Dennis Bright, WBTW News 13

Dennis Bright

WBTW News 13

Surfside Beach, SC, United States

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Past articles by Dennis:

1 hurt, traffic blocked by crash near Postal Way and Carolina Forest Boulevard, Horry County Fire Rescue says

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — One person has been taken to the hospital after a crash in the area of Postal Way and Carolina Forest Boulevard, according to Horry County Fire Rescue. The two-vehicle crash has caused lanes of traffic to be blocked in the area. HCFR was dispatched at 11:47 a.m. The South Carolina […] → Read More

Double-murder trial underway in Marion County for Myrtle Beach man

MARION COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — A Myrtle Beach man is on trial in Marion County for allegedly killing two people in what the county coroner called one of the most violent crimes he has ever seen. Isaac Hemingway is accused of killing Maisha Burch and Andrew Legette in January 2020 at their home on Taft […] → Read More

Horry County elementary student unknowingly brought gun to school, officials say

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — An Horry County elementary school student unknowingly brought a gun to school in a book bag on Tuesday, according to the district. The Pee Dee Elementary School student “immediately alerted an assistant principal” after realizing the gun was in the backpack, Principal Christina Plowman-Render said in a notification to parents. […] → Read More

‘Significant’ balloon debris found off Myrtle Beach coast, but conditions keep crews out of water Monday

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — U.S. military crews searching for debris from the Chinese spy balloon off the South Carolina coast recovered some debris over the weekend, but water conditions dampened the search on Monday, a White House spokesman said. Between 30-40 feet of the balloon’s antenna array from the ocean bottom has been recovered, […] → Read More

Coroner’s office IDs motorcycle driver killed in crash on near Highway 17

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — A motorcycle driver died late Sunday night after crashing on Kings Road near Highway 17, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Tony Dotson Jr., 29, of the Myrtle Beach area, was killed in the crash, according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler. The crash happened at about 11:20 […] → Read More

Coroner IDs woman killed in overnight shooting on King Edwards Street in Darlington

DARLINGTON, S.C. (WBTW) — Local and state authorities are investigating after authorities said a 47-year-old woman was killed in an overnight shooting in Darlington. Octavia Bethea of Darlington died a few minutes after midnight, according to Coroner Todd Hardee, who ruled her death a homicide. Hardee’s office said an autopsy is scheduled at the Medical […] → Read More

Horry County police take bank robbery suspect into custody near Little River

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Horry County police took a suspect in custody after investigating a reported robbery that happened at the United Community Bank near Little River. Authorities had blocked off the parking lot and put up yellow tape outside the bank located at 3187 Highway 9 East. Those in the area can expect […] → Read More

South Carolina DNR crews still looking for missing boater Tyler Doyle

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the age of Tyler Doyle. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. (WBTW) — The search for missing boater Tyler Doyle entered its 12th day on Monday. Greg Lucas, a spokesman for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, said the agency is planning to do routine beach patrols in […] → Read More

Man jailed without bond after alleged stabbing in Florence

FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — A 26-year-old man is in jail without bond after allegedly stabbing a man in Florence, authorities said. Florence police arrested Ontonie Leron Jarrett and charged him with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime after the incident, which happened at about 12:40 p.m. on Jan. 25 in […] → Read More

7th, 8th people taken into custody after missing North Carolina man found dead in Horry County

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Two more people have been taken into custody and charged in the killing of a 29-year-old North Carolina man who was reported missing and found dead in the Green Sea area, authorities said. The arrests of Joshua Thomas Brown, 20, of Myrtle Beach, and James Ryan Porter, 26, of Tabor […] → Read More

Horry County teacher, principal, accused in abuse investigation appear in court

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — An Horry County Schools teacher and principal arrested in November and charged in an abuse investigation appeared in court Friday morning for a preliminary hearing. Ocean Bay Elementary School Principal Rebecca Schroyer and Grace McColgan, a special education teacher at the school, were arrested on Nov. 2. Both women posted […] → Read More

Fire heavily damages Surfside Beach-area home

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — A fire Tuesday morning displaced two residents and heavily damaged a home in the Surfside Beach area, according to Horry County Fire Rescue. Crews responded at 8:37 a.m. to Heathmuir Drive, HCFR said. The fire is under control, and there were no injuries. HCFR said the residents will be assisted […] → Read More

Myrtle Beach man charged after multiple dogs found dead in dumpster, police say

Editor’s note: Some details in this story may be disturbing to some readers. MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A man is facing charges after Myrtle Beach police said he killed three dogs and left them in a trash dumpster in November. Raahkeem Orlando Young, 33, of Myrtle Beach, is charged with felony animal cruelty and […] → Read More

Darlington County authorities conducting death investigation

DARLINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — A death investigation is underway in Darlington County, according to Sheriff James Hudson Jr.’s Office. Deputies are working in the Pine Ridge area, a sheriff’s office spokesman said. No additional details are immediately available. Count on News13 for updates. → Read More

Lake City railroad crossings closed after train hits vehicle, 20 cars derailed; no injuries reported

LAKE CITY, S.C. (WBTW) — Two railroad crossings in Lake City re-opened Tuesday morning after about 20 cars of a CSX freight train derailed Monday night when it hit a vehicle on the tracks, according to officials. The Main Street and Thomas Street crossings re-opened Tuesday. The Dansing Street and Charles Street crossings remained closed, […] → Read More

Pedestrian critically injured after being hit by vehicle near Conway, Horry County Fire Rescue says

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — A pedestrian was critically injured Sunday night after being hit by a vehicle near Conway, according to Horry County Fire Rescue. HCFR was dispatched at 7:22 p.m. to the area of Cox Ferry Road and Highway 544. No additional information was immediately available. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety […] → Read More

PHOTOS: Storm damages trees, utility lines; more than 1,900 in Horry County still without power

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A tornado warning issued Wednesday afternoon for parts of Horry County expired just before 2 p.m., but a power outage in the area continues to affect more than 2,300 Horry Electric Cooperative customers. A tornado watch issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect for Horry and Georgetown counties […] → Read More

‘Confused and hurt’: Family wants Horry County nightclub closed after deadly New Year’s Day shooting

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — A grieving mother is looking for answers after her son was shot and killed at an Horry County nightclub in the early hours of New Year’s Day. Four hours after the new year, Tanisha Lewis received a phone call from her sister that her nephew, Emanuel Melvin, 22, was shot […] → Read More

Woman says son killed at Horry County bar over New Year’s weekend; records show club has violent past

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — An Horry County woman says she is mourning the loss of her 22-year-old son, who she said was killed over the New Year’s holiday weekend at a bar that has a violent past. News13 has reached out to authorities, including the Horry County Police Department, the Horry County Coroner’s Office […] → Read More

Fire destroys structure along Highway 814 in Horry County

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Authorities are investigating a fire that destroyed a structure in Horry County. An Horry County Fire Rescue unit found the recently burned structure after being dispatched at 12:28 p.m. Thursday to an area near the 8000 block of Highway 814. The area where the fire occurred is between Highway 544 […] → Read More