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Public Safety

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH CRIME REPORT

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

    •Larceny of boat on Isle Plaza; victim reported a 12-foot flat bottom boat missing.

    •Larceny of motor vehicle on Via Old Sound; a golf cart was found submerged in water but was recovered.

  • K-9 officer thwarts breaking and entering, suspects linked to other area thefts

    Two suspects were arrested after a K-9 enforcement team officer spotted a suspicious vehicle backed up to the gate of a business on N.C. 211 near Southport.

    K-9 Enforcement Team Sgt. Tommy Tolley stopped the two men early last Thursday morning. They were charged with having burglary tools and possession of marijuana and were later linked to other areas thefts.

  • 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:

    •Thomas Anthony Lamontanaro, 63, of 9786 Wayne St., Leland; charged with simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • 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: