Tuesday, May 27 2014 10:48 PM EDT2014-05-28 02:48:20 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach citizens are expected to attend the city council meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday to voice their opinions about the string of shootings and crimes that occurred over MemorialMore >>
Myrtle Beach citizens are expected to attend the city council meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday to voice their opinions about the string of shootings and crimes that occurred over Memorial Day weekend.More >>
Tuesday, May 27 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-05-27 17:28:07 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Myrtle Beach Police Department responded to eight shootings over Memorial Day weekend, in addition to other incidents. The following incidents are in chronological order,More >>
The Myrtle Beach Police Department responded to eight shootings over Memorial Day weekend, in addition to other incidents. Eight shooting incidents occurred over a 48-hour span, into early Sunday morning.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach residents are calling for change after Bike Fest hit the Grand Strand, and several shootings resulted in three deaths. Local officials and leaders are coming together to identify and solve the problems.
The City Council heard what the people have to say at a meeting Tuesday, and now they have to come together with the county and the state to start brainstorming solutions. Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes promises a solution, but admits they do not have one yet. They are starting with what was most blatant.
"We were doing everything we could to control it," he said. "We just don't have enough manpower to take on the numbers that were here. We don't have the manpower to make the arrests that need to be made."
Mayor Rhodes explained what police were forced to do this weekend. He says they had to pick their battles and go for the people committing the most dangerous crimes. Many people want to get rid of Bike Fest altogether, but council members are hesitant.
"We don't ever want to say people aren't welcome. So to have a situation like this happen.. it's just frustrating."
Councilman Randal Wallace explained things have been done in the past, but realizes leaders have to be consistent in controlling the crowds.
Mayor Rhodes said the National Guard is not the answer, and although safety of citizens, tourists, and families is his utmost concern, he added that we need people that can make arrests and go after criminals. Rhodes called for more law enforcement. County Council Chairman, Mark Lazarus, agreed. He explained there is legislation that allow for the call for state aid.
"We need to reach out and ask them for that help and they are willing to sit down and plan with us for the future," Lazarus said.
Councilman Wallace is happy to hear the state has offered aid, and expressed the help we've been getting has not been enough.
"Even though we do have agreements, I think we only had two hundred extra officers, and we clearly need way more than that."
Rhodes admitted, "It was a catastrophe. There's no question. It was like our city being under siege."
Many people that live in the area expressed similar sentiments during public comment. Chairman Lazarus is calling for redemption.
"We live in a county, a city, and towns that people come here, and they enjoy their families, and they have good family time," he said. "That's what we are all about and we are going to protect that."
Lazarus, Mayor Rhodes and Governor Haley have plans to meet on Friday to start talking law enforcement and future solution to this violent weekend.
Wednesday, May 28 2014 4:30 PM EDT2014-05-28 20:30:44 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach Chief Police Warren Gall said this is the most violent period he recalls in his 34 years with the city. In other words, this is the greatest number of violent incidentsMore >>
City and county leaders have issued statements, in response to the violence in Myrtle Beach over Memorial Day weekend. More >>
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:35:14 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>