Public Safety

  • 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.


    Officers with the Holden Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from incident logs and arrest reports.

    •Larceny on Ocean Boulevard West; suspect stole bikes from victim’s home.

    •Larceny on Jordan Boulevard; suspect stole victim’s bike from the handicap access ramp.

    •Larceny on Ocean Boulevard West; suspect stole bikes from a rental company.


    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:

    •Matthew Deante Hewett, 24, of 1803 Turkey Trap Road, Supply; charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hewett was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center where he was placed on a $7,000 secured bond.


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

    •Police charged Derek Shawon Johnson, 28, of Johnson Way, Supply, with possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $5,000 secured bond.


    Sunset Beach police investigated a Sept. 3 report of an electronic device lost at a local grocery store.

    The computer-like, handheld device used to order food was reported missing at Food Lion, 1775 Clipper Way in the Village at Sunset Beach. It is valued at $6,000.

  • Leland man arrested for murder

    Less than 400 yards from where the body of Valerie Burns was found in her burning car lived the man detectives have charged with her murder.

    Sheriff’s detectives arrested Carl Henry Alston, 35, on Thursday, Sept. 4, and charged him with murder. While in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center under no bond Friday, Sept. 5, detectives charged Alston with first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping.

    Burns, 49, of Bluff Drive in Leland, was last seen early on the morning of July 30 leaving downtown Wilmington.

  • 'Black Widow' gets two years

    She goes by many names.

    Some people know her only as the “Black Widow.”

    But Sandra Camille Powers will soon be known for her federal inmate number rather than by one of her many aliases.

    Dubbed the “Black Widow,” by the media, Powers, 64, will spend the next two years in federal prison.

    But the woman who became notorious for, but never formally charged with, a trail of dead husbands, will serve time in prison for identity theft, not murder.

  • BAT Mobile brings blood alcohol testing to Brunswick streets

    Surrounded by pictures of alcohol-related fatalities he responded to as a police officer in Havelock, Ken Rhodes performed routine maintenance on the instruments in the BAT Mobile.

    Outside the BAT Mobile, or Blood Alcohol Testing mobile unit, officers set up their checkpoint at the state line as part of the “Hands Across the Border.”

    Last Friday night, officers from various agencies in Brunswick and New Hanover counties converged on the state line to combat drunk driving.

  • No charges in double shooting, investigation ongoing

    No charges have been filed in a double-shooting, but assistant district attorney Lee Bollinger said the investigation is ongoing.

    “There are two or three areas we need to do some follow-up in, which may take some time,” Bollinger said about the investigation.

    Bollinger met with the victims’ families last Friday morning.

    The victims, Donovan Charles Morrison, 22, of 5088 Little Prong Road, Ash, and Calvin Mosley, 27, of Plantation Drive, Little River, S.C., were shot around 2 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.

  • Two arrested at South Brunswick High for weapons, drugs

    Two men were arrested Friday afternoon at South Brunswick High School for having weapons, drugs and alcohol on school property.

    The suspects, Michael Dean Stout, 19, of 10267 N.C. 86, Providence, and Christopher Kory Jeffries, 20, of 1712 McCrary Road, Burlington, are not students at the school, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Gene Caison said.

    Stout was charged with possession of a malt beverage on school property, possession of a weapon on school property and no driver’s license.