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, April 15-19, 2019

    The Sunset Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made an arrest.

    April 15

    Scam reported on Millslough Lane.

    April 16

    Kim Barnard Jones, 32, homeless, arrested for several outstanding warrants out of Cumberland County.

    April 18

    Report taken at the Market Express in reference to an unknown subject running out of the store with a case of beer.

    April 19

    Scam reported on Magnolia Drive.


  • Sunset Beach Police Department, April 8-11, 2019

    The Sunset Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents, taken directly from department reports.

    April 8

    Vehicle reported keyed by unknown subject at Resort Circle Apartments.

    April 9

    Breaking-and-entering to motor vehicle reported on Osprey Court; handgun stolen by unknown subject(s).

    April 11

    Breaking and entering reported at Back Street Café. Unknown subject(s) broke through front door and made entry into restaurant, taking $750 from cash register.

  • Sunset Beach cites Calabash woman for simple possession April 7, 2019

    The Sunset Beach Police Department issued a state citation on April 7 for Maria Antonia Cortes, 22, of Thomasboro Road, Calabash, on a charge of simple possession of marijuana, according to a department report.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, March 28

    The Sunset Beach Police Department made the following arrest. All information is taken directly from department reports.

    March 28

    Sunset Beach police arrested Ashley Smith, 33, of Live Oak Drive, Sunset Beach, on an outstanding child support warrant.

  • Calabash Fire Department, March 2019

    During the month of March 2019, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 188 calls: 10 structure fires, two woods/brush fires, one vehicle fires, 10 fire alarms, six motor vehicle accidents, one investigation, three mutual aid, 26 public assistance, seven other and 122 EMS first-response calls.