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Public Safety

  • 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. 

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested the following suspects last week. All information is from a drug enforcement unit press release.

    •On May 26, drug agents executed a search warrant on Heron Point Road in the Bent Tree community near Ocean Isle beach, where they seized about 1.6 ounces of “high grade” marijuana, heroin and related drug paraphernalia. The marijuana seized from the home carries an estimated street value of more than $1,500.

  • Caudill convicted of first-degree murder; sentenced to life in prison without parole

    BOLIVIA—A Brunswick County jury on Tuesday convicted 21-year-old Joshua Caudill of first-degree murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

    Assistant district attorney Lee Bollinger said the jury deliberated for about one hour and 20 minutes Tuesday afternoon before returning the guilty verdict for Caudill’s role in the 2007 murder of Phillip Cook.

  • 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 May 24-30, K-9 deputies answered 24 calls, wrote 18 citations and made 12 drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Bent Tree, Seashore Hills, Seashore, Sandy Creek and Longwood.

  • No suspects in murder of Asheboro woman with Brunswick ties

    Asheboro Police have no suspects in the murder of 22-year-old Shaunna Walley, the Ash native living in Asheboro who was found dead May 18.

    Walley was found dead around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, several feet from a trail off Brewer Street in Asheboro by a person walking along the trail, Asheboro Police Lt. Richard Thompson said.

    Walley’s great uncle, Jeff Carll, said Walley, who grew up in the Ash area and has ties to the Brunswick County community, had been living in Asheboro for about a year and a half.

  • Shallotte crime report

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

  • 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.

  • Leland man arrested for stabbing girlfriend

    LELAND—A Leland man was arrested last week after allegedly stabbing his girlfriend with a pair of scissors.

    According to an arrest report, Kevin Phillip Schumacher, 45, of 8760 Body Shop Drive, Leland, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and assault on a female on May 29.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said Schumacher was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he remains under no bond.

  • 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, 49, was reported 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.

  • Sheriff’s detectives search for vehicle pursuit suspect

    SHALLOTTE—Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for as suspect who remains at large after a vehicular pursuit last week.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said sheriff’s detectives are searching for Randy Lane Magaraci Jr., 21, of Pilot Mountain.

    Around 2 p.m. Friday, May 21, Magaraci was involved in a vehicular pursuit in Shallotte before he leaped from his vehicle and fled on foot.