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Public Safety

  • SUNSET BEACH CRIME REPORT

    A Shallotte man was charged with filing a false police report Friday after telling Sunset Beach police his car had been stolen.

    Stephen Phelps, 36, of Bricklanding Road, told police on Aug. 29 his 2000 Volkswagen Jetta had been stolen from the parking lot at Hardee’s on N.C. 904.

  • M.E.: Woman likely still alive when vehicle set on fire

    Valerie Burns, the woman whose body was found in a burning car in Leland on July 30, may have been alive when the car was set on fire, according to the medical examiner’s findings.

    No arrests have been made, but Capt. Gene Caison with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, said detectives are following “strong leads.”

    “We have some strong leads that we are pursuing that we feel confident about,” Caison said. “We feel good about the case that we’ll be able to bring a resolution to it.”

  • Charges against lieutenant dismissed

    Assault charges filed against Sheriff’s Office Lt. Richard Long have been dismissed.

    Long, 41, of Winnabow was charged with assault on a female and assault inflicting serious injury, both of which were dismissed Monday.

    According to the clerk of court, the charges were dismissed due to “insufficient evidence to proceed.”

    Long was taken off administrative leave and returned to full duty effective Tuesday, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said.

  • Shooting suspect released on bond

    A Supply man has been released on a $150,000 bond after turning himself in to the sheriff’s office for allegedly shooting a man in Supply.

    Joseph Washington IV, 24, of 670 Smith Road, was charged Aug. 24 with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury.

    Washington turned himself in to the Brunswick County Detention Center around noon Aug. 25 and was released on $150,000 secured bond at 7 p.m. the same day.

  • 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 Huckabee Court in Leland; suspect took bikes from victim’s property.

    •Larceny on Pinecliff Drive in Leland; suspect stole a satellite dish from victim’s property.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Alligator Road in Ash; suspect entered victim’s residence and stole medication and a gas container with 2.5 gallons of gas.

  • K-9 Enforcement Team Round-up

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office recently launched its newest law enforcement initiative, the K-9 enforcement team.

    The team, comprised of five K-9 officers and their dogs, is similar to the sheriff’s office community policing program, which targets areas with high crime and drug activity, but the K-9 enforcement team is its own patrol division.

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

  • Drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports, are:

  • West Virgina man charged with Brunswick rape

    An 18-year-old West Virginia man accused of raping a girl while in Brunswick County has been released on a $400,000 bond and allowed to return to West Virginia.

    Adam Wesley Hudson, of 342 Witcher Road, Belle, W.Va., has been charged with first-degree rape of a child and first-degree sex offense of a child, according to arrest warrants.

    Hudson is accused of raping a girl younger than 13 years old between July 28 and Aug. 2 in Brunswick County, according to assistant district attorney Meredith Everhart, who prosecutes sex offenses and child abuse cases.

  • Stout pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter

    An early-morning altercation on Westbrook Avenue in Seaside just shy of one year ago left one man dead.

    Just before 3 a.m. Aug. 25, 2007, police responded to a home at 7232 Westbrook Ave., where they found 20-year-old Dean Alan Malott, of 1707 Bay St., dead after he was stabbed once in the chest.

    Nineteen-year-old Raymond Stout was charged with Malott’s murder.

    On Monday, Stout pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

  • Shallotte crime report

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

    •Police charged Roberto G. Willarroel, 37, of Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, with no operator’s license at the Southeastern Welcome Center as the result of a checkpoint. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $500 secured bond.

    •Police charged Jefferson Exantus, 35, of Shallotte Avenue, with assault on a female. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on no bond.