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WMBF
Monday, 18 July 2011
Myrtle Beach, SC

Tip leads to arrest of bouncer at Broadway at the Beach

One man is in jail after Myrtle Beach Police received a tip from a Pennsylvania state trooper that an alleged burglary suspect was living in the Myrtle Beach area.

Authorities approached the suspect, James Charles Meininger, Saturday night at Froggy Bottomz nightclub at Broadway at the Beach, where he worked as a bouncer. He is now in police custody and is awaiting extradition back to Pennsylvania.

"It definitely makes me think twice about going there," says Jordan Sherer, who is visiting Myrtle Beach from Greenville. "I don't want to go to a bar where somebody could have who knows what kind of record."

Froggy Bottomz is operated by Celebrations, who also owns three other Broadway at the Beach nightspots. They say they always perform background checks on their employees, but did not know about this warrant.

"If a business runs a criminal background check, and something happens after that, then the employer won't see that at all," says attorney Kirk Truslow. He says background checks are generally pretty thorough, and any type of criminal record is easily accessible.

And while Meininger sits in jail, there's a catch. If Pennsylvania authorities don't get to Myrtle Beach in an allotted amount of time, police here can no longer detain Meininger. Kirk says this does happen on occasion, because extradition can be expensive. But in this case, he believes police will come.

"If they're actively searching for him in South Carolina, common sense would tell you they want him. They want to bring him back," explains Kirk.

 

 
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