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Public Safety

  • Theft, vandalism reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated a breaking-and-entering and larceny reported July 12 at a condominium on Resort Circle.

    A renter had left behind a makeup kit that was supposed to be placed by housekeepers on the condo bar for her to retrieve. When the victim returned to get the kit, it was gone.

    Vandalism was reported around 3 a.m. July 14 on 30th St., when someone threw a rock through a front window of a residence.

  • Man sentenced to life in prison receives new trial; pleads guilty to second-degree murder

    BOLIVIA—A 69-year-old man who was sentenced to life in prison for a first-degree murder conviction in 2006 was awarded a new trial, but on Monday he accepted a plea agreement for second-degree murder instead.

    Thomas Duncan pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the 2005 slaying of his daughter-in-law Jonetta Duncan, assistant district attorney Lee Bollinger said.

    Superior Court Judge Doug Sasser sentenced Duncan to 189 months to 236 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

  • Detention center to house federal inmates

    Monday night, Brunswick County Commissioners approved a contract between the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service to house federal inmates at the Brunswick County Detention Center in Bolivia.

    Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing said the detention center was designed and constructed to house 444 inmates.

    “The inmate population has leveled off and declined,” Lawing said.

  • Two men sentenced as habitual felons

    BOLIVIA—Two men were convicted of drug charges and sentenced as habitual felons in Brunswick County Superior Court on Monday, July 19.

    According to assistant district attorney Chris Thomas, Eddie Lee Hill Jr. pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine. He was sentenced to 50 to 67 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

  • 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:

    •Assault with a deadly weapon on McMilly Road in Shallotte; suspect hit victim with a stick.

    •Property damage on Gurganus Road in Shallotte; suspect used a tool to flatten victim’s tires.

    •Larceny on Inland Drive in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect stole fishing rods and reels from victim’s boat.

  • 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 July 12-18, K-9 deputies answered 12 calls, wrote seven citations and made six drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Brunswick Forest, Crow Creek and Lakewood Estates.

    The following suspects were charged:

  • Owner seeks no-wake zone for Intracoastal Waterway

    The developer of a waterfront marina is seeking a no-wake zone designation for the Intracoastal Waterway along the marina’s property.

    Tim Moon, owner of Ocean Isle Marina and Yacht Club, said he was seeking the distinction for the waterway along his property for safety reasons and because of damage being caused to boats from passing boats and jet skis. 

    With 370 boats stored on-site, Moon described the marina as “just a great, great place to come.”

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit answered community complaints at 16 Robertson Park in Supply on July 14.

    Drug agents searched the residence and seized eight marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia from the home.

    Devin Roberts, of 16 Robertson Park, Supply, was charged with manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place to keep controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Roberts was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed on a $10,000 secured bond.

  • Former Southport police officer indicted on four charges

    BOLIVIA—A former Southport Police officer has been indicted on four charges.

    A Brunswick County Grand Jury on Monday, July 19, returned true bills of indictment on David Benjamin Rivenbark, charging him with altering, destroying or stealing criminal evidence, misdemeanor larceny, embezzlement by a local officer or employee and obstruction of justice, according to court documents.

    Southport Police Chief Jerry Dove said Rivenbark, 25, who had been with the department as a probationary officer for about 13 months, resigned June 24.

  • 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.