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Public Safety

  • Bolivia man accused of possessing illegal drugs, including mushrooms

    A Bolivia man is accused of possessing a variety of illegal drugs, including mushrooms.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Bobby Wayne McFarland, 24, of Green Lewis Road SE, on April 2 and charged him with possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

  • Police arrest Southport man after meth lab discovery

    Boiling Spring Lakes police arrested a Southport man Saturday after being called to investigate a possible methamphetamine lab in the woods near a residence.

    Christopher Michael Vallee, 33, of Robin Road is charged with possession of precursor chemicals, possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Officers responded to the call about 10 a.m. at a home in the 1800 block of Beech Road, according to a police department news release.

  • County deputies charge Shallotte man with more than 20 felony sex crimes

    A Shallotte man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman, taking explicit photographs of her without her consent and sending those photos to her via text message and Facebook.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 42-year-old Juan Roberto Cruz of Copas Road on April 4 and charged him with disclosing private images of an adult, second-degree forced sex offense, and 20 counts of disseminating obscenities.

    Warrants show Cruz committed the crimes between April 1 and 3.

  • Investigators seek Leland man on felony sex crime charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Leland man facing felony sex crimes.

    Deputies expect to charge 40-year-old Jesus Rocha Mendez of Andrew Jackson Highway with incest and sex act by substitute parent, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

    Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Detective Shannon Mylod at 508-7626 or 911.

  • Leland man pleads guilty in puppy’s beating death

    A Leland man accused of beating a puppy on Christmas Day pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of felony cruelty to animals.

    New Hanover County sheriff’s deputies arrested 21-year-old Christopher Anthony Simpson on Jan. 22 and charged him with felony cruelty to animals and misdemeanor cruelty to animals. Simpson was released the same day on $2,500 bail.

    Simpson was re-arrested Jan. 23 and his bail increased to $100,000.

  • New fire truck arrives in Ocean Isle Beach

    The newest addition to the Ocean Isle Beach Fire department has arrived: a Ferrara Fire Apparatus Inferno 107-foot, 4-inch Section Aerial Ladder Truck, which will assist the fire department in its continuous effort to secure the safety of residents and visitors to Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department April 3-7 2018

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

    April 3

    Vehicle stolen from Food Lion at 1775 Clippers Way.

    April 5

    Mark D. Benton, 61, of 40th Street, Sunset Beach, arrested on a DWI charge.

    April 6

    Firearm stolen on Clubhouse Road.

    April 7

    Fraud on Wyndfall Drive.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department March 26-April 1, 2018

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

    March 26

    Matthew William Rimel, 38, of Gracieuse Lane, Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested on charges of breaking and entering, felony larceny and damage to real property.

    March 28

    Child’s bicycle stolen from Salt Marsh Drive.

    March 29

    Lawn equipment, outdoor table, chairs and crab pot stolen from North Shore Drive.

    March 31

  • Calabash Fire Department March 2018

    During the month of March, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 167 calls: three structure fires, three woods/brush fires, 12 fire alarms, seven motor vehicle accidents, a gas leak, 24 public assistance, two mutual aid, an other and 115 EMS first-response calls.

  • Sunset Beach Police Departmen March 22-24 2018

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

    March 22

    Breaking and entering and larceny of a purse from a Royal Poste Road residence. Warrants have been issued.

    March 24

    Unauthorized use of motor vehicle on Royal Poste Road. Warrants have been issued.