Public Safety

  • Bolivia brothers sentenced as habitual felons

    Two local brothers were recently sentenced to the North Carolina Department of Corrections as habitual felons.

    Assistant district attorney Chris Thomas said Nicholas Lavar Smith and Nathan Smith, both of Bolivia, were recently sentenced to 60-80 months, or five to six and half years, in prison under the state’s habitual felon statute.

  • Holden Beach Police report

    Officers with the Holden Beach Police Department made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents during the last two weeks:

    •Jonathan David Brown, 33, of Reidsville, was charged with boating while impaired on Oct. 16.

    •Justin Christopher Feldt, 26, of Supply, was arrested Oct. 6 on outstanding warrants.

    •Ildefonso Pineda Pantaleon, 49, of Whiteville, was charged with speeding and failing to stop for a stop sign on Oct. 6.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Oct. 18-24, K-9 deputies answered 12 calls, wrote seven citations and made six drug arrests.

    K-9  deputies reported the following incidents:

    •Douglas Vincent Dreisbach, 19, of 6604 Wedderburn Drive, Wilmington, was charged with one-half ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.
    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Larceny by an employee on Southport-Supply Road in Southport; suspect stole $400.

    •Trespassing, communicating threats and harassing phone calls on 8th Street in Southport; suspect entered victim’s property and threatened victim.

    •Larceny on Holden Beach Road in Supply; suspect stole item from victim’s business.

  • 'Theft' misplaced in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated a reported larceny that later turned out to be a case of a misplaced item.

    A woman met with Sunset Beach police last Friday, Oct. 22, to report her jewelry had been stolen while she was staying at Sea Trail.

    She later learned she had placed the jewelry in her suitcase and found it when she got home, deputy chief Steve Smith said.

  • Operation Bad Candy suspect list

    •Orlando R. Jones, 22, of 625 Middle River Road, Supply, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Tobias Ian Lupek, 23, of 1874 Woodard Road, Supply, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

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

    •Juan Manuel Briceno, 41, of Ocean Isle Beach; charged with driving while impaired.

    •Jeremy Wood, 33, of Supply; charged with probation violation-absconder.

    •Uttering a forged check and forgery of a check at First Bank; suspect wrote checks on account he didn’t own.

    •Worthless check at Lowes Foods; suspect passed check on a closed account.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken from police reports.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Concord Street; suspect entered residence and damaged property.

    •Nicholas Paul Rupp, 17, of Ocean Isle Beach; subject was 17 years old and possessed malt beverages.

    •Larceny on Causeway Drive; suspect took food items from Minuteman.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Lee Street; subject forced way into home.

  • ELECTIONS 2010: Constitutional amendment to ban felons from serving as sheriff

    A constitutional amendment to ban convicted felons from serving as sheriff in North Carolina will be on the Nov. 2 ballot.

    The constitutional amendment in this year’s midterm election is the first constitutional amendment since the 2004 General Election, Brunswick County Board of Elections Director Greg Bellamy said.

    N.C. State Rep. Frank Iler, R-Brunswick, was a co-sponsor of House Bill 1959, No Felon as Sheriff, introduced in the state House on May 25.