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Public Safety

  • Missing diver’s body found near Flying Pan Shoals

    The body of a 51-year-old diver who went missing Monday afternoon was found Tuesday afternoon near Flying Pan Shoals off the Brunswick County coastline.

    His identity has not been released because members of his dive team found his body, the Coast Guard said.

    The man went for a half-hour dive off the boat Jet Lag on Monday afternoon. When he did not resurface, Jet Lag divers searched the area, the Coast Guard said.

  • 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.

    June 18

    Breaking and entering and larceny of a commercial trailer and tools worth $1,810 from a construction site on Batik Court.

    Trespassing at a building on Village Road.

    Breaking and entering storage building at a King Moore Road residence and larceny of a pistol worth $500.

  • Fireman’s Freedom Competition June 30

    The Southport Fire Department will present the 35th annual Fireman’s Freedom Competition from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, at the Southport Fire Substation, 111 E. Nash St. in Southport.

    Since 1984, The city of Southport Fire Department has invited area fire departments to Southport to compete in the N.C. 4th of July Festival Fire Fighter Freedom Competition.

  • 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.

    June 8

    Breaking and entering and injury to personal property by breaking a lock on a construction trailer on Druids Glenn Drive and Muskerry Way and larceny of two concrete saws and a generator worth $3,400.

    Injury to real property by striking the Waterberry Plantation Club House on Jackeys Creek Lane with a vehicle and leaving the scene, causing $5,000 in damage.

    June 9

  • Shallotte Police reports

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

    June 18

    Felony larceny of three iPhones worth $2,157 from a storage room at Verizon Cellular Sales on Main Street.

    Larceny of a Jeep Wrangler worth $12,000, two BMX bikes and a surfboard worth $890 from the parking lot of John Madison DDS dental office on South Willis Drive.

    Theft of a wallet containing a checkbook and credit cards from a purse at Rourk Branch Library on Main Street.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, June 5-11 2018

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

    June 5

    Dog complaint in the area of Twisted Oak Lane. Reporting party said their neighbor’s dog kept going in their backyard and causing problems with their dog. The owner was advised to keep their dog on their property at all times.

    Damaged mailbox reported in the area of Edgewater Circle. Mailbox was replaced.

    June 6

  • Federal judge sentences Oak Island man to 35 years for child porn

    A federal judge sentenced an Oak Island man to 35 years in prison for receipt of child pornography.

    U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan also sentenced 31-year-old Michael Carl Butler on Wednesday to 15 years of supervised release, Robert J. Higdon Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, said in a news release issued Thursday.

    Butler was named in a three-count indictment Sept. 26 and pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography Dec. 13 pursuant to a plea agreement.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, May 29-June 2 2018

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

    May 29

    Rodney Mead, 53, of Viking Court, Myrtle Beach, S.C., was charged with property damage at Sea Trail Golf Course. Victim said someone drove a red pickup truck onto the green and cut doughnuts with a vehicle, causing an estimated $6,000 in property damage.

    May 30

  • Calabash Fire Department, May 2018

    During the month of May, the Calabash Fire Department responded to a record 215 calls: nine structure fires, a woods/brush fire, a vehicle fire, eight fire alarms, 12 motor vehicle accidents, a rescue, three mutual aid, 33 public assistance, six other and 141 EMS first response calls. 

  • Davis named deputy chief of Horry County Police Department

    The Horry County (S.C.) Police Department announced Chief Joe Hill selected Kenneth Davis as the agency’s deputy chief.

    A native of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and a graduate of Myrtle Beach High School, he received his Bachelor of Science from The Citadel in education, Master of Science in criminal justice and corrections from the University of South Carolina and his Ph.D. in public safety from Capella University.