Public Safety

  • Holden Beach police, sheriff’s detectives search for vandalism, larceny and breaking and entering suspects

    Holden Beach police have had multiple reports of vandalism, breaking and entering and larceny in recent weeks.

    According to Holden Beach Police Detective Justin Hewett, the incidents remain unsolved and the suspects’ identities are unknown.

    In early August, several vehicles were broken into on Holden Beach, from which several wallets and credit cards were stolen.

    The credit cards have been used at various locations from Shallotte to Myrtle Beach, S.C., Hewett said.

  • Winnabow man charged with assault, kidnapping

    A Winnabow man has been charged with assault and kidnapping after sheriff’s deputies said he held a man against his will.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, sheriff’s deputies responded to an incident in the Winnabow area Sunday, Aug. 15.

    Stanley said the victim told deputies he went to the home of Stephen Garrick, at 1170 Gales Road, Winnabow, around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15. Garrick assaulted the victim and held him against his will, Stanley said.

  • Holden Beach police report

    Holden Beach Police investigated the following incidents and charged the following suspects:

    •Charles Andrew Hudson, 19, of Indian Trail, was charged with consuming alcohol under the age of 21 pursuant to a traffic stop for careless and reckless driving.

    •Vandalism was reported at the West End guard building. Unknown subjects threw toilet tissue all around building and defecated in front of same.

    •Larceny from a motor vehicle was reported at 298 Sand Dune Lane. Unknown suspects removed a GPS from the vehicle.

  • Sunset Beach police assist with safe, check thefts investigation

    SUNSET BEACH—Local police working with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are seeking a suspect in connection with the theft of a safe and checks.

    Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said a safe containing starter checks was reported stolen Aug. 10 from a residence on Whiteville Road in Ash.

    A white male suspect passed one of the checks for $300 that same day at BB&T in Sunset Beach. On Aug. 11, a suspect tried to pass a second check made out for $800 at the same bank.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Aug. 9-15, K-9 deputies answered 11 calls, wrote two citations and made two drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies conducted a checkpoint on Big Macedonia Road.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Joseph William Rice, 26, of 104 Gladewood Circle, New Bern, was charged with possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • New Hanover County woman sentenced as habitual felon

    A New Hanover County woman was recently sentenced as a habitual felon in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    According to a press release from the DA’s office, Christina Lesharna Grady, 31, of New Hanover County, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin and habitual felon in Brunswick County Superior Court on Monday, Aug. 16.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Grady to 60-81 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections. Assistant district attorney Chris Thomas prosecuted the case.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

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

    •Assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and kidnapping on Gales Road in Winnabow; suspect pushed victim through a glass table.

    •Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on Fourth Street in Southport; suspect took victim’s vehicle and did not return it.

    •Simple assault on Sea Pines Drive in Southport; suspect assaulted two victims.

  • Thirteen arrested in second countywide child support roundup

    For the second time in as many months, deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have conducted a countywide roundup targeting people who owe outstanding child support.

    On Thursday, Aug. 12, deputies arrested 13 suspects wanted on child support orders during the roundup from 2 p.m. to midnight, sheriff’s office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said.

    In July, deputies arrested 31 suspects wanted on child support orders. The July 28 roundup ran from noon until 11 p.m. that evening, Stanley said.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

  • UPDATE: Rape charge against BCC student dismissed

    While most Brunswick Community College students were gearing up for school—locating classrooms, buying books, meeting their professors—BCC freshman Aaron Baker spent the night before the first day of class, and three nights after that, in jail.

    Charged with second-degree rape on Aug. 15, and under a $100,000 secured bond, Baker’s classmates began the next chapter of their scholastic lives while he sat in jail for four nights before being cleared of the charge.