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Public Safety

  • Oak Island business owner convicted of drug trafficking

    BOLIVIA—Charles Overman, owner of Overman Electric Inc. in Oak Island, has been sentenced to prison for drug trafficking.

    According to the district attorney’s office, Overman pleaded guilty to trafficking more than 25 pounds of marijuana in Brunswick County Superior Court on May 9. He was sentenced to a 25-month minimum mandatory sentence in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

  • Former sheriff’s deputy sentenced for indecent liberties

    BOLIVIA—A former detective sergeant with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has been sentenced to prison for indecent liberties with a minor.

    According to court documents Henry Thomas Cole, 46, pleaded guilty in Brunswick County Superior Court on May 10 to indecent liberties with a minor, a felony.

    Cole, of 2454 Southport-Supply Road, Bolivia, was first charged and arrested by agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation on April 24, 2011.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Possessing/concealing stolen property on Heights Place in Leland on May 11.

    •Burglary, larceny and vandalism on Sikes Street in Winnabow on May 11.

    •Burglary on Robin Drive in Shallotte on May 11.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and vandalism on Boones Neck Road SW in Supply on May 11.

    •Vandalism on Swain Street in Bolivia on May 11.

  • Arrests, thefts in Sunset Beach

    Sunset Beach police made the following arrests and investigations.

    •Hakeem Javon Reaves, 20, of 9803 Ash-Little River Road, Ash, was charged May 6 with resisting a public officer.

    •Phyllis Pigford Smith, 52, of 1733 Atkinson St., Ocean Isle Beach, was charged May 5 with DWI.

    •Karen Valade Gerlits, 29, of 4269 Mica Drive, Little River, S.C., was charged May 5 with DWI and failure to comply with driver’s license restriction.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

     

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    The Shallotte police department office is closed to the public while the building undergoes renovations. Anyone wishing to speak to an officer or obtain a copy of a police report must go to the Southend Task Force building at 130 Cheers St. The number to reach the police department is 754-6008.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Larceny and forgery on Valley Drive in Calabash on May 6.

    •Larceny from a motor vehicle on River Road in Leland on May 4; suspect stole victim’s iPad 2 from vehicle.

    •Fraud on Galloway Road in Bolivia on May 4.

    •Vandalism on Ash-Little River Road in Ash on May 4; suspect cut hole in ATMC’s perimeter fence.

  • Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team

    The special operations team at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office includes the K-9 enforcement team and Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From April 30-May 6 special operations set up checkpoints on Belville School Road, Mount Misery Road, N.C. 133, Green Loop Road, N.C. 179, Lincoln Road, N.C. 904, Old Georgetown Road and Middleton Road.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    The Shallotte Police Department office is closed to the public while the building undergoes renovations. Anyone wishing to speak to an officer or obtain a copy of a police report must go to the Southend Task Force building at 130 Cheers St. The number to reach the police department is 754-6008.

  • Arrests made during routine Sunset Beach stops

    SUNSET BEACH—Town police have arrested two men during routine traffic patrol.

    David Michael Sabatell, 22, of 1031 Fayetteville Ave., Calabash, was arrested April 29 by Sunset Beach police on outstanding warrants for trespassing.

    Mark Robert Huelle, 42, of 211 Clubhouse Road, Sunset Beach, was arrested April 23 on outstanding warrants for felony habitual impaired driving.

    Police also investigated the following reported incidents involving larceny.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit made the following arrests last week:

    •Joseph Matthew Locklear, 29, of 808 Carolina St., Calabash, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine, manufacture methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle to keep a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Locklear was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $35,000 secured bond.