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Public Safety

  • Two arrested on separate charges in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A Sunset Beach woman has been charged with domestic violence.

    Christina Stanley, 44, of Great Oak Circle, was arrested July 21 on a domestic violence charge, Sunset Beach deputy chief Steve Smith said.

    Sunset Beach police also arrested and charged Samuel E. King, 49, of Ocean Haven Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, for DWI on July 23.

  • Search for missing children called off

    SUNSET BEACH—An emergency call for children missing in the ocean was called off Monday after they were found.

    Sunset Beach Fire Chief Chris Barbee said two children had been playing on boogie boards near the pier. Their parents panicked when they couldn’t find the children and summoned authorities.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police are investigating the theft of $7,136 from East Coast Sweepstakes on 200 S. Willis Drive.

    The business owner reported the theft, stating an unknown suspect took the money, which had been collected over the past couple of days. The alarm company reported that when the business closed Saturday morning at 4 a.m., nobody went back in until 9 a.m. Sunday morning, at which time the owner discovered the money was missing.

     

  • Female detective during gender discrimination testimony: ‘Why can’t I be a male?’

    BOLIVIA—Jayne Todd, a detective with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, said there have been times she left work and thought, “Why can’t I be a male?”

    During day four of the Terri Oxford wrongful termination lawsuit against the town of Holden Beach, and the second day of Todd’s testimony, Todd testified to Oxford’s claims she was discriminated against because she was a woman.

  • Testimony for former officer continues in fourth day of gender discrimination trial

    BOLIVIA—It was a tale of two letters during day four of the Terri Oxford wrongful termination trial against the town of Holden Beach.

    Oxford, who sued the town for wrongful termination and gender discrimination after she was fired from the Holden Beach Police Department in 2008, testified during the first two days of the hearing as to the working conditions while working for Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne.

  • 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.