Public Safety

  • Sheriff’s detectives search for suspect wanted for restaurant break-in

    CALABASH—Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a suspect wanted for breaking into a popular Calabash restaurant.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said during the early morning hours of Sunday, May 8, a suspect forcefully entered the Grapevine Restaurant and Lounge at 9991 Beach Drive in Calabash.

    The suspect stole about $180 worth of beef tenderloin and a bag of miscellaneous coins from the restaurant, Stanley said.

  • Winnabow man charged with murder

    WINNABOW—A Winnabow man has been arrested for a weekend murder.

    John Patrick Heller, 22, of 6149 Sawdust Lane, Winnabow, has been charged with the murder of his father, former Oak Island attorney Tom Heller, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said.

    Stanley said sheriff’s deputies responded to the rural Winnabow home around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14, after a taxicab driver called to report John Heller was refusing to pay him after receiving his services.

  • SBI investigates officer shooting

    A Sunset Harbor man was killed after he pointed a loaded handgun at sheriff’s deputies.

    The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was called to investigate the shooting death, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said.

    Stanley said sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a home at 668 Bayshore Drive in Sunset Harbor around 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13.

    The call was in reference to a man shooting a firearm inside his garage.

  • Arrests made in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police have made several arrests and charges in the past few days.

    On May 9, David Sanchez-Raminez, 19, of Ocean Isle Beach was charged with DWI, no operator’s license and no insurance.

    On May 8, Alan David Pheimer Jr., 49, of Sunset Beach, was arrested on two outstanding warrants from another municipality during an officer service call at Bridge Grill. He was taken to Brunswick County Detention Center on $1,500 secured bond.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

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

    •Assault on a female on Isle Plaza; subject hit female in the face.

    •Larceny and property damage on Ocean Boulevard West; suspect took air conditioning compressors without permission.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny from a motor vehicle and property damage to a motor vehicle on Oyster Bay; unknown suspect gained entry into motor vehicle and removed amp.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit made the following arrests last week:

    •Mary Lee Hargrove, 72, of 2573 Oak Shore Drive, Supply, was arrested May 3 for trafficking Hydrocodone. Hargrove has been charged with three counts of trafficking opium or heroin, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of distributing controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where she was placed under a $100,000 secured bond.

  • 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:

     •Vandalism on Cherokee Avenue in Supply; suspect damaged victim’s heat pump.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Blackwell Road in Leland; suspect stole 100 aluminum wheels from victim’s business.

    •Vandalism on Copley Lane in Supply; suspect shot victim’s pet rabbit.

  • State, local law enforcement remember fallen officers in annual Peace Officers Memorial Day

    SHALLOTTE—Jan. 18, 2005, is a day Larry Prince won’t soon forget. It was the day his son, Boiling Spring Lakes Police Officer Mitch Prince, was killed in the line of duty.

    Just as Christopher William’s family won’t soon forget June 16, 2006, the day the Wilmington Police officer was killed, the family of Richard Matthews won’t soon forget Feb. 18, 2009, when another Wilmington police officer was killed.

  • 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.

  • Two women arrested in Shallotte prostitution sting

    Two women were recently arrested in a prostitution sting in Shallotte.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley, agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotic Unit arrested the two women May 7.

    Agents also seized cocaine, Xanax and a smoking pipe during the arrest.

    •Melissa Gail Woods, 34, 0f 1288 Sasspan Drive, Shallotte, was arrested and charged with solicit prostitution, solicit crimes against nature, misdemeanor conspiracy and non-support of a child.