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Public Safety

  • Gause sentenced on assault charge

    James Alfonzo Gause, 37, has pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon to inflict serious injury, assistant district attorney Chris Gentry said.

    Superior Court Judge Gary Locklear sentenced Gause to 32-48 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections, Gentry said.

    Gause was also facing a habitual misdemeanor assault charge and a misdemeanor assault on a government official but pleaded guilty to the felony charge.

    Gause still faces a felony possession of cocaine charge, as well as habitual felon.

  • K-9 Enforcement team report

    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:

    •Franklin Floyd, 68, of 1704 Colon Mintz Road, Leland; charged with trafficking opium or heroin after drug agents found him in possession of 143 grams of opium. Floyd was also charged with maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance where he was selling Percocet, Vicodin and Lortab.

  • Break-ins, thefts investigated

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents this past weekend. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    • On July 20, a breaking and entering was reported at a residence on Indigo Circle. Someone forced a door open but nothing was taken.

    • Police investigated a misdemeanor and larceny reported on the beach. Two young men picked up a beach bag and ran off with it. The bag was later found stashed behind a house on North Shore Drive. A set of keys was missing.

  • Holden Beach crime report

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

    •Simple assault on Raleigh Street; a 16-year-old victim and a 41-year-old victim reported being assaulted.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on Seaview Drive; suspect stole a Frisbee, a top-load freezer, tie wraps, dust masks and spray paint from victim’s home. The case was solved and victim declined prosecution.

  • Shallotte crime report

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

    •Joshua Matthew Potter, 27, of Holden Beach Road, Supply; charged with being drunk and disruptive at the Lowes Foods parking lot. A patrolman was dispatched to the store in reference to an intoxicated driver. He found Potter unresponsive in the back seat. When he finally woke him up, Potter was being rude and started to yell and curse. He was placed in the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $500 secured bond.

  • Leland crime report

    Leland police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •After being stopped for speeding 100 mph in a 55 mph zone, Christopher Shane Barr, 35, 7997 Ocean Highway, Leland, was charged with driving while impaired, driving while license revoked and careless and reckless driving.

    •Larceny on Grey Moss Court; suspect took three personal checks from victim’s mailbox and attempted to cash the checks in Wilmington.

  • Wanted scam artist targets local businesses

    A woman claiming to represent an advertising company has bilked several local businesses, selling billboard space she did not have access to and leaving with money from business owners, according to local business owners and police reports.

    Justin Fulford of Fulford Heating and Air on the Holden Beach causeway said recently the woman, who identified herself as Kristal Hill, “was very professional and had us convinced that others in the area had also done billboards with her.”

  • S.C. kidnapping suspect nabbed in Brunswick

    A North Myrtle Beach, S.C., man is in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center awaiting extradition to South Carolina.

    Marco Maurice Vaught, 25, of 1264 Oyster Lane, is in custody on a $200,000 bond after being arrested Saturday evening in Brunswick County.

    Loris, S.C., Police Chief Joseph Vaught said an Amber Alert was issued early Saturday morning for Evette Vaught and her 2-year-old daughter Namia, who authorities believed were taken by Marco Vaught.

  • Crime report

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

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Fairway 9 Court, Supply; suspect cut victim’s screen, entered house and left out backdoor.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Village Point Road, Shallotte; suspect kicked open victim’s backdoor and stole three 12-packs of beer.