Police roundup | Authorities probe nightclub shooting in Georgetown



Authorities probe nightclub shooting

Georgetown County authorities are investigating a nightclub shooting that took place in the Plantersville Community on Tuesday, said Deputy Russell Goodale of the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office.

Responding to an incident Tuesday night at the Ghost Den nightclub, 2001 Jackson Village Road, deputies found a 36-year-old man who was shot in the face.

Witnesses said three men entered the club and one of them was carrying a shotgun, Goodale said. The men took the victim outside and witnesses reported they heard a single gunshot, he said. The men then fled in a burgundy Mercury Sable, he said.

The man was taken to Georgetown Medical Center and later transported to the Medical University of South Carolina hospital in Charleston.

Authorities request those with information on the incident call the sheriff's office at 546-5102.


Deputy, wife charged with animal cruelty

A deputy with the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office and his wife have been charged with cruelty to animals.

Deputy William Baxley and his wife, Miranda Baxley, of Georgetown, have been charged with four counts of cruelty to animals, said the sheriff's office in a news release.

On March 4, the sheriff's office received a complaint about three dead dogs at a residence on Dennis Drive.

Near the residence, deputies found three dead dogs in fenced kennels in various stages of decomposition.

Deputies tried to reach someone at the home, but with no results. In the process deputies found a female lab with nine puppies on the porch of the home.

During the investigation, it was determined that the dogs belonged to Baxley. Deputy Baxley was placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation. After the investigation, Baxley was put on administrative leave without pay and charged with the four counts of cruelty to animals.


Police looking for bank robber

Police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred around noon Wednesday at the Carolina First Bank at 1801 U.S. 17 S. in North Myrtle Beach.

North Myrtle Beach police still are looking for the bank robber.

Police said a man wearing a faded-blue shirt, navy blue ball cap and sunglasses robbed the bank using a handgun. The man entered the bank, told a teller to hand over an undisclosed amount of cash and brandished the gun, according to a statement released by North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling.

The man drove away from the bank in an older model silver Toyota Camry, Dowling said. He also said the man is believed to have been involved in two other bank robberies this month elsewhere in Horry County.

Anyone with any information pertaining to the robbery or the robber is asked to contact the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety at 280-5511 or the local office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


Woman charged with animal cruelty

A Conway woman has been found guilty on an animal cruelty charge after officers noticed a dog with a chain embedded in its neck during a traffic stop in February, according to authorities.

Sarah Hemmingway Lewis, 49, was found guilty Wednesday in court for the charge, according to the Horry County public index.

Lewis was charged after officers stopped a vehicle Feb. 24 at Fifth Avenue and Blossom Street in Conway and saw the dog, Conway Police spokeswoman Catina Hipp said. The dog, which was in the rear seat of the vehicle, was seized by animal control officers and taken to the Horry County Animal Care Center for a medical evaluation.


Woman has day in court in murder case

A Tennessee woman will go before Horry County Circuit Court Judge Steven John this morning for a hearing in the 2008 killing of an Atlantic Beach pawn shop owner, according to 15th Circuit Solicitor Greg Hembree.

Brenna Lee Jennings was charged with accessory to murder after the fact in the 2008 shooting death of Thomas Lane Holcombe, the 37-year-old co-owner of Thee Pawn Shoppe on U.S. 17 in Atlantic Beach.

Jennings' husband, Jeffrey Ray Jennings, of Greeneville, Tenn., was charged with the murder and sentenced to life in prison last year after he pleaded guilty to murder and armed robbery at the Horry County Courthouse.

John sentenced Jeffrey Jennings to life in prison without the possibility of parole.



Adopt a friend at Humane Society event

The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach will hold an adoption from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Sam's Club, 1946 Mr. Joe White Ave., Myrtle Beach.

Adoption fees will be reduced for the event to $55, which includes spaying/neutering, vaccinations and preventative health care treatments.

For information, please call 249-4948.