Police Blotter; Stepbrother says he was kidnapped

  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A 29-year-old Georgetown man called 911 March 9 and said he had been held against his will. The man was at his father’s house in Horry County when he made the call.

The man said he was at Walmart in Georgetown at about 11 p.m. when he received a call from his stepbrother who accused him of stealing $800.

He said he went to his stepbrother’s home on West Virginia Road and his stepbrother - listed as the suspect - started chasing him around the yard with a baton.

He said he was “popped in the mouth” by the suspect.

The suspect then allegedly said he could make the victim “disappear” and “no one would find him.”

The suspect told his stepbrother he was not leaving until the $800 was given back. He removed $165 from the victim’s wallet then started going through all his clothes looking for more cash.

He then forced the victim in the house and made him stay in the living room all night while the suspect stayed by the door.

The next morning the victim reportedly told his stepbrother he had some guns at his father’s house he could pawn to help repay the money.

They then drove to his father’s house in the Horry County portion of Murrells Inlet. When they arrived, the parents were not home, so the victim got out of the car and acted like he was calling his dad to see where they were. Instead, he was really calling 911.

He whispered the address and said to send police.

Horry police arrived and made the suspect leave and told the victim he would have to file a report in Georgetown County.

Bullying bus driver?

A Georgetown County school bus driver is under investigation after a man said she bullied his 13-year-old son

The father of the Waccamaw Middle School student said his son was crying when he got off the bus March 7. The man said the bus driver stood up and told the students the bus has cameras and the footage would be sent to the district office every day.

According to the 13-year-old, the bus driver was “staring at him he entire time she was making the announcement and that (she) called him a ‘cry baby’ while he was getting off the bus,” the report states.

The man said the incident stems from a situation in January in which his son was written a referral for having an electronic device on the bus. He said his son never had an electronic device and the referral was later voided.

The man said he met with district officials who said they would place the driver on a different route. He said he was not satisfied with that decision because she may “bully” another student, the report states.

He said he contacted state school officials about the matter.

From the courtroom to jail

A 23-year-old Murrells Inlet man was arrested March 10 after reportedly driving to pay a ticket in a car containing marijuana.

When the man showed up at the court on Cleland Street to take care of the “driving under suspension” ticket, a deputy asked him if he drove to Georgetown since his license was invalid.

He said “no.” He said he was waiting for his girlfriend to pick him up. However, the deputy was watching as the man got in his car and drove away.

A traffic stop was made on the vehicle and - according to the deputy - a smell of marijuana was coming from the car.

A small jar of the drug was in the glove compartment.

He was arrested for simple possession.

Drugs found at AHS

While conducting a routine drug search at Andrews High School, a 16-year-old student was found with a small amount of marijuana in his possession.

All the students were asked to leave a classroom while a drug dog worked the room. Nothing was found but when students returned to the room, the suspect was seen with what appeared to be a cigar box in his desk. The students were asked to exit the room again and the dog searched a second time.

The cigar box was found and a cigar containing marijuana was inside, the report states.

The parent of the student was contacted and the student was charged with simple possession of marijuana.

Fight with a broom

Deputies were sent to Nelson Drive in Murrells Inlet March 11 where they met with a woman who said she had been assaulted by a 51-year-old man.

The woman, who had “several defensive wounds on her forearms,” said the man - her husband’s cousin - hit her with a broomstick following an argument.

The man told the officers the woman hit him several times and would not leave him alone. He admitted he pushed her and hit her with the broom.

The man was arrested for assault and battery, second degree.

Phone theft

A 20-year-old Murrells Inlet man is accused of stealing phones from the CVS store in the 10300 block of Ocean Highway.

On March 10, a worker said he saw the man take two cell phones from a display and then he walked into the bathroom.

The boxes in which the phones were contained were found in the bathroom but the man took the phones - valued at $90 each - and fled the store. He was identified by the worker and a warrant has been signed for his arrest.

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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