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Suspects Charged in Connection with Armed Robbery

Conway, South Carolina-Two suspects have been charged in connection with an Armed Robbery that occurred yesterday morning in Conway.   

On October 29, 2013 at approximately 9:45am, Officers with the Horry County Police Department’s Central Precinct responded to Cash for Gold at 1080 Hwy. 501 in the Conway section of Horry County in reference to an Armed Robbery.  Upon their arrival, they learned that two male suspects dressed in all black clothing and wearing masks entered the store with a weapon and demanded money.  After obtaining money and an additional gun, the suspects fled on foot behind the store.   

Officers with the Horry County Police Department with the assistance of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Conway Police Department and Coastal Carolina Department of Public Safety quickly established a perimeter and the Horry County Police Bloodhound Tracking Team was activated.  One of the suspects was captured within two hours of the search.  Police continued searching the area and located the second suspect a short time later.  Both suspects were transported to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.   

Code Red, an emergency notification system recently acquired by Horry County Government was utilized during the incident. A total of 1016 notifications of the incident through phone calls, text alerts and emails were made to residents, business owners and schools within an approximate 2 mile radius where they were urged to take the proper precautions while law enforcement was conducting the search.  If you have not already signed up for Code Red emergency alerts, you can do so by visiting here.

October 30, 2013, both suspects were formally charged.     


Leroi Bernard Jackson (21 YOA B/M) DOB: 10-02-92.  He resides in the Conway section of Horry County.  He is currently in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Charge: Armed Robbery  

Jamal Dashon Bessent (19 YOA B/M) DOB: 07-26-94.  He resides in the North Myrtle Beach section of Horry County.  He is currently in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Charge: Armed Robbery  

Warrants Obtained in Night Club Shooting

Conway, South Carolina-Warrants have been obtained in connection with a stabbing that occurred early this morning in Longs.   

On October 28, 2013 at approximately 4:20am, Officers with the Horry County Police Department’s North Precinct responded to the G Spot Club at 8160 Hwy. 90 in reference to a shots fired complaint.  Upon their arrival, they were advised from security about a fight that had occurred.  A male was being detained prior to our arrival, but was able to flee after shots were fired from unknown suspects in a white Mercedes.  A short time later, two victims arrived at a local hospital with apparent stab wounds that occurred during the original fight at the club.   

Officers learned that during the course of the fight, the two victims were both cut by a suspect known to them.  The suspect was identified by Officers conducting the investigation.  On today’s date, arrest warrants were obtained for the suspect.  Horry County Police Department is asking anyone with information on his location to call us at 915-TIPS.     

Wanted: Durance Antwan McCray (24 YOA B/M) DOB: 02-27-89.  He resides in the Longs section of Horry County.  He is currently wanted by the Horry County Police Department. Charges: Assault and Battery 2nd Degree (2 counts)

RFP Selection To Be Made For Cost Allocation Plan And Arbitrage Rebate Calculation Services

Conway, South Carolina-Recommendations will be made to County Administrator Chris Eldridge by the Evaluation Committee regarding Request for Proposals (RFP) 2013-14-011 for Cost Allocation Plan Development and Request for Proposals (RFP) 2013-14-010 Arbitrage Rebate Calculation Services.  The recommendation will be made on Tuesday, October 29, at 3 p.m. in the Administrator's Conference Room at the Horry County Government & Justice Center, 1301 Second Avenue in Conway.

L.W. Paul Living History Farm Fall Harvest & Syrup Making Day

Conway, South Carolina — The L. W. Paul Living History Farm will hold a free Fall Harvest and Syrup Making Day Saturday, November 9, 2013, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. 


A large part of farm life in the first half of the twentieth century was old-fashioned syrup making.  Locals grew cane and cooked syrup in the fall for the upcoming year.  Cooking down the raw juice into sweet cane syrup became a celebration and gathering for the community.  The sugar cane used for making the syrup is grown on site. Minnie the Mule will demonstrate traditional cane grinding. Traditional early farm living techniques will also be demonstrated throughout the day. This includes Lye soap making, grinding corn, hand stitch sewing, log cutting, cooking on a wood stove, butter making and more.  The homemade syrup, stone ground grits and corn meal will be available for purchase in the Visitor’s Center snack shop area. 

The L. W. Farm is located at Hwy. 701 North, 2279 Harris Shortcut Road, Conway, SC 29526. For further information, please call 843-365-5396 or e-mail

Weekly Update for Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 2013

Click HERE for the Horry County Government Weekly Update for October 28 - November 1, 2013.