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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.

  • Leland Police reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made these arrests in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Nov. 27

    Obtaining money by false pretense by posing as the victim’s family member to steal $4,800.

    Breaking and entering and injury to real property by cutting open a screen door to enter a Red Bay Place residence.

    Nov. 28

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made these arrests in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Nov. 27

    Keyon Lee Waddell, 18, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of larceny in New Hanover County and no operator’s license.

    Obtaining property by false pretenses by scamming a victim out of $55,000.

    Nov. 29

    Obtaining property by false pretenses by scamming victims out of $150,000.

    Nov. 30

  • Watts to retire as county emergency services director

    Brunswick County Emergency Services director Brian Watts is retiring after 16 years with the county, effective Dec. 31, according to a county news release issued Tuesday.

    Watts served as Brunswick County Emergency Medical Services Division director for 12 years before being named emergency services director in 2014. He previously worked for Mecklenburg EMS and spent 16 years as a volunteer with Union Road Volunteer Fire Department in Gastonia, the last two years as chief.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Dec. 5-7, 2018

    The Sunset Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from department reports.

    Dec. 5

    Lois Henderson, 69, of 506 Dogwood Drive, Sunset Beach, arrested for DWI.

    Dec. 6

    Gregory Edward Leonard, 67, of 108 Discovery Lake Drive, Sunset Beach, arrested for assault on a female.

    Dec. 7

    Breaking-and-entering reported on Marlin Street. Unknown subject(s) entered residence and took several TVs.

  • Sunset Beach fire displaces residents

    A fire attributed to an electrical problem damaged an unoccupied townhouse in Sunset Beach on Friday night, displacing its residents until repairs can be done.

    The first fire engine responding to an alarm arrived at the scene on Queen Anne Street at 7:36 p.m. Dec. 7, Sunset Beach Fire Chief Paul Hasenmeier said.

    After smoke was spotted in the second and third-floor windows of the unit over Sunset Nails Salon, the incident was elevated to a fire call. Additional mutual-aid response engines from Calabash, Ocean Isle Beach and Grissettown fire departments arrived.