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Courts

  • Brunswick 911 center telecommunicator arrested on drug charges

    A telecommuinicator with the Brunswick County 911 Center has been suspended pending a criminal investigation.

    Lana Tripp Rising, 36, of 4520 Squirrel Ave., Shallotte, was charged with one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, which is a felony, on June 1. She was suspended without pay the following day.

    Drug agent Israel West said Rising was arrested after she allegedly changed the strength of a prescription narcotic from 5 milligrams to 7.5 milligrams and then tried to have the forged prescription filled.

  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents last week.

    •Embezzlement/larceny by employee at the Scotchman on Whiteville Road; employee falsified cash drop and kept money.

    •Disorderly conduct at Mark Saunders’ Optometrist office; suspect threatened employees.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny of radio at Walmart; suspect entered the victim’s vehicle and took a $95 car radio.

    •Vandalism/property damage in the Belk parking lot; suspect hit the victim’s vehicle with skateboard, causing $400 in damage.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team 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 1-7, deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Enforcement Team answered 16 calls, made 13 drug arrests and wrote 16 uniform citations, including driving while license revoked, no insurance and no operator’s license.

    K-9 deputies set up driver’s license checkpoints at U.S. 17, U.S. 74-76, Bluebanks Loop Road, Lincoln Road, Ash-Little River Road and Bricklanding Road.

  • 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:

    •Prescription out of the bottle at South Brunswick Middle School; a student brought 19 pills to school that were hidden in a stuffed toy.

    •Larceny on Cedar Landing Road in Supply; suspect stole victim’s boat motor.

    •Larceny on Beach Drive in Calabash; suspect stole victim’s flowerpots.

  • Sunset Beach police investigate thefts, break-ins

    SUNSET BEACH—Police are investigating several break-ins and thefts reported in the past week.

    On June 8, a Sony Cybershot camera, Magellan global positioning system and $15 in currency were reported stolen in a car break-in on Marlin Street.

    On June 6, a 32-inch Vizio flat screen TV was reported stolen following a house break-in on East Main Street.

  • Drug agents, K-9 and ACE deputies team up for checkpoint

    Three divisions of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office recently teamed up for a driver’s license checkpoint that yielded several drug arrests.

    Last Friday, June 5, deputies with the sheriff’s office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) team, K-9 Enforcement Team and the Drug Enforcement Unit had a driver’s license checkpoint on U.S. 17.

    The following suspects were charged following the checkpoint:

    •Chetan Reddy, 28, of Chapel Hill; charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Grand jury indictments

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on June 1:

    Amy Nichole Bell, 30, of 5002 Glen Cove Drive, Southport; felony obtain property false pretense, felony obtain controlled substance by fraud/forgery, felony breaking and/or entering, felony larceny.

    Steven James Bell, 30, of 2301 E. Yacht Drive, Oak Island; felony breaking and/or entering, felony larceny.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on May 27, 28, 29 and June 1 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, May 27

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Lisa Quick:

    Geri Lynn Ashcraft, shoplifting concealment goods, Brunswick County Jail 10 days active with credit for time served.

    Phillip John Autwell, possession marijuana up to one-half ounce, voluntarily dismissed.

    Tina Ransom Avant, exceeding posted speed, prayer for judgment continued.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated a larceny and breaking and entering at Lee Street this week. According to the police report, a suspect stole $665 worth of hard liquor and household goods and $26 cash.