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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.

  • 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.

  • Ocean Isle Beach - Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Larceny of bicycle on West Second Street.

    •Property damage on Fairmount Street.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on East First Street.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny from a motor vehicle on East Second Street.

    •Marquise Weddington, 18, of Granite Quarry; charged with underage drinking on East First Street.

  • Property damage, arrests reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated damage to property reported June 17 at Sunset Oaks subdivision.

    Someone apparently shot a utility trailer multiple times with a BB gun, shooting holes through the roof and denting the sides.

    On June 17, police also charged Natasha Edwina Farroba, 44, of Calabash, with driving while impaired and having no insurance. She was stopped on Sunset Boulevard and taken to Brunswick County Detention Center.

  • Community complaints lead to two drug arrests in Sunset Beach

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested two suspects after community complaints in the Seaside Road area of Sunset Beach.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley, drug agents answered community complaints at 210 Seaside Road, Sunset Beach, on June 15. Drug agents searched the home and seized about 25 grams of marijuana, marijuana plants, diverted prescription pills and drug paraphernalia from the home.

  • 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 14-20, K-9 deputies answered 14 calls, wrote 11 citations and made 11 drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Coastal Retreat, Shell Point, Southport and Cedar Grove.

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