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Public Safety

  • ACE checkpoint nets three DWI arrests

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team conducted a checkpoint on U.S. 74-76 on Friday, July 9.

    Deputies, along with officers from New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Wilmington Police Department, Northwest Police Department, Navassa Police Department, Leland Police Department, Oak Island Police Department and the Chadbourn Police Department conducted the checkpoint from 11 p.m.-3 a.m., checking traffic east and west bound on U.S. 74-76, N.C. 87 and Northwest Road.

  • Illegal alien living in Leland sentenced on federal drug charges

    RALIEGH—An illegal alien living in Leland was sentenced to federal prison Thursday, July 8, for drug charges.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Luis Alberto Becerra, 27, an illegal alien living in Leland, to 120 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

    Becerra was indicted by a federal grand jury in June 2009, and in February, Becerra pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and more than 50 grams of crack.

  • Inmate sues sheriff’s office, health department, county commissioners for TB exposure

    A Columbus County man who was an inmate at the Brunswick County Detention Center is suing the sheriff’s office, county health department and county commissioners for negligence for what he claims was not testing an inmate who had TB at the time he was booked at the detention center.

    According to the lawsuit filed June 29 in Brunswick County Superior Court, Floyd Baldwin, who was booked at the detention center in November 2008, claims Omar Morales was not given a TB test when he was booked at the jail as required by law.

  • Sheriff’s office settles lawsuit with former inmate

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has settled a lawsuit with Shane Michael Johnson, a former inmate who sued the sheriff’s office, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram and a sheriff’s deputy for injuries he sustained while in custody.

    Shane Michael Johnson, who was arrested Oct. 4, 2008, for being drunk and disruptive, sued Ingram and former sheriff’s deputy John Thomas Albertson on July 10, 2009.

    The suit was settled for $20,000, and any claims against Ingram and Albertson were dismissed, according to the settlement document.

  • 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:

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Ocean Highway in Supply; suspect damaged victim’s windows.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny of a motor vehicle on Camelia Drive in Supply; suspect entered victim’s residence and stole victim’s vehicle.

    •Larceny on Dolphin Shores; suspect stole victim’s forklift.

  • 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 5-11, K-9 deputies answered 18 calls, wrote 10 citations and made 15 drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Lakewood Estates, Brunswick Forest, Southport and Sunset Harbor.

    The following suspects were charged:

  • Two arrested for Lakewood Estates break-ins

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Two suspects were arrested Saturday, July 10, for allegedly breaking into a Lakewood Estates home.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley said around 2 p.m. Saturday, a neighbor called to report a suspicious vehicle behind a home at 5434 Lakewood Drive. The homeowners were out of the state, Stanley said.

    When deputies arrived at the Lakewood Drive home, Cpl. Ray Coarsey saw two suspects inside the residence.

  • Supply man arrested for rape

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a suspect for second-degree rape and kidnapping.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley said Milton Perry Lewis, 26, of 1366 Glen Road, Supply, was arrested Monday, July 12.

    Lewis was charged with second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense and kidnapping for an incident that occurred Friday, July 9.

    Lewis was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he remains under a $100,000 secured bond.

  • Supply woman killed Saturday afternoon in single-vehicle wreck

    SUPPLY—A Supply woman was killed Saturday afternoon in a single-vehicle wreck on Mount Pisgah Road in Supply.

    Renishia Nicole Jenrette, 21, of 886 Makatoka Road, Supply, died Saturday afternoon after her car flipped several times and she was ejected, N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. A. E.  Morris said.

  • Operation Firecracker nets 10 DWI arrests in Brunswick County

    Between June 28 and July 4, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office participated in Operation Firecracker, a statewide campaign targeting impaired drivers.

    During the weeklong campaign, sheriff’s deputies conducted saturation patrols and checkpoints throughout Brunswick County. Ten drivers were charged with driving while impaired.