Public Safety


    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office arrest reports:

    •Property damage on Kestrel Drive in Shallotte; suspect ran over victim’s mailbox with a golf cart.

    •Larceny on Jabbertown Road in Southport; suspect stole a digital camera from victim’s residence.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Riveredge Drive in Calabash; suspect broke victim’s sliding glass door and entered the home.

  • Drug agents bust heroin trafficking ring

    LELAND—A major heroin trafficking ring in Leland has been shut down after law enforcement officers arrested four men they say were involved.

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit, Leland police officers and New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office drug enforcement agents ended a lengthy, multi-agency investigation with a search warrant at a Leland residence last Tuesday.

    Three suspects were arrested at the Leland home; Wilmington police arrested the fourth suspect three days later in Wilmington.

  • K-9 enforcement roundup

    Officers with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Enforcement Team answered 35 calls last week, issued two uniformed citations and eight total charges. Officers conducted two driver’s license checkpoints, and made one drug arrest.


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

    •Steven Allen Steen II, 18, of Pinecrest Drive, Fayetteville, charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and larceny of merchandise in the Kangaroo parking lot.


    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 and citations, are:

    •Bennie Lee James III, 30, of 7743 Jermonts Way, Leland; charged with possession of ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Anthony Devon Jamison, 17, of 12 Stoney Road, Castle Hayne; charged with possession of ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Four charged in December break-ins

    Four suspects have been charged with breaking and entering to a Southport home in December 2007.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detective Matt Jarvis, the following suspects were charged Sept. 15 for their alleged roles in the Dec. 13, 2007 break-ins:

    •Darnell Jermaine Hill, 29, of 8157 River Road, Southport; charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree kidnapping, larceny and assault by pointing a gun.

  • Price gouging subpoenas continue

    The N.C. Attorney General’s Office has issued 11 more subpoenas against gas stations in North Carolina accused of violating the state’s price gouging laws.

    No subpoenas have yet been issued for Brunswick County.

    The office has received more than 4,400 reports of price gouging incidents throughout the state since Sept. 12, a department spokesperson said Tuesday.


    Ocean Isle Beach Police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Dana M. Hazlett, 42 of Lexington, Ky.; charged with domestic violence.

  • Teen steals, wrecks patrol car

    A Leland teen is facing multiple charges, including stealing and wrecking two cars, one of which was a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle.

    Seventeen-year-old Dustin Matthew Jordan, of 1350 Colon Mintz Road, has been charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle, felony hit and run, failure to stop, no operator’s license, reckless driving to endanger, failure to report and accident, driving while impaired, drive after consuming being less than 21 years old and two counts of felony serious injury by a vehicle.

  • Teen arrested for robbing sno-cone lady at gunpoint

    A Longwood teenager is in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center, charged with armed robbery.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detective Chris Barbour said Demetrias Watson, 16, robbed a woman selling sno-cones at gunpoint Sunday afternoon in the Longwood community near Ash.

    Watson was recently released from the detention center after being charged with assault with a deadly weapon in August.

    At press time Tuesday, Watson remained at the detention center on a $100,000 secured bond.

    Other incidents investigated by sheriff’s deputies include: