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Public Safety

  • 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 Feb. 6-12, ACE deputies issued 132 total traffic violations and other charges Deputies charged six suspects with driving while impaired (DWI). Deputies patrolled Longwood, Supply, Leland, Southport, Winnabow, Calabash and Ash.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Gwendolyn Chavis, 46, of 820 Fairway Drive, Longs, S.C., was charged with DWI and open container.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    Officers with the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Missing person on Scotland Street; victim was traveling from Bladenboro to Ocean Isle Beach. The subject was located.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on East Fourth Street; suspect entered the victim’s storage area and took a bicycle and two surfboards.

  • 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.

    •Assault by dragging; the suspect drug the victim with his vehicle in the Walmart parking lot.

    •Julian Ivory Johnson, 19, of 2094 Empire Road SW, Supply, was charged with two counts of failure to appear for no operator’s license and failure to appear for drug paraphernalia. Johnson was a passenger in a vehicle during a traffic stop.

  • Drug agents seize 400K in crystal meth, largest meth bust in county history

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Unit and the Drug Enforcement agency teamed up to seize more than $400,000 worth of ice crystal methamphetamine.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Agent Steve Lanier, the 2-kilogram seizure of crystal methamphetamine is the single-largest methamphetamine bust in the county’s history.

    “It’s something we hardly ever see. It’s very rare,” Lanier said.

  • Sheriff’s Office drug report

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

    •Phillip John Autwell Jr., 22, of 3301 Mount Misery Road, Leland, was charged with trafficking in opium or heroin and possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $100,000 secured bond.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on North Howe Street in Southport; suspect broke window of victim’s vehicle and stole money, a wallet, a cell phone, credit cards, checkbooks, medication and victim’s purse.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Ross Court in Southport; suspect stole victim’s medication.

  • Officers from multiple agencies searching for breaking and entering suspect

    Officers from multiple local law enforcement agencies are searching for a suspect wanted with a string of residential break-ins.

    Detectives from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office as well as Oak Island, Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Holden Beach police departments have been investigating the string of break-ins for several months.

    Warrants have been issued for Hamilton John Ortiz Bones, 33, for the break-ins.

    A reward is being offered for information leading to the apprehension and prosecution of the suspect.

  • 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.

    •William Shawn Ryan, 29, of 7 Pender Street, Ocean Isle Beach, was charged with assault on a female.

    •Larceny and obtaining property by false pretense at Walmart; suspect rolled a 45-inch HD television out of the store without paying for it.

    •Vandalism on Paisley Drive; suspect scratched victim’s vehicle on the passenger side door and hood.

  • Drug agents make arrests

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit made the following arrests last week:

    •Christian Orion Russ, 20, of 1610 Russtown Road, Ocean Isle Beach, was charged with possession of a schedule I controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Russ was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $10,000 bond.

  • Incidents, arrest in Sunset Beach

    An Ocean Isle Beach man has been arrested and charged by Sunset Beach police for driving while impaired.

    Kenneth Wayne Gardner, 55, of Sunset Dock, Ocean Isle Beach, was charged with DWI on Jan. 28.

    Sunset Beach police also investigated two separate, reported incidents of breaking-and-entering and larceny to real property. The incidents were reported Jan. 28 at a residence on Resort Circle, and on Jan. 26 at a residence on East Main Street.