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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, 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. 1, 2019

    Aug. 1

    Report taken on Stoke Drive in reference to breaking-and-entering to motor vehicle.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, July 22-28, 2019

    July 22

    Stolen trailer and lawn mower reported on Shoreline Drive East.

    July 24

    Robbie Neal Knight, 43, of Chimney Rock Lane, Sanford, arrested on two counts of felony larceny in connection with stolen property reported July 22 on Shoreline Drive East. He was taken to Chatham County Detention Center.

    July 28

    Christopher Britt Smith, 49, of Socastee Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC, was arrested on an out-of-state warrant and taken to Brunswick County Detention Center.

  • South Carolina woman charged with injury to personal property

    The Sunset Beach Police Department has charged a South Carolina woman with injury to personal property in connection with damage to a car.

    Kellie Pepitone, 43, of Wilderness Trail in Liberty, S.C., was charged Friday, July 12, after police investigated a report of damage to a vehicle door on 33rdStreet on the Sunset Beach island.

    The investigation was in reference to reports the department received of “several vehicle unlocks” within town limits, according to a department report.

  • Woman sought on elder exploitation brought back to Brunswick County

    A Maryland woman sought on a charge of exploiting disabled/elder trust in Sunset Beach was extricated and booked last week at the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    Pamela Anne Trainor, 56, of Shefford Road in Baltimore, Md., was booked Thursday, June 27, under a $10,000 bond.

    On June 20 Sunset Beach police took a report at an address on Oyster Bay Drive in reference to the cited charge. Later that day warrants were issued for Trainor.