Police roundup | North Myrtle Beach business owner offers $1,000 for return of stolen cockatoo


North Myrtle Beach

Owner offering reward for cockatoo

When the owner of Hawaiian Rumble Mini Golf arrived at his business Sunday morning he learned his cockatoo “Jessy” had been stolen.

Bob Detwiler filed a report with the North Myrtle Beach Police Department, but mostly, he said, he just wants his bird back. A police spokesman confirmed the incident but said he could not provide any more details.

“We’re offering a $1,000 reward if someone can give information that leads to an arrest or a conviction. Or if they just bring her back, they can have the reward, no questions asked,” Detwiler said.

The all-white cockatoo was one of seven parrots that can been seen at the store.

“She was the leader of them all. She had the nicest personality. She would perform for the kids and dance and laugh,” he said of the bird that he’s had for about 15 years.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Detwiler at 458-2585.

Myrtle Beach

Police arrest two on drug charges

Police arrested a man and a woman on drug charges early Sunday morning, according to a report.

According to a Myrtle Beach police report, Lavitra Nielene McDonald, 42, of Conway was charged with manufacture, distribution, etc. of methamphetamine and resisting arrest.

Thomas Edward Owens Jr., 42, of Myrtle Beach was charged with manufacture, possession of schedule four drugs, which is described as being a drug or substance with low potential for being abused and is accepted for use in medical treatment.

Police arrested McDonald and Owens at about 1 a.m. in the 600 block of Fifth Avenue North in Myrtle Beach, according to the report.

Police did not release any further details.

Myrtle Beach

Suspect robs sunglass store at knifepoint

A male suspect brandishing a knife stole money from a sunglass store at Broadway at the Beach on Sunday night, police said.

According to a Myrtle Beach police report, an officer responded to Sunglass Hut North at about 9:15 p.m. for a reported robbery of the store.

The officer spoke to a victim who said he was leaving the store through the back entrance at about 9 p.m. when the suspect opened the door and forced his way in, causing the victim to fall on the floor, police said.

The suspect then pulled a steak knife and forced the victim to turn off the alarm. The suspect pulled the register and threw it on the ground several times, causing it to open. The suspect took cash from the register fled the scene, according to the report.

Officers were unable to locate the suspect.


Myrtle Beach

Offices, facilities to close for holiday

The city of Myrtle Beach offices and facilities will be closed on Monday and Tuesday for the Christmas holiday. Offices will be closed again Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day.

Trash and recycling collections will be:

Zone 1 route will be serviced as usual on Monday;

Zone 2 and 3 routes both will be serviced on Wednesday;

Zone 4 route will be serviced as usual on Thursday;

No collection services will be offered Tuesday or Friday.

Services will be offered regularly the week of Dec. 31 to Jan. 3

Call 918-2160 with questions.

Myrtle Beach

City set to host 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 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