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Public Safety

  • ATF, drug enforcement team joint investigation nets two arrests

    A joint investigation with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit and the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) led to the arrest of two local suspects this week.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said the year-long joint investigation ended with the execution of a search warrant at a Leland home.

    Around 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, agents executed the search warrant at 992 Ashland Way in the Windsor Park community.

  • 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 on 12th Street in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect shot at victim’s vacation home, causing $500 worth of damage to the home’s siding and sheetrock.

    •Larceny on Point Winward Place in Shallotte; suspect stole medication from victim’s safe.

  • Roving meat seller charged in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A Wilmington man was charged with driving while license revoked after someone complained about him going door-to-door selling meat.

    Matthew Duncan Kennedy, 28, was arrested after someone reported a suspect was going door-to-door soliciting customers to buy meat from the back of a small freezer truck. The incident was reported at the corner of Park and Holly streets on Aug. 19.

    Kennedy was released on $500 secured bond, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said.

  • Father, son arrested after pharmacy robbery

    A father and son were recently arrested on several criminal charges.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said sheriff’s deputies responded to a robbery just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Remedy Shop Pharmacy, 925 Seaside Road in Sunset Beach.

    The following day, detectives arrested James Hegedus, Sr., 41, of 7171 Westbrook Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, for his role in the robbery.

    His arrest led to the arrest of his son, James Michael Hegedus, Jr., 18, on a misdemeanor breaking and entering charge.

  • Leland man found dead in Waterford retention pond

    LELAND—A 46-year-old man was found dead in a retention pond in the Waterford community Wednesday afternoon.

    Leland Police Chief Timothy Jayne said Bobby Braxton Pierce, Jr., of 1006 Garden Club Way, Leland, was found dead around noon Wednesday, Aug. 17.

    Just before noon, Sgt. John Keel responded to Pierce’s home for a welfare check. After checking the residence, Keel then searched the front yard, back yard and patio and a retention pond behind the home.

  • Sunset Beach woman arrested for hit-and-run

    A woman has been charged with hit-and-run following a traffic incident at the intersection of highways 904 and 179.

    Molly Allred Thomas, 29, of 1712 Angier St., Sunset Beach, was charged with hit-and-run and having no insurance on Aug. 14 following the Aug. 8 incident.

    Other incidents logged by the department include:

    •Edward Paprota, 32, of Fort Mill, S.C., was charged with failure to yield.

    •Christian Michael Fuller, 30, of Meadville, Pa., was charged Aug. 12 with going the wrong way on a one-way street.

  • Brunswick County 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 Percy Place in Supply; suspect cut victim with a pocketknife.

    •Simple assault on King Road in Leland; suspect hit and scratched victim.

    •Larceny on Holden Beach Road in Supply; suspect stole a beach bag from victim’s store.

    •Larceny on White Sands Drive in Supply; suspect stole an Xbox from victim’s residence.

  • Leland man charged, vehicle seized by ACE deputies

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From Aug. 8-14, ACE deputies issued 91 total arrests and citations, including three driving while impaired charges, four driving while license revoked charges, 21 no operator’s license citations and 17 speed violations.

    The following suspects were charged:

  • Detectives search for assault suspect

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a suspect who was involved in an assault last weekend in Supply.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said sheriff’s deputies are searching for Perry Randolph Bryant, 56, of 1786 Percy Place Circle, Supply.

    Bryant is wanted for one count of assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury.

  • No charges against Oak Island police in suspect suicide

    BOLIVIA—District Attorney Jon David recently announced no charges would be filed against Oak Island Police Officers regarding a suspect suicide.

    According to a press release from David’s office, on June 30 detectives from the Oak Island Police Department went to a residence on NE 39th Street in Oak Island.

    Prior to visiting the residence, investigators had received information that the occupant of the residence, Marion Edward Cape, had allegedly committed various crimes of a sexual nature.