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Public Safety

  • Preliminary autopsy results inconclusive on woman found dead in pond

    WINNABOW—Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an incident in the Winnabow area Tuesday, where a body of a woman was found in a pond.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley, around 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, sheriff’s deputies found the body of Juanita Mobley Shaw, 56, of Winnabow, in a pond at 1554 Queen’s Way in Winnabow.

    “It appears to be a drowning at this time,” Stanley said. 

  • Jury convicts Tennessee man of impaired driving on a golf cart

     BOLIVIA— On Friday, July 2, a Brunswick County jury convicted a Tennessee man for driving while impaired.

    According to the District Attorney’s Office, a Brunswick County jury convicted William McNabb of operating a golf cart while impaired for a 2008 incident on Bald Head Island.

    McNabb, a college student from Tennessee, registered a .20 blood alcohol level on the intoxilyzer, which is more than twice the legal limit.

  • 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 28-July 4, K-9 deputies answered 16 calls, wrote 16 citations and made 11 drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Southport, Carolina Place and Sunset Harbor.

    K-9 deputies charged the following suspects, which are taken directly from citations and arrest reports:

  • Fourteen DWI cases dismissed because of Southport officer under investigation for stealing money

    BOLIVIA—Fourteen driving while impaired cases were dismissed Thursday, July 1, in Brunswick County’s DWI court.

    “It causes me physical pain to do that,” assistant district attorney Sarah Garner said of the dismissals.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Stolen car, keys at Jones Ford

    Shallotte Police are investigating the theft of a car and two sets of keys from Jones Ford.

    On July 6, Jones Ford employees reported someone had broken into the dealership, causing $600 in damage to a window, and stole a four-door Toyota Sequoia valued at $16,000 along with keys to a GMC Envoy and a Ford Fusion.

    Glass was on the floor underneath the window along with a large rock, the incident report states.

     

    Suspect under investigation in break-ins

  • Deputy cleared of wrongdoing after striking 14-year-old with vehicle

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy, whose vehicle struck a 14-year-old boy last Wednesday night, has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley, sheriff’s deputy Andrew Lentz has been cleared after an investigation by the sheriff’s office professional standards division.

    “It has been determined deputy Lentz has violated no traffic laws or departmental policies, and he has been cleared of any wrongdoing in this incident,” Stanley said.

  • Deputy’s vehicle hits 14-year-old on bike

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy’s car struck a 14-year-old boy on a bike Wednesday morning.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley, around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy Andrew Lentz was driving a county vehicle on duty on Danford Road in Bolivia, when his car struck a 14-year-old boy riding his bike.

  • UPDATED: Two suspects arrested for attempted breaking and entering to Dollar General

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested two suspects in connection with an attempted breaking and entering at the Dollar General on N.C. 211 near Southport Tuesday night.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, around 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, two suspects attempted to enter the locked business as it was being closed for the night.

    After the investigation, detectives charged two suspects in connection with the attempted breaking and entering.

  • ADA suspended by state bar for withholding discovery

    The North Carolina State Bar Association has suspended a local assistant district attorney’s license to practice law in North Carolina.

    But as long as long as assistant district attorney Samantha Alsup follows Bar-ordered conditions, the suspension is stayed and she is free to practice law.

    District attorney Rex Gore said the Bar found Alsup withheld discoverable items, which he said was a mistake on Alsup’s part, not a malicious act.

  • Two arrested after traffic stop in Leland

    LELAND—Agents with Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested two suspects last week after a traffic stop in Leland.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley, drug agents arrested Patrick Allen McInnis, 19, of 8705 Callaway Road, Aberdeen, and Robert Weaver Wood, 19, of 540 Burning Tree Road, Pinehurst, after a routine traffic stop around 10 p.m. June 24 on U.S. 74-76 in Leland.