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Public Safety

  • Crime rates mixed across state; Brunswick County sees drop

    N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper has released the 2007 statewide crime rates.

    While crime across North Carolina rose by .1 percent in 2007, the violent crime rate dropped by .7 percent, Cooper said.

    “While no level of crime is acceptable, law enforcement’s work to keep the rate of violent crime down is much needed,” Cooper added. “But as any cop on the beat will tell you, when the economy goes down, crime goes up, and we’re troubled to see even a small increase in North Carolina’s overall crime rate.”

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents last week.

    •Stolen diamond ring and setting at Upscale Boutique; suspect stole a ring with a half-carat diamond solitaire, valued at $1,000. Victim said ring was stolen within a half-hour of being placed in a display case.

    •Police arrested Jose Caceres, 25, of Wilson Avenue, Calabash, on charges of driving while impaired and no operator’s license. He was taken to Brunswick County Detention Center and given no bond.

  • HOLDEN BEACH POLICE REPORT

    Officers with the Holden Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrest. Information is taken directly from police activity reports.

    •Burglary, non-forced entry on Ocean Boulevard West; suspect took folding canvas chairs, a blow-up air mattress with pump, 10 cans of Sprite, a 32-quart cooler and 10 fishing rods.

    •Larceny on pier campground; suspect took an aluminum fishing rod and four other fishing rods.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH CRIME REPORT

    Ocean Isle Beach police officers made the following arrest last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Wesley Gray Trotter, 21, of Charlotte, for resist, obstruct and delay. According to the police report, the suspect ran when he was told to stop.

  • New county detention center completed, slated to open soon

    BOLIVIA—The newest extended stay facility in Brunswick County is ready to open.

    But it’s no hotel.

    The second phase of the Brunswick County Detention Center has been completed and is ready to house inmates.

    Capt. Kevin Holden, Brunswick County Detention Center chief jailer, said the 244-bed expansion project came in ahead of schedule and under budget.

    With additional beds, the two phases of the detention center can house 440 inmates, he said.

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from sheriff’s office incident and arrest reports.

    •Geary Lynn Hill, 27, of 7400 Ocean Highway, Sunset Beach; charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, driving while impaired, exceeding posted speed, driving while license revoked and driving left of center.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents last week.

  • HOLDEN BEACH POLICE REPORT

    Holden Beach police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    •Christopher Michael Long, 33, of 1051 Stone Chimney Road, Supply; charged with driving while impaired, no insurance and reckless driving.

    •Larceny on Ocean Boulevard West; suspect stole victim’s bike.

    •Larceny on Ocean Boulevard West; suspect stole three skimboards.

    •Burglary on Brunswick Avenue West; suspect damaged victim’s door casing.

  • Drug agents seize cocaine, money in search warrant

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested four suspects after executing a search warrant last Thursday.

    Agents seized 14 grams of cocaine and $1,904 from a home on Sunnybrook Way in Leland after a month-long investigation.

    The following individuals were charged:

  • Larcenies, credit card fraud in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated a jewelry theft reported May 23.

    A diamond ring with five birthstones and a blue topaz ring were reported stolen from a home on Egret Drive.

    Credit card fraud was reported May 27. The victim said someone used his credit card without permission in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Other reported incidents included:

    •A license plate was reported stolen May 27 from a vehicle in a parking lot at 1601 Seaside Road.

    •10-mg hydrocodone tablets were reported stolen May 21 from Walgreens.