Public Safety

  • Umbrella accident kills Leland man

    Jamie Ward, a Parsley Lane resident who recently moved to Leland from Columbus County, died Friday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center after succumbing to injuries sustained from an umbrella accident.

    Leland police detective John Keel said around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, a gust of wind blew an umbrella over and a metal probe attached to the umbrella pierced Ward’s head.

    “It was a very bizarre accident. I’ve never seen anything like this before,” Keel said.

    “This is the truest form of an accident,” he added.


    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken from police incident/investigation reports.

    •Larceny of dog on East Third Street; suspect removed a white dog with blue collar from the victim’s car, which was under the house.

    •Property damage on East First Street; suspect kicked a glass door causing it to crack.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Breaking and entering a vehicle on Wild Raven Street; suspect entered both of the victim’s unlocked vehicles, causing no damage and took an iPod Nano valued at $199 from one of the cars.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny in a vehicle at Wild Raven Street; suspect broke into victim’s unlocked vehicle and stole a diamond necklace valued at $700.

  • 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.

    •Breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, larceny and property damage on Timber Lane; suspect damaged the Magnolia Greens golf course, a fence gate and lawn care equipment. The suspect also damaged a vehicle that was parked at the equipment building.

  • Contractor charged with forging county projects bids

    An Ocean Isle Beach fencing contractor has been charged with forgery and is accused of submitting fraudulent bids for county parks and recreation fencing projects.

    Scott Aaron McLamb, 48, of 78 McLamb Court, Ocean Isle Beach, was charged with four counts of misdemeanor common law forgery.

    McLamb was charged Monday and released on a $5,000 unsecured bond, according to a release order.

  • Gov. Easley signs Jessica Lunsford Act in North Carolina

    GASTON COUNTY—With Mark Lunsford, father of slain 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, by his side, N.C. Gov. Mike Easley singed the Jessica Lunsford Act into law on July 28.

    The Jessica Lunsford Act, named after the 9-year-old Florida girl who was raped and murdered by a sex offender in February 2005, strengthens punishments for certain sex offenses, including life imprisonment without parole.

  • Crime report

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

    •Breaking and entering to an auto, larceny of a firearm and property damage on Mount Zion Church Road in Ash.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Pine Bur Circle in Sunset Beach; suspect broke into victim’s shed and stole a tool set and a box with nails and screws.

    •Counterfeit money on Sabbath Home Road in Supply; suspect attempted to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at a local business.

  • Sunset Beach crime report

    Police investigated a rash of car break-ins reported July 29. About 90 percent of the items were recovered following the arrest of two teens who were charged the same day, police said. See a related story on page 16A.

    •Money, a global positioning system and a telephone were reported stolen from a vehicle on Canal Street.

    •An IBM computer notebook and air card reported stolen from a vehicle on 28th Street were later recovered.

    •A GPS and digital camera in a black case reported stolen from a vehicle on 32nd Street were later recovered.

  • 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.


    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.

    •Larceny at Ocean Point; victim reported $200 bicycle missing.

    •Larceny on Jan Street; victim reported a 24-inch, 18-speed mountain bicycle and three fishing rods and reels missing, totaling $580.

    •Larceny on Concord Street; Victim reported a woodgrain skimboard and a black boogie board missing.

    •Larceny at Waves on Causeway Drive; the cash register was $100 short.