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North Carolina Man Sentenced to 25-Years and $50,000 fine for Drug Trafficking

Conway, South Carolina—Friday February 14, 2014, 29 year-old Defendant Stefano Tyshawn Brooks from Shallote, N.C., was sentenced to 25 years in S.C. Department of Corrections and to pay a $50,000 fine for one count of Trafficking 28-100 Grams of Cocaine. The Defendant pled guilty this morning in Horry County General Sessions Court before the Honorable Benjamin H. Culbertson.


On July 30, 2010, during a routine license checkpoint in the Little River section of Horry County, officers observed an open container between the door and the passenger seat of the Defendant’s vehicle. When the officers requested the Defendant to step out of the vehicle, they further observed him attempt to conceal an object underneath his right leg. Once the Defendant was removed from the vehicle, the officers could clearly see a clear container containing a large amount of a white rock-like substance. The Fifteenth Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) reported to the scene and field-tested the collected substance. After the substances revealed positive traces of Cocaine, the Defendant was arrested and charged with, among other offenses, Trafficking Cocaine, First Offense.

First-Offense Trafficking Cocaine is a Class B Felony that carries from 7 to 25 years and a $50,000 fine. Any offense carrying a penalty of 20 years or more is a “no-parole” offense. That means the Defendant most serve 85% of his 25-year sentence before he is eligible for release to community supervision. Additionally, trafficking cocaine is considered a violent, serious offense. Under South Carolina law, crimes declared “serious” are “three strike” offenses. A charge for an offense in this category when a defendant has two other serious or most serious offense convictions allows the State to seek, after appropriate notice, a sentence of life without parole.

For any questions concerning this guilty plea, please call Assistant Solicitor Lauree Richardson at 843-915-8653.


Horry County Government Weekly Update for February 17 - February 21, 2014

Click HERE for Horry County Government's Weekly Update for February 17 - February 21, 2014.



Horry County Moves to OPCON 5

February 14, 2014    12 p.m.

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has moved to Operating Condition Level 5 (OPCON 5), which puts the county at normal operating conditions.


Issues throughout the county continue to be downed tree limbs causing some rural roads to be blocked. Some of the hardest hit locations were Conway, Aynor, Loris and Green Sea. Drivers are still urged to use caution due to tree and vegetative debris that may still be in the roadways.

The county’s priority will remain clearing county maintained roads of debris for vehicle access (99 percent cleared to-date), stabilizing the county road network, and removing vegetative debris from the county-maintained public right-of-ways, which may take up to two months due to the size of the county.

Residents in the unincorporated areas of Horry County, who need to dispose of their yard debris due to the winter storm, can take it to one of the 24 recycling centers and a link to the locations of the centers can be viewed HERE. Horry County does not provide curbside trash pick-up services, as the unincorporated millage pays for the 24 recycling centers located throughout Horry County. The Horry County Solid Waste Authority is prepared to handle the large volume of vegetative debris that is expected to be disposed of at the centers.  Additional information regarding the Horry County Solid Waste Authority is as follows:

• Horry County Solid Waste Authority Landfill will be open on Sunday, February 16, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.to accept vegetative storm debris only. The tipping fee for storm debris disposal at the landfill is $14.00 per ton.
• All Horry County Recycling Centers normally open on Sundays will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to accept storm debris from residents only. Contractors, landscapers and lawn care companies should utilize the Horry County landfill for disposal of storm debris.
• Residents utilizing the recycling centers are asked to cut all tree limbs into pieces no larger than 4' in length.
Private property owners in the unincorporated areas of Horry County are responsible for the removal of their own yard debris.

When trimming or removing trees, please use the following safety tips:
Stay Alert at All Times!
• Do not trim trees in dangerous weather conditions.
• Perform a hazard assessment of the work area before starting work.
• Eliminate or minimize exposure to hazards at the tree and in the surrounding area.
• Operators of chain saws and other equipment should be trained and the equipment properly maintained.
• Use personal protective equipment such as gloves, safety glasses, hard hats, hearing protection, etc., recommended in the equipment manufacturer’s operating manual.
• Inspect tree limbs for strength and stability before climbing. Tree trimmers working aloft must use appropriate fall protection.
• Do not climb with tools in your hands.
• If broken trees are under pressure, determine the direction of the pressure and make small cuts to release it.
• Never turn your back on a falling tree.
• Be alert and avoid objects thrown back by a tree as it falls.

Due to warmer weather conditions expected this weekend, homeowners are urged to use extreme caution when burning vegetative debris that has fallen from the winter storm. State law requires that property owners notify the South Carolina Forestry Commission prior to burning outdoors by calling toll free at 1-800-986-5405. In most cases, the law applies to burning leaves, limbs and branches that owners clean up from their yard. The notification law does not apply within town or city limits.

Homeowners should follow the below safety precautions:
• The law requires property owners to clear a firebreak around the burning site and have the right equipment available to keep the fire under control.
• Before doing any burning, establish wide control lines down to bare mineral soil at least five feet wide around any burn barrels and even wider around brush piles and other piled debris to be burned. The larger the debris pile, the wider the control line that is needed to ensure that burning materials won’t be blown or roll off the pile into vegetation outside the line.
• You must also stay with the fire until it is completely safe.
• Keep water and hand tools ready in case your fire should attempt to spread.
• Homeowners are responsible for the control of their outdoor fires.


Myrtle Beach International Airport January 2014 Passenger Statistics

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina- The number of passengers arriving into Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) during January 2014 was down .98 percent compared to same period January 2013.

In January 2014, 30,312 passengers arrived into MYR, or .98% less than same period last year. “The number of passengers arriving into Myrtle Beach International Airport during January was good despite the major ice storm, which caused widespread delays and cancellations throughout the southeast,” said Pat Apone, director of airports.
January 2014, compared to January 2013 by arriving passenger:

Airline                           Jan-14                  Jan-13         Variance
Allegiant                            0                           0                  -
Charters                            0                         164                -100%
United                               0                          771               -100%
Delta                              6,001                   5,564                    8%
Porter                                0                           0                  -
Spirit                            14,663                  13,965                   5%
US Airways                    9,648                  10,149                  -5%
WestJet                             0                                                -         
Monthly Totals              30,312                 30,613               -0.98%

For detailed passenger statistics click HERE

About the Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) The Myrtle Beach International Airport is a full-service facility that serves as the gateway to the Grand Strand. The Myrtle Beach International Airport is owned by Horry County and operated by the Department of Airports. MYR is served by Allegiant Air, Delta Air Lines, Porter Airlines, Spirit, United Airlines, US Airways and WestJet offering non-stop service to over 25 cities.



Horry County Moves to OPCON 1 for Second Winter Storm

February 13, 2014   12 p.m.


Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has moved to Operating Condition Level 1(OPCON 1), which puts the county at “Disaster Operations” stage. Horry County has activated its emergency operational plans and is being managed by Horry County Emergency Management’s Command Staff. Horry County has NOT opened its Emergency Operations Center (EOC), but county officials will be monitoring conditions throughout the cleanup process.

Issues throughout the county continue to be downed tree limbs, causing roads to be blocked and downed power lines. Some of the hardest hit locations are Conway, Aynor, Loris and Green Sea. Sporadic power outages continue and residents should contact their local power provider to report any outages. Drivers are urged to use caution due to tree debris and downed power lines.

The county’s priority will remain clearing roads of debris for vehicle access, stabilizing the county road network, and removing vegetative debris from the county-maintained public right-of-ways.

Residents in the unincorporated areas of Horry County who need to dispose of their yard debris due to the winter storm, can take it to one of the 24 recycling centers and a link to the locations of the centers can be viewed at http://www.solidwasteauthority.org/recyclingcenters.html. Horry County does not provide curbside trash pick-up services, as the unincorporated millage pays for the 24 recycling centers located throughout Horry County. The Horry County Solid Waste Authority is prepared to handle the large volume of vegetative debris that is expected to be disposed of at the centers.

Due to warmer weather conditions expected this weekend, homeowners are urged to use extreme caution when burning vegetative debris that has fallen from the winter storm.
• Before doing any burning, establish wide control lines down to bare mineral soil at least five-feet wide around any burn barrels and even wider around brush piles and other piled debris tobe burned. The larger the debris pile, the wider the control line that is needed to ensure that burning materials won’t be blown or roll off the pile into vegetation outside the line.
• Stay with all outdoor fires, until they are completely out.
• Keep water and hand tools ready in case your fire should attempt to spread.
• Homeowners are responsible for the control of their outdoor fires.



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