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Public Safety

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit and the North Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Police Department have arrested three suspects from the Little River, S.C., area as part of an ongoing prescription pill diversion investigation.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man arrested on firearm by a felon charge

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit and the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have arrested an Ocean Isle Beach man for possession of firearm by a felon.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, agents arrested David Otis Mercer, 68, of 1724 Pembroke St., Ocean Isle Beach, for firearm by a felon after an undercover operation by the two agencies on Oct. 20.

    This was Mercer’s second possession of a firearm by a felon charge.

  • 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:

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Chickadee Place in Shallotte; suspect broke into victim’s house and damaged the front window.

    •Larceny on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia; suspect stole a Blackberry from victim’s purse.

    •Property damage on Persimmon Road in Carolina Shores; suspect threw a pumpkin at victim’s mailbox.

  • DWI checkpoint nets 11 arrests in Leland

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team set up a checkpoint Sunday, which resulted in 11 driving while impaired (DWI) arrests.

    ACE deputies, along with officers from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Wilmington Police Department, Shallotte Police Department, Oak Island Police Department, Bald Head Island Public Safety, Navassa Police Department and the N.C. State Highway Patrol, set up the checkpoint from 11:30 p.m. until 3 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, on U.S. 74-76 at the Brunswick River Bridge near Leland.

  • 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 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 Oct. 25-31, K-9 deputies answered 10 calls, wrote seven citations and made five drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies arrested the following incidents:

    •Larry Paul Starling Lee, 21, of 229 Angel Island, Wilmington, was charged with possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • UPDATE: Sheriff’s detectives find missing woman at Leland home

    UPDATE: Brunswick County Sheriff's detectives found Byrd unharmed at a Leland home Monday afternoon.

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a woman who has been missing since Saturday, Oct. 30.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, detectives are searching for Kimberly Denise Byrd, 24.

    Byrd was last seen between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, leaving her home at 6275 Sawdust Lane in Winnbaow. She was headed toward N.C. 87.

  • Bolivia brothers sentenced as habitual felons

    Two local brothers were recently sentenced to the North Carolina Department of Corrections as habitual felons.

    Assistant district attorney Chris Thomas said Nicholas Lavar Smith and Nathan Smith, both of Bolivia, were recently sentenced to 60-80 months, or five to six and half years, in prison under the state’s habitual felon statute.

  • Holden Beach Police report

    Officers with the Holden Beach Police Department made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents during the last two weeks:

    •Jonathan David Brown, 33, of Reidsville, was charged with boating while impaired on Oct. 16.

    •Justin Christopher Feldt, 26, of Supply, was arrested Oct. 6 on outstanding warrants.

    •Ildefonso Pineda Pantaleon, 49, of Whiteville, was charged with speeding and failing to stop for a stop sign on Oct. 6.

  • 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 Oct. 18-24, K-9 deputies answered 12 calls, wrote seven citations and made six drug arrests.

    K-9  deputies reported the following incidents:

    •Douglas Vincent Dreisbach, 19, of 6604 Wedderburn Drive, Wilmington, was charged with one-half ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.