Police roundup | Five now charged in Georgetown County nightclub death



Five now charged in nightclub death

Three more people have been charged with murder in connection with the death of a 26-year-old man, according to the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office.

Tamar Yaron Bryant, 17, Kawaun Montique Myers, 24, and Brandon Tahj Cheek, 19, were each arrested this week and charged with murder in the death of Deon Myers, who was killed March 15 in the Plantersville Community, according to authorities.

Camron Lamar Green, 21, of Conway, and Lavern Holmes, 31, of Georgetown, were each arrested and charged with murder last week in connection with Myers' death.

Cheek was charged Monday with murder after he was arrested by the Georgetown City Police on unrelated charges.

Myers was arrested at his Georgetown home on Wednesday and charged with murder.

Bryant was arrested Friday morning at the Budget Inn Motel in Georgetown after sheriff's deputies received a tip and found him at the motel. Bryant was not a guest at the motel and surrendered.

The men are being held at the Georgetown County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

Officers found Myers on the floor of the Ghost Den with a gunshot wound to his face on March 15. He died three days later at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Witnesses told investigators that three men came into the club wearing masks and took Myers outside. They said they'd heard a single gunshot, then saw the suspects leave in a burgundy Mercury Sable, according to authorities.


Police arrest fugitive from Ohio

Myrtle Beach police arrested a man wanted in Ohio in connection with sex charges involving a minor, according to authorities.

A Myrtle Beach police officer saw Kevin Loel, 40, at 1 p.m. Thursday in the 600 block of North Kings Highway, police said.

A record check showed Loel was wanted by the sheriff's office in Ross County, Ohio, on a charge of failure to appear for gross sexual imposition, according to police.

According to Ohio authorities, Loel failed to return to court for a sentencing hearing in October 2009. He was convicted of three counts involving incidents in which victims were minors.

Myrtle Beach police charged Loel with being a fugitive and Ohio authorities plan to extradite him to face charges for failing to appear for his sentencing hearing.



Teacher of the Year finalists announced

The five Teacher of the Year finalists for Georgetown County School District have been announced.

The finalists are Melissa Eaddy, a Georgetown Middle School math and ELA sixth-grade teacher; Donna Carraway, a McDonald Elementary School art teacher; Crystal Poston, a Sampit Elementary School first-grade teacher; Joyce Braxton, a Pleasant Hill Elementary school resource teacher; and Kristi Kibler, a Waccamaw Intermediate school sixth-grade teacher.

The finalists were notified Friday by Superintendent Randy Dozier and Executive Director of Student Performance and Federal Programs Patti Hammel, according to the Georgetown County School District.

The 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year will be announced at the Teacher of the Year banquet on May 12.


Early learning activities planned

The Early Childhood Coalition of Horry County will have its "CommUNITY Passport to Early Learning" 10 a.m.-1 p.m. today at the Horry-Georgetown Technical College Grand Strand Campus conference center, on Crabtree Lane in Myrtle Beach, off Pampas Drive, near The Market Common.

Activities are free, and they include dental screenings for young children, car-seat safety inspections, a bookmobile, and arts and crafts.

Details at 488-6220, or e-mail


Front Street to close for pipe project

Front Street in Georgetown will be closed starting April 11.

The closing will allow for the installation of storm water piping for the ongoing U.S. 17 drainage project.

The street will be closed to all traffic from Fraser Street to Wood Street.

Residents are encouraged to use Prince or Highmarket Street to King Street to access Front Street.

The closing is expected to last into July.

Other streets that are currently closed are Dozier Street from Front to Prince streets and the foot of Wood Street from Leonard and Sons Shrimp Company to the Sampit River.

Additional street closings will be necessary in the coming months as the drainage project continues.


Surfing association to have open house

The Eastern Surfing Association Northern S.C. District will have an open house from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Myrtle Beach Fire Station 6, on 38th Avenue North, east of Robert Grissom Parkway.

Details at 333-4703 or 742-4296, or e-mail