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Public Safety

  • 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.” 

  • Stolen car recovered in Wilmington

    SUNSET BEACH—A car stolen May 29 while its owner left the engine running to go inside the Minuteman convenience store on N.C. 904 has been recovered.

    The 1998 Dodge Stratus was found June 1 in Wilmington, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said Monday.

    Musical equipment that had been inside the car was not recovered, Smith said.

    No arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

  • Shallotte crime report

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

    •Police charged Nicholas Shaun Anderson, 26, of 9044 Shady Forest Drive, Calabash, with larceny and misdemeanor possession of one-half ounce of marijuana at Walmart. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $1,000 secured bond.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny of cash at Rourk Library; suspect took $15 gift card and $35 in cash from victim’s unlocked vehicle.

  • Convicted murderer sentenced to life in prison could be paroled in 2013

    A man convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison could be paroled by 2013.

    According to the N.C. Post Release Supervision and Parole Commission, Terrance Jones, 34, could be released on parole May 19, 2013. Jones was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Oct. 17, 1994 for his role in a Nov. 28, 1993 murder in Brunswick County.

  • 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.

  • 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:

    •Property damage on Little Shallotte River Road in Shallotte; suspect hit victim’s mailbox with vehicle and left, damaging the mailbox and the wooden post.

  • Sheriff’s detectives searching for missing Supply man

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a man missing from Supply.

    Tracy Paul Whalen, 40, was reporting missing Sunday, May 30, and has been missing for about a week, Sgt. April Stanley, sheriff’s office spokesperson, said.

    Stanley said it was unusual for Whalen to be away from his home for such a long time. No foul play is suspected in the case.

    Whalen is a white male. He is 5-feet-6-inches tall and weighs 205 pounds. He has blue eyes and blond hair, and has a tattoo of a wolf on his left arm.

  • Reward offered for information leading to arrests in mini-storage break-ins

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for three suspects wanted in connection with numerous breaking and enterings in the Calabash area.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley said around 4 p.m. June 2, three unidentified suspects broke into 41 storage units and two utility trailers at Coastal Mini Storage, at 8110 Ocean Highway North.

    Anyone with information regarding the break-ins is asked to contact detectives Mark Jarman or Chris Barbour at 253-2777.

  • Missing girl returned home; man arrested

    A 21-year old man was arrested Saturday after he was found with a 14-year-old girl who was reported missing the previous day.

    On Friday, June 4, Rachel Owens was reported missing after she did not return home from a Cedar Grove Middle School dance, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley.