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Public Safety

  • Detectives search for two suspects wanted in Shallotte robbery

    SHALLOTTE—Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for two suspects they say were involved in an early-morning robbery Tuesday.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, James Frederick Burriss and Ann Marie Jackson were involved in a robbery at 4405 Rounding Run Road in Shallotte.

    Stanley said Burriss and Jackson are believed to be driving a grey 2007 Lincoln Continental with 30-day tags.

  • New county ordinance to require mandatory reporting by pawnshops, scrap metal dealers

    A new county ordinance will require pawnshops and scrap metal dealers to report receipts of all goods purchased and pawned, and local law enforcement officers say this will help close cases.

    Brunswick County commissioners at their June 7 meeting adopted electronic record keeping requirements for pawnbrokers and scrap or surplus dealers.

    “We had a volunteer system where pawn brokers, scrap metal dealers complied voluntarily except for a couple,” Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives Capt. Gene Caison said.

  • New trial date set for West Virginia man accused of raping girl in Brunswick

    A new trial date has been set for a West Virginia man accused of raping a girl in Brunswick County in 2008.

    Adam Wesley Hudson, 19, of 342 ½ Witcher Road, Belle, W.Va., has a new trial date of Aug. 23, according to the district attorney’s office.

    Hudson first went to trial in July 2009, but the trial ended in a hung jury, with jurors deadlocked in 10-2 in favor of acquittal, assistant district attorney Meredith Everhart, who prosecutes sex offenses and child abuse cases, said in a previous interview with the Beacon.

  • Sunset Beach man arrested for operating mushroom lab

    SUNSET BEACH—A Sunset Beach man has been arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana and mushrooms.

    According to a sheriff’s office press release, drug agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Ronald Ishman Grimsley, 20, of 8922 Carra Lane, Sunset Beach, on June 4.

    After executing a search warrant at Grimsley’s Sunset Beach home, drug agents discovered a clandestine laboratory, where drug agents seized 47 grams of Psilocybin mushrooms, 32 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

  • 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:

    •Larceny on Crabapple Road; suspect stole a washer, dryer and two air conditioning units from victim’s residence.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on Wood Treatment Road in Leland; suspect cut locks on victim’s trailer and stole a torch kit and a saw.

    •Larceny on Shoreline Drive SW in Supply; suspect stole victim’s water pump.

  • Brunswick fugitive arrested in Texas, extradited back to North Carolina

    An anonymous tip has led to the arrest of a Brunswick County fugitive who was living in Texas.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, the sheriff’s office received an anonymous tip on its tip line May 19 about a wanted suspect, John Carl Wilson.

  • 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.