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Public Safety

  • Man to serve at least 31 years for 2017 crash that killed Supply couple

    A 25-year-old Supply man will spend at least 31 years in prison after a jury convicted him of two counts of second-degree murder.

    Columbus County Superior Court Judge D. Jack Hooks handed down the sentence for William Chandler McHenry on Monday following a trial that began Nov. 27, District Attorney Jon David announced in a news release issued Tuesday.

  • Sunset Beach addresses rash of burglaries

    Sunset Beach police said they have taken many reports of homes being burglarized over the past few weeks.

    All the homes where break-ins occurred or were attempted were unoccupied.

    Police have taken reports on the mainland as well as the island and believe most if not all of the entries occurred at night.

    “We are asking our residents to be aware and be sure to keep your homes locked and leave exterior lights illuminated when not present in the home,” according to a town news release issued Friday, Nov. 30.

  • Woman charged with killing mother in Oak Island moved to Raleigh facility

    A Virginia woman accused of killing her mother in Oak Island last month has been moved from the Brunswick County Detention Facility to a woman’s institution in Raleigh.

    Julia Copenhaver, 24, of Chatham Street in Springfield, Va., is being held at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women for as a safekeeper, North Carolina Department of Public Safety spokesman Jerry Higgins said.

  • Leland man charged in weekend robbery

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Leland man accused of committing a weekend robbery.

    James Tallman, 30, of Pinecliff Drive NE is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance and misdemeanor assault by pointing a gun.

  • Former Oak Island police chief hired by BSL police

    Oak Island’s former police chief Greg Jordan has taken a job with Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department.

    Jordan resigned as police chief Oct. 12, Oak Island Town Attorney Brian Edes said.

    Boiling Spring Lakes City Manager Jeffrey E. Repp said Jordan was hired by the city as a patrolman with an annual salary of $45,830 and began the job Nov. 28.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, Sept. 11-14, 2019

    Sunset Beach Police Department

    Sept. 11

    Report taken at Food Lion in reference to male and female subjects taking $400 worth of merchandise.

    Justice William Harris, 19, of Slippery Rock Way, Carolina Shores, charged with possession of marijuana less than one-half ounce.

    Aliza Dejuan Brooks, 20, of Dogwood Drive, Sunset Beach, charged with possession of psilocybin mushroom (Schedule 1). 

    Sept. 14

    Joshua David Weiss, 41, of Brierwood Road, Shallotte, arrested on outstanding warrant.

  • Garage fire heavily damages Carolina Shores residence

    The Calabash Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 480 Slippery Rock Way in The Farm at Brunswick subdivision just after 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.

    Arriving firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from the attached garage of a single-story residence and the occupants safely outside.

  • Sheriff’s office responds to gunshots in Carolina Shores

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office responded to a “shots fired call in the area” last Wednesday night, Aug. 21.

    “A gun was located in the area. No chase. No one was injured. Incident is still under investigation,” sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax responded in an email to the Beacon on Thursday.

    According to a sheriff’s report, the incident was reported at 8:27 p.m. in the Food Lion parking lot at 9869 Ocean Hwy./U.S. 17 at the corner of Country Club Drive.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, Aug. 7-11, 2019

    Aug. 7

    Julian Wyatt Hester, 18, of Ash Little River Road, Ash, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of marijuana less than .5 ounce.

    Elania Addisson Burns, 16, of Susan Drive, Shallotte, charged with consumption of alcohol younger than 18 years old.

    Aug. 8

    Derek Craig Leighton, 33, of Royal Poste Road, Sunset Beach, arrested on outstanding habitual felony warrant.

    Aug. 11

    Trespassing reported; subjects fishing in the Riverside neighborhood on the island.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, Aug. 7-11 2019

    Aug. 7

    Julian Wyatt Hester, 18, of Ash Little River Road, Ash, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of marijuana less than .5 ounce.

    Elania Addisson Burns, 16, of Susan Drive, Shallotte, charged with consumption of alcohol younger than 18 years old.

    Aug. 8

    Derek Craig Leighton, 33, of Royal Poste Road, Sunset Beach, arrested on outstanding habitual felony warrant.

    Aug. 11

    Trespassing reported; subjects fishing in the Riverside neighborhood on the island.