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Public Safety

  • Speed a Little, Lose a Lot campaign under way

    The North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program, in partnership with state and local law enforcement, is conducting its annual Speed a Little, Lose a Lot campaign, which runs through Sunday, April 1. The campaign reminds drivers there is no reason to speed because the consequences could be more than just getting a ticket.

  • Cause of Sunset Harbor home fire under investigation

    The cause of a fire that destroyed a Sunset Harbor residence on Thursday, March 22, remains under investigation.

    No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

    A call came about the fire on Cox’s Landing Road in about 10:15 p.m., Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    The home was partially involved when crews arrived and is considered a total loss.

    Personnel from Sunset Harbor & Zion Hill Fire Department, St. James Fire Department and Supply Volunteer Fire Department responded, Garner said.

  • Agents arrest Longwood man on drug charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Unit agents arrested a Longwood man on a variety of drug charges Thursday, March 22.

  • Community Safety Day is April 28 at USCG Station Oak Island

    U.S. Coast Guard Station Oak Island will host its annual Community Safety Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at 300A Caswell Beach Road on Oak Island. The event is free of charge and open to the general public. The Coast Guard and public safety personnel from around the Cape Fear Region will provide demonstrations and hands-on experiences.

  • Deputies investigate shot fired at school bus

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office determined a child accidentally fired a shot from a BB or pellet-type gun Thursday afternoon at a Brunswick County Schools bus in Bolivia and no charges will be filed.

    EMS personnel assessed one of the 44 children who were aboard along with the driver who suffered a “very minor injury,” according to a joint news release issued about 5:30 p.m. by the sheriff’s office and school district.

  • Bolivia man accused of child sex crime held on more than $1M bail

    A Bolivia man accused of committing sex crimes against a child is in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1,100,500 bail.

    James Russell Milliken, 64, of Neck Road was arrested March 21 and charged with felony indecent liberties with a child.

    A warrant shows the crime involving a child younger than 16 happened between July 14, 2017, and Feb. 28.

    Milliken is also charged with failure to appear on a misdemeanor and has been served a warrant out of Louisiana for probation violation in relation to a juvenile pornography charge.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made these arrests in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    March 13

    Obtaining property by false pretense by pawning a stolen rod and reels for $75 at Pawn USA on Main Street.

    March 14

    Fraud by wire, computer or other electronic means by someone listing herself on the victim’s guest registry.

    Obtaining property by false pretense by pawning a $75 Xbox ONE belonging to Aaron’s at Pawn USA on Main Street.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department March 14-16 2018

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

    March 14

    Stolen license plate reported on Live Oak Drive.

    March 15

    Willie James McCray, 66, of Williams Circle, Chapel Hill, was charged on outstanding warrant for a probation violation after turning himself in at the police department.

    March 18

    Stolen scooter reported on Clubhouse Drive.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Feb. 27-March 2, 2018

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

    Feb. 27

    Breaking and entering and larceny from a motor vehicle on Twin Lakes Drive.

    March 2

    Broken window at on Seaside Road residence.

  • Pedestrian struck, killed by SUV in Shallotte

    An SUV struck and killed a Shallotte woman while she was walking in the direction of traffic on Copas Road in Shallotte on March 1.

    Danielle Marie Toland, 35, of River Bluff Drive was pronounced dead at the scene, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper D. Inman said.

    No one else was injured.

    Jan Keith Dale, 78, of Copas Road, was driving a 2013 Lexus east on Copas Road when it struck and killed Toland at 6:45 p.m., Inman said. Dale was driving the 35 mph speed limit and had been wearing a seat belt.