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Conway, South Carolina–Horry County Emergency Management will host several town hall meetings for the public on the Know Your Zone hurricane evacuation zones.


Bucksport Area – October 1 at 6:00 p.m. James R. Frazier Community Center, 1370 Bucksport Road, Conway 

There are three hurricane evacuation zones, which incorporates more land mass and requires additional people living in those areas to leave during certain hurricanes based on surge inundation instead of category of storm.  It will be important for every resident to know if they live in a hurricane evacuation zone and what to do when asked to leave. Residents can visit Horry County Emergency Management’s website to view the hurricane evacuation zone maps and related information on how to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season. 

To Know Your Zone and to learn more about hurricane planning, please visit Horry County Emergency Management online or call 915-5150.

Richard Kreischer Pleads Guilty to First Degree Burglary

Conway, South Carolina-Last Wednesday, September 11, 2013, before The Honorable Larry B. Hyman, Jr., Richard Kreischer pled guilty to First Degree Burglary for a 2011 incident that occurred in the Conway section of Horry County.   

On the afternoon of October 25, 2011, Kreischer broke into and entered the victim’s home located on Lee’s Landing Circle without consent and with the intent to steal personal belongings from the victim (homeowner). At some point during the break-in, the victim returned home, which led Kreischer to flee the scene with various personal items of the victim’s.  Included in those items were several handguns belonging to the victim.  Thus, once Kreischer fled the scene in possession of the victim’s weapons, he was considered “armed” under South Carolina law.    

Upon arrival, the victim was aware of what occurred and immediately dialed 9-1-1.  The Horry County Police Department responded quickly and arrested Kreischer within minutes of the victim’s call.  During his arrest, Kreischer was found to be in possession of the stolen items, including the victim’s handguns.  The police had probable cause to take Kreischer into custody.    

Subsequent to his arrest, Kreischer had to be removed from the State of New Jersey pursuant to the Interstate Detainer Act.  For these actions, Judge Hyman sentenced Kreischer to serve 15 years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections.  Under South Carolina law, First Degree Burglary is considered a “violent” and “most-serious” offense.  That means Kreischer must be incarcerated for 85% of his sentence before he has any possibility of release.    

For questions concerning this guilty plea, please contact the Horry County Solicitor's Office at (843) 915-5460.  

Charges Filed in Vehicle Pursuit/Shots Fired Incident

Conway, South Carolina-Charges have been filed in connection with a vehicle pursuit on Saturday that resulted in an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.   

On September 14, 2013 at approximately 6:10pm, Officers with the Horry County Police Department’s West Precinct were dispatched to the area of Hwy. 319 and Enoch Rd. in the Aynor section of Horry County in reference to assisting the South Carolina Highway Patrol in a vehicle Pursuit.  An Officer joined the pursuit at that location in an effort to assist.   

The pursuit continued down Hwy. 319 back towards Conway until the suspect took the ramp onto Hwy. 22, where he hit a guardrail.  The suspect continued traveling on Hwy. 22 for a short time while he began firing a weapon out his window, striking the Highway Patrol car.  The suspect then left the road in to a grassy area, where he exited the vehicle and continued shooting at law enforcement while fleeing on foot.  Law enforcement did return fire.  There were no injuries during the incident.  The male suspect did flee on foot into a wooded area.  A female passenger also exited the vehicle in an attempt to flee, but was taken into custody.   

Additional Officers with the Horry County Police Department’s West and Central Precincts responded to the scene, along with Officers from Aynor Police Department to establish a perimeter.  Members of the Horry County Police Department’s SWAT and Bloodhound Tracking Team, along with SLED’s Bloodhound Tracking Team responded to the scene to locate the suspect.  In addition, the SLED helicopter, Crime Scene Unit and Regional Agents responded to assist the South Carolina Highway Patrol and Horry County Police Department.  At approximately 9:30pm, the male suspect was located in a wooded area and taken into custody without further incident.     

Arrested: Richard Lee Cochran IV (20 YOA B/M) DOB: 08-10-93.  He resides in the Conway section of Horry County.  He is currently in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Charges: Attempted Murder (3 counts), Possession of a Weapon during Violent Crime, Resisting Arrest with a Deadly Weapon, Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol, Failure to Stop for a Blue Light   Shannon Marie Keiser (33 YOA W/F) DOB: 04-06-80.  She resides in the Conway section of Horry County.  She is currently in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Charge: Obstructing Justice

Weekly Update for September 16 - September 20, 2013

Click HERE for a PDF of Horry County Government's Weekly Update for September 16 - September 20, 2013.

Probate Court Scam

Conway, South Carolina-The Horry County Sheriff’s Office has been contacted by Horry County Probate Judge Deirdre Edmonds about a possible scam/fraud relating to her office.  Judge Edmonds was notified by a resident of Horry County that an unknown person came to their door, said they were with the Horry County Probate Court, and inquired about a recent death that occurred in their family.   It is not known the intentions of this individual, but these types of suspects sometimes prey on individuals that may be vulnerable and in an emotional state to gain access to their home or to defraud them of money.  All employees of The Horry County Probate Court carry an ID card that identifies them as such.  If anyone has any questions or concerns, please call Sgt. Jeff Benton at 843-915-8578 or the Horry County Probate Court at 843-915-5370.            

From Probate Judge Deirdre Edmonds:   The Horry County Probate Court handles the administration of estates of deceased persons.  Typically, after a person dies the family of the deceased person will call or visit the Probate Court to inquire about the administration of their loved one’s estate.  The Probate Court does not solicit families of deceased persons and we never send Court employees or representatives to the homes of deceased persons inquiring about their death or property.   The only time a representative of the Probate Court visits a person’s home is when a guardianship or conservatorship action has been filed in the Probate Court for an incapacitated adult who is unable to manage his or her own personal or financial affairs.