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Public Safety

  • DWI charges and more logged in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Several people have been arrested by Sunset Beach police for driving while intoxicated and on other related charges.

    Brandon Kelley Bailey, 24, of 1575 Oak Ridge Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, was charged May 15 with DWI, possession of marijuana, possession of a Schedule IV substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to carry a license.

    DWI charges were filed May 14 against Darrin Keith Johnson, 26, 6012 Delta Crossing Lane, Charlotte, and Chardwick T. Guyton, 33, 7109 Channel 1, Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Attempted armed robbery in Carolina Shores; beer theft at Calabash VFW

    CAROLINA SHORES—The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an attempted armed robbery Sunday night at a local pizzeria.

    The incident was reported at 9:41 p.m. at Christopher’s Italian Bistro, 9869 Ocean Highway West in Carolina Shores.

    According to a sheriff’s incident report, a suspect entered the business, pointed a rifle at an employee and demanded money. The suspect left after no money could be located.

    The incident is still under investigation, according to a restaurant manager.

  • Sheriff’s detectives search for missing teen

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a missing teenager.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said Rachel Natacha Owens, 15, of Bolivia, was last seen Thursday, May 5, leaving the campus of South Brunswick High School in Southport.

    Owens left the school in a dark colored Dodge Stratus or Intrepid with South Carolina license plates driven by an unknown male suspect. Owens is possibly in South Carolina.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    Combined efforts from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Wilmington Police Department led to the arrest of two suspects from New Hanover County earlier this week.

    On April 22, agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit and the Wilmington Police Department arrested Taurean Farrior for heroin possession.

  • 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:

    •Lost phone at Urgent Care on Main Street in Shallotte; victim reported losing an iPhone.

    •Robbery with a dangerous weapon on Ocean Highway West in Carolina Shores; suspect entered victim’s business and pointed a gun at an employee.

    •Assault by pointing a weapon on Bayshore Court in Sunset Harbor; suspect brandished a firearm at victim and threatened to use it on himself.

  • Sheriff’s detectives search for suspect wanted for restaurant break-in

    CALABASH—Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a suspect wanted for breaking into a popular Calabash restaurant.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said during the early morning hours of Sunday, May 8, a suspect forcefully entered the Grapevine Restaurant and Lounge at 9991 Beach Drive in Calabash.

    The suspect stole about $180 worth of beef tenderloin and a bag of miscellaneous coins from the restaurant, Stanley said.

  • Winnabow man charged with murder

    WINNABOW—A Winnabow man has been arrested for a weekend murder.

    John Patrick Heller, 22, of 6149 Sawdust Lane, Winnabow, has been charged with the murder of his father, former Oak Island attorney Tom Heller, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said.

    Stanley said sheriff’s deputies responded to the rural Winnabow home around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14, after a taxicab driver called to report John Heller was refusing to pay him after receiving his services.

  • SBI investigates officer shooting

    A Sunset Harbor man was killed after he pointed a loaded handgun at sheriff’s deputies.

    The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was called to investigate the shooting death, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said.

    Stanley said sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a home at 668 Bayshore Drive in Sunset Harbor around 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13.

    The call was in reference to a man shooting a firearm inside his garage.

  • Arrests made in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police have made several arrests and charges in the past few days.

    On May 9, David Sanchez-Raminez, 19, of Ocean Isle Beach was charged with DWI, no operator’s license and no insurance.

    On May 8, Alan David Pheimer Jr., 49, of Sunset Beach, was arrested on two outstanding warrants from another municipality during an officer service call at Bridge Grill. He was taken to Brunswick County Detention Center on $1,500 secured bond.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Assault on a female on Isle Plaza; subject hit female in the face.

    •Larceny and property damage on Ocean Boulevard West; suspect took air conditioning compressors without permission.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny from a motor vehicle and property damage to a motor vehicle on Oyster Bay; unknown suspect gained entry into motor vehicle and removed amp.