Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Bolivia man dies in Monday morning crash

    A Bolivia man died in a single-vehicle crash Monday morning.

    George Washington Bellamy, 72, was driving his pewter GMC Sierra pickup truck east on Gilbert Road just before 7 a.m. when he veered right off the road while rounding a curve, N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Matthew King said. The pickup struck a ditch and flipped, trapping Bellamy inside.

    Bellamy, who had been traveling alone, died at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt, King said.

    Trooper A.S. Godwin responded. It appears speed contributed to the crash, King said.

  • Missing swimmer found safe in Ocean Isle Beach

    A 26-year-old swimmer reported missing early Thursday morning was found alive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The Coast Guard said the man, who was not identified, was swimming near 371 E. First St. in Ocean Isle Beach when he was reported missing about 3:30 a.m.

  • Man injured in Supply cement truck crash

    A man suffered a laceration to his head following a cement truck crash in Supply on Thursday, May 24.

    The empty truck was traveling in the 2700 block of Boones Neck Road from Windy Point toward Oxpen Road about 9 a.m. when it ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected and landed on its right side in the middle of the road.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers Chris Thompson and T.W. Inman said the driver, Frank Stock of Nakina, who had been wearing his seat belt, was taken by ambulance to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, May 12-15 2018

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

    May 12

    Christopher Faulk, 43, of Tobacco Road, Fairmont, was arrested on a protection order violation.

    May 15

    Allison Nicole Ray, 42, of Hallsboro Road North, Whiteville, was arrested on an assault charge.


  • Medication disposal event a success

    A total of 3,680 pounds of medication and 30,000 sharps were collected at April 28’s medication disposal event hosted by New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington at sites in Brunswick, New Hanover and Columbus counties, including NHRMC Brunswick Forest in Leland and Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia.

  • Operation Medicine Drop collects record number of potentially dangerous medications

    Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced that the 2018 statewide Operation Medicine Drop/Take Back event was the most successful medication take-back campaign held in North Carolina since coordinated take-back efforts began in 2010.

    In total, a record 32,247 pounds of unused prescription medications were delivered to a state-approved incinerator to be destroyed May 2. The number of pills collected during this year’s event equals approximately 24.2 million dosage units.