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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. 

Mosquito Spraying for September 12, 2013

 Mosquito Spraying For Thursday, September 12 

Conway, South Carolina-Horry County will aerial mosquito spray, weather permitting, in the following areas: 

  • Dogbluff area 
  • Gunters Island area 

Aerial spraying will be conducted in the evening between 7 p.m. - dusk weather permitting.  The chemicals used for mosquito control spraying are approved by the EPA and pose minimal risk to humans or animals.  Individuals with asthma or other respiratory illness may wish to stay indoors and close windows and doors during spraying.  In addition, homegrown fruits and vegetables should be washed, scrubbed, and/or peeled before eating. 

To help keep our honeybee population safe, beekeepers are urged to contact Horry County Mosquito & Spraying to identify the location of their colonies.  

In addition, citizens with concerns, complaints, or those requesting spraying in their area can also contact Horry County Mosquito & Spraying at 915-5174.

Horry County Police File Additional Charges Filed on Suspect from St. James Incident

Conway, South Carolina-Additional Charges have been filed against a seventeen year old suspect in connection with the incident that occurred at St. James High School yesterday.   On September 9, 2013 at approximately 6:20am, Officers with the Horry County Police Department’s South Precinct responded to St. James High School in reference to a fire that occurred at the front entrance of the school.  Upon their arrival, they observed fire damage on the brick and frame of the school.  They also observed burned remnants of American flags on the ground.  Entry was not made into the school by the suspect and the damage was isolated to the front of the school.   The School Resource Officer of St. James High School arrived at the school and began to review the videos of the school. Officers observed on the video that approximately 10 minutes prior to the fire being started, the suspect is tying the outside cafeteria door handles on the opposite side of the building together with a rope, as if trying to prevent people from leaving through those doors.  This caused concern for law enforcement and the Horry County Bomb Squad was called to the scene as a precaution.   The Horry County Bomb Squad did respond to the scene and conducted a sweep of the school.  Nothing suspicious was found as a result of the search.  Detectives with the Horry County police Department’s Bomb/Arson and Major Crimes Units responded to the scene and took over the investigation.  Detectives began receiving information that ultimately resulted in the identity of a suspect.   At approximately 1:00pm, members of the Horry County SWAT Team responded to a home on Indigo Creek Blvd. to apprehend the suspect.  He was taken into custody without incident.   During the fire incident, the suspect was seen on video carrying a pistol and had what appeared to be a machete on his hip.  The pistol was later determined to be an air pistol.   In addition to yesterday’s incident, the suspect has also been linked to a series of American Flag thefts that occurred in Indigo Creek Subdivision last month.     

Arrested: Nicholas Ryan Newell (17 YOA W/M) DOB: 12-21-95.  He resides in the Murrells Inlet section of Horry County.  He is currently in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Charges: Arson 3rd Degree, Disturbing Schools, Carrying a weapon on School Property, Malicious Damage to Real Property, Petty Larceny    

Weekly Update for September 9 - September 13, 2013

Click here for the Horry County Government Weekly Update for September 9 - September 13, 2013