla.

"I told her, 'I got to sneak you onto buses,'" he said. "She just rolled her eyes at me."

Shows said despite being robbed a few months ago, he planned to spend the summer season playing music in Myrtle Beach.

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