Public Safety

  • House breaking and entering reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A breaking and entering to a house with larceny was reported May 6 in Sunset Beach.

    A subject turned on the hot water heater and used the telephone for about a month in the incident reported on Magnolia Drive, deputy chief Steve Smith said.

  • One dead after shots fired at car

    A 28-year-old Calabash man was found dead just before 10 p.m. May 8—a victim of an apparent drive-by shooting.

    When sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene on Pineclair Drive near Calabash, James Allen Murdock, of Acres Lane, was unresponsive in a vehicle.

    Murdock was sitting in a vehicle near a residence on Pineclair Drive when a suspect or suspects driving a dark colored SUV shot at him, Lt. Sam Davis said.

    Davis declined to say how many shots were fired or where Murdock was shot, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.

  • After-prom shooting leads to arrest

    SUNSET BEACH—A Brunswick County man was arrested early Sunday and charged in connection with a shooting at an after-prom party at Sea Trail.

    James Russell Hill III, 20, of 7542 Ocean Highway, was charged around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, May 4, with assault with a deadly weapon and intent to kill after shots were fired at another man and into an occupied dwelling at 246 Clubhouse Drive.

    Also on May 4, police investigated a home break-in and theft on 28th Street on the Sunset Beach island. Someone forced open a utility door under the house and stole a set of golf clubs.

  • Drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports, are:

  • Crime report

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

    •Larceny on Oakland Drive in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect stole a bike from victim’s driveway.

    •Larceny on Ocean Highway in Shallotte; suspect took engine off a mixer.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Southbend Court in Leland; suspect forced side door of garage open and stole a TV, a VCR and a modem.

  • Leland Crime report

    Leland police officers investigated the following incidents and arrested the following suspects during the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Larceny of fuel at GoGas; suspect pumped gas and drove away without paying for it.

    •Pursuant to a traffic stop on Old Fayetteville Road, John Paul Isaksen, 29, of 136 Parsley Lane Apt. 104, was charged with driving while impaired, open container and a lane violation.

    •Larceny of fuel at Murphy USA; suspect pumped $62.97 worth of gas and left without paying for it.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Larceny at Sears; suspect took appliances from the rear of the store, including two refrigerators worth $800, two dishwashers worth $200, a $100 wall oven, a $100 stainless steel grill, two washing machines valued at $200 and a $100 36-inch TV.

    •Motor vehicle theft at Hill’s Grocery; vehicle worth $4,000 was taken from the parking lot at Hill’s.


    Holden Beach police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests during the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident logs.

    •Larceny and burglary on Ocean Boulevard East; suspect stole diapers, an extension cord, a vacuum, a storage tub, a cork remover, shorts, a tool pouch, measuring tape, a screw driver set, diagonal cutters, pliers, a hammer, hand tools, a tool box and a cordless drill.


    Ocean Isle Beach Police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from arrest reports.

    •Mark T. Heckman, 45, of Little River, S.C.; charged with driving while impaired.

    •Anthony Leavitt Cushing, 24, of Baltimore; charged with driving while impaired, speeding, and driving left of center.

    •Gregory T. Skipper, 18, of Sunset Beach; charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a fictitious driver’s license.

  • Month-long investigation yields four drug arrests

    Brunswick County drug agents arrested four suspects accused of selling cocaine in the Winnabow area.

    Between April 9 and April 23, drug agents purchased cocaine from Sylvester Durand Ballard, 26, of 17 Bell Swamp Connection, in Winnabow.

    Drug agents stopped Ballard on April 23. He had 6.5 grams of crack cocaine on him. After searching his residence, drug agents seized crack cocaine, powder cocaine, digital scales, eight marijuana seedlings growing in the residence and $1,355.