Public Safety

  • 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:


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

    •Mitchell Cliff Fowler, 41, of 1230 Skeeter Hawk Drive, Leland; charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach police officers charged Noreene Burnett Shell, 54, of 4504 Old Sevierville Pike, Knoxville, Tenn., with driving while impaired on Ocean Boulevard West on Sept. 14.

  • Drug suspect sentenced to five to seven years

    One of two suspects arrested in what Shallotte police called the town’s biggest drug bust has been sentenced to five to seven years in prison.

    On Sept. 9, Jonathan Nowokunski of Oak Island pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy to traffic in amphetamine and felony conspiracy to traffic in opium or opium derivative.

    Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis sentenced Nowokunski to an active term of five years and 10 months to seven years in the N.C. Department of Corrections and a $50,000 fine.

  • K-9 enforcement roundup

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has launched its 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.


    Shallotte police investigated a rash of breaking and entering and larceny from vehicles last week. The investigation is ongoing.

    All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Nine reports of breaking and entering and larceny of money on Owendon Drive; suspect broke into victims’ vehicles and stole $5 in cash from each vehicle.

    •Two reports of breaking and entering and larceny of money on Brierwood Road; suspect broke into victims’ vehicles and stole $5 in cash from each vehicle.