Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Coast Guard seaman pleads guilty to child pornography charge

    An Oak Island man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Monday to receiving child pornography.

    Keith David Smith, 22, a seaman in the U.S. Coast Guard, now faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

  • Mother of 'Black Widow's' dead husband still seeking answers in her son's death

    It’s been almost 23 years since Gloria Rehrig has heard her the sound of her son’s voice. It is a sound she longs for daily.

    “I still miss my son very much; he was my baby,” she said this week.

    In December 1985, Gloria Rehrig received the call any parent would dread—her son, Alan Rehrig, was found shot to death in his car.

    While the murder weapon was never recovered, Gloria Rehrig said investigators determined the path of the bullet would have been fired from the passenger seat.

  • Man charged with two area break-ins

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives recently charged a Winnabow man with two counts of breaking and entering, stemming from June break-ins.

    Elliott Naylor Jr., 45, of Funston Road, was charged with two counts of breaking and entering. According to Sgt. Steve Mason, Naylor and an accomplice, who died in late-June of a drug overdose, broke into two homes June 10.

    The first breaking and entering was reported on Sellers Road in Supply. A TV and miscellaneous coins were reported stolen.