Public Safety

  • Bolivia man gets 17 years for drug trafficking

    A federal judge sentenced a Bolivia man to 17 years for drug trafficking in a case investigated by the FBI Coastal Carolina Criminal Enterprise Task Force.

    U.S. District Court Judge James C. Dever III also sentenced 50-year-old Rodney Troy Williams to five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon announced in a news release issued Nov. 16.

  • NCDOT Bicycle Helmet Initiative under way

    The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Division is issuing a call for applicants for its annual Bicycle Helmet Initiative.

    The NCDOT uses funds from the sale of “Share the Road” specialty license plate to pay for bike helmets that are distributed at bicycle safety events for underprivileged children.

    Helmets save lives. While less than half of all children typically wear one while biking, helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by nearly 90 percent.

  • Animal collisions increase as temperatures cool

    The falling leaves and lower temperatures enjoyed in North Carolina’s autumnal seasons results in rising rates of deer collisions. Fall weather continues to correspond with high numbers of car accidents spurred by the darting of deer onto roadways, increasing the risks of vehicle damage and personal injuries.

    The reported number of animal-vehicle collisions in North Carolina in 2017 was 18,540 — 629 more than the year before. Brunswick County had the state’s 10th-highest number.

  • Fire marshal receives fire prevention grant

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Andrew Thompson received a fire prevention grant from FM Global to purchase a fire investigation hydrocarbon detector.

    FM Global offers financial support to organizations that work to combat fire loses through a fire prevention grant program to support national, state, regional, local and community organizations.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2018

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

    Oct. 31

    Report taken on West Canal Drive about obtaining property by false pretense. Victim paid for work on his home and subject never came back to do the work.

    Nov. 1

    Report taken on Elderberry Lane about breaking and entering a motor vehicle. Unknown subject(s) entered vehicle and took some coins from inside the center console.

  • Duke Energy to test sirens around Brunswick Nuclear Plant

    The outdoor warning sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be tested between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the plant will be sounded at least once during the test at full volume. Residents will hear an audible tone lasting for about three minutes.

    This full volume test is performed annually, in coordination with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.

  • Agents arrest two men after attempted Calabash traffic stop

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested two men after an attempted traffic stop in Calabash on Friday night yielded the seizure of three guns and 2.5 grams of cocaine.

    Quinton Demarr Richburg, aka Quinta D. Richburg, 24, of Brooks Court in Shallotte is charged with fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, and two counts each of possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Oct. 7-22 2018

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents.

    Oct. 7

    Breaking and entering of a motor vehicle on Shoreline Drive.

    Oct. 15

    Breaking and entering a vehicle reported on Wyndfall Drive; $40 in coins reported stolen.

    Oct. 16

    Report taken off Magnolia Drive about someone being threatened.

    Oct. 18

    Report taken on Lakeshore Drive about stolen golf clubs.

    Oct. 20

    Felicisimio C. Santos, 37, of Main Street, Shallotte, was arrested on a driving while impaired charge.

  • Brunswick Nuclear Plant siren tests planned

    The outdoor warning sirens within the 10-mile area around Brunswick Nuclear Plant near Southport will be tested over the next several weeks.

    The tests will be full-volume and last about five to 10 seconds. The work will be conducted Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Since the sirens will be tested individually, there is no specific time when residents can expect to hear the sirens.

  • Woman charged with killing her mother in Oak Island

    Oak Island police arrested a woman in the slaying of her mother last Thursday morning.

    Julia Louise Copenhaver, 24, of Chatham Street in Springfield, Va.,is charged with first-degree murder, according to records at the Brunswick County Detention Facility, where she was booked at 4:45 p.m. Oct. 25 and is being held without bail.

    A warrant shows she “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did of malice and forethought kill and murder Susan Louise Copenhaver” on Oct. 25.