Public Safety

  • Brunswick man sentenced to more than 19 years for child pornography charges

    RALEIGH—A Brunswick County man and former Calabash firefighter has recently been sentenced to more than 19 years in federal prison for transmitting child pornography over the Internet.

    U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced Collier Douglas Sessoms, 32, of 1074 Captain Court, Calabash, to 235 months in prison and a $5,000 fine for transporting child pornography and obscene materials over the Internet.

    Sessoms pleaded guilty to federal charges in December 2006, according to a U.S. Attorney’s office press release.

  • County crime roundup

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

    •Larceny of utilities on Eagles Nest Drive in Leland; suspect tampered with power meter box.

    •Larceny on Myrtlehead Road; suspect took items from victim’s vehicle.

    •Communicating threats on River Road in Leland; suspect left a threatening message on victim’s phone.

  • Calabash man faces 26 charges including burglary, larceny

    A Calabash man has been arrested and now faces 26 breaking and entering, larceny and burglary charges.

    Donald Edward Varner, 53, of 87 Calabash Drive, is in custody at Brunswick County Detention Center on $450,000 bond, facing the following charges: five counts of first-degree burglary, seven counts of breaking and entering, two counts of attempted breaking and entering, nine counts of felony larceny, two counts of auto larceny and one count of attempted larceny.

  • Leland crime report

    Leland Police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Pursuant to a traffic stop on U.S. 74-76, Alethea Black, 45, of 1506 South 15th St., Wilmington, was charged with possession of stolen property.

    •Pursuant to a traffic stop on U.S. 17, Derek Michael Cozzolino, 18, of 800 Commons Drive, Jacksonville, was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Shallotte crime report

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

  • Two arrested for stealing copper in Holden Beach

    Holden Beach Police officers have arrested two men for larceny of copper.

    •Olin Chad Ivey, 23, of 1620 Olin Drive SW in Supply, was charged with larceny of copper, conspiracy to commit larceny, possession of stolen goods and damage to personal property on March 13. In February, Ivey was charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, obtaining property by false pretences, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering and possession/concealing stolen property.

  • Sunset Beach crime report

    Sunset Beach police investigated a breaking and entering reported March 14 on Waterway Drive.

    Sometime between November and March 14, someone kicked in a rear door and drank a bottle of liquor, the only item reported taken at the vacation home.

    Police also arrested Calvin Roy Mendenhall III, 19, of Weaverville, for DWI and reckless driving. His vehicle crashed into a pole on Lakeshore Drive.

  • Standoff in Shallotte Point ends without serious injuries

    SHALLOTTE POINT—A nearly two-hour standoff Monday ended with a Shallotte Point man being taken to the hospital, but left no one seriously injured.

    Around 4 p.m. Monday, Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call that a man had barricaded himself inside his Shallotte Point home and was threatening to catch the home on fire while still inside.

    Patrick Tedder, 46, barricaded himself inside his Kay Street home Monday until the sheriff’s office SWAT team was able to subdue him and remove him from the home, Sheriff Ronald Hewett said.

  • Shallotte police raid alleged video gambling site

    Shallotte Police served a warrant on a computer/Internet store on Holden Beach Road suspected of possessing video gambling machines last week, seizing nearly $5,000 and ordering the manager to appear in court.

    Police issued a search warrant at Shallotte Business Center on Tuesday, March 4, after receiving anonymous tips from the public that it might be a site of illegal gambling. They seized $4,924 in cash and issued a citation to appear in court to manager Patricia Mary Westerman of Carolina Shores.

    Police also investigated the following incidents last week:

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Copper wire stolen from Holden Beach home

    Holden Beach Police officers are investigating a larceny from a rental home on Ocean Boulevard. On March 7, an unknown suspect stole 18 feet of copper tubing and 18 feet of copper thermostat wire from the home. The investigation is ongoing.