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Joseph Hill Named Horry County's New Police Chief

Conway, South Carolina – After a national search, Joseph Hill has been named the new Chief of Police for Horry County.

Hill is scheduled to begin his employment with Horry County on Monday, September 26.

"Horry County is extremely fortunate to have Joe join our team as he comes with a wealth of experience, is a strong and respected leader, and has a passion for community engagement and community problem solving to reduce crime and the fear of crime,” stated Horry County Administrator Chris Eldridge. 

“Joe is the best of the best,” stated Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus. “His commitment to serve and protect has been echoed throughout his distinguished career in Virginia and by the very citizens he has served. I encourage the community to embrace him and once you meet him, there will be no doubt he is the right person for the job.”

Joe Hill, was a 28-year member of the Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia and worked his way up in the department from patrol officer to the rank of Major. He assisted in the supervision of a $184 million budget with 1377 sworn officers and over 200 civilian staff. He prides himself as a community police officer/commander who engages the citizens to solve problems and connect them to the very best services the police department can provide.

 

 



Multiple Arrests Made After Narcotics Operation

 

Conway, South Carolina-Seven people were arrested Wednesday evening in connection with a Narcotics operation conducted by members of the Horry County Police Department.   

On November 13, 2013 a narcotics operation was conducted in the Racepath community of Myrtle Beach in Horry County in response to information of drug activity in the area.  Detectives with the Horry County Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Section along with Officers from the Street Crimes Unit conducted the operation.  As a result of the operation, a total of seven arrests were made.     

Arrested: 

Jacob Ronald Clark (33 YOA W/M) DOB: 04-27-80.  He resides in the Myrtle Beach section of Horry County.  He is currently out of jail on bond. Charge: Attempt to Possess Drugs   

Ricky Allen Cooper (50 YOA B/M) DOB: 07-25-63.  He resides in the Conway section of Horry County.  He is currently out of jail on bond. Charge:  Attempt to Possess Drugs

Tammy Evette Eller (43 YOA W/F) DOB: 12-03-69.  She resides in the Longs section of Horry County.  She is currently in custody at the J. Rueben Long Detention Center. Charges:  Attempt to Possess Drugs, Driving Under Suspension, Open Container in Vehicle   

Harold Lowden Hazelbaker (64 YOA W/M) DOB: 04-05-49.  He resides in the Surfside Beach section of Horry County.  He is currently out of jail on bond. Charge: Attempt to Possess Drugs   

Michelle Mari Johnson (45 YOA W/F) DOB: 08-15-68.  She resides in the Myrtle Beach section of Horry County.  She is currently out of jail on bond. Charge:  Attempt to Possess Drugs   

Mihail Leonid Lubarsky (32 YOA W/M) DOB: 10-01-81.  He resides in the Myrtle Beach section of Horry County.  He is currently out of jail on bond. Charge:  Attempt to Possess Drugs   

Michael Dewarren Spivey (41 YOA B/M) DOB: 06-18-72.  He resides in the Myrtle Beach section of Horry County.  He is currently out of jail on bond. Charge:  Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine



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    



HCPD Investigates Missing Person

Conway, South Carolina-Detectives with the Horry County Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit are investigating a missing person case and are seeking information from the public. On yesterday’s date, an investigation was initiated after family members reported 19 year old Zachary Malinowski missing.  Malinowski was last seen on Sunday, August 25th in the area of 7th Avenue in Aynor wearing a red shirt, black gym shorts and either black and white flip flops or a pair of Air Jordans.  Last contact by phone with Malinowski was at approximately 12:15am on Monday, August 26th.  Detectives are asking anyone with information leading to the location of Malinowski to contact them at 915-5350 or 915-TIPS.  

 

Missing: Zachary Matthew Malinowski (19 YOA W/M) DOB: 12-17-93.  He is further described as being approximately 6ft. 1in. tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds.  He has brown hair and brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing a red shirt, black gym shorts and either black and white flip flops or a pair of Air Jordans.  He should be operating a purple/burgundy 1996 Chevrolet Beretta with a South Carolina tag of IFB 802.   PHOTO



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