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Public Safety

  • Leland’s fire ratings go up, insurance rates expected to go down

    After receiving an inspection conducted by officials with the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM), Leland Fire/Rescue received an increased fire insurance rating of 4/10, up from the previous rating of 6/10.

    The new classification should result in a decrease in the property insurance calculations for many insured commercial properties, according to the OSFM.

  • Leland police begin volunteer program

    The Leland Police Department started its volunteer program Jan. 7.

    Volunteers have been tasked with different duties within the police department. Leland police are making residents aware in case they receive a call from a volunteer in the performance of an assignment. No volunteer will require anyone contacted by phone to provide protected biographical information, such as a date of birth or Social Security number.

    Leland police look to increase the number of volunteers later this year.

  • Silver Alert issued for man last seen in Sunset Beach

    The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for a 23-year-old man last seen at Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

    Paul Milton Simms, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment, is described as a 6-foot-1 white man weighing 185 pounds with blue eyes and long brown hair. He was last seen wearing a camouflage coat and could be headed to Oak Island, Hiddenite or Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The alert, issued just before 6 p.m. Thursday, did not indicate when Simms was reported missing.

  • Calabash man accused of killing couple, stabbing their daughter

    A Calabash felon is charged with stabbing a couple to death Wednesday morning near Shallotte, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said.

    Torrence O’Neal Helms Jr., 30, of High Point Avenue, faces two counts of murder and single counts of attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and misdemeanor resisting a public officer. He is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility without bail.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, Dec. 21, 2018-Jan. 4, 2019

    Sunset Beach Police Department

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made these arrests. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Dec. 21

    Breaking and entering reported on Twisted Oak Lane; nothing reported stolen.

    Dec. 23

    Linda Adkins, 70, of Oyster Pointe Drive was arrested on a simple assault charge.

    Dec. 25

    John Ray Tobin, 27, of River Road, Southport, was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

    Dec. 28

  • Calabash Fire Department, December 2018

    During the month of December 2018, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 185 calls: nine structure fires, seven fire alarms, five motor vehicle accidents, one rescue, one investigation, 28 public assistance, a mutual aid, three other and 130 Emergency Medical Services first-response calls.

    During 2018, the department set a new record for yearly calls with a total of 2,210.

  • Calabash Fire Department December 2018

    During the month of December 2018, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 185 calls: nine structure fires, seven fire alarms, five motor vehicle accidents, one rescue, one investigation, 28 public assistance, one mutual aid, three other and 130 Emergency Medical Services first-response calls.

    During 2018, the department set a new record for yearly calls with a total of 2,210.

  • Shallotte man, trooper identified following New Year's night fatal shooting

    Authorities identified the state trooper who fired his weapon and Shallotte man who died following a Jan. 1 traffic stop and shooting in Brunswick County.

    Brandon Lovell Webster, 28, succumbed to injuries from a gunshot wound after arriving at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center that night.

    Trooper S.A. Collins, assigned to Troop B, District 6, Brunswick County, is a one-year veteran of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

    He fired at the vehicle Webster was driving on Holden Beach Road (N.C. 130) near Shallotte at 8:55 p.m.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, Dec. 15-20, 2018

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

    Dec. 15

    Eddie Wayne Reavis, 55, of 1565 Little Shallotte River Road, Shallotte, arrested for outstanding warrants.

    Dec. 18

    Breaking and entering into a motor vehicle reported on Great Oak Circle. Unknown subject(s) took money from inside two different vehicles.

    Dec. 20

  • Leland police seek convenience store thief

    Leland police are looking for the man who stole items, including money from a donation jar, from a convenience store last month.

    The crime happened Nov. 30 at Buy-N-Go located on Ploof Road, but a police department news release did not say what time of day or offer any more details.

    “(The thief) is alleged to have taken store merchandise to include currency from a donation jar at the register,” Lt. Jeremy Humphries said in the release.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jonathan Kazee at 371-0274.