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Public Safety

  • Two arrested on marijuana charges in Sunset Beach

    Two Sunset Beach residents have been arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

    Monica Key Burgess, 53, and William Mark Taylor, 55, both of 495 Great Oak Circle, were charged Saturday, Feb. 23, with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver (PWIMSD) marijuana.

  • Calabash Fire Department January 2019

    During the month of January 2019, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 196 calls: five structure fires, two woods/brush fires, two fire alarms, four motor vehicle accidents, one rescue, two investigations, 32 public assistance, one other and 147 EMS first-response calls.

  • Body found in Sunset Beach

    Investigators believe a body found in Sunset Beach on Friday morning might be that of a 23-year-old man reported missing earlier this month.

    Sunset Beach police were notified just before 10 a.m. Jan. 25 a body had been found floating face down in a golf course pond within town limits. The body was removed from the water with assistance of the Sunset Beach Fire Department, the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office and the North Carolina Medical Examiner's office.

  • Inmate dies after suicide attempt

    A Brunswick County Detention Facility inmate who attempted suicide in his cell died Tuesday.

    Dustin Lynn Kinlaw, 26, was booked in the jail Friday, Jan. 18, on possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, possession of marijuana and two counts each of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of heroin, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, Jan. 8-12, 2019

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents, taken directly from incident reports.

    Jan. 8

    Counterfeit $100 bill passed by unknown person at Market Express.

    Jan. 12

    Breaking and entering at a Bayberry Lane residence. Nothing was taken from inside.

  • Leland’s fire ratings go up, insurance rates expected to go down

    After receiving an inspection conducted by officials with the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM), Leland Fire/Rescue received an increased fire insurance rating of 4/10, up from the previous rating of 6/10.

    The new classification should result in a decrease in the property insurance calculations for many insured commercial properties, according to the OSFM.

  • Leland police begin volunteer program

    The Leland Police Department started its volunteer program Jan. 7.

    Volunteers have been tasked with different duties within the police department. Leland police are making residents aware in case they receive a call from a volunteer in the performance of an assignment. No volunteer will require anyone contacted by phone to provide protected biographical information, such as a date of birth or Social Security number.

    Leland police look to increase the number of volunteers later this year.

  • Silver Alert issued for man last seen in Sunset Beach

    The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for a 23-year-old man last seen at Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

    Paul Milton Simms, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment, is described as a 6-foot-1 white man weighing 185 pounds with blue eyes and long brown hair. He was last seen wearing a camouflage coat and could be headed to Oak Island, Hiddenite or Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The alert, issued just before 6 p.m. Thursday, did not indicate when Simms was reported missing.

  • Calabash man accused of killing couple, stabbing their daughter

    A Calabash felon is charged with stabbing a couple to death Wednesday morning near Shallotte, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said.

    Torrence O’Neal Helms Jr., 30, of High Point Avenue, faces two counts of murder and single counts of attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and misdemeanor resisting a public officer. He is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility without bail.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, Dec. 21, 2018-Jan. 4, 2019

    Sunset Beach Police Department

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

    Dec. 21

    Breaking and entering reported on Twisted Oak Lane; nothing reported stolen.

    Dec. 23

    Linda Adkins, 70, of Oyster Pointe Drive was arrested on a simple assault charge.

    Dec. 25

    John Ray Tobin, 27, of River Road, Southport, was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

    Dec. 28