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Public Safety

  • Boiling Spring Lakes man sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for child pornography

    RALEIGH—A Boiling Spring Lakes man has been sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for child pornography charges.

    According to U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson Robin Zier, Wilbert Robert Schmidt, 64, of 1000 Beaufort Road, Boiling Spring Lakes, was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release for two counts of production of child pornography.

    U.S. District Judge James Dever sentenced Schmidt to prison Thursday, Aug. 19.

  • Two arrested for Ash breaking and entering

    ASH—Two suspects were arrested this week, charged with breaking and entering into an Ash home.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley said a safe with more than $4,000 in cash was stolen from an Ash home on Whiteville Road.

    On Wednesday, Aug. 11, the homeowner noticed a forced entry to the backdoor of the home, which was last secured July 26. Stanley said a safe with $4,700 in cash and multiple blank checks were stolen from the home.

  • UPDATE: Missing Shallotte woman returns home

    UPDATE: According to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, Amanda Marie Davis has returned to her home.

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

    Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said detectives are searching for Amanda Marie Davis, 28, of Shallotte. Davis was last seen at her Shallotte home around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, Stanley said. She is possibly driving a gold four-door Mercury Marquis.

  • Sheriff’s detectives search for missing teen

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a missing teen.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, detectives are searching for Aylissa Garcia, 17, of Leland.

    Garcia was last seen at her Leland home around 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18. She left her home on foot and hasn’t returned as of Thursday afternoon, Stanley said.

    She is possibly with Rasheed Merrick, a black male, in the Navassa area.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH CRIME REPORT

    A Georgia man has been arrested in connection with larceny of a boat trailer at Ocean Isle Beach.

    According to the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department, Andrew Skipper Pate, 27, of Kinnesaw, Ga., was charged with larceny of a boat trailer on Monday, Aug. 16. He was arrested with the help of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Department, according to the incident report.

    Pate was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and held on a $10,000 secured bond. The boat and trailer have been recovered.

  • Shallotte crime report

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

    •Obtaining property by false pretense at Aaron’s; suspect took a laptop that was not hers and pawned it for cash.

    •Larceny from a coin-operated machine at Twice the Ice; victim left wallet at the machine. Wallet was later returned but was missing $100.

    •Obtaining property by false pretense at Pawn USA; suspect pawned property that belonged to Aaron’s.

  • Holden Beach man arrested for felony indecent exposure

    A Holden Beach man was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 17, and charged with felony indecent exposure.

    Holden Beach Police Detective Justin Hewett said Benjamin Stroup Korb, 47, of 138 Lions Paw St., Holden Beach, was charged with felony indecent exposure. Hewett said the indecent exposure was reported Aug. 13 at 136 Lions Paw Street. The victims said Korb was exposing his private parts to juveniles while watching them in the canal.

  • Holden Beach police, sheriff’s detectives search for vandalism, larceny and breaking and entering suspects

    Holden Beach police have had multiple reports of vandalism, breaking and entering and larceny in recent weeks.

    According to Holden Beach Police Detective Justin Hewett, the incidents remain unsolved and the suspects’ identities are unknown.

    In early August, several vehicles were broken into on Holden Beach, from which several wallets and credit cards were stolen.

    The credit cards have been used at various locations from Shallotte to Myrtle Beach, S.C., Hewett said.

  • Winnabow man charged with assault, kidnapping

    A Winnabow man has been charged with assault and kidnapping after sheriff’s deputies said he held a man against his will.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, sheriff’s deputies responded to an incident in the Winnabow area Sunday, Aug. 15.

    Stanley said the victim told deputies he went to the home of Stephen Garrick, at 1170 Gales Road, Winnabow, around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15. Garrick assaulted the victim and held him against his will, Stanley said.

  • Holden Beach police report

    Holden Beach Police investigated the following incidents and charged the following suspects:

    •Charles Andrew Hudson, 19, of Indian Trail, was charged with consuming alcohol under the age of 21 pursuant to a traffic stop for careless and reckless driving.

    •Vandalism was reported at the West End guard building. Unknown subjects threw toilet tissue all around building and defecated in front of same.

    •Larceny from a motor vehicle was reported at 298 Sand Dune Lane. Unknown suspects removed a GPS from the vehicle.