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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Former officer testifies in wrongful termination trial against town of Holden Beach

    BOLIVIA—Attorneys for the plaintiff and the defendant agree—Terri Oxford and Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne did not get along while Oxford worked as a police officer at the town of Holden Beach.

    But what a Brunswick County jury must decide is whether Oxford was wrongfully terminated from the Holden Beach Police Department by Layne based on her gender.

    In October 2008, Oxford sued the town of Holden Beach for wrongful termination and gender discrimination. Testimony in the lawsuit began Monday, July 19, in Brunswick County Superior Court.

  • Shallotte crime report

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

    •Police charged Kevin Vinson Scott, 22, of 1352 Sweetwater Lane S.W., Supply, with breaking and entering, possession of cocaine and vandalism. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed under a $15,000 secured bond.

  • Two arrested for breaking and entering at Leland home

    LELAND—Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have arrested two suspects involved in a residential breaking and entering in Leland Wednesday evening.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, a man returned to his Lincoln Road home around 4 p.m. to find two male suspects leaving his residence with his single-barrel 12-guage shotgun. The man immediately called 911, and deputies responded to the Lincoln Road home.

  • Supply man arrested for stealing truck, appliances

    A Supply man was arrested Tuesday for stealing a truck with more than $11,000 worth of appliances in it.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, detectives responded to the Kangaroo at 16 Ocean Highway West around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 13, when someone reported a stolen truck.

    Stanley said the truck, which is owned by Crossroads Appliances, had about $11,351 worth of appliances in the truck bed when it was stolen.

  • Golf clubs stolen in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police are investigating larceny of golf clubs reported July 11 on the island.

    On July 8, Sunset Beach police arrested William Howard Clements Jr., 47, for drunk and disruptive conduct and assault on a law enforcement officer.