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Public Safety

  • Saluda pair charged with alcohol violations in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police arrested a 35-year-old Saluda woman for drunk driving June 26.

    Elizabeth Ruby was charged with driving while impaired and taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center. Joseph Pace, 59, also of Saluda, was charged with possession of an open container in the passenger area.

    Eugene Williams, 33, of Calabash, was charged with a red light violation June 27.

  • Sheriff’s office applies for COPS grant for new drug agent

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners last week approved a grant application for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office to apply for a COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) grant.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said the COPS grant is a federally funded, three-year grant they would use to fund an additional drug agent in the sheriff’s office’s overburdened drug enforcement unit.

  • 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:

    •Larceny on Mount Misery Road in Leland; suspect stole victim’s registration tag.

    •Breaking and entering and trespassing on Koolabrew Drive in Calabash; suspect pulled back chain link fence and entered victim’s property.

    •Trespassing and property damage on Valley Drive in Calabash; suspect damaged gate and entered victim’s pool.

  • 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 21-27, K-9 deputies answered 14 calls, wrote 12 citations and made 10 drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Carolina Shores and Shell Point Acres.

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

  • 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.

  • Former DSS worker sentenced to 48-67 months in prison for embezzlement

    BOLIVIA—A former Brunswick County Department of Social Services case worker, who investigators said defrauded the government out of more than $100,000, was sentenced to 48-67 months in prison Monday.

    April Shawnette Stuckes, 35, of 1721 Zachary Brook Lane, Raleigh, pleaded guilty to felony obtaining property by false pretenses in Brunswick County Superior Court on June 28, and was sentenced to 48-67 months in the North Carolina Department of Probation, according to Sgt. April Stanley, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Ester Virginia Todd, 24, of 2276 Shell Point Road, was charged with assault on a handicapped person. Someone called the police department to let them know a woman in the Walmart parking lot had a warrant for her arrest. The responding officer found Todd was wanted on an outstanding warrant for assault on a handicapped person.

    •Assault on a female on Brooks Court; suspect struck victim in the face.

  • Man arrested for assault with a machete

    ASH—An Ash man was arrested for assaulting a man with a machete last week.

    Jose Simeon Barron, 51, of 32 Rubin Way, Ash, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon for cutting a man with a machete on Ace Ford Drive in Ash, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

    The man was not seriously injured, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said.

    Barron was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $500 secured bond.

  • California man drowns off Holden Beach coast

    A California man drowned off the coast of Holden Beach last Friday, June 25.

    According to Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne, Raymond Joseph Dracker, 55, of San Rafael, Calif., drowned Friday morning when his kayak was overtaken by waves in the Lockwood Folly Inlet off the east end of Holden Beach.

    “His family member lost contact with him and subsequently located an empty kayak,” Layne said.

    Layne said Dracker’s family then called 911.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach Police investigated the following incidents and charged the following suspects June 15-22.

    •Douglas Wayne Piver, 47, of Midway Road, Whiteville, was arrested and charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, resisting a law enforcement officer, fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving, driving while license revoked and driving while impaired on June 16.

    •Larceny of fishing equipment was reported June 17 on Ocean Boulevard West.