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Repeat Offender Pleas Guilty to Club Crush Shooting

Conway, South Carolina-Gerard “PR – Paddy Rod” Watts pled guilty to Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature, Use of a Weapon during the commission of a Violent Crime, Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin Second Offense and Threatening the Life of a Public Official on September 5, 2013.  The State recommended a sentence range of 10-15 years, without the option of parole release, where all sentences would run concurrently.  On September 11, 2013, Judge Larry B. Hyman sentenced Watts to concurrently serve 13 years, without the option of parole, on the Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature offense, 5 years on the Weapons offense, 10 years, without the option of parole, on the Heroin offense, and 10 years on the Threatening the Life of a Public Official offense.         


Over the past year, Watts has been a danger to our community and a constant cause of disruption and crime along the Grand Strand.  Starting on December 1, 2012, Watts attacked a victim inside Club Crush in the Myrtle Beach section of Horry County.  An investigation revealed that there was an ongoing dispute between Watts and the victim.  Inside the club, Watts grabbed the victim and when the victim pulled away from him, Watts produced a small caliber handgun and began firing at the victim, striking him at least once, from the rear as Watts chased him outside the club.  As Watts continued to pursue the victim into the parking lot, gun in hand, a security officer was forced to deploy his sidearm.  The security officer instructed Watts to drop the handgun and when Watts refused, the security officer fired several shots, striking Watts.  Watts was loaded into a truck by friends and was eventually taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center where he was treated after giving a false name.  Upon his release from the hospital, Watts was arrested and charged, eventually posting bond and being released from J Reuben Long Detention Center.      

While out on bond, Watts was arrested on marijuana charges in February 2013 and released on bond again.  Subsequently, in April 2013, Troopers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle Watts was operating, for a moving violation.  Watts fled in the vehicle into a motel parking lot, where he hopped out of the vehicle, leaving the vehicle to continue moving and strike the motel near the lobby.  Troopers pursued Watts and eventually apprehended him.  While searching the area, Troopers found approximately 40 bindles of Heroin Watts had attempted to hide.  Upon apprehension, Watts threatened the Trooper, telling the Trooper he ought to “Whoop his ass like his friend whooped another Trooper’s ass.”  After being released from handcuffs at J Reuben Long Detention Center, Watts attempted to lunge at the Trooper to assault the Trooper, before being restrained by Detention Officers.      

Watts was eventually freed on $150,000 bond on or about May 17, 2013.  While out on bond, Watts was arrested again on weapons and marijuana charges on or about May 23, 2013.  His bond was revoked and Watts was held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center disposition of his charges.  Watts has an extensive prior record including numerous convictions for drugs and a federal charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.     

For questions concerning these convictions, please contact the Horry County Solicitor's Office at 843-915-5460.  

Horry County To Utilize CodeRED Emergency Notification System

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has contracted with Emergency Communications Network, Inc. of Ormond Beach, Florida, for its “CodeRED” high-speed telephone emergency notification services. The CodeRED system gives county officials the ability to deliver pre-recorded emergency telephone notification/information messages to targeted areas or the entire county at a rate of up to 60,000 calls per hour.   


Randy Webster, Horry County’s Emergency Management Director, cautioned that such systems are only as good as the telephone database supporting them. “Although the system houses a database populated from multiple sources, if your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called,” stated Webster. The CodeRED system gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly to the system’s telephone database. The system allows you to enter as many phone numbers as you need for other family members or employees at your business by re-entering your information. The system also allows you to enter email addresses as the emergency notification can be broadcasted by phone, text or email.   

To ensure no one is omitted, Webster urges all individuals and businesses to log onto Horry County’s website and follow the link to the “CodeRED Residential and Business Data Collection” page. Your contact information will remain private and will only be used for emergency notifications. Those without internet access may call the Horry County Public Information Office at (843) 915-5390, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to give their information over the phone to be added to the CodeRED system. Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. Boxes), city, state, zip code, primary phone number (if a cell phone number is used, you will need the name of your cell phone provider) and additional phone numbers are optional. 

Again, no one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included. All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the last year, and who use a cellular phone as their primary home phone. Since the system is a geographical based notification system, street addresses are needed to select which phone numbers will receive emergency notification calls in any given situation.   

Horry County will conduct an “All Call” validation test beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 23. Numbers that are registered in the system will get a call from Horry County, which will be a test of the CodeRED emergency system. The “All Call” will scrub the database of numbers that cannot be confirmed as valid and will be removed from the system. This will create a cleaner list resulting in more connected calls and less network congestion when a real emergency happens.   

Other CodeRED features:   

  • TTY/TDD Functions – The CodeRed system allows those hearing impaired to also sign up to receive emergency notifications. Text Telephones (TTY), also known as Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD), are used by the deaf, hard–of–hearing, and individuals with speech impairments to communicate   
  • Message Playback – You may hear the last message to your phone through the CodeRED system by simply dialing back the number on your Caller ID. Community members can easily identify calls coming from the CodeRED system as the recipient’s Caller ID will read Emergency Communications Network or 866-419-5000.   
  • CodeRED Mobile Alert App – The free, available app is geo-aware so no matter where you are when an alert is issued, you will receive notifications that affect you – right on your mobile device. The app delivers information from community officials in areas that are subscribed to the CodeRED Emergency Notification System. The free app is available on Horry County’s website.   
  • CodeRED Weather Warning – This is an opt-in only weather warning product that taps into the National Weather Service’s Storm Based Warnings. This geographical targeted weather warning product is built into the CodeRED system and will alert citizens moments after a severe thunderstorm, flash flood, or tornado warning has been issued. Community members can easily identify calls coming from the CodeRED Weather Warning as the recipient’s Caller ID will read Emergency Communications Network or 800-566-9780. The CodeRED Weather Warning also provides a CodeRed Weather Warning Mobile App which is $4.99 per year, but comes with a complimentary 30-day trial with the CodeRed Mobile Alert App.   


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