• Wilmington Police officer charged with assault on a female in Leland

    A Wilmington police officer living in Leland has been charged with assault.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Capt. Gene Caison, James Rashad Eldridge, 32, of 8529 Glasgow Road NE, Leland, has been charged with assault on a female and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

    Caison said the contributing to the delinquency of juvenile charges were issued because Eldridge allegedly assaulted his wife in front of three children. All three charges are misdemeanors.

  • Leland father, son arrested for cocaine trafficking in Wilmington

    A Leland man and his teenage son have been arrested on cocaine trafficking charges and are in custody at the New Hanover County Detention Center.

    According to a New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office press release, Luis Hernandez and his son Oscar Hernandez were arrested Friday on various drug charges.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on June 29 and 30 in Bolivia.

    Monday, June 29

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

    Katherine Allen, simple assault, prayer for judgment continued and costs.

    James Lindsey Arthur, operate vehicle no insurance, fail to yield stopsign/flashing red light, drive/allow motor vehicle no registration, give/lend/borrow license plate, all voluntarily dismissed, complies with all.

  • Ash man charged with June 30 murder in Little River, S.C.

    An Ash man has confessed to the June 30 shooting death of a Columbus County man in Little River, S.C.

    Thomas Edward Shipplett, 57, of 2046 Ash Little River Road, is charged with murder and is in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, S.C. As of Monday, bond for Shipplett had not yet been set, said Sgt. Robert Kegler of the Horry County, S.C., Police Department.

    The victim was identified as Dale McDuffie Hammond, 56, of Cerro Gordo.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department recovered a $12,000 ring from a Shallotte residence on June 29 with the help of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. According to Ocean Isle Beach Police, charges are pending.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances. The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports.

    •Property damage on Palmer Drive in Calabash; suspect damaged victim’s TV, telephone, two table lamps and two pairs of sunglasses.

    •Breaking and entering on Southport-Supply Road in Southport; suspect pried open victim’s back door.

  • Holden Beach police report

    Holden Beach Police officers investigated the following incidents and charged with following individuals from June 15-26. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Vandalism on Ocean Boulevard East; suspect damaged an electrical line.

    •Larceny on Ocean Boulevard East; suspect stole victim’s bike.

    •Larceny on Crab Street; suspect stole victim’s golf cart charger.

    •Larceny on Ranger Street; suspect stole victim’s beach cart.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From June 22-28, deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Enforcement Team answered 15 calls, made two drug arrests and wrote five uniform citations.

    K-9 deputies set up driver’s license checkpoints at Shell Point Road, Little Macedonia Road, South Navassa, Sunset Harbor, Beach Drive and Chapel Loop Road.

    The following suspects were charged:


    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the last two weeks.

    •Police charged Crystal Bell Bentley, 28, of 5702 J.B. Lane, Ash, with writing a worthless check, obtaining property by false pretense and failure to appear. She was suspected of writing a fraudulent check to Jones Ford for $12,000 to purchase a car. She was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a secured bond.