Police Blotter: False kidnapping call

  • Friday, March 7, 2014

Deputies were sent to the Brookwood Inn in Murrells Inlet Feb. 22 after receiving a third-party report that a 36-year-old woman from West Virginia was being held against her will.

The manager opened the room door and there were personal belongings in the room but the victim and suspect — a 35-year-old West Virginia man — were gone.

The owner said he last saw the couple in a Jeep Cherokee driving towards Pawleys Island.

The original caller said the woman called him upset saying she was afraid of the suspect and wanted to go back home. She said the suspect was not letting her leave.

Deputies finally found the reported victim who told them the reports they received were false and everything is OK. The case was closed after deputies talked to the woman.

Statutory rape allegation

A 24-year-old Georgia man is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl at her home in Murrells Inlet last year.

The incidents were reportedly discovered when the man’s girlfriend — a relative of the victim — found naked pictures of the teen on her boyfriend’s phone and computer.

The mother of the teen said she did not learn of the incident until December when she was contacted by police in Georgia. The man’s girlfriend had reported finding the “child porn” on his phone and computer.

The teen’s mother said her daughter, when confronted, admitted having sex with the man and said she sent the pictures.

A warrant was expected to be signed against the man.

Traffic checkpoint nets arrests

Local law enforcement held a traffic checkpoint at the intersection of Highmarket Street and West Virginia Road the night of Feb. 21.

An 18-year-old Maryland man was arrested on drug charges after two small bags of marijuana were found in his vehicle.

A 36-year-old Georgetown man was arrested for the same charges after two bags of marijuana were found in his waistband. He was the passenger in that vehicle.

A 52-year-old Georgetown woman was charged with unlawful carrying of a firearm. A black Luger 9mm was found in the car.

A 34-year-old Myrtle Beach man was found with a small amount of crack cocaine that reportedly fell out of his pocket. Along with the drug charge, he was also charged with second offense driving under suspension.

Woman arrested for broom attack

A domestic situation was reported on Navigators Lane in Pawleys Island Feb. 21. When deputies arrived they saw a 34-year-old woman crying and her 44-year-old husband cleaning a small cut on his arm.

The woman — who, according to the deputies, was intoxicated — said she and her husband were arguing about the cleanliness of the house and she hit her husband with a broom handle. The man said after he was hit he grabbed the broom and broke it in half.

The woman was arrested for criminal domestic violence.

Harassment from fired worker

A manager at Dependable Service Plumbing in Pawleys Island said they recently terminated an employee and since then he has been harassing them by phone.

The man has been told by the company to stop calling but he even called while the deputy was on the scene.

The officer got on the phone and warned the man to not call or return to the property again.

The man said he did have a lawyer so he was advised to have his attorney call the business if he has any questions.

Stolen moped

A man from Harrow Lane in Pawleys Island said he put his moped in his shed Feb. 20 and that night he heard a noise outside his home.

The next morning he discovered the moped was gone.

The man said the shed was not locked and he has no idea who would have taken the moped. He also said he had a bike stolen from his back porch in November.

A hefty ticket

While on patrol early Feb. 25, a deputy saw a car coming towards him from behind at a high rate of speed on Highway 17 near White Hall Road.

The deputy initiated his rear radar and clocked the car at 115 mph.

A traffic stop was made and the driver — a 26-year-old Charleston man — only had a beginner’s permit and no one else in the car.

He was arrested for reckless driving.

Information is subject to change as the investigation proceeds. Individuals arrested and/or charged have not been convicted.

— Compiled by Scott Harper

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