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Public Safety

  • Several thefts reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated several incidents of theft reported during the past two weeks.

    •On Feb. 11, a vehicle was reported broken into at a residence on Medcalf Drive. A camera, 35-millimeter lens and some cigars were reported stolen.

    •On Feb. 8, someone stole a center hub off a vehicle while it was parked at the Sunset Beach public works building.

    •On Feb. 3, a breaking and entering was reported at a residence on Sea Trail Drive. An assorted amount of jewelry was reported stolen.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Sarah Danielle Clemmons, 18, of 1865 Little Shallotte River Road, was arrested for drunk and disruptive and underage consumption. The subject was standing outside of her vehicle on Frontage Road with a group of people. The vehicle was parked in the road and still running.

  • 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 Feb. 7-13, K-9 deputies answered two calls, wrote two citations and made five drug arrests. Deputies patrolled the following communities: Turkey Trap Road and McMilly Road.

    K-9 deputies charged the following suspects:

    •Fernado Noyola, 25, of 54 Bug Hill Road, Nakina, was charged with possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

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

    •Trafficking in cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and distribute cocaine, fleeing or eluding arrest with motor vehicle on Bell Swamp Road in Bolivia; suspect threw pistol and cocaine and attempted to flee from reporting officer.

    •Assault on 2136 Nicholas Place in Calabash; suspect bit tips of victim’s fingers off.

  • Brunswick County 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.

    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests, which are taken directly from information provided by the sheriff’s office:

    •On Feb. 11, drug agents arrested Bennie Malee Stanley, 39, of 571 Tree Acres Circle, Calabash. Stanley was charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a felon and habitual felon.

  • Leland teen still missing

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a Leland teen missing since Sunday.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, Sierra Dominique Benton, 17, has been missing since Sunday, Feb. 13.

    She was last seen at the Shiloh Methodist Church in Leland, and has not returned to her residence, Stanley said.

    Benton is a white female with dark brown hair. She is 5-feet-4-inches tall and weighs 125 pounds.

  • Leland man killed in weekend shooting

    LELAND—A Leland man was killed in a weekend shooting. 

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, a Leland man was killed Sunday afternoon.

    Stanley said sheriff’s detectives responded to a shooting around 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at 741 Heights Place in Leland.

    When detectives arrived at the home Sunday afternoon, 31-year-old Michael Shane Poythress was pronounced dead at the scene. He had been shot in the chest.

  • Marijuana arrestee due in court this week

    SUNSET BEACH—A Myrtle Beach, S.C., man charged with selling marijuana was due in court Tuesday to face traffic charges.

    Howard Jason Harris, 35, was scheduled for a court appearance Tuesday on a speeding violation, Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Massey said during Monday’s monthly town council meeting.

    Additional charges against Harris of intent to sell and deliver a Schedule VI controlled substance will involve grand jury indictments, followed by an appearance in Superior Court, Massey said.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Wilmington Street; unknown subject used a pry tool to attempt to gain entry.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Wilmington Street; unknown subject used a pry tool to open the door.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on East First Street; subject entered storage room and removed golf cart batteries and charger.