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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.

  • Two arrested on marijuana charges in Sunset Beach

    Two Sunset Beach residents have been arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

    Monica Key Burgess, 53, and William Mark Taylor, 55, both of 495 Great Oak Circle, were charged Saturday, Feb. 23, with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver (PWIMSD) marijuana.

  • Calabash Fire Department January 2019

    During the month of January 2019, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 196 calls: five structure fires, two woods/brush fires, two fire alarms, four motor vehicle accidents, one rescue, two investigations, 32 public assistance, one other and 147 EMS first-response calls.

  • Body found in Sunset Beach

    Investigators believe a body found in Sunset Beach on Friday morning might be that of a 23-year-old man reported missing earlier this month.

    Sunset Beach police were notified just before 10 a.m. Jan. 25 a body had been found floating face down in a golf course pond within town limits. The body was removed from the water with assistance of the Sunset Beach Fire Department, the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office and the North Carolina Medical Examiner's office.

  • Inmate dies after suicide attempt

    A Brunswick County Detention Facility inmate who attempted suicide in his cell died Tuesday.

    Dustin Lynn Kinlaw, 26, was booked in the jail Friday, Jan. 18, on possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, possession of marijuana and two counts each of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of heroin, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, Jan. 8-12, 2019

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents, taken directly from incident reports.

    Jan. 8

    Counterfeit $100 bill passed by unknown person at Market Express.

    Jan. 12

    Breaking and entering at a Bayberry Lane residence. Nothing was taken from inside.