.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Public Safety

  • Sunset Beach deputy chief retires

    SUNSET BEACH—Steve Smith, deputy chief of detectives for the Sunset Beach Police Department, has retired effective this past Monday, Oct. 31.

    Smith has been with the department for 13 years.

    Smith’s title is being retired as well.

    Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Massey said Smith’s position will not be continued, but positions will be added for a detective and a patrolman in the town’s public safety department.

    Massey said Monday this is her decision and it will save the town money.

  • Six arrested in Sunset Beach

    Police made the following arrests reported over the past weekend:

    On Oct. 30, Thomas Peter Kronyak, 38, of Country Club Drive, Shallotte, was charged with DWI.

    Aaron Lee Vannatter, 21, of Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested on outstanding warrants on two counts for failure to appear.

    Cori Otez Vaught, 21, of Eastbrook Avenue, Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested on warrants for child support.

  • Detectives search for weekend armed robbery suspects

    CAROLINA SHORES—Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for two male suspects who were involved in an armed robbery near Carolina Shores late Sunday evening.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson deputy Del Routh said two suspects entered the Food Lion on U.S. 17 near Carolina Shores around 10:18 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.

    Routh said the suspects concealed their identities with masks, and forced employees to hand over an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing the business.

  • ‘Operation Lumberjack’ nets multiple drug arrests

    LONGWOOD—Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recently teamed up for a drug sting in the Longwood community.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson deputy Del Routh said around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, agents conducted “Operation Lumberjack,” which targeted street-level, mid-level and upper-level drug dealers.

  • 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.

    •Robbery with a dangerous weapon on Paisley Drive; suspect robbed the victim of $100 using a knife.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Forest Drive; suspect kicked in the door and took medication.

  • 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:

    •Larceny on Seaside Road in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect stole alcohol from the Kangaroo store without purchasing it.

    •Larceny on Pinfish Street in Supply; suspect entered victim’s vehicle and stole medication, a wallet, cell phone charger and keychain.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    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 Oct. 17-23 ACE deputies issued 37 total arrests and citations, including two driving while impaired charges.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Steve Boyd Grindstaff, 49, of 147 Dawn Drive, Elizabethton, Tenn., was charged with driving while impaired, careless and reckless driving, open container and fictitious information.

  • Leland Police, Wilmington SWAT team arrest last Friday’s bank robbery suspect

    WILMINGTON—Members of the Leland Police Department and the Wilmington SWAT team arrested a Wilmington man wanted in last week’s armed robbery at a Leland bank.

    Leland Police Chief Timothy Jayne said officers secured an arrest warrant for Sherwin Christopher Archie for the Oct. 21 armed robbery of the Cape Fear Credit Union at 1109 New Pointe Blvd. in Leland.

    Then, around 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, Jayne said Leland officers and Wilmington Police SWAT team members served the arrest warrant at Archie’s residence at 1110 Zinnia Court, Wilmington.

  • Update: Missing teens found safe in Tennessee

    Update: The missing teens were found safe in Tennesee on Monday. They were expected to be reunited with their parents shortly after they were found.

    Detectives are searching for five missing area teenagers believed to be headed to Tennessee.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson deputy Del Routh said five area teens—two from Brunswick County and three from Columbus County—have been reported missing.

    Matthew Brett Miles, 14, of Leland, and Katlin Marie Tennant, 14, of Leland, were reported missing on Oct. 24.

  • Third suspect arrested in ammonia theft

    A third suspect has been arrested following a three-month investigation into the theft of anhydrous ammonia from a local ice production facility.

    Anhydrous ammonia, used at the ice production facility as a cooling agent, is a precursor chemical in the production of methamphetamine, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit Detective Sgt. Israel West said.

    Possessing a precursor chemical in the production of methamphetamine in North Carolina is a Class E felony.