Public Safety

  • Man charged in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach police have charged an Ocean Isle Beach man after he was stopped April 22.

    Sergio Enriquez Quiahua, 28, of Ocean Harbour Road, Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested and charged April 22 with careless and reckless driving, speeding and no operator’s license.

  • Sheriff’s eldest son arrested for DWI

    BOLIVIA—John William Ingram VI, eldest son of Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram, has been arrested for driving while impaired.

    According Sheriff Ingram, Ingram, 21, was arrested and charged with driving while impaired on Saturday, April 21, by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol near Ocean Isle Beach.

    Ingram was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was processed and released into the sheriff’s custody after being booked.

  • Detectives investigate death of 28-year-old woman

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and local law enforcement agencies are investigating the death of a 28-year-old woman.

    Authorities have identified the woman as Megan Elizabeth Tysinger, of 9063 Sea Lane NW in Sunset Beach. Law enforcement has not confirmed how her death occurred but did say she died from a gunshot wound and that no foul play is suspected. Autopsy results are pending.

    Authorities responded to a call at 11 a.m. Monday on Sea Lane off Beach Drive near Sunset Beach.

  • Son of police officer, 911 telecommunicator dies in weekend wreck

    VARNAMTOWN—Ryan Dilworth, the teenage son of a Holden Beach Police officer and 911 telecommunicator, died in a single-car wreck Saturday.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Troy Pope, Dilworth, 17, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet sport utility vehicle east on Stanbury Road near Varnamntown around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, when he ran off the road to the right as he exited a curve. Pope said Dilworth traveled back on the roadway, crossed the centerline and ran off the road to the left. He then came back on the road, where his vehicle overturned.

  • Sheriff’s detectives search for missing teen

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a missing teenager.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Del Routh, Amayrani “Maggie” Lopez, 15, was seen leaving her house on Ridge Forest Drive in Supply at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 22.

    Lopez was wearing a white shirt with blue letters and black shorts. When she left her house Sunday, she was in the company of Benjamin Rodriguez, 16, who was in a black Hyundai Elantra.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report


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

    •Emmett Taylor Jr. of Fort Mill, S.C., was charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering and damage to real property. Taylor entered the Marathon gas station at 118 Causeway Drive around 2:45 a.m. April 4. The glass of the front entry door was broken.

    •Lorenzo Piggott of McMilly Road, Shallotte, was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

  • Shallotte Crime

    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 Street. The number to reach the police department is 754-6008.
    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.
    •Identity fraud; suspect made charges on a debit card belonging to the victim.

  • Sunset Beach police investigate incidents

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents reported in the past week:

    •On April 13, police took a report of a breaking-and-entering, larceny and damage to property at The Colony II, 908 Resort Circle.

    •On April 10, Kailey Ann Osterman, 17, of Southern Pines, was arrested and charged with underage consumption, underage possession of a malt beverage and resisting, delaying and obstructing.

  • Brunswick County 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 9-15, special operations set up checkpoints on Oxpen Road, N.C. 211, U.S. 74-76, N.C. 133 and Mount Misery Road. Deputies patrolled Calabash, Leland, Holden Beach, Carolina Shores, Shallotte, Ash and Longwood.

  • Brunswick County 911 center experiences outage

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County 911 Center experienced a brief power outage last Wednesday after an electrical storm damaged two pieces of equipment.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said two pieces of equipment at the 911 center failed around 3 a.m. Wednesday, April 11. Officials believe the outage was caused by a powerful electrical storm, most likely a power surge over the phone line.

    Non-emergency phone lines were also affected, Marzano said.