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Public Safety

  • Woman charged with killing her mother in Oak Island

    Oak Island police arrested a woman in the slaying of her mother last Thursday morning.

    Julia Louise Copenhaver, 24, of Chatham Street in Springfield, Va.,is charged with first-degree murder, according to records at the Brunswick County Detention Facility, where she was booked at 4:45 p.m. Oct. 25 and is being held without bail.

    A warrant shows she “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did of malice and forethought kill and murder Susan Louise Copenhaver” on Oct. 25.

  • Shallotte Police reports

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

    Oct. 8

    Michael William Appleby Jr., 35, was arrested on a felony warrant.

    Shoplifting clothing worth $264 in pants and a purse at Belk on Shallotte Crossing Parkway.

    Oct. 9

    Rakeen Deshawn Ratchford, 27, was arrested on a felony warrant.

    Oct. 11

  • Leland Police reports

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

    Oct. 4

    Breaking and entering and larceny of a wallet including $10 cash, credit cards and a driver’s license from a motor vehicle on Jansen Lane.

    Oct. 5

    Charles Alan Kiess, 71, of Crestfield Way, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of driving while impaired and failure to stop at the scene of a crash.

  • USDA launches interactive tool on opioid crisis

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched an interactive data tool to help community leaders build grassroots strategies to address the opioid epidemic.

    The opioid misuse Community Assessment Tool enables users to overlay substance misuse data against socioeconomic, census and other public information. This data will help leaders, researchers and policymakers assess what actions will be most effective in addressing the opioid crisis at the local level.

  • Leland Police reports

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

    Sept. 7

    Heather Renee Butler, 30, of Quail Drive SW, Supply, was cited on an order for arrest in New Hanover County.

    Winford Theodore Grainger III, 33, of Halyburton Memorial Parkway, Wilmington, was arrested on a felony charge of possession of cocaine and misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Shallotte Police reports

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

    Oct. 2

    Wire fraud by pretending to sell a vehicle for $10,701.

    Oct. 3

    Check fraud by duplicating and cashing a $1,700.30 check.

    Oct. 4

    Possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia at a Wildwood Street residence.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, Oct. 3-7, 2018

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

    Oct. 3

    Breaking and entering on Inlet Drive.

    Oct. 6

    Breaking and entering on 17th Street.

    Oct. 7

    Breaking and entering on Shoreline Drive West.

  • Calabash Fire Department, September 2018

    During September, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 222 calls: four structure fires, five woods/brush fires, a vehicle fire, 20 fire alarms, 11 motor vehicle accidents, a rescue, 40 storm-related, two investigations, 29 citizen assistance, two mutual aid, three other and 104 EMS first-response calls.

  • Bolivia felon to serve more than 9 years for possessing drugs, weapons

    A federal judge sentenced a Bolivia felon Friday to more than nine years in prison for drug and weapon possession, according to a U.S Attorney’s Office news release.

    U.S. District Court Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced 25-year-old Michael Montray Frink to 117 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

    Frink was charged by indictment with possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime in violation.

  • Federal judge sentences couple for distributing cocaine in Brunswick County

    A federal judge sentenced an Elon couple convicted of distributing cocaine in Brunswick County, according to a U.S Attorney’s Office news release.

    Senior U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt on Wednesday sentenced 27-year-old Deonte Xavier Bigelow to 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release and 28-year-old Courtnae Shante Wiley to serve five years of probation.