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Public Safety

  • 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 drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests, which are taken directly from information provided by the sheriff’s office:

    •On Feb. 11, drug agents arrested Bennie Malee Stanley, 39, of 571 Tree Acres Circle, Calabash. Stanley was charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a felon and habitual felon.

  • Leland teen still missing

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a Leland teen missing since Sunday.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, Sierra Dominique Benton, 17, has been missing since Sunday, Feb. 13.

    She was last seen at the Shiloh Methodist Church in Leland, and has not returned to her residence, Stanley said.

    Benton is a white female with dark brown hair. She is 5-feet-4-inches tall and weighs 125 pounds.

  • Leland man killed in weekend shooting

    LELAND—A Leland man was killed in a weekend shooting. 

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, a Leland man was killed Sunday afternoon.

    Stanley said sheriff’s detectives responded to a shooting around 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at 741 Heights Place in Leland.

    When detectives arrived at the home Sunday afternoon, 31-year-old Michael Shane Poythress was pronounced dead at the scene. He had been shot in the chest.

  • Marijuana arrestee due in court this week

    SUNSET BEACH—A Myrtle Beach, S.C., man charged with selling marijuana was due in court Tuesday to face traffic charges.

    Howard Jason Harris, 35, was scheduled for a court appearance Tuesday on a speeding violation, Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Massey said during Monday’s monthly town council meeting.

    Additional charges against Harris of intent to sell and deliver a Schedule VI controlled substance will involve grand jury indictments, followed by an appearance in Superior Court, Massey said.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

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

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Wilmington Street; unknown subject used a pry tool to attempt to gain entry.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Wilmington Street; unknown subject used a pry tool to open the door.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on East First Street; subject entered storage room and removed golf cart batteries and charger.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested the following suspects last week:

    •Matthew Phillip Rivenbark, 23, of 5731 Trevino St., Hope Mills, was charged with conspiracy to traffic opium, trafficking opium, possession of marijuana, possession of a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia. Drug agents seized 41 Opana pills, 2 grams of marijuana, a revolver, a truck, cash and assorted drug paraphernalia. Phillips is in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.

  • 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 larceny on Alvin Street in Supply; suspect broke down back door window and took various items.

    •Larceny on Big Macedonia Road in Supply; suspect took a black purse with various bank cards.

    •Larceny and property damage on Running Brook Trail in Supply; suspect broke side door and took a PlayStation game console and a flat-screen TV.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office 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.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents from Jan. 19-30. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on Isle Plaza; suspect removed a chop saw and power washer from storage room.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on West First Street; suspect entered house and took four flat-screen TVs and a Blu-ray player.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on West Second Street; suspect damaged door and window with a pry tool.