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Public Safety

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office crime report

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigated the following incidents from April 4-9, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident logs:

    •Littering on Stone Chimney Road in Supply.

    •Larceny on Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect stole farm and garden vehicles from victim.

    •Vandalism on River Road in Leland; suspect damaged a Redbox.

    •Vandalism on Mount Misery Road in Leland.

  • Leland man arrested for raping woman at assisted living facility

    A 68-year-old Leland man has been arrested for raping a woman at an assisted living facility.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh said detectives arrested Merlin Alford, 68, of 1935 Lincoln Road, Leland, on Sunday, April 8.

    Alford has been charged with second-degree rape.

    He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $100,000 secured bond.

  • 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.

    •Vandalism and larceny of fuel in the Lawn Doctor’s parking lot; suspect cut a fuel line.

    •Vandalism at Exxon gas station on Whiteville Road; a vehicle caught fire.

  • 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.

    •March 21: It was reported that an unknown subjected entered a home on Ocean Isle West Boulevard and removed two flat-screen televisions.

  • Men charged with possession of stolen goods

    SUNSET BEACH—Two out-of-town men have been charged with possession of stolen goods following a routine traffic stop.

    Jeremy Lee Williams, 25, of 5636 West Market St., Apt. G, Greensboro, was charged with possession of a stolen license plate.

    Derek Lee Underwood, 25, of 228 Kent St., Apt. A, Burlington, was charged with possession of steaks stolen from Food Lion in Sunset Beach.

    The charges were made March 31. The two were staying in the area just outside of Sunset Beach, according to Sunset Beach Police Det. Joe Smith.

  • Supply man charged with evading police

    A Supply man faces multiple charges, including evading arrest, after sheriff’s deputies say he ran through a checkpoint, leading deputies on a pursuit.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh said Malik Nahaim McNeil, 21, of 1777 Turkey Trap Road, Supply, was arrested after he ran through a driver’s license checkpoint set up by sheriff’s office ACE deputies at the intersection of McMilly Road and Old Shallotte Road in Shallotte on March 31.

  • Drug agents arrest 39 in Operation March Madness

    BOLIVIA—The following suspects were charged in connection with a countywide drug roundup dubbed Operation March Madness by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    The sheriff’s office typically conducts two large-scale countywide drug roundups each year, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh.

    In all, 39 suspects were charged.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents between March 26 and April 1:

    •Vandalism on Dosher Cutoff in Southport; suspect broke right arm off a statue of Jesus Christ at Sacred Heart Church.

    •Criminal damage to property on Polybranch Road SW in Supply; suspect damaged victim’s mailbox and post.

    •Vandalism at intersection of Airport Road and Southpointe Drive in Southport; suspect caused $400 in damage to landscaping.

    •Fraud on Barclay Road in Southport.

  • 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 March 26-April 1, special operations set up checkpoints on Lanvale Road, Hickman Road, N.C. 211, Union School Road, McMilly Road, Shell Point Road, Old Ocean Highway, Stanley Road, U.S. 74, Grey Bridge Road, Old Shallotte Road.

  • Leland man charged with trafficking heroin

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit have charged a Leland man with multiple narcotics charges, including two counts of trafficking cocaine.

    Michael Wayne Fasnacht, 31, of 377 Lansan Lane, Lot 8, Leland, was charged with two counts of trafficking opium or heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin and possession of a firearm by a felon.