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Public Safety

  • 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.

  • 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 7-13, K-9 deputies answered 17 calls, wrote nine citations and made eight drug arrests.

    Charges included three possession of marijuana charges and nine possession of drug paraphernalia charges.

    K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Magnolia Greens, Shell Point Acres, Seashore Hills, Forest Hills and Supply.

  • Former university tennis coach pleads guilty to DWI in New Hanover County

    A former university tennis coach arrested last year in downtown Wilmington has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team Sgt. Billy Caulk, Nick Keith Stutsman, 49, of 175 Plum Nelly Road, Athens, Ga., pleaded guilty to DWI in New Hanover County Court on May 27.

    At the time of his arrest, Stutsman was the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Mercer University in Macon, Ga.

  • Holden Beach man charged with DWI, careless and reckless driving after crash on bridge

    A Holden Beach man was charged with driving while impaired and careless and reckless driving after a crash on the Holden Beach bridge delayed traffic for several hours.

    Tony Lynn Whittington, 56, of 299 Sandpiper Drive, Holden Beach, was charged with driving while impaired and careless and reckless driving on Friday, June 4.

  • Missing Brunswick man found dead in Hyde County

    A Brunswick County man missing since May has been found dead.

    According to the Hyde County Sheriff’s Office, Tracy Paul Whalen, 49, was found dead June 8 in Hyde County. No foul play is suspected.

    Whalen was first reported missing to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, May 30, though he had been missing for about a week, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson April Stanley said.

  • Shallotte crime report

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

    •Police charged Jack Russell Bellamy, 68, of 1520 Hickman Road NW, Calabash, with failure to yield right-of-way after a wreck on Main Street and Sellers Road in which his 2005 Ford was rear-ended by a 2005 Honda driven by Patrician Ann Morgan, 33, of 1538 North Wind Drive, Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Oak Island woman charged with bank robbery

    An Oak Island woman has been arrested and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, Karilyn Neely, 30, of 132 NE 16th St., Oak Island, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon.

    Neely was arrested Monday afternoon for her alleged role in a robbery at Waccamaw Bank, 3178 Holden Beach Road, Supply around 4:48 p.m., Stanley said.

  • Thefts reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated a motor vehicle break-in and larceny reported June 7 on Sailfish Drive. A cell phone was stolen from an unlocked vehicle.

    Another car break-in and larceny were reported June 8 on Sixth Street. A purse and wallet, credit cards, money and personal checks were stolen. The purse was recovered from the waterway.

    Damage to personal property was reported June 8. Someone slashed a tire in the Food Lion parking lot.

  • Man who left nursing home reported missing

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a man who left a Brunswick County nursing home.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley said David “Sunny” Riggins, 62, of 1478 River Road, Winnabow, was reported missing June 13.

  • Sheriff’s office stepping up patrols for busy summer months

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram has a message for those hitting the roads during the county’s peak tourist months—slow down.

    Sheriff’s deputies have stepped up patrols and checkpoints, targeting impaired, aggressive and speeding drivers on Brunswick’s roadways as traffic volume swells during the bustling summer months.

    “It’s killing people,” Ingram said about speed, impaired driving and aggressive driving.

    “And we are going to do everything we can to stop it.”