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Public Safety

  • 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.

    •Armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, breaking and entering and larceny in the Walmart parking lot by removing the victim’s vehicle, assaulting them and taking property. Victims reported being attacked by five males at gunpoint.

  • Arrests made in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Local police have made two arrests in the past week.

    •Ricky Allen Norris, 34, of 7071 Hughes Smith Road, Ash, was arrested Sept. 11 on outstanding warrants from Brunswick County.

    •Lindsay Marie Bullock, 25, of Eastbrook Avenue, Ocean Isle Beach, was charged Sept. 9 for no operator’s license and outstanding warrants.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

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

    •Larceny on Azalea Drive in Supply; suspect reached through a damaged window and stole victim’s medication.

    •Larceny on Boones Neck Road in Supply; suspect stole a moped from victim’s residence.

    •Burglary and vandalism on River Street in Supply; suspect pried open back door to victim’s trailer.

  • ‘Hands Across the Border’ checkpoint nets 12 DWI charges

    Every year during Labor Day weekend, law enforcement officers from across the region converge at the state line to conduct the “Hands Across the Border” checkpoint.

    Fifty-six officers from multiple local and state agencies conducted the checkpoint, which began at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, and ran until 3 a.m. the next morning.

    Officers set up checkpoints on U.S. 17 at the North Carolina-South Carolina border, N.C. 179 at the state line and on Hickman Road on the state line.

  • 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:

    •Assault with a deadly weapon on Palmers Branch Drive in Leland; suspect cut victim with a knife.

    •Breaking and entering to a vehicle and larceny on Stone Chimney Road in Supply; suspect broke into victim’s car and stole a driver’s license, Social Security card, Medicare card, several pieces of jewelry and assorted mail.

  • Sheriff’s detectives search for missing man

    Update: Welch returned to his home Thursday evening.

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a missing man.

    Sheriff’s office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said detectives are searching for Charles “Mike” Welch, a 27-year-old white male.

    Stanley said Welch was last seen around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, near Black Bear Run in Supply driving a four-door silver Dodge Ram.

    Welch is 5-feet-10-inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. He has sandy blond hair and hazel eyes.

  • Calabash man charged after punching fist through column

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach police charged a Calabash man for damage to real property after he got mad and punched his fist through a stucco column.

    Anthony Bernard Sabatell, 19, was charged following the incident reported Aug. 24 on Resort Circle in The Colony II in Sunset Beach.

    According to a police report, Sabatell was charged following an argument with his ex-girlfriend.

    Police also charged Kenneth J. Gardner, 51, of Pennsylvania with DWI on Aug. 24.

  • Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit arrested the following suspects last week:

    •Tamara Maria Kelly, 33, of 1950 Old Ocean Highway Lot 22, Bolivia, was charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Joseph Phillip Watkins, 46, of 1221 Easy St., Bolivia, was charged with four counts of trafficking opium or heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Watkins was taken to the detention center, where he was placed under a $100,000 secured bond.

  • Sheriff’s helicopter credited for finding Alzheimer’s patient

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies, with the assistance of the sheriff’s office helicopter Air One, rescued a missing subject in a thick wooded area of Ocean Isle Beach Sunday evening.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said around 8:30 p.m. Aug. 28, deputies responded to a home on East Northwind Drive in Ocean Isle Beach in reference to Gary Lynn Bragg, 72, who failed to return to his residence.

    Bragg, who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease, had been gone since about 4 p.m. that day.

  • 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:

    •Shooting into an occupied dwelling and property damage on First Street in Shallotte; suspect shot into victim’s residence while the victim was in the home. A Honda Civic and a couch were damaged from the shots.

    •Littering on Stone Chimney Road in Supply; suspect put three iron golf clubs in victim’s yard.