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Know him? Sheriff’s Office wants to ID burglary, shooting suspect

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Surveillance images have been obtained of a suspect in last week’s shooting of a Tabor City area man after he interrupted a break-in at his home      “We need the public’s help in identifying this guy,” Columbus County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Tatum said Monday.      Detectives believe the man approached the Dothan…

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Homeowner shot in his car after driving up on burglar

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A Tabor City area man apparently interrupting a break-in at his home was shot Friday afternoon.      Montgomery Lowery, 31, was shot in the right arm during the confrontation at about 2:45 p.m. on Dothan Road, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Tatum said in a news release. He was taken to…

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Man on a mower run over

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A man on a small tractor and mower was injured when an SUV drove into the back of the equipment on Complex Street Friday afternoon.      Good Samaritan’s who came upon the crash scene pulled the John Deere equipment off of the man, and provided shade from the afternoon sun as emergency…

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‘Incendiary device’ found at ECHS, juvenile charged

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A young East Columbus High School student has been charged with possession of a weapon on mass destruction on educational property after a “homemade incendiary device” and a “large steak knife” were found on the Lake Waccamaw campus Thursday.      Detectives believe the 14 year-old female student intended to harm two fellow…

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Murder suspects in custody in Oklahoma

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Suspects in the weekend murder of Ricky Long in his Tabor City home are in custody in Oklahoma, the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday.      William Matthew Fortney, 39, of Coweta, Oklahoma and Amber Nicole Hitchcock, 32, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, were taken into custody Wednesday by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive…

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Federal Grand Jury indicts on CresCom robbery, murders

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A federal indictment has been returned against Brandon Michael Council in last month’s bank robbery and double murder in Conway, U.S. Attorney Beth Drake said Wednesday.      A Federal Grand Jury sitting in Columbia returned the three-count indictment Wednesday, charging Council with armed bank robbery resulting in death, us of a firearm…

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UPDATE: Gunshots kill TC man

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com Tuesday Update      Gunshots killed a local man whose body was found inside his Tabor City area home following a Saturday night disturbance, Capt. Jason Soles of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.      Ricky Long was pronounced dead in the home on PD Ranch Drive, a narrow dirt lane off of…

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Six-man home invasion leaves one shot near Loris

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A knock at the door followed by six masked, armed men coming through the door was followed by a single gunshot injuring a Loris area resident Tuesday evening, an Horry County Police Department report says.           Several people were in the home on Buena Vista Drive, south of Loris, when the knock…

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Arraignment Thursday for accused double murderer

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Brandon Michael Council, the accused killer of CresCom Bank Conway branch employees Kathryn Skeen and Donna Major, will appear in U.S. District Court in Florence Thursday to face arraignment on federal charges stemming from the Aug. 28 slayings and robbery, 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson announced Tuesday afternoon.      Previously…

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Arson, animal cruelty charges after dog dies in fire

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Arson and animal cruelty charges were leveled against a Tabor City man accused of setting his rental home ablaze with his dog inside Monday night.      Sandy Lewis Rhue, 45, who also shows an address on Spivey Ward Drive, Tabor City, was arrested after fire destroyed his rental home on Ray Street,…

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