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Public Safety

  • HOLDEN BEACH POLICE REPORT

    Holden Beach police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests during the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident logs.

    •Larceny and burglary on Ocean Boulevard East; suspect stole diapers, an extension cord, a vacuum, a storage tub, a cork remover, shorts, a tool pouch, measuring tape, a screw driver set, diagonal cutters, pliers, a hammer, hand tools, a tool box and a cordless drill.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH CRIME REPORT

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

    •Mark T. Heckman, 45, of Little River, S.C.; charged with driving while impaired.

    •Anthony Leavitt Cushing, 24, of Baltimore; charged with driving while impaired, speeding, and driving left of center.

    •Gregory T. Skipper, 18, of Sunset Beach; charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a fictitious driver’s license.

  • Month-long investigation yields four drug arrests

    Brunswick County drug agents arrested four suspects accused of selling cocaine in the Winnabow area.

    Between April 9 and April 23, drug agents purchased cocaine from Sylvester Durand Ballard, 26, of 17 Bell Swamp Connection, in Winnabow.

    Drug agents stopped Ballard on April 23. He had 6.5 grams of crack cocaine on him. After searching his residence, drug agents seized crack cocaine, powder cocaine, digital scales, eight marijuana seedlings growing in the residence and $1,355.

  • Crime report

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

    •Property damage on N.C. 211 in Southport; suspect dented victim’s car.

    •Property damage on Butler Circle in Ash; suspect keyed victim’s car.

    •Larceny of medicine on Robinson Park Trail in Supply; suspect took medicine from victim’s mailbox.

  • Oak Island man charged with running cocaine operation from local business

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit completed a five-month investigation with the arrest of an Oak Island man for trafficking cocaine.

  • Suspected gang member arrested in Leland

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested a man suspected in being in the Hispanic-based street gang “18th Street.”

    Jose Ascencion Ibarra, 23, of 9591 Holly Hills Drive, Leland, was charged with two counts of trafficking cocaine, one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, one count of manufacture cocaine and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • 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.

    •Pursuant to a traffic stop on U.S. 17, Michael Brian Picarella, 36, of 624 Alexander Court, Riegelwood, was charged with driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, open container, expired inspection and a red light violation.

  • Shallotte police report

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

    •Police arrested Anthony Turner, 27, of Deerfield Place, Winnabow, on charges of attempted breaking and entering, larceny from buildings, safe cracking and injury to real property. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $15,000 secured bond.

  • Man gets life for killing his cousin

    A 19-year old Supply man has been found guilty of the 2006 murder of his cousin. He now faces life in prison.

    Superior Court Judge Thomas Lock sentenced Gregory Demontrey Simmons to life in prison after a jury found Simmons guilty of first-degree murder.

    In May 2006, Simmons was charged with the first-degree murder of his cousin, 23-year-old Alfred Louis Scott, also of Supply.

    According to assistant district attorney Brooke Leland, Scott was shot four times with a .357 Smith and Wesson revolver. Scott was pronounced dead in his backyard.

  • Credit card fraud reported in Sunset Beach area

    A case of credit card fraud was reported to local police April 16 in Sea Trail.

    A suspect fraudulently used a resident’s card to pay a cell phone bill, the victim told police.

    No arrests have been made.

    Also on April 16, police arrested Richard Morris for failure to appear for the state of North Carolina.