Former CCU board member arrested for disorderly conduct at city council meeting

(J. Reuben Long Detention Center; WPDE)

Conway, S.C. (WPDE) — A former Coastal Carolina University board member has been charged with disorderly conduct after events that happened at a Conway city council meeting.

According to an incident report, around 6 p.m. on Monday, August 7, Larry Biddle, 74, became "very agitated over an item" on the city council meeting agenda.

Police working the meeting reported that, while commenting on the agenda item, Biddle stated he had a knife and pistol in his back pocket.

Biddle then "indicated that he was going to go to his car to secure" the weapons and then return.

On the way out, Biddle pointed to his back pocket and said the weapons were there.

He then walked to an officer in the room, stated"Does that wand even work or does it need batteries," then walked out.

When he returned and tried to reenter the room, Biddle was searched with a metal detector-wand.

The wand found only a set of keys and an Altoids tin, and Biddle was allowed back into the meeting.

The incident was presented to the City Attorney, who determined that a charge for disorderly conduct would be appropriate.

A warrant was then issued for Biddle's arrest, according to the incident report.

Around 9:30 a.m., on Friday, August 11, Biddle turned himself in at the Horry County courthouse. He had an attorney with him at the time.

He was then transported by police and booked into Horry County Detention Center around 10 a.m.

Biddle was released on a $440 bond around 11 a.m.

Biddle was arrested back in 2011 for DUI.

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