Public Safety

  • 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.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, April 30-May 1 2018

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

    April 30

    Shoplifter reported at Island Market, 430 Sunset Blvd. S.; a woman took $40 worth of T-shirts.

    Breaking and entering and larceny of a flat-screen TV from the living room at a 37thStreet residence.

    May 1

    Christy Ann McCliesh, 45, of Bo Tuck Road, Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested on a driving while intoxicated charge.


  • Calabash Fire Department April 2018

    During the month of April 2018, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 161 calls: six structure fires, two woods/brush fires, eight fire alarms, 12 motor vehicle accidents, two gas leaks, an investigation, an other, 23 public assistance and 106 medical first-response calls.

  • Horry County police launch new mobile app

    The Horry County (S.C.) Police Department (HCPD) has announced the launch of the new HCPD mobile police app, developed by Applied Webology LLC.

    A crime-fighting application that enables users to have a real-time citizen reporting platform, it will allow tipsters the ability to send photos and videos regarding traffic complaints and crime tips. This platform will directly link tips received to the respective unit best able to respond allowing a secure two-way conversation between app users and the department.

  • Oak Island hurricane presentation May 22

    Oak Island town staff will host a hurricane preparation presentation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at Oak Island Town Hall Council Chambers, 4601 E. Oak Island Drive.

    Presenters from the Oak Island police and fire departments, along with the National Weather Service, Brunswick County Emergency Management and American Red Cross, will attend to answer questions and share information.

    All are invited.