• Drink machine break-ins reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police are investigating two incidents of soft drink machine break-ins reported Monday.

    Machines at Food Lion, 1771 Clippers Way, and Dollar General, 1633 Seaside Road, were broken into sometime overnight.

    Unknown subjects pried open doors on a drink machine at Food Lion but money was left in it, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said.

    The front of another machine at Dollar General was broken. It had not yet been determined whether money was taken.


    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the past week. Information is taken directly from the police reports.

    •Police charged Timothy Alfred Gaskill, 43, of 1510 Shady Rest St., Shallotte, with driving while impaired and DWI habitual. He was at the intersection of Main and Wall streets. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $10,000 secured bond.


    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated reported property damage on Craven Street last week. According to the police report, the suspect hit three mailboxes with its vehicle.

  • 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.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Nov. 9-15, K-9 deputies patrolled the following areas: Holden Beach, Crow Creek, St. James, Magnolia Greens and Brunswick Plantation.

    K-9 deputies conducted checkpoints at Brooklyn Street in Navassa and Beach Drive.

    The following suspects were charged:

    Phoebe Renee Hulon, 35, of 4479 Sweetbay Drive SE, Southport, was charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • 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 of a firearm on Valley Drive in Calabash; suspect stole victim’s firearm from his home.

    •Larceny on Holden Beach Road in Supply; suspect stole copper tubing and cable from victim’s yard.

  • Moped-riding TV thief nabbed in Sunset Beach on Friday the 13th

    SUNSET BEACH—Police arrested a man for stealing two flat-screen TVs from a duplex on the island after he was spotted carrying one of the TVs on his moped.

    Michael David Deroost, 32, was charged with two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of felony larceny and two counts of felony property damage following the incident Nov. 13.

    Deroost was arrested after a deputy saw him riding on Shoreline Drive West with a TV strapped to the back of his moped, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said. The TV was covered with a bedspread.

  • New Hanover County Sheriff's deputy fired after Leland assault

    LELAND—A New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy has been fired following an off-duty assault.

    According to a press release from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Nicholas Ryan Dillon was dismissed following the alleged assault, which is said to have occurred in Brunswick County.

    According to the Leland Police, Dillon was arrested Monday, Nov. 16, and taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Assisting the probation department search the home of Mouhamed Niang, agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit discovered one pound of marijuana, a shotgun and money.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Gene Caison said the probation department requested sheriff’s office assistance to search Niang’s Clark Way home in Winnabow Sunday night.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Nov. 12, 13, 16 and 17 in Bolivia.

    Thursday, Nov. 12

    Judge Nancy Phillips presided over the following cases with prosecutor Sara Gardner and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn: