Myrtle Beach’s kookiest crimes

For Weekly SurgeNovember 12, 2013 

Isn’t it ironic?


Myrtle Beach police responded to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Nov. 3 after a fire alarm went off during the gun show being held there that day.

It turns out, one of the participants was unloading his Glock 27. As he was clearing the magazine of the weapon, he accidentally pulled the trigger and fired the round that was still inside the weapon, according to the incident report.

We’ll skip over the portion of Gun Safety 101 that says the weapon should have the safety latch on when not in use, especially if inside a building with lots of people. Actually, we won’t skip over it.

Officers were unable to locate the bullet, the report stated. Thankfully, no one was hurt and there was no damage to the convention center. The man was reportedly asked to leave the show, and he did so without incident.

Hopefully, he took the time to re-familiarize himself with some basic gun safety rules.

Bet that hurt

The misuse of firearms is a popular theme in this week’s edition of Blue Light Special. And that makes us just a tad bit afraid.

In the early-morning hours of Nov. 10, Myrtle Beach police were notified by county EMS that they were en route from South Strand Regional Hospital with a man with a gunshot wound.

The victim was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, where he told officers that he was in a friend’s trailer located near the Racepath area. While lying in bed, he opened the night stand and noticed a small handgun in the drawer, the incident report stated.

As the man was taking the gun out of the nightstand, and for reasons not explained, he pulled the trigger and accidentally shot himself in the right thigh.

We’re noticing a trend here; the safety button is merely a suggestion for local gun owners. But we digress from the man who just shot himself in the leg.

The man then reportedly ran out of the trailer (wait, he ran? We’ll assume a little hobbling took place.), and was seen by a woman, who then drove him to South Strand.

Seriously, he ran? The “tis but a flesh wound” line from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” immediately comes to mind.

We won’t make a Van Halen reference. We won’t make a Van Halen reference. We won’t make a Van Halen reference...

There was once a time when students wanted nothing more to do with teachers, beyond the required time they had to spend together in the classroom.

Sadly, you hear more and more cases these days of teachers and students having inappropriate relationships that go way beyond reading, writing and arithmetics.

One such case appears to have happened in Horry County.

Courtney Ruth Martin, 26, turned herself into Conway police on Nov. 5. This Conway High School teacher was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to a press release.

Police allege that, between Aug. 23, 2012 and Oct. 29, 2013, Martin engaged in inappropriate behavior with one of her students. The release didn’t go into further detail about the exact nature of this relationship.

But The Sun News reported that, “Martin and the student, listed as a 10th grader, planned to have sex, the report said. Martin is also accused of sending photos of body parts, including her breasts, to the student, police.”

Martin’s guilt or innocence has obviously not been determined by a jury.

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